This is a collection of photos and information from BMW riders and collectors.
I include photos of similar perspective in case one shows some aspect that
another does not. Please feel free to add information and photos.
As I remember, these did not come with mounting instructions. Most were
made by Denfeld.
BMW bag photos supplied by Jim Nassetta
These bags were supplied by Butler and Smith for both the /2 and /5 series. Only the mounts were different. The leather was very thick and stiff. The mounts
were well known to break, but that was mostly because they were overloaded. They
were not highly waterproof and users would wrap the contents in plastic bags.
They were probably the least expensive bags one could buy for a BMW. The
1971 parts book shows two sizes of leather bags and no Krauser bags.
These bags came in slightly different shapes and got distorted by use.
I think that over time, different contractors made them for motorcycles and they
were imported by Butler and Smith.
/2 photos provided by Bob Fee, thanks
Leather bags on a very tasty /2 conversion
Hi Duane, as promised here are the pix. I got the bag mounts
from Bobs BMW, he had 1 more mount-set than bag-set, or would not have sold it
without the bags. I conjured these bags up for much less $$$, they are
leatherette, & have Austrian crest markings...I prefer to ride without bags
myself, but they are so convenient & go on easily when you need to carry things.
In fact I have 3 identical German army rubberized/leather trim backpacks, to
which I will add hardware, that will fit my pannier mounts & rear rack. I
will send photos when I get it completed. I hope these photos help(& are
good enough). You are doing a heroic service for the community of vintage
BMW fans. I for one certainly appreciate it. Thanks & very best wishes to
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