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.
2018 recap of Giant Loop’s export business. New importers in Netherlands, Argentina, South Korea, Brazil, China (yes, we are shipping American-made products to China!), Norway, Belgium and Mongolia. Plus, the countries where we already had established importers: Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, India, Indonesia, Sweden, Laos, Poland, Italy, New Zealand, Colombia, Kenya, Japan, Denmark, Spain, Malaysia and Finland.
These companies seek us out. Not too shabby for a tiny company from Bend, Oregon USA! Our friend Austin Vince once told us that “if you’re famous outside your own country, then you’re doing something right.”
Here’s to the next Decade of Adventure at Giant Loop!
Giant Loop Self Distributes in Canada
Adventure Proof Packing Systems and Gear Innovator Seeks Canadian Dealers
(BEND, OREGON USA) After nearly a decade of steady, incremental sales growth in Canada, Giant Loop has announced that the company will self-distribute in the Canadian powersports market. Giant Loop will service Canadian motorcycle, snowmobile, snow bike, side-by-side and ATV dealers directly from its warehouse and headquarters in Bend, Oregon USA. Currently, more than 20 Canadian dealers in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario import Giant Loop products for their retail customers. In 2019, Giant Loop plans to target the Canadian powersports market by exhibiting at select motorcycle shows and events as part of a comprehensive marketing strategy intended to aggressively expand business in this key North American market.
“Since launching in 2008, we have viewed Giant Loop as an international business, and Canada has consistently been among our top export markets,” says Harold Olaf Cecil, Giant Loop’s owner and founder. “By working directly with Canadian dealers we can reduce the landed cost of our products there, helping to compensate for the currency exchange rate difference between our dollars, as well as for the taxes and international shipping expenses.”
Giant Loop invites Canadian dealers to contact them for a dealer application, special Canadian dealer pricing and other details to get set up as an authorized Giant Loop dealer. Contact Giant Loop sales at +1 458-206-9113.
Giant Loop’s adventure proof motorcycle, snowmobile, snow bike, ATV, UTV, side-by-side, 4×4 and outdoor packing and gear systems are available from select powersports dealers in the USA and Canada, and via Tucker Rocky Distributing and Western Power Sports in the USA, as well as from international distributors around the world. Giant Loop is a rider-owned company that designs and tests products in Bend, Oregon. For all the details, go to www.giantloopmoto.com.
Giant Loop® and the GL® logo are registered trademarks of Giant Loop LLC.
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.”
JUNE SPECIAL 20% OFF MOTOTREKK PANNIERS!
Just $271.20 a pair, these waterproof, rack mounted Panniers pack 21 liters of gear in each side, and they require no additional mounting hardware. MotoTrekk Panniers fit virtually every side luggage rack system with a “hoop” style design, including Touratech, BMW OE, KTM Powerparts, Givi, Hepko-Becker, SW-Mototech, Vanasche, Dirtracks and more! The ingenius anchor strap design does double duty, compressing the Panniers against the frame for stability regardless of whether they’re full or empy AND tightening the anchor straps that secure the Panniers to the rack. To dismount, simply disconnect the the side release buckles and pull slack through to remove anchor hooks. https://www.giantloopmoto.com/product/mototrekk-panniers/
KTM 1090 Adventure R with Touratech racks:
Honda Africa Twin with Give racks:
BMW F800GSA with OE BMW racks:
Kawasaki KLR 650
Honda CRF250L with Happy Trails rack:
Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure with Rally Raid racks:
Droppin’ into the weather? Combine Bushwackers Hand Guards with rigid hand guards/deflectors and heated grips for the ultimate protection against the elements. Ride safer and longer with warm, dry and clean hands and controls. Essential gear for motorcycles, snow bikes and snowmobiles. REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Motorcycle must be equipped with rigid hand guards or deflectors to support Bushwackers while riding.
