2013 Giant Loop

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  1. snowhawk jockey

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    A pic of the Siskiyou panniers on inmate Roninmoto's 690E.
    Check out his RTW with Noah thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=781893
    He asked for them to be sent to Georgia, the country, so he could upgrade from his failed non-Giant Loop bags with some tougher kit. Go Noah! Snag some of those mountain trout!

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  2. OlafofOregon

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    Keith Larkin from White's Powersports, Giant Loop's distributor in New Zealand, is riding the Trans Canada Trail with another Kiwi, both on Yamaha WR250s equipped with Great Basin Saddlebags, Great Basin Dry Pods, Great Basin Dry Bags and Zigzag Handlebar Bags.:nod
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    Here's an update from the trail:

    Hi guys, everything going well here.

    Finished the 600 km T Rail yesterday - what a ride! More like a trail ride in parts as against adv ride, but a hoot on 250's!

    The pic is an old rail car by the trail.

    Harold I have done a bit if this long distance adv riding, and luggage has always been a ball ache. Giant Loop is fantastic for this stuff, tough, amazingly easy to use , and great balance on bike. A no brainier.

    Today is a road blast up to the ferry for Labrador and some serious wilderness.

    Thanks again for your help guys.
    Keith
  3. Gale B.T.

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    The Fort Rock Top Case
    Motorcycle Travel Bag


    [FONT=&quot]A Review by Gale Tuggle - June 2013[/FONT]​

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    [FONT=&quot]Fort Rock Top Case[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]The Fort Rock top case is a new motorcycle travel bag being offered by Giant Loop of Bend, Oregon and I had the opportunity to test one out on several off road type motorcycle trips. ​


    [FONT=&quot]I, along with wife, have over 40K miles using a "u" shape type bag similar to the Fort Rock. This bag that we have been using sits on the rear of our RT, has served us very well carrying most or all of our camping gear, 2 down bags, 3 person tent/foot print, 2 sleeping pads, first aid kit, some spare bike parts and our running shoes ! It also gives wife arm rest and a back support that she loves. [/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]The Fort Rock will do the same except we are going to double up on a 1999 KTM 640 Adventure R . The Fort Rock is designed, produced and tested by off road riders that have come to choose almost everything Giant Loop produces. [/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]This bag is very well made, super thick water proof outer material, expert stitched to eliminate almost all possible avenues for water to get inside. May not be totally water-proof but almost! Giant Loop’s Dry Pods/Dry Bags can be used to ensure total water-proof environment. [/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]This Fort Rock bag is going to be perfect for my wife and I on our first trip off road trip to test this bag. It will carry almost all of the above camping gear and still be secure enough and light enough to handle the rough roads we expect to travel. Also a good back rest/arm supports for my passenger[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Some things on this Fort Rock bag that has been a plus to me is the handles that allows one to lift the bag to the back of the bike, off the bike and also to carry the bag to say your tent site. Very handy!![/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]The very large nylon type zippers are easy to open/close, they seem very strong to stand up to over stuffing the bag and expecting said zippers to remain closed, BIG PLUS! My wife loves the "jockey box" at the front left side of bag to make everything easy to access. [/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]I love the way this bag holds it shape on the bike. We are not using the aluminum panniers that would give this bag a good solid platform to sit while we are underway. I will use my soft panniers, my testing has led me to believe the Fort Rock Bag will not suffer or collapse, on this set up. We will report back on this with pics after this trip. I know for sure Fort Rock on top of the aluminum panniers will be perfect. [/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]I know for sure the new Siskiyou Panniers will be a perfect platform for this Fort Rock and also give off road riders a soft bag for safety reason. For two up off road riding I will predict the combo of the Siskiyou Panniers and this Fort Rock bag will be the choice of many bikers ALSO, a rider going solo can have all his needs, carrying wife/girlfriend/kids, what ever the protected space /volume necessary for the longer trips. [/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]I will follow this introduction up with pics of the bike as it is normally used and then pic by pic of how the Fort Rock will be attached to the 640. Also a couple pics of what will be carried in the Fort Rock. Finally some pics of wife in position and pics of our first destination to American Basin on the Alpine Loop road for Nature’s awesome flower show.[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]This is the 640 as it is kept on a daily basis for normal riding around Pagosa Springs[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]The red enduro fanny pack will be lashed to the top of the handle bar or placed low in [/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]the bottom of one of the side panniers, same with the small yellow tool pouch.[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]The Fort Rock bag and its contents for this trip. One down bag, 3 person tent plus footprint , [/FONT][FONT=&quot]2 sleeping pads. The extra sleeping bag will be strapped on top of the Fort Rock .[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]Fort Rock packed and sitting on 640 with no tie down straps yet[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]Side View[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]The load strapped down ready for the ride. Very solid and does not move! [/FONT]


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    [FONT=&quot]Rear View Strapped Down[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]Ready to Roll – Strapped Down Side View[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]The Fort Rock back has ample nylon loops stitched to the bottom to allow this bag to be attached to any/all bike rack situations for a solid mount. Double-sided Velcro straps are included with the bag.

