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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Giant Loop Tech Tip: Great Basin Saddlebag Fits KTM 1190 Adventure R With Passenger Handles Removed

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denny cow

The new 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure and Adventure R are great bikes for travel and camping. Our friends in Australia and South Africa could buy it months before our EPA had given KTM approval to import them into the US. Therefore, the first sightings of an 1190 Adventure, with Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebag strapped on, came from the southern hemisphere.

denny bushings

Giant Loop rider Denny Wilkinson of Australia, had found the passenger grab handles to be in the way of easily mounting his Great Basin Saddlebag, so he removed them. Because the handles were mounted to the rear rack bushings, taking off the handles meant the rack had no longer had bushings to sit on. Denny had a set of spacer bushings made(silver bushing visible in above pic), to go in place of the grab handles.

I shared Denny’s work with South African Giant Loop rider Herman, so he too, could fit a new Great Basin Saddlebag. When Herman had a local machine shop make a set of bushings for his KTM 1190 Adventure R,  he took the dimensions of the new bushings and emailed them to us, with a few pics of his setup to share.

The bushes dimensions are:

Outside Diameter 20 mm

Inside Diameter 8,5 mm

Height 23 mm


Pics:  Grab handles on bike


Grab Handles off bike, next to new bushings

Custom Bushings

Rack installed with new bushings

Great Basin Saddlebag tops it all off!


Giant Loop Rider: Noah Cracks 100,000 KMs On His KTM 690 Enduro

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Noah is getting the miles logged on his Round the World KTM 690 Enduro and finally hit 100,000km. He has been updating his Blog with pics and stories about his ride, including this shot of his odometer. He has used Siskiyou Panniers or a Great Basin Saddlebag to carry his loads on his KTM.

Ride on, Noah and keep sending us your stories and updates!

Wonder how many tires that translates into…


Giant Loop Rider: Dirt Bike Coach Bob Rides AZ On His BMW 1200GS Adventure, With Great Basin Saddlebag

By | BMW, Riders, Saddlebags | No Comments

Rob Rickert, owner of Off Road Adventure Academy and Dirt Bike School in Sacramento, took a trip to AZ a couple weeks ago and rode around the Wickenberg area. His BMW R1200GSA was loaded with a Great Basin Saddlebag for the trip. He took a bunch of pics and shared them with us, so I will echo them here! Looks like a hot one, Rob’s temp sensor read 101*F while they were riding.

Thanks for the photos!


mountian view



parked at mine



Wonder what kind of shiny new Ram-Mount accessory Rob is showing off and is it in the Touratech catalog?





Giant Loop Event: SiliPints For The Summer Lake Hot Springs Ride Are Here!

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SiliPints are in the house! Get registered now for the Giant Loop Summer Lake Hot Springs Ride and receive one of these limited edition unbreakable drinking tools for hot or cold beverages – and tasty Oregon microbrew beer to go in it! Quantity is limited, so reserve yours today.


I will miss the handle on my ever-present German beer steins, cause they will stay home from now on. Over the years I’ve broke enough of them in camp to know better, but I just can’t leave home without one…

mug shot

Giant Loop Fitment: New Giant Loop Quick Reference Chart For Easy Gear Selection

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We have been working on a couple tools for selecting the right Giant Loop products for each bike type.

First, we added “Shop By Bike Type” quick links on our homepage.

Second, check out our new 2014 Giant Loop product comparison chart, covering our entire line.

This handy guide can be used to determine which Giant Loop bag or accessory, primarily fits which kind of bike, plus lists the part number and specs for each model.

Chuck our artist, made these cool “non-brand specific bike” icons for the application chart.  😉

adventure motorcycledirt bike dual sport enduro

Click on the chart to see it full size or hit this link to download a copy for your reference.



Giant Loop Rider: Solana Visits GL With Her Yamaha XT250, To Get Equipped For Her Summer Ride To Canada

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We were working away packing orders and doing office work, when there was a knock at the door. Solana, a college instructor and Xterra race winner enjoying her first enduro bike, had come by to get some fit questions answered. She has planned a dual sport  ride to Canada this summer and needed a packing system for her Yamaha XT250. She had found her used XT250 online, after much searching, and was happy to get a good deal on it. Believing that Giant Loop was the right answer to her packing system questions, she rolled over to visit yesterday.


As the guys got her bike test fitted with a Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag Pro(both in her favorite color ORANGE)and Rogue Dry Bag, she was convinced that she had made the right choice to come to us. Thanks, Solana, for riding Giant Loop!

