From customer Jason: “Used the Coyote Saddlebag on my KTM 500 EXC for Baja, and just like my prior version (the original bolt-on Giant Loop Saddlebag) it was really awesome, but probably more awesomer. 🙂 Kept it light and I only needed the Coyote for a 2 week trip. Inside I had tools, spares, clothes. We didn’t camp. Kept it fast and light. I used the beaver tail straps to fasten an auxiliary fuel supply – funny how station attendants don’t care if you’re pumping fuel into an unapproved 5l container. I’m not sure I’d get away with it here…” Or, check out the Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladders!
Here is a great review video of the Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag Roll top by Rocky Mountain ATV. They cover all the unique features of our mid sized saddlebag and explain how to install the Coyote on your motorcycle.
The Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top, a fresh update of our original flagship horseshoe-shaped dual sport and enduro rackless Giant Loop Saddlebag design that launched our company in 2008. The Coyote features a convenient rolling closure that seals out water and dust while maintaining the packable volume and all the unique “go light, go fast, go far” features of our zipper closure Coyote Saddlebag. Other enhancements include sewn-on molded rubber badges, Giant Loop branded grab handles that double as side compression straps and a set of 3 RF welded waterproof inner liner Saddlebag Dry Pods with air purge valves.
Here is a cool little video put out by the Motorcycle Superstore. They cover our larger packing system items including our various rackless saddlebags and the Siskiyou Panniers – the video was launched before the addition of our Round the World Panniers, which are now our largest carrying capacity set up. It’s a great way to get scale on the different capacities of our bags.
Go light. Go fast. Go Far!
Product of the Week – The Coyote Saddlebag
The Coyote Saddle Bag Roll Top is the rackless motorcycle luggage choice for hardcore off-road expeditions. Carry gear for overnight or multi-day trips — and still have access to the entire saddle — with the Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top mounted to the rear fender and/or tail rack of virtually any dirt bike, dual sport or enduro motorcycle. No passenger pegs required, the Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top anchors to the frame or subframe on most motorcycle makes/models — as well as snow bikes, such as Timbersled and MotoTrax. Above you’ll see the saddlebag fits well on KTM, Kawasaki, Honda, Yamaha, Husqvarna dual sport bikes and even a Ducati Monster!
The Coyote Saddlebag is the perfect choice for a super light set up. Weighing in at only 4.5lbs and and yeilding 39L of carrying capacity, it includes three waterproof dry pods and a Hot Springs Heat Sheild. This bag is one of our highest selling luggage options and is the choice for some amazing riders around the world.
Jenny Morgan; Dakar veteran, freelance photo-journalist, Rally Raid spokesperson and all around bad-ass lays out her packing strategy in this video.
Jenny travels with a Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag on her Honda Rally Raid CB500 and show us just what Go Light, Go fast, Go far really means.
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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!
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.
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!
Customer Review: “Can’t Sing Enough Praises” About Coyote Saddlebag + Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag on Suzuki DRZ400
“I am about to make a bold statement.”
“I finally got a chance to camp with my new Coyote Roll Top Saddlebag and Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag. It’s easily the best setup I have ever owned for dual sport and I’ve damn near owned them all at this point. Can’t wait to see where you guys go with your items in the future. I can say, please keep making roll tops, and please keep the current dry bags. Really awesome features in my opinion. I noticed all the straps are about as twice as thick as any other brand I have used as well. I beat my bike to death and none of this stuff ever moved. The saddlebags already have a few drops on them and I ran into a tree with the right side too. Can’t even see a mark on it anywhere. I also noticed I can put the saddlebags super far back. I never noticed it touching my butt or back the entire time, even riding whoops standing up, and this is with a hydration pack on. This is probably the first time I’ve camped with a setup and didn’t come home not liking something about it. Seriously, can’t sing enough praises.“
“In these photos, I am packed with everything needed to tent camp basically indefinitely off the bike. I love that everything is in one place and not in 3 or 4 different bags strapped awkwardly on the back of the bike. Very clean.”
Beta Polska Rides with Coyote Saddlebag, MoJavi Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Zigzag Handlebar Bag, Pronghorn Straps in Mountains of Poland
Writes Poland’s Beta Motorcycles importer: “I’m very happy I have a product Giant Loop. Sensational and super products. Regards, Andrzej Firek BETAPOLSKA.”
