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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.

Loosen the lower mounting bolt on the orange side panel, at the bottom of the subframe.

Thread the mounting strap through the molded slot in the white side panel,

Wrap it around the subframe and pull to the front of the orange side panel.



Carefully replace the orange panel’s tab, into its slot in the white panel, so the tab and strap can both fit smoothly.


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.




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

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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.



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.


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.