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Giant Loop Review: Dirt Bike Magazine Spotlights Zigzag Handlebar Bag in “Adventure – The Goods”

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Thanks Dirt Bike magazinefor including Giant Loop’s Zigzag Handlebar Bag in the August 2013 issue’s “Adventure – The Goods” gear roundup! Go light, go fast.

Giant Loop’s Zigzag Handlebar Bag featured in Dirt Bike magazine, August 2013

Dirt Bike magazine’s “Adventure – The Goods” spotlights the Giant Loop Zigzag Handlebar Bag in its August 2013 issue!

Giant Loop Zigzag Handlebar Bag
Giant Loop’s smallest offering is the Zigzag handlebar bag. It works as a dirt bike glovebox for your registration and insurance cards, wallet, phone and other small items. It’s made from military-spec materials and features an internal, mesh, zippered pocket. The Zigzag’s 1.5-liter volume makes it perfect for technical riding, and it’s backed by a lifetime warranty. Price: $49 Contact www.giantloopmoto.com
? “Adventure – The Goods,” Dirt Bike magazine, August 2013

Giant Loop Rider: Keith Larkin Rides Trans Canada Trail on Yamaha WR250R with Great Basin and Great Basin Dry Bag

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Keith Larkin, owner of White’s Powersports, our New Zealand Distributor, wrote in to tell us about his TransCanada ride, with a Great Basin mounted on a WR250R.

“Hi guys, everything going well here.
Finished the 600 km T Rail yesterday – what a ride! More like a trail ride in parts as against adv ride, but a hoot on 250’s!

The pic is an old rail car by the trail.

We have both tested the bark busters Matt – yep work as good a ever!

Harold I have done a bit if this long distance adv riding, and luggage has always been a ball ache . Giant Loop is fantastic for this stuff, tough, amazingly easy to use , and great balance on bike. A no brainier.

Scott No Toil filters in and working to the usual quality and convenience.

Today is a road blast up to the ferry for Labrador and some serious wilderness.
The SPOT is working well from the accounts I have.

Thanks again for your help guys.

Thank you Keith, for sending us the great update about your ride on the Trans Canada Trail.
Keith also has a parts and accessory website for New Zealand customers.

Giant Loop Dealer: Freedom Cycles Reno’s Custom Triumph Tiger 800XC Adventure Build

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Freedom Cycle Reno set out to build the ultimate custom adventure version of the already fantastic Triumph Tiger 800XC. In the photos below you can see the load of off road accessories fit for hard adventure and rough roads they selected, including Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers and Zigzag Handlebar Bag.

The Zigzag Handlebar bag has been creatively mounted to the frame rails on the side of the frame, a new location to see the Zigzag. Not sure about the positioning, but it illustrates the universal flexibility of the Zigzag’s mounting options.

Check out more of the story and photos of the build at their web site, Freedomcyclesreno.com

Giant Loop Video: Pronghorn Straps – How They Work

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These handy motorcycle straps have a million uses and should be part of every motorcyclist’s essential gear – better than duct tape!

Applying tension when you secure and release the Pronghorn Straps is key to getting a dead-solid connection to your motorcycle. This short video illustrates how the straps fasten and release.

Like the American Pronghorn, these straps are fast, tough and able to withstand the harshest environments. With sufficient tension, these straps can be used to secure all kinds of gear to your motorcycle, for both off road and road touring. Better than duct tape, you’ll find a million uses for this essential motorcycle gear, from holding a flashlight to carrying extra fuel to stabilizing luggage or making field repairs.

Giant Loop NEW Gear: Pronghorn Straps – Essential Motorcycle Kit

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Giant Loop’s new Pronghorn Straps, available in 16″, 20″ and 26″ lengths in packages of two.

Every motorcyclist needs a handful of these multi-purpose stretch polyurethane straps with 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.

Sold in packages of 2, and 26″, 20″ and 16″ lengths, featuring Giant Loop’s iconic cow skull graphic and our design mantra: “Go Light. Go Fast. Go Far.”

Male pronghorn in Oregon (courtesy of Wikipedia)

? super tough stretch polyurethane
? unbreakable unfastener
? adjustable to 4″minimum
? width 3/4″
? Made in Canada

Giant Loop Rider: Noah’s RTW trip on a KTM 690 Enduro with Giant Loop Packing System

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Check out these pics of Giant Loop rider Noah Horak in Tajikistan. After spending the winter riding around in Eastern Europe with his snowboard strapped on his bike, he is now riding around with his fishing rod, enjoying the central Asian countryside. For his round-the-world ramblings, Noah’s packing his kit in Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Tank Bag and a Great Basin Dry Bag on his tricked out KTM 690 Enduro.

