BDCW - Helo Pad (BMW R1200/1250 GS-LC - 2013+)

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BDCW - Helo Pad (BMW R1200/1250 GS-LC - 2013+)

FOR A LIMITED TIME WE HAVE SOME BLEMISHED UNITS WE ARE OFFERING AT A DISCOUNT. These have minor imperfections in the cosmetic finish of the product. Still fully function with all required hardware.

Our MONSTER-SIZED Helo Pad for the liquid-cooled GS, provides riders with the ultimate way to secure extra gear to their bike.

Whether you need to haul camping gear, extra fuel, or a WARN recovery winch—this extra-large rear rack can handle it all. We named it the “Helo Pad” because it’s almost big enough to land a helicopter! 


  • BMW R1200 GS LC Standard (2013-2018)
  • BMW R1200 GS LC Rallye (2 piece seat only)
  • BMW R1250 GS LC Standard and all variations (2019+)



Here’s what you need to know about our Helo Pad:

These stout plates are made of 1/4″ aluminum, with generous-sized holes around the perimeter for tie down points. Hard anodized in black for a lasting finish with our logo tastefully laser etched.

This design has several notable unique features and benefits:

  • A solid design that replaces the passenger seat, and occupies the space of our standard Multi-Function Rear Rack.
  • Pre-drilled to carry RotopaX fuel or water containers in 14 possible locations, either lengthwise or across the bike.
  • Pre-drilled to accommodate the WARN XT17 winch carrying plate in two different positions—one towards the front of the bike and another towards the rear (WARN F800GS stow plate model—model #86600 required).
  • Type 2 anodized black for a durable finish.
  • Generous-sized tie down points make strapping items to the rack an easy process.

We strongly recommend using ROK Straps to secure items to your rack/bike. We’ve used ROK Straps for years and consider them the safest, most convenient solution.

Our Helo Pad Multi-Function Rear Rack comes with the ability to mount the RotopaX carriers (for 1, 1.75 and 2 gallon fuel or water containers), as well as the support plate (ordered separately) to carry a WARN XT17 electric winch. Serious adventure riders are quickly seeing the benefit of carrying these lightweight electric winches for recovering a bike off the trail, or simply navigating around an obstacle which would otherwise require a “U-turn” to seek an alternate route.

Hardware and spacers are provided—SIMPLE install—goes on with just four bolts.

The Helo Pad measures approximately 21-inches long x 14-inches wide. This size is compatible with all known SADDLEBAG luggage systems including BMW Vario, Touratech, Hepco-Becker, Jesse, Happy Trails, SW-Motech and Micatech.  This rack is NOT designed to carry a top box.


  • NOT compatible with the Rallye seat. Does work with Rallye two piece seat.
  • NOT compatible with the stock plastic grab rail.
  • NOT intended to carry a passenger (that would just be cruel!).
  • We have pre-drilled this rack to accommodate the (WARN F800GS stow plate model—model #86600 required.
  • Carrying the RotopaX requires use of their specific mounts—either Standard, Deluxe or Lockable. This rack is pre-drilled to accommodate all of these mounts, as well.



What Customers are Barking About


Thanks for the delivery notice.


The helo pad is already mounted on my GS and looks great!  It only took around  30 minutes to mount and most of that time was for gathering up my tools. Since I am a solo rider, I got rid of the seat, passenger pegs (already had them off), those plastic “grab handles” and small rear rack. Now I have a REAL rack to carry my duffel, firewood, 50lb. sack of dog food or whatever else I need to haul.


Thanks for the great product and quick shipping.
David Bowers - SPARTANBURG, SC


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    Helo Pad

    Posted by Jeff Deavers on Aug 17th 2021

    Just returned from a weekend at Finger Lakes, in NY-back to central Virginia. My Helo Pad was perfect in allowing me to strap down a 30 liter Kriega duffel , and have plenty of room to add my 20 liter if needed. Solid and easy mounts, looks great on the bike-so much more useful when able to remove rear seat, and tail box set-up. This will likely remain on the bike full time, since I never carry a passenger. If need be, I can remove the entire bracket and replace the rear seat in 10-15 minutes. Love the looks, solid feel, and loads of tie down points! Perfect for my 1200GS!