BMW R1200GS RALLYE SPORT
You don’t tend to think about how much an empty box weighs, but BMW’S Vario topbox is a porker. My Rallye’s Dynamic ESA automatically adjusts to the load, but mass is mass – and less is better. It’s a big box with a backrest, superb build quality, and BMW’S clever 25-35 litre Vario expansion system (for £348). But 6.9kg is a lot of weight. However, BMW do a very tidy semi-rigid tail pack that offers an equally useful 30-35 `clitres of capacity – and weighs 5.4kgs less. It mounts in seconds, is weatherproof, costs just £125 and while it’s not as rugged or secure as a topbox – it’s a winner in my book.
The soft option is a huge 5.4kg lighter