Bushwackers Hand Guards – features, benefits, specs:
Cold/wet weather comfort
Brush, mud and trail protection
Strap on/off in seconds
Multiple mounting configurations to fit most motorcycle makes/models equipped with rigid hand guards and/or deflectors
Tough stretch polyurethane strap (can be used separately)
Custom wind foil shapes
No stitching or pieces to fail
When not using Bushwackers Hand Guards, straps have a thousand other uses: Lash water bottles, fuel, gear to tail rack. Hold flashlight in place while working in dark. And many others!
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Not everyone rides with Giant Loop. But for a decade, riders, travelers and explorers have relied on Giant Loop for tested, proven solutions for the most extreme adventures on Planet Earth. Limited lifetime warranty. Designed in Bend, Oregon. Made in USA. Ridden worldwide. Tougher than you. Go light. Go fast. Go far.
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Giant Loop’s Fandango Pro Tank Bag (8 liters) and Diablo Pro Tank Bag (4 liters) use the same three-point harness to securely anchor to virtually every motorcycle’s gas tank (or intake shrouds on bikes with fuel under the seat) – including the popular Scrambler models by Ducati, Triumph, BMW, etc.. Use Giant Loop’s Vinyl Protective film beneath the Tank Bag harness and straps to prevent scuffing and dulling the gloss coat on painting surfaces. Every Giant Loop Tank Bag includes a waterproof inner liner Dry Pod making the highly water resistant outer shell 100% waterproof inside for extreme riding conditions. Electronics pass-through, mesh exterior and under-lid pockets, divider, interior lined with hook-and-loop accepting fabric for camera bag dividers. Not everyone rides with a Giant Loop Tank Bag. But for a decade travelers, explorers and adventurers around the globe have relied on Giant Loop gear on the most extreme journeys. MADE IN USA. LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY. Go light. Go fast. Go far.
Giant Loop’s rackless motorcycle saddlebag, the Great Basin Saddlebag, mounts to virtually every motorcycle designed to carry a passenger. Combined with Giant Loop’s Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Zigzag Handlebar Bag and Bushwackers Hand Guards, this Ducati Scrambler is ready for multi-day adventure. And at the end of the trip, simply unstrap Giant Loop soft luggage and gear, leaving nothing on the naked motorcycle! Go light. Go fast. Go far.
Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag fits virtually every motorcycle designed to carry a passenger, mounting to the passenger seat secured by side anchors straps connected to the passenger peg mounts. The Great Basin Saddlebag includes a set of 3 waterproof Saddlebag Dry Pods with air purge valves and a Hot Spring Heat Shield to defend the Saddlebag against exhaust heat.
Plus, Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag weighs a fraction of other company’s versions of our horseshoe-shaped saddlebag (such as the Mosko Moto Reckless 80L System) – also costs nearly $100 less, is trimmer, less complicated, fewer straps, cleaner, more minimalist, rugged and durable design, proven world wide since 2008. Made in USA. Backed by a limited lifetime warranty against defects for the original purchaser.
Quinn Cody’s KTM USA Project KTM 1290 Super Adventure R with Round The World Panniers + GL Pannier Mounts
Quinn Cody’s KTM USA Project KTM 1290 Super Adventure R: Quinn Cody from KTM’s R&D Department shows Upshift his 1290 Project bike.
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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.
When Baja racing legend and KTM North America R&D chief Quinn Cody needs gear, he calls Giant Loop! Why? Because he knows GL holds up to hard off-road riding! Here’s a great shot by Simon Cudby of Upshift Online: Quinn Cody on his KTM 1090 Adventure R equipped with Round The World Panniers + GL Pannier Mounts on the KTM Powerparts luggage rack!