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    [/FONT]Shakedown Ride

    We took a short trip to test the Bag. We loaded the KTM, ready to travel, and had a volunteer to take a few pictures of our 50 mile shakedown ride.

    Fort Rock and its load weighted 25 lbs total with the items shown, plus our first aid kit, fleece vests and running shoes in the jockey box. The panniers with some clothes, in DRY PODS, and tools were 11 lbs each. So we, the riders in our riding gear weighted 285 lbs. Fort Rock and contents 25 lbs. Both panniers 22 lbs. Total weight on the KTM 332.

    The local fires had changed our plans so we shall post these pictures and report from our shakedown ride and once we can ride into American Basin we will then post that ride.

    I chose the blue D Ring Straps for several reasons. First I knew I had to attach the extra sleeping bag to the top, second I knew my soft bags would not secure the Ft Rock the way I needed. Nothing is faster to lash down and remove as D Ring Straps. Thumb pressure on the D Ring and they go from Super tight to off.

    For our real trip the straps will be my black D Rings, and Black snap buckles for the side. Easy/on and off, super secure.

    I also know that with my aluminum panniers or the Giant Loop Bags, the system built into the Ft Rock Bag, will do as planned.

    Our thanks go out to Giant Loop to test this bag and also to share this finding with all.

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    We left the blue straps on the test ride so our tie down methods were visible. On trips I will use my black D Ring Straps. We know this Fort Rock Bag is NOT going to move regardless of the type of trail we are traveling.

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    We are fooling around standing on the pegs to see how well Sandy can get up and down for when we get into a challenging trail she will stand to lower our mass or weight to the pegs making things a lot easier for the idiot pilot. :)

    The Fort Rock is perfect for the pillion, super protective luggage carrier, back rest, and arm rest!!

    A Big Thank You to Giant Loop!

    [FONT=&quot]Gale Tuggle[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]June, 2013[/FONT]​
  4. snowhawk jockey

    snowhawk jockey Slack Jaw Gaper

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    Gale,
    That is an excellent post on the Fort Rock top case mounted to a 640 Adv with soft panniers. I am interested in hearing if your wife feels additional support from the Fort Rock or any extra comfort it offers her, during your ride. I think your packing of the Fort Rock is optimal for the load it was intended to carry. How about pics of you both on the bike!

    Looking forward to the next update to your ride.

    edit to add: I'll link your pictures to our blog, as well
  5. Gale B.T.

    Gale B.T. Long timer

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    Thanks !:D Wifee did sit on the bike with the Fort Rock in place to test out the space and support. Remember she has logged over 40k miles on similar shaped bag with nothing but good feeling and her first comment on Fort Rock's support was "awesome". With that we are good to go and for sure will have pics of the two of us on the loaded bike!!

    These fires have us surrounded /blocked on our intended route to American Basin . As fast as they,fires, are burning up these mountains there will be nothing left but cinders by the weekend.

    More pics to follow ASAP
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    Every motorcyclist needs a handful of these multi-purpose stretch polyurethane straps with unbreakable fasteners. You'll find a million uses for these quick, solid, tough straps. We've been using them for years to secure everything from luggage to water and fuel bottles to our Bushwackers Hand Guards.
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    Sold in packages of 2, and 26", 20" and 16" lengths, featuring Giant Loop's iconic cow skull graphic and our design mantra: "Go Light. Go Fast. Go Far."
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    Check out our hammer test video of the unbreakable fastener!

    Named for the Pronghorn* - indigenous to the American West, fast, tough and able to withstand the harsh environments of the Great Basin.
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    PRONGHORN STRAPS - SPECS & FEATURES
    • super tough stretch polyurethane
    • unbreakable unfastener
    • adjustable to 4"minimum
    • width 3/4"
    • Made in Canada (yep! it's our first product NOT made in USA)
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    * Often called an antelope, which is an African animal and not related to the American Pronghorn.
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    Nice review Gale!

