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Giant Loop Event: Touratech Rally Served Up Last Weekend’s Adventures

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This years Touratech Rally had the added element of an Overland section, so the attendance was rumored to hit 1000! There were many rides on the schedule, including a Dirty Girls training session from Tracy Jeffries.

Eric Wright, from 405Motosales, and I-90 Motorsports were headlining the Giant Loop display. Eric showed Bell and Giant Loop, while our friends at I-90 Motorsports handled the retail transactions.

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Giant Loop Gear: Placer County Search and Rescue Motorcycle Team @ Hangtown Races 2014

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We sent a handful of Medic Mojavi Saddlebags, down to the folks at Placer County Search and Rescue, for their support of Hangtown MX. ?One of the guys posted a great pic of the Medic Mojavi equipped bikes on our FaceBook page. ?Another medic posted her experience, “These packs were amazing today. Lots of positive feedback from our team & the public too. They look so great!”. ?Thanks for the pic and kind words!

 

 

 

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 Tech Tip: Great Basin Saddlebag Fits KTM 1190 Adventure R With Passenger Handles Removed

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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.

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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

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Grab Handles off bike, next to new bushings
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Rack installed with new bushings
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Great Basin Saddlebag tops it all off!
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Giant Loop Racers: Mojavi Saddlebag Returns To The 2014 Tuareg Rally

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Last year, Giant Loop sent out custom yellow ?Mojavi Saddlebags to the Husaberg Adventure Team, just before the Tuareg Rally. Husaberg Team racer, Lukas Matzinger, mounted his ?Mojavi and used it to carry the essentials for racing the Rally. While following Lukas, I discovered he wasn’t the only one using a Mojavi Saddlebag. There were several racers that used one to carry tools, spares, water and fuel for the event.

As I was reviewing the current crop of 2014 photos, from photographers RallyManiacs.nl, I saw a couple bikes packing a Mojavi Saddlebag?out on the stage. Looking sharp!

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Giant Loop Rider Ethics: Trail Conservation Starts With Us, So Pack Out The Trash!

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?I just enjoyed a great post by fellow inmate Ford_Perfect in ADVrider.com’s Tread Lightly section. He posted a video, made by his friend that posts as eveRide on Youtube. The message is simple and echoed by your friends at Giant Loop: If you see random trash on your favorite trail, “PICK IT UP AND PACK IT OUT”. The message is along the lines of ?Ghandi’s ?statement, “We must BE the change, we wish to see in the world.” ?

The video suggests a couple methods for how to facilitate packing out trash, found on the trail. One method mentioned is to take a spare drybag, like our Rogue Dry Bag and some straps, like our Pronghorns, to load up and haul out the abandoned refuse. Without our participation, trail system and land managers will be faced with spending part of their management budget on trash clean up, instead of trail improvements. Each year our own local OHV park is tasked with removing tons of trash, piled in the designated OHV riding areas. Watch the video, do the math and do your part to keep our trails open and accessible for your favorite activity, Motorcycling!

Here’s a link to the video in case my imbed skills fail me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFAMaXnw83k&list=PL9H73LRGGy6XiKTJQuFucqg_c5yVB61Dt&feature=share&index=2

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Giant Loop Rider: Simone Rides His 50cc To Germany For Elefantentreffen

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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!!

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Simone is no stranger to long rides on a 50cc enduro, having ridden a Beta 50cc from Ushuaia to Prudhoe Bay…

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Giant Loop’s 2014 Line Is On The Web!

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While we are still getting some of the 2014 details updated on our web page, the Giant Loop Online Store has the majority of our 2014 line with the latest designs and pricing.

Find the new Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag?Pro,

Pannier Pockets,

Fandango Tank Bag Pro

and Diablo Tank Bag Pro.

 

UPDATE:

I failed to include the Possible Pouch in this list of new stuff! Here it is mounted to a Coyote Saddle Bag.

 

 

 

 

Giant Loop Review: Cycle News Covers Possibles Pouch in January 14th Issue

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In their latest issue,?Cycle News?gave digital ink to the Possibles Pouch,?in the CN Stuff section. Check out?Cycle News and their online motorcycle racing magazine. It has always been my go-to magazine for the latest news and photos of motorcycle racing action. Be it the local, regional, national or international racing series Cycle News has write ups and results. There are currently Dakar 2014 updates on the front page of their site and who doesn’t want to know who is leading the Dakar!??Thanks Cycle News!

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Giant Loop Review: Gear Scout writes about BMW F650GS with Fandango, Coyote and Rogue

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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!

 

 

Giant Loop Christmas Wishes

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Pretty sure my nephew Oscar is right about the jolly fat man’s affinity for motorbikes – next best thing to a magic sleigh and reindeer!

From our Giant Loop family to yours, wishing you the Merriest Christmas and a Healthy, Happy, Prosperous New Year!

Thanks for helping make 2013 the best year yet.

