Sep
23

Giant Loop Review: Siskiyou Panniers on Dirt Rider’s Kawasaki KLR650 Test

Thanks Dirt Rider magazine for kitting out your 2014 Kawasaki KLR650 test bike with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers! In the November 2014 issue’s “Getting Lost On Purpose – 2014 Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition,” it looks like you put the bike – and our Siskiyou Panniers to a proper test in Baja, Mexico.
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“There are plenty of safe, controlled, and calculated ways that we could have tested Kawasaki’s big dual-sport bike. Commutes, jeep roads, and mild off-road trails would have been fine, and we did ride the KLR650 in this capacity. Yet riding it 216 miles into Mexico and down the Baja Peninsula, getting lost, riding 55-plus miles of the Baja 500 racecourse, ripping down the beach, and riding back home sounded a tad more exciting. So that’s just what we did.”

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“Before heading south of the border we put on a few products to make the trip more managable. . . . We also put on a pair of Kenda Big Block tires, Fastway Adventure footpegs, and Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers to hold all of our gear.”

DIRT RIDER NOV 2014 SISKIYOU PANNIERS KLR650Subscribe to Dirt Rider magazine and get the full story every month!

Sep
18

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

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.

Sep
16

Giant Loop Review: Cycle World’s Yamaha WR250R Dual Sport Build

Thanks to Cycle World for selecting Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag and Diablo Pro Tank Bag for their Yamaha WR250R dual sport project build!

“A 250 is not everyone’s idea of an adventure bike, but the simplicity, lightness, and agility of a small bike will get you to more places with less work than any of the big guns. You must commit to the 60–65-mph cruise and “lack” of luxury. What you get back is going places no GS dares to tread. The $6,690 Yamaha WR250R is a great platform, with a capa­ble chassis and lots of snap from its revvy motor. But it needs mods for high-performance distance travel. Our goal was to build a bike that could, for example, be ridden from LA to Moab and then stripped and re-geared at a campsite for real enduro-style exploring. Total cost for all mods is high, but this is meant as a guide to show benefits of each change so readers can make their own decision on what’s important to them.”

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The best hard-core saddlebag and tank bag solution we’ve found is from Giant Loop. Coyote 39-liter saddlebags (giantloopmoto.com, $360) attach securely without using heavy metal racks and come with a heat shield to protect from exhaust heat (we added a second). Capacity is huge and three waterproof liner bags are included. Diablo Pro tank bag adds 4 liters up front ($210) and has a clear map pocket with a power cord inlet for devices. Zippered base has a fuel-cap cutout, meaning the bag can flip out of the way for easy refueling.”

For whole story, visit Cycle World Magazine – and remember to renew your subscription!

Sep
15

Giant Loop Rider: GL Designer Explores Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route

Giant Loop’s design director, Brian Frankle, recently joined up with a couple of local friends from Bend for an Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route adventure on his Suzuki DRZ400. Here are some of his pics and comments:

“Took a short 4 day trip on the moto on the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route. Rendezvoused with a few others on day 2 in Ukiah, Oregon. Other than great company, seeing a Bighorn Sheep along the South Fork of the John Day River was a highlight.”

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As a long-distance runner and through-hiker (just finish 5th in Pine to Palm 100, he’s hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, etc.) Brian’s an ultralight packer. On this trip he’s living the life of luxury with the Great Basin Saddlebag and Pannier Pockets on his DRZ400.

“Bridge Creek Wildlife Area outside of Ukiah, Oregon. Wildlife Count: 3 cows.”

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Our friend and customer Patrick used the Coyote Saddlebag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag on his Honda CRF250L.

“PK at Olive Lake Umatilla National Forest. Olive Lake is a reservoir that provided water and turned the generators at Fremont Power House…which in turn, supplied power to the largest Dredge used for gold mining in North America which sits in Sumpter, Oregon.”

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Oregon had it’s own version of the Gold Rush.

“The Dredge in Sumpter, Oregon.”

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GL friend and customer Dave packed the Coyote Saddleabg and Fandango Pro Tank Bag on his Yamaha WR250.

“Lunch stop, throttle cable repair, and opening day for Bow Season. Lots of hunters out and about. Malheur National Forest.”

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Brian definitely applies our philosophy of “go light, go fast, go far” to his camping gear.

