Roadrunner Motorcycle Touring & Travel magazine’s February 2015 issue features a tasty adventure in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia on a Beta 498 RR kitted with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddleabag, Diablo Tank Bag with Pannier Pockets and Fender Bag. Thanks Zac Kurylyk – great “Reader Ride” story!
Dirt Rider Magazine‘s December issue features Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers in a “DR Tested” long-term use review, written after using them in Baja and months of riding off-road and city commuting. Dirt Rider concludes: “Other than being super dusty, after months of use the Siskiyou Panniers are no worse for the wear and have served as an essential overnight riding gear pack as well as been a huge help with commuting duties. Also, since they are not bike-specific and are super adjustable, these could be the only panniers you’ll need ? even if you have multiple bikes.”
Dirt Rider writes: “We can always use straps, whether on the trail or just to secure the load in an overstuffed truck bed. These super simple, seemingly infinitely stretchable straps have held tight for hundreds of miles of off-road riding. They can secure a headlight, strap down a fender pack, hold down fully loaded panniers, and even hold a broken boot together.”
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!
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.”
Thanks Dirt Rider magazine for kitting out your 2014 Kawasaki KLR650 test bike with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers! In the November 2014 issue’s “Getting Lost On Purpose – 2014 Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition,” it looks like you put the bike – and our Siskiyou Panniers to a proper test in Baja, Mexico.
“There are plenty of safe, controlled, and calculated ways that we could have tested Kawasaki’s big dual-sport bike. Commutes, jeep roads, and mild off-road trails would have been fine, and we did ride the KLR650 in this capacity. Yet riding it 216 miles into Mexico and down the Baja Peninsula, getting lost, riding 55-plus miles of the Baja 500 racecourse, ripping down the beach, and riding back home sounded a tad more exciting. So that’s just what we did.”
“Before heading south of the border we put on a few products to make the trip more managable. . . . We also put on a pair of Kenda Big Block tires, Fastway Adventure footpegs, and Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers to hold all of our gear.”
“A 250 is not everyone?s idea of an adventure bike, but the simplicity, lightness, and agility of a small bike will get you to more places with less work than any of the big guns. You must commit to the 60?65-mph cruise and ?lack? of luxury. What you get back is going places no GS dares to tread. The $6,690?Yamaha?WR250R is a great platform, with a capa?ble chassis and lots of snap from its revvy motor. But it needs mods for high-performance distance travel. Our goal was to build a bike that could, for example, be ridden from LA to Moab and then stripped and re-geared at a campsite for real enduro-style exploring. Total cost for all mods is high, but this is meant as a guide to show benefits of each change so readers can make their own decision on what?s important to them.”
The best hard-core saddlebag and tank bag solution we?ve found is from Giant Loop. Coyote 39-liter saddlebags (giantloopmoto.com, $360) attach securely without using heavy metal racks and come with a heat shield to protect from exhaust heat (we added a second). Capacity is huge and three waterproof liner bags are included. Diablo Pro tank bag adds 4 liters up front ($210) and has a clear map pocket with a power cord inlet for devices. Zippered base has a fuel-cap cutout, meaning the bag can flip out of the way for easy refueling.”
ADVMOTO Magazine has a big article where Scotty Bloom, producer of the Baja Rally, wrote about the “Ultimate Riding Machine”, a BMW F800GSA setup with a long list of off road must haves!
He had this to say about Giant Loop’s packing system:
“The Giant Loop Siskiyou soft luggage solution has a few benefits over its hard box counterparts, namely weight and durability, and it passed the waterproof test on our first day in the field. The Siskiyou package comes with a pair of waterproof liners, keeping out even more rain…”
A Quote from the review
” …I spent some time in the garage getting the saddlebags fitted to the bike. They come with lots of extra webbing, to accomodate a wide variety of bikes I suppose, but for my purposes they present a lot of unessesary bulk and complication. After some some quick modifications, I came up with what I think is a clean, easy method to get them on and off the bike.
I am impressed with the build quality of the saddlebags, Giant Loop says they are manufactured with a kind of ‘truckers tarp’ that is extremly strong and durable. They seem well made to me.
After that it was time to experiment with what all could be fit inside them. One thing that was immediately apparent was just how suprisingly small they are. I guess this is both a blessing and a curse.”
The Coyote Saddlebag and KTM 350EXC are a match made for the trail. This a nice youtube.com review from an offroad dual sport rider.
Thanks for riding Giant Loop!
Dirt Bike magazine’s June issue (dirtbikemagazine.com) sums up the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag: “BOTTOM LINE: If you’re one of those riders that has issues with a conventional tank or tail bag, the Giant Loop Buckin’ Roll system may be the hot ticket. It’s the least intrusive bag going today. It would make a nice addition to a tail bag or backpack, and while the $235 price tag gets your attention, the ability to cover some ground on your machine and carry enough goods to survive without killing the handling of the machine makes the Giant Loop Buckin’ Roll a focused and positive adventure/dual-sport product.”
