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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 Annual Ride Must Go On! 

By | Blog, Camping, Events, FAQ, News, travel

Although it’s smoky in eastern Oregon, the Air Quality Index is better than most of the state, and the forecast is for conditions to improve…

See you at Crystal Crane Hot Springs  on Friday for the 9th Annual Giant Loop Ride! 

To minimize breathing smoke, please truck or trailer your bike there if possible – your lungs will thank you. Fire danger is extreme everywhere, so be extra careful around dry grasses, etc. Wearing a face mask does help with the smoke – and anything is better than nothing, even if you don’t have an X-95 rated mask.

Go light. Go fast. Go far!

And thanks 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!

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

Gear-up here!

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

Gear-up here!

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!

Pick up a copy of OutdoorX4 and subscribe!

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JOIN US IN SEPTEMBER!

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!

 Go light. Go fast. Go far!

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.

Visit our YouTube Channel for videos from Giant Loop…

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RIDE WITH US IN SEPTEMBER!

Benvenuto Federico!

By | Blog, Events, News, Photos, Riders, travel, Yamaha

Our dear friend and new Giant Loop Ambassador Federico Tondelli has been on the team for a very long time. GL’s first trip to the huge EICMA Motorcycle show in Milano was in 2011. We had never been in the show, never been to Italy. We don’t speak any Italian. We needed a motorcycle for display in our stand in the USA Pavilion, so I started posting online that we needed a bike parked in our stand for a few days…

Out of the blue, Federico contacts us and offers to let Giant Loop take delivery of his new Yamaha Super Tenere at the show – all we had to do was roll it from the Yamaha stand to ours! We were blown away by Fede’s kindness and willingness to help. 

Since then, he has helped us in countless other ways. Last year, during the off-season for MotoGP (he is now the press manager for the Suzuki team), Federico rode in South America with GL gear and took a ton of beautiful photos.

Here’s shot of dinner from our 2013 trip to EICMA. That’s Fede (second from left) enjoying plate-sized Milanesa at a classic Lombardy restaurant in Milano…

“Dear Harold, I spent the whole morning to find some proper words to express how much honored and proud I am to read these beautiful words that you wrote for me, but I couldn’t. So please allow me to just say: THANK YOU. Giant Loop has a very special place in my heart. Not only as a brand, but also as the people like you who I consider a true friend besides and before any ‘business’. My trip in Patagonia has been a true life-changer for me and proved once again how much the GL’s products are well thought, well engineered and well done. Thank you, thank you, thank you!” — Fede

Federico has shared the truest Italian hospitality with us for many years, and has been a steadfast friend and ally for Giant Loop throughout most of our history as a company. Grande Fede!

2020 Giant Loop Ride is RESCHEDULED for September 18-20

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We hope you all are hanging tough and keeping your families and communities safe! By staying home and following guidelines, hopefully we’ll all get over the hump as soon as possible.

Because of the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have rescheduled the 9th Annual Giant Loop Ride. The new dates are SEPTEMBER 18-20. 

Check out the updated sign-up page here… 

2020 Giant Loop Ride is RESCHEDULED for September 18-20

To-date, we have 149 sign ups, including riders, volunteers, vendors and staff – our largest group yet! We hope you will be able to make the new dates fit into your schedule.

If you are unable to join us in September, it is a BIG help to Giant Loop if you can use your deposit as credit to purchase GL gear, or if you can apply it to a future Giant Loop ride or event. We also understand if you need to cancel and prefer to get a refund on your deposit, just shoot us an email with your request.

If you can join us in September, please help spread the word, invite friends and encourage riders to come help us make the 9th Annual Giant Loop Ride the largest dualsport rally in Oregon!

The Expander Adventure Tent

By | Blog, Camping, Deals, Events, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, News, Reviews

Thanks to all for giving us miles of smiles! By now, you may have gotten the joke. Our EXPANDER Tent prank for April Fool’s Day generated an outpouring of shares and comments – and it was posted on many media sites, including Cycle News, ADV Pulse, Adventure Motorcycle Magazine, Expedition Portal, Adventure Rider and other online media outlets. Please keep it going by sharing it with a straight face!

HAPPY APRIL FOOLS!

If you didn’t get the joke – or the juicy “Easter Egg” on the shopping cart check out our page for the EXPANDER, we’re going to leave it up during April. Click the link, read some of the hilarious reviews – and write one of your own – then go to the “shopping cart” to claim your reward…

Buckin’ Roll Bags on a KTM 790

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dealers, Dirt bike, Events, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, News, Photos, Reviews, Saddlebags, trail bike, travel, Video

Here’s a message from Jake at Carl’s Cycle in Idaho, representing Giant Loop at the BDR Movie Premier… 

Buckin' Roll Bags on a KTM 790“Attached is a photo of my KTM 790 with your Buckin’ Roll Bags on it for the BDR Movie Premier. We had 160 people in attendance and received lots of positive feedback on my Giant Loop setup. Thanks!” — Jake Hampton, Carl’s Cycle

Carl’s Cycle will be attending our Giant Loop Annual Ride in June – we look forward to seeing you there!

