Jul
16

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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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