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Blasting Baja on KTM 500 EXC with Coyote Saddlebag

By | Adventure Touring, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Riders, Saddlebags

From customer Jason: “Used the Coyote Saddlebag on my KTM 500 EXC for Baja, and just like my prior version (the original bolt-on Giant Loop Saddlebag) it was really awesome, but probably more awesomer. 🙂 Kept it light and I only needed the Coyote for a 2 week trip. Inside I had tools, spares, clothes. We didn’t camp. Kept it fast and light. I used the beaver tail straps to fasten an auxiliary fuel supply – funny how station attendants don’t care if you’re pumping fuel into an unapproved 5l container. I’m not sure I’d get away with it here…” Or, check out the Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladders!

KTM 500 EXC in Baja with Giant Loop's Coyote Saddlebag

KTM 500 EXC in Baja with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag

KTM 500 EXC in Baja with Giant Loop's Coyote Saddlebag

KTM 500 EXC in Baja with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag

KTM 500 EXC in Baja with Giant Loop's Coyote Saddlebag

KTM 500 EXC in Baja with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag

Video: Giant Loop’s Tracker Packer Ruggedized Holsters for SPOT Gen3, Garmin inReach, DeLorme inReach

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Camping, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, holiday gifts for motorcyclists, New Product, Tech Tips, Timbersled, Video

Tracker Packer review by The Gear Institute: “Giant Loop’s Tracker Packer addresses a real need for those of us who routinely escape the bonds of cell towers, extending the usability of potentially lifesaving technology even in dire situations. Best of all, the Tracker Packer keeps the satellite messenger within easy reach – and quickly accessible – should an emergency arise. After all, isn’t that when you absolutely need the messenger the most?”

Adventure proof packing and gear systems innovator Giant Loop has added a third model to its Tracker Packer™ line of ruggedized holsters for GPS-enabled emergency beacons/communicators, the new Tracker Packer for Garmin inReach beacons and two-way satellite communicators. Giant Loop’s Tracker Packer enables backcountry adventurers who travel beyond cell phone range to stay safer during all outdoor adventures — motorcycling, snowmobiling, snow biking, backpacking, climbing, mountain biking, boating — with help the push of a button away. Following best safety practices, the Tracker Packer firmly attaches the Garmin inReach Explorer or SE device to the user’s backpack shoulder strap, outerwear, or upper arm, reducing the risk of the device separating from the user or not being within reach and in plain sight. Although wearing the Tracker Packer is the best safety practice, it can also be used to attach the device to a vehicle or other location.

Featuring redundant closures, multiple connections, and tether points, the Tracker Packer is designed to remain secure, even in the roughest, most extreme conditions. By keeping the device in a visible, easy-to-access location, anyone on scene in the event of an emergency can quickly deploy the Garmin inReach’s SOS signal sending the GPS location to an international emergency response coordination center.

The Tracker Packer for Garmin inReach is not just for emergencies. When traveling beyond cell service, backcountry travelers can let family and friends know they are OK, and satellite text messages can be sent and received directly from the device.

Giant Loop donates a portion of all Tracker Packer sales to the nonprofit Kurt Caselli Foundation, which focuses on the safety of riders and racers in the off-road motorcycling industry. Giant Loop worked with US off-road motorcycle racing legend Quinn Cody to test and develop the Tracker Packer holsters. Other Tracker Packer models include the Tracker Packer for DeLorme inReach and the Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen3.

Tracker Packer features include a high-visibility closure printed with “EMERGENCY” and the Kurt Caselli Foundation’s “Caselli 66” logo, a redundant double hook-and-loop Garmin inReach attachment system, a heavy duty hook-and-loop extension band for wearing on the upper arm, Slip-Not grippy backing, foam padding to absorb shock and vibration, reflective trim for visibility, fully bound seams and webbing loops with grommets for additional mounting and tethering options.

Made in USA with military-specification components and materials, the Tracker Packer for Garmin inReach is backed by Giant Loop’s limited lifetime warranty. USA MSRP is $50. The Tracker Packer is available bundled with the Garmin inReach Explorer or SE exclusively at Giant Loop’s GL Adventure Shop warehouse showroom in Bend, Oregon, and at www.giantloopmoto.com. For more information and to contribute to the Kurt Caselli Foundation, visit http://www.kurtcaselli.com.

Giant Loop Bushwackers Hand Guards Cold, Wet and Brush Protection for Snow Bikes (Timbersled) + Snowmobiles

By | Arctic Cat, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, holiday gifts for motorcyclists, KTM, Polaris, Snow, Snow Bike, Snowmobile, stocking stuffers, Timbersled, under $60

Gear up for adventure with Bushwackers Hand Guards for snow bikes (Timbersled), snowmobiles, ATVs and motorcycles!

Droppin’ into the weather? Combine Bushwackers Hand Guards with rigid hand guards/deflectors and heated grips for the ultimate protection against the elements. Ride safer and longer with warm, dry and clean hands and controls. Essential gear for motorcycles, snow bikes and snowmobiles.
*Cold/wet weather comfort
*Brush, mud and trail protection
*Strap on/off in seconds
*Multiple mounting configurations to fit most motorcycle
makes/models equipped with rigid hand guards and/or deflectors
*Tough stretch polyurethane strap (can be used separately)
*Custom wind foil shapes
*No stitching or pieces to fail

When not using Bushwackers Hand Guards, straps have a thousand other uses: Lash water bottles, fuel, gear to tail rack. Hold flashlight in place while working in dark. And many others!

Made in USA. #golightgofastgofar #designedinbendoregon

Video: Giant Loop Snow Waterproof Tunnel Bags & Gear Anchor System for Snowmobiles & Snow Bikes

By | Arctic Cat, Dry Bags, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, New Product, Polaris, Snow, Snow Bike, Snowmobile, Straps, Tech Tips, Timbersled, Video

Here’s a quick look at the most complete fender-to-fender gear system designed for snow bikes – like Timbersled, Yeti Snow MX, Camso and MotoTraxx. Giant Loop’s waterproof Torngat Tunnel Bag for snowmobiles and snow bikes includes a integrated anchor straps, stainless steel mounts and hardware – a complete gear packing solution for winter adventure. Lightweight, super rugged and stable for hard on- and off-piste riding, Joshua Cole, guide and owner at North Cascades Mountain Guides wrote in Off-Piste magazine that “. . . the Giant Loop system is the slickest, cleanest and simplest plug and play system I’ve found for carrying gear on my snowmobile.”

Check out Giant Loop Snow’s gear for snow bikes, snowmobiles and winter backcountry adventure!

#golightgofastgofar #designedinbendoregon

Video: Giant Loop Snow Fender Bag & Number Plate Bag for Snowbikes – Timbersled, Camso, etc.

By | Arctic Cat, Dry Bags, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, New Product, Polaris, Snow, Snow Bike, Snowmobile, stocking stuffers, Tech Tips, Timbersled

Gear up for winter adventure with complete snow bike solutions from Giant Loop Snow!

UPDATED FOR 2017! The NEW roll top Giant Loop Fender Bag / Number Plate Bag for snow bikes – Timbersled, MotoTraxx, Yeti Snow MX, Camso – is now RF-welded, 100% waterproof, snow-proof and a roomy 3.5-liters in volume — enough capacity for tools, emergency supplies, snacks, spare gloves or anything else riders need to secure to the plastic fender of virtually any dirt bike plastic fender. Go light. Go fast. Go far.

