Craig Johnson from CJ Designs sums it up best: “Great trip. Great party. Great people. Great bike!” See you at next year’s KTM Adventure Rider Rally!
Monthly Archives: September 2013
Really cool to have a visit from Giant Loop rider Kail, who stopped by the shop after five days of exploring the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route on his KTM 990 Adventure.
Check out his nice tool box fabrication!
And the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag works great with his Safari Tank and the Fandango Tank Bag!
Kail’s kit is light and tight with the Great Basin Saddlebag and Great Basin Dry Bag completing his Giant Loop expedition packing system.
Kail was one of Giant Loop’s first customers when we started in 2008 with the original bolt-on Giant Loop Saddlebag! From March 2009, here’s a blog post and pic from his adventures in California’s Los Padres National Forest on his KTM 530 EXC.
Thanks Larry from the Ochoco Trail Riders for the nice pics and comments. Glad you’re enjoying the “go light, go fast, go far” approach to exploring Oregon’s backcountry!
“Here is a pic of your bag at Hat Point in Hells Canyon National recreation Area. The bag works great. Can’t even tell it’s there.” ??Larry Ulrich, Ochoco Trail Riders
Just in time for Fall and Winter motorcycle riding, Giant Loop releases two?NEW 100% waterproof double ended roll top dry bags, the Tillamook Dry Bag and the Rogue Dry Bag.
Plus, expedition strength shock cord fender straps, the Rubber Boa Straps.
NEW MOTORCYCLE PRODUCT:?Tillamook Dry Bag (38 liters) and Rogue Dry Bag (17 liters)
Indispensible equipment for on- and off-road motorcyclists – keeps gear dry and easily accessible.
* Made in USA
* Limited Lifetime Warranty
* 18 oz. polyurethane with welded seams
* Reflective daisy chain – easy attachment, high visibility
* Vertical nylon compression straps with heavy-duty side release buckles
Tillamook Dry Bag?
* 38 liters packable volume
* unpacked flat dimensions 40″ x 19″
* Integrates with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers
* 2 reflective daisy chains
* MSRP $89.00
Rogue Dry Bag?
* 17 liters packable volume?* unpacked flat dimensions 32.5″ x 13.5″
* Integrates with Giant Loop’s Coyote/Great Basin Saddlebags?* 1 reflective daisy chain
* MSRP $73.00
NEW MOTORCYCLE PRODUCT:?Rubber Boa Straps?
Put the squeeze on a spare inner tube, tools, water or other essential gear with Giant Loop’s new Rubber Boa Straps? lashed to dirt bike fenders.
* Made in the USA
* Military-spec 1/4-in. shock cord
* Heavy-duty injection molded fender hooks
* Super tough and stable
* Fit most standard dirt bike plastics
* MSRP $25 (package of 2)
Support our excellent Giant Loop dealers! Find your nearby Authorized Giant Loop Dealer here.
Go light, go fast, go far,
Team Giant Loop
Designed in Bend, Oregon | Made in USA | Ridden Worldwide
Thanks Christophe Noel for the beautiful pics and great feedback. Because Giant Loop packing systems strap onto a broad spectrum of motorcycle makes and models, it’s easy to travel for a fly-and-ride or a fly-and-buy. ?Just check your saddlebags as luggage and use tank bags and dry bags as carry-on bags. and Glad the Coyote Saddlebag, Coyote Dry Pods, Rogue Dry Bag and Fandango Tank Bag stood up to the torrents of rain in Colorado last week. Wishing better weather for you down the road!
So, here’s a testimony for you: I flew into Denver on Wednesday with the gear you sent over. I mounted it to my new-to-me Dakar and rode right into Boulder during the worst flood they’ve had in 500 years. It rained 3 inches during my ride north to Fort Collins just 45 miles away. I averaged about 12 mph with the traffic and road closures. Epic is an overused word, but it applies here. I was stuck in Fort Collins until yesterday. I rode another 5 hours in torrential rain with probably another 2-3 inches falling on me.
All of my goodies are dry as a bone in the Coyote bag with dry bags. And those straps are THE BOMB. Amazing how something so simple can be so fantastic.
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Aim for the Horizon – three UK riders on Honda XRV750 Africa Twins with Great Basin Saddlebags and Fandango Tank Bags – share the latest chapter of their ongoing adventures: riding Slovenia. In the snow, no less! Good thing they embrace the “go light, go fast, go far” approach, with gear positioned closest to the Aftrica Twin’s center, both fore/aft and side/side. We’re inspired to Aim for the Horizon!
Nice video from a couple of Giant Loop riders from British Columbia! “Just a short proof of concept trip on the little Suzuki bikes before tackling something adventurous,” as they describe it. We love camping with small motorcycles – this is our origin and roots as a company – so we love to see others discovering the joys of the “go light, go fast, go far” approach to packing a small displacement dual sport motorcycle.
???? – Many thanks to Giant Loop rider Hideki-san from Sayam, Japan for the pics of his recent ride in Hokkaidou on a new KTM 1190 Adventure R with the Great Basin Saddlebag! The countryside looks beautiful – we would love to visit Japan someday.?Otsukaresama!
Thanks ADV Moto for including Giant Loop’s Diablo Tank Bag in the September/October issue’s “ADV Ride For The Masses”! The Diablo Tank Bag is nicely proportioned for smaller enduro and dual sport motorcycles, and it looks great on the Kawasaki KLX250.