Our friends at Trailtech have equipped our bikes with a?Voyager, the trail rider’s GPS, for our up and coming Summer Lake ride. I have ridden with my old Trailtech computer on my bike since I got my first KTM, an ’01 400 EXC. Back then, there was only one Trailtech computer, the Endurance, which I put on that bike to keep track of my hours, mileage and speed. ?When I sold the EXC, I kept the Trailtech and mounted it on my KTM 950 for a lighter and smaller speedo/odo that I was familiar with. Wouldn’t you know it, after years of service, the screen just faded away and the light didn’t come on anymore when the bike rolled. ?Normally, its never this simple, but I just had to throw another battery in and it was back in action!
Always been happy with my Trailtech, but I have been behind the times…
Trailtech has improved their computers over the years and now offer several models, including the GPS enabled Voyager. I had seen the Voyager at events and on other riders’ bikes, but had no first hand experience, so I was excited to get my hands on one and start capturing tracks! ?The package was complete with several pieces of hardware for mounting to 7/8′ and 1-1/8″ handle bars, several electrical cables for sensors and power, instructions for mounting all the cables, a miniSD chip to USB adapter and a CD with “Ride Leader”, Trailtech’s GPS mapping software for GPX files.
My plan was time limited so I decided to mount the Voyager to our Honda XR650R, attach the power and RPM cables, then go run the baby in GPS mode for Speedo and Tracks. ?The first thing to do was find room on the bars, then find convenient power to tap into.
I checked the voltage regulator for wire colors and dug out the headlight plug to compare. ?The wires were easy to splice into and I used bullet connectors compatible with the existing wiring to make the junctions.
Once I hooked up power and the RPM sensor was wrapped around the spark plug lead, I was ready to button up the project and get down the trail.
After a few miles of action, I had breadcrumbs on the map screen and the unit was calculating average speed and time traveled. Stoked!
The best part was, all the ride stats were a click away and I could plainly see the route we traveled.
Back at the shop, I exported the ride to the on-board SD chip and plugged it into my computer. Opening Ride Leader and uploading the tracks from the SD chip were straight forward and the next thing I knew, there was our ride route, plotted across the map.
All in all a great experience and I look forward to capturing more tracks and navigating with the Voyager.
I still have a coolant temp and wheel speed sensors on the bench and will install them next time I take the tank off.
Dirt Bike Magazine is usually on the top of our magazine pile, in the Giant Loop Library. We blogged about the Pronghorn Straps getting reviewed in their January issue. Now, in May’s issue, our all new?Buckin’ Roll is getting the write up, found in their Adventure, The Goods section.
“The Buckin? Roll tank bag packing system from Giant Loop consists of three components, which can be used individually or in any combination: ?mounting harness, center tool case and Pannier Pockets. The system features water-resistant YKK zippers, Nylike webbing, reflective accents for visibility and are made in the USA.”
I still gander at Dirt Bike’s Feb coverage, reviewing the KTM 350EXC and Beta 450RS, having gotten a taste for Betas while in Italy last November, for Eicma. The Adventure section in that Feb issue also had an article called “DR Done Right”, about or friends at?Seat Concepts rebuild of their crusty old Suzuki DR650 into a proper big-bore 790cc dual sport bike with?Baja Designs?Squadron. Pretty cool project and reminds me that we has one of those “vintage air-cooled” motos in the GL stable, a late 90’s Honda?XR600R. Better not get too many ideas from that article…
Thanks BMW Owners News, for including Giant Loop’s?Siskiyou Panniers?in the April issue’s soft luggage roundup!
Here is a key point made in the review:
“The Siskiyou Panniers are narrow and ride high enough to not catch on rocks, trees or bushes, when the trail gets tight. Since they are so narrow, it is easy to forget they are back there.”
“Every year I go with friends on an off-road adventure ride in southern Oregon. This year I was going to take a [Ducati] Multistrada, and I had it on the lift to install a set of Continental TKC 80 ?off-road tires. The [Ducati] Panigale was on the lift right next to it. One of my buddies stopped by, saw the two bikes side by side, and said, ‘You should put those TKC 80s on the Panigale and take that.’ I said, ‘Why, yes, I should.” ? Arun Sharma, “Me & My Bike,” Motorcyclist magazine, March 2014
Sharma strapped a first-generation Great Basin Saddlebag on his modified superbike, and he and his friends took their annual dirt roads tour in Giant Loop’s own backyard. In the photo, Sharma’s at Fremont Point, overlooking Summer Lake, where Giant Loop goes for our annual customer appreciation ride.
Ducati’s Quentin Wilson (who took the photo of Sharma) has been riding with the Great Basin Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag on his bike (Ducati Streetfighter, fly-and-ride trip to Italy to tour on a Ducati Multistrada, etc.) since Giant Loop first introduced these bags.
Now that’s our kind of crazy! Go light. Go fast. Go far.
