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GL on the Leh Manali Highway in the Himalayas

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

A customer from Australia, musician and artist Nosh Mistry, sent us this amazing photo…

“I took that picture coming down the Rohtang Pass towards a village called Gramphu on the Leh Manali Highway. The person in the picture is Tony Balkin aka Nugget riding a Royal Enfield Himalayan. The Great Basin Saddlebag was perfect for this trip as he was carrying most everything he needed in it even from Sydney. Dave and I had the Fandango Tank Bags as we find it best to carry all our camera gear and have it easily accessible to get our shots. If the cameras were packed away in a normal camera bag/backpack, it is a lot more work to get them out and get the shots we want.” — Nosh Mistry

Nosh rides with our friend David Darcy in Australia, and Nugget is one of the characters who appears in his video adventures…

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Tour of Idaho With Fandango Tank Bag and MoJavi Saddlebags

By | Adventure Touring, Beta, bike packing, Blog, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, Riders, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, travel

Our buddy Mike from Rocky Mountain Detours conquered the Tour of Idaho challenge  riding Betas decked out in GL gear

“The Tour of Idaho challenge starts for us next week. I will be promoting Giant Loop during this challenge.” — Michael Georgeson

Congratulations Mike — nice ride!

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Preservation in Ecuador With GL Ambassador Janelle Kaz

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Giant Loop Gear, Indian, Riders, Saddlebags, travel, Video

Check out this fantastic video produced for Easyriders of  Janelle Kaz traveling on an Indian Scout Sixty in Ecuador with GL Great Basin Saddlebags

Janelle travels through South America on her own — with ‘Onca,’ an Indian Motorcycle Scout Sixty that she named after the jaguars that are native to this region (scientifically known as Panthera onca centralis). She says, ‘This isn’t exactly the type of terrain Onca was made for. But any motorcycle can become an adventure bike if you simply take it on adventures — and I suppose I’m out to prove that.'”Easyriders, video by Frédéric Lagrange

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GL Mojavi Saddlebag Reviewed

By | bike packing, Blog, Dirt bike, Dualsport, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, Reviews, Saddlebags, Tech Tips

Check out this article from our friends at Dirt Bike Magazine!

“We tested the Giant Loop MoJavi system with a Possibles Pouch. This adds an additional 3.5 liters of volume. Both the MoJavi and Possibles mount up very simply, and the new Pronghorn Strap (uses stamped aluminum buckles, arrows line up for easy fastening, and the metal buckle is sheathed for scratch protection) is an improvement in mounting the luggage up. We stuffed them with a spare waterproof pullover; fit in tubes, tools, rags and spares; and can honestly say that we didn’t feel the luggage when we rode. Over months of testing we found the Giant Loop MoJavi to be super durable. They distribute the load nicely, and because we were carrying less of a body load, our long, tough off-road pulls were made easier. The zippers are super heavy duty and a bit tough to close, but beyond that, we consider this a big thumbs up for the dualsport/long-haul trail rider!”Dirt Bike Magazine

read the full review here…

Thanks for riding with Giant Loop!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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September 2020 Specials

By | bike packing, Blog, Deals, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, News, Tech Tips, Video

Giant Loop is offering some great deals this month. Fall is just around the corner — begin your next adventure here!

Bison Skull Daily Tube by BlackStrap FREE with qualifying purchase!

Bison Skull Goggle Case by Tailgate Industries FREE with qualifying purchase!

Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen3 and Garmin inReach Mini – 100% donated to KC Foundation during September!

Possibles Pouch 20% off pre-orders for new First Aid version!

And be sure to check out our Motorcycle Soft Luggage Kits for Dirt, Dual Sport, Enduro and Adventure Touring

Giant Loop products are designed in Bend, Oregon and ridden worldwid. Stay safe — Go light. Go fast. Go far!

