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Simon Cudby Starts UPSHIFT Magazine

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Simon Cudby Starts UPSHIFT Magazine

We’ve recently received an email from Simon Cudby with updates on his new online magazine called UPSHIFT. He sent us a PDF version of his magazine as well as a shot from his trip to Utah. Thanks for the news, Simon!

“Hello Harold-
I’m a big fan of your Giant Loop products. I’ve attached a shot of my 1190R from our recent trip to Utah.
Attached is a pdf deck for our new adventure/enduro website and online mag project called “UPSHIFT”.
We’d obviously love to have Giant Loop involved from the start!
Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for taking the time to have a look.
Thanks!
Simon”

Check Out the UPSHIFT PDF! 
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Sebastian Mangino Tours Argentinia’s Deserts on his KTM 530 EXC

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Sebastian Mangino Tours Argentinia’s Deserts on his KTM 530 EXC

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We received some emails from one of our happy customers, Sebastian Mangino from Argentina, who is touring the deserts of South America, using the Klamath Tail Rack Pack and the MoJavi Saddlebag on his KTM 530 EXC. Thanks for the updates, Sebastian!

“Hola, cómo están, hacen unos días que estoy recorriendo el desierto de ” Encon” en la provincia de ” Mendoza” en Argentina ( huellas del Dakar) es un desierto de 2500 km de extensión, muy lindo, la giant loop sorportaron todo espinas enormes, agua y arena. Conforme siga el viaje le seguiré enviando fotos. Muy confiables sus productos.
Muchas gracias”

Hello, how are you, this is one of the days I toured the Econ Desert in the Mendoza province of Argentina (crossing paths of the Dakar Rally Raid). It’s a  very beautiful 1550 mile desert, and the Giant Loop packs [Klamath Trail Rack Pack and MoJavi Saddlebags] survived thorns huge, water and sand. As I follow the journey I will continue sending photos. Very reliable products.
Thank you

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“Good day, I commented that the Mojavi Saddlebag and Klamath Trail Rack Pack resisted stones, mud, water and sand, and had no problem. You make a very reliable product, thank you very much. The photos are from “Pampa de las Salinas” and “Desert of Lavalle” ”

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Coyote Saddlebag on KTM 1190 Adventure R in New Zealand

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Coyote Saddlebag on KTM 1190 Adventure R in New Zealand

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“Hi guys
I just wanted to send a quick email to say thanks for designing and making such a great product. I live in Christchurch, New Zealand and ride a KTM 1190 Adventure R. About a month ago I went on a 4 day ride using your Coyote Saddlebag – this bag is simply awesome. I followed the instructions I found on your website regarding moving the passenger handles and replacing them with a spacer and they worked perfectly. The bag sits so nice and tight on the bike, it did not move at all and felt really secure. I’ve always preferred soft luggage, but with other systems I felt that I was constantly checking to see if it was still on the bike and hadn’t come loose, with the giant loop coyote I didn’t have to worry about whether the gear was coming loose or worse – falling off completely. It didn’t rain whilst we were away but I have no doubts about the water tightness of this system.
I’ve attached a pic – its not the best pic but you’re a free to use if it you wish. This pic was taken on the west coast of the south island of New Zealand.
Thanks again for making such a quality product – I’ll definitely be recommending this to others and can’t wait to get out and use it again.
Regards,
Brendan Daly”

Thanks Brendan for the kind words, we’re thrilled you love the bags!
Check out the Coyote Saddlebags

and the KTM 1190 Passenger Handle Removal Spacer Kit (set of 4)

NEW! Footmans Loop Anchor Kit

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NEW! Footmans Loop Anchor Kit

Footmans Loop Anchor Kit

Giant Loop’s new Footmans Loop Anchor Kit is like an ultra-light tail rack for your enduro or dual sport motorcycle!

Giant Loop’s new Footmans Loop Anchor Kit is a simple, affordable, universal way to add solid anchor points for webbing straps to motorcycles, snow bikes, snowmobiles, ATVs, UTVs and 4x4s. Giant Loop’s Footmans Loop Anchor Kit is especially handy for creating lash points to secure our MoJavi Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag to late model KTM EXCs, Husqvarna FEs and other dual sport and dirt bikes that use an under fender support that prevents the fender hooks on our Saddlebags from from getting a good purchase on the fender edge.

Giant Loop’s Footmans Loop Anchor Kit includes 2 anodized black footmans loops, 4 flat washers, 4 locking nuts (8mm) and 4 aluminum M5x20mm button head bolts (3mm allen).

Check out the Footmans Loop Anchor Kit

And for alternatives to fender hooks, check out this tech tip blog post!

Footmans Loop Anchor Kit

Each Footmans Loop Anchor Kit contains the following: 2 – 1.5″ black anodized Footmans Loop anchors 4 washers 4 aluminum button head bolts M5x20mm button head bolts (3mm allen) 4 locking nuts (8mm)

Giant Loop Riders from France Prep for Russian Backcountry Adventure on KTM 690s

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Giant Loop Riders from France Prep for Russian Backcountry Adventure on KTM 690s

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“Just need our passports with visas and last authorization from Russian customs to enter with motorbikes in Russia.”

