Will my 990 need Giant Loop heat shields?

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  1. FakeName

    FakeName Wile E Coyote SuperGenius

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    Next week I'm flying to a cold, damp northern city to pick up my new-to-me 2011 990adv. It is my intention to throw my Giant Loop Coyote over the back of it and hit the road home asap. And the GPS, XM etc.

    It occured to me that I have no idea if the 990 will need the Giant Loop Heat Shields.

    Can anyone *with experience* with this combination (I'm quite capable of guessing, assuming, using clairvoyance) that can answer this question? If I do, I need to order them and ship them to the bike right away so they're there on my arrival.

    Thank you.
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  2. sonoran

    sonoran copacetic

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    You'll need something to keep the bag from hitting the exhaust. GL shield is the easiest.
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  3. DeepInIt

    DeepInIt Long timer

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    Easier to crush a coke can and stuff it underneath.
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  4. Cycleman4

    Cycleman4 Been here awhile

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    I Rode A LOT of dirt last month getting to the KTM rally and did not use one. I had no issues. Your call however.
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  5. Katoom119

    Katoom119 Mmmm....Orange Kool-aid

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    Nope. I've got the Great Basin bag and if you put it on the seat itself the bag rests on the rear panels.
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  6. xcflyn

    xcflyn Long timer

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    As mentioned, if you put it where the passenger sits you are good to go. If you ride with a passenger you will most likely need them. Personally I like the coke can idea as I am not fond of clamping stuff to my exhaust.
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  7. rburkat

    rburkat Been here awhile

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  8. FakeName

    FakeName Wile E Coyote SuperGenius

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    Yeah, I did something similar on my 525.

    Did a job on the bag, too.
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  9. Jim Colombotos

    Jim Colombotos Been here awhile

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    Small problem...just buy some heat shields and enjoy the ride without drama !
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  10. Katoom119

    Katoom119 Mmmm....Orange Kool-aid

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    Hmm....haven't seen that before. I need to look at mine when I load it up again and check on that.
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  11. Grinderman

    Grinderman Been here awhile

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    Nope. Ridden many thousands of miles with a coyote combined with a duffle on lots of dirt and pavement. Coyote runs flatter then the great basin. Only suggestion is to throw some tape on the side panels if you do not want to scratch them. This is a great setup on the katoom:deal
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  12. rburkat

    rburkat Been here awhile

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    Yeah my bag had a nice hole in it too. Not sure if I want to tell you why that hole is nice and round, and the shape of a MSR fuel cylinder that I happened to have packed at that location in the bag and was getting direct contact with muffler making it nice an hot. :) So get the shield
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    kamanya Andrew to most

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  14. ALLAWYN

    ALLAWYN Letsitle

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    I am from South Africa, bought 990R in Feb2012 in Capetown, flew down with only Giant Loop great basin, did long way round back home, mostly dirt roads, witout a pillion, 3000km+

    I will never fit the GL with out its own shileds
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  15. snowhawk jockey

    snowhawk jockey Slack Jaw Gaper

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    I ran with no heat shields for a few years and had no problems. Then I stuffed an item haphazardly into my GL and it shifted the load just enough to toast the corner of the bag.

    USE THE HEAT SHIELDS!!
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  16. FakeName

    FakeName Wile E Coyote SuperGenius

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    Thanks, everybody.

    Shields ordered.
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  17. DesertSurfer

    DesertSurfer Tail sprayin

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    I absolutely love the GL bag. When you dial in the routine of how to organize, load and mounting and unmounting the bag, you will too if you haven't already. Heat shields are longevity for the bag. And making a stencil of your side panel rear half for use as a template to cut out paint protectant film adhesives, which will keep scuff and paint marring away.

    Also if you and a top bag above your GL, it works best that it has top zip. And load it with those items in need of easy access.

    Enjoy!
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  18. ten_fiver

    ten_fiver Long timer

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    It all depends on how you mount the GL. I mount mine a little further forward. I can't ride with a passenger with it that way, but it gives me a bit of back rest, allows me to have a top case behind it, and allows use without shields.
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  19. Lurkerlou

    Lurkerlou Been here awhile

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    I couldn't find any good pictures of the Giant Loop heat shields installed on a 990 and I stumbled across this thread. Radek your picture was worth a thousand words as to where the rear panel would be baked on a 990:)

    I really like the GL great basins bag that is tried and tested but I may go with the 2014 ALTRIDER luggage (seen in Vendors section)

    So it got me hunting around my garage for a better heat shied option that what I had seen so far and I found a CF Zeta heat shield and mounted it up. Might be a few $ more than the GL shield but it's smaller and lighter and fits like a glove where the bag will force the plastic to hit the section of header pipe.

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    Just another option for people interested.
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