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Giant Loop Rider: Why “Ride Must Go On” Chose Giant Loop For Global Adventure

By | KTM, Riders | No Comments

Turkish filmmaker Tolga Basol has already ridden across Asia on a KTM 1190 Adventure R, now he’s enjoying the desert southwest of the United States. He added a camerman to his solo journey to help document the trip for Turkish television. This pic is the KTM 640 Adventure Tolga bought in LA for his cameraman to ride.

Here’s a recent post on his Ride Must Go On page:

Ride Must Go On - KTM 640 Adventure equipped with Giant Loop

I am getting some questions about the luggage system I am using, so I wanted to share my thoughts about the topic here. I have used hard panniers in the past on my travels to Middle East, Central Asia, Europe so I have tasted both.

– Hard panniers are way more heavier then a soft luggage setup. That being said, I try to travel on dirt roads as much as possible so the weight is an issue for me. The lighter the bike it is, the happier I am.

– I have managed to bend hard panniers, stuck my leg between the pannier and the bike couple of times, hit something hard while riding off road… The results are not good. Soft panniers are way more durable and sturdy than hard ones imho. Even if you manage to tear them apart, they are much more easier to fix.

– I have witnessed self destruction of hard panniers in Road Of Bones. My friend with hard panniers had to abandon them because the cases and rack system were destroyed.

– My soft luggage setup is totally waterproof, flexible and have pockets so when needed I can carry lots of stuff with them.

– I use Giant Loop equipment, I was already using their products so I believe they are the best on the market now. I asked them to support me for my RTW and I am happy they are.

– I have Siskiyou Panniers, Tillamook Dry Bag, Fandango Tank Bag along with pannier pockets. To keep them steady on the bike I use Pronghorn Straps which are one of the best equipment so far I have ever used.

Giant Loop Video: “Lost in the Pacific Northwest – Episode 3”

By | Riders, Video | No Comments

Wiley Watson of Red Tide Pictures along with riders Kyle Redmond, Rory Sullivan and Ricky Russell bring you on a three part adventure series in the Pacific Northwest. The riders take their dirt bike skills deep into the thick forest?s remote places of the north with standard bikes; epic views, lost trail and mysterious mountains provide ample amounts of entertainment for the whole crew. Check out Episode 3 here?

Click play, hit expand button to display full screen, and sit back and enjoy the ride!

Giant Loop Review: Pronghorn Straps on Cycle World’s Baja Surf Adventure

By | BMW, KTM, Reviews | No Comments

Cycle World magazine’s Jeff Allen and Sean Klinger recently loaded their adventure bikes – a KTM 1190 Adventure R and a BMW 1200 GS Adventure – with surf boards and went on Baja run, dubbed “Baja 500 Surf & Turf” in the November 2014 issue. They used Giant Loop’s Pronghorn Straps to secure the surf boards to their motorcycles, and as you can see from the photos this wasn’t a sit-down-putt-putt kind of ride!

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Here’s what Cycle World wrote about the Pronghorn Straps:
“We used the awesome Pronghorn Straps from Giant Loop (giantloopmoto.com) as attachment points to keep springy tension in the tie-downs, which kept the boards snug and secure with little chance of slack developing. A quick test run down the freeway at 80 mph and a few curb and speed-bump jumps as shakedown proved this was the right solution, and we were comfortable with the setup for the trip.”

Cycle World magazine Baja 500 Surf and Turf with Pronghorn Straps

Cycle World magazine Baja 500 Surf and Turf with Pronghorn Straps

 

Get the full story at Cycle World magazine!

Giant Loop Rider: Black Tie 2 Black Top – Danell Lynn’s “1 Woman, 1 Bike, 1 Year, 50 US States + Canada”

By | Riders, Uncategorized | No Comments

Black Tie 2 Black Top rider Danell Lynn's "1 Woman, 1 Bike, 1 Year, 50 US States + Canada"Danell Lynn stopped over in Bend for the night on her solo motorcycle tour.

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Her Triumph Bonneville is kitted out with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bag and Zigzag Handlebar Bag. She’s attempting a Guinness World Record for most miles ridden in a single country!

Follow her travels on Black Tie 2 Black Top.

Giant Loop Video: Lost In The Pacific Northwest ? Episode 2

By | Riders, Video | No Comments

Wiley Watson of Red Tide Pictures along with riders Kyle Redmond, Rory Sullivan and Ricky Russell bring you on a three part adventure series in the Pacific Northwest. The riders take their dirt bike skills deep into the thick forest?s remote places of the north with standard bikes; epic views, lost trail and mysterious mountains provide ample amounts of entertainment for the whole crew. You’ll notice the MoJavi Saddlebags and Zigzag Handlebar Bags on their bikes – check out Episode 2!

