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Micatech Pilot owner, Chuck, shares thoughts about his cases. Chuck took the time to talk with a potential future Micatech owner. Here is what he had to say:

“I think the Micatech Pilot cases are great.  The welded construction is bulletproof (no riveted and silicon sealed bottoms like the Touratech/Zega/BMW cases).  The side opening design really works well – you can get to gear more easily than digging down through a column of gear from the top.  A little care in packing and use of the accompanying liner bags pretty much eliminates the potential problem of things falling out when you open the doors.  The right bag tilts the opening up a little when on the sidestand and tends to be the bag for frequently accessing.  The other main advantage is you can mount a duffel bag across the top, or strap items on the top of the cases  and not have to undo that stuff when you want to get into the cases.   I have never detected a leak in the waterproof seal on the door.  I have had my share of tip-overs, some on hard rock on Utah backroads like the White Rim Trail and the cases have been rock solid and undamaged.  I have the large set of 102 liters per pair, which is a lot of storage and can obviate the need for a top case for many trips. I liked the Pilots enough that I put a pair of the V2 cases (37 liters each) on a G650GS Sertao.”

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Wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying my new pilot cases. After having a set of Jesse bags on my prior GS I knew that this time around I wanted something different as I was always struggling with getting things out without unloading everything from the top. Your cases have more than solved that problem and the build quality and mounting system is absolutely the best of any bags I have seen.
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“When I purchased my BMW R1200GS, I wanted to buy strong, stylish, solid motorcycle cases that were easy to mount and remove, yet are water tight and dust free. Once the cases were removed, I did not want to have a bunch of metal tracks all over the back end of the bike, which would detract from its overall lines. The only cases available for the 1200GS that have an unobtrusive mounting system are the original BMW cases; however, these cases mount with four easily broken plastic hooks.

Then, I learned about the unique Micatech mounting system. It’s strong, yet elegant. Unlike other mounting systems, your mounts have the advantage of being made of aluminum and stainless steel and will never rust, plus I’m hard pressed to even see the mounts once the cases are removed from the motorbike. || Read more

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“I was given a chance to field-test a set of prototype Micatech saddlebags in the summer of 2003. This was shortly before the start of the 2003 Iron Butt Rally. I’m normally loath to make a major equipment change so soon before a big ride but the specifications on these bags intrigued me. The construction appeared as good as other major aftermarket brands and there were some innovative engineering features on the mount system. I decided to sell my BMW cases and give these a try. I was not disappointed.

The Micatech bags are cavernous. The right bag easily holds a full-face helmet. I found that I can fit all my riding gear in the cases (full-face helmet, Aerostich RoadCrafter(tm) suit, and Aerostich “Combat Touring” boots) without any problems. Despite this internal size, the bigs tuck in neatly behind my legs while riding and carrying a passenger is no problem. They look wide from the rear but do not extend wider than the cylinders so lane-splitting in California does not pose any additional challenges. || Read more

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“I love the cases and am delighted with how they have performed…. Still can’t imagine a better system than the Micatechs.”

John Murray – California

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“I’ve read and heard great things about your customer service, but WOW, you are impressive!”

Bob Aylor – Washington

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“I love the Pilot cases and they seldom come off of my 2005 R1200GS. On road or off, commuting or touring they are a great addition to my GS.”

Jim Daniels – Washington

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“The bags are great. They work perfectly. I like everything about them. I have been telling lots of people about them. They are the best bags I have ever owned, hands down. Your bags make the competition’s bags look like high school metal shop projects.

Thanks again,”

Karl Marsh – Nebraska

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“The cases are SUPER!!! The R1200 GS Adventure was built for these cases (that’s my way of putting it). They perfectly match the fat fuel tank in size, color, and texture. Installation was a breeze, top quality bracket parts.

These cases look great and work great and thanks again for the shop visit.”

Paul Corriveau – Quebec, Canada

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“Bob, Well after 30 days on the road we’ve finished shooting Food Network’s Feasting on Asphalt 2. I wanted to personally thank you for allowing me to beta test your prototype Micatech top case. I’m very happy to report that it performed flawlessly under some adverse conditions. Not a drop of moisture inside despite the monsoon like rains we encountered on several occasions. The mounting system you devised remained rock solid throughout the ride. On two occasions I put a wrench on it to see what may have vibrated loose but could not manage to get even the slightest turn out of any part.

Needless to say the Pilot Side Cases were trouble free and afforded me the most luggage capacity of any bike on the trip. The capacity of the top case is massive and it sure was nice to have that much room for camera gear and everything else that I needed quick access to. Despite its size I noticed no buffeting or drag when on high speed runs. The three cases are well designed and seem to work in harmony with one another. I sincerely hope that you guys release this top case soon as anyone who appreciates the Pilot side cases will surely want to add the top case to their luggage set. Thanks for your dedication to quality products.”

Bobby Earnhardt – Georgia