French KTM 690 Enduro riders with packed Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebags ready to embark on a backcountry Russian adventure.

See more on the Morbike Facebook page.

KTM 500 EXC Camping in Oregon with Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Rogue Dry Bag, Possibles Pouches

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From our photographer friend David Schelske: “Testing out the new ride, double checking my setup and getting ready for a week long trip to the Alvord.” David’s on his 2016 KTM 500 EXC camping in Oregon with the Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Rogue Dry Bag and Possibles Pouches.

David Schelske dual sport camping on KTM 500 EXC

David Schelske dual sport camping on KTM 500 EXC

David Schelske dual sport camping on KTM 500 EXC

David Schelske dual sport camping on KTM 500 EXC

David Schelske dual sport camping on KTM 500 EXC

David Schelske dual sport camping on KTM 500 EXC

David Schelske dual sport camping on KTM 500 EXC

David Schelske dual sport camping on KTM 500 EXC

KTM 690 Enduro with Coyote Saddlebag Tours Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras

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Recent email from customer Peter who rides a KTM 690 Enduro equipped with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag:

Dear All,

Fantastic gear, used recently on a quick Easter trip from Mexico D.F. to Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and back. 5,700 km on all kind of tracks, sometimes really bad (not on the photos as I rather focussed on getting through the rough passages).

No wear or tear, perfect fit and the equipment stayed in place, whatever the track was.

Aluminium boxes really are something I try to avoid.

I like your slogan “go fast, go light, go far”. That is the essence of my preferred travel style, too.

Best regards, Peter

Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag on KTM 690 Enduro

Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag on KTM 690 Enduro

Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag on KTM 690 Enduro

Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag on KTM 690 Enduro

Paolo Cattaneo Circumnavigates Australia

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Adventure tour around Australia with Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Tank Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag
From Paolo in Australia: “I’m writing you to give you an update about my travels and about your products, that I’ve been using during my trip about Australia, that has come to a completion now, after 8 months on the road and roughly 40000km. I’ve pretty much started from Sydney and rode all around the perimeter of this continent, covering Tasmania and Ayers Rock as well.

I’ve been using the Siskiyou Panniers, and I’ve covered all sort of terrains, speeds and temperatures (above the zero). Australia gives you a vast range of possibilities to test yourself and your gear, in terms of variety of conditions, and I have to say I was very happy to have your products with me during my journey.

Overall, the robustness, flexibility and storage capability of the products are really remarkable, in my opinion. You guys have done a great job.

Tillamook Dry Bag served me very well too; Fandango Tank Bag was very handy and so the Zigzag Handlebar Bag.

I just wanted to say THANK YOU for making this journey of mine a pleasure. The past months riding with your equipment were great. So much better than the hard panniers!

You can go through my adventure also, via my Instagram account.
www.instagram.com/paoloinoz I’ve been posting a picture a day for the past 230 days, gaining a lot of followers and a lot of likes and reposts from all over the world and from other popular dual sport and adventure riding accounts.

Best regards,
Paolo Cattaneo
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Travelling around Australia

Video: How to Mount Coyote Saddlebag + MoJavi Saddlebag on Late Model KTM, Husqvarna Fenders

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Here’s how to use the loop of our custom-woven Ballistic nylon (included with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag and MoJavi Saddlebag) instead of the Fender Hooks to anchor the bag to the rear fender. Simply loosen the bolts holding the two halves of the rear fender together enough to thread the webbing between the upper fender and the under-fender support. Check webbing positioning: Saddlebag should sit right behind seat when side anchor straps are tensioned. Retighten bolts to sandwich webbing between fender components, positioned to anchor Saddlebag behind rear seat when side straps are tight. Thread webbing through underside of Saddlebag in pass through thumb-lock buckles – push the stiff webbing through and pull to tight to finish. When Saddlebag is not on bike, use buckle, wire tie or other simple method to prevent loose webbing ends from dangling into hot exhaust. Go light, go fast, go far!

Giant Loop Review: Australian Filmmaker Dave Darcy’s KTM 690 Enduro – Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Tank Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Columbia Dry Bag, Bushwackers Hand Guards

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KTM 690 Enduro with Giant Loop Soft Luggage

Columbia Dry Bag and Siskiyou Panniers on KTM 690 Enduro

GIANT LOOP – GEAR REVIEW – Siskiyou Panniers – Fandango Tank Bag Pro – Columbia Dryg Bag

We first used Giant Loop products to carry our gear from London to Sydney on our KTM 690s in 2012. We had a Great Basin on the back, some dry bags and a Fandango tank bag. This system worked really well. It was rider friendly, light, and could take the odd crash without falling to bits. Despite daily usage for four months, all the buckles and the straps and stitching remained intact with little if any sign of wear. If there were any sharp edges where we were mounting straps we covered them in gaffer tape to prevent chafing. Although I?ve up graded, my friends continue to use my original GL gear that took me on the big trip. It?s very popular with them and some of it will be used on our 2015 trip!

