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Plan to come to New Hampshire for the Micatech Motorcycle Luggage Open House and Fall Foliage Ride on Saturday, September 29th. The ride will feature 100 miles of dirt roads in Central New Hampshire and will be suitable for “Big Bikes” and other adventure/dual purpose bikes. Our Open House will include refreshments, door prizes, a factory tour and a chance to further your club and riding community. All events start at 9 a.m. at our factory in Hillsboro, NH, and local camping is available.

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Micatech is participating in a new program called Adventure Life, in conjunction with RawHyde

Adventures and many other vendors of top motorcycle gear and accessories. We’d like to explain
a little bit about the program to you.

Many of you know that RawHyde Adventures has been running a training school for
Adventure Motorcyclists for over a decade and they have trained thousands of riders. The new
Adventure Life program and website is born out of their experiences with what’s “missing” for
many Adventure Motorcyclists. The new program provides solutions to some of the
challenges of adventure riding.

Challenge #1 - A lack of community. It’s really no fun to go adventure riding alone and it’s much
more satisfying to share the experience with some friends. The new website gives you a way to
connect with other riders who are both accessible AND interested in adventure riding. RawHyde
and BMW have been working for two years to build these communities of riders across the
country. Click here to find more than 60 communities of riders across the
USA. These communities are not clubs, just groups of folks interested in riding and sharing the
experience.

Micatech will be starting a GS Riders of New England website to kick off our Adventure
Life riding community and will send out a notice when the website is up!

Challenge #2 – Outfitting your bike. This new website introduces you to all the companies that
RawHyde thinks does a good job of providing gear and accessories, including Micatech. You’ll
also note that most of these companies are pretty small so this is sort of a “co-op site” designed
to make it easy for you to learn more about all of us.

In addition to our side cases, top cases, pack racks, liner bags and other luggage
accessories, Micatech is now offering a new line of stainless products for BMW’s. The
Excel Cycle Werkes products include light bars, horn kits, Centech kits, shelves and
brackets to mount your GPS, radar detector, and other unique accessories to improve
your ride and your safety.

Challenge #3 - What to do? There are not a lot of “Adventure Specific” events being hosted
in the US. The group involved in the Adventure Life program has decided to collectively host
a series of “adventure only” events around the country. Most of these events are free and
sponsored by the companies, oriented only toward the adventure rider.

Mark your calendars for the first Micatech Fall Foliage GS Adventure ride for Saturday,
September 29th. Details to follow soon!

Please check back to the new ADV Life website often because we’re just getting started. Future
plans for the site include product reviews, blogs, a GPS track repository where you can download
great rides for free, and a whole lot more.

On behalf of Jim Hyde, the RawHyde crew and the Micatech team, thanks for checking us out!

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Micatech is proud to announce that Pack Racks are now available for the Kawasaki KLR650E (’08-) and Triumph Tiger 800 & 800XC (’11-).

Last spring we offered a significant savings on V2 cases to celebrate the release of the new Triumph Tiger. The response was fantastic and many of you asked about adding a top case. At the time, we didn’t have a Pack Rack, the critical connection piece to attach a Micatech Top Case to the motorcycle. However, thanks to a local Tiger rider, we got our hands on one of the new bikes and starting designing a new Pack Rack.

Motorcycle manufacturers don’t always make it easy to design accessories. Fortunately, the folks and Triumph left the tail of the new Tiger accessible. After a few iterations we came to a design that’s functional, durable and stylish. The Pack Rack compliments the sleek and rugged lines of the Tiger while adding a sturdy platform for extra storage capacity with a Micatech Top Case. The Top Case is back far enough to allow two-up riding and doubles as a backrest for your passenger! By the same token, we keep it as far forward as possible in order to keep the weight towards the center of the bike.

Not only did we add in plenty of places to attach bungee straps, we made them big enough for plastic tip models and ROK straps. And if you’re headed out far off the beaten path, we’ve included an option to mount RotopaX containers for extra fuel/water storage.

In addition to the Triumph Tiger, we took a look at one of the greatest adventure bikes of all time – the Kawasaki KLR650. We have a few of the first generation (A) models around the shop but it wasn’t until our friendly local KLR rider, Skip, let us borrow his new (E) model. In 2008 Kawasaki revamped their dual sport and it quickly became the bike of choice for many adventure riders. You emailed, called, and posted on our ADVrider thread that you wanted the ability to mount a Micatech Top Case onto your KLR650E. We listened and got to work.

The simple and rugged design replaces the standard KLR rear rack and adds extra tide down points, quarter-turn connectors to quickly mount a Micatech Top Case, and an option to mount Rotopax containers for extra fuel/water storage.

All Pack Racks are finished with a black colored industrial powder coat that we do right in house. Go to the Micatech Online Shop to order your Pack Rack today.

