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Old 08-11-2014, 11:33 AM   #256
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Old 08-12-2014, 02:21 PM   #257
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All set up for 10 days of desert travel! Full gear/equipment list here: CLICK HERE

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Thanks for posting your setups, Swamp and Hodakaguy! That's a couple really nice combinations of gear.

Hodaka guy, I like how you use the subframe on one side of your KTM and the mainframe on the other, asymmetrically strapping your bags. They look nice and tight!

In the picture above, the Hot Springs heat shield is supporting just the Coyote and not the bike's side panel, under the saddlebag. Can I recommend moving it forward a little, or adding another Hot Springs Heatshield, positioned slightly more under the side panel? The goal is to prevent the bag from pressing onto the muffler during riding or pressing the side panel into the pipe, during a tip over. The edge of the Coyote that is between the heat shield and the side panel are also at risk for melting during a tip over, in the present configuration. Hope that helps you tune your set up! PM if you have any questions or if I can help.

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In the picture above, the Hot Springs heat shield is supporting just the Coyote and not the bike's side panel, under the saddlebag. Can I recommend moving it forward a little, or adding another Hot Springs Heatshield, positioned slightly more under the side panel? The goal is to prevent the bag from pressing onto the muffler during riding or pressing the side panel into the pipe, during a tip over. The edge of the Coyote that is between the heat shield and the side panel are also at risk for melting during a tip over, in the present configuration. Hope that helps you tune your set up! PM if you have any questions or if I can help.
Yep the heat shield needs to be lowered for sure. I've never had a issue running the heat shields in that location in the past but after taking a short ride the other evening to take photo's of the bike I returned home and emptied the GL, the dry bags on the exhaust side were to warm for sure. Maybe I just haven't paid that close of attention in the past lol

I looked at lowering the upper heat shield down under the bodywork but the heat shield is pretty tall and the body work pretty stiff in that area. Luckily I had an older design GL heat shield on hand that isn't as high and fits nicely under the bodywork with just a little tug on the plastic. Should create a nice air gap under the plastic and keep the GL nice and cool

A couple shots of the heat shields...

Newer design, excellent build quality and solid as a rock....just a tad on the high side for where I want to fit it.




Holding the older style heat shield besides the newer unit. You can easily see the height difference in this picture.




And the old shield in place under the plastic. I'll most likely just leave both shields in place on the upcoming trip :-)




Not a great shot but you can see a nice air gap between the pipe and the side panel now, this will resist the GL from pressing the plastic down onto the pipe.




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Old 08-13-2014, 04:17 PM   #259
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Pannier Pockets - Perfect Place for Extra Fuel

GL's Pannier Pockets are one of those pieces of gear that never really come off your bike once you put them on and use them on an adventure or dual sport enduro bike. They're completely out of the way when riding, and they offer super handy access to all of the smaller items you want to reach without digging while on the trail. They can be added to any Giant Loop tank bag - or used as pockets only with the included straps.

Customer just emailed to ask about carrying fuel bottles in the Pannier Pockets, so we snapped a couple of pics of the MSR 33 oz fuel bottle:


The finger loop on the fuel bottle's cap protrudes from the zipped pocket - but it's not going anywhere!
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1-Gallon Reda Gas Can in Fandango Tank Bag

Need to carry an extra gallon of fuel for your next adventure? The 1-gallon Reda Gas Can fits inside Giant Loop's Fandango Tank Bag! And when you don't need to carry extra fuel, the Fandango Tank Bag keeps all of your small motorcycling essentials handy - which a bigger gas tank isn't going to do for you.


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Old 08-16-2014, 12:16 PM   #261
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Just received my Siskiyou Panniers and can't express how stoked I am! Can't wait to get them filled up and on the road! AWESOME!!
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Old 08-19-2014, 11:43 AM   #262
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Just received my Siskiyou Panniers and can't express how stoked I am! Can't wait to get them filled up and on the road! AWESOME!!
Thanks MotoBoss! Looking forward to seeing your pics and feedback. Go light, go fast, go far!
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Old 08-19-2014, 11:50 AM   #263
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Siskiyou Panniers on KTM 1190 Adventure R

Siskiyou Panniers on KTM 1190 and BMW F800
I just chased Brad Tawzer, the owner of this bike, through sand whoops, rocky washes and tight twisty rocky jeep trails, and I'm absolutely blown away by how stable and solid the Siskiyou Panniers ride on the KTM 1190 Adventure R. NO RACK REQUIRED! Let's take a look at his tight and tidy install:

KTM 1190 Adventure w Siskiyou Panniers - rearview
STEP 1: Remove passenger handles and insert spacers to secure tail rack. Tawzer cut his spacers from lengths of steel pipe, but many hardware stores will have an assortment of ready-made spacers, too.

By removing the large passenger grab handles on the KTM 1190 Adventure R and installing spacers in their place to secure the tail rack, the Siskiyou Panniers sit in the optimal postition - panniers lids level with the top of the seat, not drooping over the sides. The cross-over section on the Siskiyou Panniers is adjusted to its minimum width.