Many more amazing photos of his continuing adventure ’round the world on his Picasa album. Don’t miss the many stories and stunning pics of the people he’s meeting at his “RTW with Noah on a KTM 690” thread on the ADV Rider forum and his blog, Noah Horak’s Adventure

Giant Loop Sighting: Powersports Business Photo of Fandango Tank Bag in Patagonia

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Cool to see a Rox Speed FX and Giant Loop rider featured in Powersports Business’s article, “Aftermarket – Task at hand: Saving the family business,” about Rox’s efforts to keep the business running after its founder, Rocky Cutsforth, died in 2010.

Powersports Business, May 27, 2013

We’re not sure who this rider is, but it looks like he’s enjoying his Fandango Tank Bag – and adventure the “go light, go fast, go far” way!

Giant Loop Sighting: Great Basin Saddlebag in BMW Owners News Ted Simon Article

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Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag was in some great company in this month’s issue of BMW Owners News magazine, appearing on moto-journalist Sandy Borden’s article, “Times with Ted: Checking in with a Legend.”

Great Basin Saddlebag on moto-journalist Sandy Borden’s BMW G650GS with adventure motorcycle pioneer and author Ted Simon.

Yes, that’s THE pioneering, world traveling godfather of adventure motorcycle travel, author Ted Simon with Sandy and her hubby Terry Borden (two-thirds of the Adventure Trio). Looks like Sandy’s tripod rides nicely on the back of the Great Basin Saddlebag!

If you haven’t already, stop what you’re doing right now and go read Simon’s classic “Jupiter’s Travels“! Simon has literally inspired two generations to explore the world on motorbikes, and now his charity the Ted Simon Foundation encourages and assists travelers “in making an extra effort to develop their observations and insights into something of value for the rest of the world to share, whatever their medium of expression might be.”

Giant Loop Review: Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag in Dirt Bike Magazine’s “Adventure – The Goods”

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Thanks Dirt Bike magazine for including Giant Loop’s Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag in the July issue’s “Adventure – The Goods” round up! See you on the trail – go light, go fast, go far!

Giant Loop Buckin Roll Tank Bag
The Buckin Roll tank bag by Giant Loop is designed for tower-shaped motorcycle fuel tanks, such as the large capacity IMS or Acerbis models. Keep all essentials handy for dual-sport and adventure touring excursions with the featured two side compartments with 1.5-liter capacity and one center compartment with .5-liter capacity, wich is ideal to stow a small camera. The Buckin Roll bag mounts securely in seconds with the built-in straps and is out of the way when standing on the pegs.
Price: $125

Giant Loop Riders: Training for Tour of Idaho with MoJavi Saddlebag

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Hi guys! Tony, Rich and I had a blast last weekend riding Section 3 down to Union Creek and back. This was the first of two planned T1 shakedown rides. We were pelted by rain, sleet, and snow, turned back by snow three times and once by a 5′ diameter fir, and still had a great time. We covered 530 miles – about 150 on slab and 380 on dirt/gravel. We had planned on riding only 380 miles over the two days, but the snow caused us some pretty major detours. All in all, we were out 11 hours on Saturday and 12 on Sunday (including pie at Becky’s on Sunday!). It was a good test. We just wanted to tell you how well the Mojave’s performed. I’ll start by saying that they won’t be coming off our bikes any time soon! They stayed dry inside, stood up to quite a bit of brush, mounted securely, and were very easy to access. Neither of us even knew they were there. And, as you can see from the pictures, the Rotopax fit very nicely behind the bags with the stock mounting hardware (on ProBillet racks). You guys totally hit a home run with these. We’ll be picking up another bike very soon for Rich to ride on the T1 – the 2-smoker just isn’t going to work – so we’ll be buying another Mojave shortly. Thanks for a GREAT product, and for being really terrific guys to work with. BTW, we’re bummed about missing the Summer Lake ride! Have fun!!! Kim — Kim Sarao Superior Tractor & Equipment Superior Rentals Superior Tool (541) 923-2370 office (541) 480-2905 cell (541) 923-8399 fax

Giant Loop Review: Dirt Rider Magazine “Gear Bag” Showcases Diablo Tank Bag

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Thanks Dirt Rider for spotlighting Giant Loop’s Diablo Tank Bag in the magazine’s July 2013 issue! The Diablo hauls the groceries, for sure, but it also makes it a lot harder to say, “I can’t carry anything, I’m on my dirt bike.” Go light, go fast, go far!

