BMW has introduced an updated, electrified version of its Vario luggage system for the new BMW R1300 GS adventure bike. This innovative luggage system includes both side cases and a top box designed to cater to the needs of modern riders.
The top box and side cases are made of hard materials and offer significant storage capacity. However, what sets them apart is their electrification. These cases are equipped with the ability to charge electronic devices like smartphones, laptops, or any other gadget with a USB-A connector. They provide a power supply of 15W (5V/3A) for efficient charging. Both the left-side case and the top box are capable of charging your devices.
Additionally, the Vario luggage system can be integrated into the BMW R1300 GS’s remote central locking system for added convenience. Even if you misplace the remote fob, you can still open the Vario boxes using a regular mechanical key.
This updated system allows for a maximum storage capacity of 97 liters. It incorporates a wheel adjuster that makes it easier to change the volume, eliminating the need for the previous two-step system. You can adjust the combined volume of the side cases between approximately 49 liters and 60 liters (with an adjustment of 5.5 liters per side case), and the top box can be varied from 28 liters to 36 liters. Each side case has a load limit of 10kg, while the top box is limited to 6kg. External loads of up to 2kg can be attached to the top box, and up to 1kg to each side case.
However, it’s important to note that BMW recommends a maximum permissible speed of 112 mph when riding with the Vario system. Additionally, this new system is not compatible with previous BMW GS models, including the previous R1250.
To enhance the functionality of the cases, BMW offers Vario Inner Bags as accessories. These bags come in two sizes: a larger bag for each case and a smaller bag for each side case. The smaller bag can be placed on top of the larger bag inside the case. The larger bag designed for the left case features a padded compartment for electronic devices and a cable outlet, making it perfect for charging your gadgets on the go.
This innovative electrified Vario luggage system demonstrates BMW’s commitment to providing modern riders with practical and advanced solutions to enhance their riding experience. It combines the convenience of ample storage space with the ability to charge your electronic devices while on the road, catering to the needs of today’s tech-savvy motorcyclists.