Very soon I will be testing a new luggage system. Giant Loop is an american company who makes some of the more reliable and durable saddle bags for traveling and enduro. Bags look very technical, with a specific attention to details. We'll see soon how much they last. I'll use the "pack" on the next Africa Eco Race to Dakar. Almost 10.000 km, most of them fully loaded and offroad.
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What a greek company has done is not just a roadbook holder. In fact this tool has usually just to roll paper back and forward. But this is the state of the art. Nothing compares in terms of technology and quality. If you are a pro rally racer, take it seriously in consideration. Also, most of the parts are life guaranteed, for good reasons. It looks big but isn't too heavy, taking in consideration what's inside. The engine pull paper trough magnets and so there's no friction. Actually it can work even bent after a crash, because elements are not touching. Another interesting feature is the removable cartridge, thanks to magnets. Pull it out with a click, write notes on paper easly, spend much less time than normal. Who races knows how much the time is important. Moreover Aurora does the brackets, specifically for each rider. Did you understand? You ask what you need, what bike you have… and they will prepare a specific braket to meet your needs. Find more info and videos at www.aurora-rally.com.
Personally, I've been testing it during Serres rally, in Greece. The one I tested was a prototype, nearly perfect. My concerns were about o-rings grip and weight. The final version has been improved, it is lighter and stronger: 1,4 kg. That's the one you can see on the following pictures.
The last news comes again from Japan. At Tuareg Rallye I met the boss (or better the "king") of Noguchi seats and he sent me a brand new one. Taller and with a special surface. As soon as it gets home I'll test it in rally conditions. Anyway, looks great!
Thanks to FR magazine my pictures at Africa Eco Race 2014 can be seen in Japan. FR is one of the most interesting magazines about motorbikes, worlwide. Their attention for design, even graphic design, has not many comparisons. Thanks a lot.
Sometime we push too much on post production. Sometime is not a picture anymore. What if the next step in fact is not a photo, but a comic? I'm experimenting new ways, with some minimalism. Here you can see me, changing a flat tyre in good company of a Tuareg, stepping forward to take a picture.
Well, dreaming yes, but maybe I can do some steps forward to a new rider style.
It has been an hard and long test, riding trough deserts fully loaded following two rallies. 6852 km at Africa Race first and 4550 km at Tuareg Rallye. Fifty percent offroad. Huge. What I can say about these bags? They're strong. Very. And they still look new. The best about them is that you don't feel the weight while riding. They move a bit, so the feeling is incredibly good. The era of hard luggage is over for me. Long life to saddle bags.