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Giant Loop Rider: Tolga’s “Ride Must Go On”, All ‘Round the World

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Ride Must Go On


Hello , my name is Tolga Basol and I’m from Istanbul, Turkey. I’ve been working for the media industry in Istanbul about 14 years. I bought my first motorcycle about 12 years ago. Since then I’ve tried to travel with my bike to different parts of the world on my short holidays from work. I started to carry my video equipment on my travels & figured out how to shoot while traveling on a motorcycle. Finally i decided to quit my job to fulfill probably the biggest dream in my life; riding around the world on a motorcycle.



My journey will start from Istanbul on 1st of June 2014 on a KTM 1190 Adv R. I plan to ride through Russia, Mongolia, Siberia & then I will decide to continue to Southeast Asia or to ship my bike to North America. I will try to catch up Dakar 2015 in South America. Then I will decide the route for Africa. I suspect the route might change quite a lot but I will try to travel as long as I can & I did not set an end date for the trip.


The idea behind my trip is simply ‘’Ride Must Go On’’
KTM Turkey provided me with a brand new KTM 1190 Adv R. I bought the lightest & most compact equipment, kept my clothes to minimalistic & Giant Loop provided all the luggage I need for my journey. And now simply the Ride Must Go On.



Follow my page to track my journey real-time on the map & to check my photos & videos that i will try to share along the way.



Thanks for the great post, Tolga!
He rides with Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Tank Bag Pro, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bag and Pronghorn Straps.

Giant Loop Rider: Mark Rides His KTM 990 Adventure To The Trona Pinnacles With Siskiyou Panniers

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Giant Loop dealer Sierra Nevada Adventures is owned by Mark Girardi, an avid rider and Dual Sport Adventure tour guide. He gets some awesome pics during many of his adventures. These images are from his recent trip to the Trona Pinnacles, in the Mojave desert. He loves the KTM 990 Adventure and carries his gear in Siskiyou Panniers. Check out more of his ride pics on his F-Book page, SNAmark. Thanks, Mark, for sharing the great photos.

SNA Trona Pinnacles (2)


SNA Trona Pinnacles (1)

SNA Trona Pinnacles (3)

SNA Trona Pinnales (4)






Giant Loop Rider: Terence Is Riding “Anywhere But South”, In South East Asia With Great Basin Saddlebag

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Terence Tay has set out on a 15,000km, three month long journey from his home of Singapore. He has dubbed it “Anywhere But South” and the route travels through Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia.
He is the first solo biker to travel through Myanmar and wrote in to say “”Btw, I’m officially the first rider to go at it alone in Burma, albeit with an escort car and tourism official (mandatory),”

His BMW F800GS is packed with a Great Basin Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag. He had this to say about his choice of luggage, in an interview with AsiaOne, before heading out on the adventure.
“…Mr Tay: “I have opted for soft panniers as they’re lightweight. Weight distribution can be placed closer to the centre of the bike to improve handling. Also, they will not bend out of shape in a crash…”

Follow Terence on his Facebook page.

Giant Loop Rider: Stephanie Rides Her DRZ From Ghana To Ireland, With Coyote Saddlebag And Fandango Tank Bag

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Last fall, Giant Loop Rider Stephanie rode her Suzuki DRZ400 from Ghana, Africa back to Ireland.
She rode with her Beau, Rory, who took his KTM 990 Adventure on the trip.


She packed her gear in a Coyote Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag onto her DRZ400. She had this to say about it, “trip from Ghana (west-Africa) to Ireland April last year. Coyote saddlebag kit and Fandango tank bank withstood the test”

Her DRZ is setup to travel with a Safari fuel tank for extended travel range, a comfort seat upgrade and a small fairing added to the headlight mask for weather deflection.



Locally sourced service stand.


No Contenant-crossing adventure ride would be complete without a pic of a small future-Rider, aboard the iron pony. :-)ghana2

Love the Ferries and their scary approach pools, at the ramp.ghana6

Sunset in the Sahara, worth all the flats and ferries…ghana3

Giant Loop Review: Paul Rides South America On Yamaha Tenere 660 With Siskiyou Panniers And Diablo Tank Bag

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Paul wrote in and said:

“After a year on the road in South America, I still wasn’t happy with my panniers.  I started with hard panniers then switched to conventional soft panniers, but neither worked for me.  I quickly decided hard panniers were not what I wanted when riding in the dirt (I finally lost one when riding too fast on some serious Bolivian washboard, which was probably a blessing – meant I had to buy some soft panniers before I got a broken ankle in a fall!).  I could never get the soft panniers to fit really snug to the bike, and they were a pain to take off and put on – an unavoidable requirement sometimes when staying in hostels.

Eventually I got my hands on some Siskiyous.  I had been using a Diablo tank bag for several months – I swapped it for the bigger tank bag I started with, which kept hitting me in the Crown Jewels when standing on the pegs!  I was super happy with the Diablo, so I reckoned the Siskiyous were worth a shot.  I think I’ve nailed it: really secure, easy to mount and remove, weight nicely forward on the bike, seriously tested in an Argentinian thunderstorm and stayed 100% waterproof…  Very happy so far.

I wasn’t sure how they would fit the 660 Tenere because of the prominent pillion handles, but I’ve had no problems.  I’ve still got my old pannier rack fitted, but I’m toying with removing it to save a few kg and seeing how things go.”



Thanks Paul for the pics and fit review!

Ride while you can.