Here’s a link to Dirt Rider Magazine’s video page!

Giant Loop Racer: Seat Time Host Brian Pierce Finishes 2014 Baja Rally on 1987 Suzuki SP 200 with MoJavi Saddlebag

By | Racer, Riders | No Comments

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Seat Time host Brian Pierce thought his racing was done when he blew up his bike at this year’s BAJA RALLY – then he and his father got inspired and prepped his dad’s 27-year-old Suzuki SP 200 so he could finish the race!

Says Brian: “Here’s the 1987 Suzuki SP 200 with the GL MoJavi Saddlebag ready for the final day! our bags worked great. Let me know if you would like more pics of the SP 200 with them on there. It was the perfect way to use the bike you had to conquer a 300+ mile day in Baja.”

Congrats Brian – undaunted!

Here’s the recent Seat Time episode recapping this year’s Baja Rally:


“2014 Baja Rally Overall Winner Scott Bright joins us on the show and he’s followed up by Erek Kudla. The Baja Rally was a great experience and we would love the opportunity to attend again for Baja Rally 3.0.”

Giant Loop Names Matt Hirsch As Independent Sales Representative For Nevada and Northern/Central California

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Giant Loop sales rep Matt HirschAdventure-proof packing systems innovator Giant Loop has appointed Matt Hirsch as its independent sales representative for Nevada and the regions of California from Visalia to Redding, San Francisco Bay area to Eureka, and Monterey to Hollister.

In addition to Giant Loop?s motorcycle and snowmobile lines, Hirsch represents a number of other high quality motorcycle parts, accessories and apparel brands.

Hirsch is a 17-year veteran in the motorcycle industry, bringing to his sales representative work experience as an AXO Sport America territory manager, Helmet House account manager and sales/office manager at Sullivan?s Inc.

To schedule a Giant Loop product line dealer clinic, contact Matt Hirsch, 775-233-2698, suzuki200p AT yahoo.com.

 

Giant Loop FAQ: Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag vs. Pannier Pockets

By | FAQ, Tech Tips | No Comments

Recent customer question: “I am very interested in either the new Buckin’ Roll setup or the Pannier Pockets. I want the Pannier Pockets, but I was wondering if the mounting systems were much different between just the Pockets and the Buckin’ Roll system. It looks to me that the Buckin’ Roll has a lot better (secure) mounting system. Is this true? Or will the pannier pockets be fine for all riding styles? Also is it possible to purchase the Buckin’ Roll with Pannier Pockets only? I am planning to mount this to a Honda CRF250L. Thanks for any info/pics you might have.”

Here’s our reply – frankly, it is a little confusing the way we’ve named the Buckin’ Roll . . . Hopefully, this is clear as mud.

Hi –

Part ONE: Pannier Pockets
The Pannier Pockets (set of 2) can be used independently with the included center attachment strap. By anchoring the front of the Pockets solidly to your radiator shrouds, then drawing tension with the center strap, the Panniers Pockets are super stable in all riding conditions. I’ve ridden in Baja HARD off road with them, customers have ridden everything from Madagascar to Grand Canyon with them – they work great and have become part of the kit that I use every ride.

Here’s our product designer’s DRZ400. The center strap can also run under the seat’s front anchor if you pop the seat off.

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Here’s our webpage for the Pannier Pockets.

Part TWO: Pannier Pockets w Tank Bags
The Pannier Pockets also can be used with any of our Tank Bags, securing to the Harness of the Buckin’ Roll, Fandango and Diablo Tank Bags. What we call the Buckin’ Roll COMPLETE is the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag + Pannier Pockets (set of 2).

Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag (center only – does not include Pannier Pockets)
Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag COMPLETE (includes Pannier Pockets)
Fandango Tank Bag (Pannier Pockets optional)
Diablo Tank Bag (Pannier Pockets optional)

Here’s the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag with Pannier Pocket – what we call the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag COMPLETE:

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Giant Loop Support: STAFF MoJavi Saddlebags with Custom Graphics

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New STAFF MoJavi Saddlebags ready to ship to the Ontario Dual Sport Club!

Non-Profits, Clubs, Event Coordinators and Volunteers that organize, stage and support motorcycle events, races, group rides, training or maintain/patrol riding areas, please apply here.

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Giant Loop now offers a Special Edition gray MoJavi Saddlebag with a bold red ?STAFF? graphic on each side. This program is for Non-Profits, Clubs, Event Coordinators and Volunteers that coordinate, stage and support motorcycle events, races, group rides, training or maintain/patrol riding areas.

STAFF MoJavi Saddlebags can be ordered with or without your organization?s logo, rider?s name, etc. The STAFF MoJavi will be sold to qualified applicants at the special volunteer price, plus shipping and custom graphic fees if you choose to apply your logo/name. Delivery time is approximately 8-10 weeks.

