Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Equipment, Travel > Equipment Reviews

Equipment Reviews Post YOUR REVIEWS of ANY Motorcycle, Camping or Travel Equipment and accessories. Tell us what worked and didn't work for you!
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Parts & accessories for adventure touring motorcycles including GPS mounts, panniers, luggage, protection, dry bags, camping gear, tools, books & DVDs.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 21 Feb 2011
Endurodude's Avatar
To the road less travelled . . .
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Peterborough, UK
Posts: 317
UTE Panniers from Metal Mules

It might be way to early to ask this (I think they've only just been released), but does anyone have some experience of these?

Ute Pannier | Panniers Only | Metal Mule

If I am considering buying these, should I just get the MAX one's instead and worry about the cost later? The UTE and Zega Pro are (roughly) the same price, whereas the MAX are just that: £200 more.

I keep changing my mind between MM and Zega Pro (I'm just contemplating the boxes themselves) and cannot come to a definitive choice?! It may come to just flipping a coin . . . . .

Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 21 Feb 2011
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Des Moines
Posts: 333
Metal Mule makes a fine product, but here is an idea. Buy mine for $299 US + $89 shipping to the UK and save mega $$$$$ and help out a Forum Sponsor!








Colors: Silver or Black powder coating
Sizes: 9 in width, or 7.5 in.
Locks: Euro or US stainless steel
Handles: stainless steel retractables
Thickness: 2 mm
Welds: TIG
__________________
http://www.journeyrider.net Latin America blog (07-8)

Last edited by gatogato; 16 Mar 2011 at 07:30.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 21 Feb 2011
*Touring Ted*'s Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wirral, England.
Posts: 4,470
Unless you have a gold plated, highly polished BMW1200 GS that never leaves the garage, leave the Metal Mules where they belong... In a glossy catalogue.

They are serious extracting the urine with their pricing now.

£352 quid EACH for a basic aluminium box..... They're having a giraffe !! That doesn't even include fitting systems or handles etc. They're not even welded and they DO bend and the rivets DO fail.. They are just not worth the money. I know this from the set all bent and non repairable sitting in my garage.

I'd buy a cheaper set from gato or a number of other smaller cheaper companies and help to get over landing get back to reality.

For the cost of the materials, welding and fittings, there is NO reason a company cant sell a set of boxes for £300 and still made a decent profit.
__________________
www.TouringTed.com
1994 XR650L
2001 NX650 Dominator.

BMW Dealer Technician
Welder/Fabricator

Ushuaia - Colombia 2007/8
UK- South Africa 2010/11
India 2012
Yukon 2012
S.E Asia 2014
U.K - Magadan 2015
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10 Mar 2011
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Posts: 155
gatogato, aren't your side handles upside down? That way you will crush your fingers against the box!
__________________
Tim ('91 R100GSPD)

The only baggage you carry should be in the panniers
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10 Mar 2011
*Touring Ted*'s Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wirral, England.
Posts: 4,470
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tim Wood View Post
gatogato, aren't your side handles upside down? That way you will crush your fingers against the box!
These ones are made for the Australian market.. Being upside down !!
__________________
www.TouringTed.com
1994 XR650L
2001 NX650 Dominator.

BMW Dealer Technician
Welder/Fabricator

Ushuaia - Colombia 2007/8
UK- South Africa 2010/11
India 2012
Yukon 2012
S.E Asia 2014
U.K - Magadan 2015
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 15 Mar 2011
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Black Forest
Posts: 169
Rms

Ask this guy .... all custom made, hand welded

RMS - Reinhard Guhr Rennsporttechnik

We got 2 boxes without all the fancy stuff for Euro 340.- at his shop

sending/mailing, I don`t know ... ask him

Good Luck
Thomas
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 16 Mar 2011
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Des Moines
Posts: 333
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tim Wood View Post
gatogato, aren't your side handles upside down? That way you will crush your fingers against the box!

