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.
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:
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.
I just chased Brad Tawzer, the owner of this bike, through sand whoops, rocky washes and tight twisty rocky jeep trails, and I’m absolutely blown away by how stable and solid the Siskiyou Panniers ride on the KTM 1190 Adventure R. NO RACK REQUIRED! Let’s take a look at his tight and tidy install:
By removing the large passenger grab handles on the KTM 1190 Adventure R and installing spacers in their place to secure the tail rack, the Siskiyou Panniers sit in the optimal postition – panniers lids level with the top of the seat, not drooping over the sides. The cross-over section on the Siskiyou Panniers is adjusted to its minimum width.
The Siskiyou Panniers mount in the usual way, per GL’s instructions included with the Panniers: The two side anchor straps secure to the passenger footrest mounts, and two anchor straps attach the D-rings on tail of the Panniers to the stock tail rack. We like to use 16″ Pronghorn Straps as our anchors, as they are quick, easy and super secure. Now, here’s the best part .. . .
By securing the Siskiyou Panniers’ wheel-side daisy chains to the stock KTM luggage mounts and drawing forward tension with the side anchor straps, the Panniers become solidly locked into position. Supported by the stock luggage mounts in multiple locations.
If you’re a belt-and-suspenders rider, then add another connection between the wheel-side daisy chain and the super-burly exhaust hanger.
With the stock KTM exhaust, we recommend installing at least one of the included Hot Springs Heat Shields on the top of the exhaust to prevent the Siskiyou Panniers from making direct connect with the hot pipe. Here on Tawzer’s bike, the aftermarket Wings exhaust runs cool enough that heat never becomes an issue, even without the Heat Shield.
GL rider Brad Tawzer sold his KTM 990 ADV – AND his Husaberg 550 FE – to buy this slightly used KTM 1190 ADV. And when we rode he was all smiles all the time on this machine. He’s running the Fandango Tank Bag PRO and Siskiyou Panniers, using the 1190’s factory luggage supports and Giant Loop’s 16″ Pronghorn Straps to firmly mount the Panniers without a luggage rack.
“It to some time to make sure the Siskiyou Panniers were fitted properly. But once I did it works perfectly. I was able to strap the back part securely to the factory mount so no worries on the left side.”
Tolga posted more pics from the latest section of Ride Must Go On.
Continental TKC 80’s are easily subdued by Giant Loop Pronghorn straps!
Tolga Basol continues to adventure across Russia on his KTM 1190 Adventure R. He had a stop over in Omsk, where the guys at KTM Omsk worked?to?replace Tolga’s front hub and he got to hang out with the Siberian Bears motorcycle club.
I don’t know the particulars, but the job got done, thanks to KTM Russia and KTM Omsk, so Tolga had the time to share pics of ?his tools and how he carries them. I share this posting from his FB page.
Tubes and first aid kit in the Pannier Pockets.
Tire repair tools bagged and mounted to his pannier frame. His wrenches are in a tool roll under his seat.
“Yesterday I rode from Ufa to Chelyabinsk in heavy rain with lots of trucks on the narrow roads. My Klim gear was perfect, they did not let any drop of water, same goes for the boots (Sidi Adventure) my feet was also dry. Somewhere on the road a big truck started sliding and he managed to block the way with his trailer. I was not able to pass with my bike, so I decided to find an alternative route to the main road.”
Ride Must Go On
Hello , my name is Tolga Basol and I?m from Istanbul, Turkey. I’ve been working for the media industry in Istanbul about 14 years. I bought my first motorcycle about 12 years ago. Since then I’ve tried to travel with my bike to different parts of the world on my short holidays from work. I started to carry my video equipment on my travels & figured out how to shoot while traveling on a motorcycle. Finally i decided to quit my job to fulfill probably the biggest dream in my life; riding around the world on a motorcycle.
My journey will start from Istanbul on 1st of June 2014 on a KTM 1190 Adv R. I plan to ride through Russia, Mongolia, Siberia & then I will decide to continue to Southeast Asia or to ship my bike to North America. I will try to catch up Dakar 2015 in South America. Then I will decide the route for Africa. I suspect the route might change quite a lot but I will try to travel as long as I can & I did not set an end date for the trip.
The idea behind my trip is simply ??Ride Must Go On??
KTM Turkey provided me with a brand new KTM 1190 Adv R. I bought the lightest & most compact equipment, kept my clothes to minimalistic & Giant Loop provided all the luggage I need for my journey. And now simply the Ride Must Go On.
Follow my page to track my journey real-time on the map & to check my photos & videos that i will try to share along the way.
Thanks for the great post, Tolga!
He rides with Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Tank Bag Pro, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bag and Pronghorn Straps.
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.
???? – Many thanks to Giant Loop rider Hideki-san from Sayam, Japan for the pics of his recent ride in Hokkaidou on a new KTM 1190 Adventure R with the Great Basin Saddlebag! The countryside looks beautiful – we would love to visit Japan someday.?Otsukaresama!