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Giant Loop Rider: Jill Rides 1800 Miles To Leguna Seca, On Her Yamaha FZ6 With Great Basin Saddle Bag

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Giant Loop Rider Jill used a Great Basin on her FZ6, to stow her camping gear and supplies for 10 days of camping, during her ride to Leguna Seca in California. ?She wrote us saying:

“Subject: Thanks for the product! Great Basin

This summer, I took my FZ6 on an 1800 mile road trip from Seattle to Leguna Seca, CA and back.? The Giant Loop worked great on my bike!? It was easy to pack and carry my gear. I camped the entire time, so I not only had supplies for 10 days but camping gear as well.? The only modification that I will do is to purchase a rear rack to help cinch the bag back further on the seat…
…I also use this on my BMW 650 Sertao when I dont want to ride with the panniers. This was a great and inexpensive way to set up my fz for touring.
Thanks again for an awesome product…

Jill…

Jill, thank you for sharing your story and sweet pics with us.
Ride while you can!

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Giant Loop Rider: 10,000 KM in Australia’s Outback on KTM 950 Adventure with Siskiyou Panniers, Diablo Tank Bag

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?KTM 950 Adventure with Siskiyou PanniersClose call with an emu, field repairs and bags “tough as guts” – great email from Giant Loop rider Jack of Perth, Western Australia! Thanks for fantastic pics and story.

Diablo Tank Bag on KTM 950 AdventureHey fellas,

Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers in AustraliaJust got back from a 10,000km solo trip from Western Australia thru the Great Victoria Desert to Uluru (Ayres Rock), down the Oodnadatta & Strezleki Tracks to Tibooburra, then to Albury & up to the New South Wales Snowy mountains, Victorian high country & back to WA, about 10000Km, all on my KTM950 Adventure, equipped with your Siskiyou Panniers & Diablo Tank Bag.

Giant Loop in Australia's OutbackI gotta say, I gave the panniers a floggin’ & they’re still hangin’ in there, cos very early in the trip, I lost the 2 heat shields & the muffler burnt a hole in the right bag & the dry bag as well, but whilst in Kalgoorlie, I managed to patch em up with some hundred mile an hour tape & with some rough bush craft, new hose clamps & some aluminium angle, I fashioned a new heat shield, I was back on the trail in no time flat. Just wished I’d paid as much attention to securing the original heat shields as did doing the patch up job !!!! ?Lesson learnt : Lock wire your hose clamps so they can’t come loose.

KTM 950 Adventure with Siskiyou PanniersSo, all was going very well till about 50Km west of Tibooburra, NSW, I had a very close call with an Emu ( like an Ostrich), fortunately not knocking me off, but as I glanced it, the left pannier took the full brunt breaking the plastic D ring, but amazingly not the webbing off the lower front side strap that goes onto the footpeg mount assembly. All at about 120Kmh, I didn’t have time to shit myself it happened that quick.

Giant Loop saddlebags in AustraliaAnyway, ?all in all the bags worked great for me & were easily big enough to carry all I needed & did everything I asked of them & more, right from the desert to the snowy mountains & back. Great product fellas, they’re as tough as guts.

Jack
Perth, Western Australia

Giant Loop Review: BMW Motorcycle Magazine Tests Fort Rock Top Case on BMW R1200GS

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Thanks BMW Motorcycle Magazine for the test and write up of Giant Loop’s new Fort Rock Top Case! Especially cool is that it was used as part of the new BMW R1200GS “water boxer” test. Enjoy the go light, go fast approach – the Fort Rock Top Case weighs a fraction of the typical hard top case system. Remember to pack just the light, bulky things in the Fort Rock Top Case.

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BMW Motorcycle Magaine Fall 2013 Giant Loop Fort Rock Top Case review“Rear Luggage Bag: While traveling light is always preferred, there are times when light just isn’t an option. This is especially true when [riding 2-up and carrying two riders’ gear,] camping or traveling for extended periods. That’s where the Giant Loop Fort Rock Top Case comes in.”

“It’s a U-shaped bag that will sit on the [rear] luggage rack and wraps forward around the passenger onto your saddlebags. The bag is made from a ‘super tough trucker’s tarp Bomb Shell?.’ The bag is a huge 85.5 liters and includes two built-in handles for carrying off the bike. There are two exterior mesh pockets at the front conveniently located for the rider or passenger. Thoughtful touches are the storm flap covering the zipper and reflective trim around the bag.”

“Following the instructions with the case, I used the included dual sided hook-and-loop strap to attach the bag at six points on the luggage rack [tail rack] and rack side supports. Once I shifter the bag a few times, settled on the exact mounting location and tightened the hook-and-loop straps, the finale was to tighten down the load on all three sides with my own nylon straps and Fastex? buckles.” [Note: Giant Loop recommends Rok Straps, Pronghorn Straps and the cam-lock straps on the Siskiyou Panniers as additional stability for off-road riding.]

“My enthusiasm for the Fort Rock Top Case hasn’t changed over the first few trips. For flexibility I pack using my waterproof Giant Loop Great Basin Dry Pods. The case gives me plenty of room up high for lightweight items like the clothing, jacket liners and sleeping bags, while saving saddlebag space down low and forward for heavy items like tools and canned goods. And as an added benefit, when packed with soft goods the case makes a comfy backrest and secure cushion on three sides when you carry a passenger.”

? “On- & Off- Road Test: 2013 R1200GS Second Opinion- Multi-Tool Versatility,” BMW Motorcycle Magazine, Fall 2013