“Giant Loop Rubber Boa Straps: $25. Specifically designed to hook onto dirt bike fenders, now there is no excuse to not have that spare tube, tool pack or submarine sandwich.” – Dirt Rider magazine, March 2014
In their latest issue,?Cycle News?gave digital ink to the Possibles Pouch,?in the CN Stuff section. Check out?Cycle News and their online motorcycle racing magazine. It has always been my go-to magazine for the latest news and photos of motorcycle racing action. Be it the local, regional, national or international racing series Cycle News has write ups and results. There are currently Dakar 2014 updates on the front page of their site and who doesn’t want to know who is leading the Dakar!??Thanks Cycle News!
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.”
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!
“Every motorcyclist needs a handful of these multi-purpose, stretch-polyurathane straps with virtually unbreakable fasteners. They are sold in packages of two and available in three color-coded lengths. The gray color is 16 inches, the orange is 20 inches and red is 26 inches. They’re adjustable from 4 inches all the way out to 26 inches.”
Thanks DirtBike Magazine!
Thanks BMW Owners News magazine for including Giant Loop’s Rogue Dry Bag and Tillamook Dry Bag in the December issue’s Gift Guide!
“Packing innovator Giant Loop’s Rogue Dry bag (17 liters, $73) and Tillamook Dry Bag (38 liters, $89) add 100 percent waterproof double-ended gear storage to virtually any on- or off-road motorcycle. Made in USA of 18-oz. polyurethane with RF-welded seams and reflective daisy chains. Backed by a limited lifetime warranty. All the info is at www.giantloopmoto.com and also 458-206-9113.”
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 attended the 2013 KTM Adventure Rally in Steamboat Springs, last September. Dirt Bike Magazine was also there, since it was the first chance to demo ride the new KTM 1190 Adventure and Adventure R. While there, they covered some of the innovative products on vendor row and found our new Rubber Boa Straps. Dirt Bike said in their current issue: “Several riders used Giant Loop’s specialized bungees to hold stuff down. Clean and sano.”
Thanks Dirt Bike Magazine!
Thanks Cycle News for including Giant Loop’s Rubber Boa Straps in?the Oct. 22 issue’s “Stuff” section!
“Giant Loop’s Rubber Boa Straps apply dynamic tension with a stretch elastic shock cord and a simple locking slot, creating a dead-solid connection between plastic fenders and relatively small and lightweight gear, even in demanding off-road terrain. Adventure motorcyclists can confidently put the squeeze on a spare inner tube, tools, water or other essential gear. Available in a package of two, they are made in the USA from military-spec 1/4-inch shock cord with heavy-duty injection molded fender hooks and fit most standard dirt bike plastics.” ? Cycle World magazine, “Stuff,” October 22, 2013
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.
“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!
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.
“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
Thanks Dirt Bike magazinefor including Giant Loop’s Zigzag Handlebar Bag in the August 2013 issue’s “Adventure – The Goods” gear roundup! Go light, go fast.
Giant Loop Zigzag Handlebar Bag
Giant Loop’s smallest offering is the Zigzag handlebar bag. It works as a dirt bike glovebox for your registration and insurance cards, wallet, phone and other small items. It’s made from military-spec materials and features an internal, mesh, zippered pocket. The Zigzag’s 1.5-liter volume makes it perfect for technical riding, and it’s backed by a lifetime warranty. Price: $49 Contact www.giantloopmoto.com
? “Adventure – The Goods,” Dirt Bike magazine, August 2013
Thanks Dirt Bike magazine for including Giant Loop’s Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag in the July issue’s “Adventure – The Goods” round up! See you on the trail – go light, go fast, go far!
Giant Loop Buckin Roll Tank Bag
The Buckin Roll tank bag by Giant Loop is designed for tower-shaped motorcycle fuel tanks, such as the large capacity IMS or Acerbis models. Keep all essentials handy for dual-sport and adventure touring excursions with the featured two side compartments with 1.5-liter capacity and one center compartment with .5-liter capacity, wich is ideal to stow a small camera. The Buckin Roll bag mounts securely in seconds with the built-in straps and is out of the way when standing on the pegs.
Thanks Dirt Rider for spotlighting Giant Loop’s Diablo Tank Bag in the magazine’s July 2013 issue! The Diablo hauls the groceries, for sure, but it also makes it a lot harder to say, “I can’t carry anything, I’m on my dirt bike.” Go light, go fast, go far!
“Giant Loop Diablo Tank Bag: $164 – With its universal fit, water-resistant construction and four liters of storage space, it’s harder to say, ‘I can’t grab milk on the way home, I’m on my bike.’ www.giantloopmoto.com, 458-208-9113” ? Dirt Rider magazine, “Gear Bag,” July 2013
A huge thank you to Giant Loop rider Ian Reid, whose 2006 KTM 450 EXC is featured in the November issue of Dirt Rider in the “Reader’s Bike Test” – with Giant Loop’s MoJavi Saddlebag and Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag!
Dirt Rider editor-at-large Jimmy Lewis writes, “Adding to the charm was the heavily scratched-up bodywork, minimal flash or fanfare and some well-used Giant Loop bags to carry tools and additional camera equipment.”