May
22

Giant Loop Ride: Summer Lake Hot Springs Building New Cabins

Harold stopped by the Summer Lake Hot Springs on his return trip from the Overland Expo. He wanted to catch up with the folks there and cover some details for our upcoming ride. He saw that the crew was hard at work building cabins, which will be ready in time for our event.  If you are signed up for the Giant Loop ride and don’t want to tent camp on the ground at the hot springs, call the resort and make yourself a reservation for one of the new cabins! 541-943-3931

 

May
21

Giant Loop Review: We Mounted A Trail Tech Voyager And Captured Our Tracks

Our friends at Trailtech have equipped our bikes with a Voyager, the trail rider’s GPS, for our up and coming Summer Lake ride. I have ridden with my old Trailtech computer on my bike since I got my first KTM, an ’01 400 EXC. Back then, there was only one Trailtech computer, the Endurance, which I put on that bike to keep track of my hours, mileage and speed.  When I sold the EXC, I kept the Trailtech and mounted it on my KTM 950 for a lighter and smaller speedo/odo that I was familiar with. Wouldn’t you know it, after years of service, the screen just faded away and the light didn’t come on anymore when the bike rolled.  Normally, its never this simple, but I just had to throw another battery in and it was back in action!
Always been happy with my Trailtech, but I have been behind the times…
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Trailtech has improved their computers over the years and now offer several models, including the GPS enabled Voyager. I had seen the Voyager at events and on other riders’ bikes, but had no first hand experience, so I was excited to get my hands on one and start capturing tracks!  The package was complete with several pieces of hardware for mounting to 7/8′ and 1-1/8″ handle bars, several electrical cables for sensors and power, instructions for mounting all the cables, a miniSD chip to USB adapter and a CD with “Ride Leader”, Trailtech’s GPS mapping software for GPX files.

My plan was time limited so I decided to mount the Voyager to our Honda XR650R, attach the power and RPM cables, then go run the baby in GPS mode for Speedo and Tracks.  The first thing to do was find room on the bars, then find convenient power to tap into.
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I checked the voltage regulator for wire colors and dug out the headlight plug to compare.  The wires were easy to splice into and I used bullet connectors compatible with the existing wiring to make the junctions.
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Once I hooked up power and the RPM sensor was wrapped around the spark plug lead, I was ready to button up the project and get down the trail.
After a few miles of action, I had breadcrumbs on the map screen and the unit was calculating average speed and time traveled. Stoked!
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The best part was, all the ride stats were a click away and I could plainly see the route we traveled.
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Back at the shop, I exported the ride to the on-board SD chip and plugged it into my computer. Opening Ride Leader and uploading the tracks from the SD chip were straight forward and the next thing I knew, there was our ride route, plotted across the map.
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All in all a great experience and I look forward to capturing more tracks and navigating with the Voyager.
I still have a coolant temp and wheel speed sensors on the bench and will install them next time I take the tank off.

May
20

Giant Loop Rider: Siskiyou Pannier Sighting, In Laos With RTW Noah

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Siskiyou Pannier summit meeting in Laos, with RTW Noah on his KTM 690 Enduro and a travelling Royal Enfield pilot. Ride on Fellas!

Check out the GL sticker on the front fender of the Enfield and the long travel suspension seat…

 

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May
19

Giant Loop Racer: Pharoah’s Rally Begins With Boano Racing Supported Napoli Giulio On Beta 450 Atacama

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Motorcycle racing is a strong part of Boano family heritage. The founder, Roberto Boano was an accomplished Italian and World Motocross racer. His company was formed in 1976 to sale and service off road motorcycles. The shop grew until 1981 when Roberto became an official Honda dealer, carrying the brand until 2010. Roberto raced the Dakar Rally 5 times, twice as factory Honda pilot, riding Honda Africa Twins in each race. His best finish was 11th in 1991. With Roberto’s experience with factory rally bikes, combined with his two son’s, Ivan and Jarno, careers as ISDE Gold Medalists, European Enduro Champions and World Supermoto podium contender, the Boano family is well versed in getting bikes and racers on the rostrum.

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In 2005, Betamotor of Italy chose Boano Racing to manage the Beta factory team in the World Enduro Championships and Italian Enduro championship. This alliance has gotten stronger in the last couple years, with Boano Racing building the Beta 450RR Atacama, a Dakar legal Rally Replica. Boano Racing supports privateer racers participating in FIM rallies, like Pharoah’s in Egypt and Sardegna in Italy, plus the Dakar Rally in South America.

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Today, Jarno is in Egypt, managing racer Napoli Giulio and maintaining the Beta 450RR Atacama, during the stages of Pharoah’s Rally. Napoli raced the #94 Beta 450RR Atacama in the 2014 Dakar and retired from altitude sickness after the third stage.  Wish them luck!!

