DATE: Friday, March 4, 2016
TIME: 6:30 to 9:00pm
LOCATION: Sons of Norway Fjeldheim Lodge, 549 NW Harmon Blvd, Bend, Oregon
ADMISSION: $10 suggested donation cash only, fundraising raffle tickets available
MAX CAPACITY: 100
Giant Loop Hosts Presentation by British World Traveling Motorcyclist Steph Jeavons, Fundraising Event for Bend Athlete Solana Kline
(BEND, OR) Bend-based adventure proof packing systems and gear company Giant Loop will host a presentation on Friday, March 4 by British motorcyclist Steph Jeavons, who rode around the world on her Honda CRF250L dual sport motorcycle. Doors open at 6:30 pm at the Sons of Norway Fjeldheim Lodge, 549 NW Harmon Blvd. in Bend. Admission is a suggested cash donation of $10, all of which goes to support Jeavons travels and presentations. Beverage and raffle tickets will also be sold for cash as a fundraiser for local athlete Solana Kline, a professional off-road triathlete, mountain biker and dual sport motorcyclist.
During her hour-long presentation featuring footage from Antarctica and images from all over the world, Jeavons will share stories from life on the road over the past two years, including how she got started, fears and costs vs. reality, and ways to save money while travelling. She will also explore topics such as the perception that women travelers are more vulnerable and why it is not the size of your engine that counts.
For information, call Giant Loop, 458-206-9113.
About Steph Jeavons
Steph Jeavons is a woman on a mission. Previously having operated an off-road motorcycle school in Wales and desert tours in Morocco, Steph set about reducing her life to the bare minimum. She sold her house and her road bike and kept only one small box in her parents’ attic marked ‘TO KEEP’.
In March 2014, Jeavons set off from the iconic Ace Cafe in London in an attempt to ride to all seven continents on her Honda CRF250L, named Rhonda. Steph and Rhonda have now ridden further than any 250cc motorcycle has gone before, with their many miles together taking them through the deserts of Iran, the chaos of India, the heights of the Himalayas and the jungles of Borneo (to name but a few). Jeavons writes for motorcycle magazines, such as Adventure Motorcycle and Ride Magazine. Her website is onestephbeyond.com.
About Solana Kline
Bend-based professional off-road triathlete, mountain biker and dual-sport motorcyclist Solana Kline teaches anthropology at Central Oregon Community College and Oregon State University Cascades. In 2016, Kline’s goal is to have a race program that is completely locally supported, combining three disciplines of racing: off-road triathlon, mountain bike racing and motorcycle racing. The X-Terra Off-Road Triathlon Pan-Am Professional race series will be the central focus.
About Giant Loop
Based in Bend, Giant Loop designs and manufactures adventure proof motorcycle, snowmobile and outdoor packing and gear systems. From its Bend showroom and website, Giant Loop is also a retailer of products that complete its “go light, go fast, go far” approach to packing for adventure. Giant Loop products are available from international distributors, as well as from a network of dealers throughout the USA. Giant Loop is a rider-owned company. For all the details, go to http://www.giantloopmoto.com or http://www.giantloopsnow.com.
Email from customer: “Hi, love my Coyote Saddlebag mounted on the KTM 500 EXC but the downside to every trip is my stuggle with the zipper. Man I get pissed. Am I missing something? Any way to make it operate easier? Thanks, C”
Dang, sorry to hear your zipper is giving you fits. Some things to try:
* Wash the Saddlebag with warm, soapy water, give it good rinse and let it air dry. Dirt and dust particles are usually the biggest challenges for zippers.
* Lubricate the zippers. There are commercially available zipper lube products, but often a little soap, wax or even lip balm will help.
* When you get into the bag, first roll the storm flap back out of the way, then roll the flap back over the zipper to keep it protected after you close the bag.