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Giant Loop Lift Strap Makes Handy Grab Handle for Snow Bikes, Dirt Bikes
The Giant Loop Lift Strap securely attaches to the fork tubes and tail of snow bikes (Timbersled, CMX, Yeti Snow MX, MotoTrax, Camso) dirt bikes, adventure and dual-sport motorcycles – as well as snowmobiles, hard luggage cases, etc. – providing a sturdy grab handle to help tug, pull or lift the motorcycle through those tough spots on the trail when you need a little boost over an obstacle or out of mud hole. Constructed of durable nylon webbing and a comfortable molded rubber handle, the Giant Loop Lift Strap also makes an excellent carry handle for motorcycle panniers and hard luggage. The Giant Loop Lift Strap and Giant Loop Tow Strap are must-haves for your adventure touring motorcycle safety kit: Simple tools that can make big problems much easier to manage.
Giant Loop’s MoJavi Saddlebag and Klamath Tail Rack Pack combo offers the perfect, out-of-the-way storage solution for your Timbersled, MotoTrax, CMX, Camso, Yeti Snow MX or other snow bike conversion – as well as trail, dirt, enduro and dual sport motorcycles.
Combine the lightweight, militrary-spec Anchor Strap Kit with Giant Loop’s expedition ready waterproof/mudproof/snowproof/dustproof Dry Bags for the ultimate packing solution for snowmobiles, snow bikes (Timbersled, Yeti Snow MX, CMX, MotoTrax, Camso), ATVs, UTVs and overland 4×4 vehicles. Perfectly pairs with Giant Loop’s 1-, 2-, 3- and 5-gallon Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladders too!
This set of 2 heavy-duty yet lightweight Anchor Straps is constructed with 1″ nylon webbing, military-spec side-release buckles and fasteners, securing to tunnels, decks, storage boxes, etc. with 4 stainless steel GL mounts with included stainless steel hardware (washers, nylock nuts, carriage bolts and button head bolts).
From customer Jason: “Used the Coyote Saddlebag on my KTM 500 EXC for Baja, and just like my prior version (the original bolt-on Giant Loop Saddlebag) it was really awesome, but probably more awesomer. 🙂 Kept it light and I only needed the Coyote for a 2 week trip. Inside I had tools, spares, clothes. We didn’t camp. Kept it fast and light. I used the beaver tail straps to fasten an auxiliary fuel supply – funny how station attendants don’t care if you’re pumping fuel into an unapproved 5l container. I’m not sure I’d get away with it here…” Or, check out the Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladders!
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.
Gear up for adventure with Bushwackers Hand Guards for snow bikes (Timbersled), snowmobiles, ATVs and motorcycles!
Droppin’ into the weather? Combine Bushwackers Hand Guards with rigid hand guards/deflectors and heated grips for the ultimate protection against the elements. Ride safer and longer with warm, dry and clean hands and controls. Essential gear for motorcycles, snow bikes and snowmobiles.
*Cold/wet weather comfort
*Brush, mud and trail protection
*Strap on/off in seconds
*Multiple mounting configurations to fit most motorcycle
makes/models equipped with rigid hand guards and/or deflectors
*Tough stretch polyurethane strap (can be used separately)
*Custom wind foil shapes
*No stitching or pieces to fail
When not using Bushwackers Hand Guards, straps have a thousand other uses: Lash water bottles, fuel, gear to tail rack. Hold flashlight in place while working in dark. And many others!
Made in USA. #golightgofastgofar #designedinbendoregon
Here’s a quick look at the most complete fender-to-fender gear system designed for snow bikes – like Timbersled, Yeti Snow MX, Camso and MotoTraxx. Giant Loop’s waterproof Torngat Tunnel Bag for snowmobiles and snow bikes includes a integrated anchor straps, stainless steel mounts and hardware – a complete gear packing solution for winter adventure. Lightweight, super rugged and stable for hard on- and off-piste riding, Joshua Cole, guide and owner at North Cascades Mountain Guides wrote in Off-Piste magazine that “. . . the Giant Loop system is the slickest, cleanest and simplest plug and play system I’ve found for carrying gear on my snowmobile.”
