“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.
I’ve put nearly 40k miles on these bags, including use during the 2003 Iron Butt Rally. The bags have been solid. Although it didn’t rain much on that rally, I live in Oregon so they see plenty of wet riding. The custom-designed door seals have proven water tight.
The mount system is very solid combining two hard attach points to the subframe for each bag, a slip fit over the back of the passenger peg bracket, and a fourth mount for a stabilizer bar between the bags. The bags must be opened to remove them. They have a pair of handles to ease installation and removal. I also do a lot of riding without bags attached, and the mounts affixed to the bike are unobtrusive.
Overall I have been very impressed with the design, manufacture, and on-bike performance of these saddlebags. I think you will be too.”
Jeff Earls – Portland, Oregon