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The left side of my bike luggage comes off the bike easy-peasy. The right side takes a couple of whacks just to budge it before it will even start to move. I asked my dealer about this when I bought the bike two years ago and he said it will loosen up over time. Granted I haven't removed the luggage frequently, maybe because it is such a pain, but it hasn't loosened up at all. Is this common with the bike? Any tips on making this process smoother?


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My 2015 is a bit "sticky" on both sides, especially when the bags are loaded. Not really a problem for me as I only have them on the bike when I'm doing a long distance ride and then I use the bag liners to hold "stuff". I have a pillion bag for everyday things like clothes and toiletry items.

I think your dealer is correct...they will loosen up if you take them off and on more often. Tight is actually good.....no odd rattles, squeaks, etc............
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I will channel my inner Fast Eddie and say: Spray the contact points that are sticking with some WD 40.
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I will channel my inner Fast Eddie and say: Spray the contact points that are sticking with some WD 40.
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Thanks! I will give that a go.

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I wrestle with my 2018 side cases!!! I don't keep them on my bike unless I plan to use them but, man, there's been a few times I was ready to go and get the rubber mallet!

Not sure if they'll loosen up over time but it seems like you need the exact, precise angle to get them off!
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The left side of my bike luggage comes off the bike easy-peasy. The right side takes a couple of whacks just to budge it before it will even start to move. I asked my dealer about this when I bought the bike two years ago and he said it will loosen up over time. Granted I haven't removed the luggage frequently, maybe because it is such a pain, but it hasn't loosened up at all. Is this common with the bike? Any tips on making this process smoother?
The next time you remove the luggage from your bike, inspect the lock mechanism/lever on the bag. Your entire problem is with the quick lock system on your bag. Take it out have have a close look to see it function properly. If the lock mechanism is half releasing than you will find it hard to remove your luggage from the bike. Use the other luggage that comes off easily to compare the locking functions.

Hope this is of some assistance to your problem.
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I would try a silicone lubricant.
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Fastoman, I will look at the locking mechanism and compare them. Thanks for the tip.

JimK, thanks for the suggestion on silicone lubricant. I was going to try WD40 first but if that fails I will give your suggestion a try.


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I would try a silicone lubricant.
Ditto. My factory hard luggage have become stickier in the past couple of months. Dirt, dust, or just plain friction. A little silicone spray lube should do the trick for you. I wouldn't use WD40 for the job.
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Ditto. My factory hard luggage have become stickier in the past couple of months. Dirt, dust, or just plain friction. A little silicone spray lube should do the trick for you. I wouldn't use WD40 for the job.
I agree about not using WD-40 in this case although I use it alot for many lubricating jobs.Since you are working with plastic,you I wouldnt use anything corrosive,stuff that contains solvents .I would use a little dab of Lithium grease which is specifically non-corrosive.
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