* Avoid over packing. When the Saddlebag is not stuff drum tight, the zippers are much easier to manage. Consider using our Possibles Pouches to add external pockets, or a Rogue Dry Bag to expand the Saddlebag – compartmentalizing gear makes it easier to access the things you need during the day of riding and helps prevent the zipper from buckling being tightly stuffed.
If you’ve tried everything, then there is an outside chance that you got a defective zipper. If you think this is the case, please print, fill out and include a copy of the attached warranty and repair return form with your CLEAN bag. Use RMA # [today’s date]. If there is a defect, we will repair or replace the Tank Bag at no charge to you.
Thank you for choosing Giant Loop for your adventures,
Tech Tip: Adventure Proof Packing Systems + Gear for Adventure Touring, Dual Sport, Enduro Motorcycles
We design our adventure proof saddlebags, tank bags, tail bags, fender bags, tool pockets, dry bags, dry duffels to integrate as a modular, customizable packing system, enabling motorcycle riders to add and subtract bags to adjust for bike type, riding conditions and gear loads. These handy charts illustrate how all of the components fit together.
2016 Giant Loop Catalog and Adventure Proof Packing Systems Comparison Chart
Here’s a screen resolution PDF of our new 2016 Giant Loop Catalog with Adventure Proof Packing Systems comparison chart, version 1 – click here to download 2016 Giant Loop catalog!
Kiwis Keith and Bryan rode 13,000km, coast-to-coast on the Trans Canada Adventure Trail on Yamaha WR250s with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebags and Dry Bags. Here are some highlights from their adventure (captions by Keith)!
1. Caribou Creek Saskatchewan . Almost as far north as the TCAT gets. Great spot – cabins, gas, food, beer!
2. Chris Rieger and the Kiwis. We have Chris to thank for a world class effort in marking the TCAT in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Job very well done.
3. Day off at the Nipawin Exhibition. The wagon racing was breathtaking!
4. Bryan and deer – a certain attraction. Our altercations with them continue …
5. Mike on a slippery slope in Saskatchewan . Hard to see the true grade but 5 mm of damp makes the surface like soap.
6. Manitoba Lake – the Cree First Nation. A very warm welcome, Keith telling our story to locals.
7. Keith looking for the trail in long grass. Bloody great moose appeared! (not in pic)
8. Rains a’comin on the prairie.
9. Oops. Road closed.
10. Typical axle deep ‘damp patch’ we had to get through on the Saskatchewan prairie.
5th Annual Giant Loop Ride: Crystal Crane Hot Springs Oregon Backcountry Experience, JUNE 3-5, 2016
PAYMENT IN FULL DUE NOW – DEADLINE IS MAY 17! SIGN UP FOR WAITING LIST SPOTS – YOU WILL BE REFUNDED IF SPACE DOES NOT BECOME AVAILABLE.
Join Giant Loop for off-road adventure in Oregon’s beautiful high desert, Friday, June 3 through Sunday June 5 at Crystal Crane Hot Springs. This is a great way to get a taste of the amazing riding here in Oregon – and to meet some new riding friends.
To preserve the quality of the experience, we are limiting registration to the first 100 who register by paying a $100 refundable deposit now. The deposit will be refunded if you cancel before May 3. The second payment of $200 will be due by May 17, and we will give any spots away to riders on our waiting list if any of the first 100 do not complete their registrations by the deadline. Or, commit now with the full $300 reservation, and you’re in with nothing more to worry about.
IF YOU USE A DIFFERENT EMAIL ADDRESS FOR PAYPAL THAN YOU DO TO RECEIVE IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT THE RIDE, PLEASE SIGN UP HERE FOR OUR EMAIL LIST WITH THE ADDRESS YOU CHECK MOST FREQUENTLY!
