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August 2017

Round the World Panniers – KTM 990 Fitment

By | Blog, Camping, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Panniers, Photos

Round the World Panniers on a (super-sweet) KTM 990

Photos by Jaume von Arend

Jaume recently sent his review of the Round the World Panniers  which he has installed on his KTM 990 in addition to his Klamath tail Rack Pack.

He continues to use a Coyote Saddlebag on his WR but has swapped out the saddlebag for our RTW panniers on the 990, now outfitted with SW-Motech racks, for longer trips. He’ll now be able to add a dry bag in place of the Klamath Tail Rack Pack if he needs to further increase volume.

To see the entire article…and to brush up on your Spanish head to Juame’s website,  www.traildreamer.com. The Google translate leaves a little to the imagination but you’ll get the gist.

 

 

   

Honda CB 500 with Mototrekk Panniers

Giant Loop Moto Packing Chart and Product Table

By | Blog, Camping, Dealers, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Tech Tips

At Giant Loop Moto we are constantly getting asked all kinds of great questions on luggage set ups and how to pick the right gear.

Everyone eventually develops their own personal packing system and camping style, but until then it’s hard to know where to start.

You have to ask yourself, what is my ultimate goal? Am I going to be a day tripper? A weekend warrior? A long distance traveller? Live on the bike? Will I always be camping or find hotels along the way? Some of you will do both day missions and longer trips and you’ll need different set ups for each application —no one needs a Great Basin Saddlebag for a day trip (unless it’s to the grocery store), nor do you want to be deciding whether or not you can cram in that pair of flip flops for the week long mission exploring the Oregon coast (trust us, don’t be a hero, take the flip flops) Even further, you may have more than one motorcycle (you’re one of those aren’t you?) which each require completely different systems.

We have developed some handy tools to give you an overview of all Giant Loop has to offer.

One is a Giant Loop Product Chart with sizes, capacities and weights and the second a packing systems diagram to illustrate how our products fit on dual-sport, enduro and adventure touring set ups – both courtesy of the uber-talented Moser Graphics.

And, if you still have questions check out our array of blog posts on fitment for all kinds on motorcycles or contact us though our website, and Facebook page!

Go light. Go fast. Go Far!

Giant Loop Moto Product Comparison Chart

Giant Loop Product Chart

Giant Loop Packing System Diagram

Giant Loop Packing System Diagram

Motolao - The Grey Elephant 5 Day Tour

Giant Loop Welcomes Motolao as an International Distributor

By | Dealers, Honda, Kawasaki, News, Riders, Saddlebags, travel

Giant Loop Welcomes Motolao as an International Distributor

Motolao offers 1-14 day adventures on motorcycles and 4x4s in Laos. Their tours are offered to all abilities of rider with at least some dirt experience.

The terrain these tours go though is spectacular. It will make you start dreaming about your next international moto vacation. Winter is coming, after all.

Don’t see a video? Click here to be directed to Motolao’s You Tube Channel.

When they’re not guiding tours, the Motolao staff are putting Giant Loop gear through the paces, as muddy jungle tracks and river crossings are a regular occurrence on their personal rides.

Giant Loop gear getting tested hard in Laos

Jim, of Motolao puts the Giant Loop great Basin Saddlebag through the paces in on the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

 

Local transportation in Laos. Need more capacity? Motolao guide, Chris piggy-backs a Mojavi Saddle bag on a Coyote Saddlebag.

Local transportation in Laos. Need more capacity? Motolao guide, James piggy-backs a Mojavi Saddle bag on a Coyote Saddlebag.

We’re always excited to see our gear being used hard on the harshest of rides. We’re stoked to have Motolao on board to put it to test not just on their personal rides but in a rental setting where it is being used on multi-day trips over and over.

www.motolao.com

Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag at the Dakota 600

Giant Loop Coyote Saddle Bag and Fandango Tank Bag at the Dakota 600

By | Blog, Events, Giant Loop Gear, Husqvarna, Racer, Saddlebags

Giant Loop Coyote Saddle Bag and Fandango Tank Bag at the Dakota 600

ADV Moto Events did a great write up on the Dakota 600 which finished up in late July. Event Organizer, Bill Hearne used our Coyote Saddlebags and Fandango Tank Bag on his Husqvarna 701 during the 4 day ride.

The Dakota 600 is an annual event in Western South Dakota that raises money to support  trail development in the Black Hills and mountain areas of the National Forest System.

