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Maintaining & Cleaning Zippers on the Giant Loop Motorcycle Soft Luggage

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Maintaining & Cleaning Zippers on the Giant Loop Motorcycle Soft Luggage

Email from customer: “Hi, love my Coyote Saddlebag mounted on the KTM 500 EXC, but the downside to every trip I struggle with the zipper. Man I get pissed. Am I missing something? Any way to make it operate easier? Thanks, Cal”

ZIP CARE™ ZIPPER CLEANER & LUBRICANT
Hello Cal,

Dang, sorry to hear your zipper is giving you fits. Keeping zippers clean and lubricate – and treating them with respect by not yanking or forcing zippers will keep them sliding smoothly and prevent you from bursting a blood vessel.

Some things to try:

  • Clean the zippers. Dirt and dust particles are usually the biggest challenges for zippers – just like the moving parts of your motorcycle engine. For the trail, pack some of our Zip Care™ Zipper Cleaner & Lubricant. When you’re trip is over, wash all of your Giant Loop motorcycle soft luggage using warm, soapy water, give it good rinse and let it air dry.
  • Lubricate the zippers. Use our Zip Care™ Zipper Cleaner & Lubricant. And in a pinch, a little soap, wax or even lip balm will help. Burt’s Bee’s Beeswax Lip Balm works great and is available at any drug store or grocery store.
  •  Manage the zippers. When you get into your Giant Loop Saddlebag, 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. Un-zip Possibles Pouches, Pannier Pockets and Tank Bag lids completely when accessing gear to avoid damaging zipper teeth.
  •  Respect the zippers. Avoid over packing. When your Giant Loop adventure proof packing systems are not stuffed drum tight, the zippers are much easier to manage. Consider using our Possibles Pouches, to add external pockets, or a Dry Bag to expand your Giant Loop Saddlebag or Panniers. Add the Pannier Pockets to Giant Loop’s Tank Bags. Compartmentalizing gear makes it easier to access the things you need during the day of riding and helps prevent the zippers from buckling from being tightly stuffed. Hold zipper halves together as you zip to prevent stressing the teeth.

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 your Giant Loop product at no charge to you.

Thank you for choosing Giant Loop for your adventures,
Team GL

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Giant Loop Tech Tip: Installing Fandango/Diablo Tank Bag on BMW 1200GS

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Giant Loop Tech Tip: Installing Fandango/Diablo Tank Bag on BMW 1200GS

On some of the BMW GSs and other adventure touring and dual sport bikes, cleanly installing Giant Loop’s Fandango/Diablo Tank Bag requires a couple of extra steps. GL rider Whitney shared these pics and comments about routing straps on his BMW R1200GS:

Fandango/Diablo installation on BMW 1200GS

“Here are two pics of the original fandango mounted on my 05 R1200GS.”

Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag on BMW R1200GS

“I run the straps under the leading edge of the seat and down to the frame.”

Fandango Tank Bag harness strap on left side of BMW 1200 GS

Fandango strap right

“The left side is a tight fit, but I am able to shove the strap through.”

Once the straps are threaded through the BMW 1200 GS’s frame seat rails, leave them loose and pulled together in the middle of the bike. Then replace the seat and tighten straps. Once the harness is installed it can stay on the bike.

Don’t forget to install Vinyl Protective Film to keep your bike’s shiny gloss coat from getting scuffed underneath the Fandango/Diablo Harness.

Customer Mark from Washington State says there’s too much stuff under the seat of his BMW GS Adventure, so he’s routed the strap down to his trellis frame, which makes for an easy installation:

fandango tank bag on BMW GSA

Tech Tip: Zipper Care & Maintenance

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When the zippers are new, they are a little stiff. Be sure to grip the zipper pull closely to the zipper slider – if you do this and gently guide your zippers around corners, then your bag will last A LOT longer than if you simply grab the pulls and yank!

“The most common reason zippers get stuck is that dirt and debris often lodges in the zipper slider. Cleaning and lubricating your zipper helps to extend its life and prevents sticking, oxidizing, and jamming. The procedure we describe here works for both coil zippers and plastic tooth zippers. Lubricate your zipper after you?ve been in a dusty, dirty or wet environment.”