JUST ADDED: Dirt Bike Safety Training is holding a clinic Friday, June 3 at the 5th annual Giant Loop Ride, held in Crystal Crane Hot Springs, OR. Bring your dualsport or adventure bike to improve your skills with the instructors of Dirt First by MotoVentures and Dirt Bike Safety Training, LLC. Friday morning 11 to 3. We will start with a brief riders meeting, followed by a number of Dirt First by MotoVentures Level 2 exercises that include: how to handle common terrain challenges, how to “clutch it” to control your speed and traction, how to position your body and maintain your balance at low speeds, how to execute tight turns while both sitting and standing (counterbalancing), how to handle extreme braking for those challenging downhill trails, how to change directions at speed to conquer hill climbs and sand washes, how to ride in ruts and on single track trails, and how to wheelie over small logs or rain ruts. Space is limited, register now at www.dirtbikesafetytraining.com for $125, or $149 at the event. Register now!
5th Annual Giant Loop Ride
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 camping, hot springs access, Silipint drinkware, and meals, snacks and beverages (more details below). Watch your email for more details and updates!
Arrive early at Crystal Crane Hot Springs, set up camp and soak or explore, but don’t be late for the Beer & Wine Happy Hour and Ranch Dinner! We’re looking into hosting an off-road riding clinic on Friday, too – stay tuned for details.
Morning – Fuel up with a hearty Ranch Breakfast, then go ride!
Afternoon – Steens Mountain Loop, Alvord Desert Loop, Owyhee Loop will be among the options. And yes, we will provide GPS tracks ahead of the event (thanks Laura!). You’ll be on your own for lunch.
Evening – Relax and enjoy Ranch Dinner and Beer & Wine Happy Hour, soak in the hot springs pool, share some laughs and tell tales around the campfire . . . and some fabulous prizes!
Morning – Eat a hearty Ranch Breakfast, break camp and ride your own chosen route with any group you wish. Take the scenic route home, meander and explore – or head off on a new adventure.
Tell all your friends how much fun you had, share pics and stories!
Important Details about the 5th 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.
Questions? Contact Harold at 971-832-3164 or email.
See you on the trail,
Team Giant Loop
Designed in Bend, Oregon USA | Ridden Worldwide
Cory and his buddies recently enjoyed an “epic” dual sport tour in Northern California!
Hello at Giant loop,
I thought I’d send you a few shots from our most recent adventure from the lost coast. Epic 400 mile two day ride with fantastic weather and terrain conditions. Thanks for the great gear. I put it through the ringer with brush, rocks, mud and an exit or two in the in a mud hole and on the gravel. Performed awesome. The waterproof liner for the Klamath tail pack fit perfectly and after several water crossings and a swim in the mud I opened it a the end of the day to find a puddle of water on top of the liner and my wallet, phone, and spare goggles dry as a bone. Look forward to lots more use as our riding season here on the lost coast is just getting started. You guys make it down this way and we’ll take you on a giant loop of our own.
Corey and the riders of the lost coast.
P.s. The pannier pockets with a 1.8 liter platypus hoser hydration bladder worked awesome, back up 1 liter on the other side. 1st ride without a pack on my back! It made a huge difference at the end of the day.
Video: How to Change Oil on Honda CB500X/f Adventure with Rally Raid Products Engine Guard Installed
How-to video from Juan Browne explains the oil change procedure for the Honda CB500X/F Adventure with Rally Raid Products Engine Guard installed: “See how easy it is to change the oil on a Honda CB500X with a Rally Raid engine guard installed. You can skip the tin foil scupper it ain’t that messy.”
Helping save precious minutes in life threatening situations! What a brilliant idea: motorcycle paramedics.
Cycle World Magazine Holiday Gifts for Dual Sport and Adventure Motorcycles
Thanks Cycle World Magazine!
Naughty Or Nice? Five new products that beat the hell out of a bag of coal
If you like to travel light on your ADV or dual sport machine, Giant Loop is one of the favorite makers of luggage and accessories. One new item that’s fundamental to keeping your soft luggage from melting on a hot exhaust pipe is the oversize Hot Springs Grande Heat Shield ($50). Affixes to most mufflers with two large stainless steel hose clamps.