“–the Dakota 600, which wrapped up on July 20, 2017, offers a mix of challenging single track, two-track trails, gravel roads and twisty pavement through some of the most stunning yet accessible mountain scenery in the country. And it offers riders a way to help add to the number of trails available in the Black Hills in the future.”

Dakota 600 ride

Organizer Bill Hearne utilizing a roll over gate on the Dakota 600

KTM 1190 Adventure R and Siskiyou Panniers – Customer Review

By | Blog, Camping, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Panniers, Photos, Reviews

Our Siskiyou Panniers performed well in adverse conditions in the Hebrides.

“Very happy with my new panniers on first trip to isle of South Uist in the Hebrides.
5 hours ride there in a monsoon and five hours back even wetter.
Panniers fitted perfectly with 2 pronghorn straps and 2 heatshields,and never moved an inch.
Tent and sleeping bag kept bone dry.
Worth the money and the four week wait.”
— Iain from Glasgow Scotland
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KTM 1190 Adventure R and Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers

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KTM 1190 Adventure R and Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers

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KTM 1190 Adventure R and Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers

Double Hot Springs heat shield to provide full coverage. Giant Loop now also carries the Heat Shield Grande for larger pipes. Notice that the Passenger handles have been removed to allow easy mounting of the Siskiyous.

Double Hot Springs heat shield to provide full coverage. Giant Loop now also carries the Heat Shield Grande for larger pipes. Notice that the Passenger handles have been removed to allow easy mounting of the Siskiyous.

Named for southern Oregon’s and northern California’s rugged and beautiful mountain range, Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers 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.

Giant Loop: Your Rally Raid Products Honda CB500 Experts in the USA

By | Honda, Rally Raid Products
GIANT LOOP IS YOUR RALLY RAID HONDA CB500 EXPERT IN THE USA!
 
Rally Raid Products kits, parts and accessories for the Honda CB 500 (and other makes/models) are now available from Giant Loop on a special order basis only. USA pricing is UK MSRP, plus a service charge of 20% (shipping cost additional). Payment is required at the time of ordering. Call 888-358-8347 or email us to order.
 
After multiple customer requests, Giant Loop is pleased to announce that we can now special order any of the Rally Raid kits, parts and accessories – and help coordinate bike builds. We do not stock these parts – each is a special order. Let us apply our extensive experience and knowledge to your Rally Raid Honda CB500 build. Go light. Go fast. Go far.
 
 

Giant Loop Product Fitment On the KTM 1090 Adventure R

By | Camping, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Video

Here is Giant Loop Moto Company Owner, Harold Cecil explaining fitment for the Mototrekk Panniers, Fandango Tank Bag Pro and Possibles Pouch on the new KTM 1090 Adventure R.

By adding simple side racks to the bike, the Mototrekk Panniers attach to the bike easily and once in place can be cinched down to virtually no movement even when empty. At 42 L capacity and weighing in a just under 6lbs the Mototrekks are our lightest, most compact pannier option. Great for weekend missions or pair them with one of our dry bags to increase capacity for long trips.

The Possible Pouch attaches perfectly to the KTM’s engine guard. Sturdy, secure and easy access for tools or a first aid kit.

The Fandango Tank Bag Pro adds 8L capacity at the front of the bike without compromising the rider’s position on the bike or view to handlebar accessories.

No video here? Please click here to be redirected to You Tube.

Go Light. Go Fast. Go Far.

Siskiyou Panniers KTM 1290 Adventure

Siskiyou Panniers Reviewed on ADV Pulse

By | Blog, BMW, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Panniers, Photos, Reviews

The Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers were recently in a featured review on ADV Pulse.

“These ‘soft’ side bags are designed to offer the convenience and capacity (70 liters total) of hard panniers but with the rugged durability we’ve come to expect from the pioneering soft luggage company.”

Named for southern Oregon’s and northern California’s rugged and beautiful mountain range, Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Pannier waterproof soft luggage combines 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.

ADV Pulse put together an excellent, comprehensive overview of the bags and their fitment on four separate motorcycles; the BMW R1200GS Adventure (with racks), KTM 1290 Super Adventure (no racks), KTM 990 Adventure R (with racks) and Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT (no racks).

“What we liked:

  • Bulletproof construction.

  • Large capacity bags with no racks required.

  • External pockets are nice for things you need quick access to.

