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How to Pack a Small Motorcycle for BIG Adventure: Globe Crosser Steph Jeavons + Rhonda the Honda CRF250

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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.

Giant Loop Rider Steph-Jeavons's Honda CRF250L packed for 'round the world adventure with Giant Loop's adventure proof packing systems and gear.

Giant Loop Rider Steph-Jeavons’s Honda CRF250L packed for ’round the world adventure with Giant Loop’s adventure proof packing systems and gear.

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Possibles Pouch – NEW 2017 DESIGN! SHIPS MARCH 1, 2017 — AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW!

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Possibles Pouch – NEW 2017 DESIGN! SHIPS MARCH 1, 2017 — AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW!

UPDATED FOR 2017! The NEW roll top Possibles Pouch™ is now RF-welded, 100% waterproof, dustproof, mudproof, snowproof and a roomy 3-liters in volume — enough capacity for a full set of tire irons, a spare tube, 2-liter fuel canister or anything else riders need to secure any vehicle for adventure – motorcycle, snowmobile, snow bike (Timbersled, MotoTrax, etc.), ATV, UTV, 4×4, boat or SUP.

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Giant Loop’s super rugged, universal gear pocket, the Possibles Pouch™ adds easy access storage capacity to Giant Loop’s Saddlebags and Panniers, as well as anchoring to engine guards, crash bars, tail racks — and any other secure attachment point on virtually any motorcycle make or model. Includes 2 heavy-duty webbing and thumb-lock buckle straps, and webbing daisy chain loops to provide many options for securely attaching the Possibles Pouch.

Available as Possibles Pouch only or in combination with our stretch polyurethane Pronghorn Straps, which increase the attachment options for a variety of bikes.

Also available is our FENDER BAG, a Possibles Pouch + Rubber Boa Straps for easy fender attachment for dirt bike plastic fenders.

Named for the leather pouches carried by frontier explorers to keep critical gear, or “possibles,” in one handy location. The Possibles Pouch is perfect for the many relatively small, lightweight motorcycling essentials: 21″ front inner tube, snacks, beverages, gloves and tools.

Add the Traveler Shoulder Strap to make a handy shoulder bag for off-bike adventures.

The Giant Loop Possibles Pouch also can used in conjunction with Giant Loop’s MoJavi Saddlebag, mounting in top center position.

SPECS & FEATURES

  • Volume: 3 liters
  • Dimensions: 10.5″ x 5.5″ x 3″
  • Includes 2 heavy duty webbing and thumb-lock buckle straps
  • Multiple daisy chain webbing lash points
  • 500D PVC tarpaulin body
  • Roll-top closure with side release buckles
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

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Giant Loop’s Business Challenge motorcycle designs by Mayra Aguilar Stearns at Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show

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Giant Loop sponsored these his and hers motorcycle inspired fashions in the Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show last night in Bend. Our friend Mayra Aguilar Stearns designed these playful outfits from fabric remnants, damaged Saddlebags and Panniers and other reclaimed and salvaged materials. Standing to the right, the model is wearing a design created from used motorcycle inner tubes, sponsored by The Motoshop. The show is a fundraiser for the REALMS (Rimrock Expeditionary Alternative Learning Middle School).

Giant Loop's Business Challenge motorcycle designs by Mayra Aguilar Stearns for Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show

Giant Loop’s Business Challenge motorcycle designs by Mayra Aguilar Stearns for Rubbish Renewed Eco Fashion Show

NEW 2017 Pronghorn Straps XL: 1″ wide straps in 22″ (sand) and 32″ (blue) lengths (sold as set of 2)!

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NEW 2017 Pronghorn Straps XL: 1″ wide straps in 22″ (sand) and 32″ (blue) lengths (sold as set of 2)!

For bigger, heavier loads go EXTRA LARGE with new Pronghorn Straps XL!

Every motorcyclist, sledhead, snow biker, 4x4er and ATV/UTV/SXSer needs a handful of these multi-purpose, stretch polyurethane Pronghorn Straps with virtually unbreakable fasteners. You’ll find a million uses for these quick, solid, tough straps. We’ve been using them for years to secure everything from luggage to water and fuel bottles to our Bushwackers Hand Guards. Use a set of 20″ Pronghorn Straps to turn the Giant Loop Possibles Pouch into a super tough engine guard bag, or lash Possibles Pouches to the legs of our original biomorphic horseshoe shaped Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag to make quick access external pockets for tools and tire repair kit. We’ve had customers use the Pronghorn Straps to secure camera tripods, splint an injury and tow a snowmobile. Send us pics of how you use your Pronghorn Straps!