1st Annual Giant Loop Garage Sale & Local Customer Appreciation Day! This Saturday, November 21, 10am-4pm at 63025 O. B. Riley Road, Suites 16 + 17, Bend, Oregon 97703.
Production samples, display models, dry bags, saddlebags, tank bags, shirts, jerseys, hats, stuff sacks at bargain bin prices. Gear for motorcycles, snowmobiles, snow bikes, paddlesports, camping, ATVs, UTVs, SXSs – used, refurbished, new-old-stock, dusty display samples.
Giant Loop Garage Sale Bend Oregon
Thanks Rider Magazine for including Giant Loop’s Kiger Tank Bag and Pronghorn Straps in the December issue’s Holiday Gift Guide. We especially appreciate that they were chosen based on Rider editor’s experiences using our gear!:
“Giant Loop, started in 2008 and based in Bend, Oregon, designs and manufactures soft luggage and accessories for dual-sport/adventure riding. Some of GL’s tough, versatile luggage we’ve tested over the years, like its Fandango Tank Bag and horseshoe-shaped Great Basin Saddlebag, remains go-to gear when we head into the backcountry. But you don’t need a bike with knobbies to take advantage of GL’s no-nonsense designs and rugged, mil-spec construction. We used the 9-liter Kiger Tank Bag ($290) on a weeklong, rain-soaked tour of Italy and then strapped it on our Yamaha FJ-09 long-term test bike. We like its zipperless clamshell opening, touchscreen-friendly map pocket and removable waterproof Dry Pod bag. And GL’s Pronghorn Straps, made of super-tough stretch polyurethane with unbreakable fasteners (available in 16-, 20- and 26-inch lengths, two per package, $16-20), are some of the strongest, most versatile straps we’ve used for securing cargo to a bike.”
UPDATE: November 6, 2015
Apologies. Our manufacturing partner temporarily has put production of our fuel bladders on hold. We’re hopeful that we will have a revised design from them in the coming weeks, and that we will have production units ready to ship early in 2016. Thanks for your patience – innovation presents unique challenges.
Giant Loop Fuel Safe Bladders conveniently transport 1 gallon of hydrocarbon fuel for power sports in collapsible welded film containers that weigh less than 1 pound and roll up flat when empty. The MoJavi Fuel Safe Bladder is designed specifically to fit in the side pockets of Giant Loop saddlebags.
Giant Loop Gear & Parts for Rally Raid Honda CB500
One of the reasons we’re excited about being the North American distributor for Rally Raid Products kits, parts and accessories for the Honda CB500 X/F/R is that the Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure fits perfectly into our “Go Light. Go Fast. Go Far.” approach to adventure proof packing systems and gear for motorcycles. Below is a quick overview of our recommended solutions.
(with Side Luggage Racks installed):
October 15, 2015
Giant Loop Signs USA Distribution Deal With Tucker Rocky
Starting in 2016, Giant Loop?s Packing Systems And Gear Available From Industry Leading Power Sports Parts And Accessories Distributor
(BEND, OREGON USA) Giant Loop announced today at the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) that starting in January 2016, the adventure proof packing systems and gear innovator will sell its products to USA power sports dealers through Tucker Rocky Distributing. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, Tucker Rocky is a leading wholesaler of motorcycle and ATV aftermarket parts, accessories and apparel, offering tens of thousands of products from the finest brands for street, custom, touring and off-road motorcycles as well as ATVs and UTVs.
?Tucker Rocky is aggressively expanding into the fast growing Adventure Touring market,? explains Tyler Morgan, segment specialist at Tucker Rocky. ?Giant Loop?s product line is a great addition to our portfolio to further enhance our Adventure Touring selection. The GL product is not only great quality but offers unique benefits to address the Adventure Touring rider?s needs. We are very excited to work with Harold and all of his team to drive sales for this strong brand with our vast network of dealers and 7 warehouse locations.?