Giant Loop Gear: Buckin’ Roll Press Release

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February 17, 2014

New 2014 Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag™ by Giant Loop®
Modular, Customizable, Ultra-Trim Adventure Proof Motorcycle Packing System

(BEND, OREGON USA) Named for saddle pads used by rodeo cowboys, the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag™ by motorcycle packing systems innovator Giant Loop has been completely re-envisioned and redesigned for 2014. The minimalist tank bag is modular, customizable and ultra-trim to meet the demands of dirt, dual sport and adventure riders who “don’t like tank bags.” The Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag also now fits virtually any motorcycle, keeping riding essentials handy and out of the way, even when standing on the footpegs to tackle challenging off-road terrain.


PDF mounting instructions with detailed illustrations of 2014 Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/986xgj42mvibfj8/Instructions-Buckin%20Roll-R01b.pdf

The Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag packing system consists of three components, which can be used individually or in any combination: mounting harness, center Tool Pouch case and Pannier Pockets™.


The Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag “Complete” option includes all components, while the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag “Center Only” option includes the mounting harness and center case only.The 2-liter center case secures to the harness with two included cam buckle straps.


Two 2-liter Pannier Pockets attach to the mounting harness and tank, shrouds or engine guards. (Pannier Pockets also are available separately, and they can be added to Giant Loop’s Fandango/Diablo Tank Bags, or used independently.)


Specifications and Features

• Volume: 6 liters (2 liter center case, 2 x 2-liter Pannier Pockets)
• 22 oz vinyl coated polyester Bomb Shell™
• Water resistant YKK zippers
• Nylike webbing
• Reflective accents for visibility
• 2 removable webbing straps w/ aluminum cam-lock buckles
• Multiple webbing MOLLE-style daisy chains
• Mil-spec materials and hardware
• Limited Lifetime Warranty
• Made in USA

Giant Loop adventure proof motorcycle packing systems are available from international distributors, as well as from a network of dealers throughout the USA. Giant Loop designs and tests products in Bend, Oregon and manufactures everything in the USA (except for the Canadian made Pronghorn Straps). For all the details, go to www.giantloopmoto.com.

Giant Loop® and the GL® logo are registered trademarks of Giant Loop LLC.

Media Contact: Harold Olaf Cecil, Giant Loop LLC, 971-832-3164, harold@giantloopmoto.com

Giant Loop Rider: Carlos In Bolivia On BMW F800GS With Great Basin Saddle Bag and Fandango Tank Bag

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Carlos wrote in about his ride in Bolivia. He included a bunch of great pictures to share. He equipped his BMW F800GS with a Fandango Tank Bag and Great Basin Saddle Bag.


He said, “They [pics] were took during some trips around Bolivia: Salar de Uyuni (Salt flats), El Chaco (southern part of Bolivia) and the last two are from Yungas (the famous Dead Road). I have two toys, my F800 GS with the Great Basin and Fandango bags, and my Kawa 450 with the Coyote saddlebag. Both work just perfect for me. Hope this new year can ride more, I will share my trips with you.

Cheers from Bolivia!”








Carlos also rides trails on his Kawasaki KX450, with a Coyote Saddle Bag.


Thank you Carlos for all the sweet pictures!

Giant Loop hopes you get your wish to ride more this year, too.


Giant Loop Rider: Jaume Rides Morocco on Yamaha XT660Z Tenere with Great Basin and Fandango

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ADVrider Jaumev had an awesome ride through Morocco on his newly built custom Yamaha XT660Z Tenere and posted a ride report with pics. He did a similar ride, last year on his highly detailed Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere, but this year, the lighter, smaller brother is his steed. He rode with Fandango Tank Bag, Great Basin Saddle Bag and a couple of Rogue Dry Bags. Jaume makes a custom graphic kit for the xt660z, check out his site, Traildreamer.com. Thanks for the great pics and feedback, Jaumev!

Giant Loop Review: Gear Scout writes about BMW F650GS with Fandango, Coyote and Rogue

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Over at ExpeditionPortal.comChristophe Noel tells about using the full Giant Loop motorcycle packing system on his BMW F650 Dakar.  Christophe is using a Fandango Tank Bag, Coyote Saddlebag with Drypods and Rogue Dry Bag. His BMW is a desirable edition and Giant Loop looks just right, all mounted up.

He writes in his review,

“…It seems good soft luggage is still hard to come by with many manufacturers banging on with the same poor designs which have been around for years.

I recently found myself once again in need of a soft luggage system and the Giant Loop Coyote Bag came with a chorus of glowing recommendations…

…Individually, each piece has more than exceeded my expectations. Combined, they’re a tour de force of design and construction.”

Thanks for riding Giant Loop, Christophe and for the great review!



Giant Loop Tech Tip: Siskiyou Panniers On KTM 690 Enduro, With Racks

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As Giant Loop Rider Noah Horak makes his way around the world, more riders are seeing the Siskiyou Panniers in use on KTM’s 690 Enduro. Noah is in Japan presently, hanging with gold plated Monkey bikers.

We have received several questions about using our panniers on the 690 and just got a great email from a customer, with his creative and effective solution.

I’ll share it here:

Giant Loop rider Allen wrote us and said,  “Yes, I’ve been following Noah on his travels. Here are some pictures of my installation of the Siskiyou Panniers. I decided to use shock cord to thread the bags onto the Rally Raid racks.  So far I really like the way it has worked.”690sisk-5



Allen added, “I folded over the Velcro and am just using the straps for support across the top.  That leaves the gas cap open for easy re-fueling.”690-sisk

“On the 690 I mounted the heat shield on the very end and so far it is looking very secure.”




Thanks Allen!!