Sold in packages of 2, available in five color-coded sizes with Giant Loop’s iconic cow skull graphic and our design mantra: “Go Light. Go Fast. Go Far.”

Named for the Pronghorn (often called an antelope, which is an African animal and not related to the American Pronghorn) indigenous to the American West, fast, tough and able to withstand the harsh environments of the Great Basin.

PHS-XL-22 Pronghorn Straps XL 22

PHS-XL-22 Pronghorn Straps XL 22

PHS-XL-22 one inch wide by 22 inches long

PHS-XL-22 one inch wide by 22 inches long

PHS-XL-32 Pronghorn Straps XL 32

PHS-XL-32 Pronghorn Straps XL 32

PHS-XL-22 Pronghorn Straps XL 22"

PHS-XL-22 Pronghorn Straps XL 22″

PHS-XL-32 Pronghorn Straps XL 32"

PHS-XL-32 Pronghorn Straps XL 32″

PHS-XL-32 one inch wide by 32 inches long

PHS-XL-32 one inch wide by 32 inches long

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phs xl pronghorn straps 1″ wide

PHS-XL-32-22 Pronghorn Straps XL size comparison

PHS-XL-32-22 Pronghorn Straps XL size comparison

Video: What can you fit into Giant Loop’s Zigzag Handlebar Bag?

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Video: What can you fit into Giant Loop’s Zigzag Handlebar Bag?

Great video by Adventure-Spec, Giant Loop’s importer in the United Kingdom. We’ve been working with Adventure-spec since 2009, and thanks to them Giant Loop gear has been on many world-class adventures with riders pushing the limits of motorcycle travel. What do you fit in your Zigzag Handlebar Bag?

The Zigzag Handlebar Bag is one of our most versatile designs, it straps to any solid mount point – snowmobile bumper, snow bike rail, backpack strap, subframe tubes, luggage and tail racks. Works great on mountain bikes too!

Customer Review: “Can’t Sing Enough Praises” About Coyote Saddlebag + Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag on Suzuki DRZ400

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Customer Review: “Can’t Sing Enough Praises” About Coyote Saddlebag + Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag on Suzuki DRZ400

Customer post on Adventure Rider:

“I am about to make a bold statement.”

“I finally got a chance to camp with my new Coyote Roll Top Saddlebag and Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag. It’s easily the best setup I have ever owned for dual sport and I’ve damn near owned them all at this point. Can’t wait to see where you guys go with your items in the future. I can say, please keep making roll tops, and please keep the current dry bags. Really awesome features in my opinion. I noticed all the straps are about as twice as thick as any other brand I have used as well. I beat my bike to death and none of this stuff ever moved. The saddlebags already have a few drops on them and I ran into a tree with the right side too. Can’t even see a mark on it anywhere. I also noticed I can put the saddlebags super far back. I never noticed it touching my butt or back the entire time, even riding whoops standing up, and this is with a hydration pack on. This is probably the first time I’ve camped with a setup and didn’t come home not liking something about it. Seriously, can’t sing enough praises.

“In these photos, I am packed with everything needed to tent camp basically indefinitely off the bike. I love that everything is in one place and not in 3 or 4 different bags strapped awkwardly on the back of the bike. Very clean.”
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50% OFF BLEMS: New Diablo Pro Tank Bags in White with Cosmetic Blemishes – SOLD OUT!

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50% OFF BLEMS: New Diablo Pro Tank Bags in White with Cosmetic Blemishes – SOLD OUT!

We are currently sold out of these blemished Diablo Pro Tank Bags in white. Contact us periodically to see what is currently available.

BLEMISHED 50% OFF Diablo Pro Tank Bags in White - limited to stock on hand

BLEMISHED 50% OFF Diablo Pro Tank Bags in White – limited to stock on hand

Sharing the love with our friends and customers who couldn’t be here in Bend, Oregon for our 2nd Annual Garage Sale on Saturday! We have a few new Diablo Pro Tank Bags in white with cosmetic blemishes available while supplies last for 50% off (plus $10 USA shipping – international customers will be sent an additional invoice for the difference in cost).

