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Old 09-04-2013, 11:22 AM   #1
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Modifying an OG Giant Loop

A while back I picked up one of the original Giant Loop bags, like the first one in this thread. I like it but it's bolted to my DR650, 2 bolts in each side plastic and 2 on the fender, but I don't want to futz with bolts anymore. I've also got a Great Basin (the older version) and I quite enjoy how easy it is to move from bike to bike. I'd like to make it possible to do the same with the other one so I can use either wherever.

I've spoken a bit with the folks at GL and they had some advice, saying others have bolted straps on through the bolt holes. They don't have the ability to sew on new straps there, so I'm kind of on the fence between the two. Bolting is probably easier and cheaper (I'm thinking 4 straps total, put some grommets in the strap where it bolts to the bag for strength) but having the straps sewn on is a more elegant solution. Anyone done either, or something else entirely? I want to be able to swap the two bags between my 3 bikes, don't particularly care about plastics getting scratched up or anything so I'm open to suggestion.
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:37 AM   #2
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Draw up what you want done, then take it to your local shoe or leather repair guy. Sewing up what you want will be no problem for those guys.

Or send it to the GL repair place. Cora does excellent work.
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:46 AM   #3
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Is the GL repair place different than the regular GL place? Because Harold already gave me the no go on doing the mods there.
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:40 PM   #4
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Yes. The GL repair place is in Colorado (my memory is failing me right now).
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:41 PM   #5
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Pic of the bottom of the two bags for reference:



Not that it needs saying, but Great Basin on top, OG on bottom. Doesn't look too bad, the compression straps in the middle of the old one are sort of flipped, the cam portion is on the bottom and might interfere with the rack/mounting point. I think it's probably worth it to just add new straps to that section. Looks like the "wings" should be as simple as adding straps. My mom volunteered to give it a whirl, we'll see what happens. If not there's a good local bag company I'm going to try out.
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:51 PM   #6
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Update, got some of these and a grommet kit over at Home Depot. Folded the straps back on themselves, punched a couple holes and put a grommet in holding the two strap parts together where the bolt passes through. Bolted the straps to the wings on the bag, trimmed the ends down to the same length as my Great Basin, and gave it a whirl.

Fits the DR just fine with the OEM rack, even with the back straps "upside down" from the Great Basin it's easy to strap them around one of the cross bars. Seems just as stable as it was with bolts on there, so not a step backwards :).

Now if only the USPS sucked less I'd have a real report on my WRR, but alas, my fancy rack isn't here yet. The wings fit fine on the passenger pegs, just need a place at the back for the straps to attach to, with the orientation it's not really doable to wrap the straps around the tail support. I think the rack will solve this issue. I'll post back when I have more info.
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:01 PM   #7
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A different version to accomplish what you doing is simply using Voile Straps to fasten the Original GL bag to your bike. I used two on each side of the bag.



You can access the subframe through slots in the sidepanels or make up some basic flat steel brackets bolted to your sidepanel bolts to fasten the Voile straps onto.

This worked for me with no issues for a few years. I even used the bag to lift the bike out of mud holes at times and the straps held firm. Pic above was during a month long offroad jaunt and I never had a strap failure.

Since these pics I upgraded to the newer model Coyote but my Voile strapped original version fastened and unfastened quicker from the bike than the newer model.
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:00 AM   #8
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A different version to accomplish what you doing is simply using Voile Straps to fasten the Original GL bag to your bike. I used two on each side of the bag.



You can access the subframe through slots in the sidepanels or make up some basic flat steel brackets bolted to your sidepanel bolts to fasten the Voile straps onto.

This worked for me with no issues for a few years. I even used the bag to lift the bike out of mud holes at times and the straps held firm. Pic above was during a month long offroad jaunt and I never had a strap failure.

Since these pics I upgraded to the newer model Coyote but my Voile strapped original version fastened and unfastened quicker from the bike than the newer model.
Not a bad idea at all, I like those straps too. We'll see how this holds up, but glad someone else has some real world experience with a similar setup.
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:50 PM   #9
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Straps to the rear rack:


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Looks like this will do the trick, not too bad for the $15 or so it cost. Some definite design deficiencies in the OG version but it's paid for, so I'll use it until I can't anymore (or someone offers me too much $ to take it off my hands).
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