Got my new Micatech’s!

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by rideLD, Dec 15, 2005.

  1. rideLD

    rideLD The further the better!

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    Here are some pictures of the mounts. I'm pretty sure that is a powder coating

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  2. DoctorIt

    DoctorIt vrooom!

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    GB, I was gonna answer this for you, but rc's picks pretty much do it. You were probably just thinking of the bullets, eh?
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  3. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    I know powder coating the mounts matches the frame of the bike, but I was hoping to get mine anodized... or maybe I should just stick to what I see here, which looks great... Thanks for posting all those pics!

    Now I gotta decide whether to go with a lowered exhaust or not.. :confused
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  4. Pinarretta

    Pinarretta Wubba Lubba Dub Dub Supporter

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    I've had these for about a month and have been very happy with them. (Pics http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=105148)

    If you are thinking of lowering the exhaust to get more luggage space, keep in mind these bags are quite capacious.

    For those that think they might be too wide, I haven't had any issues commuting with them in LA.

    One thing you have to get used to though is that you can't squeeze into a parking space and open the bags. You need some side room for the doors to swing open. Not a big deal, just something you have be aware of.

    The customer service and responsiveness from Micatech is excellent.
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  5. FlyingScotsman

    FlyingScotsman Crash Test Dummy

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    I like these cases :thumb

    I read that you couldn't fit two helmets in the cases because of the "door opening"? Can you explain further? Is it because the cases taper in at the top? I would love to have a case that looks as good as yours but will take two helmets without sticking out any further than your Micatechs.

    As I said, nice cases...

    Steven
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  6. rideLD

    rideLD The further the better!

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    Well I got to thinken about it and since it is 18 degrees here and icey and I've had a few beers, and I have nothing better to do. I decided I was up to the challange of putting 2 helmets in the case. :beer It took a couple of trys to figure out how to put them both in there, kind of like a puzzle. Once I figured it out, it is easily repeatable. Here are 2 full face Arai XL helmets in the right case. There is still room for a jacket. Did I mention these cases are fricken huge!:D

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  7. charleshmosesii

    charleshmosesii No skills no worries

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    :bow I'm sold.
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  8. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams Supporter

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    yeah, that's reason enough for me to wish I went with the micatechs over the Jesse's (which I love, but, it'd be nice to toss a helmet in at a stop).
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  9. FlyingScotsman

    FlyingScotsman Crash Test Dummy

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    Well, Poke me in the eye with a shitty stick :vardy

    I was about to splash out on a TT 41L Special set but now I'm not sure again. :bluduh

    :D
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  10. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    I've been told the width of the Micatech luggage was designed to accommodate a helmet. The widest point of the Micatech luggage correlates with the widest point of an XXL Arai helmet that is resting in the case. In fact, I've had a Large and a Small full-face Arai helmets locked in the right
    case at the same time.

    Karl, when it's turkey time, would you please put that turkey in the case and post a picture!! :lol3 I'm serious! I am going to email Bob and Sue and ask them to have a "what can you put in your cases contest! Send us your pics".

    Great picture! Thanks for sharing :thumb
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  11. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    This is how I pack. 3 Helen 2 Wheels bags, camera bag, a few tools, air pump and tire gauge. In the exhaust side, the 3 bags fit with ease, but I not the camera bag. The rain cover goes there too.

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  12. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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  13. GB

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    Arai XD helmet, and can fit a small Arai with it as well, although I mainly ride solo.

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  14. rideLD

    rideLD The further the better!

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    Here is a picture that shows the difference in space between the micatechs and the BMW system cases. This is a system case liner fully expanded which equals the entire capacity of the right system cases.

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    I am starting to doubt some of the claimed capacity of some of these bags. If the Micatechs are only 102 liters, it is hard to believe that the system cases are a full 85 liters and even harder to believe their main compeditors capacity claim. The simplest explination is that perhaps Micatech has understated their capcity and the others are stating theirs accurately? :confused
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  15. GB

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    I am pretty sure the Micatech measurement of 102 liters is accurate. Others might be inflated. I guess the beauty of micatech isn't how big they made them, but how they made them big.. No wider than the handlebars or the cylinders, yet they hold a lot. :thumb
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  16. Ron Melton

    Ron Melton RIDE, EAT, SLEEP, REPEAT.

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    Thanks for th report & th good pictures. I'm still undecided about bags. I really don't want bags but am forced to admit their practicality for long road trips as opposed to th roll top Ortliebs soft bags lashed on th rear deck. I'm wonderin about how th Micatech will hold up in ah crash?:eek1
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  17. Against the Wind

    Against the Wind I'm older now but still runnin'

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    A while back, a bunch of GS riders filled the Jesse bags and lids with water and only managed to fill them with 93 liters, versus their claimed 108 liters, so not too many riders questined the 108 liter figure until someone else came along with a bigger bag that claimed a smaller figure, which dudn't make sense :evil

    Plus, those 3 liner bags that GB posted are actually Helen Two Wheels' Jesse bag liners, and I used them when I had my Jesse's. You slide them in vertically, but once you put those in there, you couldn't get anything else in there, so obviously Micatech's bags are bigger. Maybe someone cares to fill their Micatechs up with water and see how much they hold? Maybe their figure of 102 liters is actually accurate. :dunno
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  18. rideLD

    rideLD The further the better!

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    Yes I saw that too on the Micapeak GS Email list. I also remember they were lamb basted for expressing their opinion. :bash Lets not got there with this thread. I should not have brought it up. The Jesses are very nice bags for those who prefer a slimmer profile and top loading. They sure are much more proven and tested than the Micatechs are yet.
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  19. JimVonBaden

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    When they tested the Jesse's with water, did they also fill the lids to the top, and the bags to the top?

    Not that I care, but I am curious.

    Jim :brow
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  20. rideLD

    rideLD The further the better!

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    Yes, that was what was alleged. They put the empty Jesses on a commercial floor scale and got the tare weight. Then they filled them both with water and filled both the lids with water. They took the weight and convereted it to liters.

    It would be an easy experiment to duplicate if you were so inclined.
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