BMW R1100S 2-Up Touring

I bought my BMW R1100S as a step up from the BMW F650GS. The bike offers much more power and smoothness for touring. The downside is that even though the bike is considered a “sport-touring” bike, it’s more “sport” than “touring”.

The BMW Finger Lakes Rally is just around the corner and this year I’ll be going 2-up with Erica riding pillion. This means packing the bike with gear for two people, three nights, and four days.


Here I have the R1100S loaded with the BMW tank bag with it’s middle extension zipped in, BMW system cases with touring lids, Corbin seat with back rest, and a U-bag thanks to my friend Norm from the BMW Dutch Country Riders.


My plan is to store gloves, DSLR, and other quick-to-reach accessories in the tank bag. Erica will have one case for her clothes, rain gear, and essentials, and I will have the other for my gear.


The U-bag will hold our tent, sleeping bags, pillows, and hopefully sleeping pads. This has not yet been tested and I think it’s going to be a tight fit with the sleeping pads but we will just have to wait and see.


  1. Reply
    Jake August 21, 2011

    Luckily, you’re both fairly compact as well. I can’t imagine the beast that Jamie and I would have to get just to ride comfortably. Being tall isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, heh.

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