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Giant Loop Tech Tip / FAQ: Coyote Saddlebag + MoJavi Saddlebag Anchor Options For Newer KTM + Husqvarna Models

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Giant Loop's Dustin Cary roostin' the KTM 500 EXC with MoJavi Saddlebag on trails about 10 minutes ride from the shop.

Giant Loop’s Dustin Cary roostin’ the KTM 500 EXC with MoJavi Saddlebag on trails about 10 minutes ride from the shop.

Yes! We have a 2013 KTM 500 EXC here at Giant Loop – love this great bike! But there are some fitment challenges with the KTM EXCs Husqvarna FEs and other late model dirt bikes with double-thickness rear fenders and under-seat fuel tanks. The fender hooks on the Coyote Saddlebag and MoJavi Saddlebag cannot get a proper “purchase” on the lip of the fender plastic. Here are some alternative mounting options – all tested and proven on many bikes over thousands of miles of demanding riding.

Giant Loop's Harold Olaf Cecil on an Oregon backcountry solo tour with Coyote Saddlebag on KTM 500 EXC.

Giant Loop’s Harold Olaf Cecil on an Oregon backcountry solo tour with Coyote Saddlebag on KTM 500 EXC.

Simple, Clean Solution: No drilling or mods required! Remove the fender hooks from the Coyote Saddlebag or MoJavi Saddlebag and replace them with the included mounting strap (length of ballistic webbing packed inside the new bag). If you have a tail rack, just thread the webbing through the rack and back into the saddlebag. Here’s how to do it without a tail rack:

Loosen the bolts in taillight assembly/fender support (black plastic shown below) from the subframe and fender.

Thread the the ballistic webbing strap between the fender and taillight assembly/fender support and retighten bolts to sandwich webbing between the two fender layers.

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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.

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Then thread the mounting strap through the thumb-lock buckles (where the hooks were before) inside the Coyote Saddlebag or under the center Tool Pouch on the MoJavi Saddlebag.

We use a spare side release buckle to hold the strap ends, when a bag isn’t mounted.

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With the MoJavi Saddlebag, the top of the base can be tucked under the rear lip of the seat. When tensioned down, this makes a dead-solid connection. But this positions the bag farther forward, can stress seat connectors, and isn’t an option at all for the Coyote Saddlebag.

Another Solution: If you’re not adverse to drilling some small holes in your fender, the footmans loops make a clean solution. All you really need is one solid anchor point, but we’ve installed two.Install footmans loops in the middle top of the fender (be careful not to drill into wiring!) and use the webbing loop included with the Coyote Saddlebag and MoJavi Saddlebag, instead of the fender hooks.

 

 

Stop Scuffs and Scratches!

If you don’t want your new plastics to look like the white side panels in the pic above, Giant Loop now offers heavy-duty Vinyl Protective Film to eliminate scuffing where the bags make contact.

2015 Giant Loop Catalog and Product Line Comparison Chart – Adventure Proof Packing Systems and Gear for Motorcycles

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2015 Giant Loop Catalog Adventure Proof Packing Systems and Gear for Motorcycles, Snow Bikes, Snowmobiles

CLICK PHOTO TO DOWNLOAD PDF 2015 GIANT LOOP CATALOG

Since we launched in 2008, our product line at Giant Loop has expanded considerably in recent years – and all of our original saddlebags and tank bags have seen significant updates and upgrades – with the goal of building integrated, modular, customizable packing solutions for motorcycles, snow bikes (Timbersled) and snowmobiles. To help riders understand Giant Loop’s solutions and select the very best pieces of gear to suit bike type and riding needs, we’ve updated or Product Comparison Chart and Giant Loop Catalog. CLICK HERE FOR PDF OF 2015 GIANT LOOP CATALOG. CLICK HERE FOR PDF OF 2015 GIANT LOOP PRODUCT COMPARISON CHART.

