Mar
31

Video: How to Pack Camping Gear for 2-Up Motorcycle Adventure

This quick video shows how to pack for two people camping on a motorcycle. By using various modular components from Giant Loop’s Adventure Proof Packing System – and high quality outdoor gear – motorcycle touring 2-up can be fun, safe, comfortable and self-sufficient.

2 Rogue Dry Bags, Tillamook Dry Bag, Siskiyou Panniers, Kiger Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Bushwackers Hand Guards

BMW F800GS packed with 2 Rogue Dry Bags, Tillamook Dry Bag, Siskiyou Panniers, Kiger Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Bushwackers Hand Guards.

2-up motorcycle travel and camping

TIP: Passenger should wear a helmet with no visor fro 2-up motorcycle travel and camping!

Lighter weight bulky items such as sleeping bags, pads and tent are packed higher, while heavier items such as tool, spare inner tube, extra fuel, stove, cook kit and food are packed below seat height. Weight is also distributed front-to-back to help prevent a tail-heavy bike with an unsafe light front wheel.

Packing camping gear for two on  a motorcycle can be a challenge

Carrying camping gear for two on a motorcycle is simply with Giant Loop’s modular, customizable Adventure Proof Packing System

Many small compartments are better than fewer larger ones, helping keep gear organized and easily within reach without extra unpacking and re-packing. Have any tips to share with us? Post them in your comments here!

Motorcycle camping set up at Cyrstal Crane Hot Springs

Motorcycle camping set up at Cyrstal Crane Hot Springs

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Mar
30

Tech Tip: Pronghorn Straps for Quick-Release Saddlebag and Pannier Mounts

QUESTION
Recently email from customer Tim:

Hello I bought your Great Basin Saddlebag, couldn’t be happier with it.
Do you sell or recommend a quick release system?
I have the bag snug and fitted to my bike. I’d like be able to get under the seat or take the whole bag indoors with me without undoing all the compression straps.
Any suggestions?

ANSWER
Compression straps aren’t intended for mounting. On the Great Basin Saddlebag and Siskiyou Panniers, the two side anchor straps and 1-3 rear anchor straps should do the trick.

We do not recommend quick-release options for the two side anchor straps, as an unintended release could be dangerous. It takes about two minutes to release the side anchor straps.

On the rear anchor(s), you can use our Pronghorn Straps for a clean quick-release solution:

Pronghorns Straps quick release solution for securing motorcycle soft luggage

Thread Pronghorn Strap through rear anchor thumb-lock fasteners on Great Basin Saddlebag and secure to tail rack, passenger handles or other solid mount point for a quick release and easy mounting solution.

Siskiyou Panniers motorcycle soft luggage with Pronghorn Straps

Pronghorn Straps work great on the Siskiyou Panniers’ rear anchors, speeding the process of mounting/dismounting

Mar
25

Giant Loop’s Tracker Packer Awarded 2015 “Nifty 50″ by Powersports Business

Giant Loop's Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen3 wins Nifty 50 from Powersports Business

TEAM GIANT LOOP (left to right): Harold Olaf Cecil, owner/founder; Brian Frankle, design director; Dustin Cary, dealer sales manager; Paul Robson, shipping/production manager

Thank you Powersports Business for recognizing Giant Loop’s Tracker Packer ruggedized holster for SPOT Gen3 as a top 50 new product in the powersports industry with a “Nifty 50″ award. We are especially pleased to share the honor with the Kurt Caselli Foundation, with gratitude to Quinn Cody for the opportunity to collaborate. A portion of all Tracker Packer sales are donated to support the Kurt Caselli foundation’s mission of making off-road riding and racing safer.

Mar
20

Giant Loop Rider: Cory from Bolivia Motors Tours South America with Coyote Saddlebag on Honda XR650R

Cory Rowden, Kiwi owner of and guide for BoliviaMotors, rode his Honda XR650R through Bolivia, Peru, Colombia and Brazil last fall with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag. Here are some of his pics and feedback:

“I’ve just returned from a month riding in Bolivia, Peru, Colombia and Brazil during which I used a Giant Loop Coyote bag strapped to the back of a Honda XR650R. We rode over 6000kms and had a fantastic time on a mix of tarmac, cobblestone, dirt and mud road in mixed conditions including rain, sun, cold and extreme heat. We crossed the Andes mountains, floated down the Amazon river and rode BR319 – officially Brazil’s worst road – through the heart of the Amazon rainforest. The Giant Loop Coyote gear performed flawlessly and I could not have chosen better equipment. It was perfectly suited to a bike of this kind with limited mounting options. The bag never shifted while riding, nor did it get in the way even during spirited riding off-road. Not a single problem or complaint – it kept my gear clean and dry through the varying conditions we were faced with and it was also easy to load and unload at the beginning and end of each day. I can and will heartily recommend Giant Loop gear to clients and friends.”

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Mar
19

Review: Dirt Rider Magazine’s Long-Term Kawasaki KLR 650 with Siskiyou Panniers

Thanks Dirt Rider magazine for the “Long Haul Wrap-Up” on the 2014 Kawasaki KLR 650 with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers – we’re glad to see you’ve given them a proper thrashing and thorough test!

