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.
Video: Coyote Saddlebag
The ORIGINAL rackless biomorphic horseshoe saddlebag for dual sport motorcycles, the Coyote Saddlebag is the updated version of the bag that launched Giant Loop in 2008. Made in USA. 100% waterproof. It’s the choice for hardcore off-road expeditions on dirt, dual sport – and adventure bikes. Carry gear for multi-day trips – and still work the entire saddle. Rides on rear fender and/or tail rack. Straps on to dirt bikes and dual sport motorcycles, no passenger pegs required. As Cycle World wrote: “The best hard-core saddlebag and tank-bag solution we’ve found is from Giant Loop…. There are cheaper solutions to carrying stuff, but these American-made pieces have been over mountains and across deserts with no issues.” (Cycle World Magazine, November 2015)
Video: Mojavi Saddlebag
Video overview of Giant Loop’s Mojavi Saddlebag. Take a load off with the MoJavi Saddlebag! Improve rider endurance and comfort by taking the weight out of a backpack and putting it on your dirt bike, dual sport or supermoto motorcycle. Specifically designed to carry just the essentials needed for a day trip or trail ride, the MoJavi Saddlebag is the slim, trim bag for inner tubes, tools, fluids and other “save a ride” necessities. Straps on. Stays on. No matter what.
Video: Great Basin Saddlebag
Video overview of Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag. We pioneered the concept of the horseshoe-shaped, biomorphic motorcycle saddlebag design with our original Giant Loop Saddlebag, and the Great Basin was introduced in 2009 as a virtually universal soft luggage solution, fitting almost any motorcycle make/model designed to carry a passenger.
Recent email from customer Peter who rides a KTM 690 Enduro equipped with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag:
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
Email from customer: “Hi, love my Coyote Saddlebag mounted on the KTM 500 EXC but the downside to every trip is my stuggle with the zipper. Man I get pissed. Am I missing something? Any way to make it operate easier? Thanks, C”
Dang, sorry to hear your zipper is giving you fits. Some things to try:
* Wash the Saddlebag with warm, soapy water, give it good rinse and let it air dry. Dirt and dust particles are usually the biggest challenges for zippers.
* Lubricate the zippers. There are commercially available zipper lube products, but often a little soap, wax or even lip balm will help.
* When you get into the bag, first roll the storm flap back out of the way, then roll the flap back over the zipper to keep it protected after you close the bag.
* Avoid over packing. When the Saddlebag is not stuff drum tight, the zippers are much easier to manage. Consider using our Possibles Pouches to add external pockets, or a Rogue Dry Bag to expand the Saddlebag – compartmentalizing gear makes it easier to access the things you need during the day of riding and helps prevent the zipper from buckling being tightly stuffed.
If you’ve tried everything, then there is an outside chance that you got a defective zipper. If you think this is the case, please print, fill out and include a copy of the attached warranty and repair return form with your CLEAN bag. Use RMA # [today’s date]. If there is a defect, we will repair or replace the Tank Bag at no charge to you.
Thank you for choosing Giant Loop for your adventures,
Tech Tip: Adventure Proof Packing Systems + Gear for Adventure Touring, Dual Sport, Enduro Motorcycles
We design our adventure proof saddlebags, tank bags, tail bags, fender bags, tool pockets, dry bags, dry duffels to integrate as a modular, customizable packing system, enabling motorcycle riders to add and subtract bags to adjust for bike type, riding conditions and gear loads. These handy charts illustrate how all of the components fit together.
Cory and his buddies recently enjoyed an “epic” dual sport tour in Northern California!
Hello at Giant loop,
I thought I’d send you a few shots from our most recent adventure from the lost coast. Epic 400 mile two day ride with fantastic weather and terrain conditions. Thanks for the great gear. I put it through the ringer with brush, rocks, mud and an exit or two in the in a mud hole and on the gravel. Performed awesome. The waterproof liner for the Klamath tail pack fit perfectly and after several water crossings and a swim in the mud I opened it a the end of the day to find a puddle of water on top of the liner and my wallet, phone, and spare goggles dry as a bone. Look forward to lots more use as our riding season here on the lost coast is just getting started. You guys make it down this way and we’ll take you on a giant loop of our own.
Corey and the riders of the lost coast.
P.s. The pannier pockets with a 1.8 liter platypus hoser hydration bladder worked awesome, back up 1 liter on the other side. 1st ride without a pack on my back! It made a huge difference at the end of the day.
