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GL Rider Danell Lynn featured in Triumph Motorcycles’ Spirit Magazine

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“The more people said ?you can?t?, the more I wanted to say ?yes I can?.? ? Danell Lynn, Black Tie 2 Black Top, Triumph Spirt Magazine

“Danell Lynn is aiming to gatecrash the Guinness World Records book for the longest journey in a single country on a motorcycle. The 30-something is part way through visiting every one of America?s 50 states, Canada and Alaska, on her 2006 Bonneville called Amelia.”

Danell Lynn in Triumph Motorcycles Spirit Magazine

Danell Lynn in Triumph Motorcycles Spirit Magazine

Check out the story at Triumph Spirit!

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:

Pronghorn Straps with Klamath Tail Rack Pack

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.

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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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 Rider: Kawasaki KLR650 in New Zealand with Coyote Saddlebag

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Pics and comments from customer Scott in New Zealand:

Just did a 6 day South Island New Zealand 2000+kl ride mainly off road with a coyote saddlebag on my tricked out gen 1 2007 Klr 650. The design is right on. When you lean your hips back and sideways on corners it’s real easy to just sit on the bag! And that thing didn’t budge the whole trip. Great design.

I’ve been spouting off on Klr owners with a pic of my bike and have gotten a lot of questions to what my bag is. So if you get any Klr orders of late, that’s probably from my post. Seems to be a lot of interest.

I hope to move back to Bend sometime but I gotta tell you, South Island New Zealand rivals Alaska. It’s amazing. Hard to leave that!
Cheers fellas.
Scott

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Giant Loop Rider: Adventure Trio’s Sandy Borden in Central America

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Sandy Borden Adventure Trio

Sandy Borden washes her face in Guatemala! Sandy, her husband Terry Borden and their teenage son Jack are the “Adventure Trio,” and the three of them are riding BMW GS from their home in northern California to the southernmost tip of South America. After a couple of months on the road, the Adventure Trio is in Central America now. Sandy’s using he Fandango Pro Tank Bag?you can see in the photo above – enhanced with a little Guatemalan-style bling. Follow their adventures here.

Giant Loop Racer: Lawrence Hacking’s Mongolia Rally in American Motorcyclist

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Canadian rider and Overland Adventure Rally organizer Lawrence Hacking’s article recounting his experiences racing the Mongolian Rally appear in the February 2015 issue of American Motorcyclist magazine, published by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). He rode a 2014 Honda CRF 450X with Giant Loop’s MoJavi Saddlebag throughout the rally, and here’s what he wrote about it: “To lighten the load on myself, I used the Giant Loop MoJavi bags to carry the heavy items that I would likely need to finish, such as tools and a spare inner tube.”

American Motorcyclist Lawrence Hacking Motorcycling in Mongolia

Motorcycling Mongolia by Lawrence Hacking in AMA magazine

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 Video: “The Eagles of Metal Horses” in Ecuador

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If this video doesn’t make you smile, then you need to check your pulse! Not your typical “here’s our motorcycle trip in Ecuador” kinda video, instead these guys shot a hilarious rock video throughout their trip! And, they’re riding with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebags . . .

Giant Loop Racers: Sheenans Finish Strong At “24 Hours of Starvation Ridge”

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Congratulations to GL racers Tracy Sheehan and Nick Sheehan for the strong finish in brutal conditions at the 24 hours of Starvation Ridge race! Looks like the Bushwackers Hand Guards came in handy.
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Here’s Tracy’s report: “Here’s a small recap of the race this weekend. Mud, lots of mud… Nick crashed and hurt his shoulder and midnight still went out for another night lap. I had some intermittent bike trouble. Nick placed 3rd overall. I placed 5th overall. It was a very challenging weekend, but overall we had a blast!! I truly Love my Bushwhacker Guards!”

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 Video: “Lost in the Pacific Northwest – Episode 3”

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Wiley Watson of Red Tide Pictures along with riders Kyle Redmond, Rory Sullivan and Ricky Russell bring you on a three part adventure series in the Pacific Northwest. The riders take their dirt bike skills deep into the thick forest?s remote places of the north with standard bikes; epic views, lost trail and mysterious mountains provide ample amounts of entertainment for the whole crew. Check out Episode 3 here?

Click play, hit expand button to display full screen, and sit back and enjoy the ride!

Giant Loop Rider: Black Tie 2 Black Top – Danell Lynn’s “1 Woman, 1 Bike, 1 Year, 50 US States + Canada”

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Black Tie 2 Black Top rider Danell Lynn's "1 Woman, 1 Bike, 1 Year, 50 US States + Canada"Danell Lynn stopped over in Bend for the night on her solo motorcycle tour.