New Winter 2017-2018 Giant Loop Snow Bike and Snowmobile Gear Collection

By | Arctic Cat, Blog, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, News, Polaris, Snow, Snow Bike, Snowmobile, Timbersled, Uncategorized, Yamaha

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 2017

WEBPAGE:
https://giantloopmoto.com/product-category/giant-loop-snow/

New Winter 2017-2018 Giant Loop Snow Bike and Snowmobile Gear Collection

Expedition Quality Packing Systems and Equipment for Extreme Conditions, Designed in Bend, Oregon

Timbersled snow bike with Giant Loop Snow waterproof tunnel bag and gear

Timbersled snow bike with Giant Loop Snow waterproof tunnel bag and gear

Snowmobile with Giant Loop Snow waterproof tunnel bag and gear

Snowmobile with Giant Loop Snow waterproof tunnel bag and gear

(BEND, OREGON USA) For the winter 2017-2018 season, Giant Loop expands its adventure proof packing systems and gear solutions for snow bikes — including Timbersled, Camso, Yeti, MotoTrax and other conversions — and for snow mobiles, backcountry skiing and snowboarding, professionals and guides. The Giant Loop Snow collection features a range of seven new products plus extreme winter-tested favorites.

New Possibles Pouch
For snow bikes and snow mobiles, Giant Loop’s new waterproof, snow proof, roll-top Possibles Pouch offers 3.5 liters of storage, rugged RF-welded construction, multiple lash points for a variety of anchor points and includes a pair of webbing anchor and compression straps. Perfect for snow bike and snowmobile tunnels, lashes to other gear or stows inside a backpack for waterproof storage. USA MSRP $50.

New GL Fender Bag / Number Plate Bag
Giant Loop added its super tough Rubber Boa Straps to its waterproof/snowproof Possibles Pouch to make the ultimate Fender Bag and Number Plate Bag for snow bikes. Straps on, stays on. Compatible with virtually all dirt bike plastic fenders and number plates. USA MSRP $65.

New Tracker Packer for Garmin inReach SE + Explorer
Every backcountry traveler should consider carrying a satellite-enabled tracker and emergency beacon when adventure calls beyond cell phone range. Giant Loop’s ruggedized Tracker Packer holster enables users to wear the Garmin inReach SE and Explorer two-way satellite communicators securely attached to a backpack strap, keeping the emergency beacon within reach for the user or visible and accessible for first on the scene assistance. Also available: Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen3 and Tracker Packer for Delorme inReach SE/Explorer. USA MSRP $50.

New GL Lift Strap
Heavy-duty webbing lift strap with steel tri-glide fasteners attaches to snow bike fork tubes, snowmobile bumpers and just about anywhere else a sure grip is required to help pull a riding buddy out of a tight spot, assist with loading, etc. Features custom Giant Loop molded rubber handle for lifting comfort. USA MSRP $15.

New Pronghorn Straps XL
Extra beefy 1-inch-wide Pronghorn Straps XL feature stamped aluminum fasteners and a strong connection created by tension that makes these color coded tan 22-inch and blue 32-inch long an essential part of every backcountry traveler’s kit. Pronghorn Straps have towed snow mobiles, splinted wounds, secured skis/snowboards and helped in countless other ways. Also available in ¾-inch-wide models in gray 15-, orange 20- and red 25-inch color coded lengths. USA MSRP $40 for pair of XL 32-inch; $38 for pair of XL 22”.

New 2-Gallon, 3-Gallon, 5-Gallon Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder
Giant Loop’s new 2-gallon, 3-gallon and 5-gallong Gas Bag™ Fuel Safe Bladders conveniently transport hydrocarbon fuel for power sports racing in a collapsible welded film and ballistic nylon reinforced container. Rolls up or packs flat when empty, the Gas Bags weigh a fraction of other fuel container. Also available in a 1-gallon version, Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladders provide a lightweight, compact means of transporting gas for off-road racing on closed courses. Each Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder is individually pressure tested and made in USA by Fuel Safe, a leading racing fuel containment manufacturer based in Oregon. NOTE: Intended only for the temporary transport of liquid hydrocarbons for racing vehicles used in professional off road and closed course competition racing events. The Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder is not a portable or long-term fuel storage container as described by ASTM, EPA, ARB or other state or federal agencies. Available exclusively from Giant Loop consumer-direct. USA MSRP coming soon.

Revelstoke Tunnel Bag for Snow Bikes and Snowmobiles
Compact, lightweight and super rugged, the waterproof/snowproof Revelstoke Tunnel Bag secures 24 liters of backcountry essentials and emergency supplies to the snow bike or snow mobile tunnel, taking the weight out of a backpack and eliminating excuses for venturing into winter wilds without emergency and survival kits packed on sled or snow bike. Includes stainless steel hardware and GL Mounts. Limited quantity available. USA MSRP $99.

Torngat Tunnel Bag for Snowmobiles
Joshua Cole, guide and owner at North Cascades Mountain Guides, wrote in Off-Piste magazine, “. . . the Giant Loop system is the slickest, cleanest and simplest plug and play system I’ve found for carrying gear on my snowmobile.” The roll-top Torngat Tunnel Bag offers backcountry travelers, professionals and guides 37 liters of waterproof/snowproof, rugged, stable, compressible/expandable, gear storage for snowmobile tunnels. Features include an external mesh zippered pocket, gear divider and sleeves inside, heavy-duty D-ring lash points, daisy chain anchors with reflective trim, integrated compression and anchor straps. Includes stainless steel hardware and GL Mounts. Limited quantity available. USA MSRP $99.

Giant Loop’s motorcycle experience transitions seamlessly to snow bikes, with many designs from the Giant Loop Moto line crossing over to winter including Bushwackers Hand Guards, GL Mounts, Rubber Boa Straps, Cordura Ballistic Tow Strap, GL Sleeping Sheath, Zigzag Handlebar Bag, MoJavi Saddlebag, Diablo Pro Tank Bag, Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag and others.

Giant Loop’s Snow line is available at the company’s GL Adventure Shop in Bend, Oregon, and online at www.giantloopsnow.com. Giant Loop’s adventure proof motorcycle, snowmobile, snow bike, ATV, UTV, SxS, 4×4 and outdoor packing and gear systems are available from select powersports dealers in the USA and Canada, and via Tucker Rocky Distributing in the USA, as well as from international distributors around the world. Giant Loop is a rider-owned company that designs and tests products in Bend, Oregon. For all the details, go to www.giantloopmoto.com/product-category/giant-loop-snow/ or www.giantloopsnow.com.

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Customer Question: Great Basin Saddlebag vs Coyote Saddlebag, Tips for GL Mounts

By | FAQ, Fitment, KTM, Saddlebags, Tech Tips

Customer Question: Great Basin Saddlebag vs Coyote Saddlebag, Tips for GL Mounts

Customer email question:
Hi. I need some advice on mounting a giant loop great basin on a 2011 ktm 450.

Im having huge problems securing it to the back fender.
I also need the bag repaired. Because i couldn’t mount it properly, one of the straps completely tore off the back. Have you got any recommended repairers in Victoria Australia.

I bought your stainless mounts and attached them to the frame where my legs are. Problem is the boots are wearing the straps away at the mount. One of the straps also worked its way thru the groove and the bag completely came off the bike. I was thinking of welding the mount closed and just feeding the strap thru. Also was going to hammer the mount straight so it doesnt expose the strap to any wear.

Also have a 2008 250 with a coyote which seems ok. If you have any advice on this setup, it would be appreciated also.

Giant Loop’s email reply:
First, thank you very much for choosing Giant Loop for your adventures! I have CC’d our Australian distributor, Adventure Moto, so they can follow up with you regarding local repair options, etc. Adventure Moto has been our exclusive distributor in Australia since 2009, and we appreciate you supporting them with your business.