Giant Loop Rider: Tammy Rides Her First Event, 2014 Alley Sweeper, On Her Vintage Triumph, With Diablo Tank Bag And Mojavi Saddlebag

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The trip to Portland for last weekend’s  Alley Sweeper, was worth a load of adventures. Especially for Tammy, since this was her first (dis)organized ride.

Arriving at the start of the ride was pretty telling, the whole street was filling with rough tire motos, of one sort or another. There were costumed riders, riders on vintage two-stroke enduros, monkey bikes and mopeds, in addition to the pile of modern dual sports and adventure bikes. It was easy for us to get staged with the van, since there weren’t many cars parked in the area. As we finished getting ready, the street filled in with riders and motos, anticipating the announcements and rider’s meeting.






Tammy has only been riding for a couple years and her experience is mainly riding Vintage bikes on dirt. She had been out in the woods riding a couple weekends ago, so she was ready for more. McQueen, her 1971 Triumph T100C Trophy  was kitted with Diablo Tank Bag and Mojavi Saddlebag. What she had limited experience with, was riding in city traffic and she had never ridden pavement in the rain. She was pretty nervous about the wet pavement, until I reminded her to treat it like dirt and expect a little slipping and sliding. She got the hang of wet roads quick, but she still had a sharp concern about getting into and out of car traffic, as we filtered through the streets to reach the next set of alley ways.

The alleys were as diverse as the bikers, paved, gravel, mud, grass and puddles. The alleys were surrounded by yards in every state of trim and disrepair.


Here was one little piece of “city rock” that caused us to pause and double check McQueen’s engine case for oil leaks! Luckily, Tammy rode right through without getting dumped off, when she hit that one.


Occasionally we saw residents, out watching the parade, or trying to instigate some contention with riders. Tam and I came across one such alley, with a few discontents waving a phone camera at us and trying to engage us. We took the high road and turned onto the street, rather that have our enjoyment interrupted with meaningless debate about access to public right-of-ways and the city permitting required to stop us from riding on “their” public road. As we got deeper into the route, there were other creative residents, parking trucks across the alley ways, preventing us from continuing through several of the designated alleys. As we had already found the need to be “flexible” with the routing, we were able to pick up the next alley, without loosing too much track.


Tammy was tired after we had completed the sections of North route, so we decided to wrap up our participation and headed back to base. She was thrilled with excitement from completing the stages we did and she was totally beat from all the concentration and effort needed to handle her Triumph in the alleys and city traffic. The Honda XR650R, kitted with Mojavi Saddlebag, Pannier Pockets and Possibles Pouches, performed predictably for me. It was easy to spy upcoming alleys, while standing in its tall cockpit. Thankfully the Honda was not as coldblooded as usual and fired up second kick, every time. Tammy’s Triumph was easy to start all day, too, but got a bit hot after several long sections of slow muddy alley way, so it got a cool off break half way through the ride.

The guys at Sang Froid Riding Club had done a good job with their map and route plans, but they did a GREAT job on their ride Tshirt. Tammy was very happy to see such a cool Tshirt, as her first ride commemoration and bought me one too. I’ll get a proper pic of the Tshirt(thought I had one) and add it to this post.


Giant Loop Rider: JD Goes To The City For An Urban Enduro Ride, Portland Alley Sweeper 2014

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Last year’s Alley Sweeper

Packing up the van and GL’s 2001 Honda XR650R to head over and ride the Alley Sweeper, promoted by Sang Froid Riding Club. My girl Tam will be along, riding her first rally on her ’71 Triumph Scrambler, the perfect bike for this occasion.


Details here:
Alley Sweeper Urban Enduro

It’s here! Your friendly neighborhood alley sweeper, a chance to explore some of Portland’s public alleyways by motorcycle.

When: meet at 9:30am Saturday, April 19

Where: N Tillamook Street, just off Interstate Ave

What? Show up for breakfast and route map/details at 9:30am. Ride is free (though we’ll have t-shirts for sale, and donations are always appreciated). Feel free to wear your Sunday best, or get creative with a costume. See you there!

After ride party host:
Fenders Moto Cafe & Brew Pub will be having a after hours party for all the Alley Sweeper riders Saturday the 19th Starts at 11 AM and ends at 11 PM. Great food and Drinks and we will have specials for everybody.
We are at
4336 SE Woodstock Blvd Portland Or. 97206

Giant Loop Event: Adventure Girl, Tracy Jeffries, To Lead Ladies Group On Giant Loop’s Summer Lake Hot Springs Ride

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I met Tracy at a RawHyde event in 2012 and learned that there is an appetite for DIRT in all of us. Some, like Tracy, just express it better than the rest. Tracy has devoted her motorcycling skill development and riding experiences to honing her ability to roost dirt and ride big adventure bikes with the best of them. She has been a fixture at North West adventure riding rallies, supporting Touratech and Ride West BMW during events, leading GS rides, plus raising money for Riders For Health, a motorcycle based health care charity.