 

Giant Loop Video: “Lost In The Pacific Northwest – Episode 1” featuring Kyle Redmond, Rory Sullivan and Ricky Russell

By | Riders, Video | No Comments

Wiley Watson of Red Tide Pictures along with riders Kyle Redmond, Rory Sullivan and Ricky Russell bring you on a three part adventure series in the Pacific Northwest. The riders take their dirt bike skills deep into the thick forest?s remote places of the north with standard bikes; epic views, lost trail and mysterious mountains provide ample amounts of entertainment for the whole crew. Note from Watson: “Every trail shot in the feature is entirely legal, although the story tells otherwise. But thats our job, to make the normal look not so normal! And if you know the area there are wolves!”

Read more at Dirt Rider!

Giant Loop Review: Siskiyou Panniers on Dirt Rider’s Kawasaki KLR650 Test

By | Kawasaki, Reviews | No Comments

Thanks Dirt Rider magazine for kitting out your 2014 Kawasaki KLR650 test bike with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers! In the November 2014 issue’s “Getting Lost On Purpose – 2014 Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition,” it looks like you put the bike – and our Siskiyou Panniers to a proper test in Baja, Mexico.
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“There are plenty of safe, controlled, and calculated ways that we could have tested Kawasaki’s big dual-sport bike. Commutes, jeep roads, and mild off-road trails would have been fine, and we did ride the KLR650 in this capacity. Yet riding it 216 miles into Mexico and down the Baja Peninsula, getting lost, riding 55-plus miles of the Baja 500 racecourse, ripping down the beach, and riding back home sounded a tad more exciting. So that’s just what we did.”

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“Before heading south of the border we put on a few products to make the trip more managable. . . . We also put on a pair of Kenda Big Block tires, Fastway Adventure footpegs, and Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers to hold all of our gear.”

DIRT RIDER NOV 2014 SISKIYOU PANNIERS KLR650Subscribe to Dirt Rider magazine and get the full story every month!

Giant Loop Rider: Tolga Basol Rolls Around The World – “Ride Must Go On”

By | KTM, Riders | No Comments

Giant Loop rider Tolga Basol, a filmmaker from Turkey, recently posted more pictures of his “Ride Must Go On” round-the-world tour, which will be the subject of a documentary film. Inspiring photos of amazing people and landscapes! You can also follow his journey on Facebook. For his epic adventure, Tolga’s riding with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers, Rogue Dry Bag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag and Pannier Pockets on his KTM 1190 Adventure.

Giant Loop Review: Cycle World’s Yamaha WR250R Dual Sport Build

By | Reviews, Uncategorized, Yamaha | No Comments

Thanks to Cycle World for selecting Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag and Diablo Pro Tank Bag for their Yamaha WR250R dual sport project build!

“A 250 is not everyone?s idea of an adventure bike, but the simplicity, lightness, and agility of a small bike will get you to more places with less work than any of the big guns. You must commit to the 60?65-mph cruise and ?lack? of luxury. What you get back is going places no GS dares to tread. The $6,690?Yamaha?WR250R is a great platform, with a capa?ble chassis and lots of snap from its revvy motor. But it needs mods for high-performance distance travel. Our goal was to build a bike that could, for example, be ridden from LA to Moab and then stripped and re-geared at a campsite for real enduro-style exploring. Total cost for all mods is high, but this is meant as a guide to show benefits of each change so readers can make their own decision on what?s important to them.”

“LUGGAGE
The best hard-core saddlebag and tank bag solution we?ve found is from Giant Loop. Coyote 39-liter saddlebags (giantloopmoto.com, $360) attach securely without using heavy metal racks and come with a heat shield to protect from exhaust heat (we added a second). Capacity is huge and three waterproof liner bags are included. Diablo Pro tank bag adds 4 liters up front ($210) and has a clear map pocket with a power cord inlet for devices. Zippered base has a fuel-cap cutout, meaning the bag can flip out of the way for easy refueling.”

For whole story, visit Cycle World Magazine – and remember to renew your subscription!

Giant Loop Rider: GL Designer Explores Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route

By | Honda, Riders, Suzuki, Yamaha | No Comments

Giant Loop’s design director, Brian Frankle, recently joined up with a couple of local friends from Bend for an Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route adventure on his Suzuki DRZ400. Here are some of his pics and comments:

“Took a short 4 day trip on the moto on the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route. Rendezvoused with a few others on day 2 in Ukiah, Oregon. Other than great company, seeing a Bighorn Sheep along the South Fork of the John Day River was a highlight.”

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As a long-distance runner and through-hiker (just finish 5th in Pine to Palm 100, he’s hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, etc.) Brian’s an ultralight packer. On this trip he’s living the life of luxury with the Great Basin Saddlebag and Pannier Pockets on his DRZ400.