The short answer: Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag is designed to fit “virtually any motorcycle designed to carry a passenger.”

Your dirt bike is not designed to carry a passenger – it is not equipped with passenger pegs. See Packing Systems diagram.

The Great Basin Saddlebag sits on the passenger seat and anchors to the passenger peg mounts in a vertical position.

The Coyote Saddlebag is specifically designed for dirt, dual sport, endure and other bike types that are not built to carry a passenger. It mounts behind the seat and anchors to the frame/subframe/GL Mounts in a diagonal position. So, yes the Coyote Saddlebag fits both of your dirt bikes perfectly.

I you need additional packing capacity for the Coyote Saddlebag, add a Rogue Dry Bag and 2 Possibles Pouches.

Or, position some of your gear on the front of the bike with a Diablo Pro Tank Bag, Zigzag Handlebar Bag, Pannier Pockets and/or Fender Bag.

Regarding the GL Mounts – please see the attached photo of the Mount installed on the exhaust side of our KTM 500 EXC.

Giant Loop's stainless steel GL Mounts installed with round button-head bolt and anchor strap wrapped around mount to protect boot and pant leg from abrasion.

Giant Loop’s stainless steel GL Mounts installed with round button-head bolt and anchor strap wrapped around mount to protect boot and pant leg from abrasion.

Note that we have replaced the stock bolt with a button head bolt to help prevent wear from the square-edged bolt. Also please note how we wrap the extra webbing around the mount to protect our pants/boots from abrasion. These are simple steps that will instantly eliminate abrasion issues. With respect to your strap coming loose: The Mounts are designed for the webbing anchor strap to pull in a straight line, not at an angle. In our laboratory tests of the linear pull strength of our Mounts, the metal will actually bend before the strap pulls through when the force is in a straight line. The root problem may be that the Great Basin Saddlebag doesn’t mount in the correct position on your bikes, so the webbing anchor strap is pulled at angle. If you never want the strap to come out of the Mount even when it’s pulled at angle, then use metal tri-glide buckles to lock the strap into the Mount.

We and our customer have ridden many thousands of miles with our Saddlebags mounted without the GL Mounts. They are intended to be a convenience – they are not necessary components. If they are causing you problems instead of solving problems, you might consider simply anchoring the straps to the frame/subframe as we have done for year before we started making the GL Mounts.

I hope I’ve answered your questions and addressed your concerns. Please share this information with your riding friends and help us help riders avoid problems that are easily solved. And please follow up with Adventure Moto – and give them your business.

Go light, go fast, go far,
Team GL

NEW! GL Pannier Mounts for Motorcycle Soft Luggage

By | Blog, BMW, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, Husqvarna, Kawasaki, KTM, New Product, Panniers, Suzuki, Tech Tips, Triumph, Video, Yamaha

GL Pannier Mounts for Motorcycle Soft Luggage – now available for pre-order, shipping September 25!

Giant Loop's GL Pannier Mount for motorcycle soft luggage and gear

Giant Loop’s GL Pannier Mount for motorcycle soft luggage and gear

Introducing GL Pannier Mounts for motorcycle soft luggage! Designed in Bend, Oregon by Giant Loop, these ultra light, ultra tough quick release, quick mount, lockable powder coated aluminum plates secure Giant Loop’s Round The World Panniers, MotoTrekk Panniers, RotoPax gas cans and other gear to most side luggage racks with flat, vertical hoops constructed with 18mm round tubing. Examples: Touratech and the BMW R1200GS Adventure’s OEM luggage rack (Giant Loop adapter required for exhaust side of BMW GSA). Other adapters and mounting options available soon.

WEIGHS JUST 3.6 lbs. Sold as a set of two, with two keys included. Order now!

Giant Loop Deals: Discounts on Seconds + Closeouts

By | Deals, Giant Loop Gear, Saddlebags, Uncategorized

Deals for Riders (limited to stock on hand) – click link to purchase unless otherwise noted:

20% off 2017 Fandango Pro Tank Bag in White – new condition with cosmetic blemishes – only three left, call 458-206-9113 to order
30% off 2016 Diablo Pro Tank Bag in Yellow only – only two left, call 458-206-9113 to order
All components included.
Happy Labor Day!

Giant Loop: Your Rally Raid Products Honda CB500 Experts in the USA

By | Honda, Rally Raid Products
GIANT LOOP IS YOUR RALLY RAID HONDA CB500 EXPERT IN THE USA!
 
Rally Raid Products kits, parts and accessories for the Honda CB 500 (and other makes/models) are now available from Giant Loop on a special order basis only. USA pricing is UK MSRP, plus a service charge of 20% (shipping cost additional). Payment is required at the time of ordering. Call 888-358-8347 or email us to order.
 
After multiple customer requests, Giant Loop is pleased to announce that we can now special order any of the Rally Raid kits, parts and accessories – and help coordinate bike builds. We do not stock these parts – each is a special order. Let us apply our extensive experience and knowledge to your Rally Raid Honda CB500 build. Go light. Go fast. Go far.
 
 

Open House, Saturday, May 6: Bend-based Giant Loop Opens New Retail Showroom, the Giant Loop Adventure Shop

By | Blog, Events, News

Bend-based Giant Loop Opens New, Expanded Retail Showroom, the Giant Loop Adventure Shop

Fun Hogs + Explorers Open House, Saturday, May 6, 11 am to 6 pm, 63025 O. B. Riley Road, Suite 6

Bend-based Giant Loop Opens New, Expanded Retail Showroom, the Giant Loop Adventure Shop

Fun Hogs + Explorers Open House, Saturday, May 6, 11 am to 6 pm, 63025 O. B. Riley Road, Suite 6

Adventure proof packing systems and gear company Giant Loop will open a new, expanded retail showroom, the Giant Loop Adventure Shop, at its Bend base of operations, located at 63025 O. B. Riley Road, Suite 6, Bend, OR 97703. The GL Adventure Shop offers a community hub for explorers and fun hogs, with meticulously curated ultralight camping, gear and tools as well as the full Giant Loop product line on display and available for test fitting and purchase. All fun hogs and explorers are invited to an Open House on Saturday, May 6, 11 am to 6 pm, at 63025 O. B. Riley Road, Suite 6 in Bend. Beverages, snacks, prizes and smiles will be served.

In recent years, Giant Loop has expanded its product design and development scope to focus on expedition quality gear for extreme conditions outdoor pursuits, such as snowmobiling, snow biking, paddlesports, ultralight camping, backcountry and adventure travel. “Go light. Go fast. Go far.” is GL’s motto and company philosophy. Giant Loop’s product design, prototyping and testing, as well as shipping, receiving, warehouse operations, sales and marketing are based at the Bend location. Since the company’s 2008 start in a downtown Bend office space, it has grown into a total of three, 1300-sq-ft commercial work bays its current location.

Four times the size of the current warehouse showroom, the GL ADV Shop takes its design cues from abandoned homestead cabins in the high desert of eastern Oregon, using reclaimed pallet wood and branding iron accents as the backdrop. Displays feature paddlesports, camping, snow sports, ATV/UTV/4×4, as well as fully equipped dualsport and adventure motorcycles. Bend native Gary Cecil’s 1964 Honda CB77 Superhawk is a center piece — the motorcycle Giant Loop’s owner Harold Olaf Cecil first rode with his dad as a passenger at age 3, cementing a lifelong passion for travel and exploration on two wheels.

Founded in Bend in 2008, Giant Loop has built a reputation in off-road motorcycling as the go-to brand for hardcore adventure. Cycle World Magazine wrote in November 2015 that “The best hard-core saddlebag and tank-bag solution we’ve found is from Giant Loop…. There are cheaper solutions to carrying stuff, but these American-made pieces have been over mountains and across deserts with no issues.”

