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Giant Loop Rider: Why “Ride Must Go On” Chose Giant Loop For Global Adventure

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Turkish filmmaker Tolga Basol has already ridden across Asia on a KTM 1190 Adventure R, now he’s enjoying the desert southwest of the United States. He added a camerman to his solo journey to help document the trip for Turkish television. This pic is the KTM 640 Adventure Tolga bought in LA for his cameraman to ride.

Here’s a recent post on his Ride Must Go On page:

Ride Must Go On - KTM 640 Adventure equipped with Giant Loop

I am getting some questions about the luggage system I am using, so I wanted to share my thoughts about the topic here. I have used hard panniers in the past on my travels to Middle East, Central Asia, Europe so I have tasted both.

– Hard panniers are way more heavier then a soft luggage setup. That being said, I try to travel on dirt roads as much as possible so the weight is an issue for me. The lighter the bike it is, the happier I am.

– I have managed to bend hard panniers, stuck my leg between the pannier and the bike couple of times, hit something hard while riding off road… The results are not good. Soft panniers are way more durable and sturdy than hard ones imho. Even if you manage to tear them apart, they are much more easier to fix.

– I have witnessed self destruction of hard panniers in Road Of Bones. My friend with hard panniers had to abandon them because the cases and rack system were destroyed.

– My soft luggage setup is totally waterproof, flexible and have pockets so when needed I can carry lots of stuff with them.

– I use Giant Loop equipment, I was already using their products so I believe they are the best on the market now. I asked them to support me for my RTW and I am happy they are.

– I have Siskiyou Panniers, Tillamook Dry Bag, Fandango Tank Bag along with pannier pockets. To keep them steady on the bike I use Pronghorn Straps which are one of the best equipment so far I have ever used.

Giant Loop Review: Pronghorn Straps on Cycle World’s Baja Surf Adventure

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Cycle World magazine’s Jeff Allen and Sean Klinger recently loaded their adventure bikes – a KTM 1190 Adventure R and a BMW 1200 GS Adventure – with surf boards and went on Baja run, dubbed “Baja 500 Surf & Turf” in the November 2014 issue. They used Giant Loop’s Pronghorn Straps to secure the surf boards to their motorcycles, and as you can see from the photos this wasn’t a sit-down-putt-putt kind of ride!

Cycle World magazine Baja 500 Surf & Turf with Pronghorn Straps
Here’s what Cycle World wrote about the Pronghorn Straps:
“We used the awesome Pronghorn Straps from Giant Loop (giantloopmoto.com) as attachment points to keep springy tension in the tie-downs, which kept the boards snug and secure with little chance of slack developing. A quick test run down the freeway at 80 mph and a few curb and speed-bump jumps as shakedown proved this was the right solution, and we were comfortable with the setup for the trip.”

Cycle World magazine Baja 500 Surf and Turf with Pronghorn Straps

Cycle World magazine Baja 500 Surf and Turf with Pronghorn Straps


Get the full story at Cycle World magazine!

Giant Loop Rider: Tolga Basol Rolls Around The World – “Ride Must Go On”

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Giant Loop rider Tolga Basol, a filmmaker from Turkey, recently posted more pictures of his “Ride Must Go On” round-the-world tour, which will be the subject of a documentary film. Inspiring photos of amazing people and landscapes! You can also follow his journey on Facebook. For his epic adventure, Tolga’s riding with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers, Rogue Dry Bag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag and Pannier Pockets on his KTM 1190 Adventure.

Giant Loop Tech Tip: Mounting The Buckin’ Roll On KTM’s 990 Adventure

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While at Rally in the Gorge, last weekend, I got a chance to ride with some skilled big bike riders. One of them is Richard, who rides with the HeavyWeights Adventure Riding Team. He has a KTM 990 Adventure, that he tosses around like it was a pit bike. Meaning, he rides the wheels off that machine.  He had been looking for a front storage solution that didn’t get in the way of his ride and when he saw the new Buckin’ Roll, he knew his search was over.  While mounting the Buckin’ Roll, he found a couple of mounting details that we thought would be helpful to others, so I am sharing them here.

One detail was to loop the rear mounting straps of the harness, under the front cowling. This makes for a very tidy package because the mounting straps don’t extend down each side of the bike to the frame.

Another detail was to use a set of 20″ Pronghorn Straps to mount the Top Case to the Buckin’ Roll harness. This made getting in and out of the Top Case much easier.  The final detail was to attach the Pannier Pockets to the tank guards in the forward most position. This secures the Pannier Pockets completely out of the way and firmly anchored in place.

Hopefully this are helpful hints for others to use!




Giant Loop Event: Rally In The Gorge Gnarly Dual Sport Ride

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Had a blast leading the Giant Loop Gnarly Dual Sport ride, at Rally in the Gorge, last weekend. It included a section of old wagon trail called the Suicide Grade. It wasn’t that suicidal but I had to wonder, when the rain caught up to us and changed things!