?We have discussed distribution with Tucker Rocky since 2010, so it is a significant accomplishment finally to be in a position as a company to work with one the world?s largest aftermarket parts distributors,? says Harold Olaf Cecil, Giant Loop owner. ?For our customers, purchasing Giant Loop products will be easier than ever because every U.S. power sports dealer that works with Tucker Rocky can now order our products. For our dealers, Giant Loop products can be added to the regular orders they?re already submitting to Tucker Rocky.?
Giant Loop adventure proof motorcycle, snowmobile, snow bike and outdoor packing and gear systems are available from international distributors, as well as from a network of dealers throughout the USA. Founded in 2008, Giant Loop is a rider-owned company that designs and tests products in Bend, Oregon. For all the details, go to www.giantloopmoto.com or www.giantloopsnow.com.
On The Spot
The Tracker Packer from Giant Loop is a rugged holster for the SPOT Gen3 GPS-enabled location tracker and emergency beacon. The Tracker Packer attaches the SPOT Gen3 device to the rider’s arm, backpack shoulder strap, handlebars, fork tube or other location. Features include a high-visibility closure printed with “EMERGENCY” and the “Caselli 66” logo, a redundant double hook-and-loop attachment system, Slip-Not grippy backing, foam padding and reflective trim. The Tracker Packer ($40) is also available bundled with the SPOT Gen3 for $150. A portion of all sales will be donated to the Kurt Caselli Foundation.
“The best hard-core saddlebag and tank-bag solution we’ve found is from Giant Loop. Coyote 39-liter saddlebags (www.giantloopmoto.com, $360) attach securely without using heavy metal racks and come with heat shields to protect from the hot muffler. Capacity is huge, and three waterproof liner bags are included. Diablo Pro Tank Bag adds 4 liters up front ($210) and has a clear map pocket with a power cord inlet for devices. Zippered base has a fuel-cap cutout, meaning the bag can flip out of the way for easy refueling. There are cheaper solutions to carrying stuff, but these American-made pieces have been over mountains and across deserts with no issues.”
? ADV Lite, Cycle World Magazine, November 2015
From Paolo in Australia: “I’m writing you to give you an update about my travels and about your products, that I’ve been using during my trip about Australia, that has come to a completion now, after 8 months on the road and roughly 40000km. I’ve pretty much started from Sydney and rode all around the perimeter of this continent, covering Tasmania and Ayers Rock as well.
I’ve been using the Siskiyou Panniers, and I’ve covered all sort of terrains, speeds and temperatures (above the zero). Australia gives you a vast range of possibilities to test yourself and your gear, in terms of variety of conditions, and I have to say I was very happy to have your products with me during my journey.
Overall, the robustness, flexibility and storage capability of the products are really remarkable, in my opinion. You guys have done a great job.
Tillamook Dry Bag served me very well too; Fandango Tank Bag was very handy and so the Zigzag Handlebar Bag.
I just wanted to say THANK YOU for making this journey of mine a pleasure. The past months riding with your equipment were great. So much better than the hard panniers!
You can go through my adventure also, via my Instagram account.
www.instagram.com/paoloinoz I’ve been posting a picture a day for the past 230 days, gaining a lot of followers and a lot of likes and reposts from all over the world and from other popular dual sport and adventure riding accounts.
Travelling around Australia
Here’s how to use the loop of our custom-woven Ballistic nylon (included with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag and MoJavi Saddlebag) instead of the Fender Hooks to anchor the bag to the rear fender. Simply loosen the bolts holding the two halves of the rear fender together enough to thread the webbing between the upper fender and the under-fender support. Check webbing positioning: Saddlebag should sit right behind seat when side anchor straps are tensioned. Retighten bolts to sandwich webbing between fender components, positioned to anchor Saddlebag behind rear seat when side straps are tight. Thread webbing through underside of Saddlebag in pass through thumb-lock buckles – push the stiff webbing through and pull to tight to finish. When Saddlebag is not on bike, use buckle, wire tie or other simple method to prevent loose webbing ends from dangling into hot exhaust. Go light, go fast, go far!