Giant Loop’s adventure proof motorcycle, snowmobile, snow bike, ATV, UTV, SxS, 4×4 and outdoor packing and gear systems are available from powersports dealers across the USA via Tucker Rocky Distributing, as well as from international distributors around the world. Giant Loop is a rider-owned company that designs and tests products in Bend, Oregon. For inspiration, go to www.giantloopmoto.com or www.giantloopsnow.com. Or call 888-358-8347.

Waterproof: Sorting Fact from Fiction + Giant Loop’s Proven Design Approach

By | Blog, Dry Bags, FAQ, Giant Loop Gear, Panniers, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Uncategorized

Waterproof: Sorting Fact from Fiction + Giant Loop’s Proven Design Approach

Giant Loop recently received this question on a popular adventure motorcycle forum:

“I would like a clarification regarding the Coyote Saddlebag. The old style with the zipper closure was not 100% waterproof because of the zipper (at least this is my understand from what i have read). The new roll top style, is it 100% waterproof? In case I skip the dry pods in the one with the roll top closure will the containing things remain dry? I understand the dry pods are used for sorting and storing purposes, but i am really seeking a waterproof solution.”

Let me clarify – and please feel free to share this info! First, to answer your specific questions:

This icon is Giant Loop's guarantee that a product is 100% waterproof under normal riding conditions when instructions are followed and included components are used as our designed waterproofing system.

This icon is Giant Loop’s assurance that a product is 100% waterproof under normal riding conditions when instructions are followed and included components are used as our designed waterproofing system.

The Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag are sewn products, constructed with military-spec thread and waterproof material reinforced with ballistic nylon. Their outer shells are HIGHLY water resistant, and to make them truly 100% waterproof they include a set of 3 RF-welded Saddlebag Dry Pods with air purge valves. The Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top and Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top outer shells are even more highly water resistant, because they are constructed with fewer seams. The Dry Pods are lightweight and don’t take up much space, so we would recommend storing them inside the Saddlebag even if you’re riding in dry conditions and don’t need them – then you’ll have them for deep water crossings, storms, etc. They can also be filled with ice and used as beverage coolers at camp, they’re handy shopping bags to carry food to camp, etc.

Now, there are multiple design approaches to achieve waterproofing in textile products, so  please allow me to geek out a bit here. I want to answer not only your question but also share some information motorcycle riders should understand about Giant Loop — and other gear and apparel.

Before I started Giant Loop in 2008, I used to be a gear reviewer for a national adventure travel magazine, so I despise inaccurate and exaggerated marketing claims. And I do crazy things like taking all of Giant Loop’s products to the city swimming pool to test them myself in a controlled environment. GL’s product designer is a through-hiker and international motorcycle traveler who has lived for months at a time in the outdoors, so he knows his game.

Sewn products made by any manufacturer are not 100% waterproof because needle holes can allow moisture to penetrate the seams. Riders who get water inside their luggage usually neglect to take bags off their bikes when they leave them parked in a heavy rain, allowing water to pool and slowly seep through a seam. In normal riding conditions water doesn’t usually collect and pool.

And there’s really no such thing as a 100% waterproof zipper except for the kind used on scuba dry suits – they are too costly and fragile to be a practical solution for motorcycling. On our zippered bags, the zipper itself is virtually never the point of entry for water unless the zippers aren’t closed or the storm flap isn’t rolled down over the zipper.

Our design philosophy is to build super rugged, tough, highly water resistant outer shells and protect the more fragile RF-welded (no needle holes, fabrics bonded together using heat) and seam-sealed (needle holes covered with waterproof tape) waterproofing components inside this shell.

So while a crash or cactus spine may poke a hole in the outer shell, all of the gear inside the Dry Pods included with our packing systems remains organized and well protected inside.

Because the outer shells on Giant Loop’s adventure proof gear are so highly water resistant, keeping contents dry inside can even be as simple as using a zip-lock or trash bag. Instead, Giant Loop’s Kiger Tank Bag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Diablo Pro Tank Bag, Coyote Saddlebag, Great Basin Saddlebag, Siskiyou Panniers and Round The World Panniers all include RF-welded or seam sealed waterproof inner liner Dry Pods.

And we offer many 100% waterproof RF-welded products as part of Giant Loop’s modular, customizable, adventure proof packing system: Columbia Dry Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bag, Torngat Tunnel Bag, Revelstoke Tunnel Bag, Possibles Pouch, GL Fender Bag — and the new MotoTrekk Panniers.

There’s also a lack of objective standards and transparency around claims of “waterproof.” Waterproof spans a range in practical reality, which is why there’s actually an international set of standards and ratings for waterproofing: the IP Code.

Submersible standards (IPX7 and higher) are critical for boating, diving, snorkeling, etc. Our RF-welded (no needle holes from sewing) are submersible waterproof – I use them for rafting and paddleboarding. These Giant Loop products do not require inner liner Dry Pods to provide 100% waterproof protection.

But since motorcycles themselves are not submersible vehicles, sewn products achieve a level of waterproofing equivalent to spraying the products with high pressure water jets from all directions (IPX6). Water may penetrate the outer shell in extreme conditions, but the inner liner Dry Pods keep contents dry inside.

When Giant Loop labels a product as waterproof, that means a product is 100% waterproof (IPX6 or better) under normal riding conditions when instructions are followed and included components are used as our designed waterproofing system.

When shopping for waterproof motorcycle soft luggage, waterproof apparel, etc., pay attention to construction details, so you can understand what a manufacturer is labeling waterproof, what degree of waterproofing is adequate for your application and how the waterproofing is achieved.

Thanks for riding with Giant Loop – and please keep the questions, comments, reviews, pics and videos coming our way!

NEW 2017 MOTORCYCLE PRODUCT: BikeMaster Tire and Tube Flat Repair Kit for Tube Type and Tubeless Tires

By | Blog, Giant Loop Gear, holiday gifts for motorcyclists, New Product, stocking stuffers, under $60

NEW 2017 MOTORCYCLE PRODUCT: BikeMaster Tire and Tube Flat Repair Kit for Tube Type and Tubeless Tires

At a minimum, motorcyclists should carry the tools and supplies needed to fix a flat tire. The Bikemaster Tire and Tube Flat Repair Kit conveniently bundles into a compact kit all of the supplies and tools required to repair inner tubes and tubeless tires, making it is a must have for backcountry and adventure travel, on and off the beaten path. MSRP $46.96 + shipping.
http://www.giantloopmoto.com/product/bikemaster-tire-and-tube-flat-repair-kit/
#golightgofastgofar 

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Giant Loop Rider: Lauren Trantham’s Ride My Road – Operation Keanu

By | Blog, Dry Bags, Ducati, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, News, Riders, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Video

Giant Loop Rider: Lauren Trantham’s Ride My Road – Operation Keanu

Check out Giant Loop Rider Lauren Trantham’s latest project! Go girl! Keanu Reeves better accept that invitation. Support this excellent work benefitting domestic survivors of domestic sex trafficking at Ride My Road.

Last year, Lauren Trantham rode 10k miles on her Ducati Monster – equipped with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag and Tillamook Dry Bag – across America raising $55k for survivors of domestic sex trafficking. Now she has been invited to an Anti Sex Trafficking Gala in Phoenix, Arizona on April 29, 2017 and she needs a date. #operationkeanu

Lauren Trantham of Ride My Road on her Ducati Monster equipped with Giant Loop's Rogue Dry Bag, Pronghorn Straps, Coyote Saddlebag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag

Lauren Trantham of Ride My Road on her Ducati Monster equipped with Giant Loop’s Rogue Dry Bag, Pronghorn Straps, Coyote Saddlebag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag.

