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October 2016

Honda Africa Twin with Fandango Pro Tank and Great Basin Saddlebag

By | FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, Photos, Riders, Saddlebags, Tank Bags

Honda Africa Twin with Fandango Pro Tank and Great Basin Saddlebag

Honda Africa Twin with Fandango Pro Tank Bag and Great Basin Saddlebag

When Rox Speed FX owner Chris took his new Honda Africa Twin for an adventure motorcycle tour this past summer, he chose Giant Loop’s Fandango Pro Tank Bag and Great Basin Saddlebag for his trip – and he sent us some great pics! You’ll notice that the large passenger handles on the Honda Africa Twin create a space between the pillion seat and the bottom or the Great Basin Saddlebag – a perfect spot to stow away an extra layer or additional riding gear.

Honda Africa Twin with Giant Loop's Fandango Tank Bag and Great Basin Saddlebag

Honda Africa Twin with Giant Loop’s Fandango Tank Bag and Great Basin Saddlebag

GL Rider David Darcy Recaps His “Giant Loop Experience” After Multiple International Motorcycle Adventures Since 2012

By | Blog, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Reviews, Riders, Royal Enfield, Uncategorized

GL Rider David Darcy Recaps His “Giant Loop Experience” After Multiple International Motorcycle Adventures Since 2012

MY GIANT LOOP EXPERIENCE
If you’re thinking of doing that big adventure, one of the first decisions you are going to have to make is, are you going to use hard of soft luggage?  When I started adventure riding I initially chose aluminium panniers as I thought they would offer better theft prevention, be laster longing,  and offer protection for gear in the event of a crash.  Within about year all of those preconceptions had been smashed,  literally.  During a ride one of the pannier lids fell off and before I could retrieve it, it had been run over by a truck.  Within a month I had a decent crash and completely destroyed one pannier.  During a crossing of the Simpson Desert I found that the hard panniers would smash the backs of my legs in tough sand going with the potential of me being seriously injured. 
 
LONDON TO SYDNEY, 2012
In 2012, when preparing for our London to Sydney motorcycle adventure on KTM 690s my riding partner, Darren Higginson and I, made a decision to go with Giant Loop soft luggage.   We chose the Great Basin Saddle Bag, a Fandango Tank Bag and two dry bags.   We didn’t know it at the time, but this Giant Loop set up was a fantastic balance between luggage capacity and the need to keep luggage weight low.  The Great Basin was also well away from the rear of the foot pegs with little chance of injuring a riders legs if their feet were pushed back from the foot pegs. The GL gear held up for the 18,000 kilometre trip, with nothing breaking.  In fact when I returned to Australia, I gave my Great Basin and Fandango Tank Bag to a friend, who still uses it to this day.  Giant Loop products are made from a tough material that resists chaffing and deformation.  Last year I came off at around 60 kilometres per hour on a slippery muddy dirt road and the gear took the slide without any damage. 
David Darcy KTM 690 London to Sydney

David Darcy KTM 690 London to Sydney

PIC 1: Over looking a valley in Kyrgyzstan with some of the best adventure riding in the world before us. My Giant Loop soft luggage set up for the London to Sydney ride; a Fandango Tank Bag, Great Basin Saddle Bag, and a couple of dry bags.  

 
When I returned to Australia I took on a number of big adventures including an unassisted west east crossing of the Simpson Desert,  later a south north crossing of the Simpson,  a numerous other adventures that clocked up thousands of kilometres including riding the South Island of New Zealand.  For these trips I changed to a set of Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers.  I found the Siskiyou Panniers allowed me to lower and centralise weight distribution which greatly assisted riding in desert sand.  They also fitted perfectly with my Rally Raid Pannier Racks.  I upgraded to a Fandango Pro Tank bag as it allowed to more easily charge cameras in the tank bag.  I’ve alternated between a Tillamook and Rogue Dry bag.  The dry bags have been amazingly useful due to them being double ended.  If packed in a thoughtful way the bags allow you to very quickly access those things that are important, like warm layers,  tools, or some well earned food.   I generally keep food and clothes one end and spares and tools the other. 
 