Giant Loop’s modular, customizable Adventure Proof Packing System for motorcycles makes packing easy, speeds access, distributes gear across the bike, helps position weight closer to the bike’s center and allow riders to choose which components to add or remove for a given ride or motorcycle type. Here, we’ve use the Possibles Pouches as easy-to-reach external pockets on the Coyote Saddlebag for dual sport, enduro and dirt bikes – one for spare inner tubes and another for tools and supplies. Use this promo code for free USA shipping: GLSHIP
Go light, go fast, go far!
Pre-order today to reserve your Limited Edition RED MoJavi Saddlebag – we will produce just 24 of these bags this year. The Limited Edition RED MoJavi Saddlebag includes our Hot Springs Heat Shield kit and a pair of Giant Loop Mounts – no additional charge. Shipping is for USA only – international customers will receive a separate invoice for their shipping total. Price:?$230, plus $16 USA shipping. SHIPPING IN APPROXIMATELY 6 WEEKS!
We have tested the Mob Armor Smart Phone Handlebar Mount over thousands of miles now with an iPhone 6 in a LifeProof case, and it is BOMBER! The handlebar clamp fits virtually anything with handlebars, including bicycles (we’ve used it on our Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure and our KTM 500 EXC), and it installs in about 60 seconds. The Giant Loop Mob Armor mount handles all but the very most extreme riding (we finally managed to bump the phone out while riding with the throttle pinned in three-foot whoops on the KTM – if you’re riding like this, simply remove the phone from the mount).?The bar/bike mount is the perfect mounting accessory for quick and tool-less installation and removal on square, round, odd shaped rails and bars.?The clamp can open its jaws and grab anything between 0.75 inch to 1.5 inch (20mm to 40mm).
SCROLL DOWN FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF COMPATIBLE SMART PHONE MODELS.
Price: $64.99 black only (includes free USA shipping – international customers will be invoice separately for shipping)
With all of the news swirling around the introduction of the new Honda?CRF1000L Africa Twin, the timing is perfect to revisit the story Giant Loop owner/founder Harold Olaf Cecil published in the March/April 2015 issue of Adventure Motorcycle magazine about spending a week on the Honda XRV750 Africa Twin, riding dirt, gravel and twisty paved roads in Norway last June. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF OF “VIKING BIKING – NORWAY ON AN AFRICA TWIN”:ADVMoto Mar 2015 – Norway on an Africa Twin by Giant Loop’s Harold Olaf Cecil
Alberto Lara and Naomi Tweddle (www.motolara.com) added another off-road adventure to their list of travels this past week: an 800-mile giant loop dual sport motorcycle ride through Oregon, beginning and ending at Giant Loop’s shop in Bend. You may have seen Alberto’s photos in our 2015 Adventure Proof Packing Systems catalog or on social media for Moto Lara
For their Oregon giant loop ride, Alberto and Naomi rode their Yamaha WR250 dual sport motorcycles, equipped with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Rogue Dry Bag, Kiger Tank Bag, Possibles Pouch, Pronghorn Straps and Zigzag Handlebar Bag. Photographer Alberto rode with his DSLR camera protect with a neoprene cover inside his Kiger Tank Bag, with the zipperless lid providing quick camera access without getting in his way standing on the footpegs riding eastern Oregon’s rough, rocky double-track dirt roads.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2015
Giant Loop Opens Retail Showroom at Bend, Oregon Headquarters
Full Line of Adventure Proof Packing Systems on Display and Available for Test Fitting, Plus Maps and Motorcycle Travel Essentials
(BEND, OREGON USA) To accommodate local riders and the many customers who make Giant Loop a destination, the adventure proof packing and gear systems innovator recently opened a retail showroom at its Bend headquarters, located at 63025 O. B. Riley Road, Suite 17. The Giant Loop showroom provides a single location to see, test fit and purchase the entire Giant Loop line of motorcycle, snowmobile and snow bike products.
