Nevertheless, I had one with the rating pending. I asked the American Metal Mule distributor, BestRest Products about measurements and photos for the Metal Mule exhaust system for the R1200GS and David Petersen responded within the same day that he would provide the information I asked for. It actually took him a bit longer as said he was busy on Thursday and Friday and out riding over the weekend - understandable, so no complaints from my side about that. Today he got back to me with excellent information and the measurements and photos I asked for.
So, I'll give that a 9/10 for service!
Btw: I have already bought other stuff from BestRest, like Proxxon Tools and a bash plate and so far I was always happy with their products (apart from the stupid mounting kit for the bash plate extension that is a ... let's not get into that again).
Now, I "only" need to find out what I can do with this information. That's what I have:
|Metal Mule exhaust and rack seen from above|
|From the rear|
The lower photo doesn't show it properly but the exhaust is just ever so slightly hanging out beyond the left rear signal (also according to David). Now, the big, big question is whether I can make this work with this:
|Micatech V-Pilot with lowered exhaust|
|Close up view|
When you look very carefully, you can see that the left side case is pretty much directly against the left rear turn signal. Bummer. There is about 1cm space missing. May even less. It might be possible to make it work though - have asked the great guys at Micatech whether it's possible to move out the box ever so slightly.
This would give me what I'd really like: no ugly lowered exhaust – which I think looks absolutely abysmal on the GS when the cases are removed –, a non-obtrusive mounting system that you can hardly see when the cases are off, and very robust cases that are pretty much guaranteed water tight and tough.
This is the mounting system:
It's actually barely visible - unfortunately I don't have a bigger picture, but it shows pretty well, that it's close to invisible when the cases are not mounted.
When the big Pilot cases are mounted, it's not so unobtrusive anymore:
|R1200GS with Micatech Pilot Cases (from here)|
The V2 cases which I like a bit better from the overall size perspective are more than 10cm shorter, 5cm lower, 4cm narrower (10 inch model) and still have 45L volume per case. Or the even smaller 8" model, that is again 5cm narrower and still offers around 37L volume per case. There is one more reason why I prefer the smaller V2 cases: they don't go beyond the rear signals, which means those are better visible from the rear / side. Small but important safety consideration.
I'm not sure what to do just yet, but those are the potential options. Still looking at other options, Micatech is also working on a top loading box, maybe even with the Pilot mount. That would be the absolute killer for me! We'll see what will show up in the coming weeks. I'll keep you all posted.