Thanks Rider Magazine for including Giant Loop’s Kiger Tank Bag and Pronghorn Straps in the December issue’s Holiday Gift Guide. We especially appreciate that they were chosen based on Rider editor’s experiences using our gear!:
“Giant Loop, started in 2008 and based in Bend, Oregon, designs and manufactures soft luggage and accessories for dual-sport/adventure riding. Some of GL’s tough, versatile luggage we’ve tested over the years, like its Fandango Tank Bag and horseshoe-shaped Great Basin Saddlebag, remains go-to gear when we head into the backcountry. But you don’t need a bike with knobbies to take advantage of GL’s no-nonsense designs and rugged, mil-spec construction. We used the 9-liter Kiger Tank Bag ($290) on a weeklong, rain-soaked tour of Italy and then strapped it on our Yamaha FJ-09 long-term test bike. We like its zipperless clamshell opening, touchscreen-friendly map pocket and removable waterproof Dry Pod bag. And GL’s Pronghorn Straps, made of super-tough stretch polyurethane with unbreakable fasteners (available in 16-, 20- and 26-inch lengths, two per package, $16-20), are some of the strongest, most versatile straps we’ve used for securing cargo to a bike.”
From Paolo in Australia: “I’m writing you to give you an update about my travels and about your products, that I’ve been using during my trip about Australia, that has come to a completion now, after 8 months on the road and roughly 40000km. I’ve pretty much started from Sydney and rode all around the perimeter of this continent, covering Tasmania and Ayers Rock as well.
I’ve been using the Siskiyou Panniers, and I’ve covered all sort of terrains, speeds and temperatures (above the zero). Australia gives you a vast range of possibilities to test yourself and your gear, in terms of variety of conditions, and I have to say I was very happy to have your products with me during my journey.
Overall, the robustness, flexibility and storage capability of the products are really remarkable, in my opinion. You guys have done a great job.
Tillamook Dry Bag served me very well too; Fandango Tank Bag was very handy and so the Zigzag Handlebar Bag.
I just wanted to say THANK YOU for making this journey of mine a pleasure. The past months riding with your equipment were great. So much better than the hard panniers!
You can go through my adventure also, via my Instagram account.
www.instagram.com/paoloinoz I’ve been posting a picture a day for the past 230 days, gaining a lot of followers and a lot of likes and reposts from all over the world and from other popular dual sport and adventure riding accounts.
Travelling around Australia
Alberto Lara and Naomi Tweddle (www.motolara.com) added another off-road adventure to their list of travels this past week: an 800-mile giant loop dual sport motorcycle ride through Oregon, beginning and ending at Giant Loop’s shop in Bend. You may have seen Alberto’s photos in our 2015 Adventure Proof Packing Systems catalog or on social media for Moto Lara
Moto Lara (Alberto Lara and Naomi Tweddle) on Yamaha WR 250 dual sport motorcycles with Giant Loop motorcycle soft luggage.
For their Oregon giant loop ride, Alberto and Naomi rode their Yamaha WR250 dual sport motorcycles, equipped with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Rogue Dry Bag, Kiger Tank Bag, Possibles Pouch, Pronghorn Straps and Zigzag Handlebar Bag. Photographer Alberto rode with his DSLR camera protect with a neoprene cover inside his Kiger Tank Bag, with the zipperless lid providing quick camera access without getting in his way standing on the footpegs riding eastern Oregon’s rough, rocky double-track dirt roads.
Naomi’s Yamaha WR250 outfitted with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag and Rogue Dry Bag
Alberto’s Yamaha WR250 kitted with Great Basin Saddlebag, Kiger Tank Bag, Possibles Pouch, Pronghorn Straps and Zigzag Handlebar Bag.
GIANT LOOP – GEAR REVIEW – Siskiyou Panniers – Fandango Tank Bag Pro – Columbia Dryg Bag
We first used Giant Loop products to carry our gear from London to Sydney on our KTM 690s in 2012. We had a Great Basin on the back, some dry bags and a Fandango tank bag. This system worked really well. It was rider friendly, light, and could take the odd crash without falling to bits. Despite daily usage for four months, all the buckles and the straps and stitching remained intact with little if any sign of wear. If there were any sharp edges where we were mounting straps we covered them in gaffer tape to prevent chafing. Although I’ve up graded, my friends continue to use my original GL gear that took me on the big trip. It’s very popular with them and some of it will be used on our 2015 trip!
My next trip was an unsupported west east crossing of the Simpson Desert in 2014 and into the Flinders Ranges, a total of around 5,000 ks, of mostly dirt miles. I changed my setup slightly as we needed to carry heavy weights of water and fuel and I turned to the Siskiyou Panniers to keep the weight centralised and low. They fitted perfectly with my Pannier Racks. I upgraded to the Fandango Tank Bag Pro, that had improved access to my cameras and made charging accessories more streamlined. The great double zip mounting improved access to filling the petrol tank. They were topped with a double ended Tillamook Dry Bag. These doubled ended dry bags are excellent. Rather than rummaging around in a duffle bag trying to find what you want, you can quickly open either end. It sits perfectly atop the Siskiyou Panniers.
The only change for our south north crossing of the Simpson Desert this year is the addition of a Columbia Dry Bag. I used this bag last week end and it was brilliant (2nd picture below). It’s a double ended bag similar to the Tillamook with two additional features. A centralised handle so you can carry it like normal luggage and a webbed drying pocket to put those smelly or wet things in. Although not confirmed yet, I reckon in the desert sun this may become my mini drying room, but we’ll wait and see.
The Siskiyou Panniers copped a beating in the the first desert crossing and have now racked up over 10,000 hard kilometres. There are no signs of wear. I use GL water proof pods to make sure everything is kept dry. They are also handy to compartmentalise gear to make it easily accessible.
PS: As the desert is cold for this ride in July we are going to try out some Bushwackers Hand Guards, I’ll keep you posted on how well they go.
Here’s a clip of the Simpson Desert Crossing, legitimate adventure riders that use and test adventure gear.
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
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
Local jewelery designer John Paul recently sold his ’70s vintage BMW R90, and he came by the shop with his first dual sport motorcycle, a 1999 BMW F650 Funduro (pre-GS)! He wanted to see which of the Giant Loop Saddlebags and Tank Bags best fit his bike.
The Great Basin Saddlebag mounted easily to the stock tail rack and passenger peg mounts, and the Hot Springs Heat Shield (included with the Great Basin Saddlebag) clamped right over the gap between the stock BMW heat shields, protecting the saddlebag from making any direct contact with the exhaust. To fit the Tank Bag harness, we popped the seat off and looped the side anchor straps around the seat rails of the frame and put the seat back on top of the straps.
Need to carry an extra gallon of fuel for your next adventure? The 1-gallon Reda Gas Can fits inside Giant Loop’s Fandango Tank Bag! And when you don’t need to carry extra fuel, the Fandango Tank Bag keeps all of your small motorcycling essentials handy – which a bigger gas tank isn’t going to do for you.