October 25 2007.

Ventura has introduced a new luggage system that will enable owners of the new BMW G650 X-series bikes to carry serious amounts of kit without compromising the machine's handling. Better still, both pack and luggage rack can be removed in seconds, returning the machine to its original light and slim form.

Ventura uses a frame-mounted slip-on luggage system that is custom-made for a hassle free and perfect fit. It is well suited to adventure sport motorcycles because it is aerodynamic and designed to sit centrally so it won't upset the balance of the machine. When riding solo, the pack sits over the pillion seat so that it does not affect the handling or stability of the bike, (Ventura has been independently tested at over 180mph). When riding two-up it is turned around, over the rack, leaving the pillion with the maximum amount of space (unlike panniers). If no luggage is required, the Pack and Rack can be replaced in seconds with a Grab Handle or Sport Rack.

Ventura packs are produced in 35, 45 and 55 litre sizes, which is comparable to most soft luggage panniers and larger tail packs. It is also possible to zip together two 45-litre Spada packs to give a massive 90-litre carrying capacity.

The BMW G650-X kit is just one in this range of uniquely flexible soft luggage systems that is custom-made for over 1,100 motorcycles. The systems pictured feature L-brackets, Pack-Rack and 45-litre capacity Spada Pack, (in black, red or blue), giving a total cost of £216.97. The Sport Rack costs £36.99 and the Grab Handle is £19.99. Stop Press - Ducati Hypermotard kit just announced.

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