Pic from Dakar.com

May
15

Giant Loop Event: Harold Heading To Overland Expo 2014

Harold Posted a great shot from his travel South, today.  If you are attending the Overland EXPO, swing by the Giant Loop booth and say Hi!

May
14

Giant Loop Racer: Jenny Morgan Finishes Hellas Rally On Rally-Raid Product’s LC4-50

Jenny Morgan has completed the Hellas Rally!

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She rode the Rally-Raidproducts.co.uk built “LC4-50″, equipped with Coyote Saddlebag, from Jolly Old England to the event in Greece. She raced the event with support from Torque Racing and now will be riding/camping it back home again. This is the big test for the KTM690 Enduro, turned into a 450cc Rally Replica with a specially designed conversion kit. The goal of the conversion kit is to give Privateer Rally Racers a stone reliable and easy to handle FIM and ASO legal rally bike. A bike that can be ridden all year, plus survive the rigors of racing Dakar, without requiring major service to the engine internals.

Go Jenny and thanks for riding Giant Loop!!

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May
13

Giant Loop Tech Tip: Using A Fender Strap Instead of Fender Hooks For Mounting Mojavi Saddlebag or Coyote Saddlebag

Problem:
The latest edition of KTM 350 and 500 EXC dual sports come equipped with a thicker and much stronger rear fender. This is to keep the taillight assembly from flexing into the rear tire during rough riding. This new design is an added benefit for those of us that like to carry loads strapped onto the back fender, but is a consideration when mounting a Mojavi or Coyote Saddlebag without using the included fender hooks. The issue is that our fender hooks are radius profiled for thinner fenders, like every other enduro or dualsport uses, and no longer clip onto current design KTM rear fenders.

Solution: Replace the hooks with the included mounting strap, by sandwiching the strap between the fender and taillight assembly, before mounting the bag. Then thread the mounting strap through the buckles inside the saddlebag.

This is done by unscrewing the taillight assembly(black plastic shown below) from the subframe and fender.

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Once the strap is centered, re-tighten the screws and bolts that secure the taillight assembly. This should tension the strap under the fender, so it doesn’t slide around, providing a solid mounting position.

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Thread the mounting strap through the buckles and tension.

We use a spare side release buckle to hold the strap ends, when a bag isn’t mounted.

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May
09

Giant Loop Rider: Jack Broomall Riding The Cannon Ball Centennial Ride

Giant Loop Rider Jack Broomall is taking part in the historic Cannon Ball Centennial, following the original route taken by Erwin Baker, the original “Cannon Ball”. He is riding a BMW F800GS with Fandango Tank Bag and Tillamook Dry Bag. Jack has ridden cross country a few times before, most notably on his vintage Hodaka, in Two-Strokes Across America.

Quote from the Cannonballproject.com:
“On May 3, 1914, Erwin Baker, a motorcycle racer and enthusiast from Indianapolis, Indiana, left downtown San Diego, California on a twin-cylinder, 7 horsepower Indian motorcycle en route to New York City.”

For more info on the ride and route, check out their site.

http://www.cannonballproject.com/

Follow Jack’s progress on his FB page.

 

May
08

Giant Loop Reviews: Possibles Pouch In ADVMOTO Magazine

Be prepared for all possibilities on the trail!  Giant Loop’s new Possibles Pouch (named for the leather bags frontier explorers kept essentials, such as fire starting kit and ammunition) featured in Adventure Motorcycle Magazine (AdvMoto)‘s May/June issue!
Giant Loop has introduced the Possibles Pouch as an addition to the company’s 2014 product line. The Possibles Pouch adds two liters of easy access storage to Giant Loop saddlebags and panniers-and just about any other secure attachment point on virtually any motorcycle make or model.  Made in U.S. with vinyl-coated polyester Bomb Shell, a beefy YKK zipper protected by a storm flap, multiple MOLLE-style webbing lash points and reflective tabs for visibility, each Possibles Pouch includes two webbing and thumb-lock buckle straps, innertube, snacks, beverages, gloves and tools are among the many relatively small, lightweight items that fit perfectly into the pouch. The Possibles Pouch is backed by Giant Loops’ limited lifetime warranty. The possibles pouch and the entire Giant Loop collection are available from international distributors, as well as from a network of dealers through out the U.S. MSRP: $50.00
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May
02

Giant Loop Racer: Brett Finishes Namaqua African Rally On Top!

Giant Loop Racer, Brett Cummings, just campaigned another race on his Strocam Mining KTM 450RR. This time he entered the Namaqua African Rally, and finished on top of the box!

Shown here prepping his bike for the Prologue.

He swapped lead with fellow racer Kenny Gilbert, in the final stage, but Kenny had to nurse a bad wheel and settled for second place overall. Way to go Brett!

Like many a Rally, the service work is done while the bike is sitting in the dirt, exposed to the elements. Lucky for Brett, there was grass in the Bivouac!!

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