Customer, Nate Hurley, Rides and Camps Giant Loop Through John Day On Honda CB500X
Nate Hurley decided to take a weekend motorcycle camping trip in a big loop around John Day; here are the results:
Nate Hurley decided to take a weekend motorcycle camping trip in a big loop around John Day; here are the results:
David Schelske took these a while back on a Washington backcountry camping trip (you probably recognize them), but we wanted to share these gems with everyone again, hopefully as some weekend inspiration. Thank you David for some amazing photos!
A happy customer, Brad Davis, sent us an update on his recent trip to Baja with his friend. They used the Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag and the Rubber Boa Straps on their trip across deserts and dunes. Here’s what he says:
“Our Baja trip was the best vacation I have ever taken. Just two guys on Honda XR650L’s riding from San Diego to Cabo and back. We did 2,200 miles over nine days. The Coyote Saddlebags functioned amazingly and were able to carry everything we needed to camp and live for the entire trip. The bags carry weight well and did not noticeably affect how the bike handled. The Rubber Boa Straps were extremely useful and were perfect for carrying a quart of oil or a bottle of tequila.
The trip got better and better every day. We spent one night in a palapa on the beach in San Felipe. We hit 95mph on the salt flats going to Scorpion Bay (the XR wouldn’t go any faster). We rode with the Dessert Assassins Rip to Cabo on a rough section of trail into La Paz. We partied with Playboy models in Cabo. We camped deep in the sand dunes outside of Guerrero Negro. We got lost trying cross the desert at night. And finally made it back to San Diego without any major issues and some great memories.
We received some emails from one of our happy customers, Sebastian Mangino from Argentina, who is touring the deserts of South America, using the Klamath Tail Rack Pack and the MoJavi Saddlebag on his KTM 530 EXC. Thanks for the updates, Sebastian!
“Hola, cómo están, hacen unos días que estoy recorriendo el desierto de ” Encon” en la provincia de ” Mendoza” en Argentina ( huellas del Dakar) es un desierto de 2500 km de extensión, muy lindo, la giant loop sorportaron todo espinas enormes, agua y arena. Conforme siga el viaje le seguiré enviando fotos. Muy confiables sus productos.
Hello, how are you, this is one of the days I toured the Econ Desert in the Mendoza province of Argentina (crossing paths of the Dakar Rally Raid). It’s a very beautiful 1550 mile desert, and the Giant Loop packs [Klamath Trail Rack Pack and MoJavi Saddlebags] survived thorns huge, water and sand. As I follow the journey I will continue sending photos. Very reliable products.
“Good day, I commented that the Mojavi Saddlebag and Klamath Trail Rack Pack resisted stones, mud, water and sand, and had no problem. You make a very reliable product, thank you very much. The photos are from “Pampa de las Salinas” and “Desert of Lavalle” ”
I just wanted to send a quick email to say thanks for designing and making such a great product. I live in Christchurch, New Zealand and ride a KTM 1190 Adventure R. About a month ago I went on a 4 day ride using your Coyote Saddlebag – this bag is simply awesome. I followed the instructions I found on your website regarding moving the passenger handles and replacing them with a spacer and they worked perfectly. The bag sits so nice and tight on the bike, it did not move at all and felt really secure. I’ve always preferred soft luggage, but with other systems I felt that I was constantly checking to see if it was still on the bike and hadn’t come loose, with the giant loop coyote I didn’t have to worry about whether the gear was coming loose or worse – falling off completely. It didn’t rain whilst we were away but I have no doubts about the water tightness of this system.
I’ve attached a pic – its not the best pic but you’re a free to use if it you wish. This pic was taken on the west coast of the south island of New Zealand.
Thanks again for making such a quality product – I’ll definitely be recommending this to others and can’t wait to get out and use it again.
Thanks Brendan for the kind words, we’re thrilled you love the bags!