“Giant Loop Diablo Tank Bag: $164 – With its universal fit, water-resistant construction and four liters of storage space, it’s harder to say, ‘I can’t grab milk on the way home, I’m on my bike.’ www.giantloopmoto.com, 458-208-9113” ? Dirt Rider magazine, “Gear Bag,” July 2013

Giant Loop Riders: Andes Moto Extreme Project – Husaberg Adventure Team’s Motorcycle Altitude World Record Video

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On 18 March 2012, the Husaberg Adventure Team’s “Andes Moto Extreme Project” established a new “Motorcycle Altitude World Record Ride” on Ojos del Salado in Chile. The Husaberg Adventure Team rode Husaberg FE570s equipped with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddelbag and Fandango Tank Bag.

“Andes Moto Extreme Project – Motorcycle Altitude World Record Ride. 18 March 2012. Ojos del Salado, Chile. The Husaberg Adventure Team ride above the prevailing world record of 6,245m, to post a new record mark of 6,361 metres.”

Andes Moto Extreme Team describes why they chose to ride with Giant Loop’s motorcycle soft luggage:

“We dont have a vast support crew behind us, just a couple of friends. So we need to be able to carry our own gear. We need to carry camera gear, video gear etc with us up the mountain every day. Some previous efforts, based on trials bikes carrying nothing on the bikes, were accompanied the whole way by 4WDs and a crew. We don’t have that luxury so needed to plan for luggage. Giant Loop are the pioneers in dirt bike luggage. They invented it. They worked out how to wrap a bag around a bike, so that you dont need racks. So for weight, simplicity, reliability, toughness, Giant Loop had to be the gear for us. We are each taking a Giant Loop Coyote rear bag and a Fandango tank bag.”

Giant Loop Review: MoJavi Saddlebag, Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag Featured in Dirt Rider Magazine’s “Reader’s Bike Test”

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A huge thank you to Giant Loop rider Ian Reid, whose 2006 KTM 450 EXC is featured in the November issue of Dirt Rider in the “Reader’s Bike Test” – with Giant Loop’s MoJavi Saddlebag and Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag!

Dirt Rider editor-at-large Jimmy Lewis writes, “Adding to the charm was the heavily scratched-up bodywork, minimal flash or fanfare and some well-used Giant Loop bags to carry tools and additional camera equipment.”

Giant Loop Review: Rider Magazine’s Arden Kysely Camps with BMW F800GS and Great Basin Saddlebag

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Rider Magazine’s Arden Kysely may be a little miffed about being left behind on a recent trip (who wouldn’t be, really), but in the end he comes out the winner, sharing the joys of minimalist rough camping with his adventure machine, a BMW F800GS, and Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag, Great Basin Dry Bag and Coyote Dry Bag. Go light, go fast, Arden!

Highlights from Arden’s practical, concise adventure motorcycle camping run-down:

“While the pros are sipping Pinot in a parking lot, I’ll clue you in to real, back-of-beyond dirt camping made possible by a bike such as the BMW F800GS.”

“Too much weight can spoil a ride, so lighten your load with luggage that doesn’t outweigh your gear. Giant Loop’s Great Basin bag packs so low and narrow on the bike you hardly know it’s there.”

Giant Loop Review: Rider Magazine Tests Coyote Saddlebag, Diablo Tank Bag, Coyote Dry Bag in Gear Lab

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Stoked to have rider, author and photographer Clement Salvadori put Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag, Diablo Tank Bag and Coyote Dry Bag to the test for Rider Magazine’s Gear Lab in the February 2012 issue! Although he couldn’t convince Rider to send him to North Africa for his testing, dang it, Clem logged some miles in Southern California on his trusty Suzuki DR650 and got inspired to take a Mojave Desert trip.

“The nicest thing about the 30-liter Coyote bag is that it is built like a passenger with legs, half a torso and no head. It sits on the very back of the pillion seat, or fender, whatever gives the rider all the room he or she needs to move around.”

“The Diablo tankbag is a small bag, only four liters, but when I’m “roughing” it, I do not want a large bag in front of me.”

“I also included a Coyote Dry Bag, a simple waterproof bag (yellow only) that attaches to the back of the saddlebag with compression straps.”

“Now I’ve got 46 liters to fill up. I’ve been abusing the Giant Loop set-up for quite a while now, and everything stays in place.”

