2013 Giant Loop

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  1. snowhawk jockey

    snowhawk jockey Slack Jaw Gaper

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    Getting ready to go to the Indy Dealer Expo, happening this weekend.
    Any/all you industry inmates going to be there, too?
    OlafofOregon and I will be manning the booth, so come on by and say Hi!
    I'll post a booth number, so ya know where to find us.
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  2. OlafofOregon

    OlafofOregon Long timer

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    ADV Riders get a free GL t-shirt at our Dealer Expo booth #847 - come by and say hello!
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  3. OlafofOregon

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    An Aussie customer intent on slimming down his kit recently emailed asking what the Great Basin Saddlebag and optional components weigh. Here's the reply:

    The weight of our products is of almost no consequence in relation to the weight of gear packed inside - our Great Basin Saddlebag system with all of the components is about 40 lbs (18+ kg) lighter than a typical luggage rack and hard panniers set up.

    2012 Great Basin Saddlebag (including 5 Stuff Sacks, 1 Hot Springs Heat Shield) weighs 7 lbs. (3.18 kg)

    Great Basin Dry Pods (set of 5) weigh 1.6 lbs (.73 kg)

    Great Basin Stuff Sacks (now available separately as a set of 5 - NOT included with 2013 Great Basin Saddlebag) weigh 1.5 lbs (.68 kg)

    2013 Great Basin Saddlebag (including 1 Hot Springs Heat Shield) weighs 5 lbs (2.27 kg)

    Great Basin Dry Bag weighs 1 lb (.45 kg)
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  4. Schannulleke

    Schannulleke Been here awhile

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    Great. How much does the Siskiyou package weigh?

    Suggestion: put the weights and dimensions of all the products on the website.


    Since it is almost 2 weeks since availability of the 2013 revision products, are there already buyers that have the new product(s) and what are their findings? Reviews please :ear
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  5. Foot dragger

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    Thats a nice settup,I guess the Acerbis cap needs no vent tube coming out the top?Very handy for the tank bag.
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  6. buggsy458

    buggsy458 Bad Lieutenant

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    Awe man I just saw this thread after meeting you guys today at the Indy event and spoke to you about the MOA event in Salem, OR this year. Wish I would have seen this before tonight, would have gotten a sweet shirt! Fandango tank bag is now on my wish list...looks more stout than any other tank bag on the market that I've seen thus far. Safe travels and maybe see you in Salem this July.

    Paul
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  7. snowhawk jockey

    snowhawk jockey Slack Jaw Gaper

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    Thanks for stopping by the booth! Harold and I were on the look out for ADVrider inmates and had your Tshirt sitting there for you. :freaky
    Hope you can collect one at the BMWMOA rally in Salem this summer.

    We had a great trip to Indy and there are going to be many new US and International GL dealers, stocking up, over the coming season.


    edit to add:

    Appeal to Inmates:

    If any inmates have a suggestion of which local dealer in your area, you would like to see carry Giant Loop, PM me and let me know who and WHY! I am working my butt off, to see GL in the right stores across the US territories, but not every shop will have the customer service we want GL riders to receive nor will every shop understand what we offer. Help me go light and fast into your region, so that I can work with the dealership that offers the best match for our brand philosophy and product. My time will go far, if I have a little support from the Giant Loop rider/Inmates, that know what we represent.

    Thanks in advance and care packages will be included, when your good info becomes a new GL dealer.
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  8. OlafofOregon

    OlafofOregon Long timer

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    You may have seen the prototypes - now the Bushwackers Hand Guards are in production and available from GL dealers. MSRP $39.00 USD.:clap

    Here's the run down:

    Droppin’ into the weather? Combine Bushwackers with rigid hand guards/deflectors and heated grips for the ultimate protection against the elements. Ride safer and longer with warm, dry and clean hands and controls.

    Protect Hands - Keep Control
    • Cold/wet weather comfort
    • Brush, mud and trail protection
    • Strap on/off in seconds
    • Multiple mounting configurations to fit most motorcycle makes/models equipped with rigid hand guards and/or deflectors
    • Tough stretch polyurethane strap (can be used separately)
    • Custom wind foil shapes
    • No stitching or pieces to fail
    • When not using Bushwackers, straps have a thousand other uses: Lash water bottles, fuel, gear to tail rack. Hold flashlight in place while working in dark. And many others!
    • Made in USA

    INSTALLING YOUR BUSHWACKER HAND GUARDS BY GIANT LOOP
    REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Motorcycle must be equipped with rigid hand guards or deflectors to support Bushwackers while riding.

    Six different strap slots on each guard provide the perfect fit on almost any motorcycle. Experiment to determine which combination works best for your bike.

    Simple tension keeps Bushwackers where you want them positioned. After tightening straps, check to ensure all controls, control cables and handlebars operate properly and that hand guards and/or straps do not restrict movement or safe operation of your motorcycle.

    When not needed, store Bushwackers in your hydration pack or Giant Loop bag.
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  9. eakins

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    Those are sweet! :clap
    They look very well designed for ADV riding vrs the ones designed more for street bikes. Any bigger pics of them mounted?
    I really like how they can stay awash when not needed (day warms up) and you've still got to lash straps to use as needed.
    The street-bike designed ones are very bulky and don't stash well.
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  10. eakins

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    Thanks.