“Bridge Creek Wildlife Area outside of Ukiah, Oregon. Wildlife Count: 3 cows.”

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Our friend and customer Patrick used the Coyote Saddlebag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag on his Honda CRF250L.

“PK at Olive Lake Umatilla National Forest. Olive Lake is a reservoir that provided water and turned the generators at Fremont Power House…which in turn, supplied power to the largest Dredge used for gold mining in North America which sits in Sumpter, Oregon.”

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Oregon had it’s own version of the Gold Rush.

“The Dredge in Sumpter, Oregon.”

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GL friend and customer Dave packed the Coyote Saddleabg and Fandango Pro Tank Bag on his Yamaha WR250.

“Lunch stop, throttle cable repair, and opening day for Bow Season. Lots of hunters out and about. Malheur National Forest.”

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Brian definitely applies our philosophy of “go light, go fast, go far” to his camping gear.

“Find sticks, make shelter. Ochoco National Forest.”

 

Giant Loop Racer: Lawrence Hacking Runs Mojavi Saddlebag In Rally Mongolia

By | Honda, Racer | No Comments

Giant Loop racer Lawrence Hacking competed in the 2014 Rally Mongolia on his Honda CRF450R. He equipped his bike with a Mojavi Saddlebag for the event and found it was a real benefit, carrying heavy items during the race.

His comment about the experience:??The MoJavi Saddlebag was perfect. Took the heavy load off my back – the only way to go for me.?

Hacking organizes the Overland Adventure Rally in Canada and is based in Ontario.

 

Giant Loop Fitment: BMW F650 Funduro and GL Saddlebags, Tank Bags

By | BMW, Fitment, Tech Tips | No Comments

Local jewelery designer John Paul recently sold his ’70s vintage BMW R90, and he came by the shop with his first dual sport motorcycle, a 1999 BMW F650 Funduro (pre-GS)! He wanted to see which of the Giant Loop Saddlebags and Tank Bags best fit his bike.

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After fitting the MoJavi Saddlebag, Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag on his bike, as well as the Diablo Pro Tank Bag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag, and seeing each one was an excellent option for the F650, the deciding factor was rider choice. So, with what John wanted to pack for his ride, the Great Basin Saddlebag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag delivered the right capacity and features.

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The Great Basin Saddlebag mounted easily to the stock tail rack and passenger peg mounts, and the Hot Springs Heat Shield (included with the Great Basin Saddlebag) clamped right over the gap between the stock BMW heat shields, protecting the saddlebag from making any direct contact with the exhaust. To fit the Tank Bag harness, we popped the seat off and looped the side anchor straps around the seat rails of the frame and put the seat back on top of the straps.

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Thanks for riding Giant Loop!

Giant Loop Rider: Balint Rides Europe On His Buell XB12, With Great Basin Saddlebag

By | Fitment, Riders, Saddlebags | No Comments

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Balint wrote in and shared pictures from his recent European tour. Check out how he is using the cable lock pass through for security!

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He said,

“Hi GL,

Here are two pics taken on my trip around Europe on my XB12XT using a Great Basin 2 saddlebag and a Zigzag handlebar bag. I’ve been to 10 countries altogether starting from the UK, then France, Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium then back to the UK through France. Altogether i rode 3834 miles (approx 6170 kms) to see all my friends and family on my holiday wherever they live around Europe and it was a great experience. Your bags totally rock!

All the best,

Balint

Thanks for the great pics and for riding Giant Loop!

Giant Loop Tech Tip: Mounting The Buckin’ Roll On KTM’s 990 Adventure

By | Fitment, KTM, Tech Tips | No Comments

While at Rally in the Gorge, last weekend, I got a chance to ride with some skilled big bike riders. One of them is Richard, who rides with the HeavyWeights Adventure Riding Team. He has a KTM 990 Adventure, that he tosses around like it was a pit bike. Meaning, he rides the wheels off that machine. ?He had been looking for a front storage solution that didn’t get in the way of his ride and when he saw the new Buckin’ Roll, he knew his search was over. ?While mounting the Buckin’ Roll, he found a couple of mounting details that we thought would be helpful to others, so I am sharing them here.

One detail was to loop the rear mounting straps of the harness, under the front cowling. This makes for a very tidy package because the mounting straps don’t extend down each side of the bike to the frame.

Another detail was to use a set of 20″ Pronghorn Straps to mount the Top Case to the Buckin’ Roll harness. This made getting in and out of the Top Case much easier. ?The final detail was to attach the Pannier Pockets to the tank guards in the forward most position. This secures the Pannier Pockets completely out of the way and firmly anchored in place.

Hopefully this are helpful hints for others to use!