Giant Loop Riders: Quinn Cody & Kendall Norman, JCR/Honda, Pre-Run Baja on Honda CRF450X with MoJavi Saddlebag

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I about fell off my stool when Quinn Cody called me up and ordered a couple of our MoJavi Saddlebags. Yep, THAT Quinn Cody: 2010 Baja 500 winner (with JCR/Honda teammate Kendall Norman), 2010 Vegas to Reno winner (riding solo!), 2009 Baja 1000 winner, etc. (check out his Bio for the whole list). He and Kendall are out riding Baja right now, using their MoJavi Saddlebags to take some of the weight of tools and parts out of their backpacks. Here’s an email message Quinn sent last night before taking off:

“Ok so here we go again – We have had a whole year to prepare, and we’re less prepared than last year…. But we’re going anyway, Kendall Norman and I are riding from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas and back, 3000 miles totally unsupported, with only what we can carry on our Honda CRF 450x’s. Trunks, flip flops, a tee shirt and some tools.”

Pro Mountain Biker Rad Ross Schnell Rips Baja with Giant Loop Saddlebag on KTM 530 EXC

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Shortly after we launched Giant Loop in the fall of 2008, pro mountain biker Rad Ross Schnell was one of our first customers. When his Giant Loop Saddlebag arrived, he almost immediately strapped it to his KTM 530 EXC and rode the full length of Baja California. This feature article, ?Rad Ross Schnell: All-American Badass,? appeared in Bike magazine last year. Yet another mountain bike/motorcycling crossover ? people who care about weight and performance are the first to embrace our ?go light, go fast? approach to motorcycle touring. -hoc

?The trip was RAD! That?s the first serious moto tour I?ve ever done and can definitely say that I?ll be doing it again. The saddlebag worked awesome!! It was such a good size and was such a simple setup. Thanks again for all the help and quick shipment, it was definitely the setup!? ? Ross

MotoSyberia 2009: 6666 km in 66 days on KTM 400 EXCs with Giant Loop Saddlebags

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It made my day when the mailman delivered a package from Poland containing a disc full of photos and a copy of the 2010 MotoSyberia calendar. Motorcycling is a world of extremes, and among the extreme MotoSyberia pretty much leaves all other contenders eating their mud and dust. These guys do things on motorcycles most people would simply call crazy. For this reason, we were really excited when Mac at MotoSyberia contact us about sponsoring their 2009 trip and equipping their bikes with our Giant Loop Saddlebags (this was before we introduced the new, improved Coyote Saddlebag). Our saddlebags, they told us, were the only product up to the task of the expedition they had planned. Mac?s sense of humor is straight out of the movie Spinal Tap ? here?s how they describe the expedition:

?MotoSyberia 2009 ? extremely mental expedition to the unknown. First successful attempt to get to Anadyr overland in summer. The laborious southern route turned out to be too difficult. After surrender and many mental problems they successfully got through the northern route to the capital of Chukotka- Anadyr. MotoSyberia 2009 is about achieving the aim at any cost. MotoSyberia Reactivation was lead by the prince of the darkness, satan himself. The route: 6666 km in 66 days, Magadan, Omsuchan,almost Evensk, Magadan, Seymchan, Anyusk, Bilibino, Evgekinot, Anadyr. Riders: Maciej Swinarski, Miroslaw Kolerski, Grzegorz Sadowski. Bikes: KTMEXC400?

We can?t wait to see what these guys come up with next ? and to put Giant Loop gear to the ultimate test! Take a look at the MotoSyberia website ? if you dare . . .


Great Basin Saddlebag Tours Alaska on BMW F800GS

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?I cannot tell you how much I love the Great Basin Saddlebag ? it made the trip and ride spectacular. When you said waterproof, it truly is! I rode through a rain/hail squall, getting it soaked. The bag performed better than I could have dreamed, and I can say it will truly handle anything that Alaska riders can throw at it. Here are some quick pics for you and your crew. Thanks again.?

Giant Loop Saddlebag Tours Spain?s Pyreneese Mountains on KTM 525 EXC

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?Hi Guys. I bought a Giant Loop Saddlebag off you for a 1000 km, 7-day ride through the Spanish Pyrenees Mountains. Can I just say what a fantastic bit of kit it turned out to be. A week?s worth of kit, plus my tools, sleeping bag and tent. Very robust, and most of the time I didnt know it was there! Thanks again, it was the dog?s bollocks, as we say here in England.? ? Paul, Manchester, England