UPDATED FOR 2017! The NEW roll top Giant Loop Fender Bag / Number Plate Bag for snow bikes – Timbersled, MotoTraxx, Yeti Snow MX, Camso – is now RF-welded, 100% waterproof, snow-proof and a roomy 3.5-liters in volume — enough capacity for tools, emergency supplies, snacks, spare gloves or anything else riders need to secure to the plastic fender of virtually any dirt bike plastic fender. Go light. Go fast. Go far.
Customer Question: Great Basin Saddlebag vs Coyote Saddlebag, Tips for GL Mounts
Customer email question:
Hi. I need some advice on mounting a giant loop great basin on a 2011 ktm 450.
Im having huge problems securing it to the back fender.
I also need the bag repaired. Because i couldn’t mount it properly, one of the straps completely tore off the back. Have you got any recommended repairers in Victoria Australia.
I bought your stainless mounts and attached them to the frame where my legs are. Problem is the boots are wearing the straps away at the mount. One of the straps also worked its way thru the groove and the bag completely came off the bike. I was thinking of welding the mount closed and just feeding the strap thru. Also was going to hammer the mount straight so it doesnt expose the strap to any wear.
Also have a 2008 250 with a coyote which seems ok. If you have any advice on this setup, it would be appreciated also.
Giant Loop’s email reply:
First, thank you very much for choosing Giant Loop for your adventures! I have CC’d our Australian distributor, Adventure Moto, so they can follow up with you regarding local repair options, etc. Adventure Moto has been our exclusive distributor in Australia since 2009, and we appreciate you supporting them with your business.
The short answer: Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag is designed to fit “virtually any motorcycle designed to carry a passenger.”
Your dirt bike is not designed to carry a passenger – it is not equipped with passenger pegs. See Packing Systems diagram.
The Great Basin Saddlebag sits on the passenger seat and anchors to the passenger peg mounts in a vertical position.
The Coyote Saddlebag is specifically designed for dirt, dual sport, endure and other bike types that are not built to carry a passenger. It mounts behind the seat and anchors to the frame/subframe/GL Mounts in a diagonal position. So, yes the Coyote Saddlebag fits both of your dirt bikes perfectly.
Regarding the GL Mounts – please see the attached photo of the Mount installed on the exhaust side of our KTM 500 EXC.
Note that we have replaced the stock bolt with a button head bolt to help prevent wear from the square-edged bolt. Also please note how we wrap the extra webbing around the mount to protect our pants/boots from abrasion. These are simple steps that will instantly eliminate abrasion issues. With respect to your strap coming loose: The Mounts are designed for the webbing anchor strap to pull in a straight line, not at an angle. In our laboratory tests of the linear pull strength of our Mounts, the metal will actually bend before the strap pulls through when the force is in a straight line. The root problem may be that the Great Basin Saddlebag doesn’t mount in the correct position on your bikes, so the webbing anchor strap is pulled at angle. If you never want the strap to come out of the Mount even when it’s pulled at angle, then use metal tri-glide buckles to lock the strap into the Mount.
We and our customer have ridden many thousands of miles with our Saddlebags mounted without the GL Mounts. They are intended to be a convenience – they are not necessary components. If they are causing you problems instead of solving problems, you might consider simply anchoring the straps to the frame/subframe as we have done for year before we started making the GL Mounts.
I hope I’ve answered your questions and addressed your concerns. Please share this information with your riding friends and help us help riders avoid problems that are easily solved. And please follow up with Adventure Moto – and give them your business.
Go light, go fast, go far,
GL Pannier Mounts for Motorcycle Soft Luggage – now available for pre-order, shipping September 25!
Introducing GL Pannier Mounts for motorcycle soft luggage! Designed in Bend, Oregon by Giant Loop, these ultra light, ultra tough quick release, quick mount, lockable powder coated aluminum plates secure Giant Loop’s Round The World Panniers, MotoTrekk Panniers, RotoPax gas cans and other gear to most side luggage racks with flat, vertical hoops constructed with 18mm round tubing. Examples: Touratech and the BMW R1200GS Adventure’s OEM luggage rack (Giant Loop adapter required for exhaust side of BMW GSA). Other adapters and mounting options available soon.
