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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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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The Zigzag Handlebar Bag is Solid

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Dry Bags, Giant Loop Gear, Photos, Tech Tips, travel

Radical photo sent to us from our buddy Steven, of the Zigzag Handlebar Bag in full effect!

“Hey guys, writing to say hello! Check in, and point to a post I made on InstaGram today. Yep, rain can be fun too. Didn’t worry about pockets much. Kept everything in the Zigzag Handlebar Bag!” — Steven Levine

Check out Steven’s InstaGram page here…

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Panama on a F800GSA with Fandango Bag and RTW Panniers

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, BMW, Giant Loop Gear, Panniers, Photos, Riders, Tank Bags

These images are from our friend Roberto in Panama who rides a BMW F800GSA with our Fandango Tank Bag, Round the World Panniers and Pannier Mounts… 

“In the photo that appears at the bottom, the closest thing that can be passed in a vehicle to the Panama Canal.” — Roberto Garcia

Stay safe Roberto — thanks for the photos! Go light. Go fast. Go far!

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Mojavi Saddlebags on a Honda NC750X

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, Photos, Saddlebags, Tech Tips

GL customer Richard sent us these photos of Mojavi Saddlebags fitting perfectly with his Honda NC750X

Mojavi Saddlebags on a Honda NC750X

Mojavi Saddlebags on a Honda NC750X“I bought your Mojavi Saddlebags for my Honda NC750X, tried them today, very pleased with them, especially since I can flip up the pillion without loosening or moving the bags.” — Richard Smith, Arizona

Cool set-up — thanks for the email, Richard!

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2020 Giant Loop Ride Rescheduled for September

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Adventure Touring, Blog, Dualsport, Events, FAQ, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, News, Rally Raid Products, Riders, trail bike, travel, Video

Check out this cool video shot by our friend Cesar at the 2018 Giant Loop Ride. It’s an excellent look at Crystal Crane Hot Springs

“My perspective on the excellent Annual Giant Loop Ride, I took my Honda CB500X, Rally Raid equipped, This bike does so well on dirt roads. It is one of the underdogs of the multi-cylinder adventure world.”Cesar D’Agord

Join us this September for the 2020 Giant Loop Ride. It’s shaping up to be Oregon’s largest dualsport rally!

Check out the updated sign-up page here

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GL Ambassador Danell Lynn Article in OutdoorX4

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dry Bags, Events, Giant Loop Gear, News, Overland, Panniers, Reviews, Riders, Straps, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, travel, Triumph

Keep an eye out for this beautiful adventure travel article by Guinness World Record holder and Giant Loop Ambassador Danell Lynn in Issue 36 of OutdoorX4. Written and photographed by Danell, “Colonial Mexico” recounts her travels on her trusty Triumph Bonneville “Amelia”… 

Danell rides with Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Tank Bag and Rogue Dry Bag on this journey, keeping it a little lighter these days than her world record setting ride of all 50 states in a single year — “Longest journey by motorcycle in a single country” — she is the first solo woman motorcyclist to hold the record.

“Giant Loop was my first and only bag choice as the ride began its planning. I am so pleased with it. The ease of use, and complete dryness of my gear through downpours, will keep me coming back to Giant Loop.” — Danell Lynn

We are proud to play a role in Danell’s incredible travels. She puts GL products to a degree of testing that would take most riders many years to equal. Her spirit matches our mission as a brand and company. Cheers, Danell!

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O2Riders Rally Kits

By | Adventure Touring, Dirt bike, Enduro, Events, Husqvarna, KTM, New Product, News, Riders, Tech Tips

GL friend Alberto Mancuso of the company O2Riders based in Spain sold his first rally kit to a USA customer!

O2RidersAlberto’s primary business has been motorcycle tours of North Africa and Europe, but as the global pandemic put travel plans on hold, he accelerated product development and manufacturing. 

O2Riders is now offering these beautiful Spanish-made rally kits for KTM and Husqvarna enduro and adventure models. Bluetooth roadbook controls and other trick bits in the works. Currently, the website is in Spanish and Italian. English version coming soon

Buena suerte Alberto!

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RoadRUNNER Reviews GL’s MotoTrekk Panniers

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dirt bike, Dualsport, Giant Loop Gear, News, Overland, Panniers, Reviews, Tank Bags, travel

Thank you RoadRUNNER Motorcycle, Touring, and Travel for reviewing our MotoTrekk Panniers in the July/August issue

RoadRUNNER Reviews GL’s MotoTrekk Panniers

“I’m very happy with the solution and highly recommend it to any adventure rider who goes off-road, but in fact it has a lot of value for road touring due to its low weight and narrow profile.” — Yuval Naveh

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Garage Night Bend Spotlights the New Yamaha Ténéré 700

By | Adventure Touring, Beta, Blog, Events, FAQ, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, News, Reviews, Riders, Tech Tips, travel, Yamaha

Please join us next Wednesday, June 17 at 8pm Pacific (U.S.A.) for a special edition of Garage Night Bend – a YouTube Live conversation with David Darcy of Motorcycle Adventure Dirtbike TV and Steve Smith from Adventure Moto

Yamaha’s much anticipated new Ténéré 700 has finally arrived in North America. Although we’re just seeing the first production of the Ténéré 700 here in North America, our friends Dave and Steve in Australia have spent more than a year riding and testing this bike!

Log on to YouTube using a Gmail account and submit questions to participate in the discussion and get their firsthand insights.

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Gearing-up a Husqvarna in Kentucky

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Dirt bike, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, Husqvarna, Overland, Photos, Saddlebags, Straps, Tank Bags, trail bike

These excellent photos sent to GL from our friend Andy. He’s got it all on his Husqvarna 250! MoJavi Saddlebags, Possibles Pouch, Pronghorn Straps and Zigzag Handlebar Bag

Andy in Kentucky

Andy in Kentucky

Andy in Kentucky

“I’m super glad I brought all that, because about 70 miles in to the first day and the farthest point from our cabin we got a flat. Luckily I had a tube and tools in the MoJavi Saddlebags, a patch kit and pump in my Possibles Pouch. So I was able to swap the tube and we were on our way. The MoJavi Saddlebags were super secure even on some enduro type stepped ledges. They didn’t get in my way at all and held secure where I mounted them. Super convenient and stable. Thank you!” — Andy Janik, Sullivan Tool and Repair

Nice gear — thanks for going with Giant Loop!

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Rigs & Coffee Present: How to Use the GL Gas Bag

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Fuel, Giant Loop Gear, Overland, trail bike, travel, Video

Thanks so much to our friend Jacob at Rigs & Coffee for these excellent product demos

“The Possibles Pouch fits perfectly on the headrest as a medical bag using the Pronghorn Straps. The Zigzag Handlebar Bag fits on the Jeep passenger dash grab handle.”Jacob Feuerman, Rigs & Coffee

Your exploration of how GL products cross-over into overland much appreciated — thanks!

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