Giant Loop MoJavi Saddlebag Review

Giant Loop MoJavi Saddlebag Review

The Giant Loop MoJavi Saddlebag is aimed at riders with a dual sport or enduro bike that are looking for minimal storage that is beefy enough to handle some aggressive riding.

Lightweight Dual Sport bikes let you explore challenging off-road areas at a faster pace than a larger adventure bike. You can get to areas that a bigger bike is struggling to reach.

Giant Loop are well known for manufacturing rugged outdoor motorcycle luggage systems that can handle the toughest conditions.

The small capacity luggage system is ideal for carrying just the essentials for a day trip, or a weekend journey riding motel to motel.

The small size forces you to be efficient in your packing, and the design carries gear low and tight so that there is minimal effect to the bike’s handling.

Top 4 things to consider when choosing a saddlebag for your Dual Sport bike.

  • Slim profile with compression straps that let you secure your items inside the bags
  • Waterproofing capability
  • Durable construction to handle off-road conditions
  • A design that doesn’t hinder your movement on the bike

Giant Loop MoJavi saddlebag

Specifications

  • Product: Giant Loop MoJavi
  • Weight: 3.0 pounds/1.4kg (including heat shield)
  • Capacity: 12 Liters per pair
  • Waterproof: water resistant
  • Construction: Vinyl Coated Polyester
  • Colors: Black, White, Gray, Yellow, Orange
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime
  • Also Included: Hot Springs Heat Shield (value $30)

MoJavi saddle bagFeatures

  • Slim profile so it packs in close to your bike. Especially important for tight trails
  • ‘Military Spec’ materials and construction so you know it’s tough for off-road use
  • Water resistant YKK zippers
  • Optional center pouch for additional 1.5 liters. Great place for your tools for quick access
  • Nylike webbing compression straps with aluminum cam buckles
  • Flexible rear mounting system
  • Made in the USA

What You Get

Construction is 22-ounce ‘Bombshell’ vinyl coated polyester, a water-resistant bag with very beefy feel. The water-resistant YKK zippers have a water-resistant overlap flap.

The opening on these is very narrow, so if your bike is an enduro bike or a small Dual Sport bike with a regular dirt bike seat these will work nicely for you.

These are more suited to the off-road rider, so if you’re more of an on-road rider, there are other options out there better suited for you.

Storage is 12 liters, 6 liters per bag, with one main compartment to each. The bags are ultra-slim and only protrude 4″ (10cm) on each side.

There is one main compression strap over each bag to secure your load. If you’re riding off-road the last thing you want is for your gear to be moving around inside your bag.

Giant Loop has included a Hot Springs heat shield with your bag. In most cases, these bags will be sitting alongside the exhaust pipe, and you don’t want to have to worry about melting your bags.

Giant Loop MoJavi heat shield

Make sure you install the heat shield before you install the bags.

Installation

Fitting these will take you about 15 to 30 minutes depending on the type of bike you have.
Giant Loop keeps it simple with minimal straps so that mounting is intuitive.

There is a velcro strap across the back which sits over the fender, and metal hooks that clip onto the fender. This also fixes the optional top bag.

To the front, there are straps that simply loop around the frame of the bike, and back to the buckles, with an elasticated band to tie up the excess strap so it doesn’t flap around in the breeze.

Giant Loop MoJavi saddle bag fixing

Giant Loop ‘Quick Mounts’ can also be used as a strap attachment point to help avoid contact with the hot exhaust.

A common problem with rackless soft luggage systems is that they scuff your bikes side panels. Small particles of dust and dirt get under the saddlebags and leave abrasion marks on the panels.

One way to prevent this is to apply a clear vinyl protective film to your side panels before installing your saddlebags.

Pros

  • Simple quick installation
  • Slim compact profile
  • Removable top bag
  • Designed to keep heavier gear down low

Cons

  • Not completely waterproof unless you use the Dry Pods
  • A bit pricey (but you get what you pay for)
  • Cam buckles are not as convenient as clip closures (but a lot tougher)

Giant Loop recommends you treat the seams with a Seam Sealer to improve the water protection

New for 2018: MoJavi Saddlebag Dry Pods, which add 100% waterproof performance to your saddlebags.

Giant Loop MoJavi Dry Pods

They fit inside your saddlebags and come with RF-welded seams and air purge valves. They are available for $49.

Final Thoughts

The Giant Loop MoJavi is a nice compact setup for Dual Sport and Enduro riders to take a bit of luggage on your off-road treks.

If you want to get aggressive with your riding and tackle the gnarliest terrain, the MoJavi is designed to handle whatever you can throw at it.

Any rider who has spent a long day off-road with a heavy backpack knows how much it can fatigue you.

The Giant Loop MoJavi lets the bike take the weight without significantly affecting it’s handling and is compact enough to get you through the tight spots.

If you like to go fast, go far and pack light the Giant Loop MoJavi is the ideal luggage solution.

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For an overview of various options for soft motorcycle panniers, check out my post: Soft Motorcycle Pannier Review 

For a full review on the Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag, check out my post:  Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag Review

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See how the Giant Loop Coyote saddlebags were used by Adam Riemann when he and his mate traveled from Austria to Egypt on two KTM 500EXCs in the MOTONOMAD movies in my post: Adventure Motorcycle Travel DVDs

Do you use a soft motorcycle saddlebag for your Dual Sport adventures? What has worked for you? Please feel free to share your thoughts with readers below.

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4 thoughts on “Giant Loop MoJavi Saddlebag Review”

  1. Woah! These are pretty neat looking! I have only ever seen saddlebags that are hard on the outside like on larger motorcycles. Could these be used for that, or are they strictly for dirt bikes and such? Looks like a great set up to carry just what you need for a day trip, I Really like the look of them. 

    I like the fact that they are heat protected from the pipe! I have burnt my legs a few times on the back of a motorcycle and I can imagine the last thing you want is this melting on there!

    • Hi and thanks for your comments. Yes the hard panniers are used for larger motorcycles, usually more road orientated bikes. The soft saddlebags are designed for lighter dirt bikes that have no fixing points for panniers. There are soft saddlebags available for larger adventure bikes also.

      It’s great that it comes with a heat shield, as you don’t want to damage them on the hot pipe.

      Thanks for dropping by. 

      Greg

  2. I have a lot of friends here in the Arizona Dessert who can use these bags. I was wondering how they stack up to other bags, or if there is another bag you would recommend as an alternative? I think your article is fantastic just trying to think how else I can help my rider buddies.

    • Hi Andy. The Giant Loop, Wolfman and Kriega are three of the most well know and respected manufacturers of rackless soft luggage for motorcycles. If you check out my post ‘Soft Motorcycle Pannier Review’ I go into more detail about what is available in this area. This will give you a good idea of how they stack up against other bags.

      Thanks for dropping in. If I can be of any more assistance please let me know.

      Greg

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