“For extended trips on small bikes, soft luggage makes a lot of sense, and there are a few options worth exploring? . . . We installed a Giant Loop Diablo tank bag, which looks like it was made just for the KLX. The removable base exposes the No-Toil billet venting gas cap perfectly, and the bag itself is waterproof [note: we describe our bags as Adventure Proof – super rugged, stable and highly water resistant, not waterproof] ? large enough to hold your keys, wallet, phone, snacks and some water. Upgrading to the Fandango , for more room [note: same price], is easy and uses the same base!” ? ADV Moto
We describe our tank bags as “Adventure Proof” – super rugged, stable (GL’s top design priorities) and highly water resistant. Not waterproof.
Because our bags are designed first and foremost to be Adventure Proof, a ziplock bag or protective case inside is all it takes to keep moisture sensitive gear dry.
We think the term “waterproof” is used VERY loosely in the motorcycle industry. We believe accuracy is key to setting appropriate customer expectations. We’d rather “under promise and over deliver” when it comes to claims about preventing water from penetrating our saddlebags and tank bags.
We use the term Water Proof to describe our seam sealed and/or welded roll-top bags only.
Also, our experience suggests that carrying weight behind the rear axel and above seat height (i.e., in a top case) has the greatest impact on the handling of the motorcycle. Especially off-road. Especially for an inexperienced rider on a lightweight dual sport bike. Learning to ride off-road is a lot more fun if the bike feels balanced and solid beneath the rider, not top-heavy and light in the front.
Positioning weight close to the motorcycle’s center (both fore/aft and side/side) and below seat height reduces the impact of gear weight on the bike’s handling, both on- and off-road. And we believe this maximizes the riding experience, making it both safer and more enjoyable.
Keep up the great work, ADV Moto – the magazine just keeps getting better with each issue!
With the Giant Loop’s “Mojavis for Medics” program in full swing, our interest in first aid essentials has broadened ? as has our awareness of how poorly prepared and trained many of us are to repsond appropriately to fellow riders (or ourselves) in need of first aid. In the August issue of Cycle World magazine, this excellent article by editor-in-chief Mark Hoyer caught our attention. Hoyer details his experience with injuries he has witnessed during his rides and offers suggestions, based on his experience as a volunteer firefighter/EMT, for what to include in a motorcyclist’s first aid kit:
“The essentials: 1.?Four size-Large non-latex gloves; 2. Blunt-nose scissors to cut clothing/bandages (get the best you can afford ? they need to work); 3. Tweezers; 4. Sterile gauze pads (4×4 in.); 5. Roller bandage (3-in.-wide elastic/4-in.-wide stretchy gauze); 6. Antiseptic wipe/packets Neosporin; 7. Adhesive cloth or plastic tape; 8. Adhesive bandages (assorted sizes); 9. Surgical/compress dressing (big, absorbant, cuttable); 10. Tongue depressors (finger splints!); 11. CPR barrier (look for an Ambu Res-Cue Key CPR Mask); Tourniquet.”
And even more important than supplies:
“So, no matter where you ride, be prepared for medical emergencies. The three most important tools weigh nothing and take no luggage space: fitness, situational awareness and training. . . . Basic first-aid/CPR training should be your minimum standard, but EMT certification is even better.”
Kudos to Cycle World and Hoyer – we’re inspired to add first aid supplies, fitness, situational awareness and training to our adventure kit!
Thanks BMW Motorcycle Magazine for the test and write up of Giant Loop’s new Fort Rock Top Case! Especially cool is that it was used as part of the new BMW R1200GS “water boxer” test. Enjoy the go light, go fast approach – the Fort Rock Top Case weighs a fraction of the typical hard top case system. Remember to pack just the light, bulky things in the Fort Rock Top Case.
“Rear Luggage Bag: While traveling light is always preferred, there are times when light just isn’t an option. This is especially true when [riding 2-up and carrying two riders’ gear,] camping or traveling for extended periods. That’s where the Giant Loop Fort Rock Top Case comes in.”
“It’s a U-shaped bag that will sit on the [rear] luggage rack and wraps forward around the passenger onto your saddlebags. The bag is made from a ‘super tough trucker’s tarp Bomb Shell?.’ The bag is a huge 85.5 liters and includes two built-in handles for carrying off the bike. There are two exterior mesh pockets at the front conveniently located for the rider or passenger. Thoughtful touches are the storm flap covering the zipper and reflective trim around the bag.”
“Following the instructions with the case, I used the included dual sided hook-and-loop strap to attach the bag at six points on the luggage rack [tail rack] and rack side supports. Once I shifter the bag a few times, settled on the exact mounting location and tightened the hook-and-loop straps, the finale was to tighten down the load on all three sides with my own nylon straps and Fastex? buckles.” [Note: Giant Loop recommends Rok Straps, Pronghorn Straps and the cam-lock straps on the Siskiyou Panniers as additional stability for off-road riding.]
“My enthusiasm for the Fort Rock Top Case hasn’t changed over the first few trips. For flexibility I pack using my waterproof Giant Loop Great Basin Dry Pods. The case gives me plenty of room up high for lightweight items like the clothing, jacket liners and sleeping bags, while saving saddlebag space down low and forward for heavy items like tools and canned goods. And as an added benefit, when packed with soft goods the case makes a comfy backrest and secure cushion on three sides when you carry a passenger.”
? “On- & Off- Road Test: 2013 R1200GS Second Opinion- Multi-Tool Versatility,” BMW Motorcycle Magazine, Fall 2013