Sneak Preview: 2nd Annual Giant Loop Garage Sale, Tomorrow, November 12, 9-Noon, Bend, Oregon

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Sneak Preview: 2nd Annual Giant Loop Garage Sale, Tomorrow, November 12, 9-Noon, Bend, Oregon

2nd Annual Giant Loop Garage Sale, Tomorrow, November 12, 9-Noon, Bend, Oregon! Come by our shop for deals and steals on demos, blems, reconditioned, samples, closeouts and other motorcycle, snowmobile, snow bike, outdoors, paddlesports, mountain bike, ATV/UTV, 4×4 gear – all at fantastic prices. Plus, we’ll have a drawing for a Giant Loop Zigzag Handlebar Bag. Thanks – and see you there!! Come by our shop for deals and steals on demos, blems, reconditioned, samples, closeouts and other motorcycle, snowmobile, snow bike, outdoors, paddlesports, mountain bike, ATV/UTV, 4×4 gear – all at fantastic prices. Plus, we’ll have a drawing for a Giant Loop Zigzag Handlebar Bag. Coffee and tea on us – see you there!

Stuff sacks, dry bags, tank bags, saddlebags, panniers, heat shields, motorcycle parts, blems, demos, NOS, reconditions, displays, closeouts – all at prices to reward our local customers and friends. See you tomorrow, November 12, 9am-Noon at our new showroom space #6 at 63025 O. B. Riley Road – just north of Sawyer Park. Coffee and tea on the house.

Giant Loop Rider: World Traveler Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag and Adventure Proof Motorcycle Soft Luggage

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Giant Loop Rider: World Traveler Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag and Adventure Proof Motorcycle Soft Luggage

Message from Steph Jeavons: “Still loving the Giant Loop luggage😀”

Steph Jeavons has taken her Honda CRF250L further than any 250cc has been before, so far having ridden to 40 countries and covered over 55,000 miles! In March, we hosted her slide show presentation and her bike Rhonda here in Bend, Oregon. While she was here, Giant Loop had the opportunity to lighten her motorcycle and upgrade Rhonda the Honda CRF250L with our waterproof, adventure proof motorcycle soft luggage packing system: Great Basin Saddlebag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Possibles Pouches, Pannier Pockets and Pronghorn Straps. Go light! Go fast! Go Far!

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

From her website and blog:
Steph Jeavons set off from the Ace Cafe in 2014 to circumnavigate the world. She is still going, and apparently, happily lost!

Steph has been around motorbikes most of her life with both parents and one of her two sisters riding as well. Her grandmother even rode bikes during the war! Steph herself has been riding since the age of 21. I think you can safely say it’s in the blood. In 2008 she set up her own off-road motorcycle school in the UK as well as desert tours in Morocco alongside the British Dakar rider Mick Extance.

Steph has ridden across the Atlas mountains and in the Sahara five times. She has crossed the US coast-to-coast four times, got muddy in Wales with names like John McGuinness and, just once, nearly punched Carl Fogarty in the face! Steph also worked with Nick Sanders setting up his expedition centre in Machynlleth.

She left all this excitement behind to pursue her dream of riding her motorcycle to all seven continents – solo!

‘I’m certainly no expert and I don’t confess to being a demon on two wheels. This adventure isn’t about speed. It’s not really even about the bike. It’s about living, learning and enjoying! Doing this trip solo on a bike just opens up all the senses and allows me to be part of my environment.’

Steph has taken her Honda CRF250L further than any 250cc has been before, so far having ridden to 40 countries and covered over 55,000 miles! Steph has survived extreme heat, freezing conditions, landslides and wind that blew her off her bike in Patagonia. She has camped, couch-surfed and stayed with fellow bikers along the way whilst avoiding the main roads and sticking to the dirt where possible. She touched down and rode her motorbike on Antarctica in February 2015 after successfully crossing the notoriously rough Drake Passage in a small sailing yacht.

Steph has given inspirational talks to motorcycle shows, groups and communities along the way. She also currently writes for Ride Magazine and ADV Moto as she continues her journey around the world on her little dirt bike named Rhonda.

