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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Giant Loop Tech Tip: Using A Fender Strap Instead of Fender Hooks For Mounting Mojavi Saddlebag or Coyote Saddlebag

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The latest edition of KTM 350 and 500 EXC dual sports come equipped with a thicker and much stronger rear fender. This is to keep the taillight assembly from flexing into the rear tire during rough riding. This new design is an added benefit for those of us that like to carry loads strapped onto the back fender, but is a consideration when mounting a Mojavi or Coyote Saddlebag without using the included fender hooks. The issue is that our fender hooks are radius profiled for thinner fenders, like every other enduro or dualsport uses, and no longer clip onto current design KTM rear fenders.

Solution: Replace the hooks with the included mounting strap, by sandwiching the strap between the fender and taillight assembly, before mounting the bag. Then thread the mounting strap through the buckles inside the saddlebag.

This is done by unscrewing the taillight assembly(black plastic shown below) from the subframe and fender.



Once the strap is centered, re-tighten the screws and bolts that secure the taillight assembly. This should tension the strap under the fender, so it doesn’t slide around, providing a solid mounting position.


Thread the mounting strap through the buckles and tension.

We use a spare side release buckle to hold the strap ends, when a bag isn’t mounted.



Giant Loop Rider: Jack Broomall Riding The Cannon Ball Centennial Ride

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Giant Loop Rider Jack Broomall is taking part in the historic Cannon Ball Centennial, following the original route taken by Erwin Baker, the original “Cannon Ball”. He is riding a BMW F800GS with Fandango Tank Bag and Tillamook Dry Bag. Jack has ridden cross country a few times before, most notably on his vintage Hodaka, in Two-Strokes Across America.

Quote from the Cannonballproject.com:
“On May 3, 1914, Erwin Baker, a motorcycle racer and enthusiast from Indianapolis, Indiana, left downtown San Diego, California on a twin-cylinder, 7 horsepower Indian motorcycle en route to New York City.”

For more info on the ride and route, check out their site.

Follow Jack’s progress on his FB page.


Giant Loop Reviews: Possibles Pouch In ADVMOTO Magazine

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Be prepared for all possibilities on the trail!  Giant Loop’s new Possibles Pouch (named for the leather bags frontier explorers kept essentials, such as fire starting kit and ammunition) featured in Adventure Motorcycle Magazine (AdvMoto)‘s May/June issue!
Giant Loop has introduced the Possibles Pouch as an addition to the company’s 2014 product line. The Possibles Pouch adds two liters of easy access storage to Giant Loop saddlebags and panniers-and just about any other secure attachment point on virtually any motorcycle make or model.  Made in U.S. with vinyl-coated polyester Bomb Shell, a beefy YKK zipper protected by a storm flap, multiple MOLLE-style webbing lash points and reflective tabs for visibility, each Possibles Pouch includes two webbing and thumb-lock buckle straps, innertube, snacks, beverages, gloves and tools are among the many relatively small, lightweight items that fit perfectly into the pouch. The Possibles Pouch is backed by Giant Loops’ limited lifetime warranty. The possibles pouch and the entire Giant Loop collection are available from international distributors, as well as from a network of dealers through out the U.S. MSRP: $50.00
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Giant Loop Racer: Brett Finishes Namaqua African Rally On Top!

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Giant Loop Racer, Brett Cummings, just campaigned another race on his Strocam Mining KTM 450RR. This time he entered the Namaqua African Rally, and finished on top of the box!

Shown here prepping his bike for the Prologue.

He swapped lead with fellow racer Kenny Gilbert, in the final stage, but Kenny had to nurse a bad wheel and settled for second place overall. Way to go Brett!

Like many a Rally, the service work is done while the bike is sitting in the dirt, exposed to the elements. Lucky for Brett, there was grass in the Bivouac!!

Giant Loop Tech Tip: Soundrider.com Shares Packing List For Motorcycle Travel

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Our friend Tom Mehren of Soundrider.com, just shared a comprehensive packing list for motorcycle travel. It has several categories and covers everything from the gear a rider wears, to the supplies needed for bike or gear maintenance and repair, to overnight kit and camp kitchen articles. Check it out and see if your Great Basin or Coyote Saddlebag is missing a few items that Tom considers important. His list is so comprehensive, that many items could be for seasonal or mixed weather use and wouldn’t all be packed on the bike for the same ride. It is a great baseline to refer to when planning that next trip, thanks Tom!

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