The route was, well, gnarly. Pretty challenging and fun overall, except for the slime section. The bit of rain that we started with, turned into a down pour and the couple miles of silt road became a slime pit.

Ride West Ambassador Tad and I both ran the same front tire, with the similar results. His 2014 BMW F800GS Adventure was less fortunate that my KTM, and endured a few permanent changes. The Possible Pouches that Tad runs on his engine guards were dirty, but unscathed from the down time. Cant say the same for his brake pedal, which did a rock encouraged u-turn…

The right tool for the cleaning the baked on slime…

Big Bertha was really not happy with her K-60, in the slop we encountered. She had more than one throw down with that stuff and I was glad not to break anything, but my pride.

A big thanks to ADVrider Apple Jam, and everyone else that attended, I can’t wait until next year!!

Tech Tip: Siskiyou Panniers on KTM 1190 Adventure R – Rackless Mount

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Siskiyou Panniers on KTM 1190 and BMW F800I just chased Brad Tawzer, the owner of this bike, through sand whoops, rocky washes and tight twisty rocky jeep trails, and I’m absolutely blown away by how stable and solid the Siskiyou Panniers ride on the KTM 1190 Adventure R. NO RACK REQUIRED! Let’s take a look at his tight and tidy install:

KTM 1190 Adventure w Siskiyou Panniers - rearview

STEP 1: Remove passenger handles and insert spacers to secure tail rack. Tawzer cut his spacers from lengths of steel pipe, but many hardware stores will have an assortment of ready-made spacers, too.

By removing the large passenger grab handles on the KTM 1190 Adventure R and installing spacers in their place to secure the tail rack, the Siskiyou Panniers sit in the optimal postition – panniers lids level with the top of the seat, not drooping over the sides. The cross-over section on the Siskiyou Panniers is adjusted to its minimum width.

Tillamook Dry Bag, Siskiyou Panniers on KTM 1190

STEP 2: Mount Siskiyou Panniers per the provided instructions, securing side anchor straps to passenger footrest mounts and the tail of the panniers to the stock rack. We like to use 16″ Pronghorn Straps to make mounting easier and faster.

The Siskiyou Panniers mount in the usual way, per GL’s instructions included with the Panniers: The two side anchor straps secure to the passenger footrest mounts, and two anchor straps attach the D-rings on  tail of the Panniers to the stock tail rack. We like to use 16″ Pronghorn Straps as our anchors, as they are quick, easy and super secure. Now, here’s the best part  . . .

Siskiyou Panniers' daisy chain attached to KTM 1190's stock luggage mount

STEP 3: Using 16″ Pronghorn Straps, secure Siskiyou Panniers’ wheel-side daisy chains to the stock KTM luggage mounts on both sides.

By securing the Siskiyou Panniers’ wheel-side daisy chains to the stock KTM luggage mounts and drawing forward tension with the side anchor straps, the Panniers become solidly locked into position. Supported by the stock luggage mounts in multiple locations.

KTM stock luggage mounts support Siskiyou Panniers

KTM’s stock luggage mounts support the Siskiyou Panniers in multiple locations, making the installation dead-solid stable on the bike.

If you’re a belt-and-suspenders rider, then add another connection between the wheel-side daisy chain and the super-burly exhaust hanger.

With the stock KTM exhaust, we recommend installing at least one of the included Hot Springs Heat Shields on the top of the exhaust to prevent the Siskiyou Panniers from making direct connect with the hot pipe.

With the stock KTM exhaust, we recommend installing at least one of the included Hot Springs Heat Shields on the top of the exhaust to prevent the Siskiyou Panniers from making direct connect with the hot pipe.

With the stock KTM exhaust, we recommend installing at least one of the included Hot Springs Heat Shields on the top of the exhaust to prevent the Siskiyou Panniers from making direct connect with the hot pipe. Here on Tawzer’s bike, the aftermarket Wings exhaust runs cool enough that heat never becomes an issue, even without the Heat Shield.

Giant Loop Riders: Alex & Heather from Konflict Motorsports

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konflict motorsports alex martens and heather martensOne of the things we love our work at Giant Loop is the many friendships we’ve developed with colleagues, people like suspension master Alex Martens from Konflict Motorsports (and The Heavyweights racing team) and his lovely wife Heather. The Martens rolled through town while enjoying a summer adventure and stopped by the shop today, Heather riding a Honda CRF250L and Alex on a KTM 950 Super Enduro. We’re proud the Martens travel with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag and Diablo Pro Tank Bag on the Honda, and the Great Basin Saddlebag, Tillamook Dry Bag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag on the KTM.

They’re using the Pro model tank bags’ integrated electronics pass-through to keep their cell phones charged.