 

 

 

Giant Loop Event: Rally In The Gorge Gnarly Dual Sport Ride

By | BMW, Events, KTM | No Comments

Had a blast leading the Giant Loop Gnarly Dual Sport ride, at Rally in the Gorge, last weekend. It included a section of old wagon trail called the Suicide Grade. It wasn’t that suicidal but I had to wonder, when the rain caught up to us and changed things!

The route was, well, gnarly.?Pretty challenging and fun overall, except for the slime section. The?bit of rain that we started with, turned into a down pour and the couple miles of silt road became a slime pit.

Ride West Ambassador Tad and I both ran the same front tire, with the similar results. His 2014 BMW F800GS Adventure was less fortunate that my KTM, and endured a few permanent changes. The Possible Pouches that Tad runs on his engine guards were dirty, but unscathed from the down time. Cant say the same for his brake pedal, which did a rock encouraged u-turn…

The right tool for the cleaning the baked on slime…

Big Bertha was really not happy with her K-60, in the slop we encountered. She had more than one throw down with that stuff and I was glad not to break anything, but my pride.

A big thanks to ADVrider Apple Jam, and everyone else that attended, I can’t wait until next year!!

Tech Tip: Touratech 2 Liter Spare Fuel Canisters in MoJavi Saddlebag, Siskiyou Panniers

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Need an affordable, easy way to carry spare fuel? Now available in our webshop, these Touratech 2-liter approved gas canisters fit in the side pockets of the MoJavi Saddlebag, front pockets of Siskiyou Panniers and can be lashed to top of MoJavi, tail rack, etc. with Pronghorn Straps.

Specs & Features
? 2 Liters (roughly 1/2 gallon)

? High density PE plastic
? Suitable for E10 ethanol blend fuel
? Opening large enough for fuel station gas nozzle
? Dimensions: approx. 8.5? tall, 6? wide, 3.5? thick
? Filler neck is 1.25? tall
? Filler opening is 1-1/8? diameter
? Made in Germany

Pronghorn Straps secure 2 liter gas can to motorcycle

With Pronghorn Straps, the Touratech gas canister can be mounted in many locations. Here’s it’s strapped to the top of the Coyote Saddlebag on a Continental Divide Trail adventure.

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Giant Loop specifically designed the front pockets of our Siskiyou Panniers to fit these 2-liter fuel bottles ? that’s about a gallon of extra fuel, with one bottle in each pocket.

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One 2-liter Touratech fuel can fits in each side pocket of the MoJavi Saddlebag, providing about a gallon of extra gas on your motorcycle. Perfect for carrying 2-stroke premix.

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Use the 26″ Pronghorn straps to secure a 2-liter Touratech fuel canister to the top of the MoJavi – in place of the tool pouch or on top of it – and you have a whopping 6 liters (about 1.5 gallons) of extra fuel that simply comes off the bike when you don’t need it.

Tech Tip: 1-Gallon Reda Gas Can in Coyote Saddlebag

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Take the insult out of “you’ve got gas!” Carry up to 2 GALLONS of extra fuel on your bike by inserting a 1-gallon Reda Innovations Gas Can into each of the lower “legs” of Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag (works great in the Great Basin Saddlebag, too)!

1-gal Reda Gas Can fits Coyote Saddlebag

The Reda Gas Can’s angled shape fits perfectly into the bottom of the lower “legs” on the Coyote Saddlebag.

After filling the Reda can, wipe any spillage off the outside and use a heavy plastic bag to help contain the gas odor.

Plastic bag contains gasoline smell when packing Reda can inside Coyote Saddlebag

Plastic bag contains gasoline smell when packing Reda can inside Coyote Saddlebag.

Simply slide the can into the Coyote Saddlebag, remembering to fold the storm flap over to give you easy sliding access to the zipper.

Plenty of room to spare, even with a gallon of gas in each side of the Coyote Saddlebag.

Plenty of room to spare, even with a gallon of gas in each side of the Coyote Saddlebag.

Zip it, grip it and rip it! You’ve got gas!

Keep your extra fuel weight, low, tight and balanced with the Reda can inside the Coyote Saddlebag

Keep your extra fuel weight, low, tight and balanced with the Reda can inside the Coyote Saddlebag.

Tech Tip: Siskiyou Panniers on KTM 1190 Adventure R – Rackless Mount

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Siskiyou Panniers on KTM 1190 and BMW F800I just chased Brad Tawzer, the owner of this bike, through sand whoops, rocky washes and tight twisty rocky jeep trails, and I’m absolutely blown away by how stable and solid the Siskiyou Panniers ride on the KTM 1190 Adventure R. NO RACK REQUIRED! Let’s take a look at his tight and tidy install:

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STEP 1: Remove passenger handles and insert spacers to secure tail rack. Tawzer cut his spacers from lengths of steel pipe, but many hardware stores will have an assortment of ready-made spacers, too.