WEIGHS JUST 3.6 lbs. Sold as a set of two, with two keys included. Order now!
At Giant Loop Moto we are constantly getting asked all kinds of great questions on luggage set ups and how to pick the right gear.
Everyone eventually develops their own personal packing system and camping style, but until then it’s hard to know where to start.
You have to ask yourself, what is my ultimate goal? Am I going to be a day tripper? A weekend warrior? A long distance traveller? Live on the bike? Will I always be camping or find hotels along the way? Some of you will do both day missions and longer trips and you’ll need different set ups for each application —no one needs a Great Basin Saddlebag for a day trip (unless it’s to the grocery store), nor do you want to be deciding whether or not you can cram in that pair of flip flops for the week long mission exploring the Oregon coast (trust us, don’t be a hero, take the flip flops) Even further, you may have more than one motorcycle (you’re one of those aren’t you?) which each require completely different systems.
We have developed some handy tools to give you an overview of all Giant Loop has to offer.
One is a Giant Loop Product Chart with sizes, capacities and weights and the second a packing systems diagram to illustrate how our products fit on dual-sport, enduro and adventure touring set ups – both courtesy of the uber-talented Moser Graphics.
Go light. Go fast. Go Far!
At 39L, the saddlebag fits perfectly behind the rider with room to spare for a dry bag or duffle to supplement bigger trips. Even with the passenger footpegs removed, the lower anchor points on the bag fasten nicely to the frame to keep the bag out of the way with zero movement. The shape of the Coyote lends itself well to this bike, as it angles forward instead of down thus avoiding the wide pipe.
Conveniently the Coyote fender hooks fit perfectly and positively in the Twin’s existing hard luggage mounting points.
The Giant Loop Fandango is also a great fit on this bike, sculpting well over the tank. East to access the fuel fill and see the dash instruments.
Nate is about to head out on the Washington BDR. We thing this is a great set up for his trip!
Waterproof: Sorting Fact from Fiction + Giant Loop’s Proven Design Approach
Giant Loop recently received this question on a popular adventure motorcycle forum:
“I would like a clarification regarding the Coyote Saddlebag. The old style with the zipper closure was not 100% waterproof because of the zipper (at least this is my understand from what i have read). The new roll top style, is it 100% waterproof? In case I skip the dry pods in the one with the roll top closure will the containing things remain dry? I understand the dry pods are used for sorting and storing purposes, but i am really seeking a waterproof solution.”
Let me clarify – and please feel free to share this info! First, to answer your specific questions:
The Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag are sewn products, constructed with military-spec thread and waterproof material reinforced with ballistic nylon. Their outer shells are HIGHLY water resistant, and to make them truly 100% waterproof they include a set of 3 RF-welded Saddlebag Dry Pods with air purge valves. The Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top and Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top outer shells are even more highly water resistant, because they are constructed with fewer seams. The Dry Pods are lightweight and don’t take up much space, so we would recommend storing them inside the Saddlebag even if you’re riding in dry conditions and don’t need them – then you’ll have them for deep water crossings, storms, etc. They can also be filled with ice and used as beverage coolers at camp, they’re handy shopping bags to carry food to camp, etc.
Now, there are multiple design approaches to achieve waterproofing in textile products, so please allow me to geek out a bit here. I want to answer not only your question but also share some information motorcycle riders should understand about Giant Loop — and other gear and apparel.
Before I started Giant Loop in 2008, I used to be a gear reviewer for a national adventure travel magazine, so I despise inaccurate and exaggerated marketing claims. And I do crazy things like taking all of Giant Loop’s products to the city swimming pool to test them myself in a controlled environment. GL’s product designer is a through-hiker and international motorcycle traveler who has lived for months at a time in the outdoors, so he knows his game.
Sewn products made by any manufacturer are not 100% waterproof because needle holes can allow moisture to penetrate the seams. Riders who get water inside their luggage usually neglect to take bags off their bikes when they leave them parked in a heavy rain, allowing water to pool and slowly seep through a seam. In normal riding conditions water doesn’t usually collect and pool.
