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Framing the Spirit of Our 9th Annual Ride

By | Adventure Touring, Camping, Dirt bike, Dualsport, Enduro, Events, News, Overland, Photos, Riders, trail bike, travel

A couple of great photos by the amazing photographer Dave Schelske to kick off the occasion

“Woohooo! First time I’ve seen blue in the sky in almost 2 weeks. A great way to kick off the 9th Annual Giant Loop Ride! A day early for the Rally and already have 222 miles in on some epic desert terrain.”Dave Schelske @advnorthwest

Go light. Go fast. Go far!

And thanks Dave, for riding with Giant Loop!

The Dakota 600

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Events, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, News, Reviews, Riders, Saddlebags

We love this email from our friends at Dakota 600

“I wanted to take the time to thank you for your continued support of The Dakota 600. With your generosity all riders leave with a very nice gift. I took home Mojavi Saddlebags and have very much enjoyed the size and versatility. Thank you again for your support!” — David Rossi

Thanks Dave — GL is proud to be part of it!

Go light. Go fast. Go far!

Great Basin and Tillamook Bags Reviewed

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dry Bags, Dualsport, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, News, Reviews, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, trail bike

Great Basin Saddlebag and Tillamook Dry Bag reviewed at Motorcycle Gear Hub — 5 out of 5 stars!

“The Great Basin Saddlebag is unrivaled. When all is said and done, it’s the universal fitment and versatility that puts Giant Loop’s flagship rockstar head and shoulders above the competition. You will benefit from putting this biomorphic saddlebag into your motorcycling life. And I speak from experience. Motorcycle Gear Hub’s seal of approval and most recommended! Buy the Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebag and grab either the Tillamook Dry Bag or the Rogue Dry Bag if you want to build an epic, quick-installing, rackless touring rig to live for weeks at a time on the road!”Motorcycle Gear Hub

read the entire review here

Thanks — we love Motorcycle Gear Hub!

Go light. Go fast. Go far!

Off-roading in Bogota

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Dirt bike, Dry Bags, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, Photos, Riders, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, trail bike, travel

A couple of great photos from riders in Columbia off-roading with GL bags on a Husqvarna 701

“Hola! We are users of Giant Loop products. We like them a lot and we are admirers of their quality. Somos 3 off road!!!” — Alejandro Restrepo

Thanks for the pictures!

Giant Loop — designed in Bend, Oregon. Ridden worldwide

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Last Day to Register for GL’s Annual Ride!!!

By | Adventure Touring, Blog, Camping, Enduro, Events, Giant Loop Gear, News, Riders, travel

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE 9TH ANNUAL GIANT LOOP RIDE IS ON — LET’S GO

9th Annual Giant Loop Ride is September 18-20, 2020 in Crystal Crane Hot Springs, Oregon, USA…

Join us — over 170 people registered already, for the biggest dual sport event in Oregon!

2020 Giant Loop Ride Shirt backFollow GL on Instagram here…

Giant Loop — designed in Bend, Oregon. Ridden worldwide

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GL’s Packing System on The KTM 390 Adventure: Part 3

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dry Bags, Dualsport, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, New Product, Saddlebags, Straps, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, Video

Test fitting the KTM 390 Adventure Part Three — “Weekend Plus!” 

We offer have many options depending on the length of the ride and how much gear riders require to be safe, comfortable and self-reliant… 

For this round, we outfitted the KTM 390 Adventure  for a weekend or longer ride: Coyote Saddlebags expanded with Possibles Pouch, Fandango Tank Bag, Zigzag Handlebar Bag and Bushwackers Hand Guards

Giant Loop designs our motorcycle soft luggage as a modular, customizable packing system – pieces can be added and subtracted as needed. Bags can be scaled up or down depending on bike type or riding requirements…

Watch “Test fitting KTM 390 Adventure” Part 1 and Part 2!

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KTM 390 Adventure Makes a Perfect Fit for Giant Loop Gear

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Dry Bags, Dualsport, Enduro, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Panniers, Photos, Riders, Saddlebags, Straps, Tank Bags, Tech Tips

Local rider and good friend Kathy let GL use her brand new 2020 KTM 390 Adventure to model our gear. This bike is a great “bang for the buck” — super quiet and stealthy. And less than $8,000 out the door!

We ran through a few different combos — mixing and matching Great Basin Saddlebags, Coyote Saddlebags, MoJavi Saddlebags with our Fandango, Diablo and Buckin’ Roll Tank Bags, Zigzag Handlebar Bag, Pannier Pockets, Rogue Dry Bag, Possibles Pouch, Bushwackers Hand Guards and Lift Straps

Test fitting KTM 390 Adventure“Personally, my favorite combo because it’s well proportioned to the bike is Coyote (expands with Rogue and Possible Pouches), Diablo (expands with Pannier Pockets) – plus Zigzag and Possibles Pouches on crash bars if more storage is needed.”Harold Olaf Cecil, Founder of Giant Loop

Thanks Kathy!

