I acquired a Giant Loop Grand Basin in 2012 after seeing this soft luggage system in use on the first motorbike adventure I undertook in 2011 with my brother-in-law Angus.
This soft luggage system is absolute genius! A simple “U” shaped bag that drops onto the pillion seat of the bike and is kept in place with built in straps with cam buckle fasteners. The bag itself is made of “truckers tarpaulin strength” material and is water and dust proof. The seams are sealed as is the YKK zip closer.
Included with the bag are two zippered and shaped internal bags which sit perfectly in the base of each “leg” of the bag. These I tend to use for the small camping stove and general cooking and eating utensils and basic spares for the bike including spare tubes and a puncture kit.
In addition, two water resistant draw string bags are supplied which I use for general clothing items and basic foodstuffs. In the top centre of the bag is a zippered compartment which is useful for items such as my sleeping mat and bulkier clothing such as a fleece top. With all these compartments packed and slipped into place there is still room for my compact sleeping bag and a pair of walking shoes! It really is amazing just how much one can pack into the Giant Loop Grand Basin!
Outside straps and loops allow for the secure packing of a fuel cell and on the odd occasion a braai grid!
Although one can strap the bag in place without a rear rack, I have fitted one to my Honda CRF250L as this provides more freedom with strap placement and gives a little more external packing space for my tent.
The only small improvement I have made to the Giant Loop is to strap on two fabric bags, one to the rear of each “leg”, to accommodate two litre plastic soft drink bottles for an additional four litres of fuel. Two litre plastic soft drink bottles are a cheap and highly effective way to carry additional fuel as they are tough and the caps do not leak. This has provided me with greater riding range, the added peace of mind being a huge benefit!
The one drawback to the Giant Loop Grand Basin is the price… being imported doesn’t help us here in South Africa! I try to do at least two adventures each year and therefore the bag is not used excessively. I also look after the bag properly and wash it after each journey with Hall’s T4 cleaner which is most effective and happens to be bio-degradable.
The Giant Loop Grand Basin is imminently suited for use on the CRF250L but sits very well on the BMW1200GS too. The quality of the Giant Loop Grand Basin is there in bucket loads and the luggage has served me well thus far!
Rating: A full five jerrycans
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