Jan
07

Giant Loop Tech Tip: Siskiyou Panniers On KTM 690 Enduro, With Racks

As Giant Loop Rider Noah Horak makes his way around the world, more riders are seeing the Siskiyou Panniers in use on KTM’s 690 Enduro. Noah is in Japan presently, hanging with gold plated Monkey bikers.

We have received several questions about using our panniers on the 690 and just got a great email from a customer, with his creative and effective solution.

I’ll share it here:

Giant Loop rider Allen wrote us and said,  ”Yes, I’ve been following Noah on his travels. Here are some pictures of my installation of the Siskiyou Panniers. I decided to use shock cord to thread the bags onto the Rally Raid racks.  So far I really like the way it has worked.”690sisk-5

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Allen added, “I folded over the Velcro and am just using the straps for support across the top.  That leaves the gas cap open for easy re-fueling.”690-sisk

“On the 690 I mounted the heat shield on the very end and so far it is looking very secure.”

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Thanks Allen!!

Jan
06

Giant Loop Happy New Year From Summer Lake Hot Springs

Happy New Years view of Picture Rock!

Giant Loop was closed for the New Year’s Holiday and the weather was unseasonably warm. This meant that skiing Mt Bachelor was not part of the celebration schedule, so Harold loaded up the KTM 500 EXC, his camping gear and family, then headed to Summer Lake Hot Springs instead.  It was cold at night, but the hot springs, heavy sleeping bags and the 50* day time temperature made for a good adventure. 

First ride of 2014!

Dec
30

Giant Loop Tech Tip: Installing Fandango Tank Bag, Diablo Tank Bag on BMW GS Motorcycles

Thank you Giant Loop rider for sharing the pic and feedback on installation of the Fandango Tank Bag (and Diablo Tank Bag). On many bikes, including BMW GS models, removing the seat, running straps around seat rails of frame, reinstalling seat and tensioning straps makes a very tiding mount. Don’t forget to install Vinyl Protective Film to protect the shiny painted surfaces under straps and Fandango/Diablo Harness.
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Hi Giant Moto Team!

When I was trying to find a tank bag for my G 650GS, I had trouble finding clear photos of the Fandango for my bike.

I had a reasonable idea it was going to look good, but now it’s fitted I don’t think I could have made a better choice.

Photo attached in case you would like to add it to your website.

Thanks for making such an awesome product!

Cheers,
Scott

Dec
23

Giant Loop Christmas Wishes

Pretty sure my nephew Oscar is right about the jolly fat man’s affinity for motorbikes – next best thing to a magic sleigh and reindeer!

From our Giant Loop family to yours, wishing you the Merriest Christmas and a Healthy, Happy, Prosperous New Year!

Thanks for helping make 2013 the best year yet.

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Dec
20

Giant Loop Tech Tip: Rick Wallace Teaches Crash Scene Safety Instruction

What are you going to do when your riding buddy doesn’t get up from one of those little trail side tumbles, we all have had. Not my favorite thought, but one that needs serious consideration, every time I join a rider group and ride the miles.

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One of our Missions at Giant Loop is to Advocate motorcycle rider safety awareness and encourage riders to get First Aid training, for use in a Moto-Emergency. Giant Loop’s Mojavis for Medics program is one of the ways we focus attention on the safety of our fellow riders, another opportunity is to identify ways for riders to gain knowledge and experience from experts in First Response and teachers of First Aid. We know there are many Red Cross branches in cities across the US and each offers a First Aid training course to the community. Some folks, however, want more specific instruction than what the local branch can offer.

That is where Rick Wallace at Crash Scene Safety Instruction comes in.

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Rick teaches a program that is geared directly to motorcyclists and addresses specifically the types of scenarios that a motorcyclist could face while traveling on the road. His frame of reference is street bikes and street based incidents, but what he teaches applies to Motorcyclists and is filled with his lifetime of experience. Since knobby tire bikes and dual-sport riders still gotta get from the driveway to the trails, the training he offers directly applies to us, too. I had the chance to meet and talk to Rick at the Rally in the Gorge last summer. He really has a feel for his craft and his experience shows in his teaching. Check out what others have said about his program and get involved in learning how to be an asset during a Moto-Emergency, rather than a bystander.

Photos from adventurebikerider.com and Rick’s site.

Dec
19

Giant Loop Review: Pronghorn straps in DirtBike Magazine

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Dirtbike Magazine wrote about Pronghorn Straps, in the Adventure Section of their January issue.

“Every motorcyclist needs a handful of these multi-purpose, stretch-polyurathane straps with virtually unbreakable fasteners. They are sold in packages of two and available in three color-coded lengths. The gray color is 16 inches, the orange is 20 inches and red is 26 inches. They’re adjustable from 4 inches all the way out to 26 inches.”

Thanks DirtBike Magazine!

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Dec
18

Giant Loop Event: 12/19 Austin Vince Premieres “Mondo Sahara” in Portland, Oregon

Psyched to see our friend Austin Vince – and the premiere of his new movie, “Mondo Sahara” – tomorrow night in Portland, Oregon. Hosted by Portland’s Sang-Froid Riding Club, the movie is just $5 cash at the door of the Clinton Street Theater. Show starts at 9 pm, but you better get there early if you want a ticket and a seat. Giant Loop is donating prizes to help off-set Austin’s travel expenses. Two of the riders from “Mondo Sahara” are from Portland and will be at the premiere with Austin!

We had the chance to see a rough cut of “Mondo Sahara” at Overland Expo last spring, and it is Austin Vince‘s best film yet! Here’s a trailer:

Dec
13

Giant Loop Gear: Bushwackers Are Great For Cold Weather Riding

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I was checking out some pics of riders in action and found this SWEET shot of Giant Loop Rep Rory Sullivan of 405MotoSales. He has got the gas on in that drift and Jock Bradley captured the moment perfectly! I know Rory is happy to have the wind and weather protection provided by the extra tough Bushwacker hand guards. Easily installed with the included 16″ Pronghorn poly straps, Bushwackers add their coverage by mounting over your existing hand guards.

 

 

 

Dec
12

Giant Loop Rider: Jill Rides 1800 Miles To Leguna Seca, On Her Yamaha FZ6 With Great Basin Saddle Bag

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Giant Loop Rider Jill used a Great Basin on her FZ6, to stow her camping gear and supplies for 10 days of camping, during her ride to Leguna Seca in California.  She wrote us saying:

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This summer, I took my FZ6 on an 1800 mile road trip from Seattle to Leguna Seca, CA and back.  The Giant Loop worked great on my bike!  It was easy to pack and carry my gear. I camped the entire time, so I not only had supplies for 10 days but camping gear as well.  The only modification that I will do is to purchase a rear rack to help cinch the bag back further on the seat…
…I also use this on my BMW 650 Sertao when I dont want to ride with the panniers. This was a great and inexpensive way to set up my fz for touring.
Thanks again for an awesome product…

Jill…

Jill, thank you for sharing your story and sweet pics with us.
Ride while you can!

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Dec
11

Giant Loop Rider: Dave Darcy preps his KTM 690 Enduro for the Simpson Desert

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Australia’s Simpson Desert is enormous and Dave Darcy is no stranger to the riding there. He rode his 640 Adventure across the Simpson a few years ago, but now its time to do it on his modern LC4. Dave is experienced with planning and completing long rides, we supported his Continental Drift ride, with amazing results. Trailzone Magazine caught up with Dave and asked about some of his setup details for long distance. Check out what he did to prepare the bike.

 

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