Since putting as many miles as possible between my taillight and L.A. is the right job for this tool, tough, unobtrusive, easy-to-use luggage is indispensable. BMW's Sport Panniers ($793) deliver on all counts. They take a half-hour to mount if you take your time. After that they go on or off (literally) in 30 seconds, using the bike's ignition key. Capacity is, um, modest, but compression-style liners maximize what's there, and a bellows-type lid lets them expand to swallow about 50 percent more gear. Factor in BMW's standard purpose-built K1200s tank bag-relatively simple but completely waterproof-and you have room for a week's worth of gear, assuming regular trips to the Laundromat.