Thanks Rider Magazine for including Giant Loop’s Kiger Tank Bag and Pronghorn Straps in the December issue’s Holiday Gift Guide. We especially appreciate that they were chosen based on Rider editor’s experiences using our gear!:
“Giant Loop, started in 2008 and based in Bend, Oregon, designs and manufactures soft luggage and accessories for dual-sport/adventure riding. Some of GL’s tough, versatile luggage we’ve tested over the years, like its Fandango Tank Bag and horseshoe-shaped Great Basin Saddlebag, remains go-to gear when we head into the backcountry. But you don’t need a bike with knobbies to take advantage of GL’s no-nonsense designs and rugged, mil-spec construction. We used the 9-liter Kiger Tank Bag ($290) on a weeklong, rain-soaked tour of Italy and then strapped it on our Yamaha FJ-09 long-term test bike. We like its zipperless clamshell opening, touchscreen-friendly map pocket and removable waterproof Dry Pod bag. And GL’s Pronghorn Straps, made of super-tough stretch polyurethane with unbreakable fasteners (available in 16-, 20- and 26-inch lengths, two per package, $16-20), are some of the strongest, most versatile straps we’ve used for securing cargo to a bike.”
UPDATE: November 6, 2015
Apologies. Our manufacturing partner temporarily has put production of our fuel bladders on hold. We’re hopeful that we will have a revised design from them in the coming weeks, and that we will have production units ready to ship early in 2016. Thanks for your patience – innovation presents unique challenges.
Giant Loop Fuel Safe Bladders conveniently transport 1 gallon of hydrocarbon fuel for power sports in collapsible welded film containers that weigh less than 1 pound and roll up flat when empty. The MoJavi Fuel Safe Bladder is designed specifically to fit in the side pockets of Giant Loop saddlebags.
“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 heat shields to protect from the hot muffler. 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. There are cheaper solutions to carrying stuff, but these American-made pieces have been over mountains and across deserts with no issues.”
? ADV Lite, Cycle World Magazine, November 2015
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Balint wrote in and shared pictures from his recent European tour. Check out how he is using the cable lock pass through for security!
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,
Thanks for the great pics and for riding Giant Loop!
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
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 …”
He even breaks down his whole load and describes the utility of each piece.
This is the list of bike spares he carries:
*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
*Electrical Tape, Rescue Tape
*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
*1 qt Oil
*Wallet Sized Multi-Meter
Hadn’t heard of the Crank Brothers pump and I like its quality.
Thanks for the great review and tips Hodakaguy!
Here is the Press Release:
From: Baja Rally
Date:07/08/2014 9:13 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: Baja Rally
Subject: IMPORTANT NOTE: FUEL RANGE EXTENDED
Riders and Crews-
Due to at least one lengthy route on the BAJA RALLY 2.0, we will have a 205 mile (329km) special where we may not have a gas stop set up between 2 points 147mi apart. Its a situation we cant be sure of solving.
Therefore, the minimum gas range for riders and bikes has been raised to 150 miles indefinitely. Some riders will need to carry extra fuel on certain stages.
The Giant Loop Mojavi Bag has been used widely in rallies all over the world for riders to carry water, tools and gas. These are lightweight easy to use saddle bags to carry up to a gallon of liquids. Riders are using TouraTech’s 2 liter bottles on each side of the Mojavi in some cases.
I realize this is going to effect a few riders right off the bat and wanted to make sure everyone has enough notice to respond to the changes.
I welcome your phone call or email reply to discuss this further if needed or answer any questions you might have. Don’t hesitate to call 858 342-8222.
Giant Loop owner, Harold, has returned to his ancestral home of Norway, for some motorbiking and family vacation.
The first pictures are coming in, so I share them here.
His motorbike guide is Elving Stolli, who has loaned Harold a Honda Africa Twin.
Harold took a Fandango Tank bag Pro and Great Basin Saddlebag for this fly and ride.
Trontoppen- Norway’s second highest road
Packing up camp
Turkish filmmaker Tolga Basol has started his ’round the world journey and documentary project Ride Must Go On! He is on a bike supplied by KTM, an 1190 AdventureR with Fandango Tank Bag Pro, Siskiyou Panniers, Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bags and Pannier Pockets. Check out how he has the Pannier Pockets low mounted on his engine guards.
Noah is transferring his KTM 690 Enduro to Indonesia, by boat. He had to lock up his Siskiyou Panniers, by order of the boat captain, so here is his solution.
Noah posted on our ADVrider thread, “I had to put my girl onto a Vegetable boat today bound for Indonesia. They said I can leave my bags on her, but I should secure them. My solution was to find some wire rope and crimps. I ran a string through the bags to find the desired length, then cut the wire rope accordingly. Obviously this will not stop someone determined to get into the bags, but it will slow them down. You can also lock the zipper closed using the loop inside where the buckle is. I had to use a round file on the zipper pull to fit the padlock through.”
Jenny Morgan has completed the Hellas Rally!
She rode the Rally-Raidproducts.co.uk built “LC4-50”, equipped with Coyote Saddlebag, from Jolly Old England to the event in Greece. She raced the event with support from Torque Racing and now will be riding/camping it back home again. This is the big test for the KTM690 Enduro, turned into a 450cc Rally Replica with a specially designed conversion kit. The goal of the conversion kit is to give Privateer Rally Racers a stone reliable and easy to handle FIM and ASO legal rally bike. A bike that can be ridden all year, plus survive the rigors of racing Dakar, without requiring major service to the engine internals.