2nd Annual Giant Loop Garage Sale: Saturday, November 12, 9am-Noon

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2nd Annual Giant Loop Garage Sale: Saturday, November 12, 9am-Noon

Deals like these come just once a year. If you love playing in the outdoors, you’ll flip for bargain basement prices on close outs, blems, demos, displays and reconditions. Gear for snow, water and dirt on all vehicles.

At our Bend, Oregon showroom: 63025 O. B. Riley Road, Suite 6 – across the street from the Bend International School and KTVZ.

Gear for motorcycles, snowmobiles, snow bikes, boats, 4x4s, UTVs, ATVs, paddleboards, kayaks, adventure travel.

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Customer review: Giant Loop’s Roll Top Saddlebags “In A Class Of Their Own”

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Customer review: Giant Loop’s Roll Top Saddlebags “In A Class Of Their Own”

Customer post in our Vendor thread on Adventure Rider: “I just want to say you guys have hit a home run with the roll top design. The new internal pods with the air valves are amazing. This thing is so well made and In my opinion much more convenient than the zippered design I owned before, but I have always been a roll top kind of guy. Have loved Wolfman products for a while and wouldn’t buy anything else, but to me this bag is in a class of its own. I really hope GL continues to produce roll top bags and refine the designs. My Buckin Roll and the Coyote holds everything I need for a few days out on my DRZ400S. I’d also like to add, and this is important. I have soooooo much more butt room on the bike using your bags than any others bags out there right now! Thank you GL.”

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Giant Loop Roll Top Saddlebag opening

Giant Loop Roll Top Saddlebag opening

Great Basin Saddlebag for Dual Sport, Sport Touring, Adventure Touring Motorcycles

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Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag available in Black, Orange, Gray, White and Yellow. Fits virtually any motorcycle designed to carry a passenger, mounted securely to the seat and footpeg mounts. 60 liters. Waterproof. Includes Hot Springs Heat Shield and set of three RF-welded inner liner Dry Pods with air purge valves. Made in USA. Limited lifetime warranty. Use this coupon code for free USA shipping: glship

David Darcy KTM 690 London to Sydney

David Darcy KTM 690 London to Sydney

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Great Basin Saddlebag

Honda Africa Twin with Giant Loop's Fandango Tank Bag and Great Basin Saddlebag

Honda Africa Twin with Giant Loop’s Fandango Tank Bag and Great Basin Saddlebag

Possibles Pouch

Great Basin Saddlebag with Possibles Pouch external pocket

Honda Africa Twin with Fandango Pro Tank and Great Basin Saddlebag

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Honda Africa Twin with Fandango Pro Tank and Great Basin Saddlebag

Honda Africa Twin with Fandango Pro Tank Bag and Great Basin Saddlebag

When Rox Speed FX owner Chris took his new Honda Africa Twin for an adventure motorcycle tour this past summer, he chose Giant Loop’s Fandango Pro Tank Bag and Great Basin Saddlebag for his trip – and he sent us some great pics! You’ll notice that the large passenger handles on the Honda Africa Twin create a space between the pillion seat and the bottom or the Great Basin Saddlebag – a perfect spot to stow away an extra layer or additional riding gear.

Honda Africa Twin with Giant Loop's Fandango Tank Bag and Great Basin Saddlebag

Honda Africa Twin with Giant Loop’s Fandango Tank Bag and Great Basin Saddlebag

GL Rider David Darcy Recaps His “Giant Loop Experience” After Multiple International Motorcycle Adventures Since 2012

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GL Rider David Darcy Recaps His “Giant Loop Experience” After Multiple International Motorcycle Adventures Since 2012

MY GIANT LOOP EXPERIENCE
If you’re thinking of doing that big adventure, one of the first decisions you are going to have to make is, are you going to use hard of soft luggage?  When I started adventure riding I initially chose aluminium panniers as I thought they would offer better theft prevention, be laster longing,  and offer protection for gear in the event of a crash.  Within about year all of those preconceptions had been smashed,  literally.  During a ride one of the pannier lids fell off and before I could retrieve it, it had been run over by a truck.  Within a month I had a decent crash and completely destroyed one pannier.  During a crossing of the Simpson Desert I found that the hard panniers would smash the backs of my legs in tough sand going with the potential of me being seriously injured. 
 
