Great photo from rider Dave Sorensen…
“Hey guys. I live in CRR and work in Bend. I finally made it by your showroom to watch the tire change demo and check out your gear as I was prepping for the LaB2V ride Thanksgiving weekend. Picked up the Tail Rack and Possibles Pouch during your sale as it looked like the lightest and most durable set up for the event and suited my riding style the best. I was not disappointed!
I lost my rear light assembly and license plate in a deep road lake I charged through on day one as I attempted to get back on course, pouch and rack stayed solid as I would have expected.
I saw a lot of people with GL products over the two day ride, obviously it speaks well of your products in the moto community.
Thankfully I didn’t have to change a flat and had probably one of the best rides of my life thus far! Unusual weather, wet soil and good company made for some epic conditions. Glad I picked up some of your gear to keep the weight off my body and secure. Perhaps we’ll cross paths on the central Oregon trails in the future. Until then keep braaping in whatever environment you find yourselves. Thanks for the great products.”
Cheers, Dave Sorensen
Sweet photo Dave. I remember talking to you about this years LaB2V as I used to live down there. I can’t believe the weather this year, deep snow is like a once every 10 year event. I was actually riding down there mid-december and all that snow made for perfect dirt, just like in Central Oregon. I’m sure we will cross paths out on the trails soon enough, right now I’m trying to ride every weekend. Thanks for the email!
“I really enjoy both saddlebag sets.”
Great – thank you for supporting Giant Loop!
“I have included a pic of my 2019 BMW G310 with the Giant Loop product. As you can see I am a big fan of Giant Loop. Revelstoke Tunnel Bag, Rouge Dry Bag, Possibles Pouch, Zigzag Bag on my crash bar. Next will be a Coyote Saddle Bag for multiple day adventures. These small displacement adventure bikes can’t take the added weight of hard boxes and pannier racks. Giant Loop has the answer. I will be buying more Giant Loop products for my adventures next year as well. Thanks!” – Brent Lundevall
Right on Brent!
“All part of our 11 day 3,000 mile CB500 Expo Ride to the Overland Expo 2016 near Flagstaff, AZ.”
Special guest appearance by Jenny Morgan and her comprehensive under the seat trail side tool selection!
“I’ve been using your Coyote Bag since buying this WR-R in 2010 and also have the Great Basin (both old style before the roll-top). I still use them often. I got the MoJavi Saddlebags yesterday and took them for a quick ride around home. I like ‘em.” – David Haynes
For the most grueling challenges, riders like Jeff Jensen turn to Giant Loop…
Jeff successfully completed the “Tour of Idaho” solo!
“A navigation error put me on the old abandoned trail down an avalanche path. I spent over seven hours getting myself out of that and then resumed the tour, still having 75 miles to go.”
“The final Challenge Point on the tour – Sundance Lookout.”
Congrats Jeff on finishing the legendary Tour of Idaho!
Adventure gear innovator Giant Loop just released a major update of its Tracker Packer™ line of ruggedized holsters for GPS-enabled emergency beacons/communicators. Two new models, compatible with SPOT Gen3 and with Garmin inReach Mini, feature redundant anchor straps, quick-adjusting accessory arm bands, unobstructed view of and access to all controls and an included redundant tether adding yet another layer of security.
Tracker Packers enable backcountry adventurers who travel beyond cell phone range to stay safer during all of their outdoor adventures — motorcycling, snowmobiling, snow biking, backpacking, climbing, mountain biking, boating, skiing/snowboarding — with help the push of a button away. Following best safety practices, the Tracker Packer firmly attaches the emergency device to the user’s backpack shoulder strap, upper arm or lower leg, reducing the risk of the device separating from the user or not being within reach and in plain sight when need arises.
The Gear Institute recently wrote in a test review that “Giant Loop’s Tracker Packer addresses a real need for those of us who routinely escape the bonds of cell towers, extending the usability of potentially lifesaving technology even in dire situations. Best of all, the Tracker Packer keeps the satellite messenger within easy reach – and quickly accessible – should an emergency arise. After all, isn’t that when you absolutely need the messenger the most?”
Featuring redundant closures, multiple connections, and tether points, the compact and lightweight Tracker Packer is designed to remain secure, even in the roughest, most extreme conditions. By keeping the device in a visible, easy-to-access location, anyone on scene in the event of an emergency can quickly deploy the device’s SOS signal sending the GPS location to an international emergency response coordination center.