NEW! Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top and Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top
NEW PRODUCTS: Giant Loop Redesigns Pioneering Horseshoe Shaped Motorcycle Saddlebags
Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top and Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top Feature Zipperless Closures and Rider-Driven Updates
(BEND, OREGON USA) Adventure proof packing and gear systems innovator Giant Loop redesigned its pioneering horseshoe-shaped motorcycle saddlebags, producing a limited preview release of the new Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top and Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top. Both models of Roll Top Saddlebags feature a convenient rolling closure that seals out water and dust while maintaining the packable volume and all the unique “go light, go fast, go far” features of their zipper closure counterparts, the original Great Basin Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag – super rugged, stable, lightweight, rackless mounting, gear positioned tight to center of bike.
Other enhancements include molded rubber grab handles that double as side compression straps, an included set of 3 RF-welded waterproof inner liner Saddlebag Dry Pods with air purge valves, and drains in the bottoms of the Saddlebag’s “legs” that allow water to escape if it manages to penetrate the highly water resistant out shell (yes, we’ve dunked our bikes in streams crossings, too).
This limited production preview release comes in black only, and the Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top and Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top are available exclusively at Giant Loop’s showroom/warehouse in Bend, Oregon and online at GiantLoopMoto.com until the full production release in 2017. Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top retails for $450 (including set of 3 waterproof Saddlebag Dry Pods and 1 Hot Springs Heat Shield exhaust protector). Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top retails for $360 (including set of 3 waterproof Saddlebag Dry Pods and 1 Hot Springs Heat Shield exhaust protector).
Introducing the Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top
Introducing the Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top, a fresh update of the original biomorphic, horseshoe-shaped Saddlebag design that Giant Loop pioneered in 2009. The Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top enables riders to carry your gear where the passenger would sit on the motorcycle, making this remarkably versatile motortcycle soft luggage solution fit virtually any motorcycle designed to carry a passenger. Cordura Ballistic webbing anchors secure the Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top to the passenger footrest brackets, so it mounts on the pillion seat of sport and sport touring bikes, standards, nakeds and adventure touring and dual sport motorcycles.
The Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top delivers everything needed to mount up hit the road:
• 45-60 liters of packable volume (45 liters with three full waterproof rolls, up to 60 liters with one roll to seal out dust)
• Set of 3 RF welded waterproof inner liner Saddlebag Dry Pods with air release valves included
• 1 Hot Springs Heat Shield (laser-cut aluminum + stainless steel clamp) included
• Side compression straps with molded rubber grab handles
• Super tough, highly water resistant vinyl tarp outer shell reinforced with ballistic nylon
• Beavertail and cinch ring with side-release buckled compression straps that integrate with double-end Rogue Dry Bag and Tillamook Dry Bag (available separately)
• Lash loops to attach Possible Pouch external pockets
• Multiple rear anchor straps for maximum versatility – secure one, two or all three to solid mount points
• Separate mounting and compression straps for easier gear access
• Reinforced Roll Top closure
• Cable lock pass-through to secure bag to bike while parked (with optional 84” QuickLoop Cable)
• Reflective accents for visibility
• Military-spec materials and construction
• Limited Lifetime Warranty against defects
• Made in U.S.A.
• Currently available in Black only.
Introducing the Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top
Introducing the Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top, a fresh update of Giant Loop’s original flagship horseshoe-shaped dual sport and enduro Giant Loop Saddlebag design that launched the company in 2008. The Coyote Saddle Bag Roll Top is the new choice for hardcore off-road expeditions, wrapping gear weight around the motorcycle’s subframe, exactly where it impacts handling the least. Riders can carry gear for overnight or multi-day trips and still have access to the entire saddle for rigorous off-road riding. The Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top mounts to the rear fender and/or tail rack of virtually any dirt bike, dual sport or enduro motorcycle (no passenger pegs required). Cordura Ballistic webbing straps anchor the Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top to the frame or subframe on most motorcycle makes/models — as well as snow bikes, such as Timbersled and MotoTrax.
Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top delivers everything needed to mount up hit the trail:
• 39 liters packable volume
• 1 Hot Springs Heat Shield (laser-cut aluminum) + stainless steel clamp included
• Set of 3 RF welded waterproof inner liner Saddlebag Dry Pods with air release valves included
• Rear mounting options — use included fender hooks OR included webbing anchor strap to fit virtually any bike or tail rack
• Stabilize gear load using side compression straps with molded rubber grab handles
• Attach additional gear using beavertail and cinch ring with side-release buckled compression straps that integrate with double-end Rogue Dry Bag and Tillamook Dry Bag (available separately)
• Lash loops to attach Possible Pouch external pockets
• Reflective accents for better visibility
• Military-spec materials and construction
• Limited Lifetime Warranty
• Made in U.S.A.
• Currently available in Black only.
