Giant Loop Fandango Tank Bag Review [Yamaha Ténéré 700 Project Bike]
There are so many specially designed Giant Loop cargo bags that I needed to carefully study the Oregon-based company’s photo-rich and descriptive website to narrow down my choices. While on the Ultimate motorcycling Yamaha Ténéré 700 Project Bike, I wanted easy access to small items, such as snacks, smartphone, glasses, flashlight, passes, maps, garage door opener, hat and sunscreen, so it was time to test out the Giant Loop Fandango Tank Bag. Giant Loop recently redesigned the $260 Fandango tank bag, lowering its profile, improving waterproofing and increasing its cargo capacity to eight liters.The Fandango tank bag retains its shape even when empty. A sturdy carry handle built into the front makes it easy to carry when you want to take it with you off the bike. To release it from the mounting harness, run the heavy-duty YKK zipper to the rear, and it comes off. The underside is concave to account for the gas cap and any vents, but covers it entirely. To refuel, unzip the zipper on the left side and around the bottom of its mounting harness. Then flip it over to the right, away from the tank, with the zipper acting as a hinge. Make sure you have closed its lid properly before turning it over. You can guess why I am noting this.The Giant Loop Fandango has a large transparent pocket on the top for your phone which provides protection against dust and weather. However, this location can get hot in direct sunlight. A transparent and waterproof map pocket is accessible by a zipper on the underside of the lid. There is a flat stretch mesh pocket on the outer side of the bag which is handy for holding toll money or a park pass. Inside the lid is a stretch mesh zippered pocket that holds a wallet or any small items you don’t want to lose in the main cavity.The main cavity is cavernous. It has a hook-and-loop divider, perfect if you’re the type that doesn’t like your peas and carrots touching. I like to keep my windshield and windscreen clean, so I have a full-size plastic cleaner readily available. the bag or mounting system will scratch the surface. The sheets are made of the same vinyl material that the motorcycle graphics are printed on. They are $50 for three 12 x 18 inch sheets.I used the mounting harness as a template to cut the vinyl to the correct size and shape. Because 3M vinyl is so immediately tacky, the instructions say to wet the glue and the reservoir, then float the vinyl into position. We all know how frustrating it is to align and reposition small cell phone screen protector covers, so the floating method made it easy to precisely align the protective sheet. Since this is an off-road-ready adventure bike, I often arrive home with a very dirty bike. I watered the Ultimate motorcycling Yamaha Ténéré 700 project bike and checking for any signs of leaks in the Fandango tank bag. As advertised, it stays dry inside and keeps dust out.There’s a handy little hooded passage in the front of the tank bag for cables, wires, or the like, so water can get inside if you throw your bike into a deep stream crossing. That’s why Giant Loop includes a full-size dry bag for extra protection against moisture and dust. They claim the Fandango tank bag is bulletproof, but I won’t test it. I’ve been using the bag for six months and have ridden it as a tail bag almost as many times as I’ve ridden it as a tank bag. . When traversing tight trails or forest roads at high speed, I like to stand far forward, so I move the Fandango to the rear of the Ténéré 700. Conveniently, the tall, stiff backrest (now at the front) acts as a backrest if the Fandango is packed. I can’t imagine more useful than a water resistant eight liter tank bag which is also a secure rear pannier using the same mounting harness. The Giant Loop Fandango tank bag exceeded my expectations, proving to be even more versatile than me. considered.