Wixom saddlebags, BMW motorcycle luggage, paniers
BMW Motorcycle saddlebags by Wixom
Photos supplied by Pierre Michaud, thanks.
These three are Wixom model 303
The key next to a USA nickel.
The Wixom mounts were manufactured by Reynolds Machine Tool, in Salt Lake City. They also made other BMW accessories, but mostly under their name. Photos supplied by several people and I lost track, sorry.
These photos are the centerfold of Road Rider 1973.
These bags and boxes were quite popular in the 70s. Just add in the fairing, and you have the definition of a high-speed wobble.
I don’t know if they are all the same, but the keying does seem very simple. My locksmith provided a luggage key for “Amelia Earhart” luggage #2086. Only the first tooth on the key engages the lock, but it works. “Amelia Earheart” is a luggage brand name; it is stamped into the key. The number 2086 is the key code for a particular keying for the suitcase lock. Thanks to Drew Daniels.
Wixom latch sets new w keys, US $12.00/pr, free shipping in the USA. http://www.cyclepsycho.com/ It is a Japanese bike wrecker but, you get the goodies where you can 🙂 Thanks to Brent C. Schapansky.
Fulmer bought out Wixom and made bags for a couple of years before going out of business. The only difference was in the lid latches. Thanks, Boxer, by Bruce.
The Arthur Fulmer bags were stout, heavy fiberglass. We’d ice down a case of beer in each and head to the motocross or hill-climbs every Sunday to spectators and cheer our customers on. A small drain hole drilled in the bottom of each bag eliminated sloshing and the corresponding reduction in handling on the way home. I wish I still had those bags! Thanks to John Sudlow.
Updated 12 Nov. 2019