Giant Loop — designed in Bend, Oregon. Ridden worldwide

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ADV Rider Review: A Tale of Two Tank Bags

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, Reviews, Side By Side, Tank Bags, Tech Tips

Up in New Brunswick, Canada, Adventure Rider Zac makes a good comparison of Diablo and Buckin’ Roll Tank Bags…

“Tank Bags are some of the most useful pieces of kit you can add to a motorcycle, offering streamlined cargo capacity that’s quickly accessible. Over the past year, I’ve run two Giant Loop Tank Bags. Before I left for Labrador last year, Giant Loop sent me a Diablo Tank Bag, and this spring, they sent me the updated Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag. They’re similar, but they’re designed for slightly different roles.” Zac Kurylyk

read the entire review here…

 Go light. Go fast. Go far!

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Giant Loop Tillamook Dry Bags

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dry Bags, Dualsport, Giant Loop Gear, Overland, Photos, SxS, Tech Tips, UTV

Great images from the UTV world! 

“Hey guys, I took some photos on our latest overland adventure. I put those Tillamook Bags to work. Hope you guys enjoy, Cheers!” — Cameron, on Instagram @camhootch

Tillamook Dry Bags are designed to be the lightest and most practical dry bag for all terrain vehicles. Tillamook offers 48 liters of watertight volume for every adventure.

Giant Loop — designed in Bend, Oregon. Ridden worldwide

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New Bushwackers Hand Guards!

By | Adventure Touring, Blog, Deals, Dirt bike, Dualsport, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, Overland, Snow, Snow Bike, Snowmobile, Straps, Tech Tips, trail bike

Get ready for fall! GL is introducing two new styles of Bushwackers Hand Guards — one with a topo map theme and the other with a pine forest motif…

Both designs feature our new 18″ Pronghorn Straps — 3″ longer than the previous version to accommodate a wider array of deflectors and handlebars.

We call them “hand savers” as they keep hands dry up to forearm while riding in rain. Keep controls cleaner, drier, warmer and more comfortable in dirt, mud, rain, snow and brush. The new straps fit virtually every bike and deflector combo on the market — are easier to install and remove and are better suited to off-road riding. They pack flat to stow until needed — mounted and removed in just a minute. Perfect for adventure touring, dual sporting, trail riding, off-road racing, snow biking and snowmobiling.

 Go light. Go fast. Go far…

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2020 Giant Loop Ride

By | Adventure Touring, Camping, Events, FAQ, News, Riders, travel

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE 9TH ANNUAL GIANT LOOP RIDE IS ON — LET’S GO!

9th Annual Giant Loop Ride is September 18-20, 2020 in Crystal Crane Hot Springs, Oregon, USA…

Deadline is Friday for a cancellation/refund and to sign up without paying the extra $50 for late registration.

2020 Giant Loop Ride

We’ll have to do things a little differently this year, and we do need everyone’s full support and cooperation following State of Oregon mandated precautions, such as maintaining social distancing guidelines in camping areas, and the newly updated soaking pond. Mask required indoors. No self-service beverages in reusable containers. Minor stuff. A trifling inconvenience at most…

REFUND DEADLINE IS NOW! Extended until FRIDAY, AUGUST 7 — REQUEST A REFUND HERE

We are happy to issue a refund on your deposit or payment, or you may leave it as a credit on your account to apply toward a purchase or future ride. But please do it now, because we have to give Francis at The Smokin’ Pit a headcount for his signature BBQ chicken and smoked prime rib dinners…

BUT THERE’S STILL TIME TO JOIN US — SIGN UP HERE

We have more than 150 people registered and we will continue to accept sign ups through this Friday. After that, an additional $50 Late Registration fee applies. 

WE NEED YOUR FULL COOPERATION

For the health and safety of all, we follow these guidelines and we need 100% compliance and cooperation from all riders in order to make the Giant Loop Ride happen this year.

OSHA General Guidance for All Workers and Employers:

— Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands that are visibly soiled.

— Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

— Practice good respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.

— Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

— Stay home if sick.

— Recognize personal risk factors. According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), certain people, including older adults and those with underlying conditions such as heart or lung disease or diabetes, are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19.

And for the protection of eastern Oregon’s rural population, please respect these State of Oregon mandates:

— Masks, face shields and face coverings are currently required statewide for indoor public spaces (for example, grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more). In addition, face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible.

— Children age 5 and up are required to wear a face covering. People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear one.

IF FOR ANY REASON YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COMPLY WITH THESE GUIDELINES AND RECOMMENDATIONS, PLEASE REQUEST A REFUND NOW!

Thank you!

Giant Loop — designed in Bend, Oregon. Ridden worldwide

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GL “Go Light” Touring Kit in South Africa

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Dirt bike, Dualsport, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Overland, Photos, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, trail bike

Great  photo from @rometaidla of a KTM Six Days in Johannesburg, South Africa rocking a GL Coyote Saddlebag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Fandango Tank Bag and Possibles Pouch

Go Light Touring Kit

KTM produces a special limited edition Six Days Bike every year in honor of the International Six Days Enduro Competition in which pro and amateur teams representing their countries race for six days in a row. Each year it’s hosted by a different country…

Perfect setup – thanks for riding with Giant Loop!