Step-by-step instructions and photos here.
https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Zipper+Maintenance%3A+Lubrication/19450

 

 

NEW! Scorpion Serket Taper Exhaust for Honda CB500 X/F/R

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NEW! Scorpion Serket Taper Exhaust for Honda CB500 X/F/R

The Scorpion Serket Taper Exhaust fits Honda CB500F, Honda CB500R and Honda CB500X models, delivering a 1.1 HP gain, a 3.7 lb weight savings and only a slight increase of 1.5 dB in noise versus the large, heavy stock exhaust on the Honda CB500. It also eliminates the stock flared exhaust shield, which can be in the way of riding boots. The Scorpion Serket Taper Exhaust features a unique precision formed, 6-facet profile and an aerospace derived multi-composite ‘Claw Contoured’’ outlet. The Scorpion Serket Taper Exhaust also features a tempered/fused sleeve seam with compression coined ends and a GP-style double spring mount for easy “slip-on” installation. The Scorpion Serket Taper Exhaust is available in Stainless Steel, Carbon Fiber and Titanium models.

Ride with confidence knowing that Scorpion Exhausts offers a Customer Damage Guarantee: crash and damage the Scorpion Serket Taper Exhaust, and they will offer a 50% discount on a replacement.

Specifications
• Available in Brushed Stainless Steel, Carbon Fiber and Titanium
• Stainless mid-pipe
• Precision formed 6-facet profile
• Tempered/fused sleeve seam
• GP-style “slip on” double spring mount

scorpion serket taper exhaust honda cb500 titanium

scorpion serket taper exhaust honda cb500 titanium

scorpion serket taper exhaust for honda cb500 carbon fiber 379

scorpion serket taper exhaust for honda cb500 carbon fiber 379

scorpion serket taper exhaust for honda cb500x carbon fiber 379

scorpion serket taper exhaust for honda cb500x carbon fiber 379

Video Overview of Giant Loop’s 2016 Adventure Proof Packing Systems & Gear

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Video Overview of Giant Loop’s 2016 Adventure Proof Packing Systems & Gear

Overview video of most of Giant Loop’s entire product line for 2016. Giant Loop Adventure Proof Packing Systems & Gear on display in our vendor stand at the BMW MOA Riders of Oregon’s Chief Joseph Rally last weekend.

Prep for your next adventure today! https://giantloopmoto.com/product-categories/

Video: Coyote Saddlebag

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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: Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack

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Video overview of Giant Loop’s Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack. Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack straps to virtually any rack. Bolts onto dirt bike rear plastic fender or tail rack. And it’s not coming off! Or use the Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack unmounted as the ultimate goggle bag (fits 2 pair), tools, tubes, gloves and gear bag and throw it into your saddlebag. A DSLR camera or GoPro camera and accessories also fit great. Less is truly more – on many rides this is all you need. Take the weight off your body and put it on the bike. Go light! Go fast! Go Far!

Video: Klamath Tail Rack Pack

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Video overview of Giant Loop’s Klamath Tail Rack Pack. Like a tank bag for the rear of bike, the low-profile Klamath Tail Rack Pack keeps gear organized and easily accessible, securing to virtually any motorcycle tail rack. The 4-liter soft luggage case features a zipper-less nested clamshell design inspired by classic motorcycle rally racing packs. Includes waterproof inner liner Dry Pod. Made in USA and constructed with military-spec materials, the Klamath Tail Rack Pack is backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Video: Rubber Boa Straps

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Video overview of Giant Loop’s Rubber Boa Straps. Confidently put the squeeze on a spare inner tube, tools, water or other essential gear with Giant Loop’s Rubber Boa Straps—hooked to dirt bike fenders. Rubber Boa Straps apply dynamic tension with 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. Available in a package of two.

Rubber Boa Straps take their name from a docile, worm-like snake, native to Oregon’s high desert where Giant Loop is located. Rubber Boas are the most northerly of boa species, and they kill prey by constriction.

Video: Traveler Shoulder Strap

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Video overview of Giant Loop’s Traveler Shoulder Strap. The Traveler Shoulder Strap is Giant Loop’s universal clip-on luggage strap for hands-free carrying to your hotel or campsite. Clip it to your Columbia Dry Bag and you have two straps for a backpack carry for adventures off the bike. Can be used with Giant Loop’s Rogue Dry Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Kiger Tank Bag, Fandango Tank Bag, Diablo Tank Bag, Siskiyou Panniers, Great Basin Saddlebag, Coyote Saddlebag – and just about any other bag.