Tillamook Dry Bag, Siskiyou Panniers on KTM 1190
STEP 2: Mount Siskiyou Panniers per the provided instructions, securing side anchor straps to passenger footrest mounts and the tail of the panniers to the stock rack. We like to use 16" Pronghorn Straps to make mounting easier and faster.

The Siskiyou Panniers mount in the usual way, per GL's instructions included with the Panniers: The two side anchor straps secure to the passenger footrest mounts, and two anchor straps attach the D-rings on *tail of the Panniers to the stock tail rack. We like to use 16" Pronghorn Straps as our anchors, as they are quick, easy and super secure. Now, here's the best part . . .

Siskiyou Panniers' daisy chain attached to KTM 1190's stock luggage mount
STEP 3: Using 16" Pronghorn Straps, secure Siskiyou Panniers' wheel-side daisy chains to the stock KTM luggage mounts on both sides.

By securing the Siskiyou Panniers' wheel-side daisy chains to the stock KTM luggage mounts and drawing forward tension with the side anchor straps, the Panniers become solidly locked into position. Supported by the stock luggage mounts in multiple locations.

KTM stock luggage mounts support Siskiyou Panniers
KTM's stock luggage mounts support the Siskiyou Panniers in multiple locations, making the installation dead-solid stable on the bike.

If you're a belt-and-suspenders rider, then add another connection between the wheel-side daisy chain and the super-burly exhaust hanger.

With the stock KTM exhaust, we recommend installing at least one of the included Hot Springs Heat Shields on the top of the exhaust to prevent the Siskiyou Panniers from making direct connect with the hot pipe.
With the stock KTM exhaust, we recommend installing at least one of the included Hot Springs Heat Shields on the top of the exhaust to prevent the Siskiyou Panniers from making direct connect with the hot pipe.

With the stock KTM exhaust, we recommend installing at least one of the included Hot Springs Heat Shields on the top of the exhaust to prevent the Siskiyou Panniers from making direct connect with the hot pipe. Here on Tawzer's bike, the aftermarket Wings exhaust runs cool enough that heat never becomes an issue, even without the Heat Shield.
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Old 08-20-2014, 01:39 PM   #264
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Take the Insult Out of "You've Got Gas"

Take the insult out of "you've got gas!" Carry up to 2 GALLONS of extra fuel on your bike by inserting a 1-gallon Reda Innovations Gas Can into each of the lower "legs" of Giant Loop's Coyote Saddlebag (works great in the Great Basin Saddlebag, too)!

1-gal Reda Gas Can fits Coyote Saddlebag
The Reda Gas Can's angled shape fits perfectly into the bottom of the lower "legs" on the Coyote Saddlebag.

After filling the Reda can, wipe any spillage off the outside and use a heavy plastic bag to help contain the gas odor.

Plastic bag contains gasoline smell when packing Reda can inside Coyote Saddlebag
Plastic bag contains gasoline smell when packing Reda can inside Coyote Saddlebag.

Simply slide the can into the Coyote Saddlebag, remembering to fold the storm flap over to give you easy sliding access to the zipper.

Plenty of room to spare, even with a gallon of gas in each side of the Coyote Saddlebag.
Plenty of room to spare, even with a gallon of gas in each side of the Coyote Saddlebag.

Zip it, grip it and rip it! You've got gas!

Keep your extra fuel weight, low, tight and balanced with the Reda can inside the Coyote Saddlebag
Keep your extra fuel weight, low, tight and balanced with the Reda can inside the Coyote Saddlebag.
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Old 08-21-2014, 01:53 PM   #265
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Swamp's Solo Continental Divide Trail Ride

Continental Divide Trail on BMW G650GS X-Challenge
NORTH OF STEAMBOAT SPRINGS COLORADO

Swamp is a serious adventurer who's ridden all over the Americas on dual sport bikes. Here's the intro his latest "Mexico to Canada: Solo on the Continental Divide" with the Coyote Saddlebag, Zigzag Handlebar Bag and Pronghorn Straps:

"After having one of my motorcycles confiscated by a band of illiterate, Ecuadorian customs officials in early July 2014. I returned home and started piddling around with my 2007 BMW G650 X Challenge. Changing the oil, oil filter, air filter; installing new tires and some other modifications and tweaks. The bike had previously received no love from me. I just rode it, never washed it, rarely changed the oil, never changed the filters. Every time I rode it I would try to rag the motor out. It never complained. Never boiled over. Never leaked. Anything.

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Swamp keeping it the "Go Light, Go Fast, Go Far" way, solo on the Continental Divide Trail

I usually like white bikes but the paint on THIS one (yes, its paint not just white plastics) always bothered me so I sanded the plastics down and put a few coats of green paint on it. The bike seemed to say “Jeez, finally!” I let it set for a few weeks. Only riding it down to the river a few times to go fishing.

On July 20th I woke up, made coffee and walked outside. It was foggy; pretty thick. “Ya, I think I’m going to ride the Continental Divide”.