NEW 2017 GREAT BASIN SADDLEBAG ROLL TOP IS HERE!

By | Blog, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, Saddlebags, Tech Tips

NEW 2017 GREAT BASIN SADDLEBAG ROLL TOP IS HERE!

http://www.giantloopmoto.com/product/great-basin-saddlebag-roll-top/

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SAME PRICE: USA MSRP $450 WITH ALL INCLUDED COMPONENTS (set of 3 waterproof inner liner Saddlebag Dry Pods with air purge valves, Hot Springs Heat Shield kit)!

HIGHLIGHTS: More packable volume (68 liters with three full rolls to seal top), convenient roll-top closure, custom Giant Loop branded grab handles/compression straps, updated graphics, lock cable pass-through, lash loops for adding waterproof Possibles Pouches to back, side or front of Saddlebag legs — no additional racks, mounts or braces required!

UNIVERSAL FIT: Carry your gear where the passenger would sit on your motorcycle – the remarkably versatile Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top fits virtually any motorcycle designed to carry a passenger. Anchors to passenger footrest brackets and mounts on pillion seat of sport and sport touring bikes, standards, scramblers, nakeds and adventure touring and dual sport motorcycles.

2017 NIFTY 50 BEST NEW PRODUCTS – POWERSPORTS BUSINESS!

2017 Nifty 50 best new products award from Powersports Business Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top

2017 Nifty 50 best new products award from Powersports Business Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top

NEW 2017! Introducing the Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top, a fresh update of the original biomorphic, horseshoe-shaped Saddlebag design that Giant Loop pioneered in 2009. The Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top features a convenient rolling closure that seals out water and dust while maintaining all the unique “go light, go fast, go far” features of our zipper closure Great Basin Saddlebag.

Other enhancements include a greater range of compression and expandability (68 liters with one roll to seal out dust), sewn-on molded rubber badges, Giant Loop branded grab handles that double as side compression straps, a set of 3 RF-welded waterproof inner liner Saddlebag Dry Pods with air purge valves, and drains in the bottoms of the Saddlebag’s “legs” that allow water to escape if it manages to penetrate the highly water resistant out shell (yea, we understand – we’ve dunked our bikes in streams crossings, too!). Made in USA. Backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty against defects.

“The best hard-core saddlebag and tank-bag solution we’ve found is from Giant Loop…. There are cheaper solutions to carrying stuff, but these American-made pieces have been over mountains and across deserts with no issues.” — Cycle World Magazine

The Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top delivers everything needed to mount up hit the road:

Compare to the original Great Basin Saddlebag.

Expand the Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top with Giant Loop’s adventure proof packing system:

SPECIFICATIONS
• Weight: 6 lbs with all included components

• Dimensions (fully packed):

56″ – bottom of pannier, across top to bottom of other pannier bucket
Basically the same as before, with a little more “doming” on top due to increased “front to back” distance.

10″ – height of bag in top center
Again, the difference here is mostly a result of the “front to back” measurement below allowing the top to arc more when stuffed full.

6″ – distance from inside to outside of pannier bucket bottom
This dimension didn’t change – I think this is simply a more accurate measurement taken at very bottom of the “leg.”

14″ – front to back in top center
This is where/why we picked up an additional 10 liters of volume (60 vs. 50), by adding nearly 2″ in this plane. No change in the way the bag mounts or rides, just a bit roomier for sleeping bags and other lightweight, bulky gear in the top.

Materials
• Outer shell: 22 oz. vinyl coated polyester reinforced with ballistic nylon
• Military-spec fasteners
• Custom-woven ballistic webbing on lower anchor straps
• Nylike webbing compression straps

FITMENT

GREAT BASIN SADDLEBAG FITS VIRTUALLY ANY MOTORCYCLE DESIGNED TO CARRRY A PASSENGER, INCLUDING THESE MOTORCYCLE MAKES & MODELS
• BMW: GS models, etc.
• Ducati: Multistrada, Monster, etc.
• KTM: Adventure models, 690 (w/passenger pegs), etc.
• Honda: Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure, Africa Twin, CRF250L, XR650L (w/passenger pegs), TransAlp, etc.
• Suzuki: V-Strom, DR650, etc.
• Triumph: Tiger, Explorer, etc.
• Yamaha: Super Tenere, WR250, etc. (w/passenger pegs)
• Kawasaki: KLR 650, Versys, Ninja, etc.
• AND JUST ABOUT ANY OTHER BIKE DESIGNED TO CARRY A PASSENGER.

FOR SALE: Giant Loop’s 2010 BMW F800GS

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FOR SALE: Giant Loop’s 2010 BMW F800GS

Limited edition panniers in orange BMW

Here’s the run down on Giant Loop’s 2010 BMW F800GS:

  • 2010 BMW F800GS purchased new in 2010 by Giant Loop (we are the original owners)
  • All scheduled maintenance done by BMW-certified mechanics, plus maintenance records
  • 33,200 miles as of today
  • New Woody’s front wheel and Galfer rotors ready to install (OEM front wheel will be included w/ bike too)
  • Forks rebuilt by Konflict Motorsports
  • Ohlins shock plus billet aluminum shock bolt brace
  • Rallye Moto steering dampener
  • Baja Designs Squadra lights
  • Warn Winch – all wired in and ready to use
  • Britannia Composites adjustable height windscreen w/ Garmin GPS mount installed
  • Moto Overland skid plate
  • Moto Overland tail rack
  • Advernture-Spec / Guard It Technology engine guards
  • Custom seat by Mr. Ed’s Moto
  • Touratech luggage rack
  • Touratech Hand Guards
  • Camel Tank Kit (new in box, not installed)
  • Heidenau K60 tires front and rear with lots of tread left
  • Machine Art Moto MudSling shock protector
  • IMS Adventure Footpegs
  • Touratech adjustable shift lever
  • SAE charging plug and heated gear plug wired in

$9000 with luggage included (Round The World Pannier w/Touratech mounts, Kiger Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets). Contact us at 888-358-8347 or email ride AT giant loop moto DOT com.

Giant Loop Rider: Photographer Donni Reddington on Husqvarna FE 501 with Klamath Tail Rack Pack, Fandango Pro Tank Bag and GL Fender Bag

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Giant Loop Rider: Photographer Donni Reddington on Husqvarna FE 501 with Klamath Tail Rack Pack, Fandango Pro Tank Bag and GL Fender Bag

From GL Rider and photographer Donni Reddington:

Here’s a few bags at work. My fiancé is working out of town so I borrowed his rear fender bag and loved it!! Tool kit is awesome, stayed on like a champ on rough terrain and my Husky tool kit fit right in it. Of course my tank bag is awesome, the color goes well with my new graphics, ha ha and my camera fits in there perfect. First ride of the season, felt good to get back on the bike! Stoked for spring! Cheers! Donni

Giant Loop’s Adventure Proof Packing Systems for Dual Sport Motorcycles featured in Donni’s photos:
Fandango Pro Tank Bag
Klamath Tail Rack Pack
Giant Loop Fender Bag

Husqvarna FE501 with Fandango Pro Tank Bag Klamath Tail Rack Pack and KTM with Giant Loop Fender Bag

Husqvarna FE501 with Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Klamath Tail Rack Pack and KTM with Giant Loop Fender Bag

Husqvarna FE501 with Fandango Pro Tank Bag Klamath Tail Rack Pack and KTM with Giant Loop Fender Bag

