From our photographer friend David Schelske: “Testing out the new ride, double checking my setup and getting ready for a week long trip to the Alvord.” David’s on his 2016 KTM 500 EXC camping in Oregon with the Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Rogue Dry Bag and Possibles Pouches.
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.
Giant Loop dealer?Sierra Nevada Adventures?is owned by Mark Girardi, an avid rider and Dual Sport Adventure tour guide. He gets some awesome pics during many of his adventures. These images are from his recent trip to the Trona Pinnacles, in the Mojave desert. He loves the KTM 990 Adventure and carries his gear in Siskiyou Panniers. Check out more of his ride pics on his F-Book page, SNAmark. Thanks, Mark, for sharing the great photos.
Terence Tay has set out on a 15,000km, three month long journey from his home of Singapore. He has dubbed it “Anywhere But South” and the route travels through?Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia.
He is the first solo biker to travel through Myanmar and wrote in to say “”Btw, I’m officially the first rider to go at it alone in Burma, albeit with an escort car and tourism official (mandatory),”
His BMW F800GS is packed with a Great Basin Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag. He had this to say about his choice of luggage, in an?interview with AsiaOne,?before heading out on the adventure.
“…Mr Tay: “I have opted for soft panniers as they’re lightweight. Weight distribution can be placed closer to the centre of the bike to improve handling. Also, they will not bend out of shape in a crash…”
Follow Terence on his Facebook page.
Last fall, Giant Loop Rider Stephanie rode her Suzuki DRZ400 from Ghana, Africa back to Ireland.
She rode with her Beau, Rory, who took his KTM 990 Adventure on the trip.
She packed her gear in a Coyote Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag onto her DRZ400. She had this to say about it, “trip from Ghana (west-Africa) to Ireland April last year. Coyote saddlebag kit and Fandango tank bank withstood the test”
Her DRZ is setup to travel with a Safari fuel tank for extended travel range, a comfort seat upgrade and a small fairing added to the headlight mask for weather deflection.
Locally sourced service stand.
Paul wrote in and said:
“After a year on the road in South America, I still wasn’t happy with my panniers. ?I started with hard panniers then switched to conventional soft panniers, but neither worked for me. ?I quickly decided hard panniers were not what I wanted when riding in the dirt (I finally lost one when riding too fast on some serious Bolivian washboard, which was probably a blessing – meant I had to buy some soft panniers before I got a broken ankle in a fall!). ?I could never get the soft panniers to fit really snug to the bike, and they were a pain to take off and put on – an unavoidable requirement sometimes when staying in hostels.
Eventually I got my hands on some Siskiyous. ?I had been using a Diablo tank bag for several months – I swapped it for the bigger tank bag I started with, which kept hitting me in the Crown Jewels when standing on the pegs! ?I was super happy with the Diablo, so I reckoned the Siskiyous were worth a shot. ?I think I’ve nailed it: really secure, easy to mount and remove, weight nicely forward on the bike, seriously tested in an Argentinian thunderstorm and stayed 100% waterproof… ?Very happy so far.
I wasn’t sure how they would fit the 660 Tenere because of the prominent pillion handles, but I’ve had no problems. ?I’ve still got my old pannier rack fitted, but I’m toying with removing it to save a few kg and seeing how things go.”
Thanks Paul for the pics and fit review!
Ride while you can.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 17, 2014
New 2014 Buckin? Roll Tank Bag? by Giant Loop?
Modular, Customizable, Ultra-Trim Adventure Proof Motorcycle Packing System
(BEND, OREGON USA) Named for saddle pads used by rodeo cowboys, the Buckin? Roll Tank Bag? by motorcycle packing systems innovator Giant Loop has been completely re-envisioned and redesigned for 2014. The minimalist tank bag is modular, customizable and ultra-trim to meet the demands of dirt, dual sport and adventure riders who “don’t like tank bags.” The Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag also now fits virtually any motorcycle, keeping riding essentials handy and out of the way, even when standing on the footpegs to tackle challenging off-road terrain.
PDF mounting instructions with detailed illustrations of 2014 Buckin? Roll Tank Bag available here:?https://www.dropbox.com/s/986xgj42mvibfj8/Instructions-Buckin%20Roll-R01b.pdf
The Buckin? Roll Tank Bag packing system consists of three components, which can be used individually or in any combination: mounting harness, center Tool Pouch case and Pannier Pockets?.
