Monthly Archives: May 2014
Noah is transferring his KTM 690 Enduro to Indonesia, by boat. He had to lock up his Siskiyou Panniers, by order of the boat captain, so here is his solution.
Noah posted on our ADVrider thread, “I had to put my girl onto a Vegetable boat today bound for Indonesia. They said I can leave my bags on her, but I should secure them. My solution was to find some wire rope and crimps. I ran a string through the bags to find the desired length, then cut the wire rope accordingly. Obviously this will not stop someone determined to get into the bags, but it will slow them down. You can also lock the zipper closed using the loop inside where the buckle is. I had to use a round file on the zipper pull to fit the padlock through.”
Dirt Bike magazine’s June issue (dirtbikemagazine.com) sums up the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag: “BOTTOM LINE: If you’re one of those riders that has issues with a conventional tank or tail bag, the Giant Loop Buckin’ Roll system may be the hot ticket. It’s the least intrusive bag going today. It would make a nice addition to a tail bag or backpack, and while the $235 price tag gets your attention, the ability to cover some ground on your machine and carry enough goods to survive without killing the handling of the machine makes the Giant Loop Buckin’ Roll a focused and positive adventure/dual-sport product.”
Harold stopped by the Summer Lake Hot Springs on his return trip from the Overland Expo. He wanted to catch up with the folks there and cover some details for our upcoming ride. He saw that the crew was hard at work building cabins, which will be ready in time for our event. ?If you are signed up for the Giant Loop ride and don’t want to tent camp on the ground at the hot springs, call the resort and make yourself a reservation for one of the new cabins! 541-943-3931
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.
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.
Check out the GL sticker on the front fender of the Enfield and the long travel suspension seat…
Motorcycle?racing is a strong part of Boano family heritage. The founder, Roberto Boano was an accomplished Italian and World Motocross racer. His company was formed in 1976 to sale and service off road motorcycles. The shop grew until 1981 when Roberto became an official Honda dealer, carrying the brand until 2010. Roberto raced the Dakar Rally 5 times, twice as factory Honda pilot, riding Honda Africa Twins in each race. His best finish was 11th in 1991. With?Roberto’s experience with factory rally bikes, combined with his two son’s, Ivan and Jarno, careers as ISDE Gold Medalists,?European?Enduro Champions and World Supermoto podium contender, the Boano family is well versed in getting bikes and racers on the rostrum.
In 2005, Betamotor of Italy chose Boano Racing to manage the Beta factory team in the World Enduro Championships and Italian Enduro championship. This alliance has gotten stronger in the last couple years, with Boano Racing building the Beta 450RR Atacama, a Dakar legal Rally Replica. Boano Racing supports privateer racers participating in FIM rallies, like Pharoah’s in Egypt and Sardegna in Italy, plus the Dakar Rally in South America.
Today, Jarno is in Egypt, managing racer Napoli Giulio and maintaining the Beta 450RR Atacama, during the stages of Pharoah’s Rally. Napoli raced the #94 Beta 450RR Atacama in the 2014 Dakar and retired from altitude sickness after the third stage. ?Wish them luck!!
Jenny Morgan has completed the Hellas Rally!
She rode the Rally-Raidproducts.co.uk built “LC4-50”, equipped with Coyote Saddlebag, from Jolly Old England to the event in Greece. She raced the event with support from Torque Racing and now will be riding/camping it back home again. This is the big test for the KTM690 Enduro, turned into a 450cc Rally Replica with a specially designed conversion kit. The goal of the conversion kit is to give Privateer Rally Racers a stone reliable and easy to handle FIM and ASO legal rally bike. A bike that can be ridden all year, plus survive the rigors of racing Dakar, without requiring major service to the engine internals.
Go Jenny and thanks for riding Giant Loop!!
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.
Giant Loop Rider Jack Broomall is taking part in the historic Cannon Ball Centennial, following the original route taken by Erwin Baker, the original “Cannon Ball”. He is riding a BMW F800GS with Fandango Tank Bag and Tillamook Dry Bag. Jack has ridden cross country a few times before, most notably on his vintage Hodaka, in Two-Strokes Across America.
Quote from the Cannonballproject.com:
“On May 3, 1914, Erwin Baker, a motorcycle racer and enthusiast from Indianapolis, Indiana, left downtown San Diego, California on a twin-cylinder, 7 horsepower Indian motorcycle en route to New York City.”
For more info on the ride and route, check out their site.
Follow Jack’s progress on his FB page.
Giant Loop Racer, Brett Cummings, just campaigned another race on his Strocam Mining KTM 450RR. This time he entered the Namaqua African Rally, and finished on top of the box!
Shown here prepping his bike for the Prologue.
He swapped lead with fellow racer Kenny Gilbert, in the final stage, but Kenny had to nurse a bad wheel and settled for second place overall. Way to go Brett!
Like many a Rally, the service work is done while the bike is sitting in the dirt, exposed to the elements. Lucky for Brett, there was grass in the Bivouac!!
Our friend Tom Mehren of Soundrider.com, just shared a comprehensive packing list for motorcycle travel. It has several categories and covers everything from the gear a rider wears, to the supplies needed for bike or gear maintenance and repair, to overnight kit and camp kitchen articles. Check it out and see if your Great Basin or Coyote Saddlebag is missing a few items that Tom considers important. His list is so comprehensive, that many items could be for seasonal or mixed weather use and wouldn’t all be packed on the bike for the same ride. It is a great baseline to refer to when planning that next trip, thanks Tom!