I am stoked to share the news that Tracy has put Giant Loop’s Summer Lake Hot Springs Overnighter on her schedule and has volunteered to lead the Ladies Group.  Thanks Tracy for bringing your skill and experience to our little hot springs ride.

So far, there are six ladies signed up for the event, so if you were on the fence about whether to join us, now you have another reason to get registered!

Details about the 3rd Annual Giant Loop Ride:
* All riders are expected to be self-sufficient and equipped with all tools and supplies needed to be safe and comfortable.
* For your registration fee, Giant Loop is providing food, beverage and commemorative drink ware – all provided and delivered on private lands.
* This is not a paid guided trip. Riders are free to choose any route they wish to ride, and riders are responsible for all required permits, licenses, etc.
* Route suggestions and GPS tracks are provided free of charge for your convenience.
* We recommend using a SPOT tracker or similar device for self-rescue. Cell phone coverage is unreliable in rural Oregon. There are no support vehicles, and many available routes are far from medical and mechanical help.
* Unpaid volunteers will be available to facilitate forming groups of riders with similar skills, bike types and interests, but riders are responsible for themselves, are free to choose any route they wish to ride and are free to ride with any other riders – or by themselves as individuals.


Giant Loop Racers: Cain’s Quest Race Team 7 SnoXscapes, Kirk and David, Finish On The Podium To Win $20,000, With Great Basin Saddlebags

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There was a strange knock at the email door, last Christmas season.  It wasn’t the first time that a well researched and experienced long distance rider contacted Giant Loop for luggage solutions.


Something was very different this time, since Canadian rider Kirk Hastings wasn’t outfitting a motorcycle and he wasn’t taking a trip across the Trans-Canada Trail, or riding the Haul Road to Inuvik, or traveling  south to Ushuaia. He was building a Skidoo Freeride SNOWMOBILE for cross country racing.

team7 setup

Kirk had heavily researched a few vital components, for his and team mate David Price’s race machines, that he knew would give him the edge over race teams with conventional equipment. The issues he wanted to dial in were lighting, luggage and suspension. His requirements for the packing system were to carry 90 pounds of supplies and required safety gear. So, he began the search to find the best soft luggage on the market, for his race setup, and after looking at every luggage system on the planet,  Giant Loop’s packing system became that solution.  The benefits that Kirk wanted to experience were dry safety gear, loaded close to the center of his machine, in a bag that was easy to mount and remove, mounted in a way that didn’t interfere with the rider, upset the balance of the machine or overload its limited rear framework.  While we have sold plenty of Great Basin Saddlebags, Diablo Tank Bags and Bushwacker Hand Guards to motorcyclists for these very reasons, this is the first one destined for snowmobiles! The boys also found Pronghorn Straps to be very handy, keeping their gear secured tight.


It wasn’t just any little race, either, it was the 3300KM Cain’s Quest. Cain’s Quest takes place on the eastern Canadian coastline, in the region of Labrador, Newfoundland. The week long, 22 checkpoint, two rider team race starts in Labrador City. Then, the course runs out to the coast at Cartwright, across the coastal headlands and sea inlets to Nain, then back across land to finish in Labrador City. The racers  cannot use any groomed or established trails and must navigate across the barren northlands, while dealing with extremely harsh winter conditions and carrying mandated safety equipment. Emergencies are regular and many, with 20 of the 29 teams entered ending their race with either a medical or mechanical. While a mechanical may not seem an emergency, ANY time spent with protective winter gear removed, to wrench and hammer broken bits back together, leads to frozen body parts. Frozen hands, feet and faces are the main concerns for racers, but crashing at speed has its own risks, with the constantly changing conditions, terrain and wind driven snows.

Link to some Elka Suspension test video from before the race. The Great Basin Saddlebag looks solid and stable on that machine, as it rips the 2-3ft whoops, at 65mph.  

Read the exciting wrap up to the race, in these Cain’s Quest Facebook postings! 
I am sure our friends at Baja Designs and Elka Suspension were equally impressed with Team 7 SnoXcape’s finish of the 2014 Cain’s Quest.
Great Job Kirk and David!!

Hit this link for some POV camera footage of them during one of the stages.