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Her Triumph Bonneville is kitted out with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bag and Zigzag Handlebar Bag. She’s attempting a Guinness World Record for most miles ridden in a single country!

Follow her travels on Black Tie 2 Black Top.

Giant Loop Video: Lost In The Pacific Northwest ? Episode 2

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Wiley Watson of Red Tide Pictures along with riders Kyle Redmond, Rory Sullivan and Ricky Russell bring you on a three part adventure series in the Pacific Northwest. The riders take their dirt bike skills deep into the thick forest?s remote places of the north with standard bikes; epic views, lost trail and mysterious mountains provide ample amounts of entertainment for the whole crew. You’ll notice the MoJavi Saddlebags and Zigzag Handlebar Bags on their bikes – check out Episode 2!

Here’s a link to Dirt Rider Magazine’s video page!

Giant Loop Racer: Seat Time Host Brian Pierce Finishes 2014 Baja Rally on 1987 Suzuki SP 200 with MoJavi Saddlebag

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Seat Time host Brian Pierce thought his racing was done when he blew up his bike at this year’s BAJA RALLY – then he and his father got inspired and prepped his dad’s 27-year-old Suzuki SP 200 so he could finish the race!

Says Brian: “Here’s the 1987 Suzuki SP 200 with the GL MoJavi Saddlebag ready for the final day! our bags worked great. Let me know if you would like more pics of the SP 200 with them on there. It was the perfect way to use the bike you had to conquer a 300+ mile day in Baja.”

Congrats Brian – undaunted!

Here’s the recent Seat Time episode recapping this year’s Baja Rally:


“2014 Baja Rally Overall Winner Scott Bright joins us on the show and he’s followed up by Erek Kudla. The Baja Rally was a great experience and we would love the opportunity to attend again for Baja Rally 3.0.”

Giant Loop Video: “Lost In The Pacific Northwest – Episode 1” featuring Kyle Redmond, Rory Sullivan and Ricky Russell

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Wiley Watson of Red Tide Pictures along with riders Kyle Redmond, Rory Sullivan and Ricky Russell bring you on a three part adventure series in the Pacific Northwest. The riders take their dirt bike skills deep into the thick forest?s remote places of the north with standard bikes; epic views, lost trail and mysterious mountains provide ample amounts of entertainment for the whole crew. Note from Watson: “Every trail shot in the feature is entirely legal, although the story tells otherwise. But thats our job, to make the normal look not so normal! And if you know the area there are wolves!”

Read more at Dirt Rider!

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 Rider: GL Designer Explores Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route

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Giant Loop’s design director, Brian Frankle, recently joined up with a couple of local friends from Bend for an Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route adventure on his Suzuki DRZ400. Here are some of his pics and comments:

“Took a short 4 day trip on the moto on the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route. Rendezvoused with a few others on day 2 in Ukiah, Oregon. Other than great company, seeing a Bighorn Sheep along the South Fork of the John Day River was a highlight.”

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As a long-distance runner and through-hiker (just finish 5th in Pine to Palm 100, he’s hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, etc.) Brian’s an ultralight packer. On this trip he’s living the life of luxury with the Great Basin Saddlebag and Pannier Pockets on his DRZ400.

“Bridge Creek Wildlife Area outside of Ukiah, Oregon. Wildlife Count: 3 cows.”

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Our friend and customer Patrick used the Coyote Saddlebag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag on his Honda CRF250L.

“PK at Olive Lake Umatilla National Forest. Olive Lake is a reservoir that provided water and turned the generators at Fremont Power House…which in turn, supplied power to the largest Dredge used for gold mining in North America which sits in Sumpter, Oregon.”

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Oregon had it’s own version of the Gold Rush.

“The Dredge in Sumpter, Oregon.”

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GL friend and customer Dave packed the Coyote Saddleabg and Fandango Pro Tank Bag on his Yamaha WR250.

“Lunch stop, throttle cable repair, and opening day for Bow Season. Lots of hunters out and about. Malheur National Forest.”

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Brian definitely applies our philosophy of “go light, go fast, go far” to his camping gear.

“Find sticks, make shelter. Ochoco National Forest.”