By removing the large passenger grab handles on the KTM 1190 Adventure R and installing spacers in their place to secure the tail rack, the Siskiyou Panniers sit in the optimal postition – panniers lids level with the top of the seat, not drooping over the sides. The cross-over section on the Siskiyou Panniers is adjusted to its minimum width.

Tillamook Dry Bag, Siskiyou Panniers on KTM 1190

STEP 2: Mount Siskiyou Panniers per the provided instructions, securing side anchor straps to passenger footrest mounts and the tail of the panniers to the stock rack. We like to use 16″ Pronghorn Straps to make mounting easier and faster.

The Siskiyou Panniers mount in the usual way, per GL’s instructions included with the Panniers: The two side anchor straps secure to the passenger footrest mounts, and two anchor straps attach the D-rings on tail of the Panniers to the stock tail rack. We like to use 16″ Pronghorn Straps as our anchors, as they are quick, easy and super secure. Now, here’s the best part .. . .

Siskiyou Panniers' daisy chain attached to KTM 1190's stock luggage mount

STEP 3: Using 16″ Pronghorn Straps, secure Siskiyou Panniers’ wheel-side daisy chains to the stock KTM luggage mounts on both sides.

By securing the Siskiyou Panniers’ wheel-side daisy chains to the stock KTM luggage mounts and drawing forward tension with the side anchor straps, the Panniers become solidly locked into position. Supported by the stock luggage mounts in multiple locations.

KTM stock luggage mounts support Siskiyou Panniers

KTM’s stock luggage mounts support the Siskiyou Panniers in multiple locations, making the installation dead-solid stable on the bike.

If you’re a belt-and-suspenders rider, then add another connection between the wheel-side daisy chain and the super-burly exhaust hanger.

With the stock KTM exhaust, we recommend installing at least one of the included Hot Springs Heat Shields on the top of the exhaust to prevent the Siskiyou Panniers from making direct connect with the hot pipe.

With the stock KTM exhaust, we recommend installing at least one of the included Hot Springs Heat Shields on the top of the exhaust to prevent the Siskiyou Panniers from making direct connect with the hot pipe.

With the stock KTM exhaust, we recommend installing at least one of the included Hot Springs Heat Shields on the top of the exhaust to prevent the Siskiyou Panniers from making direct connect with the hot pipe. Here on Tawzer’s bike, the aftermarket Wings exhaust runs cool enough that heat never becomes an issue, even without the Heat Shield.

Giant Loop Rider: Swamp’s Continental Divide Tour on BMW G650 X-Challenge

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Continental Divide Trail on BMW G650GS X-Challenge

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Swamp is a serious adventurer who’s ridden all over the Americas on dual sport bikes. Here’s the intro his latest “Mexico to Canada: Solo on the Continental Divide” with the Coyote Saddlebag, Zigzag Handlebar Bag and Pronghorn Straps:

“After having one of my motorcycles confiscated by a band of illiterate, Ecuadorian customs officials in early July 2014. I returned home and started piddling around with my 2007 BMW G650 X Challenge. Changing the oil, oil filter, air filter; installing new tires and some other modifications and tweaks. The bike had previously received no love from me. I just rode it, never washed it, rarely changed the oil, never changed the filters. Every time I rode it I would try to rag the motor out. It never complained. Never boiled over. Never leaked. Anything.

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Swamp keeping it the “Go Light, Go Fast, Go Far” way, solo on the Continental Divide Trail

I usually like white bikes but the paint on THIS one (yes, its paint not just white plastics) always bothered me so I sanded the plastics down and put a few coats of green paint on it. The bike seemed to say ?Jeez, finally!? I let it set for a few weeks. Only riding it down to the river a few times to go fishing.

On July 20th I woke up, made coffee and walked outside. It was foggy; pretty thick. ?Ya, I think I?m going to ride the Continental Divide?.

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New Mexico mud

Five days later, July 25th both the X-Challenge and I were riding through the border town of El Paso Texas then working our way into New Mexico where we would meet up with the Continental Divide trail near Hurley/ Silver City. As far as planning and preparations went, well; I ?prepared? for maybe two hours. I had some containers for extra gasoline, one pair of socks, one pair of underwear (wearing both ), a rain jacket, batteries, flash light, small air compressor, some tools, a knife, a lighter, harmonica, protein bars, a trash bag and a camping rig the size of a football. Basically the same shit I?ve carried with me for eight or nine years now.”

