Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebag - Closeout
Fit & Finish is good
short term eval is good. i would like to reccomend on the side straps a protection sleeve to prevent buckle/cinch from scratching or abrazing side panels. i ran mine thru a bicycle tube . isnt very pretty but works.
May 6, 2013
Great Alternative to Hard Cases
I wanted a way to carry camping gear on my NC700X that didn't involve panniers/hard cases; from what I've read, they really can affect fuel economy (up to 20 MPG) and handling, and they simply seem to be just one more big item on an already-big bike. Plus, if you've ever priced them, you understand how expensive they are, OEM or aftermarket -- creeping up on the $1500 price point. The Great Basin seems to be the solution to my problem. With a dry bag attached to the top of it, I can carry my small tent, sleeping bag/pad, camp chair, stove, lantern, tools, food, clothes...you name it. It is the perfect weekend ride-and-camp bag, and the great thing is I can simply take the bag off the bike when I use it to commute during the weekday. Giant Loop products are a little pricey, but I definitely don't mind shelling out a few extra bucks for innovation and well-built products. I think they really did some R&D with this product, and I'm glad I made the purchase.
March 11, 2013
fit and balance on my Super Tenere was almost excellent!
I purchased this luggage for my first ling trip on the Yamaha. My initial reaction on unpacking the Great Basin was that it was smaller than I thought it would be. Of course it was a packed tightly for shipping so I wasn't disappointed. Altogether, I felt the Great Basin saddlebag is a great product and accomodated my needs as advertised. I could have used some more room but after two weeks I had it figured out (especially the part about packing too much supeflous stuff). Since I use a bigger bike, I wouild have liked to see a few extra accessory attachments and the staps longer (at 6" on a couple of them) so that I could trip them as neeed.
I did get into a little rain but all stayed dry! No off-road yet and no crashes so I'll save those comments for another review! I will say that this style of luggage kept the bike very well balanced indeed! Looking forward to more trips with my Giant Loop Great Basin saddlebag. Will probably get my son one for Christmas also!
September 15, 2012
useful and easy install
it is great to use it and very easy to install it.
especially the compartment very big .
It nice 5 additional small bag is included in this products.
it is fit for my Bike is KTM690 Enduro , also looks nice.
I love it
August 13, 2012
Bought this bag for what ended up being about a 7000 mile tour across the western US on my KLR 650. I think it would have been hard to find a more suitable system. I bought the white one, so it ended up a little scuffed by the end of the trip, though I expected that. Even covered in dust, I received some comments about them, so they must look OK. The craftmanship of them is top notch, and there is nothing superfluous on them, which I can appreciate.
As long as you don't ask them to do anything they weren't designed to do, you'll be quite satisfied.
June 11, 2012
Great concept, good delivery
Bought this for a DR650 after trying soft sided saddle bags and panniers. I use the bike for adventure riding with some pavement and some two track and trails thrown in. Ultimately I hope to ride the bike on a several month trip across the States and into Alaska. I think the concept is great, but the actually product could use some work. The bag leaks even after following the instructions for applying the included seam sealer. The bag, according the Giant Loop, is designed for a minimalist approach. While I agree with this method of riding and camping, even with ultra light backpacking gear some things will have to be strapped to the outside, like the tent and sleeping pad. While this is not a problem, and the cam buckles do a fabulous job, it would be nice if there was a separate tarp flap that could cover extra gear. There is plenty of room inside the bag for small stuff, such and personal items, cloths, and tools. Forget about stuffing a large sleeping bag or sleeping system in there it just won't fit, I tried. The bag fits the bike well and I didn't notice it behind me. Overall the bag is good and I would probably buy it again. A little alteration would make it better for my application.
May 20, 2012
Great bag! I give it a 4.5 / 5 - mounting system could be improved some.
I really like this bag, it's well thought out and built tough! It holds plenty of gear, but one of my complaints is that if you actually fill the supplied dry bags, it's impossible to close the zipper. The first time mounting was kind of a pain on my F800GS. It will take some time to figure out the proper mounting configuration. The fix would be to make the mounting straps separate from the compression system.
-Great water storage location
-Nice to have the central zippered compartment
-easy to organize with 5 separate compartments
-amazingly durable and stable when mounted
-Looks nice, super light weight compared to panniers
-Most tent poles fit width-wise inside the bag
-Would be nice if it came seam sealed
-The compression straps are the same as the mounting straps, and they cover the zipper. If you want to remove something like water the whole pack flops around.
-The strap loops on top are too tight to feed buckles through
-Could have used some more fabric around the zipper area to make closure a little easier when the bag is full.
April 30, 2012
You don't even know it is on your bike.
Putting on and off is a breeze and the bag conforms to whatever you put in it. I like the super tough material so you don't worry about hitting a bush and tearing. Unlike the hard cases, this won't crack and the mounts don't break. The only drawback is having to use seam sealer (provided). It took me three nights to seal all of the stitching.
April 4, 2012