Limited production preview release Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top and Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top are available exclusively at Giant Loop’s showroom/warehouse in Bend, Oregon, and online at www.giantloopmoto.com. Giant Loop’s adventure proof motorcycle, snowmobile, snow bike, ATV, UTV, SxS, 4×4 and outdoor packing and gear systems are available from powersports dealers across the USA via Tucker Rocky Distributing, as well as from international distributors around the world. Giant Loop is a rider-owned company that designs and tests products in Bend, Oregon. For all the details, go to www.giantloopmoto.com or www.giantloopsnow.com.
NEW MOTORCYCLE PRODUCT: Giant Loop Saddlebag Dry Pods Upgrade Waterproof Motorcycle Luggage
Giant Loop has introduced new Saddlebag Dry Pods, waterproof inner liner bags designed to fit the interior spaces of the company’s Great Basin Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag, keeping gear dry and organized. Sold as a set of three, Saddlebag Dry Pods also add waterproof organization and storage to any panniers, saddlebags, duffels, dry bags or backpacks. Saddlebag Dry Pods are constructed of high visibility yellow TPU with RF welded seams and roll-top closures, and they feature air purge valves to help compress gear for easy sealing and packing.
Saddlebag Dry Pods are now included with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag – and the new Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top and Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top – enabling riders to leave their Saddlebags mounted and carry gear to a campsite or hotel. They are available separately as an upgrade for any previous version of these pioneering horseshoe-shaped motorcycle saddlebag designs, in production since 2009.
TIPS: Fill Giant Loop’s Saddlebag Dry Pods with ice and a favorite beverage at the end of a day’s adventure. Saddlebag Dry Pods also can be used on their own for boating, a day at the beach or anywhere high-quality waterproof dry storage is needed.
Each Saddlebag Dry Pods set includes two side Pods shaped to fit the lower “legs” of the Great Basin Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag and one double-ended center Pod. Like all Giant Loop products, Saddlebag Dry Pods are backed by a limited lifetime warranty against defects for the original purchaser. USA MSRP is $75 (part number SDP16).
Saddlebag Dry Pods are available at Giant Loop’s showroom/warehouse in Bend, Oregon, and online at www.giantloopmoto.com. Giant Loop’s adventure proof motorcycle, snowmobile, snow bike, ATV, UTV, SxS, 4×4 and outdoor packing and gear systems are available from powersports dealers across the USA via Tucker Rocky Distributing, as well as from international distributors around the world. Giant Loop is a rider-owned company that designs and tests products in Bend, Oregon.
Giant Loop’s Motorcycle Soft Luggage & Gear On Honda Africa Twin
Finally getting the opportunity to do some fitting on the new Honda Africa Twin. This customer rode over the Cascades from Oregon’s Willamette Valley to our shop in Bend to test fit and outfit his sweet silver Honda Africa Twin.
Giant Loop’s Kiger Tank Bag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag and Diablo Pro Tank Bag all fit the Honda Africa Twin great (GL’s motorcycle tank bags use the same harness and mount up identically). This rider went with the Fandango Pro Tank Bag, our trim mid-size dual sport and adventure touring motorcycle Tank Bag, which includes a waterproof RF welded inner liner Dry Pod, integrated electronics pass-through, mesh exterior pocket and concealed document pocket. And like all of our Tank Bags, the Honda Africa Twin’s fuel fill is easily accessed by unzipping one side of the Tank Bag from the harness.
We also test fit Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers, Great Basin Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag – all workable options. This rider has Touratech luggage racks on order, so he chose our new rack-mounted Round The World Panniers with 18mm Happy Trails Pannier Mounting Kit hardware.
GL’s Tillamook Dry Bag – the mid-size option in our line of three double-ended RF welded Dry Bags, the Rogue Dry Bag (17 liters), Tillamook Dry Bag (38 liters) and Columbia Dry Bag (70 liters) – and our Zigzag Handlebar Bag completes his adventure proof packing system. Add some Pronghorn Straps to keep everything tight and tidy.
Maintaining & Cleaning Zippers on the Giant Loop Motorcycle Soft Luggage
Email from customer: “Hi, love my Coyote Saddlebag mounted on the KTM 500 EXC, but the downside to every trip I struggle with the zipper. Man I get pissed. Am I missing something? Any way to make it operate easier? Thanks, Cal”
Dang, sorry to hear your zipper is giving you fits. Keeping zippers clean and lubricate – and treating them with respect by not yanking or forcing zippers will keep them sliding smoothly and prevent you from bursting a blood vessel.
Some things to try:
- Clean the zippers. Dirt and dust particles are usually the biggest challenges for zippers – just like the moving parts of your motorcycle engine. For the trail, pack some of our Zip Care™ Zipper Cleaner & Lubricant. When you’re trip is over, wash all of your Giant Loop motorcycle soft luggage using warm, soapy water, give it good rinse and let it air dry.