Husqvarna FE501 with Fandango Pro Tank Bag Klamath Tail Rack Pack and KTM with Giant Loop Fender Bag

How to Use Giant Loop’s Stainless Steel Mounts and Metal Tri-Glide Buckles

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How to Use Giant Loop’s Stainless Steel Mounts and Metal Tri-Glide Buckles

Here’s a simple trick to make it virtually impossible for webbing anchor straps to slip out of stainless steel Giant Loop Mounts, even if you forget to tighten straps (we know, “it” happens). By threading a metal tri-glide buckle onto the webbing anchor straps on Giant Loop’s Revelstoke Tunnel Bag, Torngat Tunnel Bag or Giant Loop’s adventure proof motorcycle gear, such as Saddlebags and Panniers, you can create a dead solid, secure anchor point that also functions as a “quick release.” Thank you for choosing Giant Loop for all of your adventures! #golightgofastgofar

How to Pack a Small Motorcycle for BIG Adventure: Globe Crosser Steph Jeavons + Rhonda the Honda CRF250

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How to Pack a Small Motorcycle for BIG Adventure: Globe Crosser Steph Jeavons + Rhonda the Honda CRF250

“Oh my goodness! All packed up. Its been so long I nearly forgot how to do it! Time to move on again!” – Steph Jeavons, One Steph Beyond

Nearly a year ago, Giant Loop hosted world traveler Steph Jeavons here in Bend, Oregon for an evening slideshow of her travels on Rhonda the Honda CRF250L. While she was here we had the opportunity to upgrade her luggage and gear for another round of travel. Packing all of the essentials for months of living off a motorcycle presents challenges – especially with a relatively small bike like the Honda CRF250L. Small bikes are a specialty here at Giant Loop, and by using our modular, customizable adventure proof packing system, we were able to help Steph organize her gear into multiple small compartments, providing quick, easy access – and helping balance the load on both the front and rear of the bike.

Here’s how Steph Jeavons packs her Honda CRF250L the “go light, go fast, go far” Giant Loop way:

TAIL OF HONDA CRF250L
* Great Basin Saddlebag: Fits virtually any motorcycle built to carry a passenger, anchoring to the passenger pegs and riding on the passenger seat.
* 2 x Possibles Pouches: Tool, tubes and other gear kept handy with external pockets designed to integrate with Giant Loop’s Great Basin, Coyote and MoJavi Saddlebags – and used independently as universal tool and gear pouches.
* Columbia Dry Bag: A large bag for a small bike, but Giant Loop’s double-ended Dry Bags come in three sizes for all bike types and packing options.

FRONT OF HONDA CRF250L
* Fandango Pro Tank Bag: Roomy enough for cameras and essential gear, trim enough for off-road riding while standing on the foot pegs.
* Pannier Pockets: Integrate with Giant Loop’s Tank Bag Harness – and can be used independently – to extend gear carry capacity to the front of the bike.
* Fender Bag: A spare tube or other relatively small, lightweight essential strap onto the plastic fenders of most dirt bikes – and Giant Loop’s Fender Bag stays on, even in the roughest riding.

Giant Loop Rider Steph-Jeavons's Honda CRF250L packed for 'round the world adventure with Giant Loop's adventure proof packing systems and gear.

Giant Loop Rider Steph-Jeavons’s Honda CRF250L packed for ’round the world adventure with Giant Loop’s adventure proof packing systems and gear.

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Possibles Pouch – NEW 2017 DESIGN! SHIPS MARCH 1, 2017 — AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW!

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Possibles Pouch – NEW 2017 DESIGN! SHIPS MARCH 1, 2017 — AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW!

UPDATED FOR 2017! The NEW roll top Possibles Pouch™ is now RF-welded, 100% waterproof, dustproof, mudproof, snowproof and a roomy 3-liters in volume — enough capacity for a full set of tire irons, a spare tube, 2-liter fuel canister or anything else riders need to secure any vehicle for adventure – motorcycle, snowmobile, snow bike (Timbersled, MotoTrax, etc.), ATV, UTV, 4×4, boat or SUP.

http://www.giantloopmoto.com/product/possibles-pouch/

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Giant Loop’s super rugged, universal gear pocket, the Possibles Pouch™ adds easy access storage capacity to Giant Loop’s Saddlebags and Panniers, as well as anchoring to engine guards, crash bars, tail racks — and any other secure attachment point on virtually any motorcycle make or model. Includes 2 heavy-duty webbing and thumb-lock buckle straps, and webbing daisy chain loops to provide many options for securely attaching the Possibles Pouch.

Available as Possibles Pouch only or in combination with our stretch polyurethane Pronghorn Straps, which increase the attachment options for a variety of bikes.

Also available is our FENDER BAG, a Possibles Pouch + Rubber Boa Straps for easy fender attachment for dirt bike plastic fenders.

Named for the leather pouches carried by frontier explorers to keep critical gear, or “possibles,” in one handy location. The Possibles Pouch is perfect for the many relatively small, lightweight motorcycling essentials: 21″ front inner tube, snacks, beverages, gloves and tools.

Add the Traveler Shoulder Strap to make a handy shoulder bag for off-bike adventures.

The Giant Loop Possibles Pouch also can used in conjunction with Giant Loop’s MoJavi Saddlebag, mounting in top center position.

SPECS & FEATURES

  • Volume: 3 liters
  • Dimensions: 10.5″ x 5.5″ x 3″
  • Includes 2 heavy duty webbing and thumb-lock buckle straps
  • Multiple daisy chain webbing lash points
  • 500D PVC tarpaulin body
  • Roll-top closure with side release buckles
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

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Giant Loop’s Business Challenge motorcycle designs by Mayra Aguilar Stearns at Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show

By | Events, Giant Loop Gear, News, Photos

Giant Loop sponsored these his and hers motorcycle inspired fashions in the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show last night in Bend. Our friend Mayra Aguilar Stearns designed these playful outfits from fabric remnants, damaged Saddlebags and Panniers and other reclaimed and salvaged materials. Standing to the right, the model is wearing a design created from used motorcycle inner tubes, sponsored by The Motoshop. The show is a fundraiser for the REALMS (Rimrock Expeditionary Alternative Learning Middle School).

Giant Loop's Business Challenge motorcycle designs by Mayra Aguilar Stearns for Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show

Giant Loop’s Business Challenge motorcycle designs by Mayra Aguilar Stearns for Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show

NEW 2017 Pronghorn Straps XL: 1″ wide straps in 22″ (sand) and 32″ (blue) lengths (sold as set of 2)!

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NEW 2017 Pronghorn Straps XL: 1″ wide straps in 22″ (sand) and 32″ (blue) lengths (sold as set of 2)!

For bigger, heavier loads go EXTRA LARGE with new Pronghorn Straps XL!

Every motorcyclist, sledhead, snow biker, 4x4er and ATV/UTV/SXSer needs a handful of these multi-purpose, stretch polyurethane Pronghorn Straps with virtually unbreakable fasteners. You’ll find a million uses for these quick, solid, tough straps. We’ve been using them for years to secure everything from luggage to water and fuel bottles to our Bushwackers Hand Guards. Use a set of 20″ Pronghorn Straps to turn the Giant Loop Possibles Pouch into a super tough engine guard bag, or lash Possibles Pouches to the legs of our original biomorphic horseshoe shaped Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag to make quick access external pockets for tools and tire repair kit. We’ve had customers use the Pronghorn Straps to secure camera tripods, splint an injury and tow a snowmobile. Send us pics of how you use your Pronghorn Straps!