Video: Tracker Packer

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Video overview of Giant Loop’s Tracker Packer. Working in conjunction with 4-time Baja 1000 winner Quinn Cody and the Kurt Caselli Foundation, Giant Loop developed the Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen 3 to help keep off-road racers safer. Giant Loop will donate a portion of all sales of the Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen3 to the KURT CASELLI FOUNDATION!

Stay safer in the backcountry during all of your outdoor adventures; motorcycling, snowmobiling, hiking, backpacking, climbing, biking, boating with help the push of a button away. The super rugged and secure Tracker Packer firmly attaches the SPOT Gen3 device to your pack’s shoulder strap, handlebars, fork tube, arm or many other locations.

Video: Tillamook Dry Bag

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Video overview of Giant Loop’s Tillamook Dry Bag.The 100% waterproof Tillamook Dry Bag (38 liters) is designed to attach to Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag and Siskiyou Panniers. But it can be secured on virtually any motorcycle make or model, making it indispensable equipment for a broad spectrum of on-road and off-road motorcycle riders.

Without unstrapping the Tillamook Dry Bag from the bike, gear can be accessed from two ends. Two beefy reflective daisy chains provide plenty of secure attachment points.

The Tillamook Dry Bag is named for the Tillamook State Forest, one of the wettest, greenest parts of Oregon — and renowned for its technical dirt bike riding.

Video: Siskiyou Panniers

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Video overview of Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers. Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Pannier waterproof soft luggage combine the convenience of hard panniers with all of Giant Loop’s performance advantages. Rugged, rackless, lightweight and stable. Secures to passenger footrest mounts and rides on rear rack and/or pillion seat. Flexible internal framesheet conforms to array of racks and motorcycle makes/models. Cross-over wings create luggage platform for Dry Bags and gear, add stability and protect seat. Mounts/dismounts in minutes. Ride 2-up with a stadium cushion or Airhawk for passenger comfort, or consider Giant Loop’s rack mounted Round The World Panniers. Backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Video: Kiger Tank Bag

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Video overview of Giant Loop’s Kiger Tank Bag. Zipperless nested clamshell lid quickly opens and closes with gloves on! Designed for bigger adventure touring bikes and riders carrying camera gear and electronics, the 9-liter Kiger Tank Bag is the largest member of the Giant Loop tank bag family, with a generous touchscreen-friendly map pocket that fits many tablet computers and mobile devices. Yet, it’s slim and trim for standing on the pegs riding off-road. Includes removable waterproof* inner liner Dry Pod for wet conditions protection – better than cumbersome rain covers that fill with air and fly off.

Video: Pronghorn Straps

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Video: Pronghorn Straps

Video overview of Giant Loop’s Pronghorn Straps. Every motorcyclist needs a handful of these multi-purpose, stretch polyurethane straps with virtually unbreakable fasteners. You’ll find a million uses for these quick, solid, tough straps. We’ve been using them for years to secure everything from luggage to water and fuel bottles to our Bushwackers Hand Guards.

Video: Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag

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Video: Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag

Video overview of Giant Loop’s Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag. Named for saddle pads used by rodeo cowboys, our most minimalist tank bag is perfect for riders who “don’t like tank bags.” Completely re-envisioned and redesigned for 2014, the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag now fits virtually any motorcycle — and keeps all the essentials handy and out of the way when standing on the footpegs.

Video: Mojavi Saddlebag

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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

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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.

Tech Tip: Managing Zippers on Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag

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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”

Hello Cal,

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,
Team GL

Tech Tip: Adventure Proof Packing Systems + Gear for Adventure Touring, Dual Sport, Enduro Motorcycles

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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.

Giant Loop Enduro Dual Sport Motorcycle Soft Luggage Diagram

Giant Loop Adventure Touring Motorcycle Soft Luggage Diagram

2016 Giant Loop Catalog and Adventure Proof Packing Systems Comparison Chart

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2016 Giant Loop Catalog and Adventure Proof Packing Systems Comparison Chart

Here’s a screen resolution PDF of our new 2016 Giant Loop Catalog with Adventure Proof Packing Systems comparison chart, version 1 – click here to download 2016 Giant Loop catalog!

2016 Giant Loop Catalog cover photo by MotoLara.

2016 Giant Loop Catalog cover photo by MotoLara.

2016 Giant Loop product line comparison chart.

2016 Giant Loop product line comparison chart.