The Buckin? Roll Tank Bag ?Complete? option includes all components, while the Buckin? Roll Tank Bag ?Center Only? option includes the mounting harness and center case only.The 2-liter center case secures to the harness with two included cam buckle straps.
Two 2-liter Pannier Pockets attach to the mounting harness and tank, shrouds or engine guards. (Pannier Pockets also are available separately, and they can be added to Giant Loop?s Fandango/Diablo Tank Bags, or used independently.)
Specifications and Features
? Volume: 6 liters (2 liter center case, 2 x 2-liter Pannier Pockets)
? 22 oz vinyl coated polyester Bomb Shell?
? Water resistant YKK zippers
? Nylike webbing
? Reflective accents for visibility
? 2 removable webbing straps w/ aluminum cam-lock buckles
? Multiple webbing MOLLE-style daisy chains
? Mil-spec materials and hardware
? Limited Lifetime Warranty
? Made in USA
Giant Loop adventure proof motorcycle packing systems are available from international distributors, as well as from a network of dealers throughout the USA. Giant Loop designs and tests products in Bend, Oregon and manufactures everything in the USA (except for the Canadian made Pronghorn Straps). For all the details, go to?www.giantloopmoto.com.
Giant Loop? and the GL? logo are registered trademarks of Giant Loop LLC.
Media Contact: Harold Olaf Cecil, Giant Loop LLC, 971-832-3164,?firstname.lastname@example.org
He said, “They [pics] were took during some trips around Bolivia: Salar de Uyuni (Salt flats), El Chaco (southern part of Bolivia) and the last two are from Yungas (the famous Dead Road).?I have two toys, my F800 GS with the Great Basin and Fandango bags, and my Kawa 450 with the Coyote saddlebag. Both work just perfect for me.?Hope this new year can ride more, I will share my trips with you.
Cheers from Bolivia!”
Carlos also rides trails on his Kawasaki KX450, with a Coyote Saddle Bag.
Thank you Carlos for all the sweet pictures!
Giant Loop hopes you get your wish to ride more this year, too.
ADVrider Jaumev had an awesome ride through Morocco on his newly built custom Yamaha XT660Z Tenere and posted a ride report with pics. He did a similar ride, last year on his highly detailed Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere, but this year, the lighter, smaller brother is his steed. He rode with Fandango Tank Bag, Great Basin Saddle Bag and a couple of Rogue Dry Bags. Jaume makes a custom graphic kit for the xt660z, check out his site, Traildreamer.com. Thanks for the great pics and feedback, Jaumev!
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!
As Giant Loop Rider Noah Horak makes his way around the world, more riders are seeing the Siskiyou Panniers?in use on KTM’s 690 Enduro. Noah is in Japan presently, hanging with gold plated Monkey bikers.
We have received several questions about using our panniers on the 690 and just got a great email from a customer, with his creative and effective solution.
I’ll share it here:
Giant Loop rider Allen wrote us and said, ?”Yes, I’ve been following Noah on his travels.?Here are some pictures of my installation of the Siskiyou Panniers.?I decided to use shock cord to thread the bags onto the Rally Raid racks. ?So far I really like the way it has worked.”
“On the 690 I mounted the heat shield on the very end and so far it is looking very secure.”
Happy New Years view of Picture Rock!
Giant Loop was closed for the New Year’s Holiday and the weather was unseasonably warm. This meant that skiing Mt Bachelor was not part of the celebration schedule, so Harold loaded up the KTM 500 EXC, his camping gear and family, then headed to Summer Lake Hot Springs instead. ?It was cold at night, but the hot springs, heavy sleeping bags and the 50* day time temperature made for a good adventure.?
First ride of 2014!
I was checking out some pics of riders in action and found this SWEET shot of Giant Loop Rep Rory Sullivan of 405MotoSales. He has got the gas on in that drift and Jock Bradley captured the moment perfectly! I know Rory is happy to have the wind and weather protection provided by the extra tough?Bushwacker hand guards. Easily installed with the included 16″ Pronghorn poly straps, Bushwackers add their coverage by mounting over your existing hand guards.
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, thank you for sharing your story and sweet pics with us.
Ride while you can!