    Yes that Acerbis cap vents from out of the key slot. Perfect match with a Fandango design. No vent tube needed, but others have said their caps w/ vent tubes still worked with the bag. The raised area of the bag is not a pressed-down-hard fit over top of the cap. There is enough extra room that the vent hose is not pinched off. Both Acerbis and IMS tank users can both use this cap. The keyed lock portion can be used or not (used like a regular cap).

    It's an OEM/EPA design in that it pulls air in, but fumes do not vent out. When the bike is dumped over, gas does not leak out too.

    On the DR, the plastic tank heats up from the air-cooled motor and expands the tank. It becomes rock hard because of this. This concerned me over the long term. A side benefit is this caused my tank to expand in size, like people would do with hot water and pumping a plastic tank up with air to expand its capacity. :clap

    The solution (not my idea) to alleviate this rock hard tank is to screw out the inside green piece and pierce a hole in the center 1-way rubber valve. I used a heated up sewing needle to 1st pierce it and then the smallest drill bit to enlarge the hole a tiny amount. When I blow out the bottom of the cap forcefully air now slowly leaks out and my tank is no longer rock hard. I dumped my bike over and there was maybe 1 drip of gas that came out.

    Works for me and worth getting IMO for anyone with an Acerbis or IMS tank so as to ditch the vent hose plus have the ability to look if needed.

    Enjoy, Bill
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  11. OlafofOregon

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    Pics of the Bushwackers installed:
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  12. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Can you get a pic of further back?
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  13. team ftb

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    I've been a fan and user of the GL Coyote since its introduction. I've owned both the original bombrpoof Cordura model with tiny zippers

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    and then the upgrade to the model made from Truckers Tarp and the long zipper.

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    and they always stood up to solid abuse. To me they were the best product out there for this type of use. I just landed back in the states and before leaving sold my old Coyote to a friend that needed it. I was ready to pick up another Coyote and then heard from a friend that also uses the Coyote. He saw the new 2013 model Coyote and claimed that the new material that is being utilized feels quite thin and flimsy in comparison to the prior model (truckers tarp) Coyotes material. My love for the Coyote is due to how bombproof they are and now have concern based on the observations of a riding bud. Can you please give me an insight and specs into the new construction material that is being used on the Coyote? Thanks heaps!!
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  14. OlafofOregon

    OlafofOregon Long timer

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    You guys kill me sometimes! Our bags are made with the EXACT SAME materials they have ALWAYS been constructed from: 22 oz vinyl coated polyester (aka truckers tarp), reinforced with ballistic nylon, custom-woven ballistic webbing on attachment straps, Nylike webbing on compression straps, military-grade thread, the heaviest YKK zippers, military-spec fasteners - 100% Made In USA. AND backed by the industry's ONLY limited lifetime warranty.
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    Awesome news, thanks for alleviating my concerns. Didn't mean to kill ya:lol3.
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    No worries - I wrote that with a grin on my face! Here's the deal though: I've always been Giant Loop's pickiest customer. I used to be paid to write gear reviews - I'm super critical. I've learned a bunch about sewn goods since we started this little adventure almost five years ago. One lesson: You can't tell the quality of a textile from its "hand" (how it feels). In fact, two fabrics with the same identical specs can have total different qualities - such as tear resistance. That's why we test our materials thoroughly. Another lesson: the hand of fabrics that are otherwise identical varies slightly by color - the pigments affect the hand. So yellow has a slightly different hand than gray, for example. Weird huh?

    Thanks for riding Giant Loop man - and keep asking questions. You all push us to deliver the best in the world.
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  17. OlafofOregon

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    Great suggestion! We're in the process of completely redesigning our humble website (I built it myself when we started in 2008 with just a single product). The new version should enable us to better organize more information - rather than a big long scrolling list like our rickety old website now. It's helpful to hear what information you all consider to be important. Stay tuned . . . We aim to continually improve. Cheers! (And I'll get the weight for you - don't remember off the top of my head. But I can tell you it's dozens of pounds lighter than racks and hard boxes!)
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    Sorry, the Dry Pods are sold as sets - and a great value with Made In USA quality and a limited lifetime warranty. But the outer Bomb Shell construction of our bags is so tough and water resistant that a Hefty bag is sufficient to keep your gear dry inside the shell.
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  19. Sean-0

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    I looked around here in Australia and found no supply's of the new 2013 bags
    So i order from revzilla and am now waiting for my stuff :clap....really looking forward to testing your products
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    snowhawk jockey Slack Jaw Gaper

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    Our friends at Adventuremoto.com.au will be able to help you find a new Giant Loop tank or saddle bag.
    https://www.adventuremoto.com.au/index.php?cPath=63
    Call 1300 46 66 86 and get more info.
    I got to meet Lance Turnley from Adventuremoto.com.au while in Indy. We spent a good evening together sharing stories, listening to Mariachi and eating tasty Mex. He is part of the Trail Zone Team and I look forward to riding with him on his home turf! http://www.trailzone.com.au/team.html:clap
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