Yes, they are. I am going to change that on the next batch. I have carried them holding the handles with a lot of weight in them and it is not painful on your knuckles.

One nice feature about the powdercoating on my boxes is that the insides are powdercoated too so you avoid the crappy aluminum dust stuff that rubs off on your gear.
__________________
http://www.journeyrider.net Latin America blog (07-8)
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 21 Mar 2011
stuxtttr's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Lutterworth,Midlands, UK
Posts: 473
great to see good gear at a reasonable price forget the big overpriced firms and help the ones that are in it for the people
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 21 Mar 2011
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: salt spring is. bc
Posts: 8
gato

your website says you cannot ship to UK ,Canada, etc.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 31 May 2012
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Kandahar Afghanistan
Posts: 159
Ted,

What do you recomend mate?

And what size?
__________________
www.landroveradventure.co.uk
Land Rover Discovery 2, Yamaha Super Tenere
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 31 May 2012
*Touring Ted*'s Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wirral, England.
Posts: 4,470
Quote:
Originally Posted by andyb43 View Post
Ted,

What do you recomend mate?

And what size?
Soft bags !!!!

Size depends on you. But as a general rule, the lighter the better... If you get massive luggage systems you'll just fill them full of crap you don't need or use.

Also depends on what you're doing, where you're going etc.
__________________
www.TouringTed.com
1994 XR650L
2001 NX650 Dominator.

BMW Dealer Technician
Welder/Fabricator

Ushuaia - Colombia 2007/8
UK- South Africa 2010/11
India 2012
Yukon 2012
S.E Asia 2014
U.K - Magadan 2015
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 31 May 2012
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Kandahar Afghanistan
Posts: 159
Saw some soft paniers some where on the internet that had hard backing plates and soft colapsable outers. You could also get water cans that clipped on but i cant rember the make?
__________________
www.landroveradventure.co.uk
Land Rover Discovery 2, Yamaha Super Tenere
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 31 May 2012
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Kandahar Afghanistan
Posts: 159
Found them,

anyone tried the Kriega?

Overlander-60 - Kriega
__________________
www.landroveradventure.co.uk
Land Rover Discovery 2, Yamaha Super Tenere
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 2 Jun 2012
*Touring Ted*'s Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wirral, England.
Posts: 4,470
Quote:
Originally Posted by andyb43 View Post
Found them,

anyone tried the Kriega?

Overlander-60 - Kriega
I haven't tried them personally but I do know that Kriega do make some very good quality kit. I've seen all sorts of their stuff on bikes. It's very nice.

Even though the brand sounds German, I think they're British...

They certainly ain't cheap though... I used £35 Canvas army bags all the way through Europe and Africa. Best bit of kit I owned. Not waterproof but £10 dry bags sorted that problem out.

http://www.silvermans.co.uk/ProductD...0/Default.aspx

I could be wrong though....
__________________
www.TouringTed.com
1994 XR650L
2001 NX650 Dominator.

BMW Dealer Technician
Welder/Fabricator

Ushuaia - Colombia 2007/8
UK- South Africa 2010/11
India 2012
Yukon 2012
S.E Asia 2014
U.K - Magadan 2015

Last edited by *Touring Ted*; 2 Jun 2012 at 10:20.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Metal Mules prices go up AGAIN!! UTS Rich Equipment Reviews 42 1 Oct 2009 14:08
Spotted: Black Yam + Metal Mules + Jamaica Road KTMmartin Europe 0 5 Jun 2009 23:06
Metal Mules (used) at Ripley for sale Alan Whelan TRAVEL Equipment for Sale / Wanted 6 1 Jul 2008 13:53
Africa Twin Metal Mules & rack F/S UK edteamslr TRAVEL Equipment for Sale / Wanted 5 30 May 2008 13:41
Fitting Metal Mules to XT's Dakota Yamaha Tech 1 17 Sep 2007 19:21

 
 
 

NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!


HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 21:34.