And there’s really no such thing as a 100% waterproof zipper except for the kind used on scuba dry suits – they are too costly and fragile to be a practical solution for motorcycling. On our zippered bags, the zipper itself is virtually never the point of entry for water unless the zippers aren’t closed or the storm flap isn’t rolled down over the zipper.
Our design philosophy is to build super rugged, tough, highly water resistant outer shells and protect the more fragile RF-welded (no needle holes, fabrics bonded together using heat) and seam-sealed (needle holes covered with waterproof tape) waterproofing components inside this shell.
So while a crash or cactus spine may poke a hole in the outer shell, all of the gear inside the Dry Pods included with our packing systems remains organized and well protected inside.
Because the outer shells on Giant Loop’s adventure proof gear are so highly water resistant, keeping contents dry inside can even be as simple as using a zip-lock or trash bag. Instead, Giant Loop’s Kiger Tank Bag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Diablo Pro Tank Bag, Coyote Saddlebag, Great Basin Saddlebag, Siskiyou Panniers and Round The World Panniers all include RF-welded or seam sealed waterproof inner liner Dry Pods.
And we offer many 100% waterproof RF-welded products as part of Giant Loop’s modular, customizable, adventure proof packing system: Columbia Dry Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bag, Torngat Tunnel Bag, Revelstoke Tunnel Bag, Possibles Pouch, GL Fender Bag — and the new MotoTrekk Panniers.
There’s also a lack of objective standards and transparency around claims of “waterproof.” Waterproof spans a range in practical reality, which is why there’s actually an international set of standards and ratings for waterproofing: the IP Code.
Submersible standards (IPX7 and higher) are critical for boating, diving, snorkeling, etc. Our RF-welded (no needle holes from sewing) are submersible waterproof – I use them for rafting and paddleboarding. These Giant Loop products do not require inner liner Dry Pods to provide 100% waterproof protection.
But since motorcycles themselves are not submersible vehicles, sewn products achieve a level of waterproofing equivalent to spraying the products with high pressure water jets from all directions (IPX6). Water may penetrate the outer shell in extreme conditions, but the inner liner Dry Pods keep contents dry inside.
When Giant Loop labels a product as waterproof, that means a product is 100% waterproof (IPX6 or better) under normal riding conditions when instructions are followed and included components are used as our designed waterproofing system.
When shopping for waterproof motorcycle soft luggage, waterproof apparel, etc., pay attention to construction details, so you can understand what a manufacturer is labeling waterproof, what degree of waterproofing is adequate for your application and how the waterproofing is achieved.
Thanks for riding with Giant Loop – and please keep the questions, comments, reviews, pics and videos coming our way!
NEW 2017 GREAT BASIN SADDLEBAG ROLL TOP IS HERE!
SAME PRICE: USA MSRP $450 WITH ALL INCLUDED COMPONENTS (set of 3 waterproof inner liner Saddlebag Dry Pods with air purge valves, Hot Springs Heat Shield kit)!
HIGHLIGHTS: More packable volume (68 liters with three full rolls to seal top), convenient roll-top closure, custom Giant Loop branded grab handles/compression straps, updated graphics, lock cable pass-through, lash loops for adding waterproof Possibles Pouches to back, side or front of Saddlebag legs — no additional racks, mounts or braces required!
UNIVERSAL FIT: Carry your gear where the passenger would sit on your motorcycle – the remarkably versatile Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top fits virtually any motorcycle designed to carry a passenger. Anchors to passenger footrest brackets and mounts on pillion seat of sport and sport touring bikes, standards, scramblers, nakeds and adventure touring and dual sport motorcycles.
2017 NIFTY 50 BEST NEW PRODUCTS – POWERSPORTS BUSINESS!
NEW 2017! Introducing the Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top, a fresh update of the original biomorphic, horseshoe-shaped Saddlebag design that Giant Loop pioneered in 2009. The Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top features a convenient rolling closure that seals out water and dust while maintaining all the unique “go light, go fast, go far” features of our zipper closure Great Basin Saddlebag.
