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

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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 Racer: Lawrence Hacking Runs Mojavi Saddlebag In Rally Mongolia

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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

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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!!

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!

Giant Loop Rider: Simone Prepares For His Ride To Manupuner, Russia

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Manpupuner Express
By Simone Canizzo

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In collaboration with Giant Loop Motorcycle Packing Systems, Caberg Helmets and Rieju Motorcycles

The journey
I admit that the idea of ??reaching this remote place on the Ural Mountains is not mine, but of Nicholas Codognola the editors of Motorcycle Racing, which has also provided the logo of the shipment. In front of a sandwich (biker …) tells me about this mystical place, difficult to reach and even to be found on maps. It then performs the grave mistake of showing it on his smartphone, along with other information gathered by them in turn when he discovered its existence.

As always, the trips are born from the desires for me, and these are completely free to wander through my brain lobes, with a guarantee of absolute impunity.

And here I am, about two months later, to have simply decided that I want to go there and get to the nearest place where you can put the wheels.

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The journey is divided into two parts: the first 95% and the remaining measly 5%.

For the second part I could take much longer than the first.

Indicatively, the path included in the first 95% will be:

? Italy
? Austria (Graz and Vienna)
? Slovakia (visit the main castles and tents pitched in national parks)
? Romania (“Transylvania, Transylvania station …”)
? Moldova (Republic of Transnistria and of the self-crossing: For years I want their money with a hammer and sickle, impossible to change or spend elsewhere if not in their status as the largest municipality of Pavia)
? Ukraina
? Russia (Moscow) certification that the girlfriend returns to Italy with a comfortable airliner, big sigh and departure to the East

Last 5%:

The Manpupuner is located in a natural park, so it is possible that I am able to bring the vehicle under one of the giants of stone.

However, it makes a difference which side you look at the lens.

The park of the Pechora-Ilyc extends primarily to the west of the site, thus obliging the reckless rider, after a journey of about 1000 km due east from Moscow, to leave the beloved zigzag through mud, rocks and curves not reported for a boat first and then just walk away. Respectively, are 250 kilometers to go on a boat up the river, then venture into the jungle for another 40 strictly on foot.

That’s interesting. vPer? ….

I have found that a climber has reached (and climbed …) one of the giants coming from the south, passing over Ekateryneburg and reaching Ivdel. The essay is then activated a GPS tracker, saving the path to the plateau. 200 miles to go, but overlaying the track to Google Maps, you can see the trails that are very close to Manpupuner, to the edge of the park, just 6 kilometers from the rock formations.

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The idea is then to arrive from the south and grapple in the 200 miles of mud, river crossings and forest to get up to on two wheels where possible.
Then tie the bike to a tree, make a full day of hiking to reach the place longed for, take a terabyte of photos, go back to the bike, turn it, give it gas for 5000 miles to the view of the East Freeway

All of this is independent of the total lack of clear information about the possibility of facing “legally” the road to the north of Ivdel until Manpupuner. But “legally”, in Russia, it is an elastic term.

Criticality

One of the most challenging aspects is the part to drive over Ivdel, since I would not be the first to deal with it in motion, but you will find all the information about recommended to go as part of a shipment and a support vessel, immediately behind, to carry food and water. And gasoline.

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Climber on the map indicate the points where you can stock up on water, I’ll see how the rest get organized before leaving the dirt road toward the plateau.

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Also, after about 100 miles, you will cross a place where many years ago a group of experienced climbers found dead in order to say the least original: without language, almost without clothes even though it was February, escaped from the tents hastily cutting them from ‘interior with numerous fractures and interior with no signs of bruising. The friendly event is easily readable even on Wikipedia at this link …… and the way that I will go there exactly in the middle.

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The trip, the photos and the post will be re-launched on ………

I have with me Canon professional products, two action cam, Caberg helmets and equipment Giant Loop.

Will be published daily on a post on a platform to define, spread via Twitter with a special hashtag, some pictures and a video pill (without editing) every 1 or 2 days.

Will be given the space to the impressions of a passenger, female, who until two years ago was convinced that the adventure was “anything more than Bordighera.” And always on four sturdy wheels.

The partners will be able to resume the materials on any media (traditional or electronic).

At the end of the trip, will produce a mini-documentary about the expedition of about 15 minutes, spread over the network through institutional channels Youtube.
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They are known to be an avid 50ini, but in this case I really could not help but add a few cubic centimeters, given the presence of a passenger to Moscow. The choice fell on the Tango 250, kindly provided (with a mountain of proxies translated into 15 languages ??included) to Rieju Italy.

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It ‘an appropriate means for the length of the journey and for that last 5%?

