After 37 years in the metal fabrication business, I have the opportunity to sell our business and am going to retire from the production side of things. I am working closely with the new business and will be taking a hiatus from Micatech for a year or so, to work on the transition, travel and recharge.
In the meantime, we are rethinking our Micatech products and manufacturing and looking at how we can better serve the market. I will be testing some new design improvements on our cases and a slick new mounting system. We are also looking for a new business partner. If you have any interest, I’d be glad to discuss.
We have some inventory on sale for a limited time only. Please see the list below and check our website or call for deals on Pilot Luggage, V-Pilots, V2 Cases, top cases, racks, roof racks, backrests, ReflectGard kits and liner bags.
We invite you all to stay in touch with us through the Micatech Facebook page also our website, www.micatech.net.
Sue and I have had a tremendous amount of fun over the past eight years with Micatech and we look forward to seeing you again in the future. Thanks for everything!
See you all out on the road!
Micatech Sale Prices – Good til They’re Gone
|Item||List Price||Sale Price||Discount|
|Pilot Cases w/ hardware||$1,410||$1,250||$160|
|V-Pilot Cases w/ hardware [8″]||$1,295||$1,145||$150|
|V-Pilot Cases w/ hardware [10″]||$1,335||$1,185||$150|
|V-2 Cases (cases only) [8″]||$1,100||$700||$150|
|V-2 Cases (cases only) [10″]||$1,140||$740||$150|
|V-2 Cases (cases only) [8″+10″]||$1,120||$720||$150|
|Small top case||$375||$300||$75|
|Medium top case||$395||$325||$75|
|Large top case||$420||$345||$75|
|Medium pack rack||$130||$80||$50|
|Large pack rack||$165||$100||$65|
|Mount kit R1200GS (front)||$65||$40||$25|
|Mount kit R1200GS (rear)||$65||$40||$25|
|Mount kit R1200GSADV||$65||$40||$25|
|F800/F650GS pack rack||$95||$50||$45|
|Suzuki V-Strom 650/1000 rack||$95||$50||$45|
|Kaw KLR 650A or 650E rack||$95||$50||$45|
|Triumph Tiger 800/XC pack rack||$95||$50||$45|
|Liner bags small||$25||$15||$10|
|Liner bags large||$35||$20||$15|
|Reflectgard kits for cases||$32 – $42||$16 – $21||$ 16 – $21|
Our cases are of the highest quality. They are still an excellent value and priced competitively. Call before July 1 to order a set before the prices go up!
We’ll be at the 40th Anniversary Rally of the MOA Club in Sedalia, Missouri, July 19-22. It’s going to be a big one with terrific door prizes, music, and of course, shopping! Order at the BMW MOA rally and take advantage of free shipping! We will be selling our new product line, Excel Cycle Werkes, and showing all our luggage: Pilots, V-Pilots, V2s, Top Cases, Pack Racks, Backrests, Accessories and more.
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.”
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
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!]]>
We are excited to take on this new product line of accessories which suits our production capabilities and sensibilities. Excel Cycle Werkes are clever, high caliber products with the attention to detail we appreciate.
The Excel Cycle Werkes products go the extra mile in providing all the hardware and wiring needed to make installations neat and easy. The products include cross bars and GPS mounts; light bars and mounts; shelves and brackets for GPS, satellite radios, garage door openers, radar detectors, etc; Stebel horn kits; exhaust extensions; and a “plug and play” Centech kit to power up all your installed devices. These items and others are designed for the BMW R1200GS/GSAs and some are available for the R1150GS, F800GS, R1200RT, K1200LT, K1200GT, K1200S and other models.
Tom Dowell, founder of Excel Cycle Werkes, is a machinist and craftsman who has been designing, testing and producing BMW accessories for years. Excel products help BMW adventure riders solve problems and add accessories to improve their riding experience and enhance safety.
Tom will be joining Sue and Bob Gould at the Micatech booth at the MOA rally in Sedalia, Missouri, this July. For more information about the Excel Cycle Werkes products, go to www.micatech.net or call 1-888-464-6494.]]>
We are working on a new mounting system for the Triumph Tiger800/800XC to fit the slim Micatech V-Pilots. The V-Pilots come in 8” and 10” widths.
Also look for the Micatech Pilot luggage for the Yamaha Super Tenere XT1200Z this season. Additionally, we’re working on a rear Pack Rack for the Super Tenere so you can complete your adventure touring setup with aMicatech top case.
Resolve to end your search this year for the best aluminum panniers — at Micatech.
Like us on FACEBOOK for more details.]]>
Pack Racks include all mounting hardware and four quarter-turn receptacles for quick installation/removal of a Micatech Top Case – if you are looking for a little extra carrying capacity this season.
All Pack Racks are finished with a black industrial powder coat that is tough, durable and attractive. Special sale price of $79.95 (regularly$95). Use Code PACKRACK when you order online and the savings will be deducted from your order. Offer valid now through Thanksgiving. Only available for these models:
I love the Cases I bought from you this spring for my R1200GS. Unfortunately, a friend ran into the back of me and marred the back and side of my right Pilot Case. Is there any unusual touch up paint I should look for or will any gloss black spray can type such as Rust-oleum work. It is amazing to me that the luggage wasn’t hurt because he hit me pretty hard only contacting only the right side case. I think I did a back flip from the collision but was not hurt. The case was not bent.
Yikes! Glad to hear he’s OK. This is a good question that we hear from time to time. The cases are rugged and that powdercoat finish is tough, but sometimes you have a friend crash into you… Hey, it happens.
To repair a simple scratch, we suggest Rust-OLeum. Match the Rust-OLeum cap to best match the color of your cases. [Insider’s Tip: For vein colored cases, look for the “Hammered” finish Rust-Oleum]. Instead of spraying it directly onto the case, spray it on to a scrap piece of cardboard and then dab it on with a paintbrush.
Looking for a more exact match? Try an auto parts stores. They typically have touch up paint for sale in small bottles.
For large areas of damage, we recommend you send us your cases. We will professionally grind down the surface and apply a fresh powdercoat finish.
Do you have a question about your Micatech Motorcycle Luggage? Contact us and let us know what’s on your mind!]]>
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.]]>