Plus, Giant Loop offers hand-selected premium travel and adventure products, including Butler Motorcycle Maps, Benchmark Maps, SPOT GSP trackers and emergency beacons, fuel canisters, cables and locks, ROK Straps and the full line of Rally Raid Products Honda CB500 kits, parts and accessories.
Motorcycle travelers are invited to stop in for route and ride planning, packing tips, or to fill a hydration pack with cold water. A rotating stock of blemished and reconditioned Giant Loop gear is also available.
?Especially during the peak motorcycle riding season we see a steady stream of customers who make a stop at Giant Loop a part of their trip plans,? says Harold Olaf Cecil, Giant Loop?s owner. ?Now, instead of pulling products out of shipping boxes in our warehouse space, we have everything on display like a retail store front, with saddlebags, dry bags and our entire packing systems stuffed and ready to throw across a bike. Local riders can order any product in any color or size from their favorite Giant Loop dealer and pick up at our shop, too.?
Giant Loop adventure proof motorcycle, snowmobile and outdoor packing and gear systems are available from international distributors, as well as from a network of dealers throughout the USA. Giant Loop is a rider-owned company that designs and tests products in Bend, Oregon. For all the details, go to www.giantloopmoto.com or www.giantloopsnow.com.
Giant Loop? and the GL? logo are registered trademarks of Giant Loop LLC.
GIANT LOOP – GEAR REVIEW – Siskiyou Panniers – Fandango Tank Bag Pro – Columbia Dryg Bag
We first used Giant Loop products to carry our gear from London to Sydney on our KTM 690s in 2012. We had a Great Basin on the back, some dry bags and a Fandango tank bag. This system worked really well. It was rider friendly, light, and could take the odd crash without falling to bits. Despite daily usage for four months, all the buckles and the straps and stitching remained intact with little if any sign of wear. If there were any sharp edges where we were mounting straps we covered them in gaffer tape to prevent chafing. Although I?ve up graded, my friends continue to use my original GL gear that took me on the big trip. It?s very popular with them and some of it will be used on our 2015 trip!
My next trip was an unsupported west east crossing of the Simpson Desert in 2014 and into the Flinders Ranges, a total of around 5,000 ks, of mostly dirt miles. I changed my setup slightly as we needed to carry heavy weights of water and fuel and I turned to the Siskiyou Panniers to keep the weight centralised and low. They fitted perfectly with my Pannier Racks. I upgraded to the Fandango Tank Bag Pro, that had improved access to my cameras and made charging accessories more streamlined. The great double zip mounting improved access to filling the petrol tank. They were topped with a double ended Tillamook Dry Bag. These doubled ended dry bags are excellent. Rather than rummaging around in a duffle bag trying to find what you want, you can quickly open either end. It sits perfectly atop the Siskiyou Panniers.
The only change for our south north crossing of the Simpson Desert this year is the addition of a Columbia Dry Bag. I used this bag last week end and it was brilliant (2nd picture below). It?s a double ended bag similar to the Tillamook with two additional features. A centralised handle so you can carry it like normal luggage and a webbed drying pocket to put those smelly or wet things in. Although not confirmed yet, I reckon in the desert sun this may become my mini drying room, but we?ll wait and see.
The Siskiyou Panniers copped a beating in the the first desert crossing and have now racked up over 10,000 hard kilometres. There are no signs of wear. I use GL water proof pods to make sure everything is kept dry. They are also handy to compartmentalise gear to make it easily accessible.
PS: As the desert is cold for this ride in July we are going to try out some Bushwackers Hand Guards, I?ll keep you posted on how well they go.
Here?s a clip of the Simpson Desert Crossing, legitimate adventure riders that use and test adventure gear.