My next trip was an unsupported west east crossing of the Simpson Desert in 2014 and into the Flinders Ranges, a total of around 5,000 ks, of mostly dirt miles. I changed my setup slightly as we needed to carry heavy weights of water and fuel and I turned to the Siskiyou Panniers to keep the weight centralised and low. They fitted perfectly with my Pannier Racks. I upgraded to the Fandango Tank Bag Pro, that had improved access to my cameras and made charging accessories more streamlined. The great double zip mounting improved access to filling the petrol tank. They were topped with a double ended Tillamook Dry Bag. These doubled ended dry bags are excellent. Rather than rummaging around in a duffle bag trying to find what you want, you can quickly open either end. It sits perfectly atop the Siskiyou Panniers.

The only change for our south north crossing of the Simpson Desert this year is the addition of a Columbia Dry Bag. I used this bag last week end and it was brilliant (2nd picture below). It?s a double ended bag similar to the Tillamook with two additional features. A centralised handle so you can carry it like normal luggage and a webbed drying pocket to put those smelly or wet things in. Although not confirmed yet, I reckon in the desert sun this may become my mini drying room, but we?ll wait and see.

The Siskiyou Panniers copped a beating in the the first desert crossing and have now racked up over 10,000 hard kilometres. There are no signs of wear. I use GL water proof pods to make sure everything is kept dry. They are also handy to compartmentalise gear to make it easily accessible.

– Dave

PS: As the desert is cold for this ride in July we are going to try out some Bushwackers Hand Guards, I?ll keep you posted on how well they go.

Here?s a clip of the Simpson Desert Crossing, legitimate adventure riders that use and test adventure gear.

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.

3,000 Kilometers in Southern Europe on KTM 690 Enduro with Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Coyote Saddlebag, Rogue Dry Bag

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Email from UK adventure travel journalist Duncan McCallum about his May 2015 ride:

“The trip was a 3,000km mix of off-road and road trails, May 2015, in Provence, France, Corsica, Sardinia and the Italian Alps. Five out of the six bikes had GL products – mostly tank bags but Brian on the Yamaha XT660 also bought the Coyote Saddlebag and dumped his old system. They all saw my stuff from the last trip and went to Adventure Spec?[Giant Loop’s distributor in the United Kingdom]?to buy it.”

KTM 690 Enduro with Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Rogue Dry Bag

Northern Sardinia

KTM 690 Enduro with Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Rogue Dry Bag

Gap to the Verdon – Provence, France

KTM 690 Enduro with Giant Loop dual sport soft luggage

North Corsica

Yamaha XTZ660 Tenere with Giant Loop motorcycle soft luggage

Yamaha XTZ660 Tenere with Giant Loop motorcycle soft luggage in Sardinia

KTM 690 Enduro with Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Rogue Dry Bag

The Hare & The Tortoise – Sardinia

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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: 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?

Giant Loop Limited Edition MoJavi Saddlebag in ORANGE

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THEY’RE HEEEEEEEEEERE!

Limited Edition ORANGE MoJavi Saddlebag
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After multiple, repeated requests, Giant Loop produced a Limited Edition MoJavi Saddlebag in ORANGE – as shown on our dusty covered KTM 500 EXC fresh from the Desert 100 in Washington.

Only 50 of these special MoJavi Saddlebags were made, and they are available exclusively from Giant Loop. Price is $225 (same as the standard MoJavi Saddlebag). AS AN ADDED BONUS we are including a pair of our new GL Mounts – no additional charge.

Choose your options below: MoJavi Saddlebag only, MoJavi with Hot Springs Heat Shield, MoJavi with Labrador Dry Pods (set of 2) and MoJavi with Heat Shield and Dry Pods.?No other deals, discounts or special pricing apply to this Limited Edition MoJavi Saddlebag in Orange.

NOTE: If you already paid a deposit to reserve your Limited Edition ORANGE MoJavi Saddlebag, you will receive a PayPal invoice in your email for the remaining balance – do not order here!

Giant Loop Rider: Tolga Basol’s “Ride Must Go On” in USA

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Photo update from Tolga Basol’s “Ride Must Go On” travels around the world. For the past few months, he’s been in the USA after retrieving his KTM 1190 Adventure from British Columbia, Canada, where it was ocean-freighted from Asia. Tolga’s Siskiyou Panniers, Tillamook Dry Bag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag have been punished over the past the year on a journey that began in Turkey and spanned the continent of Asia off-road.

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

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

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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!

Cycle World magazine Baja 500 Surf & Turf with Pronghorn Straps
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: 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 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

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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: 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:

KTM 1190 Adventure w Siskiyou Panniers - rearview

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 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.

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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).

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Safe travels friends! See you on the trail!

Konflict Motorsports owner Alex Martens and wife Heather

 

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 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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