Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebag
I hate having racks on my bike, so I was pretty limited in my choices of luggage systems. After much hand wringing I decided to go with the Great Basin from Giant Loop and have been really happy with the purchase. The bag goes on easily, does not move, and you hardly know its there when riding. Does not interfere with lane splitting, which is one of the reasons I didn't want a rack system. It also survived a couple of off-road dumps without ANY visible signs of damage. I wish it was waterproof, but a $16 waterproof stuff sack for my down bag takes care of that.
November 18, 2013
Fits on a DL650, 2013 VStrom
Just received this bag (quick, no hassle, free shipping with $15 Revzilla bucks... great job Revzilla!) for a seven day Southern Utah + Moab + wherever the road takes me kind of trip (google motoaway or motoidiot for ride reports).
The bag is very sturdy. The material is a thick plastic coated fabric, with some very heavy cordura reinforcement along the bottom of the bag legs (I suppose to help protect the bag from falls or from sharp internally packed objects) the straps are very thick and there are ample cinch points and tie down points to attach extra bags/bottles/6packs or whatever else you might need to put on there. Best of all, the bag fits over the seat of 2013 VStrom- and connects easily to the passenger footpegs. I'm not into big, wide side boxes so these bags seem perfect. Light and tight.
Check out the photos- I have a jetboil, REI campchair and my sleeping pad all in one leg of the bag. The other leg has all of my cold weather gear, a light jacket and some underwear- this leaves the big middle compartment open for my tent, wet gear and some freeze dried food- maybe a bottle of rum.I did just order the internal packing bags to help keep some order inside the bag but I may not even use them.
A few things to be aware of so far: Getting all the straps, cinched and organized (they come with long tails- and a recommendation to trim them but I want to use this on my DR400 too so I'm not trimming) and the bag where you want it takes some time. Also, the zipper, since it's semicircular will bind a bit of the bag isn't full but it's still very rugged. In all, I'm happy with the bag. Additionally, I'm still figuring out the best way to load the bag, since it's shaped like a horseshoe it's kind of awkward putting things in it when it's off the bike.
I can't give it any "excellent" ratings as far as performance because I haven't put it to the test yet... that happens Oct. 1. I will do a full review on my site once I return.
September 23, 2013
Check out the PHOTOS on this item to make sure you know what your getting.
I didn't :(
The video shows internal storage for sleeping bag....none.
Internal storage for drink bottles.................................none.
Alloy buckles all round..................two, the rest are plastic.
Sealing compound to make it water proof...................none.
Strapping sewn to top of bag to be able to attach lanyards etc....none.
My mistake, but still disappointed.
August 26, 2013
Install is easy and it does everything it promises to do. Holds in place VERY well too, and feels durable. I had a couple spills with mine already and you can't even tell.
Something to keep in mind with this bag is that it's all one huge single compartment. It's not a downside, just something to plan around as you're packing.
I also thing it's a bit overpriced, though all of the materials are pretty high quality and I'm sure it will last a long time.
Also - This is definitely not waterproof, I had water in mine after riding through a mild thunderstorm.
July 29, 2013
No need for a luggage rack to install.
Giant Loop Great Basin bag fit perfectly on a '09 BMW G650 X country, without need for luggage racks. Holds all the items I need for an extended camping trip. Downside is the somewhat tedious access to the stored items once everything is loaded and tied down. Will be converting the straps to the passenger pegs with quick release buckles for smoother mounting and removal of the bag. Don't yet know how the material and zipper will hold up during heavy use. So far happy with the system.
April 24, 2013