Earlier this year I rode 17,000 kilometres in Russia from Samara to Magadan via the Road of Bones on a KTM990.   The bike was waiting for me in Russia for this trip and I flew in with my Siskiyou Panniers, a Fandango Pro Tank bag, and the incredibly useful Columbia Dry Bag as I knew they would fit on the bike and give me what I needed in what I knew would be a challenging environment.  The trip was tough, with thick clouds of dust,  hundreds of kilometres of mud and days of riding in constant rain.  When I finally reached Magadan, I jet washed the bags with my gear in them, and not one drop of water, dust or mud had entered the panniers.  During that ride I came off at speed on a concrete bridge covered in slippery clay.  As accidents go it was at the fair to medium end of the spectrum and the bike slid along the concrete bridge for a number of metres.  Apart from one Siskiyou pannier being slightly scuffed there was no damage.
MADTV's David Darcy on KTM 990

MADTV’s David Darcy on KTM 990

PIC 2: My KTM990 having a rest in the deep grass of the Altay Mountains, Siberia, Russia.  Siskiyou panniers, Fandango Pro Tank Bag and Columbia Dry bag were a great combination for this challenging 17,000 kilometres where we rode an average of 900 kilometres per day. 
 
 
HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINS, KASHMIR, INDIA, 2016
I’m just back from riding the Himalayan Mountains in Kashmir India.  For this ride my mate, Nugget and I rented bikes and we had to pack really light.  I chose to go with my Columbia Dry Bag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag,  that fitted perfectly on my Bajaj 220 cc Pulsar road bike.   Nugget rode the new Enfield Himalaya and he took a Great Basin saddle bag and Fandango Tank Bag.   As expected the GL soft luggage didn’t let us down,  kept our gear dry and dust free.  It was the ideal soft luggage set up for this ride.  
Giant Loop on Royal Enfield

Giant Loop on Royal Enfield

PIC 3:  My rented Bajaj 220 cc loaded and ready for adventure in the Himalayas, Kashmir, India.  Giant Loop Pro Tank Bag, Columbia Dry Bag.  Proghorn straps reliably fixed my Columbia Tank Bag.  My GL tracker packer housing my SPOT tracker is also in view, a handy reliable holder for a very important piece of equipment. 

Giant Loop in the Himalaya's Highest Motor Pass

Giant Loop in the Himalaya’s Highest Motor Pass

PIC 4: Our bikes on the world’s highest road pass at 18,380 feet.  Nugget’s Enfield Himalaya sporting a Great Basin saddle bag and Fandango Tank Bag and my little Bajaj in the background.  
Now if you want to see Giant Loop products being used in real world adventures, please head to Motorcycle Adventure Dirtbike TV on youtube!
David Darcy is a supported rider for Giant Loop.  

Video: Diablo Pro Tank Bag on Yamaha WR250 by Florida Outdoor Adventures

By | Blog, FAQ, Fitment, Video, Yamaha

Video: Diablo Pro Tank Bag on Yamaha WR250 by Florida Outdoor Adventures

Great video overview of the Diablo Pro Tank Bag on a Yamaha WR250 by Florida Outdoor Adventures!

Diablo Pro Tank Bag (4 liters) rider-friendly features are similar to its larger cousin, the Fandango Pro Tank Bag, while remaining true to its minimalist, slim, trim design. Even when standing on the footpegs and riding off-road and trails, this little devil never gets in the way!

“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

An electronics pass-through enables on-bike charging and power inside the tank bag and/or the clear vinyl map pocket top.
Includes Giant Loop Tank Bag Harness (also available separately to quickly move Tank Bag from one motorcycle to another). Fuel fills are easily accessed by simply unzipping either side from the harness, and the concave front allows vent hoses to breathe.
Other key features: Full interior lining with hook-and-loop accepting fabric, movable divider with elastic tire pressure gauge holder, exterior mesh pocket and D-ring mounts for new optional Pannier Pockets (2 liters each side).
Two 2-liter Pannier Pockets also can be added to the Diablo Tank Bag’s harness and attach to tank, shrouds or engine guards.
Protect tank and plastics with Giant Loop Vinyl Protective Film.