- Lubricate the zippers. Use our Zip Care™ Zipper Cleaner & Lubricant. And in a pinch, a little soap, wax or even lip balm will help. Burt’s Bee’s Beeswax Lip Balm works great and is available at any drug store or grocery store.
- Manage the zippers. When you get into your Giant Loop Saddlebag, 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. Un-zip Possibles Pouches, Pannier Pockets and Tank Bag lids completely when accessing gear to avoid damaging zipper teeth.
- Respect the zippers. Avoid over packing. When your Giant Loop adventure proof packing systems are not stuffed drum tight, the zippers are much easier to manage. Consider using our Possibles Pouches, to add external pockets, or a Dry Bag to expand your Giant Loop Saddlebag or Panniers. Add the Pannier Pockets to Giant Loop’s Tank Bags. Compartmentalizing gear makes it easier to access the things you need during the day of riding and helps prevent the zippers from buckling from being tightly stuffed. Hold zipper halves together as you zip to prevent stressing the teeth.
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 your Giant Loop product at no charge to you.
Thank you for choosing Giant Loop for your adventures,
Jimmy Lewis Trusts Giant Loop Gear on His ‘Tour of Idaho’ Ride
Famed dirt bike racer Jimmy Lewis (one of the few Americas to stand on the podium at the Dakar Rally) rides the notoriously technical Tour of Idaho equipped with Giant Loop gear. For this particular ride he’s got the Coyote Saddlebag and the Fandango Tank Bag. These aren’t the first Giant Loop products he’s used; check out his reviews for our other gear, such as the Zigzag Handlebar Bag, MoJavi Saddlebag, and the Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder.
You can find all of Jimmy’s information on his website: Motorcyclejazz.com
The Tour of Idaho is a 1400+ mile dirt road journey from Utah to British Columbia, designed for solo riders and small groups. Jimmy explains the ride on his website. The trail is for plated dirt bikes, not so much for dual sports, although there is a route available that is shorter and more dual sport friendly. “The Tour encompasses extremes of elevation (1,486′ to 10,420′) and climate. It crests 10,000′ three times and 9,000 feet a dozen times more. Technical challenges include mud, snow, extensive sections of technical single track, rocky trails, numerous water crossings and deep sand. Navigational issues abound. The Tour is in no way a casual undertaking. Yet the variety of plants, animals and geological features found along the way is amazing. The riding is varied, challenging and always interesting. It’s fun even when it’s really hard. If you are the type of person who feels comfortable rebuilding a bike in the middle of nowhere (with a bear watching) or lashing logs together to cross a swollen creek, the Tour may be for you.”
There is a 45-minute video documentary of the ride, but it is not available for public viewing just yet. You can check out his YouTube channel for other great videos until the new one is released.
Dirtbike Test has a short article about the ride as well, where the video may be available for some.
Thanks Jimmy Lewis for trusting Giant Loop on your journey!
Happy Customer, Curtis, Shares Husqvarna Supermoto 701 Travel Shots
We recently had an email dialogue with a Giant Loop customer who wanted to share his enthusiasm about our products! Thank you for the kind words, Curtis, we’re glad you like our stuff!
“Hahah! LIKE is an understatement! I LOVE my Coyote Saddlebag! I love my Possibles Pouches! I’ve never had such a comfortable set of gear to ride with (and on at times!). I almost pity the person who asks me about them – little do they realize they are about to get blasted with excitement and enthusiasm! I’ve traveled on a bunch of different bikes and a bunch of different styles of bags and nothing comes close to the way the giant loop bag: a) keeps the center of gravity low, b) keeps the gear secure, c) keeps the gear protected. I’ve learned the hard way about A and always knew B was essential and Giant loop does C with style! (I love my dry-roll bags!) I’ve never felt safer carrying 40lbs of camping, food and clothing NOT to mention I can sit on top of the damn thing when I need a change of position!
Giant Loop Rider, Wendi, Rides Badlands on KLR with Coyote Saddlebag
Found in the archives and still valuable, Wendi wrote to tell us about her experience fitting her GL Coyote Saddlebag onto a KLR and riding Badlands. Thanks Wendi!
Thank you for the information on your bags.
While purchased for my DRZ, I did use my GL Coyote bag on my larger KLR for a trip to the badlands last week and it worked great!
I also wanted to let you know that I can’t say enough about the durability of this bag. I am new to dirt riding and have been down numerous times on dirt, gravel, sand, etc, and my bag has no damage at all and doesn’t show any wear yet. I am so impressed with that, so a huge thanks for a great product.