Go Jenny and thanks for riding Giant Loop!!
The new 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure and Adventure R are great bikes for travel and camping. Our friends in Australia and South Africa could buy it months before our EPA had given KTM approval to import them into the US. Therefore, the first sightings of an 1190 Adventure, with Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebag strapped on, came from the southern hemisphere.
Giant Loop rider Denny Wilkinson?of Australia,?had found the passenger grab handles to be in the way of easily mounting his Great Basin Saddlebag, so he removed them. Because the handles were mounted to the rear rack bushings, taking off the handles meant the rack had no longer had bushings to sit on. Denny had a set of spacer bushings made(silver bushing visible in above pic), to go in place of the grab handles.
I shared?Denny’s work with South African Giant Loop rider Herman,?so he too, could fit a new Great Basin Saddlebag. When Herman had?a local machine shop make a set of bushings for his KTM 1190 Adventure R, ?he took the dimensions of the new bushings and emailed them to us, with a few pics of his setup to share.
The bushes dimensions are:
Outside Diameter 20 mm
Inside Diameter 8,5 mm
Height 23 mm
Pics: ?Grab handles on bike
Rob Rickert, owner of Off Road Adventure Academy and Dirt Bike School in Sacramento, took a trip to AZ a couple weeks ago and rode around the Wickenberg area. His BMW R1200GSA was loaded with a Great Basin Saddlebag for the trip. He took a bunch of pics and shared them with us, so I will echo them here! Looks like a hot one, Rob’s temp sensor read 101*F while they were riding.
Thanks for the photos!
Wonder what kind of shiny new Ram-Mount accessory Rob is showing off and is it in the Touratech catalog?
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.”
Giant Loop dealer?Sierra Nevada Adventures?is owned by Mark Girardi, an avid rider and Dual Sport Adventure tour guide. He gets some awesome pics during many of his adventures. These images are from his recent trip to the Trona Pinnacles, in the Mojave desert. He loves the KTM 990 Adventure and carries his gear in Siskiyou Panniers. Check out more of his ride pics on his F-Book page, SNAmark. Thanks, Mark, for sharing the great photos.
Terence Tay has set out on a 15,000km, three month long journey from his home of Singapore. He has dubbed it “Anywhere But South” and the route travels through?Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia.
He is the first solo biker to travel through Myanmar and wrote in to say “”Btw, I’m officially the first rider to go at it alone in Burma, albeit with an escort car and tourism official (mandatory),”
His BMW F800GS is packed with a Great Basin Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag. He had this to say about his choice of luggage, in an?interview with AsiaOne,?before heading out on the adventure.
“…Mr Tay: “I have opted for soft panniers as they’re lightweight. Weight distribution can be placed closer to the centre of the bike to improve handling. Also, they will not bend out of shape in a crash…”
Follow Terence on his Facebook page.
In the spirit of the “Mojavi for Medics” program, Giant Loop has found another way to support the folks who volunteer their time to produce the events, rides and races for us to enjoy. If you our your club would like to apply for this new program,?click this link?to download the application.?Check out the details!
Paul wrote in and said:
“After a year on the road in South America, I still wasn’t happy with my panniers. ?I started with hard panniers then switched to conventional soft panniers, but neither worked for me. ?I quickly decided hard panniers were not what I wanted when riding in the dirt (I finally lost one when riding too fast on some serious Bolivian washboard, which was probably a blessing – meant I had to buy some soft panniers before I got a broken ankle in a fall!). ?I could never get the soft panniers to fit really snug to the bike, and they were a pain to take off and put on – an unavoidable requirement sometimes when staying in hostels.
Eventually I got my hands on some Siskiyous. ?I had been using a Diablo tank bag for several months – I swapped it for the bigger tank bag I started with, which kept hitting me in the Crown Jewels when standing on the pegs! ?I was super happy with the Diablo, so I reckoned the Siskiyous were worth a shot. ?I think I’ve nailed it: really secure, easy to mount and remove, weight nicely forward on the bike, seriously tested in an Argentinian thunderstorm and stayed 100% waterproof… ?Very happy so far.
I wasn’t sure how they would fit the 660 Tenere because of the prominent pillion handles, but I’ve had no problems. ?I’ve still got my old pannier rack fitted, but I’m toying with removing it to save a few kg and seeing how things go.”
Thanks Paul for the pics and fit review!
Ride while you can.
Giant Loop Rider Simone Cannizzo braved the Winter riding conditions and rode north from Milan to the Elefantentreffen. The Elefantentreffen is a winter motorcycle rally that was started in 1956 and takes place in the forest of Bavaria, southern Germany. Simone rode his 50cc enduro with Coyote Saddle Bag, camping at the location of the event. Looked like a cold ride!!
Simone is no stranger to long rides on a 50cc enduro, having ridden a Beta 50cc from Ushuaia to Prudhoe Bay…
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!