LONDON TO SYDNEY, 2012
In 2012, when preparing for our London to Sydney motorcycle adventure on KTM 690s my riding partner, Darren Higginson and I, made a decision to go with Giant Loop soft luggage.   We chose the Great Basin Saddle Bag, a Fandango Tank Bag and two dry bags.   We didn’t know it at the time, but this Giant Loop set up was a fantastic balance between luggage capacity and the need to keep luggage weight low.  The Great Basin was also well away from the rear of the foot pegs with little chance of injuring a riders legs if their feet were pushed back from the foot pegs. The GL gear held up for the 18,000 kilometre trip, with nothing breaking.  In fact when I returned to Australia, I gave my Great Basin and Fandango Tank Bag to a friend, who still uses it to this day.  Giant Loop products are made from a tough material that resists chaffing and deformation.  Last year I came off at around 60 kilometres per hour on a slippery muddy dirt road and the gear took the slide without any damage. 
David Darcy KTM 690 London to Sydney

David Darcy KTM 690 London to Sydney

PIC 1: Over looking a valley in Kyrgyzstan with some of the best adventure riding in the world before us. My Giant Loop soft luggage set up for the London to Sydney ride; a Fandango Tank Bag, Great Basin Saddle Bag, and a couple of dry bags.  

 
When I returned to Australia I took on a number of big adventures including an unassisted west east crossing of the Simpson Desert,  later a south north crossing of the Simpson,  a numerous other adventures that clocked up thousands of kilometres including riding the South Island of New Zealand.  For these trips I changed to a set of Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers.  I found the Siskiyou Panniers allowed me to lower and centralise weight distribution which greatly assisted riding in desert sand.  They also fitted perfectly with my Rally Raid Pannier Racks.  I upgraded to a Fandango Pro Tank bag as it allowed to more easily charge cameras in the tank bag.  I’ve alternated between a Tillamook and Rogue Dry bag.  The dry bags have been amazingly useful due to them being double ended.  If packed in a thoughtful way the bags allow you to very quickly access those things that are important, like warm layers,  tools, or some well earned food.   I generally keep food and clothes one end and spares and tools the other. 
 
Earlier this year I rode 17,000 kilometres in Russia from Samara to Magadan via the Road of Bones on a KTM990.   The bike was waiting for me in Russia for this trip and I flew in with my Siskiyou Panniers, a Fandango Pro Tank bag, and the incredibly useful Columbia Dry Bag as I knew they would fit on the bike and give me what I needed in what I knew would be a challenging environment.  The trip was tough, with thick clouds of dust,  hundreds of kilometres of mud and days of riding in constant rain.  When I finally reached Magadan, I jet washed the bags with my gear in them, and not one drop of water, dust or mud had entered the panniers.  During that ride I came off at speed on a concrete bridge covered in slippery clay.  As accidents go it was at the fair to medium end of the spectrum and the bike slid along the concrete bridge for a number of metres.  Apart from one Siskiyou pannier being slightly scuffed there was no damage.
MADTV's David Darcy on KTM 990

MADTV’s David Darcy on KTM 990

PIC 2: My KTM990 having a rest in the deep grass of the Altay Mountains, Siberia, Russia.  Siskiyou panniers, Fandango Pro Tank Bag and Columbia Dry bag were a great combination for this challenging 17,000 kilometres where we rode an average of 900 kilometres per day. 
 
 
HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINS, KASHMIR, INDIA, 2016
I’m just back from riding the Himalayan Mountains in Kashmir India.  For this ride my mate, Nugget and I rented bikes and we had to pack really light.  I chose to go with my Columbia Dry Bag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag,  that fitted perfectly on my Bajaj 220 cc Pulsar road bike.   Nugget rode the new Enfield Himalaya and he took a Great Basin saddle bag and Fandango Tank Bag.   As expected the GL soft luggage didn’t let us down,  kept our gear dry and dust free.  It was the ideal soft luggage set up for this ride.  
Giant Loop on Royal Enfield

Giant Loop on Royal Enfield

PIC 3:  My rented Bajaj 220 cc loaded and ready for adventure in the Himalayas, Kashmir, India.  Giant Loop Pro Tank Bag, Columbia Dry Bag.  Proghorn straps reliably fixed my Columbia Tank Bag.  My GL tracker packer housing my SPOT tracker is also in view, a handy reliable holder for a very important piece of equipment. 