BMW G650 X-Challenge on solo Continental Divide Trail

El Vado Reservoir

Lost on the Continental Divide Trail

“I LOST MY TAG SOMEWHERE ON THE WAY TO CUBA NEW MEXICO. THE TAG IS A BARBER MOTORSPORTS TAG THAT HAS ?SWAMP? AS THE NUMBER. IF YOU FIND IT SEND ME AN EMAIL: SWAMP@ENDUROEARTH.COM”

Here’s Swamp’s comments about the Giant Loop gear in the conclusion of his ride report:

“Giant Loop Coyote bag (giantloopmoto.com) : I?ve had this bag for a few years now and its still holding up despite having the hell beat out of it. The Giant Loop guys have treated me well and have always answered the phone and returned my calls and e-mails. Their customer service is excellent and I believe that their products are excellent. The bag is just that, a bag. Put whatever you can fit in it, its not complicated. On this ride I lashed an extra 1/2 gallon of gas to the top of the bag with no problems using a set of pronghorn straps. The Coyote is the perfect size for this ride.. however I found it strange that I rode The American Flesh Eater Route from California to Alabama (1 month ride) using the smallest giant loop bag (the mojavi) but used a larger bag for this ride.”

“Also, the Pronghorn Straps are friggin’ sweet! Probably my favorite “new thingys” for the bike lately.”

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE >

Coyote Saddlebag on BMW G650 - Continental Divide Trail

End of the Trail

 

 

Giant Loop Riders: Alex & Heather from Konflict Motorsports

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konflict motorsports alex martens and heather martensOne of the things we love our work at Giant Loop is the many friendships we’ve developed with colleagues, people like suspension master Alex Martens from Konflict Motorsports (and The Heavyweights racing team) and his lovely wife Heather. The Martens rolled through town while enjoying a summer adventure and stopped by the shop today, Heather riding a Honda CRF250L and Alex on a KTM 950 Super Enduro. We’re proud the Martens travel with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag and Diablo Pro Tank Bag on the Honda, and the Great Basin Saddlebag, Tillamook Dry Bag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag on the KTM.

They’re using the Pro model tank bags’ integrated electronics pass-through to keep their cell phones charged.

Diablo Pro Tank Bag on Honda CRF250LCheck out the alternative mounting strap attachment Alex made, since he’s removed the passenger peg mounts from his KTM.

KTM 950 w alternative Great Basin strap attachment

This Slavens Racing Mule Cool brake caliper cooler on the KTM 950 SE is a pretty trick way to?keep Alex from boiling his brake fluid (he likes to ride FAST).

Slavens Racing Mule Cool Brake Caliper Cooler

 

Safe travels friends! See you on the trail!

Konflict Motorsports owner Alex Martens and wife Heather

 

Tech Tip: Pannier Pockets – Perfect Place for Extra Fuel and Essentials

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GL’s Pannier Pockets are one of those pieces of gear that never really come off your bike once you put them on and use them on an adventure or dual sport enduro.

They’re completely out of the way when riding, and they offer super handy access to all of the smaller items you want to reach without digging while on the trail.

They can be added to any Giant Loop tank bag – or used as pockets only with the included straps.

Customer just emailed to ask about carrying fuel bottles in the Pannier Pockets, so we snapped a couple of pics of the MSR 33 oz fuel bottle:
Pannier Pocket with 33 oz MSR Fuel Bottle

The finger loop on the fuel bottle’s cap protrudes from the zipped pocket – but it’s not going anywhere!
33 oz MSR fuel bottle inside Pannier Pocket

Giant Loop Tech Tip: Packing Your KTM For 10 Days Of Travel With Coyote Saddlebag And Fandango Tank Bag

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Advrider Hodakaguy has posted a comprehensive thread about ?packing his KTM 530 EXC for long desert camping trips. Covering 1600 miles on dirt takes some preparation and he does a thorough job of covering the important details and not getting bogged down with too much gear. His complete report is at this link on advrider.com

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He had this to say about his Giant Loop gear.

Luggage: Giant Loop Luggage – This luggage is absolutely awesome! Holds your gear tight to the bike so you can ride like a dirt bike with all your luggage. Everything stays in it’s place and there is no metal frame work to bend/break in a crash. I’ve used this luggage on numerous long distance desert trips now and it’s performed flawlessly. I like to pack everything in small individual dry bags before loading them into the GL bag, keeps everything waterproof plus makes it easier to go after a specific item.

Giant Loop Fandango Tank Bag – On our second trip I added the tank bag. Build quality is great and it’s super handy as it allows you quick access to your camera, helmet cam, extra batteries/memory cards etc. I carry my camera in a zip lock bag inside the tank bag, keeps dust out of the camera and if you go down in a river crossing the camera won’t be damaged …”

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He even breaks down his whole load and describes the utility of each piece.