“Find sticks, make shelter. Ochoco National Forest.”

 

Sep
12

Giant Loop Racer: Lawrence Hacking Runs Mojavi Saddlebag In Rally Mongolia

Giant Loop racer Lawrence Hacking competed in the 2014 Rally Mongolia on his Honda CRF450R. He equipped his bike with a Mojavi Saddlebag for the event and found it was a real benefit, carrying heavy items during the race.

His comment about the experience: “The MoJavi Saddlebag was perfect. Took the heavy load off my back – the only way to go for me.”

Hacking organizes the Overland Adventure Rally in Canada and is based in Ontario.

 

Sep
10

Giant Loop Fitment: BMW F650 Funduro and GL Saddlebags, Tank Bags

Local jewelery designer John Paul recently sold his ’70s vintage BMW R90, and he came by the shop with his first dual sport motorcycle, a 1999 BMW F650 Funduro (pre-GS)! He wanted to see which of the Giant Loop Saddlebags and Tank Bags best fit his bike.

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After fitting the MoJavi Saddlebag, Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag on his bike, as well as the Diablo Pro Tank Bag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag, and seeing each one was an excellent option for the F650, the deciding factor was rider choice. So, with what John wanted to pack for his ride, the Great Basin Saddlebag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag delivered the right capacity and features.

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The Great Basin Saddlebag mounted easily to the stock tail rack and passenger peg mounts, and the Hot Springs Heat Shield (included with the Great Basin Saddlebag) clamped right over the gap between the stock BMW heat shields, protecting the saddlebag from making any direct contact with the exhaust. To fit the Tank Bag harness, we popped the seat off and looped the side anchor straps around the seat rails of the frame and put the seat back on top of the straps.

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Thanks for riding Giant Loop!

Sep
08

Giant Loop Rider: Balint Rides Europe On His Buell XB12, With Great Basin Saddlebag

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Balint wrote in and shared pictures from his recent European tour. Check out how he is using the cable lock pass through for security!

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He said,

“Hi GL,

Here are two pics taken on my trip around Europe on my XB12XT using a Great Basin 2 saddlebag and a Zigzag handlebar bag. I’ve been to 10 countries altogether starting from the UK, then France, Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium then back to the UK through France. Altogether i rode 3834 miles (approx 6170 kms) to see all my friends and family on my holiday wherever they live around Europe and it was a great experience. Your bags totally rock!

All the best,

Balint

Thanks for the great pics and for riding Giant Loop!

Sep
05

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

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!

 

 

 

Sep
03

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

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!!

Aug
26

Tech Tip: Touratech 2 Liter Spare Fuel Canisters in MoJavi Saddlebag, Siskiyou Panniers

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Need an affordable, easy way to carry spare fuel? Now available in our webshop, these Touratech 2-liter approved gas canisters fit in the side pockets of the MoJavi Saddlebag, front pockets of Siskiyou Panniers and can be lashed to top of MoJavi, tail rack, etc. with Pronghorn Straps.

Specs & Features
• 2 Liters (roughly 1/2 gallon)

• High density PE plastic
• Suitable for E10 ethanol blend fuel
• Opening large enough for fuel station gas nozzle
• Dimensions: approx. 8.5″ tall, 6″ wide, 3.5″ thick
• Filler neck is 1.25″ tall
• Filler opening is 1-1/8″ diameter
• Made in Germany

Pronghorn Straps secure 2 liter gas can to motorcycle

With Pronghorn Straps, the Touratech gas canister can be mounted in many locations. Here’s it’s strapped to the top of the Coyote Saddlebag on a Continental Divide Trail adventure.

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Giant Loop specifically designed the front pockets of our Siskiyou Panniers to fit these 2-liter fuel bottles — that’s about a gallon of extra fuel, with one bottle in each pocket.

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One 2-liter Touratech fuel can fits in each side pocket of the MoJavi Saddlebag, providing about a gallon of extra gas on your motorcycle. Perfect for carrying 2-stroke premix.

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Use the 26″ Pronghorn straps to secure a 2-liter Touratech fuel canister to the top of the MoJavi – in place of the tool pouch or on top of it – and you have a whopping 6 liters (about 1.5 gallons) of extra fuel that simply comes off the bike when you don’t need it.

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