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A few days ago we had the pleasure of dinner and beers with Pete Johnson. Pete is from Manchester, England and is visiting every Manchester in the USA by motorbike. He conjured this plan a few years back and when an English insurance company promoted a contest – What’s your dream ride? – Pete jumped at the opportunity. There were over 4,000 entries and Pete came out victorious! They have graciously sponsored his motorcycle journey around the USA (and one Manchester in Canada).

Pete is just starting out on his adventure. He flew into Boston and visited Manchester-by-the-sea in Massachusetts before we showed him around our Manchester in New Hampshire. His first few days have been clouded with rain (thankfully he’s used to that kind of thing) but he’s looking forward to brighter days.

After leaving us in New Hampshire he was off to Manchester, Maine and then Manchester, Vermont. Hmmmmm… This could get repetitive.

So where are you going? Manchester. Oh, and where are you coming from? Manchester

We wish Pete well on his amazing adventure. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and his blog (United States of AManchester) or on one of the hundreds of local TV/radio/newspaper gigs he’ll be doing along the way. So, what is your dream ride?

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BMW R1200GS with Black Micatech Pilot Cases and a custom Bicycle Rack

Ray gives Dual Sport a whole new meaning with his bike bike touring setup. Ray writes:

In the past whenever I would go to a Rally or take a cross country trip I would always wish I had my Mt Bike when I arrived a my destination. Now I no longer have to wish. The 2x2cycles Rack works well with the Micatech Panniers. The spaciousness of Micatech Panniers gives me plenty of room to safely store my boots and riding suit when stoping for a Mt Bike ride. Plenty of room for my Ortlieb bag (or bags depending on how I configure) on top.

We love what you’ve done ray. Keep on riding (and riding)!

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Deals Gap - Ben Slavin - Micatech Cases on KLR

Recently we left the northern cold and headed for the warmth of the south to attend the BMW Georgia Mountain Rally. It’s one of our favorite rallies of the year and 2011 proved to be another success. The riding was great, the people were friendly, the weather (post tornado) was spectacular, and the food was delicious. All in all about 600 people from all over the south came out for a wonderful long weekend.

Three of us (Bob, Sue and Ben) loaded up the Micatech trailer and trucked south for 2 days. After back to back 10 hour days in the truck we were very happy to pull into the campground in Hiawassee, Georgia. Ben found an isolated lakeside campsite and set up his NEMO tent while Bob and Sue opted for the nearby Ramada Inn.

Powerful winds, heavy rain, and continuous lightning filled the sky all night as the tornadoes ripped through. In the morning it was terrible to learn that many local communities had been destroyed by the powerful tornadoes. Fortunately, Ben survived the night (but didn’t get much sleep). The next morning was the calm after the storm.

We set up the booth and by the afternoon we were on the bikes and enjoying the beautiful roads of northern Georgia. Sweeping curves blanket this area and we really enjoyed the absence of frost heaves. Ben had his GoPro camera rolling and snapped these photos.

Being chased by a pitbull!

Tornado damage.

The rally began the next morning with hundreds of motorcycles rolling into the campground. Rally goers put in their bids for some of the dozens of door prizes and strolled through vendor alley. Rather than a large warehouse building, each vendor had their own little wooden cabin. It’s a great setup and the tall trees provided shelter from the sun while still allowing a cool breeze to blow through.

For two days we talked with hundreds of riders any said hello to many of our existing customers. Saturday night closed with a tasty grill-your-own steak BBQ and live blue grass music. Again the weather was perfect.

After packing up the trailer and enjoying a cold Yuengling (It’s a shame these aren’t sold in NH) we were absolutely exhausted from a long and enjoyable day of work and promptly retreated for the night.

The Roof Racks hard at work.

Early the next morning we packed up the bikes and hit the pavement. This time we headed north into North Carolina and explored some new and exciting roads. Shortly after setting off we stopped for gas and treated ourselves to a delicacy of the south – Boiled Peanuts! There’s no better place to sample this gem than from a gas station in the middle of the backcountry. If you haven’t yet sampled these, you’re truly missing out. As we held our breath we struggled to stomach the moist and mushy peanuts. We all had a good chuckle watching the others make funny faces.

After a few more miles we split up – Bob and Sue riding the Charahala and Ben riding The Dragon at Deals Gap (dragging centerstand on every curve…)

With so many beautiful roads and friendly folks, we’re sure to be back next year for another round of curvy roads and boiled peanuts.

Our next rally is the BMW RA Firecracker Rally in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin starting on June 30th. We’re looking forward to another great rally and hope to see you all there!

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Thanks to everyone who has purchased a set of Micatech V2 Cases and SW-Motech Racks for the new Triumph Tiger 800 and 800XC. We know you have luggage options and we thank you for choosing Micatech Motorcycle Luggage!

In these first few days of May we’ve received several emails and phone calls from riders asking if they can still get in on the Triumph Tiger 800(XC) Promotion. We were happy to oblige and decided to extend the promotion through the month of May. If you’re still on the fence about luggage for your new Tiger, here’s your chance to save $75 on a set of top notch panniers!

Full details here.