Giant Loop in the Himalaya's Highest Motor Pass

Giant Loop in the Himalaya’s Highest Motor Pass

PIC 4: Our bikes on the world’s highest road pass at 18,380 feet.  Nugget’s Enfield Himalaya sporting a Great Basin saddle bag and Fandango Tank Bag and my little Bajaj in the background.  
Now if you want to see Giant Loop products being used in real world adventures, please head to Motorcycle Adventure Dirtbike TV on youtube!
David Darcy is a supported rider for Giant Loop.  

Dust to Dawson Gathering Success

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The Dust 2 Dawson Motorcycle Ride (Not a Rally!) is an annual event which invites motorcycle enthusiasts from across the world to get together and celebrate in Dawson City, Yukon.

Since 1992, old friends and new have been getting together over a common bond: motorcycles. The D2D weekend consists of motorcycle games on unpaved streets of Dawson, a poker run in the historic goldfields, and a banquet full of delicious food, crisp Canadian beer, and a whole lot of fun!

“Because Dawson City is located at the junction of three iconic highways: the Top of the World/Taylor Highways, the North Klondike Highway and the Dempster Highway, you’ll have plenty of options to do some epic riding.”

Check out their Facebook page to get information on next year’s D2D ride.

Giant Loop is proud to have donated to this event which benefits the Dawson Shelter Society, the Dawson Women’s Shelter,  the Healthy Babies, Healthy Moms program, and the Dawson City Fire Fighter Association.

Adventure Trio Takes On Mexico

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Adventure Trio Takes On Mexico

Terry, Sandy and Jack Borden, deemed The Adventure Trio, travelled from their home in California to the tip of South America on BMW R1200GS and F800GS Adventure Bikes. The adventure took 2 years and took them over 28,000 miles of incredible terrain.  They were recently featured in BMW Owners News Magazine in a story written by Sandy about their first border crossing into Mexico.

Sandy rides the BMW F800GS Adventure equipped with a Giant Loop Fandango Tank Bag and a ZigZag Handlebar Bag.

Mexico was the Trio’s first of fifteen countries on their long journey south. To see more of their adventures, check out their website, AdventureTrio.com .

The Fandango Tank Bag and ZigZag Handlebar Bag are the perfect pieces to outfit any bike on any adventure, no matter where the road takes you!

No matter where you’re headed, go light, go fast, go far.

 

 

 

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Giant Loop Snow Expands Comprehensive Snow Bike and Snowmobile Gear Line, With a Focus on the Polaris Timbersled

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Giant Loop Snow Expands Comprehensive Snow Bike and Snowmobile Gear Line, With a Focus on the Polaris Timbersled

Adventure proof packing and gear systems innovator Giant Loop continues to expand its power sports offerings with the most comprehensive made-in-USA snow bike and snowmobile gear line available for winter 2016-2017. New products include Giant Loop’s Cordura Ballistic Tow Strap, Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder, Lift Strap and Tracker Packer for DeLorme inReach. The Kootenay Pocket Tools/Gear Bag, Revelstoke Tunnel Bag, Torngat Tunnel Bag, Pronghorn Straps, Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen3 and other cross-overs from Giant Loop’s Moto line round out the Snow line.

Giant Loop’s motorcycle experience transitions seamlessly to snow bikes, such as the Polaris Timbersled. Snow bike products include the Revelstoke Tunnel Bag, Kootenay Pocket, Rubber Boa Straps, MoJavi Saddlebag, Bushwackers Hand Guards and Fandango Pro, Diablo Pro and Buckin’ Roll Tank Bags.

For snowmobiles of all makes and models, the Torngat Tunnel Bag, Revelstoke Tunnel Bag and Kootenay Pocket offer the ultimate in dry, rugged gear storage, made in USA. As Joshua Cole, guide and owner at North Cascades Mountain Guides, wrote in Off-Piste magazine, “. . . the Giant Loop system is the slickest, cleanest and simplest plug and play system I’ve found for carrying gear on my snowmobile.”

SnoWest magazine wrote in its Western Guide to Snowmobiling that the “Revelstoke Tunnel Bag delivers 100 percent waterproof performance in a lightweight, ultra rugged and stable design, made specifically for the demands of hardcore mountain sledders.”

