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Old 07-09-2014, 01:44 PM   #1
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KTM, BMW & Touratech


I started this thread just because of an observation…

My friends who mostly ride BMW seem to be religious towards Touratech equipment. This also correlates to my observations in G-Spot.

When it comes to the KTM people, most seem to think Touratech is mostly over priced junk. At least here in Orange Crush, and i tend to agree. I have yet to find a Touratech part I would put on the 990…

So what is the deal? Is Touratech only focused on the BMW market, and make the good parts only for the BMWs? Are there no other viable competitors making parts to fit the BMW?

What do you guys think?
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Old 07-09-2014, 01:58 PM   #2
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Old 07-09-2014, 02:34 PM   #3
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Never seen a thing on Touratech I wanted nor needed to pay twice as much for.
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Old 07-09-2014, 04:09 PM   #4
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Some of their stuff is good to go. It's all preference and I am glad they are making stuff for the KTM's. Motivates competition and that's good for us all.
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:11 PM   #5
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ditto. Not seen anything on touratech that would add enough protection to justify the cost and weight. Some people just like bling.

Actually 1 item: I did purchase a low profile sump plug for my x-challenge.
The standard item went below the bash plate and I hit it a few times on rocks.
BMW ended up making their own version and had them in stock. (BMW version had a magnet -TT did not)

Other that that. The rest look unnecessary to me. But I do not ride across africa so I am not a serious rider. :-)
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:35 PM   #6
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Decent gear...yes overpriced. The only thing I bought was the GPS mount for the 990. I don't think anyone else has the mount like theirs.
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:50 PM   #7
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:41 PM   #8
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I was actually wondering the same thing the other day. It does seem to be an epidemic among BMW guys...I have no issues with the quality of TT gear, only the prices and there are plenty of alternative brands.
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Old 07-09-2014, 09:01 PM   #9
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I have a few Touratech items between various bikes, including the GPS mount and locking bracket. I buy their stuff when I like their solution better than the competitions. But I am not a slave to brand and buy based on what I feel works best for my needs. My bikes end up with all kinds of branded stuff.
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Old 07-09-2014, 09:31 PM   #10
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I bought the Garmin 60 and 62 lockable GPS mounts, real quality items as well as their headlight protector...also excellent quality.

Been looking at the luggage but finding you buy the box, then the inner bag, then the lock, then the handle.....pricing seems stupidly high in the end to what you can get elsewhere to do the same job at the same quality level?
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Old 07-09-2014, 09:48 PM   #11
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I like the headlight guard on my 990 and the enlarged adjustable brake lever pad.
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Old 07-09-2014, 10:48 PM   #12
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Old 07-10-2014, 10:12 AM   #13
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I have the headlight guard, lockable GPS mount, sump guard and rear carrier, can't fault any of it.

From other manufacturers I have crash bars and wider (as in stick out from the bike further) foot pegs.

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Old 07-10-2014, 01:07 PM   #14
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I don't know, here in Colombia Touratech is the favorite brand of accesories, specially for the constantly increasing BMW fans. Quality is good, but I preffer SW-Motech stuff, relatively cheaper and proven quality (tested on crash bars).
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Old 07-10-2014, 03:37 PM   #15
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I'm completely happy with my Touratech zega pro panniers and top box mounted to the KTM racks. I might have gone a different route, but I kept the boxes from my last bike. The've survived two crashes quite well. : )

That said, when I was shopping for a skid plate, I chose BDCW.

Just like anything, you have to shop the part not the brand.
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