Ray Peabody of Midwest Motorcyclist?magazine got a call in early November from Championship Powersports in Wauseon, Ohio, with some real news: The 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure was ready for him to ride test! ?Ray brought his Great Basin Saddlebag and Diablo Tank Bag, packed for the trip. the It sounds like he put the bike through its paces, for a few days on a wandering route. He really got to use the bike on several different road conditions, including near freezing temperatures. Glad he could pull through the chilly conditions and still have a fun ride!
Harold and I worked our asterisks off at the International Motorcycle Exposition in Milan, Italy, presenting the 2014 line of Giant Loop. While we had a couple of the show’s best custom Adventure and Adventure Lite bikes in our booth, built by our Italian distributor?Boano Racing, that didn’t stop us from taking a minute or two to walk around and snap pics of the other cool bikes ?on display. My personal favorite category is the Rally bikes, followed closely by some supremely stylized customs, commonly known as brats or scramblers. ?Here are a couple of pics of the choice rally machines and a brat bike or two. Check out our gallery to see the rest of the motorcycle and city pics we shot,?on our last day in Milan.
Eric Wright of 405 Moto Sales Inc, working the race course.
Rory Sullivan, of 405 Moto Sales Inc, doing it his way.
The new?movie was a project that Rory worked on, click the link and check out the trailer!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Harold Olaf Cecil, email@example.com, 971-832-3164
Giant Loop Appoints 405 Moto Sales Inc. As Independent Sales Representative For Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska
(BEND, OR, USA) Adventure-proof packing systems innovator Giant Loop has appointed 405 Moto Sales Inc. as its independent sales representative for Oregon, Washington, northern Idaho and Alaska. Headed by motorcyclists Eric Wright and Rory Sullivan, 405 Moto Sales represents other top motorcycle brands, such as Bell Powersports, Smith Optics, Novik Gloves, Virus Base Layer, Slick Products and Puma Motorsports.
Wright is an off-road motorcycle enthusiast with nearly a decade of motorcycle industry experience, and Sullivan is one of the top off-road, motocross and endurocross motorcycle racers in the Pacific Northwest, as well as a multiple ISDE medal winner.
To schedule a Giant Loop product line dealer clinic, contact Eric Wright, 405 Moto Sales, 206-390-8396.
Giant Loop?s adventure-proof motorcycle gear packing systems are available from select international distributors, as well as from a network of premium dealers throughout the USA. Giant Loop designs and tests products in Bend, Oregon and manufactures everything in the USA (except for the Canadian made Pronghorn Straps). For all the details, go to www.giantloopmoto.com.
Giant Loop? and the GL? logo are registered trademarks of Giant Loop LLC.
The second team of racers that Giant Loop followed in the 24 Hours of Starvation Ridge, were the Dirty Girls?Moto Adventures, with Giant Loop Rider Tracy Jeffries on her KTM 350 EXC. They were fund raising for Riders for Health, a charity that supports medical care delivered by motorcycle and motorcycle ambulance, in African countries. Bob Berglund of Adventure Touring Films is the team documentary filmmaker/photographer and has provided several glimpses into what it takes to be a Dirty Girl Moto Adventureista’. Thanks to Bob for the pics and videos to share!
The “Mishaps…” of training film is too cute and full of the good attitude and laughing that makes these girls a great team. Click on the link and see what the team is made of!?
They raced in the IronWomen class with each of the girls finishing at least a lap and two of the girls taking trophies on the podium! Condolences to the riders that were damaged on the race course and conldn’t continue to the finish. We hope you are healing up and getting ready to Moto Adventure with the rest of the Dirty Girls!
Last weekend, several teams participated in the West’s largest 24hr Dirt bike race. One of the teams,?Team Heavy Weights ran a stack of KTM Adventures and an XR650L in the Sportsman class and finished in style! They managed a podium, second place in their class, and finished 36th overall. There were many detractors that said it shouldn’t be done, but Team HeavyWeights not only did the deed but, threw down the gauntlet and grabbed some brass! ?The team was organized by Darryl of CyclopsAdventuresports.com and Alex of Konflict Suspension systems to collect food donations for a community food drive. Their preparations and story are posted on ADVrider.com and Facebook, click to read the whole story and see the pics of what they accomplished. Great job, Guys!
Radek Burkat- KTM 990 Adventure
Darryl VanNieuwenhuise- KTM 950 Adventure
Alex Martens- KTM 950 Super Enduro
John Isenburg- KTM 990 Adventure
Richard Miller- Honda XR650L
Jason Williams- KTM 990 Adventure