Tracker Packers for Garmin inReach Mini and SPOT Gen3 are not just for emergencies. When traveling beyond cell service, backcountry travelers can communicate via satellite text messages, sent and received directly from the Garmin inReach Mini. OK and other pre-programmed messaged can be sent from the SPOT Gen3.
Giant Loop donates a portion of all Tracker Packer sales to the nonprofit Kurt Caselli Foundation, which focuses on the safety of riders and racers in the off-road motorcycling industry. Giant Loop worked with US off-road motorcycle racing legend Quinn Cody to test and develop the Tracker Packer holsters.
Tracker Packer features include a high-visibility tag imprinted with “SOS,” elastic antennae anchor (Garmin only), screen prints of the Kurt Caselli Foundation’s “Caselli 66” logo and Giant Loop’s GL logo, a redundant double hook-and-loop attachment system, a heavy duty hook-and-loop extension band for wearing on the upper arm or lower leg above the boot, grippy backing, foam padding to absorb shock and vibration and a redundant tether cord for additional security.
Constructed with military-specification components and materials, the Tracker Packer for Garmin inReach Mini and Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen3 are backed by Giant Loop’s limited lifetime warranty. USA MSRP is $39. The Tracker Packer is available bundled with the Garmin inReach Mini or SPOT Gen3 exclusively at Giant Loop’s GL Adventure Shop warehouse showroom in Bend, Oregon, and at www.giantloopmoto.com. For more information and to contribute to the Kurt Caselli Foundation, visit www.kurtcaselli.com.
Giant Loop’s Tracker Packer and adventure details, go to www.giantloopmoto.com or www.giantloopsnow.com.
https://www.motorcycleshows.ca/ Year-in and Year-out, Canada is our fastest growing market in the world. Giant Loop is making a short drive across the border with product and bikes to display at the Vancouver Motorcycle Show on January 18th-20th. You will find us in Booth 132 directly through the main entrance and across from Honda. Our booth may be small but it will be mighty! We will be teaching Giant Loop 101 all weekend and will have product available for sale. Stop by and talk to the one and only Harold of Giant Loop and Celebrate 10 years with us.
GL Riders Two Wheeled Nomad (Jason Spafford and Lisa Morris) traveled The Americas for four years on their motorcycles, the past year-plus with Giant Loop gear after they realized that lighter and simpler is truly better! Here’s their photo essay featured in BIKE (UK) magazine’s latest January 2019 issue.
Two Wheeled Nomad’s Giant Loop Adventure Proof Packing System on Suzuki DR650 and BMW F800GS:
Great Basin Saddlebags – nearly 70 liters of waterproof, ultra tough, lightweight, stable storage, no luggage racks or mounts required
Possibles Pouches – external waterproof pockets for Saddlebags and engine guards
Tillamook Dry Bags – double-end access waterproof gear storage with integrated anchor strap system, backpack shoulder straps
Fandango Pro Tank Bag – waterproof, slim, trim, 8-liter bag with electronics pass-through, clear map pocket, quick fuel access
See links below to volunteer for Clean Drink Adventures trips in Spring 2019!
Hello Giant Loop,
We’re back from our trip to Nepal and happy to report it was a huge success. Our Clean Drink Adventures team was able to provide safe drinking water solutions to as many as 700 people during our travels. In the coming weeks our volunteers on the ground will bump that number closer to 2,000 in the coming weeks.
As we traveled into the remote corners of the country, our medic, Jason McKinney, packed all of his medical equipment in Giant Loop bags. Not only did he keep us safe, but he was available to help anyone in need during out travels.
Below are some fun images and snippits you can use for social media. In the meantime I’m working on gathering more assets you can use for promotions.
The bags are currently in our office in Nepal and ready to do it all again. We have more trips planned for March, April, and May. The GL bags will be put to use every time.
Thank you so much for sending them along and we’re stoked to have GL as a CLEAN DRINK partner.
Two-Up Motorcycle Camping Tour on KTM 1090 Adventure with Giant Loop’s Round The World Panniers, GL Pannier Mounts, Fandango Pro Tank Bag
From Steve from Penco Power Products in Kalispell, Montana:
“Go light, go fast, go far is a load of crap once my wife figured out she could pack 90 liters of stuff!!! Lol We absolutely love these bags and after a 1000 mile trip with enough camping gear and clothes for two people, we can’t say enough about them. We had everything we needed to be comfortable.”
