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Giant Loop Rider: Terence Is Riding “Anywhere But South”, In South East Asia With Great Basin Saddlebag

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Terence Tay has set out on a 15,000km, three month long journey from his home of Singapore. He has dubbed it “Anywhere But South” and the route travels through?Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia.
He is the first solo biker to travel through Myanmar and wrote in to say “”Btw, I’m officially the first rider to go at it alone in Burma, albeit with an escort car and tourism official (mandatory),”

His BMW F800GS is packed with a Great Basin Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag. He had this to say about his choice of luggage, in an?interview with AsiaOne,?before heading out on the adventure.
“…Mr Tay: “I have opted for soft panniers as they’re lightweight. Weight distribution can be placed closer to the centre of the bike to improve handling. Also, they will not bend out of shape in a crash…”

Follow Terence on his Facebook page.

Giant Loop Rider: Carlos In Bolivia On BMW F800GS With Great Basin Saddle Bag and Fandango Tank Bag

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Carlos wrote in about his ride in Bolivia. He included a bunch of great pictures to share. He equipped his BMW F800GS with a Fandango Tank Bag and Great Basin Saddle Bag.

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He said, “They [pics] were took during some trips around Bolivia: Salar de Uyuni (Salt flats), El Chaco (southern part of Bolivia) and the last two are from Yungas (the famous Dead Road).?I have two toys, my F800 GS with the Great Basin and Fandango bags, and my Kawa 450 with the Coyote saddlebag. Both work just perfect for me.?Hope this new year can ride more, I will share my trips with you.

Cheers from Bolivia!”

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Carlos also rides trails on his Kawasaki KX450, with a Coyote Saddle Bag.

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Thank you Carlos for all the sweet pictures!

Giant Loop hopes you get your wish to ride more this year, too.

 

Giant Loop Review: Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bag in BMW Owners News

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Thank you Kit J. Vercella for the comprehensive review of Giant Loop’s Tillamook Dry Bag and Rogue Dry Bag in the January 2014 “Kit And Caboodle” column of BMW Owners News magazine. This is our favorite part:

“A personal side note: Although not necessarily relevant to your purchasing decision, there is something heartening about a group of adventure riders down the street who have the vision and technical expertise to create top-shelf, functional motorcycle gear every bit as good (maybe even better) than their corporate rivals worldwide.”

BMW Owners News January 2014

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BMW ON magazine reviews Tillamook Dry Bag and Rogue Dry Bag

Giant Loop Review: Gear Scout writes about BMW F650GS with Fandango, Coyote and Rogue

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Over at ExpeditionPortal.com,?Christophe Noel tells about using the full Giant Loop motorcycle packing system on his BMW F650 Dakar. ?Christophe is using a Fandango Tank Bag, Coyote Saddlebag with Drypods and Rogue Dry Bag. His BMW is a desirable edition and Giant Loop looks just right, all mounted up.

He writes in his review,

“…It seems good soft luggage is still hard to come by with many manufacturers banging on with the same poor designs which have been around for years.

I recently found myself once again in need of a soft luggage system and the Giant Loop Coyote Bag came with a chorus of glowing recommendations…

…Individually, each piece has more than exceeded my expectations. Combined, they?re a tour de force of design and construction.”

Thanks for riding Giant Loop, Christophe and for the great review!

 

 

Giant Loop Tech Tip: Installing Fandango Tank Bag, Diablo Tank Bag on BMW GS Motorcycles

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Thank you Giant Loop rider for sharing the pic and feedback on installation of the Fandango Tank Bag (and Diablo Tank Bag). On many bikes, including BMW GS models, removing the seat, running straps around seat rails of frame, reinstalling seat and tensioning straps makes a very tiding mount. Don’t forget to install Vinyl Protective Film to protect the shiny painted surfaces under straps and Fandango/Diablo Harness.
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Hi Giant?Moto Team!

When I was trying to find a tank bag for my G 650GS, I had trouble finding clear photos of the Fandango for my bike.

I had a reasonable idea it was going to look good, but now it’s fitted I don’t think I could have made a better choice.

Photo attached in case you would like to add it to your website.

Thanks for making such an awesome product!

Cheers,
Scott

Giant Loop Review: Rubber Boa Straps, Pronghorn Straps, Rogue & Tillamook Dry Bags in BMW Motorcycle Magazine

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From BMW Motorcycle Magazine, Winter 2013:

Motorcycle Adventure Gear

Giant Loop has become known for products that are rugged yet lightweight and can be loaded with stability. New products include:

Pronghorn Straps: Multi-purpose stretch polyurethane straps with virtually unbreakable fasteners. You’ll find a hundred uses for these tough, quick-connecting straps for securing items to bike or luggage. Sold in packages of two, the 3/4″-wide Pronghorn Straps are available in three color-coded lengths. Multiple straps can be chained together to make various lengths. 16″ gray $15, 20″ orange $17, 26″ red $19.

Indispensible Dry Bags: The 17-liter Rogue (20.5″ x 13.5″) and 38-liter Tillamook (40″ x 19″) are new. Made in the USA of 18 oz gray polyurethane with 100% waterproof radio-frequency welded seams. They both feature reflective daisy chain loops for easy attachment, access to gear from each end and durable side release buckles with vertical nylon compression straps for secure closing. $73, $89

Rubber Boa Straps: Shock cord straps with molded hooks lash gear to dirt bike fenders, in packages of two, super tough Rubber Boa Straps are made in the USA from military-spec 1/4″ shock cord with heavy-duty injection molded fender hooks. $25, giantloopmoto.com

Giant Loop Rider: 2,500 Miles on BMW R1200GS “Dry As A Bone”

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Thanks GL rider Timothy for the great comments and pics. Glad you enjoyed the journey – and stayed dry during the crazy Colorado weather. Ride while you can!

BMW R1200GS“Just got back from 2,500 mile ride and all my Giant loop gear performed very well. Mostly good weather except two days in western Colorado (heavy thunderstorms).”

BMW R1200GS“All my personal effects were dry as a bone as long as I kept it inside GL bags.”

“Take care,
Timothy”

Giant Loop Rider: Overland International Tech Editor’s Fly-And-Buy BMW F650GS Paris-Dakar

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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!

dakar_desertSo, 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.

dakarAnyway, I found some sunshine today and thought I’d send you some feedback. 500 more miles tomorrow. Great stuff!

Cheers,
Christophe Noel
Technical Editor

Overland International
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Giant Loop Review: BMW Motorcycle Magazine Tests Fort Rock Top Case on BMW R1200GS

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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.

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BMW Motorcycle Magaine Fall 2013 Giant Loop Fort Rock Top Case review“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

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