A Legendary GL Customer 

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dirt bike, Enduro, Events, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, News, Photos, Racer, Riders, Saddlebags, trail bike, travel

Lawrence Hacking is not only a long time Giant Loop supporter, but he is also a riding legend! Lawrence was the first Canadian to finish the Dakar Rally in 2001. He’s a published author, and a couple years ago, raced the Baja Rally on a Honda Africa Twin… 

Check out this amazing photo of Giant Loop’s Mojavi Saddlebag and Possibles Pouch on a Honda CRF450x when Lawrence raced Rally Mongolia in 2014

Legendary GL Customer Lawrence HackingIt’s an honor Lawrence, thanks for riding with Giant Loop!

WIN FREE GIANT LOOP GEAR!

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Deals, Dirt bike, Events, Fuel, Giant Loop Gear, News, trail bike, travel, Video

Our buddy Daniel at Dork in the Road is giving it away…

“As a thank you for all the support you all have shown me over the last 3 years and 9,000 subscribers on YouTube, I want to give something back to my community!  The folks at Giant Loop have offered to sponsor an awesome giveaway!  Enter to win a Giant Loop Gas Bag or Giant Loop Zig Zag Handlebar Bag.  I’ll also be awarding FIVE third place sticker packs featuring stickers from Dork in the Road and Giant Loop!  This is a great giveaway and I hope you’re all as excited to enter as I am to be setting it up for you!”Dork in the Road

For complete rules and details ago to Dork in the Road

Also, Daniel will be attending the Giant Loop Annual Ride this June in Oregon — see you there!

Oregon Motorcycle Racing With Zigzags and Bushwackers 

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, 4x4, Adventure Touring, Blog, Dirt bike, Events, Giant Loop Gear, News, Photos, Racer, Saddlebags, Straps, Tank Bags, trail bike

Oregon racer Andrew Hutchins won his class in the 2019 Oregon Motorcycle Racing Association off-road series using a Zigzag Handlebar Bag, Lift Straps, and Bushwackers Hand Guards 

Oregon Motorcycle Racing With Zigzags and Bushwackers 

“Thanks for all your support in 2019! I was able to win the championship in my class with the help from you guys. Looking forward to working with you guys this year.” — Andrew Hutchins 

Congratulations Andrew, we’re looking forward to working with you too! Have you signed up for the 9th Annual Giant Loop Ride yet?

9th Annual Giant Loop Ride coming in June to Eastern Oregon

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Adventure Touring, Blog, Camping, Deals, Dirt bike, Events, Giant Loop Gear, News, Photos, Riders, trail bike, travel

Registration is now open for The 9th ANNUAL GAINT LOOP RIDE! JUNE 5-7, 2020…

9th Annual Giant Loop Ride, June 5-7Join us for the 2020 Giant Loop Ride, an adventure motorcycle rally weekend in the high desert of Eastern Oregon, based out of beautiful Crystal Crane Hot Springs.

SPACE IS LIMITED. YOUR REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT SECURES YOUR SPOT!

Also, check into RIDE ADVENTURES “BEST WEEK IN OREGON” PACKAGE: Fly into Central Oregon, jump on a sweet rental bike, enjoy a guided, truck supported adventure tour of Oregon that includes joining us at the 2020 GL Ride!

For details about Bend-based RIDE Adventures “Best Week In Oregon” package click here

We’re really looking forward to this, it’s gonna be exciting — see you there!

Giant Loop Supports Powersports Dealers

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Blog, Dealers, Events, Giant Loop Gear

Written to include in our Dealer Newsletter…

Giant Loop Supports Powersports Dealers

Why Giant Loop Supports Powersports Dealers

Since launching Giant Loop in 2008, it has been a goal to work with the best dealers in powersports. We believe dealers play a vitally important role in our industry: Dealers are not just stores selling bikes, gear, parts and service at a markup. YOU ARE DREAM FACTORIES!

A lot has changed in the past dozen years, but our belief in and support of powersports dealers has not wavered. We do not view dealers as useless middlemen who simply mark up Giant Loop products. By strategically growing, developing and expanding our manufacturing capabilities, Giant Loop has been able to set industry benchmarks for PREMIUM FEATURES, TOP-SHELF MATERIALS AND HIGHLY COMPETITIVE PRICES while offering dealers excellent margins. This is a win-win-win for consumers, dealers and Giant Loop.

We are here to help you sell more and to be more profitable. Customers choose to shop with you for your product knowledge and expertise, because you have earned a position as a trusted resource and inspire them to see the possibilities — the world of adventure offered by powersports-based outdoor recreation.

And that adds value not only to our businesses, but to the entire powersports industry.

Thank you all!