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Discussion in 'Vendors' started by Micatech, May 27, 2010.
A rider at the BMW RA Rally picked up a set of Roof Racks for his Jesse Bags. Here's what he had to say:
I have mounted your Roof Racks on my Jesse bags. They fit well and make it easy to carry the bags off the bike. I had previously placed tie down loops in the top, hence the extras screws that you see in the cover. Thanks again, love the Roof Racks!
Dave came by the shop today to instal a set of Pilot Cases on his 1200GS. We had some fun with a time lapse video. Enjoy.
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And a shot of the finished setup:
Exchanged several emails with Sue from Micatech to place my order, and make sure I had all I wanted, side/top cases, roof racks, liner bags and reflective tape. There was some out of the ordinary logistic to be worked out, and timing was important to me, as the items were ordered from Victoria, BC to be shipped to KY, were my new-to-me GSA was still residing. The plan was to fly to Lexington, install the cases, pick up the bike and ride it back to Victoria, BC.
As we (buyer and seller) were leisurely enjoying a barley pop and installing the side cases, about to mount the roof racks, we opted to first install the pack rack and top case to determine if the roof racks were going to be installed slightly back or slightly forward.
To my disappointment critical hardware pieces were missing from the boxes and we quickly realized that the top box, pack rack, as well as the rest of the stuff that was coming with the bike (originally had planned to stow it in, and tie it to the top box), would have to be shipped to BC; cost $200.00 usd. Also when I ordered the liners I had mistakenly understood that there would be 2 Lg and 2 Sml, where in fact the package was 1 Lg and 3 Sml.
Before I had made it home to BC, the missing hardware and brackets had been delivered to my place along with a gifted Lg liner. The day following my arrival, I email a copy of the shipping bill, and was immediately refunded.
Yup mistakes do happen, so is the nature of life, what also usually happens is a lot of corporate BS. Well not this time, emails sent were promptly and courteously replied to, usually the same day within a couple of hours.
I love the cases, and I am looking forward to our next trip and not having to puzzle our gear in the panniers.
Thank you Micatech, especially Sue for your professionalism
Thanks for the post. Sorry for the mix-up and we're very happy that you're up and running. Great photos too!
I'm sold. After a lot of research, the pilot cases will look great on my (new) 05 12gs. But what sold it most of all is MT's customer service!
Now all I have to do is save those nickles and dimes.
Anyone have input on the MT top cases, i.e. small, med, large, mounting position, etc?
For the top case, I'd recommend you go with the Medium. It will hold one and a half helmets Or you could put one helmet in the right case and one in the top case.
The large is huge and the small holds 1 helmet. I believe the lids on the top cases are removable, so if you want to use it to collect fire wood at your campsite or an impromptu drink cooler.
Mounts, it's personal. For me, the luggage rack location is best. It still leaves you the pillion deck for strapping a big dry bag, or to carry a passenger. If you mount it in the passenger seat location, it's handy as a rider's backrest, but getting on and off the bike means you need to stand on the pegs and swing your leg over the case.
I mounted my V2's on my 800GS on a 2 up trip through Colorado this summer and the cases were excellent. Of course, I wished I had more room like I did when I had the Pilot cases..
I will be using the same V2 cases on my next bike, the Yamaha XT1200 SuperTenere. I also need to post some pics of the 800GS with the V2's.
Here's the Large on my old bike:
My latest addition to the thread....
And I had to make an exhaust extension...for the first time in years I have a problem with heat in the one bag. Simple...tail pipe extension from auto parts store and a clamp.....
I'm planning on getting a set of the V2's this week. They will be on my Tiger and the SuperTenere. I am unsure of getting the 8" or 10" width, so I would be really interested in seeing pics of them mounted on your 800GS, especially the rear view!
I have 8" V2s on mine, from the back they do look wide, but they are within an inch or two of the width of the handlebars.
These are 10" V2's.
For the SuperTen I wish I had gone with 10" on the right and 8" on the left. I'll post pics of my smaller V2's soon.
Why yes, they have.
I'm pretty pleased overall. They do fit a little loose on the pucks on my MoTech racks. I was considering tweaking the mounting flanges a little to snug up the fit; any suggestions before I go ahead?
The cases survived two naps on my last trip , no damage except scratched paint.
I too am disappointed that I missed any liner bag promotions that were going on.
The pics don't do the cases much justice, I'll post some better ones later.
Very sharp looking panniers
They shouldn't be loose on the mounting mushrooms. You might need to tighten the stainless mushrooms.
Did you get the 8" or 10"?
I still need to post pics of mine with the roof racks attached.. My card reader isn't working with my new PC.
I was meaning to say I think the black and yellow is dead sexy.
I'm not sure what the measurements are on mine, I have a 37 liter on the right and a 45 liter on the left.
My pucks are tight, it looks like the grooves in the pucks are wider than the material on the box that mates with them.
Hmm, you should give them a call and see what they say. The panniers definitely fit on the bike tightly and get a bit less tight with repeated installation and removal.
V2 cases are 4 way adjustable: Fore and aft, up and down.
The door reinforcement bar also has 2 drink holder indents, plus 2 threaded holes to store the butter fly nut that secures the case to the SW motech racks:
Roof rack has tie down / Rok strap slots, drink holders for campsite use, and the middle handles permit me to carry one pannier in each hand.
SW motech racks are quickly removable with quarter turn fasteners:
No heat issues from the exhaust.
Do you already or have plans to design a mounting system for the new Yamaha Super Tenere 1200?
Are the pilot cases compatible with the Remus exhaust system?
Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?