Check out the Coyote Saddlebags
Giant Loop’s new Footmans Loop Anchor Kit is a simple, affordable, universal way to add solid anchor points for webbing straps to motorcycles, snow bikes, snowmobiles, ATVs, UTVs and 4x4s. Giant Loop’s Footmans Loop Anchor Kit is especially handy for creating lash points to secure our MoJavi Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag to late model KTM EXCs, Husqvarna FEs and other dual sport and dirt bikes that use an under fender support that prevents the fender hooks on our Saddlebags from from getting a good purchase on the fender edge.
Giant Loop’s Footmans Loop Anchor Kit includes 2 anodized black footmans loops, 4 flat washers, 4 locking nuts (8mm) and 4 aluminum M5x20mm button head bolts (3mm allen).
Thanks to Giant Loop’s USA distributor Tucker Rocky for devoting a full page in the current issue of their Transmission dealer magazine to Giant Loop Adventure Proof Packing Systems and Gear for Motorcycles featured in Tucker Rocky’s Transmission Dealer Magazine. The “New and Exclusive” section of this month’s issue features a cross-section of Giant Loop’s core product line of motorcycle soft luggage and gear for dual sport motorcycles, including the Diablo Pro Tank Bag (oops! printed as ‘Pro Tank Bag’), Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pronghorn Straps, Hot Springs Heat Shield exhaust shield, Zigzag Handlebar Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag and MoJavi Saddlebag (oops! photo shown is our Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack, which is optional with the 2016 MoJavi Saddlebag). All these products are perfect for any dirt bike, dual sport, sport or adventure motorcycle, as well as snow bikes, snowmobiles and even ATVs and UTVs (the highlight of this issue of Tucker Rocky’s Transmission). Our products are durable and stable enough for many outdoor pursuits, so we encourage customers to use our bags and gear on all of these vehicles. If you’re using your Giant Loop product on something other than a motorbike, shoot us an email with a picture for future blog posts! Thanks again to Tucker Rocky’s Transmission magazine for the kind words and full page feature. Powersports dealers in the USA can order Giant Loop products directly from us, or simply add them to your next Tucker Rocky order.
All of these Giant Loop products are currently in stock and ready to ship!:
We’re fully stocked with everything you need to make your adventure worry free, safe, comfortable and fun. And if you’re in a hurry, our website offers a range of shipping options.
Klamath Tail Rack Pack (zipperless lid, like a tank bag for the bag of the motorcycle – optional top case for MoJavi Saddlebag), Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack (hardware included for hard mounting to dirt bike fender or tail rack OR straps onto tail rack OR us it as an unmounted camera bag or tool bag that fits a 21″ front inner tube), Fender Bag that actually stays on the front dirt bike fender and holds a spare tube or tools)
Essentials for motorcycle adventure: Bushwackers Hand Gaurds (cold, wet, muddy hand and controls protection), Vinyl Protective Film (prevents scratches and scuffs on painted surfaces and plastics under soft luggage), First Aid Kits, Survival Kits, Carhartt Lost For A Reason Tool Roll, Tracker Packer + SPOT Gen3
Giant Loop Snow: Revelstoke Tunnel Bag (snow bike, snow mobile), Torngat Tunnel Bag (snowmobile), Kootenay Pocket (tool and camera case) – most comprehensive gear package available for snow bikes (Timbersled, MotoTrax)
Giant Loop customer Joel, recently took an amazing Italian adventure….on his scooter.
See his account below, and how he’s retrofitted the Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebags to suit his ride.
We have been on the road for 2 months and 3000 km, with all the clothes for two people stashed in the three dry pods. Although we have not been riding in the rain (much), the bag has seen a lot of rain this spring and so far no leaks when it is properly closed.
The “motorcycle” is a little unconventional: a scooter. This made it a bit difficult to fit the bag on, as the usual exposed parts in a real motorcycle are all covered with plastic on a standard scooter. However, inside of the plastic the frame is not all that different. I had to create a couple of stainless-steel cable loops to extend the passenger foot peg frame inside the plastic so that they could be accessible.
In addition, the standard scooter has a filler cap beneath the seat, so it was pretty important that I be able to get the bag off quickly when we fill up (every 200-250 km or so).
