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Old 08-09-2013, 06:52 PM   #1
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Farkel Pref: Touratech vs. Wunderlich vs. etc.

Just curious about this. I didn't see anything specific when I searched for this topic. Any thoughts? Buy fm lowest priced vendor? Thanks in advance. Cheers!
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:15 PM   #2
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I like Touratech items . They fit, are of good quality ,and I have had good luck with service .
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:44 PM   #3
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I have a mixture of most brands on my bike, with a preference towards Touratech because believe it or not they are often cheaper than some other companies and I think with their close bond/partnership with BMW they're able to R&D products a little better and with more $$ invested. Their customer service has also been excellent.
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:15 PM   #4
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I, too, use a mixture. For some things I like the Touratech version better, others things might have me leaning toward Wunderlich, or Hepco & Becker, or Alt Rider, etc. Once in a while there are specific design differences and other times they are close enough in design and function that I'll go by price.
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:20 PM   #5
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I have a mixed grab bag of items. In my opinion all the gear i got from Altrider has been been incredibly tough and well though out but very pricey.

I dont think I've come across something that touratech made that I couldnt find somewhere else that was cheaper and better made.
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:45 PM   #6
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Mixed bag here as well. Touratech, AdvDesigns, AltRider, Twisted Throttle.

I'll go for the specific part first, choosing the one I feel is the best fit, then 2nd is usually shipping. If buying from a site, and the shipping to here, I might throw in one or two other items I need, rather than shipping separately from somewhere else.
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:53 PM   #7
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Thanks All!

Greetings Fellow Inmates,

I really appreciate the feedback. So far, I have been able to resist the slippery slope of farkelization. Time is coming though, figured I'd better get some sort of a plan together. Your replies have helped. Have a great evening.
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Old 08-10-2013, 03:35 AM   #8
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What I do is decide if I have a need for a particular sort of item, then I try to find every different brand of offering for that item and choose the one that looks "best" to me. Although there are always similarities between the solutions each brand has come up with, usually there will be one or more key differences that will cause me to like one brand over another.

I have not developed a preference for a particular brand, as I have dealt with many of the different brands, and they were (mostly) all good in their own way.

When I do find something I really like, I tend to make a big post about it with descriptive text and pictures. Nothing has really jumped out at me yet for the LC GS, but it is still early in the product's life, so we'll see what hits the market over the coming months or year.
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Old 08-10-2013, 08:00 AM   #9
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The mix, but no Tourtech

When I was just getting into this I was all fired up about Tourtech. However, the more research I did the more I found better alternatives with either better pricing or much better quality or design.

I have a mixture of Altrider, Wunderlich, Rizoma(more expensive, but better quality) and a few others as well. At this time I have no Tourtech on my GS.

I still think Toutech is a good company, just not the best.
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Old 08-10-2013, 08:13 AM   #10
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When I was just getting into this I was all fired up about Tourtech. However, the more research I did the more I found better alternatives with either better pricing or much better quality or design.

I have a mixture of Altrider, Wunderlich, Rizoma(more expensive, but better quality) and a few others as well. At this time I have no Tourtech on my GS.

I still think Toutech is a good company, just not the best.
+100 I actually prefer Black Dog Cycle Works and a few of the other US based suppliers. Touratech's pricing is stratospheric for what you get. I even have colleagues from Germany who prefer to buy stuff from here vs touratech. That being said, you really have to shop around since some items are reasonable from them but others are through the roof.
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Old 08-10-2013, 05:38 PM   #11
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Mix, please

I also have a mix, especially given that the prev owner had a passion for Touratech.

Interesting story, however: During a recent long ride through the Northeastern corner of North America, I had the great opportunity to camp out behind Twisted Throttle. Great chance to speak with Eric, Kevin, Jim, Angela, and the rest or the crew. Jim, the service manager, took a lot of time to explain how to install the PowerHub on my '05 GS, and helped with a few other issues I was having.

This level of attention and hospitality has made Twisted a first-source, for me. I guess it's true how a smile goes a long way.
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:58 PM   #12
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The parts that I like are : TT pillion bag (it fits , and it works well) $250;TT Rear tail bag (holds my rain suit),TT tank bag (fits and looks better than Wolfman ,TT head light guard ( looks better),TT hard part (it works ) SW guards(they work) ,Givi pannier racks ( they work with Wolfman Expedition bags and Rotopax tank .Beemer Boneyard is another well thought of source .
I order from a lot of different suppliers , and get a lot of stuff custom made to suit my tastes.
Some suppliers will suit you better than others , depending on what you are getting .
It boils down to a judgement
and personal preference issue .
Attitude also weighs on customer service .
Lot of people on this forum that know everything , and somehow keep getting screwed on whatever it is that they purchased .
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Old 08-11-2013, 03:17 PM   #13
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I guess it all depends on what I'm looking for. I try to do as little as possible in the way of luxuries. Bare necessities, but I like to buy quality.
So far I've avoided TT, but I've got a SW-Motech center stand and Jesse luggage.
Happy-Trails has some decent looking items, but I haven't been tempted yet.
Plus, I'm happy enough to make some of my own things, like I'll probably make my own radiator guard ($145 seems WAY TOO STEEP).
Shopping around is great: buy smart. But only buy what you really need. Everything else is just weight.
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Old 08-11-2013, 04:26 PM   #14
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What model takes a $143 radiator guard?
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Old 08-11-2013, 10:31 PM   #15
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What model takes a $143 radiator guard?
A Sertao.
http://www.touratech-usa.com/Store/3...-G650GS-Sertao

Actually, it says $144.

My guess is that I can make a nice one for $20 and an hour of time.
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