TIE-ME UPS, TIE-ME DOWNS

 

 

Here’s a little tip for that next big adventure...  Tie-down points on a BMW are few and far between.  There are a few different aftermarket approaches to providing them, but for one reason or another I’d rejected them as inadequate.  What I opted for instead has proved a welcome addition, and I thought I’d pass it along to the masses.

 

I moseyed on down to the local hardware store and picked up a couple of pairs of plastic drawer pulls, along with some stainless #8 finishing screws and cup washers.  I mounted them on the side luggage.  I got one pair for the front of bags that was 3” on-center and a pair for the back that was 3 ¾” on-center.  You could use 3” all around if you want.

 

Here’s a couple of pictures to show you the layout.  First, a shot of the front left bag looking down.

 

 


 

Next, here’s a shot of the right rear.  The nicest part of this arrangement is that I can use several hooks of varying kinds all at once.  Large hooks, ball-ends, small hooks, etc.

 

 

 

 

Mounting on the inside is a snap.  The flat-head finishing screws and the cup washers bite well into the side and provide great strength.  Just measure (OK, twice..) and drill a couple of holes in the plastic, screw ‘em up tight and yer off!

 

 

 

 

I have also found them convenient to strap on a spare helmet on the right-rear bag.  It stays remarkably clean.

 

You may want to opt for metal pulls if you can find them.  I have, subsequently, and keep them in reserve for some signs of failure of the originals.  I’ve had ‘em on almost two years now, and they’re still as good as new.  I like the flexibility of the plastic pulls because it lets me sneak the ball-end cord in easily, but still keeps it fairly snug.  YMMV.

 

Cheap, easy, and eminently useable.

 

HTH!

 

 

Cary Stotland

Austin Road Warrior

'85 K100RT

X Kaw Z1

 

Carpe Beemum!  Seize the Beemer! (just not mine, OK? ;-)