 

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 Rider: Swamp’s Continental Divide Tour on BMW G650 X-Challenge

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Continental Divide Trail on BMW G650GS X-Challenge

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Swamp is a serious adventurer who’s ridden all over the Americas on dual sport bikes. Here’s the intro his latest “Mexico to Canada: Solo on the Continental Divide” with the Coyote Saddlebag, Zigzag Handlebar Bag and Pronghorn Straps:

“After having one of my motorcycles confiscated by a band of illiterate, Ecuadorian customs officials in early July 2014. I returned home and started piddling around with my 2007 BMW G650 X Challenge. Changing the oil, oil filter, air filter; installing new tires and some other modifications and tweaks. The bike had previously received no love from me. I just rode it, never washed it, rarely changed the oil, never changed the filters. Every time I rode it I would try to rag the motor out. It never complained. Never boiled over. Never leaked. Anything.

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Swamp keeping it the “Go Light, Go Fast, Go Far” way, solo on the Continental Divide Trail

I usually like white bikes but the paint on THIS one (yes, its paint not just white plastics) always bothered me so I sanded the plastics down and put a few coats of green paint on it. The bike seemed to say ?Jeez, finally!? I let it set for a few weeks. Only riding it down to the river a few times to go fishing.

On July 20th I woke up, made coffee and walked outside. It was foggy; pretty thick. ?Ya, I think I?m going to ride the Continental Divide?.

Coyote Saddlebag on BMW G650

New Mexico mud

Five days later, July 25th both the X-Challenge and I were riding through the border town of El Paso Texas then working our way into New Mexico where we would meet up with the Continental Divide trail near Hurley/ Silver City. As far as planning and preparations went, well; I ?prepared? for maybe two hours. I had some containers for extra gasoline, one pair of socks, one pair of underwear (wearing both ), a rain jacket, batteries, flash light, small air compressor, some tools, a knife, a lighter, harmonica, protein bars, a trash bag and a camping rig the size of a football. Basically the same shit I?ve carried with me for eight or nine years now.”

BMW G650 X-Challenge on solo Continental Divide Trail

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Lost on the Continental Divide Trail

“I LOST MY TAG SOMEWHERE ON THE WAY TO CUBA NEW MEXICO. THE TAG IS A BARBER MOTORSPORTS TAG THAT HAS ?SWAMP? AS THE NUMBER. IF YOU FIND IT SEND ME AN EMAIL: SWAMP@ENDUROEARTH.COM”

Here’s Swamp’s comments about the Giant Loop gear in the conclusion of his ride report:

“Giant Loop Coyote bag (giantloopmoto.com) : I?ve had this bag for a few years now and its still holding up despite having the hell beat out of it. The Giant Loop guys have treated me well and have always answered the phone and returned my calls and e-mails. Their customer service is excellent and I believe that their products are excellent. The bag is just that, a bag. Put whatever you can fit in it, its not complicated. On this ride I lashed an extra 1/2 gallon of gas to the top of the bag with no problems using a set of pronghorn straps. The Coyote is the perfect size for this ride.. however I found it strange that I rode The American Flesh Eater Route from California to Alabama (1 month ride) using the smallest giant loop bag (the mojavi) but used a larger bag for this ride.”

“Also, the Pronghorn Straps are friggin’ sweet! Probably my favorite “new thingys” for the bike lately.”

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE >

Coyote Saddlebag on BMW G650 - Continental Divide Trail

End of the Trail

 

 

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.

KTM 950 w alternative Great Basin strap attachment

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!

Giant Loop Rider: Simone Prepares For His Ride To Manupuner, Russia

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Manpupuner Express
By Simone Canizzo

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In collaboration with Giant Loop Motorcycle Packing Systems, Caberg Helmets and Rieju Motorcycles

The journey
I admit that the idea of ??reaching this remote place on the Ural Mountains is not mine, but of Nicholas Codognola the editors of Motorcycle Racing, which has also provided the logo of the shipment. In front of a sandwich (biker …) tells me about this mystical place, difficult to reach and even to be found on maps. It then performs the grave mistake of showing it on his smartphone, along with other information gathered by them in turn when he discovered its existence.

As always, the trips are born from the desires for me, and these are completely free to wander through my brain lobes, with a guarantee of absolute impunity.

And here I am, about two months later, to have simply decided that I want to go there and get to the nearest place where you can put the wheels.

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The journey is divided into two parts: the first 95% and the remaining measly 5%.

For the second part I could take much longer than the first.

Indicatively, the path included in the first 95% will be:

? Italy
? Austria (Graz and Vienna)
? Slovakia (visit the main castles and tents pitched in national parks)
? Romania (“Transylvania, Transylvania station …”)
? Moldova (Republic of Transnistria and of the self-crossing: For years I want their money with a hammer and sickle, impossible to change or spend elsewhere if not in their status as the largest municipality of Pavia)
? Ukraina
? Russia (Moscow) certification that the girlfriend returns to Italy with a comfortable airliner, big sigh and departure to the East

Last 5%:

The Manpupuner is located in a natural park, so it is possible that I am able to bring the vehicle under one of the giants of stone.