Go light. Go fast. Go far!

Prepping for The Mid-Atlantic Backcountry Discovery Route

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Reviews, Riders, Saddlebags, Tech Tips, travel, Video, Yamaha

From Living Off The Slab, gearing up a Yamaha WR250R with Coyote Saddlebags, Gas Bag and Possibles Pouch

 

“I have been getting my little WR250R ready to hit the road and in 4 days we are doing just that. Myself and 4 friends are riding down to Damascus, VA where we will will ride the MABDR (Mid-Atlantic Backcountry Discovery Route) from South to North. The trip will take us 14 days and will cover about 2400 miles.”Living Off The Slab

Thanks for choosing Giant Loop for your adventure — have a fantastic trip!

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Tillamook Bags Are Tough

By | Adventure Touring, ATV, Blog, Dry Bags, Giant Loop Gear, Overland

GL Tillamook Dry Bags are built to withstand everything…

We have been making Tillamook Dry Bags for some years now and (after thousands of miles of testing) in our opinion we’ve managed to design the lightest and most practical dry bag for all terrain vehicles. Equipped with two big rubber handles, air purge valve and shoulder straps, Tillamook offers 48 liters of watertight volume for the best adventures. Also — check out our Rogue Bags (and our Beanies)!

Designed by riders for riders…

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Great Basin Saddlebags on the Suzuki V-Strom 1050

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Giant Loop Gear, Saddlebags, Suzuki, Tank Bags, travel

Dig this photo sent from a creative customer in British Columbia. Great Basin Saddlebags and a couple of Possibles Pouches on a 2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050. This is a new model bike for 2020. Also notice there is a Helinox Chair strapped to the backside of the saddlebags. GL loves creativity…

Great Basin Saddlebags on the Suzuki VStrom 1050

“Thought you might like a photo of the Great Basin Saddlebag on the new Suzuki V-Strom 1050. A couple of Possibles Pouches on the front of the legs with Helinox Chairs strapped to the back. Regards and thanks!” — John Passmore

The new V-Strom looks sweet — thanks for the photo John!

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Zigzag Bag and Buckin’ Roll Bag on a Honda CRF450L in Colorado

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Dirt bike, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, Photos, Tank Bags, trail bike

Check out these beautiful photos from rcrinerii at ADVRider.com riding with a Zigzag Handlebar Bag, Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag and Klamath Tail Rack on a Honda CRF450L in Colorado

“CO finally! Made it to Crested Butte/Taylor Park area with my GL gear. It’s awesome. Rolling with a Zigzag Handlebar Bag, Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag and new Klamath Tail Rack Pack on Honda CRF450L. I got the Tail Rack the night before I left and didn’t have time to get it installed. Even without the Pronghorn Straps it worked perfectly. Thanks again for the great customer service and products.” — rcrinerii

Epic views — looks like fun!

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TAT’N Back!

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dry Bags, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, Panniers, Rally Raid Products, Riders, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, travel, Video

Great video update in Colorado from our friends Juan and Jenny heading west on a month-long Trans America Trail journey using Coyote Saddlebags, Diablo Tank Bag, Siskiyou Panniers, Tillamook Dry Bag and Pannier Pockets on their Rally Raid Honda CB500X‘s…

“A few more Colorado passes before Utah.” — Juan Browne

Check out more videos from Juan on YouTube at the Blancolirio channel

Go light. Go fast. Go far!

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The World’s Best Saddlebag!

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, Reviews, Saddlebags, Tech Tips, trail bike, travel

Check out this photo taken by GL customer Doigy at the Kenya-Tanzania border on the shore of Lake Natron with Mt. Shompole in the background. The rear wheel of the bike is in Kenya, front wheel is in Tanzania!

GL customer Doigy on the Kenya-Tanzania border“I use your products on a regular basis and cannot fault them. In particular your Coyote Saddlebag is an awesome product. It fits on every motorbike I have ever tried it on. It has never come loose, ever, and 95% of my riding is rough off-road stuff. I’ve fallen off plenty of times and have yet to damage the saddlebag. This bag is clearly designed by bikers, for bikers. I’ve been riding motorbikes for 45 years and had numerous types and makes of luggage, and none have ever been able to take the punishment like what I have given the Coyote. None. And despite the thousands of kilometers of off road punishment, the bag still looks like new. Amazing! Well done to all of you at Giant Loop, makers of the world’s best saddlebag! Warmest Regards from Kenya, East Africa.” — Doigy

Amazing photo — thanks for riding with Giant Loop!

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Coyote Saddlebags, Diablo Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets and Zigzag on a KTM 790 Adventure

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Dirt bike, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Photos, Riders, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, trail bike, travel

Here’s an excellent photo of a KTM 790 Adventure outfitted with Coyote Saddlebag, a Diablo Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets and Zigzag Handlebar Bag

“Thanks again for the great customer service. Sharing a photo of my 790 Adventure with a lot of Giant Loop goodies on board. Great products GL team!” — Jesse Leatherman

Great setup — thanks for the photo, Jesse!

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