2015 Giant Loop Motorcycle soft luggage comparison

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF OF 2015 GIANT LOOP PRODUCT COMPARISON CHART

Tech Tip: How to Install MoJavi Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag on KTM 690 Enduro

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The KTM 690 Enduro’s unconventional rear fender fuel fill access presents on a small challenge for riders using Giant Loop’s MoJavi Saddlebag or Coyote Saddlebag. Here’s Eric from RideADV.com’s new motorcycle. Can you guess how long it takes to to get to the fuel fill? Watch the end for GL sales manager Dustin’s mountain bike wheelie departure, too – we love everything on two wheels here! NOTE: We HIGHLY recommend installing the Hot Springs Heat Shield with the MoJavi Saddlebag! #golightgofastgofar

Tech Tip: Klamath Tail Rack Pack Mounted With Pronghorn Straps

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Yamaha XT660 Tenere prepared for Morocco with Fandango PRO Tank Bag, Siskiyou Panniers (supported with small, custom metal brackets) and the new Klamath Tail Rack Pack secured to the Panniers with Pronghorn Straps.

Yamaha XT660Z Tenere prepared for Morocco with Fandango PRO Tank Bag, Siskiyou Panniers (supported with small, custom metal brackets) and the new Klamath Tail Rack Pack secured to the Panniers with Pronghorn Straps.

GL Rider Jaume Von Arend (TrailDreamer.com) from Spain is in Morocco right now on his super dialed Yamaha XT660Z Tenere. Here’s how he’s using Pronghorn Straps to attach the new Klamath Tail Rack Pack to his Siskiyou Panniers:

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Here you can see how Jaume has removed the Klamth Tail Rack Pack’s hooks and threaded the Pronghorn Straps into the thumb-lock buckles to mount the Klamath Tail Rack Pack to the Siskiyou Panniers’ integrated D-ring attachments.

Tight and tidy! Klamath Tail Rack Pack mounted directly to Siskiyou Panniers with Pronghorn Straps.

Tight and tidy! Klamath Tail Rack Pack mounted directly to Siskiyou Panniers with Pronghorn Straps.

Prepped for motorcycle adventure in Morocco!

Prepped for motorcycle adventure in Morocco!

The Klamath Tail Rack Pack is like a motorcycle tank bag for the back of the bike, featuring a zipperless clam-shell lid design for quick access even with gloves on.

The Klamath Tail Rack Pack is like a motorcycle tank bag for the back of the bike, featuring a zipperless clam-shell lid design for quick access even with gloves on.

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The 16″ Pronghorn Straps and 26″ Pronhorn Straps solidly connect the Klamath Tail Rack Pack to the Siskiyou Panniers’ integrated D-ring attachment points.

Video: How to Pack Camping Gear for 2-Up Motorcycle Adventure

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This quick video shows how to pack for two people camping on a motorcycle. By using various modular components from Giant Loop’s Adventure Proof Packing System – and high quality outdoor gear – motorcycle touring 2-up can be fun, safe, comfortable and self-sufficient.

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BMW F800GS packed with 2 Rogue Dry Bags, Tillamook Dry Bag, Siskiyou Panniers, Kiger Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Bushwackers Hand Guards.

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TIP: Passenger should wear a helmet with no visor fro 2-up motorcycle travel and camping!

Lighter weight bulky items such as sleeping bags, pads and tent are packed higher, while heavier items such as tool, spare inner tube, extra fuel, stove, cook kit and food are packed below seat height. Weight is also distributed front-to-back to help prevent a tail-heavy bike with an unsafe light front wheel.

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Carrying camping gear for two on a motorcycle is simply with Giant Loop’s modular, customizable Adventure Proof Packing System

Many small compartments are better than fewer larger ones, helping keep gear organized and easily within reach without extra unpacking and re-packing. Have any tips to share with us? Post them in your comments here!

Motorcycle camping set up at Cyrstal Crane Hot Springs

Motorcycle camping set up at Cyrstal Crane Hot Springs

#golightgofastgofar

Giant Loop Rider: Cory from Bolivia Motors Tours South America with Coyote Saddlebag on Honda XR650R

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Cory Rowden, Kiwi owner of and guide for BoliviaMotors, rode his Honda XR650R through Bolivia, Peru, Colombia and Brazil last fall with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag. Here are some of his pics and feedback:

