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Monthly Archives: August 2013

Giant Loop Rider: CJ Designs Suzuki V-Strom DL650 Dual Sport Build with Siskiyou Panniers

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CJ Designs Suzuki V-Stom DL650 Dual Sport Adventure Build

Giant Loop Rider and pro photographer Matthew?Fehrmann just sent us these shots of the CJ Designs Suzuki V-Strom DL650 dual sport build, and this looks like one super-bad machine! You’ll find more details about it here in this Adventure Rider forum thread. You may remember CJ Designs’ two-wheel-drive KTM 950 Adventure we displayed at Dealer Expo two years ago – and Matthew’s KTM 950 Adventure with the 10-gallon Safari Tank we displayed in our booth this year. The Siskiyou Panniers fit great – and look great – on this bike. A perfect choice for lightening this notoriously heavy and road-oriented bike – and making it Adventure Proof. Enjoy Matthew’s pics and comments:

Siskiyou Panniers on Suzuki V-Strom DL650“Craig just finished his DL650 project for our friend Matt, and it’s Bad Ass. I think you will dig it (the photo tells it all). After Matt ran the Siskiyou Panniers on a short loop in?Wisconsin he was handing them back to me and said, ‘I wish I had more time with these.’ I told him to run them in Colorado?on our trip and keep testing them. This is going to be a great time for me to get photos in action.”

Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers on Suzuki V-Strom DL650“Here are a couple shots of his bike?and the luggage on the trail. I’m looking forward to giving them a go in October when Craig and I do another North Woods run.”

Tough bikes deserve tough luggage. Pick up the bike and keep riding, the Siskiyou Panniers didn't even budge or stratch.

Tough bikes deserve tough luggage. Pick up the bike and keep riding, the Siskiyou Panniers didn’t even budge or stratch.

“Be well and see ya in a couple weeks!”

Matthew
Matthew Fehrmann (Photographer / Writer)
CJ Designs LLC
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Giant Loop Rider: Dimitri rides his KTM 640 Adventure with two Coyotes!

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Giant Loop Rider Dimitri stopped by the shop the other day to get some new luggage. ?He was on the return leg of a fly and buy that brought him to Central Oregon. He had found the new to him KTM 640 Adventure online and flew up to complete the deal. On his way home, he swung by the Giant Loop shop and loaded his kit into not one, but TWO Coyote saddle bags. The Coyote bags were for some friends back home, but they did a good job of holding his kit on the 640, when it was all said and done.

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Giant Loop Adventure: Impromptu Camping Trip – Destination Unknown

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Sometimes a window of opportunity opens, and you have to fly away before it closes again.

2013 KTM 500 EXC packed with camping gear, water, food and ready for adventure. Destination: Unknown

2013 KTM 500 EXC packed with camping gear, water, food and ready for adventure. Destination: Unknown

So much about life is pre-planned that it’s especially liberating to head out with only the vaguest idea of where you’ll end up. East. Maury Mountains. Camp near water.

Just a few miles east of Bend. Decompressing.

Wandering on gravel roads, watching the weather. A little rain helps knock down the dust. Too much and it makes gumbo mud. Up the south end of the Maury Mountains, little siblings to Oregon’s Ochoco Mountains. No one out here but ranchers and bow hunters. Solitude is a throttle twist away at any time.

Tonight this will be my place. Near the water. Far from everything else.

dual sport adventure camping

A simple camp. Bivy sack. Sleeping bag. Pad. Tarp. Stove. Pot. Dish. Dried food. Tea. And a little plastic bottle of Crater Lake Vodka to pour in a bit at a time as I sip juice. Backcountry cocktails.

Go light. Go fast. Especially if you're not going far. Recently upgraded my dual sport adventure camp kitchen to this super compact, super lightweight Snow Peak set.

Go light. Go fast. Especially if you’re not going far. Recently upgraded my dual sport adventure camp kitchen to this super compact, super lightweight Snow Peak set.

Titanium spork and food-grade silicone bowl!

Titanium spork and food-grade silicone bowl – both fit inside cook ware, along with fuel canister.

MSR Dromedary water bag was another nice addition.

Watched a thunder shower blow through at sundown. My space stayed dry.

There’s something magical about sitting still in one place, and watching the sunset and sunrise.

Coyotes. Elk. Geese. Rising fish. And this sunrise to greet me.

Good morning world.