ORDER BIG AGNES CAMPING GEAR BY MAY 1 AND SAVE 25%!
We can’t compete with the Amazon.coms and the REIs when it comes to offering deals on camping gear. We just want to stoke out some riders and help you upgrade your camping kit!
So here’s what we’re doing: Order by May 1 and get 25% off our hand-picked selection of ultralight, compact, high quality motorcycle camping gear. We’re placing just one order for the season – and this is it!
Here’s a great moto camping demo by Motolara – you can see the Pumphouse inflator at work! Because most of our customers travel solo, we selected 2-person tents, which pack smaller and lighter than the 4-person tent Naomi and Alberto prefer. We can special order any Big Agnes product – but you will need to call or email us with the exact product, size, color and all other options and pay prior to us placing our order.
Big Agnes C Bar Tent – 2 Person
$199.95 MSRP = $149.96 PRE-SEASON ORDER SPECIAL
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2 Tent
$349.95 MSRP = $262.46 PRE-SEASON ORDER SPECIAL
Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Ultra Sleeping Pad
$84.95 MSRP = $63.71 PRE-ORDER ORDER SPECIAL
Big Agnes Lost Ranger Sleeping Bag
$249.95 MSRP = $187.46 PRE-SEASON ORDER SPECIAL
Big Agnes Pumphouse Ultra Stuff Sack + Sleeping Pad Inflation Pump
$34.95 MSRP = $26.21 PRE-SEASON ORDER SPECIAL
Big Agnes Q-Core SLX Sleeping Pad
$139.95 MSRP = $104.96 PRE-SEASON ORDER SPECIAL
Big Agnes Roxy Ann Sleeping Bag
$249.95 MSRP = $224.96 PRE-SEASON ORDER SPECIAL
Big Agnes Superlight Girdle S/M
$19.95 MSRP = $14.96 PRE-SEASON ORDER SPECIAL
Giant Loop 3- and 5-Gallon Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladders
Giant Loop has added new 3- and 5-gallon Gas Bag™ Fuel Safe Bladders to its award-wining fuel solutions. Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladders conveniently transport hydrocarbon fuel for power sports racing in a collapsible welded film and ballistic nylon reinforced container that rolls up or packs flat when empty. Weighing a fraction of rigid tanks and canisters and less costly than racing fuel cells, Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladders are also available in 1- and 2-gallon models.
The new larger 3-gallon (11.4 liters) and 5-gallon (18.9 liters) Gas Bags are designed specifically for UTVs, ATVs, snowmobiles, snow bikes (e.g., Timbersled, Camso), 4x4s and overland vehicles, providing a lightweight, compact means of transporting gas for off-road racing on closed courses, as well as for international travel.
Each Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder is individually pressure tested and made in USA by Fuel Safe®, a leading racing fuel containment manufacturer based in Redmond, Oregon.
NOTE: Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladders are intended only for the temporary transport of liquid hydrocarbons for racing vehicles used in professional off road and closed course competition racing events. The Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder is NOT a portable or long-term fuel storage container as described by ASTM, EPA, ARB or other state or federal agencies.
Flat and unfilled, the 3-Gallon Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder measures 22″ long by 14″ wide. Three heavy-duty webbing and molded rubber handles provide tie-downs and facilitate fuel handling. The 5-gallon Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder measures 29” long by 14” wide, with four heavy-duty handles.
All models of Gas Bags feature two rows of webbing daisy chain loops that prevent the Gas Bag from sliding out from under tie-down straps (not included). Filler necks are standard size, fitting “universal” spouts, such as the EZ-Pour (also available from Giant Loop). Available exclusively from Giant Loop and authorized dealers, USA MSRP is $239.99 for the 3-gallon Gas Bag (GL part FSB18-G3) and $299.99 for the 5-gallon Gas Bag (GL part FSB18-G5).
Giant Loop® and the GL® logo are registered trademarks of Giant Loop LLC. Fuel Safe® is a registered trademark of Air Craft Rubber Inc.
We’ve outfitted this Ducati Scrambler for a weekend, week or even extended long haul adventure motorcycle travel with our Giant Loop adventure proof packing system of soft luggage for motorcycles. Designed to fit virtually any motorcycle equipped with passenger pegs, the Great Basin Saddlebag mounts on the passenger seat, anchored to the passenger peg mounts and the rear “fender” assembly – no luggage racks, mounts or braces required. The Fandango Pro Tank Bag keeps smaller items like phone, camera, wallet and other essentials handy, while the Zigzag Handlebar Bag stores other small items within easy reach. We’ve added the Bushwackers Hand Guards, which strap over rigid deflectors to protect hands and controls from rain, cold, mud and brush. All it needs is a skid plate . . .