?I?ve just returned from a month riding in Bolivia, Peru, Colombia and Brazil during which I used a Giant Loop Coyote bag strapped to the back of a Honda XR650R. We rode over 6000kms and had a fantastic time on a mix of tarmac, cobblestone, dirt and mud road in mixed conditions including rain, sun, cold and extreme heat. We crossed the Andes mountains, floated down the Amazon river and rode BR319 ? officially Brazil?s worst road ? through the heart of the Amazon rainforest. The Giant Loop Coyote gear performed flawlessly and I could not have chosen better equipment. It was perfectly suited to a bike of this kind with limited mounting options. The bag never shifted while riding, nor did it get in the way even during spirited riding off-road. Not a single problem or complaint ? it kept my gear clean and dry through the varying conditions we were faced with and it was also easy to load and unload at the beginning and end of each day. I can and will heartily recommend Giant Loop gear to clients and friends.?

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Tech Tip: Installing Giant Loop Mounts on KTM 500 EXC

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Using a slightly longer bolt to replace the bolt connecting the side panel to the subframe on the KTM 500 EXC, the new Giant Loop Mount makes a handy anchor strap connection for the MoJavi Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag, keeping the webbing well away from hot exhaust.

Giant Loop GL Mounts on KTM 500 EXC for MoJavi Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag

Giant Loop’s GL Mounts are the universal motorcycle soft luggage mounting solution, compatible with virtually all dual sport soft luggage.

#?golightgofastgofar?

Tech Tip: How-To Installation Video for Kiger Tank Bag, Fandango Tank Bag, Diablo Tank Bag

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Here’s how to install Giant Loop’s Kiger Tank Bag, Fandango Tank Bag or Diablo Tank Bag on motorcycles – like the BMW GS models or the Honda CB500X shown in the video – that do not have exposed frame rails. By removing the seat, installing the Tank Bag Harness, putting the seat back down and tightening, the mounting is clean and tidy! #golightgofastgofar

Giant Loop Rider: Geoff’s Suzuki DRZ400 with MoJavi Saddlebag and GL Mounts

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Local rider Geoff’s Suzuki DRZ400 is about as nicely set up as any we’ve seen, with Trail Tech Voyager GPS, Race Tech Suspension, full Yoshimura Exhaust and aftermarket carb. Here are some details about his MoJavi Saddlebag installation using the new Giant Loop (GL) Mounts, which will work great with the Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag, too. #golightgofastgofar

Suzuki DRZ400 with MoJavi Saddlebag and GL Mounts

Suzuki DRZ400 Trail Tech Voyager, Race Tech Suspension, Double Take Mirror

Geoff is using the Giant Loop GL Mounts, sharing a bolt point with his Suzuki DRZ400’s passenger peg mounts. GL Mounts help keep straps away from hot exhaust and shorten anchor strap length to maximize stability of Giant Loop Saddlebag installation.

Giant Loop GL Mounts universal soft luggage mounting solution

Geoff’s using a small spacer to set the Giant Loop GL Mount away from the passenger peg’s other bolt and to give plenty of room to work when anchoring Giant Loop Saddelbags and soft luggage to dirt bikes and dual sport motorcycles.

Giant Loop GL Mounts for dual sport saddlebags

 

Giant Loop’s GL Mounts make a clean installation, with straps kept away from boots on both sides.

 

Suzuki DRZ400 with Giant Loop GL Mounts for dual sport soft luggage

 

Since Geoff leaves the MoJavi Saddlebag mounted on his Suzuki DRZ400 all the time, he’s using a hard-mount bolt-on installation (which can also be done with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag).

MoJavi Saddlebag bolt-on hard mount on dirt bike

 

Two bolts through the dirt bike’s rear plastic fender and metal fender brace, a couple of washers and nylock nuts, and the Giant Loop Saddlebag is not coming off. Period.

MoJavi Saddlebag bolted onto dirt bike fender brace

 

Geoff secures the zip-off sleeves of his riding jacket to the front fender with Giant Loop’s Rubber Boa Straps.

Rubber Boa dirt bike and dual sport fender straps

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

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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

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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 Tech Tip: Using A Fender Strap Instead of Fender Hooks For Mounting Mojavi Saddlebag or Coyote Saddlebag

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Problem:
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.

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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.

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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.