“Over the past year our KLR has been in the snowy Sierras, the dusty Baja desert, the jeep trails of Orange County, and the (scariest of all) the twisted maze of crazed motorists that is the Southern California freeway system. After all of the silt, sand, mud, nails, rocks, and texting motorists, this is how it fared.”

“Primary Use: Adventure Riding
Main Mods: Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers, Fastway Adventure Footpegs, Fasst Company Flexx Handlebar, FMF Powercore Muffler, Kenda Big Block Tires
Moments of Glory: Spending New Year’s Eve in La Paz and being back in SoCal for Anaheim 1
Forgettable Experience: Getting lost in Baja in search of tacos
Miles: 2,000+
Aftermath: One set of really worn-out Kenda Big Block tires, scuffed-up side panels from the panniers, changed oil”

Great long-term test! And if you would like to avoid the “scuffed-up side panels from the panniers,” simply install Giant Loop’s Vinyl Protective Film before riding 2,000+ miles with the Siskiyou Panniers.

Dirt Rider 2015 KLR 650 with Siskiyou Panniers

 

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Mar
18

Tech Tip: Installing Giant Loop Mounts on KTM 500 EXC

Using a slightly longer bolt to replace the bolt connecting the side panel to the subframe on the KTM 500 EXC, the new Giant Loop Mount makes a handy anchor strap connection for the MoJavi Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag, keeping the webbing well away from hot exhaust.

Giant Loop GL Mounts on KTM 500 EXC for MoJavi Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag

Giant Loop’s GL Mounts are the universal motorcycle soft luggage mounting solution, compatible with virtually all dual sport soft luggage.

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Mar
17

Tech Tip: How-To Installation Video for Kiger Tank Bag, Fandango Tank Bag, Diablo Tank Bag

Here’s how to install Giant Loop’s Kiger Tank Bag, Fandango Tank Bag or Diablo Tank Bag on motorcycles – like the BMW GS models or the Honda CB500X shown in the video – that do not have exposed frame rails. By removing the seat, installing the Tank Bag Harness, putting the seat back down and tightening, the mounting is clean and tidy! #golightgofastgofar

Mar
13

Tech Tip: 2015 Giant Loop Adventure Proof Packing Systems & Gear Product Comparison Chart

Not sure which Giant Loop product is going to best suit your needs? CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A PDF Comparison Chart of the 2015 Giant Loop Moto Collection! #golightgofastgofar

Giant Loop motorcycle packing systems and gear comparison chart

Mar
10

Giant Loop Rider: Geoff’s Suzuki DRZ400 with MoJavi Saddlebag and GL Mounts

Local rider Geoff’s Suzuki DRZ400 is about as nicely set up as any we’ve seen, with Trail Tech Voyager GPS, Race Tech Suspension, full Yoshimura Exhaust and aftermarket carb. Here are some details about his MoJavi Saddlebag installation using the new Giant Loop (GL) Mounts, which will work great with the Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag, too. #golightgofastgofar

Suzuki DRZ400 with MoJavi Saddlebag and GL Mounts

Suzuki DRZ400 Trail Tech Voyager, Race Tech Suspension, Double Take Mirror

Geoff is using the Giant Loop GL Mounts, sharing a bolt point with his Suzuki DRZ400′s passenger peg mounts. GL Mounts help keep straps away from hot exhaust and shorten anchor strap length to maximize stability of Giant Loop Saddlebag installation.

Giant Loop GL Mounts universal soft luggage mounting solution

Geoff’s using a small spacer to set the Giant Loop GL Mount away from the passenger peg’s other bolt and to give plenty of room to work when anchoring Giant Loop Saddelbags and soft luggage to dirt bikes and dual sport motorcycles.

Giant Loop GL Mounts for dual sport saddlebags

 

Giant Loop’s GL Mounts make a clean installation, with straps kept away from boots on both sides.

 

Suzuki DRZ400 with Giant Loop GL Mounts for dual sport soft luggage

 

Since Geoff leaves the MoJavi Saddlebag mounted on his Suzuki DRZ400 all the time, he’s using a hard-mount bolt-on installation (which can also be done with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag).

MoJavi Saddlebag bolt-on hard mount on dirt bike

 

Two bolts through the dirt bike’s rear plastic fender and metal fender brace, a couple of washers and nylock nuts, and the Giant Loop Saddlebag is not coming off. Period.

MoJavi Saddlebag bolted onto dirt bike fender brace

 

Geoff secures the zip-off sleeves of his riding jacket to the front fender with Giant Loop’s Rubber Boa Straps.

Rubber Boa dirt bike and dual sport fender straps

Mar
09

Tech Tip: Fandango Tank Bag on BMW R1200GS by XLADV.com

Thanks XLADV.com for the review — and especially for mentioning zipper care (that’s one reason why your Fandango Tank Bag has served your well for so long)! The new Giant Loop Tank Bag Dry Pod fits all models of the Fandango and Diablo Tank Bag. Check out the new Fandango Pro Tank Bag with integrated electronics pass-through, concealed document pocket, bigger map pocket, rider-facing outside mesh pocket and more rider-friendly features.  #golightgofastgofar

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