Here’s a couple of pics of my awesome GL Coyote on both of my bikes. Works great – looks cool!
Giant Loop Customers Travel San Diego to Cabo and Back on Honda XR650Ls
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.
Coyote Saddlebag on KTM 1190 Adventure R in New Zealand
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
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.
Video: “Goodwill Hunting Dual Sport Tour” in Oregon’s High Desert
Four friends leave their Motocross bikes at home and embark on a Dual Sport adventure. Watch as Rory Sullivan of MotoSport.com, Thor Drake of See See Motorcycles, Joey Lancaster from Fox Racing, and Paul Boiselle tackle the Oregon outback. With about 400 miles of varied on and off road terrain on the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route, and nothing but bikes, camping gear and a few Goodwill “gems,” the riding adventure awaits.
Video: Coyote Saddlebag
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)
Kiwis Keith and Bryan rode 13,000km, coast-to-coast on the Trans Canada Adventure Trail on Yamaha WR250s with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebags and Dry Bags. Here are some highlights from their adventure (captions by Keith)!
1. Caribou Creek Saskatchewan . Almost as far north as the TCAT gets. Great spot – cabins, gas, food, beer!
2. Chris Rieger and the Kiwis. We have Chris to thank for a world class effort in marking the TCAT in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Job very well done.
3. Day off at the Nipawin Exhibition. The wagon racing was breathtaking!
4. Bryan and deer – a certain attraction. Our altercations with them continue …
5. Mike on a slippery slope in Saskatchewan . Hard to see the true grade but 5 mm of damp makes the surface like soap.
6. Manitoba Lake – the Cree First Nation. A very warm welcome, Keith telling our story to locals.
7. Keith looking for the trail in long grass. Bloody great moose appeared! (not in pic)
8. Rains a’comin on the prairie.
9. Oops. Road closed.
10. Typical axle deep ‘damp patch’ we had to get through on the Saskatchewan prairie.
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
Giant Loop’s modular, customizable Adventure Proof Packing System for motorcycles makes packing easy, speeds access, distributes gear across the bike, helps position weight closer to the bike’s center and allow riders to choose which components to add or remove for a given ride or motorcycle type. Here, we’ve use the Possibles Pouches as easy-to-reach external pockets on the Coyote Saddlebag for dual sport, enduro and dirt bikes – one for spare inner tubes and another for tools and supplies. Use this promo code for free USA shipping: GLSHIP
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.
Email from UK adventure travel journalist Duncan McCallum about his May 2015 ride:
“The trip was a 3,000km mix of off-road and road trails, May 2015, in Provence, France, Corsica, Sardinia and the Italian Alps. Five out of the six bikes had GL products – mostly tank bags but Brian on the Yamaha XT660 also bought the Coyote Saddlebag and dumped his old system. They all saw my stuff from the last trip and went to Adventure Spec?[Giant Loop’s distributor in the United Kingdom]?to buy it.”
The KTM 690 Enduro’s unconventional rear fender fuel fill access presents on a small challenge for riders using Giant Loop’s MoJavi Saddlebag or Coyote Saddlebag. Here’s Eric from RideADV.com’s new motorcycle. Can you guess how long it takes to to get to the fuel fill? Watch the end for GL sales manager Dustin’s mountain bike wheelie departure, too – we love everything on two wheels here! NOTE: We HIGHLY recommend installing the Hot Springs Heat Shield with the MoJavi Saddlebag! #golightgofastgofar
Cory Rowden, Kiwi owner of and guide for BoliviaMotors, rode his Honda XR650R through Bolivia, Peru, Colombia and Brazil last fall with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag. Here are some of his pics and feedback:
?I?ve just returned from a month riding in Bolivia, Peru, Colombia and Brazil during which I used a Giant Loop Coyote bag strapped to the back of a Honda XR650R. We rode over 6000kms and had a fantastic time on a mix of tarmac, cobblestone, dirt and mud road in mixed conditions including rain, sun, cold and extreme heat. We crossed the Andes mountains, floated down the Amazon river and rode BR319 ? officially Brazil?s worst road ? through the heart of the Amazon rainforest. The Giant Loop Coyote gear performed flawlessly and I could not have chosen better equipment. It was perfectly suited to a bike of this kind with limited mounting options. The bag never shifted while riding, nor did it get in the way even during spirited riding off-road. Not a single problem or complaint ? it kept my gear clean and dry through the varying conditions we were faced with and it was also easy to load and unload at the beginning and end of each day. I can and will heartily recommend Giant Loop gear to clients and friends.?