Obviously, no. And that’s why I like it.

who are they:

My name is Simon, I have worked in IT for about 15 years but with an eye often turned to the engineering of corporate events and their management (ING Direct, MV Agusta, DHL are just some of my clients).

When I stopped on the role of my first life, I found myself driving on 2 or 4 wheels, making travel increasingly long and increasingly less appropriate to the means used. Just to name a few, on 4 wheels I made a trip from Milan to Ulanbatoor with a Citroen AX, from Milan to Tokyo with a Fiat Uno and from Milan to Sydney with a Fiat 500. Staying on love 2 wheels, as well as traveled in throughout Europe, I made a trip to Morocco and South Africa-Egypt with a Honda Africa Twin 750 and went up in Kazakhstan via Russia and returning to Iran. Turning to small cubage, I went to Milan to Dakar with a Honda SH 50. My business is probably more interested in what was done between 2011 and 2012: from Cape Horn to Alaska with a Beta RR 50cc. 36.260 kilometers that I have earned the Guinness World Record for the longest journey ever made by the means of most small displacement.

The report of the Fuego2ice, the name of the last company, has been published extensively in the journal Motorcycling, on their official website and on my blog (with about 32,000 active members) connected to the Facebook group.

The event gave a tangible visibility and constant, for about 9 months, the partners and sponsors of the project (Betamotor, Toucan, Arai, Canon, Ber Racing, Ceva to name a few) through the press and social networks.

Giant Loop News: Dirt Rider Magazine Runs Siskiyou Panniers On Kawasaki KLR650 Test Bike.

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Thanks?Dirt Rider Magazine?for running the Siskiyou Panniers on the 2014 Kawasaki KLR650 test bike!
http://www.dirtrider.com/features/2014-kawasaki-klr650-new-edition/

Quoted from the headline:

2014 Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition – Dirt Rider Magazine
www.dirtrider.com
The 2014 Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition isn?t radically different from its predecessors but for riders who lean closer to the off-road segment of dual-sport, it is a welcome improvement. Find out 7 things you should know about the new KLR650 here.

 

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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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Giant Loop Rider: Apple Jam And I Make GPX Tracks In Hood River County For Rally In The Gorge

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Getting the Giant Loop Dual Sport route sorted for Rally in the Gorge took the help of Apple Jam, from ADVrider. An avid KTM 990 Adventure rider, he has rolled every piece of two track in the area and knows how to link up some excitement for our ride.

Arriving in Parkdale at 3pm, I was anxious to get on the motos and get some tracks tucked into the bike’s Trail Tech Voyager. The weather was perfect, maybe a bit hot, and the air was clear. I was staging at Apple Jam’s and he was gracious enough to have me camp there. His KTM was getting fork service work so I brought the Honda XR650R and KTM 500EXC, for us to ride. He hadn’t ridden a new EXC so I rode the Honda and he happily climbed onto the KTM. I hadn’t been riding on this side of Mt Hood, so I was looking forward to following Apple Jam’s experienced lead and getting a taste of what kind of terrain was available. Needless to say, there was not a drop of disappointment until 9:08 pm and we hit the Sawtooth Roadhouse after closing, missing dinner. We made up for it with a drink or two when we finally made it back home…

There were several huge vista views.
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We were headed right over yonder.
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Had a few rocks to roll over, on the way.
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Giant Loop Racers: Baja Rally Announces Fuel Range Requirements, Recommends Mojavi Saddlebag For Carrying Extra Fuel

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Here is the Press Release:

From: Baja Rally
<bajarally@gmail.com>
Date:07/08/2014 9:13 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: Baja Rally

Subject: IMPORTANT NOTE: FUEL RANGE EXTENDED

Riders and Crews-

Due to at least one lengthy route on the BAJA RALLY 2.0, we will have a 205 mile (329km) special where we may not have a gas stop set up between 2 points 147mi apart. Its a situation we cant be sure of solving.

Therefore, the minimum gas range for riders and bikes has been raised to 150 miles indefinitely. Some riders will need to carry extra fuel on certain stages.

Saddlebags

The Giant Loop Mojavi Bag has been used widely in rallies all over the world for riders to carry water, tools and gas. These are lightweight easy to use saddle bags to carry up to a gallon of liquids. Riders are using TouraTech’s 2 liter bottles on each side of the Mojavi in some cases.

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I realize this is going to effect a few riders right off the bat and wanted to make sure everyone has enough notice to respond to the changes.

I welcome your phone call or email reply to discuss this further if needed or answer any questions you might have. Don’t hesitate to call 858 342-8222.

Muchas Gracias

Scotty