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Discussion in 'Vendors' started by Micatech, May 27, 2010.
Are these 8" or 10" panniers?
Are you planning on making a backrest available for the top case?
If you are asking about mine, the left is 8"and the right side 10".
Yes, we're working on some prototypes now. If there are any features in particular that you'd like to see, drop us a PM and let us know your thoughts.
Looking good, JRP! It was a pleasure to meet you.
Those of you who know Micatech know that we're a few folks with a passion for adventure riding. All of our products are made in our Hillsboro, NH shop. We're thankful for all of our customers and we enjoy hearing your feedback (both positive and constructive). One of the things we've heard is that you'd like an improved tie-down system. We listened to your feedback, played around with some ideas and made a first set of prototypes. Today we'd like to present the Roof Rack. It's a prototype and we're excited to hear your feedback.
-Shown on a (well traveled) KLR with 8" V2 cases - The system will be compatible with all of our cases
-Made from light weight and sturdy 2mm aluminum
-Textured black powder coat finish
-Securely mounted at 4 points by water tight stainless steel hardware
-Ample tie-down slots sized to accomodate plastic hook bungees and Rok Straps
-Built in beverage holders
-Center handle for comfortable one-hand carry of up to 45 lbs.
-Center handle adds security for a passenger
We understand that no two riders are alike and we can't expect to please everyone. However, we value our customers' feedback and want to include you in our product development process. So, we're excited to hear your feedback. Consider the following:
What do you like about this idea?
How could it be made better?
What additional features would you like to see?
Thank you, Riders. Feel free to drop us a PM if there's anything you'd like to discuss in more detail. Let us know if you'd like to see more photos or have questions.
They look pretty cool. I would like to see more pics, and are you sure once you install them the bags will remain waterproof? Oh yeah, how much?
We're putting them through the ringer now. Waterproofness is a key attribute that must be accomplished. Initial testing is looking good. Are there any specific photos you're interested in?
The pricing is yet to be determined. How much do you think the Roof Rack should cost? Yes, we really do want to know what you think. Theres no wrong answerjust say whats on your mind and well see what everyone has to say. Feel free to provide a specific number, a range, or any general input on price and value.
As far as pics, how they mount, how they install etc. Personally having the bags remain watertight is whats important. I have had my set for years and they have never leaked a drop, and I would like to keep it that way. For price it think between 50-100 would be great but I have no Idea what it costs to develop/market them.
Oh and just to try and keep all the info in one thread, here is a write up I did on my install a few years ago.....just in case anyone needs a little help....
I like those roof racks.. multi purpose and the drink holders are a nice touch!
If I were ordering a new set of V2's would you be able to weld them on prior to powder coating the cases?
I did, and guess what showed up at my door today!
The cases are awesome, and I got the liners now!
I'd drop $50 with no regrets.
Yeah, I'd like to know about the welding as well. Even though I don't have that option anymore...
Thanks Micatech! I'm loving my new gadgets!
The prototypes have been bolted on (not welded). Today we submerged them in water and were pleased to see that no water leaked through. Welding could be an option for new users. However, bolting allows existing users to upgrade. What do you guys think? We're going to continue to use and abuse these to make sure they hold up to the stresses of adventure riding.
Here are shots of the prototype mounting system. First from the outside of the box and then from the inside. The Roof Rack has 4 "feet" and each foot will have a mounting point.
Skiped work today and took a ride to the beach so here are some pics
2009 R1200Gs with v2 cases 8 inch on the exhaust side 10 in on the right oh and dont forget the bonus points for the ocean pics side
Nice beach front pics
The gasket on the outside and the sealing washer on the inside will keep water out, no doubt. I'd take a pair if you could weld them to my new cases
Looking good, ckinneavy! Bonus points awarded for the coastal shot!
We want to share the updates to the Roof Rack. Here's some shots of the 2nd round of prototypes.
Smaller overall geometry
Better fitting beverage holders (Moxie not included...)
Added depth to the handle for improved comfort
Another update for the day: Here's a look at the first round of Backrest prototypes for the Top Case. What do ya'll think? What do you want in a backrest?
That's what I'm looking for in a backrest. I'm sure once the prototype stage is complete it will look nice!
Thanks, we'll keep the post updated as we move forward.