GiantLoop FANDANGO Motorcycle Tank Bag PRO Review
GiantLoop FANDANGO motorcycle Tank Bag PRO offers 8L storage capacity in the cockpit for quick access and frequently used items such as the road map, camera, mobile phone, tyre pressure gauge etc. The STD volume could be expanded with 2 accessory pockets, each adding 2 liters and extending the capacity up to 12L which is quite a lot in the cockpit. The FANDANGO is made of vinyl coated polyester which is reinforced with ballistic nylon. This heavy duty material has a MIL spec construction called the Bomb Shell. The polyester shell material itself is water and dirt-proof, but the seams, map pocket and the YKK zipper closures are not watertight which makes the GiantLoop FANDANGO motorcycle Tank Bag PRO officially water resistant. This is not a problem and by using plastic bags and dry pods, sensitive items could be kept easily dry at all times. The side wall of the shell is supported with a foam which brings also a bit of protection for the sensitive items inside, but the base is foamless. The inside walls are covered with a soft VELTEX® lining which loops with the VELCRO® equipped bag dividers.
The GiantLoop FANDANGO motorcycle Tank Bag PRO has several features matching the requirements of the adventure touring and the dual sport. The shell endures dirt without getting stained and the bag has a very clean profile. The rear end leans slightly forward which gives more room for the rider to maneuver, especially when riding in standing posture. The FANDANGO is also a refueling friendly tank bag, thank to a separate mounting harness which leaves the filler cap in the center line accessible. At the front the FANDANGO has a carry handle which becomes necessary when carrying the luggage to or from the bike. Thanks to a separate mounting harness and a quick zipper attachment, there is nothing hanging from the tank bag such as straps which could catch something on the way. The GiantLoop FANDANGO motorcycle Tank Bag PRO comes with 5 color alternatives in order to match the most popular choices. Fortunately there are several light tones which are less sensitive to the direct sun light effect on the shell material.
GiantLoop FANDANGO Motorcycle Tank Bag PRO Features
The GiantLoop FANDANGO motorcycle Tank Bag PRO map pocket on top of the cover offers a direct access to the map. A VELCRO® closure, pull tab and anti-slip materials help to operate the map pocket gloves on. The clear vinyl window is flexible and allows to use the smartphone touchscreen through the window. The map pocket is not waterproof and paper maps need to be laminated, but the direct access to the map compartment supports frequent use. This is important even when the GPS navigator takes care most of the navigation. Paper and tablet maps give a quick view of a larger area which supports making spontaneous detours and helps to maintain the general heading when the navigator SW gets confused. The map pocket has not enough room for a 7,9” Apple iPadMini with a LifeProof FRE dry case, but without the case and the power cord, the iPadMini fits in. Generally smartphones and the smallest tablets could be used and charged inside the GiantLoop FANDANGO motorcycle Tank Bag PRO map pocket, thanks to the power cable ports in the front.
The GiantLoop FANDANGO motorcycle Tank Bag PRO main compartment is closed with a big 2 way YKK zipper with 2 sliders and pull straps. This is the most practical way, quick in use and the rider can easily operate the zipper with gloves on. The water resistant YKK zipper has an additional PU tape on the outside keeping dirt and most of the water outside. Without any tension the PU tape hides the zipper teeth completely which makes it extremely dirt proof and very close to waterproof. The FANDANGO main compartment provides 8 liters storage which can be divided with a STD divider in 2 sections when necessary. Thanks to the soft VELTEX® hook and loop liner on the side and the VELCRO® stripe on the bottom, the divider or equivalent could be attached versatile ways anywhere on the side walls. The STD divider has 6 stretch holders to keep smaller items in place and available. One of the holders is especially made for the tyre pressure gauge which is useful in the offroad conditions. The size of the FANDANGO main compartment is just right, not too much and nor too little to remain practical.
The GiantLoop FANDANGO motorcycle Tank Bag PRO main compartment has a pass through power cable port with VELCRO® closure in the front. Since the cable makes a vertical bend to the main compartment, the water can not access along the cable. Inside and above the port there is a horizontal sleeve which secures the cord in place. This way the cable is not going to pull the device at any point. It also means that the cable needs to remain in the FANDANGO tank bag when the bag is released from the harness and carried away. An extension cord from the cockpit power socket or below the seat close to the pass through would be handy in order to keep the travel electronics backed up and the removal simple. The cover lid has on the inside a full size mesh pocket with a YKK zipper closure. The mesh pocket would be useful for documents such as the registration, insurance papers or anything flat and light.
On the back end of the GiantLoop FANDANGO motorcycle Tank Bag PRO there`s a outside mesh pocket which could used to flip the GPS navigator in when leaving the bike at the gas station for example. The FANDANGO has a full size document pocket hidden in the base with a direct access from the rear. The concealed document pocket would be fully exposed by tilting the bag on either side and by opening the VELCRO® closure on the bottom with the pull tab. The pocket is not waterproof, but the rain water is hardly able to run upwards. The high moisture is another case and basically the documentation should be packed in a plastic bag.
The GiantLoop FANDANGO motorcycle Tank Bag PRO mounting harness with 4 web strapping points allows to fasten the tank bag firmly to the bike, quick remove the tank bag completely or tilt the bag to either side and refuel the bike without any further fuss. The harness would be mounted in place with hook & loop and secure with a plastic ladder lock type of nylon strap webbing system. At the front the strap loops around the steering column and at the back usually the rear frame on both sides. There are 2 D rings to strap 2 accessory pockets to the harness and the bike. The additional GiantLoop FANDANGO motorcycle Tank Bag PRO pannier pockets would provide 2 liters each extra storage capacity in the cockpit for quick and easy access requirements. The mounting harness is extremely simple, secure and practical in use. The YKK zipper attachment with the harness allows to quick release the tank bag when leaving the bike. The key GiantLoop FANDANGO motorcycle Tank Bag PRO features are:
- Vinyl coated Bomb Shell polyester
- Water resistant & dirt-proof
- Ballistic nylon reinforcements
- Foam support on side walls
- VELTEX® hook & loop liner
- YKK zipper main closure with PU guard
- 4 point strap harness
- Refuel friendly design
- YKK zipper attachment with the harness
- Map pocket (20*19cm or 8*7.5in)
- Pull tab & VELCRO® closure (map pocket)
- Inside mesh pocket on the cover
- Out side mesh pocket
- Power cable ports
- Carry handle on the front
- Space divider with stretch holders
- Tyre pressure gauge holder
- 8 litres volume
- Profile W22*H22*D27cm or W8.6*H8.6*D10.5in
- Alternative colors WHITE, GREY, BLACK, ORANGE and YELLOW
The level of finishing and the details is very high and the FANDANGO stands out with one of the best offroad features. It may very well be the favorite DS tank bag for the moment. Nevertheless I would like to use my iPadMini with a LifeProof FRE dry case in the map pocket and be able to support the power at all times which would require small changes. This is not an issue with paper maps or smartphones what so ever. Nor relevant for dirt adventures, but without a doubt beneficial for some of us. Note that the GiantLoop offers also scratch protection film sheets made of vinyl to protect the paint and the plastic surfaces from the mounting harness and the straps. The vinyl film is 120 microns thick heavy duty material which is better than the conventional packing tape.
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