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Giant Loop Fitment: New Giant Loop Quick Reference Chart For Easy Gear Selection

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We have been working on a couple tools for selecting the right Giant Loop products for each bike type.

First, we?added “Shop By Bike Type” quick links on our?homepage.

Second, check out our new 2014 Giant Loop product comparison chart, covering our entire line.

This handy guide can be used to determine which Giant Loop bag or accessory, primarily fits which kind of bike, plus lists the part number and specs for each model.

Chuck our artist, made these cool “non-brand specific bike” icons for the application chart. ?;-)

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Click on the chart to see it full size or hit this link to download a copy for your reference.

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Giant Loop Review: Paul Rides South America On Yamaha Tenere 660 With Siskiyou Panniers And Diablo Tank Bag

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Paul wrote in and said:

“After a year on the road in South America, I still wasn’t happy with my panniers. ?I started with hard panniers then switched to conventional soft panniers, but neither worked for me. ?I quickly decided hard panniers were not what I wanted when riding in the dirt (I finally lost one when riding too fast on some serious Bolivian washboard, which was probably a blessing – meant I had to buy some soft panniers before I got a broken ankle in a fall!). ?I could never get the soft panniers to fit really snug to the bike, and they were a pain to take off and put on – an unavoidable requirement sometimes when staying in hostels.

Eventually I got my hands on some Siskiyous. ?I had been using a Diablo tank bag for several months – I swapped it for the bigger tank bag I started with, which kept hitting me in the Crown Jewels when standing on the pegs! ?I was super happy with the Diablo, so I reckoned the Siskiyous were worth a shot. ?I think I’ve nailed it: really secure, easy to mount and remove, weight nicely forward on the bike, seriously tested in an Argentinian thunderstorm and stayed 100% waterproof… ?Very happy so far.

I wasn’t sure how they would fit the 660 Tenere because of the prominent pillion handles, but I’ve had no problems. ?I’ve still got my old pannier rack fitted, but I’m toying with removing it to save a few kg and seeing how things go.”

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Thanks Paul for the pics and fit review!

Ride while you can.

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: Siskiyou Panniers On KTM 690 Enduro, With Racks

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As Giant Loop Rider Noah Horak makes his way around the world, more riders are seeing the Siskiyou Panniers?in use on KTM’s 690 Enduro. Noah is in Japan presently, hanging with gold plated Monkey bikers.

We have received several questions about using our panniers on the 690 and just got a great email from a customer, with his creative and effective solution.

I’ll share it here:

Giant Loop rider Allen wrote us and said, ?”Yes, I’ve been following Noah on his travels.?Here are some pictures of my installation of the Siskiyou Panniers.?I decided to use shock cord to thread the bags onto the Rally Raid racks. ?So far I really like the way it has worked.”690sisk-5

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Allen added, “I folded over the Velcro and am just using the straps for support across the top. ?That leaves the gas cap open for easy re-fueling.”690-sisk

“On the 690 I mounted the heat shield on the very end and so far it is looking very secure.”

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Thanks Allen!!

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 Rider: Jill Rides 1800 Miles To Leguna Seca, On Her Yamaha FZ6 With Great Basin Saddle Bag

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Giant Loop Rider Jill used a Great Basin on her FZ6, to stow her camping gear and supplies for 10 days of camping, during her ride to Leguna Seca in California. ?She wrote us saying:

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This summer, I took my FZ6 on an 1800 mile road trip from Seattle to Leguna Seca, CA and back.? The Giant Loop worked great on my bike!? It was easy to pack and carry my gear. I camped the entire time, so I not only had supplies for 10 days but camping gear as well.? The only modification that I will do is to purchase a rear rack to help cinch the bag back further on the seat…
…I also use this on my BMW 650 Sertao when I dont want to ride with the panniers. This was a great and inexpensive way to set up my fz for touring.
Thanks again for an awesome product…

Jill…

Jill, thank you for sharing your story and sweet pics with us.
Ride while you can!

