Got my new Micatech’s!

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

  1. cghawk

    cghawk Got2Now

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    Sue tells Me Mine Will ship this week (All Black)......... Can't wait, awsome customer service so far !!!!!!!!!!!
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  2. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    Interesting, but why didn't they just measure what they put in in liters?

    Jim :brow
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  3. rideLD

    rideLD The further the better!

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    I don't now but I do know that in my line of work we often have to precisely measure large amount of liquids and it is always easier and more accurate to do it by weight. A liter of water weighs 2.11 lbs. It would be much faster to just fill the bags up with a hose on the scale then divde the weight in pounds by 2.11.
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  4. rideLD

    rideLD The further the better!

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    Sweet! Post some pics when you get them mounted!:D
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  5. Ron Melton

    Ron Melton RIDE, EAT, SLEEP, REPEAT.

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    Thanks agin for th pictures & info i've looked at it 50 times. Just about ready to order my Micatechs. Seems like on th road i always need more room for stuff, campin gear , cook stove , food, tools ect,ect,. Even with my Wings side cases & top box i wanted more room. PS I ordered my Micatech cases today (all black) spose ta be here mid january .:D

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  6. FlyingScotsman

    FlyingScotsman Crash Test Dummy

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    Please post some pics once they are mounted. I'm still undecided on which to buy (TT, or Micatechs). :vardy
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  7. Against the Wind

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

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    Flying Scotsman,

    I was talking to Bob at Micatech and he was explaining to me that the construction of the panniers is quite complex and it costs more to make than a regular rectangular box, plus given the innovative mounting system, and the lock / latch system, they are a better deal than the Touratech panniers. For the money involved, if you decide to go with the Touratech Zega cases, wouldn't you be better off with the Hepco Becker aluminum cases? They look very similar to the Zega's, they have nearly identical mounts and cost a lot less.

    I've gone with the Micatech's and I'm glad I did. They mounting system is the best on the market, the side loading feature, for my needs, is superior to the Zega's non hinged top lids, and they are no wider than the valve covers. :thumb
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  8. ghostryder

    ghostryder Long timer Supporter

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    Hey Rc how are the bags doing, have you had a chance to use them yet? Find anything new you did/did not like about them?:ear
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  9. DirtRideRoader

    DirtRideRoader Armed and Dangerous

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    I have a set of the original ones on my '01 GS. At one time it was pictured on the Micatech site. No affiliation, just a happy customer.

    Anyway, the way I got around the seat issue is to use the spare key that came with my bike. The little ones with almost no head on them. It will fit into the lock with the bags on. It is a little harder to turn as you can't really get you hand behind it, but it works. I learned this when I had a flat with the bike completely loaded.
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  10. Bubblehead

    Bubblehead Been here awhile

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    I'm VERY happy with the system cases by the way. Working out well!

    :D
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  11. Tugrik

    Tugrik Big Blue Adventurer

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    So... how's the drag-potential?

    A heavy guy like me, even with the suspension cranked, touches down pretty easy. My centerstand bears the brunt of the abuse, though the occasional peg (and lots of boot-tip) sometimes do instead.

    If I went with the micatech bags -- as I really love the amount of storage they have -- what are the chances of them touching down first? That would be bad.

    Also, if one has an underbody exhaust mod (that kit from Holland) so there is no can by the wheel, can one get full-sized cases on both sides?
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  12. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Tugrik,

    First the under body exhaust from Holland. I had one and it was very pricey and too loud for me. I think you can achieve the same result (more or less) by simply removing the cannister and riding with the cat.. That too was too loud for me. Option 3: Buy a cannister lowering kit from Happy Trails for $90 and it will lower the can low enough that you can order 2 full size Micatech cases, and carry the kitchen sink! If you get'em, you'll be very pleased.

    As for dragging, they do sit higher than the other bags on the market, I've never been able to drag mine despite my best efforts at max lean angles. NJ_Bob is a big guy and he says he's not dragged his either. I guess it will also depend on how your shocks are setup, and if the road is off camber or flat.. I'm always super careful with off camber curves no matter what I'm riding.
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  13. Ron Melton

    Ron Melton RIDE, EAT, SLEEP, REPEAT.

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    I got my Micatech's today (black). Thanks for your post & GREAT pictures. Your post was the deciding factor in my gittin Micatech's. Everything looks GREAT, i'm puttin 'em on this weekend. :D
    Th guy that makes th Micatech bags rides ah GS12, & told me he doubts if i'll be able to drag 'em.:clap
    http://www.micatech.net/aboutus.htm
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  14. bavaria_boy

    bavaria_boy Got Milch?

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    ... in the rain. Installed now and ready to ride... in the rain. Will update my page in the next few weeks with more pics. Hard to take nice ones now... in the rain. http://www.bavariaboy.com/micatech.html
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  15. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Looking at the positive side:
    At least you'll see that they won't leak in the rain!! :clap
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  16. rideLD

    rideLD The further the better!

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    The bags fricking rock. I have found nothing that I do not like about them. No issues at all. I have put about 1000 miles on them since I got them. I have ridden in some rain and a little snow and everything stays bone dry. My only issue (the seat key issue) has been a non issue because I am not keeping anything under the seat. I am a very happy customer to say the least. :D I got some cool reflective stickers for them from some guy in the vender forum. Here are some pics
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  17. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Karl,
    those stickers look good.. Gotta get some!! Do you have a linky?

    Ya, I agree with you on the seat key issue. I don't know how you fit tools under there, I had trouble fitting just the Blue Sea fuse box under there. On my first GS, it fit well, on this one, for some reason, the seat would not latch. I had to remove that tool kit tray, that has the U lock holder part, so the seat would latch, with the Blue Sea fuse box in place.
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  18. rideLD

    rideLD The further the better!

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  19. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Thanks bud!!! :D
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  20. ghostryder

    ghostryder Long timer Supporter

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    Ill ask in this thread as well.....now that there are a couple of sets floating around out there, Any heat problems with the exhaust side bag?
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