Weighs a fraction of other motorcycle soft luggage designs based on Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag, such as the Mosko Moto RECKLESS 80L SYSTEM (V2.0) – also trimmer, less complicated, fewer straps, cleaner, more minimalist, rugged and durable design, proven world wide since 2008.
Tracker Packer review by The Gear Institute: “Giant Loop’s Tracker Packer addresses a real need for those of us who routinely escape the bonds of cell towers, extending the usability of potentially lifesaving technology even in dire situations. Best of all, the Tracker Packer keeps the satellite messenger within easy reach – and quickly accessible – should an emergency arise. After all, isn’t that when you absolutely need the messenger the most?”
Adventure proof packing and gear systems innovator Giant Loop has added a third model to its Tracker Packer™ line of ruggedized holsters for GPS-enabled emergency beacons/communicators, the new Tracker Packer for Garmin inReach beacons and two-way satellite communicators. Giant Loop’s Tracker Packer enables backcountry adventurers who travel beyond cell phone range to stay safer during all outdoor adventures — motorcycling, snowmobiling, snow biking, backpacking, climbing, mountain biking, boating — with help the push of a button away. Following best safety practices, the Tracker Packer firmly attaches the Garmin inReach Explorer or SE device to the user’s backpack shoulder strap, outerwear, or upper arm, reducing the risk of the device separating from the user or not being within reach and in plain sight. Although wearing the Tracker Packer is the best safety practice, it can also be used to attach the device to a vehicle or other location.
Featuring redundant closures, multiple connections, and tether points, the Tracker Packer is designed to remain secure, even in the roughest, most extreme conditions. By keeping the device in a visible, easy-to-access location, anyone on scene in the event of an emergency can quickly deploy the Garmin inReach’s SOS signal sending the GPS location to an international emergency response coordination center.
The Tracker Packer for Garmin inReach is not just for emergencies. When traveling beyond cell service, backcountry travelers can let family and friends know they are OK, and satellite text messages can be sent and received directly from the device.
Giant Loop donates a portion of all Tracker Packer sales to the nonprofit Kurt Caselli Foundation, which focuses on the safety of riders and racers in the off-road motorcycling industry. Giant Loop worked with US off-road motorcycle racing legend Quinn Cody to test and develop the Tracker Packer holsters. Other Tracker Packer models include the Tracker Packer for DeLorme inReach and the Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen3.
Tracker Packer features include a high-visibility closure printed with “EMERGENCY” and the Kurt Caselli Foundation’s “Caselli 66” logo, a redundant double hook-and-loop Garmin inReach attachment system, a heavy duty hook-and-loop extension band for wearing on the upper arm, Slip-Not grippy backing, foam padding to absorb shock and vibration, reflective trim for visibility, fully bound seams and webbing loops with grommets for additional mounting and tethering options.
Made in USA with military-specification components and materials, the Tracker Packer for Garmin inReach is backed by Giant Loop’s limited lifetime warranty. USA MSRP is $50. The Tracker Packer is available bundled with the Garmin inReach Explorer or SE exclusively at Giant Loop’s GL Adventure Shop warehouse showroom in Bend, Oregon, and at www.giantloopmoto.com. For more information and to contribute to the Kurt Caselli Foundation, visit http://www.kurtcaselli.com.
UK Motorcycle magazine, Ride, recently published an article on the benfits of smaller bikes for longer travel. Featuring the KTM 690 outfitted with the Giant Loop Moto Coyote Saddlebag and Diablo Tank Bag Pro, the piece explores the joy of lightweight, easy to manouver bikes with a simplified packing system. More and more, adventurous moto travelers are recognizing the benefits of a smaller ride like the 690 that can access hard-to reach areas, yet be comfortable to ride on the highway of needed.
Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route with Motolara
Dual sport enthusiasts, Alberto Lara and Naomi Tweddle created this fantastic video of their recent trip on the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route on their Yamaha WR 250Rs. The couple has ridden with Giant Loop gear in destinations around North and South America, choosing the Great Basin Saddlebags to carry most of their gear. The Great Basin handily carries all one could need for multi-day journeys. You’ll also see the Giant Loop Fandango Tank Bag , Tillamook Dry bag and various other GL accessories used on this trip.
