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Review: Dirt Rider Magazine’s Long-Term Kawasaki KLR 650 with Siskiyou Panniers

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Thanks Dirt Rider magazine for the “Long Haul Wrap-Up” on the 2014 Kawasaki KLR 650 with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers – we’re glad to see you’ve given them a proper thrashing and thorough test!

“Over the past year our KLR has been in the snowy Sierras, the dusty Baja desert, the jeep trails of Orange County, and the (scariest of all) the twisted maze of crazed motorists that is the Southern California freeway system. After all of the silt, sand, mud, nails, rocks, and texting motorists, this is how it fared.”

“Primary Use: Adventure Riding
Main Mods: Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers, Fastway Adventure Footpegs, Fasst Company Flexx Handlebar, FMF Powercore Muffler, Kenda Big Block Tires
Moments of Glory: Spending New Year’s Eve in La Paz and being back in SoCal for Anaheim 1
Forgettable Experience: Getting lost in Baja in search of tacos
Miles: 2,000+
Aftermath: One set of really worn-out Kenda Big Block tires, scuffed-up side panels from the panniers, changed oil”

Great long-term test! And if you would like to avoid the “scuffed-up side panels from the panniers,” simply install Giant Loop’s Vinyl Protective Film before riding 2,000+ miles with the Siskiyou Panniers.

Dirt Rider 2015 KLR 650 with Siskiyou Panniers

 

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Tech Tip: Fandango Tank Bag on BMW R1200GS by XLADV.com

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Thanks XLADV.com for the review and especially for mentioning zipper care (that’s one reason why your Fandango Tank Bag has served your well for so long)! The new Giant Loop Tank Bag Dry Pod fits all models of the Fandango and Diablo Tank Bag. Check out the new Fandango Pro Tank Bag with integrated electronics pass-through, concealed document pocket, bigger map pocket, rider-facing outside mesh pocket and more rider-friendly features. #golightgofastgofar

Giant Loop Review: Siskiyou Panniers in Dirt Rider’s “DR Tested”

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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.”

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Giant Loop’s Pronghorn Straps “Product of the Year – Under $25” by Dirt Rider Magazine

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Thank you Dirt Rider Magazine for naming Giant Loop’s Pronghorn Straps “Product of the Year – Under $25”!

Giant Loop Pronghorn Straps Dirt Rider Magazine Product of the Year

Giant Loop Pronghorn Straps Dirt Rider Magazine “Product of the Year- Under $25”

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.”

 

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 Review: Siskiyou Panniers on Dirt Rider’s Kawasaki KLR650 Test

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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.
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“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.”

DIRT RIDER NOV 2014 SISKIYOU PANNIERS KLR650

“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.”

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Giant Loop Review: Cycle World’s Yamaha WR250R Dual Sport Build

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Thanks to Cycle World for selecting Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag and Diablo Pro Tank Bag for their Yamaha WR250R dual sport project build!

“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.”

“LUGGAGE
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.”

For whole story, visit Cycle World Magazine – and remember to renew your subscription!

Giant Loop Review: ADVMOTO Magazine Article About A Trick BMW F800GSA, Belonging To The Man Behind Baja Rally

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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…”

Thanks Scotty!

 

 

Giant Loop Review: Thumperbay.com Wheelies Into Camp With Mojavi Saddlebag

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The riders over at Thumperbay.com went camping on a Honda CRF250L, with the Mojavi Saddlebag and wrote a great review on their blog.

 
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.”

 

 

Giant Loop Review: Dirt Bike Magazine Writes Up The Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag.

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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.”

 

 

Giant Loop Review: We Mounted A Trail Tech Voyager And Captured Our Tracks

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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…
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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.
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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.
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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!
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The best part was, all the ride stats were a click away and I could plainly see the route we traveled.
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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.
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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.

Giant Loop Reviews: Possibles Pouch In ADVMOTO Magazine

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Be prepared for all possibilities on the trail! ?Giant Loop’s new Possibles Pouch (named for the leather bags frontier explorers kept essentials, such as fire starting kit and ammunition) featured in?Adventure Motorcycle Magazine (AdvMoto)‘s May/June issue!
Giant Loop has introduced the Possibles Pouch as an addition to the company’s 2014 product line. The Possibles Pouch adds two liters of easy access storage to Giant Loop saddlebags and panniers-and just about any other secure attachment point on virtually any motorcycle make or model. ?Made in U.S. with vinyl-coated polyester Bomb Shell, a beefy YKK zipper protected by a storm flap, multiple MOLLE-style webbing lash points and reflective tabs for visibility, each Possibles Pouch includes two webbing and thumb-lock buckle straps, innertube, snacks, beverages, gloves and tools are among the many relatively small, lightweight items that fit perfectly into the pouch. The Possibles Pouch is backed by Giant Loops’ limited lifetime warranty. The possibles pouch and the entire Giant Loop collection are available from international distributors, as well as from a network of dealers through out the U.S. MSRP: $50.00
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