  • Electronics pass-through integrated throughout each compartment
  • Full length interior lining with Veltex hook-and-loop accepting fabric (compatible with many camera bag dividers)
  • Movable divider with elastic tire pressure gauge holder
  • Exterior mesh pocket
  • Easy-access clear vinyl map pocket
  • D-ring harness mounts for new optional Pannier Pockets (2 liters each side)
  • Mil-spec materials and hardware
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Tank Bag Dimensions: rear 6.5″ tall, front 3.5″ tall, 8″ wide
  • Map Pocket Dimensions: 7″ wide x 9″ long
  • Harness Dimensions: 8.5″ X 12″
  • Volume: 4 liters
  • 22 oz vinyl coated polyester Bomb Shell™ reinforced with foam
  • Slip-Not and clear vinyl top
  • Rubber electronics port
  • Water resistant YKK zipper (bag)
  • Beefy YKK coil zippers (harness)
  • Nylike webbing
  • Reflective accents for visibility

Fits virtually any motorcycle make/model — dirt bike, dual sport, enduro, adventure touring and sport bike — with metallic or non-metallic tanks/shrouds.

Dust to Dawson Gathering Success

By | Blog, Events, Giant Loop Gear

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The Dust 2 Dawson Motorcycle Ride (Not a Rally!) is an annual event which invites motorcycle enthusiasts from across the world to get together and celebrate in Dawson City, Yukon.

Since 1992, old friends and new have been getting together over a common bond: motorcycles. The D2D weekend consists of motorcycle games on unpaved streets of Dawson, a poker run in the historic goldfields, and a banquet full of delicious food, crisp Canadian beer, and a whole lot of fun!

“Because Dawson City is located at the junction of three iconic highways: the Top of the World/Taylor Highways, the North Klondike Highway and the Dempster Highway, you’ll have plenty of options to do some epic riding.”

Check out their Facebook page to get information on next year’s D2D ride.

Giant Loop is proud to have donated to this event which benefits the Dawson Shelter Society, the Dawson Women’s Shelter,  the Healthy Babies, Healthy Moms program, and the Dawson City Fire Fighter Association.

4th Annual BAJA RALLY, October 10-15 2016

By | Blog, Events, News

4th Annual BAJA RALLY, October 10-15 2016

Giant Loop has been a proud supporter of the Baja Rally since its first running. We equip the Baja Rally’s medical support crew with our MEDIC MoJavi Saddlebags and other support riders with our STAFF MoJavi Saddlebags.

Baja Rally logo

Live Streaming, Tracking and Daily Updates:
4th Annual BAJA RALLY, October 10-15

Watch BAJA RALLY 20016 Live All Week
Live Streaming, Live Tracking and Daily Video Highlights On www.bajarallymoto.com. Each day for 5 days, race fans worldwide will stay up to date with all the action and drama as it unfolds!
 
4th Annual BAJA RALLY – The fastest growing motorsports event in North America spans the entire week of October 9th to 15th with Live Streaming Video, Live Tracking and daily highlight videos. Engines will roar as the sun breaks the darkness in the horizon, and the 80 competitors from 13 countries will take their first green flags Tuesday October 11 from “Restaurante Acambaro” at 9:00AM PDT. Don’t miss any of the blood, sweat and tears spilled onto the 1,500-mile racecourse this year! Watch the riders blaze down the Baja Peninsula from our Live Streaming and Tracking Pages then check out our Instagram and Facebook pages regularly for photo, news and video updates!

ABOUT BAJA RALLY

The BAJA RALLY is the first and only FIM style navigation rally raid in the Mexican State of Baja, CA. Modeled after the world famous DAKAR RALLY, the BAJA RALLY has been endorsed by federal, state and municipal governments as an “eco-adventure” racing competition because of its low impact on the environment and through cooperation with federal regulators. Four years since its inception, the BAJA RALLY is branded as a human experience designed to test racers’ stamina, skill and mechanical prowess.

Adventure Trio Takes On Mexico

By | Blog, BMW, Giant Loop Gear, Photos, Riders, Tank Bags, Uncategorized

Adventure Trio Takes On Mexico

Terry, Sandy and Jack Borden, deemed The Adventure Trio, travelled from their home in California to the tip of South America on BMW R1200GS and F800GS Adventure Bikes. The adventure took 2 years and took them over 28,000 miles of incredible terrain.  They were recently featured in BMW Owners News Magazine in a story written by Sandy about their first border crossing into Mexico.

Sandy rides the BMW F800GS Adventure equipped with a Giant Loop Fandango Tank Bag and a ZigZag Handlebar Bag.

Mexico was the Trio’s first of fifteen countries on their long journey south. To see more of their adventures, check out their website, AdventureTrio.com .

The Fandango Tank Bag and ZigZag Handlebar Bag are the perfect pieces to outfit any bike on any adventure, no matter where the road takes you!

No matter where you’re headed, go light, go fast, go far.

 

 

 

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