Giant Loop’s Snow line is available at the company’s showroom/warehouse in Bend, Oregon, and online at www.giantloopsnow.com. Giant Loop’s adventure proof motorcycle, snowmobile, snow bike, ATV, UTV, SxS, 4×4 and outdoor packing and gear systems are available from powersports dealers across the USA via Tucker Rocky Distributing, 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/product-category/giant-loop-snow/ or www.giantloopsnow.com.

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20% off Kootenay Pocket (identical to Giant Loop Moto’s Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack except for color and graphics)!

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20% off Kootenay Pocket (identical to Giant Loop Moto’s Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack except for color and graphics)!

ULTIMATE TOOLS, GOGGLES, GLOVES, ESSENTIALS AND CAMERA BAG! Throw it in your pack, strap it to your snow bike / motorcycle or use the included stainless steel hardware kit to hard-mount the Kootenay Pocket to tail rack. Fits virtually any machine and riding style.

  • Fits two goggles, DSLR camera, lens, memory cards – incredibly versatile.
  • Super rugged military-spec materials and construction.
  • Elastic tool dividers, mesh pocket and key clip inside.
  • Includes laser-cut aluminum mounts and stainless steel hardware. Hard mount it or keep it loose!
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Dimensions: 8.75″ x 6″ x 4.5″ (22.2cm x 15.2cm x 11.4cm)
  • Volume: 3.5 liters
  • Made in USA

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SnoWest Features Cordura Ballistic Tow Strap in September Issue

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SnoWest Features Cordura Ballistic Tow Strap in September Issue

 

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Thanks SnoWest Magazine for featuring the new Giant Loop Cordura Ballistic Tow Strap in their September issue.

“The Giant Loop tow strap is designed with loops on each end sewn with military-spec thread and can be hitched around a tree, bumper, etc. It can also be used for foot peg to foot peg or other motorcycle, snowmobile, ATV and snow bike towing techniques.”

Another use for this versatile strap is a ridge line for a Shelter Tarp, as included in the Giant Loop Shelter System.

Many of our Giant Loop products can easily make the jump from summer motor sports to winter. The Ballistic Tow Strap is rugged enough to tow snowmobiles out of even the deepest snow.

Also check out Giant Loop’s selection of heavy duty dry bags, and our Giant Loop Snow line for more gear to stock up on for winter.

Go light. Go fast. Go far.

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Giant Loop Customers ‘Ride the Divide’

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Giant Loop Customers ‘Ride the Divide’

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Giant Loop customers, Brian Shaney and Dave Wenk, have been featured in Road Runner Magazine’s September/October issue. The two took on the ultimate challenge to ride the Continental Divide on a Honda XR650L and a Suzuki DR-Z400S. They started in northern Montana and will ultimately end at the Mexican border. Stage One, featured in this article saw them launching the trip in Eureka, MT and finishing in Rawlins, Wyoming.  They navigated the Montana back country, rode along Going-To-The-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, made friends with lizards, got their bones shaken by intense washboard gravel, visited a ghost town, and carved through herds of cattle, all in only the first three states of the trip.
Brian and Dave’s bikes are equipped with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag. Knowing that if they were going to on a hardcore journey like this, they needed some hardcore gear. Both bags are wrap around saddlebags that are waterproof and have 39-60 liters of carrying capacity respectivly. Rugged gear for rugged back road trips. This kind of trip is exactly what these bags were designed for, and we’re thrilled to see them trusted on such an epic adventure.

No matter where you’re going next, go light, go fast, go far.

 

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Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventures Kitted with Giant Loop at Horizons Unlimited Travelers Meeting in Nakusp, BC

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Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventures Kitted with Giant Loop at Horizons Unlimited Travelers Meeting in Nakusp, BC

hu honda cb500xThanks to Alan and Lisa at the Rocky Mountain Adventure Bike Touring Company (RMABTC on social media channels) for sending us pics from the Horizons Unlimited Traveler’s Meeting in Nakusp, British Columbia, Canada. Giant Loop and Rally Raid Products were well represented thanks to the Rocky Mountain Adventure Bike Touring Company, with a display of Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventures equipped with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers and Zigzag Handlebar Bags for the occasion. This is Rocky Mountain Adventure Bike Touring Company’s tour bike fleet, set up with Rally Raid Product’s suspension kits, Engine Guards, Rear Racks and Side Luggage Racks. The top-loading Siskiyou Panniers allow RMABTC’s customers to conveniently pack all their gear, while reducing the luggage weight and positioning it low on the bike for zipping around the Canadian countryside with ease. The Zigzag Handlebar Bags provide just enough room to keep tour customer’s small essentials — wallet, phone, snacks, etc. — within easy reach. Thanks Rocky Mountain Adventure Bike Touring Company!

