Oct 2 2008

Another DS tail bag


Giant Loop DS Tail BagThis looks like an interesting setup. The Giant Loop is similar to the Wolfman Alpha and Beta bags, but is designed more for lighter dirt bikes.

The bag appears to have a rigid inner liner on the underside, which gives them a little more shape than the Wolfman, particularly when they’re empty. The side parts also seem to hang with a forward lean, so the top of the bag is at the back of the seat, while the sides rest on the side covers of the bike, rather than the exhaust.

I’m not sure I understand the value of mounting the bag to the bike with screws, as the video and photos on the site suggest. I know they want the bag to move with the bike, but a mounting system with no give at all seems to be over the top, and probably self-defeating, The front and rear straps on the Wolfman give the same level of connection, but with more flexibility.

Apparently there’s a KLR-sized one in development… not that I’ll be buying another tail bag any time soon.

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Aug 21 2008

New front guard


Yesterday I bought a new KTM SuperMoto front guard for the KLR. The standard one (pictured in the masthead at the top of the page) is not the prettiest thing in the world, and from certain angles looks like a broken nose or a duck bill. I’d seen a few posts on klr650.net suggesting that the KTM guard was an almost perfect fit, and the photos (like the one you see here) looked great.

The guard went on easily enough. I needed to drill out the two rear mounting holes a little – back, and diagonally out to the sides – but apart from that it went straight on with the original bolts.

Some forum posters also said that they felt greatly reduced buffeting on the handlebars at high speed. I can’t vouch for that, but then again I haven’t had the bike long enough to make any real comparison. From what I can tell it isn’t any worse, but I don’t think it’s significantly better, either. The main wind interference that I get is off the top of the windshield… and that will be the next thing to be replaced on the bike.

Just an update on the crash-bars: the bars themselves don’t seem to amplify vibration back through the bike, but they do vibrate a little, particularly at speed. The only time I’ve noticed it is when I’ve bothered to check by reaching down and touching them (not something I’d normally do) and occasionally when my left leg has touched the bar near where is comes out from the subframe under the seat, when I’m changing gear. Sill, I’m more than happy with how they’ve gone on.

My Wolfman Beta bag still hasn’t arrived. After about two weeks of waiting, no one seems to know where it is. The dealer tells me it has left the warehouse, but that’s all he knows. I’m not in any great rush, but it would be nice to get the bag and try it out.

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