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This is the list of bike spares he carries:

Tools/Spares:
*Tire irons
*Spare Tube in a front fender pack (Remove the valve core from the spare tube, coat the tube in Talc, fold it up and place it in a vacuum seal-a-meal bag. The vacuum will make it a fraction of it’s normal size and the thick bag will offer abrasion resistance for the tube while it’s in the pack. If you need the tube while on the trail just cut open the pack, re-install the valve core and you have a pre-talc’d tube ready to go!)
*General hand tools…ie wrenches, pliers etc.
*Metal Epoxy stick – great for fixing
*Super Glue
*Snap Ties
*Electrical Tape, Rescue Tape
*Knife
*Lighter
*Tire Patches
*Tire Pump – I use the Crank Brothers Pump. It’s small, light weight and works great. I carry it in the Fandango Tank Bag
*Spare Spark Plug
*Spare Levers
*1 qt Oil
*Misc bolts
*Wallet Sized Multi-Meter
*Repair Manuals

Hadn’t heard of the Crank Brothers pump and I like its quality.

Thanks for the great review and tips Hodakaguy!

Tech Tip: KTM 1190 Adventure with Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Tank Bag PRO

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GL rider Brad Tawzer sold his KTM 990 ADV – AND his Husaberg 550 FE – to buy this slightly used KTM 1190 ADV. And when we rode he was all smiles all the time on this machine. He’s running the Fandango Tank Bag PRO and Siskiyou Panniers, using the 1190’s factory luggage supports and Giant Loop’s 16″ Pronghorn Straps to firmly mount the Panniers without a luggage rack.

KTM 1190 Adventure with Siskiyou Panniers and Fandango Tank Bag PRO

“It to some time to make sure the Siskiyou Panniers were fitted properly. But once I did it works perfectly. I was able to strap the back part securely to the factory mount so no worries on the left side.”

Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers supported by factory KTM luggage mounts

Adventure KTM 1190

Giant Loop Launches Giant Loop Snow Line: Adventure Proof Packing Systems for Snowmobiles

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Giant Loop Launches Giant Loop Snow Line: Adventure Proof Packing Systems for SnowmobilesFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2014

Giant Loop Launches Giant Loop Snow Line: Adventure Proof Packing Systems for Snowmobiles

 

Adventure Motorcycle Innovator Brings Polar Tested Extreme Conditions Experience to Winter Powersports Market

(BEND, OR, USA) Adventure-proof packing systems innovator Giant Loop announced today the introduction of a new line of products this fall for the 2014-2015 winter powersports season. The new Giant Loop Snow line is targeted at the hardcore mountain sledder, demanding touring snowmobile rider and the growing crossover market of on- and off-piste snow travelers. Giant Loop Snow is launching with extremely rugged, functional tunnel bags and gear pockets that deliver the rugged, stable, technical aspects of the company?s adventure motorcycle gear.

?We?ve been working in collaboration with Canadian extreme cross-country snowmobile racer Kirk Hastings and the owners of Motonation Canada, our motorcycle line distributor, to develop a tightly focused snow-specific product offering for serious sledders,? says Harold Olaf Cecil, Giant Loop?s owner.

Giant Loop dealer Rox Speed FX will preview the Giant Loop Snow Line at this year’s Sno-Barons Haydays Grass Drags, September 6-7 in North Branch, Minnesota. This event officially starts the snowmobile season each year, with many of the manufacturers introducing their new models at Haydays.

Last March, Hastings?s Snowxcapes Team 7 finished third, capturing $20,000 in prize money, at the world?s longest snowmobile endurance race, Cain?s Quest in Labrador, Canada, using virtually unmodified gear from the Giant Loop motorcycle product line, including the Great Basin Saddlebag, Bushwackers Hand Guards, Possibles Pouch and Pronghorn Straps.

Snoxscapes Team 7 - 2014 Cain's Quest

?With minus 52-degree C temperatures, polar bears, constant ice build up that required stopping to chop it off the sleds with axes ? the most extreme conditions imaginable ? Giant Loop gear performed flawlessly,? says Hastings.

“I have rolled my race sled twice ? once down a bare gravel road ? and the Giant Loop gear’s tough construction has barely shown a scuff. I have driven through a forest burn-over intoxicated with sleep deprivation and brushed up against seasoned sharp branches with no penetration.”

“There simply is no other luggage system out there utilizing such high quality materials and construction that would keep me moving forward under such user abuse,” says Hastings.

?Preparing for the race, we did extensive research into the most rugged and stable bags available to carry our 90 pound of extra fuel and mandatory supplies, and Giant Loop came up repeatedly as the best designed, most functional and durable bags in powersports. Next year, we are poised to win Cain?s Quest with the help of the Giant Loop Snow line.?

Giant Loop Snow products will be distributed by Motonation Canada and available from a network of premium powersports dealers throughout the USA. Giant Loop designs and tests products in Bend, Oregon. For all the details, go to www.giantloopmoto.com.

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