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

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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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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.

We were headed right over yonder.

Had a few rocks to roll over, on the way.

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

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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…
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.

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.

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!
The best part was, all the ride stats were a click away and I could plainly see the route we traveled.
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.
TT tracks 5-14-14
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.


Giant Loop Rider: JD Goes To The City For An Urban Enduro Ride, Portland Alley Sweeper 2014

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Last year’s Alley Sweeper

Packing up the van and GL’s 2001 Honda XR650R to head over and ride the Alley Sweeper, promoted by Sang Froid Riding Club. My girl Tam will be along, riding her first rally on her ’71 Triumph Scrambler, the perfect bike for this occasion.


Details here:
Alley Sweeper Urban Enduro

It’s here! Your friendly neighborhood alley sweeper, a chance to explore some of Portland’s public alleyways by motorcycle.

When: meet at 9:30am Saturday, April 19

Where: N Tillamook Street, just off Interstate Ave

What? Show up for breakfast and route map/details at 9:30am. Ride is free (though we’ll have t-shirts for sale, and donations are always appreciated). Feel free to wear your Sunday best, or get creative with a costume. See you there!

After ride party host:
Fenders Moto Cafe & Brew Pub will be having a after hours party for all the Alley Sweeper riders Saturday the 19th Starts at 11 AM and ends at 11 PM. Great food and Drinks and we will have specials for everybody.
We are at
4336 SE Woodstock Blvd Portland Or. 97206