Sold in packages of 2, available in five color-coded sizes with Giant Loop’s iconic cow skull graphic and our design mantra: “Go Light. Go Fast. Go Far.”

Named for the Pronghorn (often called an antelope, which is an African animal and not related to the American Pronghorn) indigenous to the American West, fast, tough and able to withstand the harsh environments of the Great Basin.

PHS-XL-22 Pronghorn Straps XL 22

PHS-XL-22 Pronghorn Straps XL 22

PHS-XL-22 one inch wide by 22 inches long

PHS-XL-22 one inch wide by 22 inches long

PHS-XL-32 Pronghorn Straps XL 32

PHS-XL-32 Pronghorn Straps XL 32

PHS-XL-22 Pronghorn Straps XL 22"

PHS-XL-22 Pronghorn Straps XL 22″

PHS-XL-32 Pronghorn Straps XL 32"

PHS-XL-32 Pronghorn Straps XL 32″

PHS-XL-32 one inch wide by 32 inches long

PHS-XL-32 one inch wide by 32 inches long

phs xl pronghorn straps 1" wide

phs xl pronghorn straps 1″ wide

PHS-XL-32-22 Pronghorn Straps XL size comparison

PHS-XL-32-22 Pronghorn Straps XL size comparison

6th Annual Giant Loop Ride, June 2-4, 2017 at Crystal Crane Hot Springs, Oregon

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6th Annual Giant Loop Ride, June 2-4, 2017 at Crystal Crane Hot Springs, Oregon

Sunrise over soaking pond at Crystal Crane Hot Springs, location of Giant Loop's 6th Annual Giant Loop Ride.

Sunrise over soaking pond at Crystal Crane Hot Springs, location of Giant Loop’s 6th Annual Giant Loop Ride.

Join us for an adventure motorcycle rally weekend at Crystal Crane Hot Springs, our basecamp for exploring the wonders of eastern Oregon’s high desert backcountry. This is a great way to get a taste of the amazing riding here in Oregon – and to meet some new riding friends. All bike types and riders are welcome! SPACE IS LIMITED – YOUR DEPOSIT SECURES YOUR SPOT!

PLEASE USE AN EMAIL ADDRESS THAT YOU CHECK, SO YOU RECEIVE IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT THE RIDE, PLEASE SIGN UP HERE FOR OUR EMAIL LIST WITH THE ADDRESS YOU CHECK MOST FREQUENTLY!

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Register now to reserve your spot by paying a $100 refundable deposit. The deposit will be refunded if you cancel by April 30 (we have to provide a headcount for camping and food, and we get charged even if you don’t show).

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The second payment of $200 will be due by May 1.

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Or, commit now with the full $300 reservation, and you’re in with nothing more to worry about.

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Non-Riders Half Price

$50 refundable depsosit secures the space.

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$100 second payment – due by May 1.

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Or, commit now with the full $150 non-rider reservation, and you’re in with nothing more to worry about.

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All licensed riders on street-legal bike types welcome – dual sport, adventure touring – and you can ride your own route or choose from a variety of routes and form your own groups to suit most any bike and rider skill level.

This is not a guided trip, your fees cover:
* Two nights of no-hookups camping and hot springs access (if you want RV hookups or cabins, please contact Crystal Crane Hot Springs directly to make reservations)
* Silipint drinkware
* Two catered dinners, two catered breakfasts, snacks and beverages (more details below)
* GPS tracks
* Medical support provided by Adventure Medics

Watch your email for more details and updates!

Here’s the TENTATIVE the schedule:

Friday, June 2
* Dirt First clinic (details TBD)
* Adventure Medics will offer a free 1-hour first aid clinic (details TBD)
* Brief GPS and navigation clinic specific to Saturday’s riding (details TBD – volunteer navigation/GPS coordinator needed!)
* As riders arrive they will get signed in and receive SiliPints, set up camp, etc. No-hookups camping is included for Friday and Saturday night – other accommodations and additional nights must be arranged with Crystal Crane Hot Springs
* Route maps will be available for review, and there will be a computer set up to load in GPS tracks. Riders should form a group of three or more, and decide on routes on Friday.
* We’ll tap the keg and have some wine and snacks available before dinner
* First scheduled event will be catered Dinner. We’ve hired the same Burns-based caterer who does food for the BMWRO’s Chief Joseph Rally
* Prep bikes and riders for Saturday – best to have a FULL tank of gas ready for ride out Saturday morning

Saturday, June 3
* Coffee will be on early
* Breakfast at 7
* Ride! This BIG country, so you’ll want all of the daylight available – everyone is on their own for lunch
* Return to camp for snacks and beverages
* Catered dinner
* Campfire and prizes/awards
* Hot springs soaking and stories of the day’s sights and adventures

Sunday, June 4
* Coffee, breakfast
* Break camp
* Ride home – or off to another adventure
* See you next year!

Important Details about the 6th Annual Giant Loop Ride:
* All riders are expected to be self-sufficient and equipped with all tools and supplies needed to be safe and comfortable.
* For your registration fee, Giant Loop is providing food, beverage and commemorative drink ware – all provided and delivered on private lands.
* This is not a paid guided trip. Riders are free to choose any route they wish to ride, and riders are responsible for all required permits, licenses, etc.
* Route suggestions and GPS tracks are provided free of charge for your convenience.
* This is some of the most rugged and remote country in the lower 48 states. We recommend using a SPOT tracker or similar device for self-rescue. Cell phone coverage is unreliable in rural Oregon. There are no support vehicles, and many available routes are far from medical and mechanical help. Consider signing up for and emergency service provider, such as Air Link or Life Flight. Here’s a good PDF article discussing the details and relative merits of these service providers.
* Unpaid volunteers will be available to facilitate forming groups of riders with similar skills, bike types and interests, but riders are responsible for themselves, are free to choose any route they wish to ride and are free to ride with any other riders – or by themselves as individuals.

Video: What can you fit into Giant Loop’s Zigzag Handlebar Bag?

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Video: What can you fit into Giant Loop’s Zigzag Handlebar Bag?

Great video by Adventure-Spec, Giant Loop’s importer in the United Kingdom. We’ve been working with Adventure-spec since 2009, and thanks to them Giant Loop gear has been on many world-class adventures with riders pushing the limits of motorcycle travel. What do you fit in your Zigzag Handlebar Bag?

The Zigzag Handlebar Bag is one of our most versatile designs, it straps to any solid mount point – snowmobile bumper, snow bike rail, backpack strap, subframe tubes, luggage and tail racks. Works great on mountain bikes too!

Customer Review: “Can’t Sing Enough Praises” About Coyote Saddlebag + Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag on Suzuki DRZ400

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Customer Review: “Can’t Sing Enough Praises” About Coyote Saddlebag + Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag on Suzuki DRZ400

Customer post on Adventure Rider:

“I am about to make a bold statement.”

“I finally got a chance to camp with my new Coyote Roll Top Saddlebag and Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag. It’s easily the best setup I have ever owned for dual sport and I’ve damn near owned them all at this point. Can’t wait to see where you guys go with your items in the future. I can say, please keep making roll tops, and please keep the current dry bags. Really awesome features in my opinion. I noticed all the straps are about as twice as thick as any other brand I have used as well. I beat my bike to death and none of this stuff ever moved. The saddlebags already have a few drops on them and I ran into a tree with the right side too. Can’t even see a mark on it anywhere. I also noticed I can put the saddlebags super far back. I never noticed it touching my butt or back the entire time, even riding whoops standing up, and this is with a hydration pack on. This is probably the first time I’ve camped with a setup and didn’t come home not liking something about it. Seriously, can’t sing enough praises.