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    Gale B.T. Long timer

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    Thanks to you Bill for your vote, not too many times in our riding days can we post a report on equipment and have it critiqued by so many experienced off road rides as we do here on AVD.

    I did the final two pics and report at the very end of the original effort, not sure if this is best so hopefully those more knowledgeable can move it if necessary:D

    Thanks again
    gale
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    Thanks for the great pics and feedback Gale! :clap
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    snowhawk jockey Slack Jaw Gaper

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    OlafofOregon is on his way to this weekend's Touratech Rally in Washington, today. He is taking the F800GS and riding the WBDR with GL rider Tawz. They should have some perfect, dust free riding conditions for the event, with all the rain over the last several days. So, if you are free this weekend and in the area, head to to the Touratech rally, check out their setup and join one of the routed rides.
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    Rode the first two north-bound sections of the WABDR on the way to the Touratech-USA Rally last weekend.

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    Carson to Packwood and Packwood to Ellensburg - all clear, no reroutes needed.

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    Expect a few patches of snow on the first section and about 10 miles of rutted muddy dirt road on the second section. Great variety of terrain, road surfaces and scenery!:clap

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    See that broken limb behind my bike? Jousted my handlebar end, pitching me off the bike high-side going about 30 MPH - be VERY cautious with overhanging branches!:eek1
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    Beautiful country and awesome sights. Sure glad you are able to continue on after that get off Harold, that could have been serious.

    Ride safe and ride smart out there.

    I have some updates coming but sad to say the Papoose fire is moving towards Lake City , American Basin and the Alpine Loop road. Not good but plan B may just kick in.

    gale
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    Hey guys, i'm wondering if there is a adv discount for GL gear?
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    No, we do not discount because we do not want to compete with our own dealers. BUT . . .

    :dealAdd a Giant Loop "Skull & Sunset" t-shirt, a Giant Loop "Ride while you can" t-shirt or a Giant Loop Cap to your order, then use these promo codes when you check out on our shopping cart for your choice of a free t-shirt or cap:

    GLT cap
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    GLT ride


    Enjoy life behind bars, fellow inmates!
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    Hi Gale - So sorry about the fire. I hope you and yours are safe from harm's way. What's "Plan B"?
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    Plan B is as follows: Wifee has a class to teach on July 13th here , I have plans to be at HU , Terry Gross Park, at the base of Guanella Pass in Grant.

    I have my gear and Fort Rock packed , strapped down with Pronghorn straps and the 640 all jumping to go.

    Any chance :evil there will be any Giant Loop folks there?

    If any of you are going to attend I need to ask a favor, one female end to the buckles on Dry Pods bags. For the life of me I cannot find a match locally.

    I will let you know if I can get a famous friend of my to join me.

    keep smiling gale
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    snowhawk jockey Slack Jaw Gaper

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    Hope the rest of you inmates had an excellent Independence Day celebration, like I did!
    I have been riding my sweet GF's Triumph 500 scrambler and she has been familiarizing herself on the bike's handling characteristics. Her Diablo is a perfect fit on the tank and she doesn't even know it is there when she does her drills. I had my Coyote strapped to the back of the Triumph, instead of the Siskiyous she had first picked. It strapped far enough on the back that she still could use the whole seat, something she liked. Pics soon...:deal
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    Giant Loop rider Tosh from San Fran stopped by the shop today on his way back from riding a WR250R with a Great Basin, to Alaska, visiting Fairbanks, Prudhoe Bay and Inuvik, NWT. He bought the bike and bag, especially for this trip, breaking it in on the 8000 mile ride. They both had served him well over those miles and he had some valuable feedback about the kit. He mentioned the weather was good and, while stopping at Advcycleworks.com in Fairbanks to get fresh K60's for the way home, it was very hot and felt like 100*f outside. He enjoyed the Dempster better than the Haul Road, as it was more scenic. I was especially excited that he had taken the side tour to Tuktoyaktak, NWT, where he reached the Arctic Sea and took a plunge. "Not a very long one, it was cold" he said. Nice ride, I said. Of course, I couldn't let him out of town without sending him to McMenamin's, for a scenic pub lunch. Great Meeting ya Tosh!:clap
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    Thanks Dirt Bike magazine for including Giant Loop's Zigzag Handlebar Bag in the August 2013 issue's "Adventure - The Goods" gear roundup! :clap
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