These two are exactly who we thought of when we started creating this gear. They live for the ride.
Check out photos and posts on their website, www.motolara.com. Go Light, go fast, go far!
Here is a great review video of the Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag Roll top by Rocky Mountain ATV. They cover all the unique features of our mid sized saddlebag and explain how to install the Coyote on your motorcycle.
The Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top, a fresh update of our original flagship horseshoe-shaped dual sport and enduro rackless Giant Loop Saddlebag design that launched our company in 2008. The Coyote features a convenient rolling closure that seals out water and dust while maintaining the packable volume and all the unique “go light, go fast, go far” features of our zipper closure Coyote Saddlebag. Other enhancements include sewn-on molded rubber badges, Giant Loop branded grab handles that double as side compression straps and a set of 3 RF welded waterproof inner liner Saddlebag Dry Pods with air purge valves.
Bikehedonia Video: Packing the Round the World Panniers on the KTM 690
Adventure Tourer, Grace McDonald aka, Bikehedonia took a moment out of her Sydney to Paris Adventure Motorcycle tour to show us how she fits her life in the Round the World Panniers.
You can follow Grace’s adventure on her blog, Bikehedonia or on Instagram @bikehedonia.
Go light. Go Fast. Go Far!
The Honda Africa Twin and Giant Loop Mototrekk Panniers
Jeff, from Tucker Rocky recently sent us some photos of his set up on his Honda Africa Twin. He used Givi Quick release side racks (Tucker Rocky and Givi Part #PLR1144) for mounting, looping the quick release loops of the Giant Loop Mototrekk Panniers around the 4 corners to secure.
The bags mount securely with no movement and still leave a ton of space on top of the bike for a dry bag or top case.
Jeff also uses a Fandango Tank Bag Pro on his Twin. The medium sized tank bag is 8L in capacity, waterproof and attaches securely to the bike with a harness. Two sturdy side zippers make it easy to access the fuel fill or remove the bag entirely for security.
Jenny Morgan; Dakar veteran, freelance photo-journalist, Rally Raid spokesperson and all around bad-ass lays out her packing strategy in this video.
Jenny travels with a Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag on her Honda Rally Raid CB500 and show us just what Go Light, Go fast, Go far really means.
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Product of the Week – The Great Basin Saddlebag
A trusted staple in the Giant Loop line up, the Great Basin Saddlebag is the largest in our “loop bag” collection.
We have outfitted an assortment of motorcycles with the Great Basin, and it’s currently on the backs of motorcycles around the globe. In the montage above you’ll find the Great Basin Saddlebag easily mounted on a the Honda CRF250L, Rally Raid CB500X, and Africa Twin, the KTM 1190 Adventure R, the Yamaha WR250, the KLR 650 retrofitted with a sidecar, the Suzuki tu250x, a Yamaha R6 and something random in Nepal….just to name a few.
This bag will carry all that you require for a serious expedition or comfortably carry your weekend provisions.
What we love most about the Great Basin Saddlebag is it’s verstility. This bag, rides rackless, behind the rider where the passenger would sit. The “legs” of the bag affix to the passenger foot pegs or other solid mounting point in the same area and anchors at the rear of the bike via three straps on on an existing rear rack or integrated mounting point. The is bag is 68L in capacity and is sold with three waterproof dry pods which organize gear within the bag plus make it easy to haul things to your camp spot without removing the whole loop bag. A Hot Springs Heat Shield is also included with every bag to keep the Great Basin off the pipe.
The outer material is constructed of tough 22 oz. vinyl coated polyester reinforced with ballistic nylon and, like many of our bags the Great Basin has loops added to the sides of the bag that make it easy to add Possibles Pouches or just affix items with Pronghorn Straps. The “beavertail” cinch straps can be extend to allow for a Tillamook or Rogue Dry Bag if extra capacity is required.
While Supplies last all black and white Great Basin Zippered Saddlebags ON SALE for 30% off!
Round the World Panniers on a (super-sweet) KTM 990
Photos by Jaume von Arend
He continues to use a Coyote Saddlebag on his WR but has swapped out the saddlebag for our RTW panniers on the 990, now outfitted with SW-Motech racks, for longer trips. He’ll now be able to add a dry bag in place of the Klamath Tail Rack Pack if he needs to further increase volume.
To see the entire article…and to brush up on your Spanish head to Juame’s website, www.traildreamer.com. The Google translate leaves a little to the imagination but you’ll get the gist.