Most scooters have a bit of a plastic frame behind the seat which is used to attach a top box, and on the Honda this is where I was able to hang on the straps for attachment. Overall, it takes me about a minute to loosen them and flop the bag down for gas tank access, which is not bad at all.
Since I had to buy the stainless cable to make the loops, I also used it to make a security cable to hold the bag in place when we are parked. I put a small padlock on the end to keep it in place.
So far, no one has tried to get into it as far as I can tell, or pull it off the scooter. I strapped a Possibles Pouch on the outside to hold a water bottle and my sunglasses case, and it is working great. We have been on the road for 2 months and 3000 km, with all the clothes for two people stashed in the three dry pods. Although we have not been riding in the rain (much), the bag has seen a lot of rain this spring and so far no leaks when it is properly closed.
Thank you Joel!
How have you fit your Giant Loop Gear to your ride of choice? We’d love to hear from you.
WE HAVE JUST TWO OF THESE LIMITED EDITION YELLOW MOJAVI SADDLEBAGS LEFT! $199 (includes Hot Springs Heat Shield) + $16 USA shipping.
Overview video of most of Giant Loop’s entire product line for 2016. Giant Loop Adventure Proof Packing Systems & Gear on display in our vendor stand at the BMW MOA Riders of Oregon’s Chief Joseph Rally last weekend.
Prep for your next adventure today! https://www.giantloopmoto.com/product-categories/
“Just need our passports with visas and last authorization from Russian customs to enter with motorbikes in Russia.”
French KTM 690 Enduro riders with packed Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebags ready to embark on a backcountry Russian adventure.
See more on the Morbike Facebook page.
“When you spend most of your time filthy with road dust and sleeping outside or on floors, you fully realize the luxury of seemingly basic things –such as ice, washing machines, and beds.
Apparently they used to ship ice from lakes in North America across the globe to refresh the beverages of the wealthy in India! Ice, especially with some carbonated water and lime, has become quite a treat for me these days.
Hand-washing clothing is not a problem when you can do a little each day, it is just when you haven’t had the ability and it accumulates that it becomes burdensome. I’ve scaled walls ninja-style to launder a load.
And beds, well beds are just utterly fantastic.
Consider this your humble reminder to appreciate these comforts and conveniences if you have them. ”
#roadside #market #Laos #giantloop #gratitude #motolife #motorcyclediaries
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.
The ORIGINAL rackless biomorphic horseshoe saddlebag for dual sport motorcycles, the Coyote Saddlebag is the updated version of the bag that launched Giant Loop in 2008. Made in USA. 100% waterproof. It’s the choice for hardcore off-road expeditions on dirt, dual sport – and adventure bikes. Carry gear for multi-day trips – and still work the entire saddle. Rides on rear fender and/or tail rack. Straps on to dirt bikes and dual sport motorcycles, no passenger pegs required. As Cycle World wrote: “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, November 2015)
Video overview of Giant Loop’s Mojavi Saddlebag. Take a load off with the MoJavi Saddlebag! Improve rider endurance and comfort by taking the weight out of a backpack and putting it on your dirt bike, dual sport or supermoto motorcycle. Specifically designed to carry just the essentials needed for a day trip or trail ride, the MoJavi Saddlebag is the slim, trim bag for inner tubes, tools, fluids and other “save a ride” necessities. Straps on. Stays on. No matter what.
Video overview of Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag. We pioneered the concept of the horseshoe-shaped, biomorphic motorcycle saddlebag design with our original Giant Loop Saddlebag, and the Great Basin was introduced in 2009 as a virtually universal soft luggage solution, fitting almost any motorcycle make/model designed to carry a passenger.
Fantastic gear, used recently on a quick Easter trip from Mexico D.F. to Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and back. 5,700 km on all kind of tracks, sometimes really bad (not on the photos as I rather focussed on getting through the rough passages).
No wear or tear, perfect fit and the equipment stayed in place, whatever the track was.
Aluminium boxes really are something I try to avoid.
I like your slogan “go fast, go light, go far”. That is the essence of my preferred travel style, too.
