Mar
21

Giant Loop Tech Tip: GL Rider’s Quick Mount Point, Inner Tube Sleeve Prevent Strap Wear

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Giant Loop rider Dave travels Cambodia, doing volunteer service work on his KTM 450 EXC, and he’s used a Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag for packing his gear through the muddiest tropical rainforest roads and trails. He recently shot us a message, sharing his clever, low-cost, heavy duty mounting point for his Coyote Saddlebag. His attachment point on his bike – “stainless cable, some swage crimps, and steel tube” – helps prevent abrasion of daily use from wearing on his Coyote Saddlebag straps. He’s also using a sleeve made from inner tube rubber – another very effective no-cost solution to protect mounting straps on all of Giant Loop’s rackless luggage systems. Check out his pics:

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Thanks for the tech tip, Dave and ride while you can!

Mar
19

Giant Loop Rider: Death Valley Noobs Rally Medical Volunteer Rob Preps MEDIC MoJavi Saddlebag

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We enjoyed this recent message from one of our “Mojavis For Medics” program participants, Rob:

“Hello again, Here is some more info on myself. Fulltime Fire Rescue at Canmore Fire Rescue in Canada (just outside Banff AB in the Mountains). My title here is Lieutenant Operations/Hazmat/Training – as an ALS fire medic in the mountains I do structural fire protection and mountain rescue. I am also casual with Alberta Health Services and do about 6 shifts a month on the ambulance. Here are some of my certifications:

-ACLS instructor/coordinator
-PALS instructor /coordinator
-CPR instructor
-Rope Rescue Technician Instructor(Rescue 3 International)
-Ice Rescue Technician Instructor(Rescue 3 International)
-Swift Water Rescue Technician Instructor(Rescue 3 International)
-Structural Collapse Technician NFPA
-Confined Space Technician NFPA
-ICS 400
-Hazmat Technician NFPA
-CBRNE Technician
-Advanced Hazmat Life Support Provider

I carry a full kit when I ride down in Death Valley for the Death Valley Noobs Rally, every thing from sutures to ETT tubes if intubation is needed, a full bandage kit, c-collar, tourniquet, symptomatic drugs if needed, and I leave an automated external defibrillator in camp. Last year I was down at the Silverton, CO event also while doing the CO Backcountry Discovery Route. At the Death Valley Rally last year we had a few mishaps fractured leg, fractured foot and a dislocated should with fractured clavicle.”

Rob rides a tricked out Triumph Tiger 800, with Giant Loop’s Fandango Tank Bag  – and soon a MEDIC MoJavi Saddlebag. He surely puts his bike through the paces, having ridden three Backcountry Discovery Routes, as well as volunteering at the Death Valley Noobs Rally.  Thanks, Rob, for supporting the rider community by volunteering your skills!

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Mar
18

Giant Loop Racer: South African Dakar Rally Podium Finisher Brett Cummings on “Why I Use Giant Loop”

Giant Loop Racer, Brett Cummings, shared his race resume with us (see below) — and included his reasoning for working with Giant Loop.

“Why I will use Giant Loop: When training alone and with no backup, one really needs to make sure that you have all your tools, medical equipment as well as nutrition and snacks with you so you can be fully self-sufficient. With Giant Loop gear, this is made easy!
Regards, Brett”

Brett Cummings 2013 Dakar Rally podium

Thanks Brett! The Mojavi Saddlebag is his bag of choice for rally and enduro training.

In 2013, South African rider Cummings finish 2nd in the demanding self-supported Malle Moto Class at the Dakar Rally, as well as 3rd in the Marathon Class.

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Mar
12

Giant Loop Racers: Mojavi Saddlebag Returns To The 2014 Tuareg Rally

Last year, Giant Loop sent out custom yellow  Mojavi Saddlebags to the Husaberg Adventure Team, just before the Tuareg Rally. Husaberg Team racer, Lukas Matzinger, mounted his  Mojavi and used it to carry the essentials for racing the Rally. While following Lukas, I discovered he wasn’t the only one using a Mojavi Saddlebag. There were several racers that used one to carry tools, spares, water and fuel for the event.

As I was reviewing the current crop of 2014 photos, from photographers RallyManiacs.nl, I saw a couple bikes packing a Mojavi Saddlebag out on the stage. Looking sharp!

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Mar
06

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

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.

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Mar
05

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.

Mar
03

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

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.

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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.

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Locally sourced service stand.

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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

Feb
27

Giant Loop News: “Powered By Giant Loop” Offers New Mojavi Saddlebag Program

In the spirit of the “Mojavi for Medics” program, Giant Loop has found another way to support the folks who volunteer their time to produce the events, rides and races for us to enjoy. If you our your club would like to apply for this new program, click this link to download the application. Check out the details!

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Feb
26

Giant Loop Racer: Malle Moto Dakar Finisher, Brett Cummings, Now Racing For Giant Loop

Giant Loop signed a sponsorship agreement with South African Brett Cummings, also know as Rallyerider, to his ‘book Friends. Our connection to Brett came through our South African partner, Chris at Desert Lizard. Thanks Chris and Brett for the support!!

Brett is joining the Giant Loop Team as a racer and test rider after riding his KTM 450RR to a  28th place finish overall and 2nd in the Malle Moto Class, in the 2014 edition of Dakar. His previous Rally Raid experience includes finishing 43rd in 2013 edition of Dakar, 7th in the Merzouga 2012 and 4th in the Australasian Safari 2012.

You can follow Brett’s training, race prep and progress on his ‘book page, linked above, or on his Twitter feed, @Rallyerider.

Feb
21

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.”

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Thanks Paul for the pics and fit review!

Ride while you can.

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