Other enhancements include a greater range of compression and expandability (68 liters with one roll to seal out dust), sewn-on molded rubber badges, Giant Loop branded grab handles that double as side compression straps, a set of 3 RF-welded waterproof inner liner Saddlebag Dry Pods with air purge valves, and drains in the bottoms of the Saddlebag’s “legs” that allow water to escape if it manages to penetrate the highly water resistant out shell (yea, we understand – we’ve dunked our bikes in streams crossings, too!). Made in USA. Backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty against defects.
“The best hard-core saddlebag and tank-bag solution we’ve found is from Giant Loop…. There are cheaper solutions to carrying stuff, but these American-made pieces have been over mountains and across deserts with no issues.” — Cycle World Magazine
The Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top delivers everything needed to mount up hit the road:
- 68+ liters of packable volume (68 liters with three full waterproof rolls, more with one roll to seal out dust)
- Set of 3 RF welded waterproof inner liner Saddlebag Dry Pods with air release valves included
- Side compression straps with custom Giant Loop molded rubber grab handles
- Super tough, highly water resistant vinyl tarp outer shell reinforced with ballistic nylon
- Beavertail and cinch ring with side-release buckled compression straps that integrate with double-end Rogue Dry Bag and Tillamook Dry Bag (available separately), as well as the single-ended feature rich Torngat Tunnel Bag
- Lash loops to attach Possible Pouch external pockets to back, side or front of Saddlebag “legs”
- Separate mounting and compression straps for easy gear access
- Reinforced Roll Top closure
- Cable lock pass-though to secure bag to bike while parked. Optional: QuickLoop Cables + OnGuard Padlock available here.
- Reflective accents for visibility
- 1 Hot Springs Heat Shield (laser-cut aluminum + stainless steel clamp) included
- Military-spec materials and construction
- Limited Lifetime Warranty against defects
- Made in U.S.A.
Compare to the original Great Basin Saddlebag.
Expand the Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top with Giant Loop’s adventure proof packing system:
- Choose a Combination option for enhanced storage and accessibility by adding a color-matched Fandango Pro Tank Bag, a feature rich Torngat Tunnel Bag, double-ended Tillamook Dry Bag and new waterproof roll-top Possibles Pouches.
- Add a pair of stainless steel Giant Loop Mounts to help keep anchor straps away from hot exhaust.
- Create quick anchors on the tail of the motorcycle with our Footmans Loop Anchor Kit.
- Complete your kit with a slim Giant Loop Tank Bag that provides quick gear storage but stays out of the way when riding hard standing on the pegs.
• Weight: 6 lbs with all included components
• Dimensions (fully packed):
56″ – bottom of pannier, across top to bottom of other pannier bucket
Basically the same as before, with a little more “doming” on top due to increased “front to back” distance.
10″ – height of bag in top center
Again, the difference here is mostly a result of the “front to back” measurement below allowing the top to arc more when stuffed full.
6″ – distance from inside to outside of pannier bucket bottom
This dimension didn’t change – I think this is simply a more accurate measurement taken at very bottom of the “leg.”
14″ – front to back in top center
This is where/why we picked up an additional 10 liters of volume (60 vs. 50), by adding nearly 2″ in this plane. No change in the way the bag mounts or rides, just a bit roomier for sleeping bags and other lightweight, bulky gear in the top.
• Outer shell: 22 oz. vinyl coated polyester reinforced with ballistic nylon
• Military-spec fasteners
• Custom-woven ballistic webbing on lower anchor straps
• Nylike webbing compression straps
GREAT BASIN SADDLEBAG FITS VIRTUALLY ANY MOTORCYCLE DESIGNED TO CARRRY A PASSENGER, INCLUDING THESE MOTORCYCLE MAKES & MODELS
• BMW: GS models, etc.
