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Discussion in 'Vendors' started by OlafofOregon, Jan 21, 2014.
Here's another sweet shot from Mark's recent trip to the Trona Pinnacles!
From customer Stephanie: "trip from Ghana (west-Africa) to Ireland April last year. Coyote saddlebag kit and Fandango tank bank withstood the test"
Love this shot of Jaume (traildreamer.com) riding in Morocco!
GL rider Terrence Tay is currently in Burma on his "Anywhere But South" tour of Asia on a BMW F800GS Adventure.
"Btw, I'm officially the first rider to go at it alone in Burma, albeit with an escort car and tourism official (mandatory)," Terrence wrote in a message to GL.
This article is about his gear choices.
NWBoarder was at the EuroMoto show in Seattle and snapped this shot. Looks like that bike needs some "custom finish work" and a set of TKC80's, from our friends at Moto Corsa in Portland, Oregon. I think it would be a proper challenge to their BEAST, aka Terra Corsa. Plus it is flavored with Orange Koolaid, my favorite!
Day three of my ride report is finally up, including some video clips that kept me sidetracked in editing land for awhile - that stuff is mesmerizing! Check out Dirt Bikin' Northern Baja California, Mexico
Riaan van Niekerk shared this pic, from Dakar 2014 Stage 3, on his Facebook page. The track looks very hazardous...
His comment was:
"Found this pick on twitter. This was part of this years Dakar route. This was nearly at the top of the mountain at 4300m. And yes..., we were on rally bikes that weigh just under 200kg when it's filled up. Bike had no power up there and the altitude made me gasping for air. Think it would be a great idea to enter the roof this year on my rally bike to prep for dakar 2015"
Check out Dream2Ride.com's epic ride across Asia!
And more . . .
I did a couple mods to the Sikiyou panniers, I wanted a clean seat for SWMBO and to clean up how she looks without the dry bags. I simply cut the flaps off and left enough to act as a mud shield as my idea of Starbucks isn't paved. I leave for a 4,000 mile trip to AZ and UT in 9 days so I am in the final stages of bike prep. Once I have all the gear sorted and loaded I will post up pics, as well as pics along the way during the ride.
Tidy up a few things and off I go.
SOP Dirt-rider, that is some serious custom work! Looks sharp.
"The 2-Stins Wrecking Crew" got some time out on the trail, Friday, testing Giant Loop development product. While we were out, I snapped a couple of pics of D'Stin while he was circling the test site. BNR2, on KTM 500 EXC with Acerbis 5.3 gallon tank.
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Some amazing pics from the Tuareg Rally have been posted on J-Mo's Tuareg 2014 thread. They are from the rallymaniacs Facebook page. Had to echo a couple of them here, since the racers are packing Mojavi Saddlebags! Good Luck racers!
I haven't paid homage to my favorite brand of Orange Koolaid in a while. So in the spirit of getting excited about the new 1190, having just seen one on our local roads, I had to share this vid, found in OC.
Chris Birch, extreme enduro rider and Dakar finisher, demonstrates how I like to ride Big Bertha: Broad slide-to-slide transitioning into water bar or cattle guard jump, then down rock steps. Although, I don't spend sooo much time, rolling around on the back tire like he does, I'm usually too busy drifting the front...
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Join Giant Loop for off-road adventure in Oregon's beautiful high desert. This is a great way to get a taste of the amazing riding here in Central Oregon - and to meet some new riding friends.
All street-legal bike types welcome - dual sport, adventure touring - we'll have a route and group to suit most any bike and rider. If there's enough interest, we'll even have a road bike route/group this year, too.
Last year we had 50+ riders - this year will be even bigger and better, so reserve your spot now and get a limited edition unbreakable tank bag friendly hot/cold pint glass by Bend, Oregon-based SiliPint (the pint glass is also your ticket to the keg of tasty local microbrew)!
I got out on a dual sport ride, last Saturday, celebrating the spell of warm weather.