Diablo Pro Tank Bag on Honda CRF250LCheck out the alternative mounting strap attachment Alex made, since he’s removed the passenger peg mounts from his KTM.

KTM 950 w alternative Great Basin strap attachment

This Slavens Racing Mule Cool brake caliper cooler on the KTM 950 SE is a pretty trick way to keep Alex from boiling his brake fluid (he likes to ride FAST).

Slavens Racing Mule Cool Brake Caliper Cooler


Safe travels friends! See you on the trail!

Konflict Motorsports owner Alex Martens and wife Heather


Giant Loop Tech Tip: Packing Your KTM For 10 Days Of Travel With Coyote Saddlebag And Fandango Tank Bag

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Advrider Hodakaguy has posted a comprehensive thread about  packing his KTM 530 EXC for long desert camping trips. Covering 1600 miles on dirt takes some preparation and he does a thorough job of covering the important details and not getting bogged down with too much gear. His complete report is at this link on advrider.com


He had this to say about his Giant Loop gear.

Luggage: Giant Loop Luggage – This luggage is absolutely awesome! Holds your gear tight to the bike so you can ride like a dirt bike with all your luggage. Everything stays in it’s place and there is no metal frame work to bend/break in a crash. I’ve used this luggage on numerous long distance desert trips now and it’s performed flawlessly. I like to pack everything in small individual dry bags before loading them into the GL bag, keeps everything waterproof plus makes it easier to go after a specific item.

Giant Loop Fandango Tank Bag – On our second trip I added the tank bag. Build quality is great and it’s super handy as it allows you quick access to your camera, helmet cam, extra batteries/memory cards etc. I carry my camera in a zip lock bag inside the tank bag, keeps dust out of the camera and if you go down in a river crossing the camera won’t be damaged …”


He even breaks down his whole load and describes the utility of each piece.


This is the list of bike spares he carries:

*Tire irons
*Spare Tube in a front fender pack (Remove the valve core from the spare tube, coat the tube in Talc, fold it up and place it in a vacuum seal-a-meal bag. The vacuum will make it a fraction of it’s normal size and the thick bag will offer abrasion resistance for the tube while it’s in the pack. If you need the tube while on the trail just cut open the pack, re-install the valve core and you have a pre-talc’d tube ready to go!)
*General hand tools…ie wrenches, pliers etc.
*Metal Epoxy stick – great for fixing
*Super Glue
*Snap Ties
*Electrical Tape, Rescue Tape
*Tire Patches
*Tire Pump – I use the Crank Brothers Pump. It’s small, light weight and works great. I carry it in the Fandango Tank Bag
*Spare Spark Plug
*Spare Levers
*1 qt Oil
*Misc bolts
*Wallet Sized Multi-Meter
*Repair Manuals

Hadn’t heard of the Crank Brothers pump and I like its quality.

Thanks for the great review and tips Hodakaguy!

Tech Tip: KTM 1190 Adventure with Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Tank Bag PRO

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GL rider Brad Tawzer sold his KTM 990 ADV – AND his Husaberg 550 FE – to buy this slightly used KTM 1190 ADV. And when we rode he was all smiles all the time on this machine. He’s running the Fandango Tank Bag PRO and Siskiyou Panniers, using the 1190’s factory luggage supports and Giant Loop’s 16″ Pronghorn Straps to firmly mount the Panniers without a luggage rack.

KTM 1190 Adventure with Siskiyou Panniers and Fandango Tank Bag PRO

“It to some time to make sure the Siskiyou Panniers were fitted properly. But once I did it works perfectly. I was able to strap the back part securely to the factory mount so no worries on the left side.”

Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers supported by factory KTM luggage mounts

Adventure KTM 1190

Giant Loop Tech Tip: Saddlebag Strapping Location For Newer KTM’s

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As I rig up and ride different Giant Loop packing systems on our 2012 KTM 500 EXC, I am always looking for a different solutions to strapping the right side. There is a factory heat shield covering the subframe, at the point I like to thread the strap mount. There are several types of bolt-on hardware solutions submitted by riders, to handle mounting the strap on that side, but I was looking for a simpler method.  Now, my method isn’t perfect and it does require an 8mm wrench for the initial install, but I didn’t have to add any parts to the bike!

This has been tested for about 100 miles of rough and there appears to be no ill effects to the bodywork, other than the usual dusty strap wear.

Loosen the lower mounting bolt on the orange side panel, at the bottom of the subframe.

Thread the mounting strap through the molded slot in the white side panel,

Wrap it around the subframe and pull to the front of the orange side panel.



Carefully replace the orange panel’s tab, into its slot in the white panel, so the tab and strap can both fit smoothly.


Replace the bolt/bushing, finish threading the strap through the buckle and tension, stowing the strap end so it doesn’t catch on something or burn.