Best regards, Peter
Email from customer: “Hi, love my Coyote Saddlebag mounted on the KTM 500 EXC but the downside to every trip is my stuggle with the zipper. Man I get pissed. Am I missing something? Any way to make it operate easier? Thanks, C”
Dang, sorry to hear your zipper is giving you fits. Some things to try:
* Wash the Saddlebag with warm, soapy water, give it good rinse and let it air dry. Dirt and dust particles are usually the biggest challenges for zippers.
* Lubricate the zippers. There are commercially available zipper lube products, but often a little soap, wax or even lip balm will help.
* When you get into the bag, first roll the storm flap back out of the way, then roll the flap back over the zipper to keep it protected after you close the bag.
* Avoid over packing. When the Saddlebag is not stuff drum tight, the zippers are much easier to manage. Consider using our Possibles Pouches to add external pockets, or a Rogue Dry Bag to expand the Saddlebag – compartmentalizing gear makes it easier to access the things you need during the day of riding and helps prevent the zipper from buckling being tightly stuffed.
If you’ve tried everything, then there is an outside chance that you got a defective zipper. If you think this is the case, please print, fill out and include a copy of the attached warranty and repair return form with your CLEAN bag. Use RMA # [today’s date]. If there is a defect, we will repair or replace the Tank Bag at no charge to you.
Thank you for choosing Giant Loop for your adventures,
We design our adventure proof saddlebags, tank bags, tail bags, fender bags, tool pockets, dry bags, dry duffels to integrate as a modular, customizable packing system, enabling motorcycle riders to add and subtract bags to adjust for bike type, riding conditions and gear loads. These handy charts illustrate how all of the components fit together.
Cory and his buddies recently enjoyed an “epic” dual sport tour in Northern California!
Hello at Giant loop,
I thought I’d send you a few shots from our most recent adventure from the lost coast. Epic 400 mile two day ride with fantastic weather and terrain conditions. Thanks for the great gear. I put it through the ringer with brush, rocks, mud and an exit or two in the in a mud hole and on the gravel. Performed awesome. The waterproof liner for the Klamath tail pack fit perfectly and after several water crossings and a swim in the mud I opened it a the end of the day to find a puddle of water on top of the liner and my wallet, phone, and spare goggles dry as a bone. Look forward to lots more use as our riding season here on the lost coast is just getting started. You guys make it down this way and we’ll take you on a giant loop of our own.
Corey and the riders of the lost coast.
P.s. The pannier pockets with a 1.8 liter platypus hoser hydration bladder worked awesome, back up 1 liter on the other side. 1st ride without a pack on my back! It made a huge difference at the end of the day.
Thanks Rider Magazine for including Giant Loop’s Kiger Tank Bag and Pronghorn Straps in the December issue’s Holiday Gift Guide. We especially appreciate that they were chosen based on Rider editor’s experiences using our gear!:
“Giant Loop, started in 2008 and based in Bend, Oregon, designs and manufactures soft luggage and accessories for dual-sport/adventure riding. Some of GL’s tough, versatile luggage we’ve tested over the years, like its Fandango Tank Bag and horseshoe-shaped Great Basin Saddlebag, remains go-to gear when we head into the backcountry. But you don’t need a bike with knobbies to take advantage of GL’s no-nonsense designs and rugged, mil-spec construction. We used the 9-liter Kiger Tank Bag ($290) on a weeklong, rain-soaked tour of Italy and then strapped it on our Yamaha FJ-09 long-term test bike. We like its zipperless clamshell opening, touchscreen-friendly map pocket and removable waterproof Dry Pod bag. And GL’s Pronghorn Straps, made of super-tough stretch polyurethane with unbreakable fasteners (available in 16-, 20- and 26-inch lengths, two per package, $16-20), are some of the strongest, most versatile straps we’ve used for securing cargo to a bike.”
UPDATE: November 6, 2015
Apologies. Our manufacturing partner temporarily has put production of our fuel bladders on hold. We’re hopeful that we will have a revised design from them in the coming weeks, and that we will have production units ready to ship early in 2016. Thanks for your patience – innovation presents unique challenges.