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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…

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Africa Twin With MotoTrekk Panniers and a Klamath Tail Bag

By | bike packing, Blog, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, Photos

Check out these great photos of a rider’s Honda Africa Twin with MotoTrekk Panniers and a Klamath Tail Bag from advrider.com

MotoTrekk Panniers

“Added some SW Motech Pro luggage racks to my Africa Twin and strapped on the GL MotoTrekk Panniers. In my estimation, these are nearly perfect as a mid size soft pannier. They look and work great on the AT and compliment the Klamath Tail Bag.Wind_Rider, advrider.com

Nice setup — thanks for sharing!

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Zigzag and Klamath Bags on a 2019 KTM 690

By | bike packing, Blog, Dualsport, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Overland, Tech Tips, travel

GL customer Ron sent us some great feedback on our Klamath Tail Bag and Zigzag Handlebar Bag that he’s using to gear up his KTM

“Giant Loop is not just for adventure and enduros. I have had your Zigzag Handlebar Bag for over a year and it’s a must have for any bike. I recently added the Klamath Tail Bag with the Tail Rack. It’s a great setup and amazing quality at a great price it’s just the right amount of storage without being too large. The upgraded straps are fantastic. Thanks Giant good stuff!” — Ron Eiermann

Thanks for the feedback Ron — nice ride!

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Our New First Aid Possibles Pouch

By | bike packing, Blog, Dry Bags, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, News, Tech Tips, Video

Giant Loop’s new First Aid Possibles Pouch provides 3.5 liters of 100% waterproof storage of all of your crucial field and trail-side medical supplies…

This super rugged roll-top pocket integrates with GL saddlebags, panniers and dry bags to create external, easy access pockets, and it securely straps onto tail racks, engine guards, roll cages, raft frames and more. Essential kit for every outdoor adventure!

First Aid Possible PouchDesigned by riders for riders…

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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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MTK Reviews Round the World Panniers

By | bike packing, Blog, Dry Bags, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Indian, Panniers, Reviews, Tech Tips

Our friend Wes who writes for BMW Owners News Magazine makes great videos and does an excellent podcast as well. Here he unboxes GL’s Round The World Panniers and Pannier Mounts

“When you only get one pannier, it better be a good one. Find out what comes in the kit when you order a Round the World Pannier and Pannier Mount from Giant Loop. Giant Loop sells these in pairs if your bike takes two! The RTW Pannier is a universal fit for any and all motorcycles, I just happen to have gotten one for my Indian FTR 1200 S.” Wes Fleming, Motorcycle Test Kitchen

Thanks Wes!

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Round the World Panniers and Pannier Mounts Reviewed

By | bike packing, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, News, Panniers, Reviews, Tech Tips

Check out this review of GL Round The World Panniers and Pannier Mounts written by Aaron Demo for ADV Motorcycle 

“When it comes to soft luggage, there are many options on the market, with a wide range of prices and features. Having returned from a weeklong trip with hard panniers and struggling with packing issues, I went looking for a set of soft luggage with more room than my current hard bags. I also wanted something with compartmented storage options that are easy to get on and off the bike. Enter the Giant Loop Round The World Panniers and Pannier Mounts.”

“These bags are heavy duty and the construction quality is on point. Once the bags were mounted to the GL Pannier Mounts, it only took a couple of minor adjustments to the mounting brackets and they locked up perfectly to the pannier racks already installed on my Africa Twin.”

“To remove the bags, it’s a simple one-handed operation and all it takes is a pull of the lever on the top of the mount, and they lift right off with the handle built into the luggage. The total weight of both bags and mounts comes in at 15 pounds, about five pounds less than my current hard panniers, which don’t have a quick-release mount.” Aaron Demo, ADV Motorcycle

read the entire review here…

Thanks Aaron!

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GL Gas Bag Reviewed

By | bike packing, Blog, Fitment, Fuel, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, Reviews

Check out this informative review by Joe at RevZilla

“Running out of gas is a problem, and it’s totally avoidable if you bring a little extra! Giant Loops’ Fuel Safe Bladder is an excellent way to add additional fuel storage to your motorcycle, and its compact size means you can easily stow it away when not in use.” — Joe Zito at RevZilla

Thanks Joe!

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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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