Coyote Saddlebag on BMW G650
New Mexico mud

Five days later, July 25th both the X-Challenge and I were riding through the border town of El Paso Texas then working our way into New Mexico where we would meet up with the Continental Divide trail near Hurley/ Silver City. As far as planning and preparations went, well; I “prepared” for maybe two hours. I had some containers for extra gasoline, one pair of socks, one pair of underwear (wearing both ), a rain jacket, batteries, flash light, small air compressor, some tools, a knife, a lighter, harmonica, protein bars, a trash bag and a camping rig the size of a football. Basically the same shit I’ve carried with me for eight or nine years now."

BMW G650 X-Challenge on solo Continental Divide Trail
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Lost on the Continental Divide Trail
"I LOST MY TAG SOMEWHERE ON THE WAY TO CUBA NEW MEXICO. THE TAG IS A BARBER MOTORSPORTS TAG THAT HAS “SWAMP” AS THE NUMBER. IF YOU FIND IT SEND ME AN EMAIL: SWAMP@ENDUROEARTH.COM"

Here's Swamp's comments about the Giant Loop gear in the conclusion of his ride report:

"Giant Loop Coyote bag (giantloopmoto.com) : I’ve had this bag for a few years now and its still holding up despite having the hell beat out of it. The Giant Loop guys have treated me well and have always answered the phone and returned my calls and e-mails. Their customer service is excellent and I believe that their products are excellent. The bag is just that, a bag. Put whatever you can fit in it, its not complicated. On this ride I lashed an extra 1/2 gallon of gas to the top of the bag with no problems using a set of pronghorn straps. The Coyote is the perfect size for this ride.. however I found it strange that I rode The American Flesh Eater Route from California to Alabama (1 month ride) using the smallest giant loop bag (the mojavi) but used a larger bag for this ride."

"Also, the Pronghorn Straps are friggin' sweet! Probably my favorite "new thingys" for the bike lately."

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Old 08-25-2014, 08:19 PM   #266
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2-liter Fuel Cans fit MoJavi Saddlebag, Siskiyou Panniers

touratech 2 liter gas can

Need an affordable, easy way to carry spare fuel? Now available in our webshop, these Touratech 2-liter approved gas canisters fit in the side pockets of the MoJavi Saddlebag, front pockets of Siskiyou Panniers and can be lashed to top of MoJavi, tail rack, etc. with Pronghorn Straps.

Specs & Features
• 2 Liters (roughly 1/2 gallon)
• High density PE plastic
• Suitable for E10 ethanol blend fuel
• Opening large enough for fuel station gas nozzle
• Dimensions: approx. 8.5″ tall, 6″ wide, 3.5″ thick
• Filler neck is 1.25″ tall
• Filler opening is 1-1/8″ diameter
• Made in Germany

Pronghorn Straps secure 2 liter gas can to motorcycle
With Pronghorn Straps, the Touratech gas canister can be mounted in many locations. Here's it's strapped to the top of the Coyote Saddlebag on a Continental Divide Trail adventure.

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Giant Loop specifically designed the front pockets of our Siskiyou Panniers to fit these 2-liter fuel bottles — that's about a gallon of extra fuel, with one bottle in each pocket.

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One 2-liter Touratech fuel can fits in each side pocket of the MoJavi Saddlebag, providing about a gallon of extra gas on your motorcycle. Perfect for carrying 2-stroke premix.

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Use the 26" Pronghorn straps to secure a 2-liter Touratech fuel canister to the top of the MoJavi - in place of the tool pouch or on top of it - and you have a whopping 6 liters (about 1.5 gallons) of extra fuel that simply comes off the bike when you don't need it.
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Old 08-27-2014, 06:01 PM   #268
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Tour of Idaho Challenge with Giant Loop Saddlebags



From customer Ralph:

"Dan and I completed the 2300 kilometer Tour of Idaho Challenge in early August. It consisted of nine very long grueling days of riding some of the best single track trails on the planet through the incredibly beautiful and remote backcountry of Idaho."



"I have had the original Giant Loop bolt-on bag for about 5 or 6 years, and it has taken me many thousands of miles, first on my KLX and now on my Beta. I modified it to strap on like the new ones. It has never needed any kind of maintenance or repair after all this time and many get offs. Dan leaves his MoJavi Saddlebag on his bike all the time, because he uses it so much."



"This trip would be much more difficult without your products. As soon as I saw an ad for the bolt on I knew you guys were onto a really good idea and I ordered one on the spot. Probably one of my favorite pieces of gear. When I put it on my bike I know that I am going somewhere good."


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Old 09-02-2014, 04:14 PM   #269
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Had a blast leading the Giant Loop Gnarly Dual Sport ride, at Rally in the Gorge, last weekend.



The route was, well, gnarly. We had a bit of rain that turned the silt road section into a couple mile long slime pit. Pretty challenging and fun overall, except for the slime section.

Big Bertha was really not happy with her K-60 front tire, in the slop we encountered. She had more than one throw down with that stuff and was glad not to break anything, but my pride.



Thanks Apple Jam and everyone that attended, I can't wait until next year!!

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I just posted a Tech Tip on our blog about mounting the Bucking Roll to a KTM 990 Adventure. Check out the link for more details!

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