“In these photos, I am packed with everything needed to tent camp basically indefinitely off the bike. I love that everything is in one place and not in 3 or 4 different bags strapped awkwardly on the back of the bike. Very clean.”
Honda CRF250L Yamaha WR250 Coyote Saddlebag

50% OFF BLEMS: New Diablo Pro Tank Bags in White with Cosmetic Blemishes – SOLD OUT!

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50% OFF BLEMS: New Diablo Pro Tank Bags in White with Cosmetic Blemishes – SOLD OUT!

We are currently sold out of these blemished Diablo Pro Tank Bags in white. Contact us periodically to see what is currently available.

BLEMISHED 50% OFF Diablo Pro Tank Bags in White - limited to stock on hand

BLEMISHED 50% OFF Diablo Pro Tank Bags in White – limited to stock on hand

Sharing the love with our friends and customers who couldn’t be here in Bend, Oregon for our 2nd Annual Garage Sale on Saturday! We have a few new Diablo Pro Tank Bags in white with cosmetic blemishes available while supplies last for 50% off (plus $10 USA shipping – international customers will be sent an additional invoice for the difference in cost).

Sneak Preview: 2nd Annual Giant Loop Garage Sale, Tomorrow, November 12, 9-Noon, Bend, Oregon

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Sneak Preview: 2nd Annual Giant Loop Garage Sale, Tomorrow, November 12, 9-Noon, Bend, Oregon

2nd Annual Giant Loop Garage Sale, Tomorrow, November 12, 9-Noon, Bend, Oregon! Come by our shop for deals and steals on demos, blems, reconditioned, samples, closeouts and other motorcycle, snowmobile, snow bike, outdoors, paddlesports, mountain bike, ATV/UTV, 4×4 gear – all at fantastic prices. Plus, we’ll have a drawing for a Giant Loop Zigzag Handlebar Bag. Thanks – and see you there!! Come by our shop for deals and steals on demos, blems, reconditioned, samples, closeouts and other motorcycle, snowmobile, snow bike, outdoors, paddlesports, mountain bike, ATV/UTV, 4×4 gear – all at fantastic prices. Plus, we’ll have a drawing for a Giant Loop Zigzag Handlebar Bag. Coffee and tea on us – see you there!

Stuff sacks, dry bags, tank bags, saddlebags, panniers, heat shields, motorcycle parts, blems, demos, NOS, reconditions, displays, closeouts – all at prices to reward our local customers and friends. See you tomorrow, November 12, 9am-Noon at our new showroom space #6 at 63025 O. B. Riley Road – just north of Sawyer Park. Coffee and tea on the house.

2015 Honda CB500X Parts – New + Used, OE + Rally Raid

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2015 Honda CB500X Parts – New + Used, OE + Rally Raid

Box of 2015 Honda CB500X OE Parts + Rally Raid Protos
Whole collection: $800 o.b.o. + shipping from Bend, OR.
Individual parts: As marked + shipping from Bend, OR.

Message me here with your email address, and I’ll send you a PayPal invoice for the parts + shipping. Or call 888-358-8347.

2015 Honda CB500X OEM Clutch Plate Set – NEW $95
New in OEM packaging.
DISK, CLUTCH FRICTION
item: 22201-MGZ-J01
qty: 6 @ $10.31
DISK B, CLUTCH FRICTION
item: 22202-KZZ-901
qty: 1 @ $11.40
PLATE, CLUTCH
item: 22321-MGZ-J01
qty: 5 @ $3.58
PLATE B, CLUTCH
item: 22322-MGZ-J01
qty: 1 @ $4.26

2015 Honda CB500X OEM Exhaust + Giant Loop Hot Springs GRANDE Heat Shield
$100 USED – sold as is.

Stock heat shield well dented. Minor dings in muffler and GL Hot Springs GRANDE Heat Shield (custom powder coated black). New OEM muffler alone sells for $275. New Hot Springs GRANDE Heat Shield sells for $59. Both functionally good condition.

2015 Honda CB500X Fork Seals Set
$20 NEW in sealed OEM packages.
SEAL SET, FR. FORK
item: 51490-MER-R61
qty: 2 @ $11.61


These parts saw just 1000 miles of mostly pavement riding – excellent condition:

OE Front Fender $20
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OE Sidestand $10
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OE Shock + Linkage $75
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OE Fork Internals (springs, caps, spacers, dampening rods) $200
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OE Mirrors $30 each, $50 pair
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OE Top Triple Clamp + Bar Clamp $40
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OE Footpegs $30 pair
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OE Passenger Handles $50 pair
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OE Brake and Clutch Levers $10 pair
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OE Bar End Weights $10 pair
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OE Lower Fairing and Heat Shield $40
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These parts are new Rally Raid prototypes:
Exhaust Shield
Sidestand Switch Protector
Footrests (natural)
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These parts are WELL USED by Jenny Morgan Dakar : Jennydakar.com on her TransAm 500 proof of concept ride:
Prototype sidestand
Heat Shield + Engine Guard
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Message me here with your email address, and I’ll send you a PayPal invoice for the parts + shipping. Or call 888-358-8347.

Giant Loop Rider: World Traveler Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag and Adventure Proof Motorcycle Soft Luggage

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Giant Loop Rider: World Traveler Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag and Adventure Proof Motorcycle Soft Luggage

Message from Steph Jeavons: “Still loving the Giant Loop luggage😀”

Steph Jeavons has taken her Honda CRF250L further than any 250cc has been before, so far having ridden to 40 countries and covered over 55,000 miles! In March, we hosted her slide show presentation and her bike Rhonda here in Bend, Oregon. While she was here, Giant Loop had the opportunity to lighten her motorcycle and upgrade Rhonda the Honda CRF250L with our waterproof, adventure proof motorcycle soft luggage packing system: Great Basin Saddlebag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Possibles Pouches, Pannier Pockets and Pronghorn Straps. Go light! Go fast! Go Far!

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

From her website and blog:
Steph Jeavons set off from the Ace Cafe in 2014 to circumnavigate the world. She is still going, and apparently, happily lost!

Steph has been around motorbikes most of her life with both parents and one of her two sisters riding as well. Her grandmother even rode bikes during the war! Steph herself has been riding since the age of 21. I think you can safely say it’s in the blood. In 2008 she set up her own off-road motorcycle school in the UK as well as desert tours in Morocco alongside the British Dakar rider Mick Extance.

Steph has ridden across the Atlas mountains and in the Sahara five times. She has crossed the US coast-to-coast four times, got muddy in Wales with names like John McGuinness and, just once, nearly punched Carl Fogarty in the face! Steph also worked with Nick Sanders setting up his expedition centre in Machynlleth.

She left all this excitement behind to pursue her dream of riding her motorcycle to all seven continents – solo!

‘I’m certainly no expert and I don’t confess to being a demon on two wheels. This adventure isn’t about speed. It’s not really even about the bike. It’s about living, learning and enjoying! Doing this trip solo on a bike just opens up all the senses and allows me to be part of my environment.’

Steph has taken her Honda CRF250L further than any 250cc has been before, so far having ridden to 40 countries and covered over 55,000 miles! Steph has survived extreme heat, freezing conditions, landslides and wind that blew her off her bike in Patagonia. She has camped, couch-surfed and stayed with fellow bikers along the way whilst avoiding the main roads and sticking to the dirt where possible. She touched down and rode her motorbike on Antarctica in February 2015 after successfully crossing the notoriously rough Drake Passage in a small sailing yacht.

Steph has given inspirational talks to motorcycle shows, groups and communities along the way. She also currently writes for Ride Magazine and ADV Moto as she continues her journey around the world on her little dirt bike named Rhonda.