Jul
17

Giant Loop News: Dirt Rider Magazine Runs Siskiyou Panniers On Kawasaki KLR650 Test Bike.

Thanks Dirt Rider Magazine for running the Siskiyou Panniers on the 2014 Kawasaki KLR650 test bike!
http://www.dirtrider.com/features/2014-kawasaki-klr650-new-edition/

Quoted from the headline:

2014 Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition – Dirt Rider Magazine
www.dirtrider.com
The 2014 Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition isn’t radically different from its predecessors but for riders who lean closer to the off-road segment of dual-sport, it is a welcome improvement. Find out 7 things you should know about the new KLR650 here.

 

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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Jul
15

Giant Loop Rider: Tolga Gets Fresh Tread And Rolls Through Altai, Russia

Tolga posted more pics from the latest section of Ride Must Go On.

Continental TKC 80′s are easily subdued by Giant Loop Pronghorn straps!

 

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Jul
14

Giant Loop Riders: Heavyweights Ride The WABDR, Washington’s Back-country Discovery Route

The guys riding big bikes on the WABDR had a time of it, last weekend. Here are pics from their ride, thanks to our friends and advrider.com inmates SOP-Dirtrider, Cyclops, Konflict and Motostay’s Tad Haas for sharing their fun.

 

 

Jul
10

Giant Loop Rider: Apple Jam And I Make GPX Tracks In Hood River County For Rally In The Gorge

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Getting the Giant Loop Dual Sport route sorted for Rally in the Gorge took the help of Apple Jam, from ADVrider. An avid KTM 990 Adventure rider, he has rolled every piece of two track in the area and knows how to link up some excitement for our ride.

Arriving in Parkdale at 3pm, I was anxious to get on the motos and get some tracks tucked into the bike’s Trail Tech Voyager. The weather was perfect, maybe a bit hot, and the air was clear. I was staging at Apple Jam’s and he was gracious enough to have me camp there. His KTM was getting fork service work so I brought the Honda XR650R and KTM 500EXC, for us to ride. He hadn’t ridden a new EXC so I rode the Honda and he happily climbed onto the KTM. I hadn’t been riding on this side of Mt Hood, so I was looking forward to following Apple Jam’s experienced lead and getting a taste of what kind of terrain was available. Needless to say, there was not a drop of disappointment until 9:08 pm and we hit the Sawtooth Roadhouse after closing, missing dinner. We made up for it with a drink or two when we finally made it back home…

There were several huge vista views.
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We were headed right over yonder.
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Had a few rocks to roll over, on the way.
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Jul
09

Giant Loop Racers: Baja Rally Announces Fuel Range Requirements, Recommends Mojavi Saddlebag For Carrying Extra Fuel

Here is the Press Release:

From: Baja Rally
<bajarally@gmail.com>
Date:07/08/2014 9:13 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: Baja Rally

Subject: IMPORTANT NOTE: FUEL RANGE EXTENDED

Riders and Crews-

Due to at least one lengthy route on the BAJA RALLY 2.0, we will have a 205 mile (329km) special where we may not have a gas stop set up between 2 points 147mi apart. Its a situation we cant be sure of solving.

Therefore, the minimum gas range for riders and bikes has been raised to 150 miles indefinitely. Some riders will need to carry extra fuel on certain stages.

Saddlebags

The Giant Loop Mojavi Bag has been used widely in rallies all over the world for riders to carry water, tools and gas. These are lightweight easy to use saddle bags to carry up to a gallon of liquids. Riders are using TouraTech’s 2 liter bottles on each side of the Mojavi in some cases.

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I realize this is going to effect a few riders right off the bat and wanted to make sure everyone has enough notice to respond to the changes.

I welcome your phone call or email reply to discuss this further if needed or answer any questions you might have. Don’t hesitate to call 858 342-8222.

Muchas Gracias

Scotty

Jul
08

Giant Loop Rider: Tolga Talks Tools, While In Omsk Russia

Tolga Basol continues to adventure across Russia on his KTM 1190 Adventure R. He had a stop over in Omsk, where the guys at KTM Omsk worked to replace Tolga’s front hub and he got to hang out with the Siberian Bears motorcycle club.

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I don’t know the particulars, but the job got done, thanks to KTM Russia and KTM Omsk, so Tolga had the time to share pics of  his tools and how he carries them. I share this posting from his FB page.

Tubes and first aid kit in the Pannier Pockets.

 

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Tire repair tools bagged and mounted to his pannier frame. His wrenches are in a tool roll under his seat.

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Jul
07

Giant Loop Gear: Practice Layering With The New Giant Loop Tech-Tee Long Sleeve Shirt As Functional Base Layer

We pulled a page from the outdoor sports play book when we chose the new long-sleeve Giant Loop Tech-Tee shirt. The layering system is well know among the gravity and human powered riders. With base layer against the body giving vapor movement, insulation for trapping warmth in the second layer and, for the final layer, a vented or breathable outer shell to manage the environmental conditions. Our new Tech-Tee offers the functional benefits of a base layer, such as reduced chafing from gear, wicking action and quick drying, that a motorcycle rider would appreciate.

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While traveling in Norway last month, Harold wore his new Giant Loop Tech-Tee under his gear for his base layer. He also brought one for his moto-host, Elving Solli, to try. Elving was surprised the GL Tech-Tee worked so well under his riding gear and commented that he hadn’t tried a technical base layer while motorcycling, only long-johns. He loved how smooth the material was and enjoyed its quick drying nature.

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Try the benefits of the layering system, with the latest edition of the Giant Loop Tech-Tee shirt!

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Jul
03

Giant Loop Rider: Tolga Found A Minor Traffic Problem Crossing Russia, Ride Must Go On!

Follow Tolga on his FB page Ride Must Go On

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Tolga writes,
“Yesterday I rode from Ufa to Chelyabinsk in heavy rain with lots of trucks on the narrow roads. My Klim gear was perfect, they did not let any drop of water, same goes for the boots (Sidi Adventure) my feet was also dry. Somewhere on the road a big truck started sliding and he managed to block the way with his trailer. I was not able to pass with my bike, so I decided to find an alternative route to the main road.”

Yesterday’s dinner:

Jul
02

Giant Loop Rider: Vic Rides Death Valley On His Suzuki DRZ400 With Great Basin Saddle Bag

Got a cool pic of Vic while he was in Death Valley riding his Suzuki DRZ400 with a Great Basin Saddlebag. Thanks for the pic and story.

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He said, “Purchased your saddle bag at the BMW rally in Salem last summer. Just finished a four day 430 mile off road loop through Death Valley. Bag is great and stayed firmly attached all through the rough stuff. Wish I could say the same thing for me. Fitment is great and the others on the ride will be purchasing them before our next adventure. Regards, Vic.”

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