Installing them was not hard but it took quite some time. I took my time aligning everything properly, getting it all setup. To put it bluntly, the quality of all the bits and pieces is astounding. Every single part is high quality, well thought out and engineered and manufactured to perfection.
The case "racks" are basically just mounting rails that have "bullets" where the cases slide on, here is a photo of the rack installed on the bike:
|Micatech Case Racks|
The racks are very unobtrusive, barely visible when the cases are off. The cases are attached to the bullets with these parts:
Again, very high quality manufacturing. Three of these are attached to the back of each case. Two attach to the rails on the bike and one per case is for a cross bar in the back.
After installing the cases, the whole affair looks like this:
|Rear view - click for larger image|
|Side Rear view - it's just 32.5 inches wide!|
|You can see how narrow they are.|
|Tiny, right? 37L per case. Lots of space.|
On the bike, the cases look fairly small but when the bike sits in the garage with them, it's still quite something. Installed they are about 83cm (32.5 inches) wide. The GS handle bars are about 98cm (38.5 inches) wide, so the bars are 15cm wider than the cases which is awesome as I can be absolutely certain to not touch anything when I get through with the bars.
Still, the cases provide a lot of space. An overall volume of 74L in both cases, that makes it only 8L less than the GS Adventure panniers that are 99cm wide. I very much prefer the narrower profile. I can leave the cases on all the time if I wanted to, but I probably won't.
We will give the luggage a thorough test in two weeks on a weekend trip to Yosemite. I'll report back then.
When installing the cases I also installed a GS Adventure rear luggage rack which I bought used not too long ago. Haven't installed my Givi topcase to it yet, but will do that long term. For around time riding I will install a Pelican on the pillion seat with the quick release for the seat itself. This will take tools and rain gear and some everyday items. I'll post more pictures once this is done.