• Ducati: Multistrada, Monster, etc.
• KTM: Adventure models, 690 (w/passenger pegs), etc.
• Honda: Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure, Africa Twin, CRF250L, XR650L (w/passenger pegs), TransAlp, etc.
• Suzuki: V-Strom, DR650, etc.
• Triumph: Tiger, Explorer, etc.
• Yamaha: Super Tenere, WR250, etc. (w/passenger pegs)
• Kawasaki: KLR 650, Versys, Ninja, etc.
• AND JUST ABOUT ANY OTHER BIKE DESIGNED TO CARRY A PASSENGER.
Giant Loop Rider: Photographer Donni Reddington on Husqvarna FE 501 with Klamath Tail Rack Pack, Fandango Pro Tank Bag and GL Fender Bag
From GL Rider and photographer Donni Reddington:
Here’s a few bags at work. My fiancé is working out of town so I borrowed his rear fender bag and loved it!! Tool kit is awesome, stayed on like a champ on rough terrain and my Husky tool kit fit right in it. Of course my tank bag is awesome, the color goes well with my new graphics, ha ha and my camera fits in there perfect. First ride of the season, felt good to get back on the bike! Stoked for spring! Cheers! Donni
How to Use Giant Loop’s Stainless Steel Mounts and Metal Tri-Glide Buckles
Here’s a simple trick to make it virtually impossible for webbing anchor straps to slip out of stainless steel Giant Loop Mounts, even if you forget to tighten straps (we know, “it” happens). By threading a metal tri-glide buckle onto the webbing anchor straps on Giant Loop’s Revelstoke Tunnel Bag, Torngat Tunnel Bag or Giant Loop’s adventure proof motorcycle gear, such as Saddlebags and Panniers, you can create a dead solid, secure anchor point that also functions as a “quick release.” Thank you for choosing Giant Loop for all of your adventures! #golightgofastgofar
How to Pack a Small Motorcycle for BIG Adventure: Globe Crosser Steph Jeavons + Rhonda the Honda CRF250
“Oh my goodness! All packed up. Its been so long I nearly forgot how to do it! Time to move on again!” – Steph Jeavons, One Steph Beyond
Nearly a year ago, Giant Loop hosted world traveler Steph Jeavons here in Bend, Oregon for an evening slideshow of her travels on Rhonda the Honda CRF250L. While she was here we had the opportunity to upgrade her luggage and gear for another round of travel. Packing all of the essentials for months of living off a motorcycle presents challenges – especially with a relatively small bike like the Honda CRF250L. Small bikes are a specialty here at Giant Loop, and by using our modular, customizable adventure proof packing system, we were able to help Steph organize her gear into multiple small compartments, providing quick, easy access – and helping balance the load on both the front and rear of the bike.
Here’s how Steph Jeavons packs her Honda CRF250L the “go light, go fast, go far” Giant Loop way:
TAIL OF HONDA CRF250L
* Great Basin Saddlebag: Fits virtually any motorcycle built to carry a passenger, anchoring to the passenger pegs and riding on the passenger seat.
* 2 x Possibles Pouches: Tool, tubes and other gear kept handy with external pockets designed to integrate with Giant Loop’s Great Basin, Coyote and MoJavi Saddlebags – and used independently as universal tool and gear pouches.
* Columbia Dry Bag: A large bag for a small bike, but Giant Loop’s double-ended Dry Bags come in three sizes for all bike types and packing options.
FRONT OF HONDA CRF250L
* Fandango Pro Tank Bag: Roomy enough for cameras and essential gear, trim enough for off-road riding while standing on the foot pegs.
* Pannier Pockets: Integrate with Giant Loop’s Tank Bag Harness – and can be used independently – to extend gear carry capacity to the front of the bike.
* Fender Bag: A spare tube or other relatively small, lightweight essential strap onto the plastic fenders of most dirt bikes – and Giant Loop’s Fender Bag stays on, even in the roughest riding.