I tested the Mojavi Saddlebag and Diablo Tank Bag on my wife's '71 Triumph Scrambler. I had seen her ride with the Diablo and knew it was a perfect fit, but I hadn't worked out a saddlebag solution, until this ride. The Mojavi Saddlebag was a perfect fit and I could easily anchor the bag with the fender hooks on the fender and subframe. Since the Triumph has highpipes, the Hot Springs Heat Shields were needed to keep the bag off the muffler.
My wife lost a family friend a couple of weeks ago, so we headed out to his ranch in Post, to share good times and consolation, with his widow and two young kids. The route was about 80 percent paved, but as I got deeper into the rutted out and pot holed dirt road to the ranch, my taste for slinging soil was easily satisfied. The dirt still had enough moisture to stay together for the tires, but not enough to hold down the thin layer of dust.
No complaints from me, other than discovering the true meaning of "6 and 3", as in vintage bike suspension specs...:eek1 My lower back held in there for the duration, but my backside took notes of how thin the seat foam was and how little dampening it enjoyed, while pogo'ing through the potholes!
Just a side not about capacity and load security:
This load of bottles(two bottles of Zin and a sixer of Deschutes) ran up the mountain from the Post store, with no extra padding, only tight straps, over the ruts and potholes at speed. That was a rewarding sip of suds!
ETA: the only losses, besides some comfort points, were both mirrors! They vibrated right off the bars...
As I read the race results from Daytona Bike Week, is clear that the race and event season is starting to roll. I wrote a blog post today about one of our Mojavis for Medics riders, Rob, who volunteers for the Death Valley Rally.
I want to take this chance to remind Certified Medic riders, that volunteer for motorcycle events and races, about our "Mojavis for Medics" program. Our program supplies special edition Medic marked yellow Mojavi Saddlebags, at no charge, to qualified applicants who volunteer their Medic support to motorcycle events and races. If you are one of those qualified volunteers with events on the calendar, hit this link to download and complete the application, so we can get you set up in our program.
Giant Loop Tech Tip: GL Rider's quick mount point and inner tube sleeve, prevent strap wear.
Giant Loop rider Dave travels Cambodia, doing volunteer service work on his KTM 450 EXC, and hes used a Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag for packing his gear through the muddiest tropical rainforest roads and trails. He recently shot us a message, sharing his clever, low-cost, heavy duty mounting point for his Coyote Saddlebag. His attachment point on his bike stainless cable, some swage crimps, and steel tube helps prevent abrasion of daily use from wearing on his Coyote Saddlebag straps. Hes also using a sleeve made from inner tube rubber another very effective no-cost solution to protect mounting straps on all of Giant Loops rackless luggage systems. Check out his pics:
Thanks for the tech tip, Dave and ride while you can!
On Any Sunday: Randomly ran into Giant Loop dealer Rick Bozarth today out at East Fork Rock OHV. He had just arrived after riding over the Cascades this morning on his dual sport in sub-freezing temps, his MoJavi Saddlebag carrying the essentials. Had a perfect packed pumice loop on single track trail 50 (just a few patches of snow left up there).
We are getting more and more signups for the Giant Loop Summer Lake Ride. Today I talked to a party of four that will be joining us from Washington.
This is a reminder to riders that riding public land in Oregon requires an OHV permit, costing $10.50, and for Oregon residents, an OHV Safety Education card .
If you have a OHV permit from a bordering state, you are good to go. If you do not have a permit, you can buy one from a local dealer, even if the bike is licensed out of state and you are not an Oregon resident.
Here are links to the OHV Safety Training, OHV parks in Oregon and the OHV permit vendors
Read a great post from inmate Jdeks who just rolled 100,000 miles on his KTM 950 Adventure. His latest pics of the bike show it to be quite evolved from the original. Very, very cool story written to match the feat of KTM's LC8 engine durability. Thanks for sharing the story, Jdeks!