My name is Bernie Brinkmann & I am the MD of STAHLKOFFER Ltd. I have always owned BMW’s & ride up to 20,000 miles a year in the UK & throughout Europe. It was on one of my many European travels that I realized how important well-designed, strong, practical water/dust proof motorcycle luggage needs to be.
STAHLKOFFER are manufactured in Birmingham from top quality 2mm aluminium and are professionally TIG welded. They also come complete with frames (Stainless Steel Option) which locate straight on to the existing manufacturers mountings
I was not happy with the design of BMW panniers (particularly the massive storage space loss with the near-side pannier having to accommodate the exhaust pipe) and the side opening facility which means everything falls out when you open the lid!
So I began by designing aluminium panniers and frames for the R1200GS/R1150GS/R1100GS & R850. By increasing the width of the near-side pannier frame the pannier now hangs on to the frame and sits “proud” of the exhaust pipe, thus giving the owner a “full pannier”.
The off-side Stahlkoffer Pannier is designed slightly bigger so that it can store a full-face helmet. As a result you end up with just over 100 litres of luggage space (more than adequate to store two people’s luggage on a three-week camping trip).
I also realized that when traveling you might want to get something out of the top-box or panniers so the design is such that the top-box and panniers are top-loading and the lids can be simply & quickly unlocked & removed – even if camping-gear etc is already strapped to the them.
The pannier frames have been so designed that they utilise the existing location points on the BMW frame. & pannier fitting could not be simpler & takes only minutes.
Due to demand STAHLKOFFER now makes frames and panniers to fit all motor cycles including: KTM, Kawasaki, Triumph, Yamaha, Moto Guzzi, Ducati, Honda and Harley Davidson.