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Giant Loop Rider: Cycle Wipes’ Dave Swezey Rips Idaho Single Track

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We’ve met a lot of great people in the motorcycle business, and Dave Swezey (owner/founder of Cycle Wipes, general manager at Ride West BMW) represents everything we love about our industry. Enthusiasm and good vibes gush forth from Dave like a mountain spring. Every time he talks about riding you can see the gleam in his eye of someone who simply loves what he does – and gives it his all, every day. Thanks Mr. Swezey for the kind words and great pic. It’s such a privilege to count you as a friend and GL rider! And every rider should have a pack of Cycle Wipes in their kit – they’ll clean everything from indicator lights to visors and glasses.
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Can’t believe how useful, easy and reassuring it was to have my Giant Loop Zigzag Handlebar Bag and MoJavi Saddlebags strapped on as we played around (aka…uh… how do we get outa here and over there) in Idaho on amazing single track. I tend to ‘field test’ my products durability and darn these bags are tough! Get some, ride hard and rest easy knowing that all your essentials are handy and secure.

Dave Swezey
GM: Ride West BMW
Owner: Cycle Wipes

Giant Loop Rider: 10,000 KM in Australia’s Outback on KTM 950 Adventure with Siskiyou Panniers, Diablo Tank Bag

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?KTM 950 Adventure with Siskiyou PanniersClose call with an emu, field repairs and bags “tough as guts” – great email from Giant Loop rider Jack of Perth, Western Australia! Thanks for fantastic pics and story.

Diablo Tank Bag on KTM 950 AdventureHey fellas,

Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers in AustraliaJust got back from a 10,000km solo trip from Western Australia thru the Great Victoria Desert to Uluru (Ayres Rock), down the Oodnadatta & Strezleki Tracks to Tibooburra, then to Albury & up to the New South Wales Snowy mountains, Victorian high country & back to WA, about 10000Km, all on my KTM950 Adventure, equipped with your Siskiyou Panniers & Diablo Tank Bag.

Giant Loop in Australia's OutbackI gotta say, I gave the panniers a floggin’ & they’re still hangin’ in there, cos very early in the trip, I lost the 2 heat shields & the muffler burnt a hole in the right bag & the dry bag as well, but whilst in Kalgoorlie, I managed to patch em up with some hundred mile an hour tape & with some rough bush craft, new hose clamps & some aluminium angle, I fashioned a new heat shield, I was back on the trail in no time flat. Just wished I’d paid as much attention to securing the original heat shields as did doing the patch up job !!!! ?Lesson learnt : Lock wire your hose clamps so they can’t come loose.

KTM 950 Adventure with Siskiyou PanniersSo, all was going very well till about 50Km west of Tibooburra, NSW, I had a very close call with an Emu ( like an Ostrich), fortunately not knocking me off, but as I glanced it, the left pannier took the full brunt breaking the plastic D ring, but amazingly not the webbing off the lower front side strap that goes onto the footpeg mount assembly. All at about 120Kmh, I didn’t have time to shit myself it happened that quick.

Giant Loop saddlebags in AustraliaAnyway, ?all in all the bags worked great for me & were easily big enough to carry all I needed & did everything I asked of them & more, right from the desert to the snowy mountains & back. Great product fellas, they’re as tough as guts.

Jack
Perth, Western Australia

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: Kail Visits on Oregon Backcountry Tour with KTM 990 Adventure

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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.
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Check out his nice tool box fabrication!
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And the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag works great with his Safari Tank and the Fandango Tank Bag!
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Kail’s kit is light and tight with the Great Basin Saddlebag and Great Basin Dry Bag completing his Giant Loop expedition packing system.
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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.

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Giant Loop Video: Honda XRV750 Africa Twin in Slovenia with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag

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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!

Giant Loop Video: Canadian Couple Touring on Suzuki DR200 with Coyote Saddlebag

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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.

Giant Loop Review: ADV Moto Magazine Tests Diablo Tank Bag on Kawasaki KLX250 Adventure Build

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Giant Loop’s Diablo Tank Bag featured in ADV Moto magazine, September/October 2013, Kawasaki KLX250 Project Bike

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.

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Kawasaki’s affordable, dependable KLX250 makes a great dual sport and adventure touring machine, especially for a rider who’s new to on- and/or off-road motorcycling.

ADV Moto magazine Diablo Tank Bag in Kawasaki KLX250 adventure project bike

Great example of the Diablo/Fandango Harness with fuel access on 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!