Giant Loop Fuel Safe Bladders conveniently transport 1 gallon of hydrocarbon fuel for power sports in collapsible welded film containers that weigh less than 1 pound and roll up flat when empty. The MoJavi Fuel Safe Bladder is designed specifically to fit in the side pockets of Giant Loop saddlebags.
“The best hard-core saddlebag and tank-bag solution we’ve found is from Giant Loop. Coyote 39-liter saddlebags (www.giantloopmoto.com, $360) attach securely without using heavy metal racks and come with heat shields to protect from the hot muffler. Capacity is huge, and three waterproof liner bags are included. Diablo Pro Tank Bag adds 4 liters up front ($210) and has a clear map pocket with a power cord inlet for devices. Zippered base has a fuel-cap cutout, meaning the bag can flip out of the way for easy refueling. There are cheaper solutions to carrying stuff, but these American-made pieces have been over mountains and across deserts with no issues.”
? ADV Lite, Cycle World Magazine, November 2015
Here’s how to use the loop of our custom-woven Ballistic nylon (included with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag and MoJavi Saddlebag) instead of the Fender Hooks to anchor the bag to the rear fender. Simply loosen the bolts holding the two halves of the rear fender together enough to thread the webbing between the upper fender and the under-fender support. Check webbing positioning: Saddlebag should sit right behind seat when side anchor straps are tensioned. Retighten bolts to sandwich webbing between fender components, positioned to anchor Saddlebag behind rear seat when side straps are tight. Thread webbing through underside of Saddlebag in pass through thumb-lock buckles – push the stiff webbing through and pull to tight to finish. When Saddlebag is not on bike, use buckle, wire tie or other simple method to prevent loose webbing ends from dangling into hot exhaust. Go light, go fast, go far!
Yes! We have a 2013 KTM 500 EXC here at Giant Loop – love this great bike! But there are some fitment challenges with the KTM EXCs Husqvarna FEs and other late model dirt bikes with double-thickness rear fenders and under-seat fuel tanks. The fender hooks on the Coyote Saddlebag and MoJavi Saddlebag cannot get a proper “purchase” on the lip of the fender plastic. Here are some alternative mounting options – all tested and proven on many bikes over thousands of miles of demanding riding.
Simple, Clean Solution: No drilling or mods required! Remove the fender hooks from the Coyote Saddlebag or MoJavi Saddlebag and replace them with the included mounting strap (length of ballistic webbing packed inside the new bag). If you have a tail rack, just thread the webbing through the rack and back into the saddlebag. Here’s how to do it without a tail rack:
Loosen the bolts in taillight assembly/fender support (black plastic shown below) from the subframe and fender.
Thread the the ballistic webbing strap between the fender and taillight assembly/fender support and retighten bolts to sandwich webbing between the two fender layers.
Once the strap is centered, re-tighten the screws and bolts that secure the taillight assembly. This should tension the strap under the fender, so it doesn’t slide around, providing a solid mounting position.
Then thread the mounting strap through the thumb-lock buckles (where the hooks were before) inside the Coyote Saddlebag or under the center Tool Pouch on the MoJavi Saddlebag.
We use a spare side release buckle to hold the strap ends, when a bag isn’t mounted.
With the MoJavi Saddlebag, the top of the base can be tucked under the rear lip of the seat. When tensioned down, this makes a dead-solid connection. But this positions the bag farther forward, can stress seat connectors, and isn’t an option at all for the Coyote Saddlebag.
Another Solution: If you’re not adverse to drilling some small holes in your fender, the footmans loops make a clean solution. All you really need is one solid anchor point, but we’ve installed two.Install footmans loops in the middle top of the fender (be careful not to drill into wiring!) and use the webbing loop included with the Coyote Saddlebag and MoJavi Saddlebag, instead of the fender hooks.
Stop Scuffs and Scratches!
If you don’t want your new plastics to look like the white side panels in the pic above, Giant Loop now offers heavy-duty Vinyl Protective Film to eliminate scuffing where the bags make contact.
