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Old 9 Dec 2013
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Angry Metal Mule for the new GS water cooled

Have you ordered new Metal Mule pannier racks?
Mine came so I can continue to use my MM boxes. The new brackets are stainless steel and grit blasted but came badly scratched and this finish won't last.

They would swap them for another set but in a few weeks they will look tatty too I expect.

I'm getting mine painted for £100 in BMW silver but MM wanted another £60 to paint them black (on a £15k bike - I think not).

The chap in the paint shop couldn't believe they were supplied like this !!

Be warned if you've not chosen which boxes you want yet. These racks are £300 as well so not what you would call cheap!

Other options might be better.
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You're worried about a few scratches on your stainless steel rack? How about sending them back, or better still, getting busy for five minutes with a bit of wet and dry?
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why not, I would be if I had spent 300 quid on a supposedly premium product on a 15k bike.

You expect stuff to be of at last a reasonable standard when it's new, after that, well it's up to the individual, but not everyone wants the ratbike look!
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Hmmm yes if I've just done 20000 miles RTW then it can look a bit travelled, if I've just opened the package I expect it to look new!
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They have decided to amend the finish on the racks and try something else.

Racks already supplied will be left with customers unless they complain to Metal Mule asking for them to be refinished.
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Bought Touratech now instead - proper job!

Thank you for listening
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