However, it makes a difference which side you look at the lens.

The park of the Pechora-Ilyc extends primarily to the west of the site, thus obliging the reckless rider, after a journey of about 1000 km due east from Moscow, to leave the beloved zigzag through mud, rocks and curves not reported for a boat first and then just walk away. Respectively, are 250 kilometers to go on a boat up the river, then venture into the jungle for another 40 strictly on foot.

That’s interesting. vPer? ….

I have found that a climber has reached (and climbed …) one of the giants coming from the south, passing over Ekateryneburg and reaching Ivdel. The essay is then activated a GPS tracker, saving the path to the plateau. 200 miles to go, but overlaying the track to Google Maps, you can see the trails that are very close to Manpupuner, to the edge of the park, just 6 kilometers from the rock formations.

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The idea is then to arrive from the south and grapple in the 200 miles of mud, river crossings and forest to get up to on two wheels where possible.
Then tie the bike to a tree, make a full day of hiking to reach the place longed for, take a terabyte of photos, go back to the bike, turn it, give it gas for 5000 miles to the view of the East Freeway

All of this is independent of the total lack of clear information about the possibility of facing “legally” the road to the north of Ivdel until Manpupuner. But “legally”, in Russia, it is an elastic term.

Criticality

One of the most challenging aspects is the part to drive over Ivdel, since I would not be the first to deal with it in motion, but you will find all the information about recommended to go as part of a shipment and a support vessel, immediately behind, to carry food and water. And gasoline.

manu mud bike

Climber on the map indicate the points where you can stock up on water, I’ll see how the rest get organized before leaving the dirt road toward the plateau.

manu river road

Also, after about 100 miles, you will cross a place where many years ago a group of experienced climbers found dead in order to say the least original: without language, almost without clothes even though it was February, escaped from the tents hastily cutting them from ‘interior with numerous fractures and interior with no signs of bruising. The friendly event is easily readable even on Wikipedia at this link …… and the way that I will go there exactly in the middle.

average

The trip, the photos and the post will be re-launched on ………

I have with me Canon professional products, two action cam, Caberg helmets and equipment Giant Loop.

Will be published daily on a post on a platform to define, spread via Twitter with a special hashtag, some pictures and a video pill (without editing) every 1 or 2 days.

Will be given the space to the impressions of a passenger, female, who until two years ago was convinced that the adventure was “anything more than Bordighera.” And always on four sturdy wheels.

The partners will be able to resume the materials on any media (traditional or electronic).

At the end of the trip, will produce a mini-documentary about the expedition of about 15 minutes, spread over the network through institutional channels Youtube.
the half

They are known to be an avid 50ini, but in this case I really could not help but add a few cubic centimeters, given the presence of a passenger to Moscow. The choice fell on the Tango 250, kindly provided (with a mountain of proxies translated into 15 languages ??included) to Rieju Italy.

manu bike

It ‘an appropriate means for the length of the journey and for that last 5%?

Obviously, no. And that’s why I like it.

who are they:

My name is Simon, I have worked in IT for about 15 years but with an eye often turned to the engineering of corporate events and their management (ING Direct, MV Agusta, DHL are just some of my clients).

When I stopped on the role of my first life, I found myself driving on 2 or 4 wheels, making travel increasingly long and increasingly less appropriate to the means used. Just to name a few, on 4 wheels I made a trip from Milan to Ulanbatoor with a Citroen AX, from Milan to Tokyo with a Fiat Uno and from Milan to Sydney with a Fiat 500. Staying on love 2 wheels, as well as traveled in throughout Europe, I made a trip to Morocco and South Africa-Egypt with a Honda Africa Twin 750 and went up in Kazakhstan via Russia and returning to Iran. Turning to small cubage, I went to Milan to Dakar with a Honda SH 50. My business is probably more interested in what was done between 2011 and 2012: from Cape Horn to Alaska with a Beta RR 50cc. 36.260 kilometers that I have earned the Guinness World Record for the longest journey ever made by the means of most small displacement.

The report of the Fuego2ice, the name of the last company, has been published extensively in the journal Motorcycling, on their official website and on my blog (with about 32,000 active members) connected to the Facebook group.

The event gave a tangible visibility and constant, for about 9 months, the partners and sponsors of the project (Betamotor, Toucan, Arai, Canon, Ber Racing, Ceva to name a few) through the press and social networks.