Day 2: Rode up to a fire look out.

Friendly fire look out invited me up. Told me about his work. Shared his views on a lot of things. Probably doesn’t talk to people much here, so he had a lot to say. Nice fellow.

View looking northeast. Crooked River drainage.

View looking northeast. Crooked River drainage.

Closeup of the view looking south – buttes and table rock.

Why? Why not.

Post, Oregon -

Post, Oregon – “The Center of Oregon” – which is another way of saying “Close to Nothing.”

Stopped in Post, Oregon, then rode the dirt road on the north shore of Prineville Reservoir, complete my medium, not giant, loop overnight adventure.

Stopped in Post, Oregon, then rode the dirt road on the north shore of Prineville Reservoir, complete my medium, not giant, loop overnight adventure.

Giant Loop Riders: Great Basin Saddlebag on BMW G650GS, Fandango Tank Bag on KTM 990 Adventure

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Thanks Greg and Melinda for sharing the pic and comments – glad you enjoyed your Giant Loop ride!

Hello,

My wife and I just recently purchased two of your products for me the Fandango Tank Bag, my wife the Great Basin Saddlebag. ?We just got back from a 1300 mi loop from Corvallis to Calistoga via Hwy 101 into the Avenue of The Giants, onto Calistoga. ?Calistoga east to I-5 up to Weed, 97 to Bend, Bend back to Corvallis. ?Your bags worked excellent! ?Here are a few pics.

Thanks
Greg and Melinda
2008 KTM 990 Adventure
2012 BMW G650GS

Giant Loop Tech Tip: Alternatives for Fender Hooks – Installing MoJavi Saddlebag, Coyote Saddlebag on KTM EXC, Husky TE

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Giant Loop’s Dustin Cary roostin’ the KTM 500 EXC on trails about 10 minutes ride from the shop.

Yes! We have a 2013 KTM 500 EXC here at Giant Loop – love this great bike! But there are some fitment challenges with the KTM EXCs and other late model dirt bikes with double-thickness rear fenders and under-seat fuel tanks – the fender hooks on the Coyote Saddlebag and MoJavi Saddlebag cannot get a proper “purchase” on the lip of the fender plastic. With the MoJavi, the top of the base can be tucked under the rear lip of the seat – when tensioned down, this makes a dead-solid connection. But this positions the bag farther forward, can stress seat connectors, and isn’t an option at all for the Coyote Saddlebag.

Here are a couple of options for fitting the Coyote Saddlebag and MoJavi Saddlebag on these machines with the double-thickness rear fenders:

Dremeled notches in a KTM 350 EXC rear fender make a simple and effective “seat” for the fender hooks on Giant Loop’s MoJavi Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag. NOTE: If notches are not positioned to keep tension on the hooks, they can pop out of the notches.

1. Use a Dremel tool to make small notches in the rear fender, so the fender hooks will seat securely.

This is our current favorite solution: If you’re not adverse to drilling some small holes in your fender, the footmans loops make a clean solution.

2. Install footmans loops in the middle top of the fender (be careful not to drill into wiring!) and use the webbing loop included with the Coyote Saddlebag and MoJavi Saddlebag, instead of the fender hooks.

Giant Loop rider Jim fabricated this metal bracket, which attaches via the fender bolts and provides a perch for the Coyote Saddlebag’s or MoJavi Saddlebag’s fender hooks.

3. Fabricate attachment points using the screws that hold the rear fender assembly together. We’ve seen D-rings and other clever hardware solutions that make use of the bike’s own bolts.

4. Others? As my grandfather would say, there’s more than one way to skin a cat! Share your solution – send us an email with pics and an explanation of what you’ve done.

Stop Scuffs and Scratches!

If you don’t want your new plastics to look like the white side panels in the pic above, Giant Loop now offers heavy-duty Vinyl Protective Film to eliminate scuffing where the bags make contact.

Giant Loop Tech Tip: Vinyl Protective Film Keeps Motorcycle Plastics, Body Work Like New

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This short video illustrates why we recommend installing Vinyl Protective Film while your motorcycle is new and/or before you ride with Giant Loop’s adventure motorcycle packing systems. One ride is really all it takes to buff the gloss coat off of painted surfaces – or to grind dust particles into the surface on plastics, as you see here on Giant Loop rider Jay’s KTM 990 Adventure R. Go light. Go fast. Go far. And stay shiny.