Balint wrote in and shared pictures from his recent European tour. Check out how he is using the cable lock pass through for security!
Here are two pics taken on my trip around Europe on my XB12XT using a Great Basin 2 saddlebag and a Zigzag handlebar bag. I’ve been to 10 countries altogether starting from the UK, then France, Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium then back to the UK through France. Altogether i rode 3834 miles (approx 6170 kms) to see all my friends and family on my holiday wherever they live around Europe and it was a great experience. Your bags totally rock!
All the best,
Thanks for the great pics and for riding Giant Loop!
Advrider Hodakaguy has posted a comprehensive thread about ?packing his KTM 530 EXC for long desert camping trips. Covering 1600 miles on dirt takes some preparation and he does a thorough job of covering the important details and not getting bogged down with too much gear. His complete report is at this link on advrider.com
He had this to say about his Giant Loop gear.
“Luggage: Giant Loop Luggage – This luggage is absolutely awesome! Holds your gear tight to the bike so you can ride like a dirt bike with all your luggage. Everything stays in it’s place and there is no metal frame work to bend/break in a crash. I’ve used this luggage on numerous long distance desert trips now and it’s performed flawlessly. I like to pack everything in small individual dry bags before loading them into the GL bag, keeps everything waterproof plus makes it easier to go after a specific item.
Giant Loop Fandango Tank Bag – On our second trip I added the tank bag. Build quality is great and it’s super handy as it allows you quick access to your camera, helmet cam, extra batteries/memory cards etc. I carry my camera in a zip lock bag inside the tank bag, keeps dust out of the camera and if you go down in a river crossing the camera won’t be damaged …”
He even breaks down his whole load and describes the utility of each piece.
This is the list of bike spares he carries:
*Spare Tube in a front fender pack (Remove the valve core from the spare tube, coat the tube in Talc, fold it up and place it in a vacuum seal-a-meal bag. The vacuum will make it a fraction of it’s normal size and the thick bag will offer abrasion resistance for the tube while it’s in the pack. If you need the tube while on the trail just cut open the pack, re-install the valve core and you have a pre-talc’d tube ready to go!)
*General hand tools…ie wrenches, pliers etc.
*Metal Epoxy stick – great for fixing
*Electrical Tape, Rescue Tape
*Tire Pump – I use the Crank Brothers Pump. It’s small, light weight and works great. I carry it in the Fandango Tank Bag
*Spare Spark Plug
*1 qt Oil
*Wallet Sized Multi-Meter
Hadn’t heard of the Crank Brothers pump and I like its quality.
Thanks for the great review and tips Hodakaguy!
Here is the Press Release:
From: Baja Rally
Date:07/08/2014 9:13 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: Baja Rally
Subject: IMPORTANT NOTE: FUEL RANGE EXTENDED
Riders and Crews-
Due to at least one lengthy route on the BAJA RALLY 2.0, we will have a 205 mile (329km) special where we may not have a gas stop set up between 2 points 147mi apart. Its a situation we cant be sure of solving.
Therefore, the minimum gas range for riders and bikes has been raised to 150 miles indefinitely. Some riders will need to carry extra fuel on certain stages.
The Giant Loop Mojavi Bag has been used widely in rallies all over the world for riders to carry water, tools and gas. These are lightweight easy to use saddle bags to carry up to a gallon of liquids. Riders are using TouraTech’s 2 liter bottles on each side of the Mojavi in some cases.
I realize this is going to effect a few riders right off the bat and wanted to make sure everyone has enough notice to respond to the changes.
I welcome your phone call or email reply to discuss this further if needed or answer any questions you might have. Don’t hesitate to call 858 342-8222.
Giant Loop owner, Harold, has returned to his ancestral home of Norway, for some motorbiking and family vacation.
The first pictures are coming in, so I share them here.
His motorbike guide is Elving Stolli, who has loaned Harold a Honda Africa Twin.
Harold took a Fandango Tank bag Pro and Great Basin Saddlebag for this fly and ride.
Trontoppen- Norway’s second highest road
Packing up camp