  • Freedom of movement for aggressive off-road riding”

Siskiyou Panniers KTM 1290 Adventure BMW R1200GS Adventure

Siskiyou Panniers, KTM 1290 Adventure and BMW R1200GS Adventure

 

Siskiyou Panniers KTM 1290 Adventure

“One advantage of riding off-road with the Siskiyou Panniers is that they are large enough that you can often forgo a top bag on shorter trips.

In this configuration, you can position your body far back on the bike when you encounter difficult off-road terrain.”

Siskiyou Panniers KTM 1290 Adventure

Siskiyou Panniers KTM 1290 Adventure

 

Siskiyou Panniers with Pronghorn Strap Attachment

Siskiyou Panniers with Pronghorn Strap Attachment (shown on left)

ADV Pulse also noted that the Pronghorn straps are great, super-secure way to attach the bags to the bike

ADV Pulse is a website that covers all thing Adventure Moto. Visit their site for tips, video, photos and more reviews like this one!

Doubletake Adventure Mirrors

NEW! Doubletake Mirrors

By | bike packing, Blog, New Product

Doubletake Adventure, Enduro and Trail Mirrors.

New at Giant Loop Moto, Doubletake Mirror Kits.

Doubletake Mirrors were borne from necessity. The company’s owner recognized a need for a mirror  that would work as well as an OEM mirror to actually see the road behind you, a mirror that would be indestructible–giving way during a crash so as not to damage itself or the bike, and a mirror that folds out of the way completely so that when you’re offroad you don’t have to worry about it.

Here at Giant Loop we chose these mirrors because they’re the best thing we’ve found that is super-light and durable which fits well with how we like to travel.

Adventure or Enduro?

If you plan to fold the mirror down a large percentage of the time, the Enduro is right for you. The long size means the head of the mirror tucks away right behind the headlight. If the mirror will remain extended much of the time, get the Adventure- the more compact design is more stable at highway speeds.

Doubletake Mirrors are sold in sets:

Adventure Mirrors

  • 2 triangular shaped mirrors
  • 2, 6″ RAM Mounts attachment arms
  • 2, ball stud adapters (regular or BMW )
Doubletake Adventure Mirrors

Doubletake Adventure Mirror

 

Enduro Mirrors

  • 2 round shaped mirrors
  • 2, 3″ RAM Mounts attachment arms
  • 2, ball stud adapters (regular or BMW )
Doubletake Enduro Mirrors

Doubletake Enduro Mirror

 

If you’re looking for something smaller  the Doubletake Trail Mirror is a super-light, off-road option. This mirror can also be used for mountain or road bicycles.

Doubletake trail Mirror on motorcycle

Doubletake Trail Mirror

 

Click here to see just how tough these mirrors are!

Kawasaki Versys-X 300 with Coyote Saddlebag and Rogue Dry Bag

By | Blog, Camping, Dry Bags, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Kawasaki, Saddlebags, Tank Bags

Customer Doug just rode his new a Kawasaki Versys 300 from Virginia to Oregon, and he’s so pleased with his Giant Loop packing system that he stopped by the GL ADV Shop in Bend this morning to show us his setup!

His entire trip has been on pavement, so he created a simple quick-release rear anchor strap to mount the Coyote Saddlebag in front of his top box. Secured to the Coyote Saddlebag with the compression straps, he’s added a Rogue Dry Bag. And the slim Diablo Pro Tank Bag is perfectly proportioned for this small but capable machine.

Thanks Doug for choosing Giant Loop for your coast-to-coast adventure!

 

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Coyote Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag Pro Fitment On Honda Africa Twin

By | Blog, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Tech Tips

Nate, a local Bend customer, came by the Adventure Shop today with his brand new Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L to show us his fitting for his Coyote Saddlebag.

Honda Africa Twin and Coyote Saddlebag

Honda Africa Twin and Coyote Saddlebag

 

At 39L, the saddlebag fits perfectly behind the rider with room to spare for a dry bag or duffle to supplement bigger trips. Even with the passenger footpegs removed, the lower anchor points on the bag fasten nicely to the frame to keep the bag out of the way with zero movement. The shape of the Coyote lends itself well to this bike, as it angles forward instead of down thus  avoiding the wide pipe.

Conveniently the Coyote fender hooks fit perfectly and positively in the Twin’s existing hard luggage mounting points.

 

Honda Africa Twin and Coyote Saddlebag    Honda Africa Twin and Coyote Saddlebag

The Giant Loop Fandango is also a great fit on this bike, sculpting well over the tank. East to access the fuel fill and see the dash instruments.

Nate is about to head out on the Washington BDR. We thing this is a great set up for his trip!