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Video: Customer Stoked On Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure

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Video: Customer Stoked On Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure

Happy customer, Charles, sent us a kind email explaining how thrilled he is with his Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure with Level 3 Kit and Rally Raid Products luggage racks and other Honda CB500 parts and accessories, including the Engine Guard, ADV Foot Pegs and Side Luggage Racks.

Charles was among Giant Loop’s first customers for the Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure Level 3 motorcycle build and decided to put his dual sporty adventure twin together at Piston & Chain, San Francisco’s Community Motorcycle Garage. Shout out to the Piston & Chain wrenches who helped Charles with parts of the Rally Raid build.

After completing his Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure, Charles visited Giant Loop at the Horizons Unlimited California Travelers Meeting last year, where he proudly showed off his bike — and he picked up a set of Giant Loop motorcycle soft luggage for his adventure touring, including the Siskiyou Panniers on his bike here.

Charles and his buddy went on a weekend trip and took the bike along: “It is a delight to ride. I could almost keep up with Ohad on his mighty 1200GS for this weekend’s remote-as-f**k trails and Hwy1 carving in Mendocino and Humboldt.”

Thanks Charles, we’re glad you’re enjoying your Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure!

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7 Dual Sport Motorcycle Riders Equipped with Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Giant Loop Dry Bag

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7 Dual Sport Motorcycle Riders Equipped with Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Giant Loop Dry Bag

“Thanks Giant Loop, love your gear!!!”

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Honda CRF with Coyote Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag

Thank you! We love hearing from our happy customers all over the world everyday. Chris, John and friends recently enjoyed a trip together – all of them using Giant Loop’s adventure proof packing systems.

“That was a great ride. This is still one of the best pictures showing of Giant Loop Motorcycle Gear. Seven bikes all outfitted with GL Gear.”

Dual sport motorcycles equipped with Giant Loop's adventure proof packing systems

Dual sport motorcycles equipped with Giant Loop’s adventure proof packing systems

Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag – even an old school Giant Loop Dry Bag equip these bikes. Thanks again – we appreciate the feedback and support.

NEW! Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top and Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top

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NEW! Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top and Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top

Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top

Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top

Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top

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NEW PRODUCTS: Giant Loop Redesigns Pioneering Horseshoe Shaped Motorcycle Saddlebags

Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top and Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top Feature Zipperless Closures and Rider-Driven Updates

(BEND, OREGON USA) Adventure proof packing and gear systems innovator Giant Loop redesigned its pioneering horseshoe-shaped motorcycle saddlebags, producing a limited preview release of the new Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top and Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top. Both models of Roll Top Saddlebags feature 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 their zipper closure counterparts, the original Great Basin Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag – super rugged, stable, lightweight, rackless mounting, gear positioned tight to center of bike.

Other enhancements include molded rubber grab handles that double as side compression straps, an included 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 (yes, we’ve dunked our bikes in streams crossings, too).

This limited production preview release comes in black only, and the Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top and Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top are available exclusively at Giant Loop’s showroom/warehouse in Bend, Oregon and online at GiantLoopMoto.com until the full production release in 2017. Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top retails for $450 (including set of 3 waterproof Saddlebag Dry Pods and 1 Hot Springs Heat Shield exhaust protector). Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top retails for $360 (including set of 3 waterproof Saddlebag Dry Pods and 1 Hot Springs Heat Shield exhaust protector).

Introducing the Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top
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 enables riders to carry your gear where the passenger would sit on the motorcycle, making this remarkably versatile motortcycle soft luggage solution fit virtually any motorcycle designed to carry a passenger. Cordura Ballistic webbing anchors secure the Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top to the passenger footrest brackets, so it mounts on the pillion seat of sport and sport touring bikes, standards, nakeds and adventure touring and dual sport motorcycles.

The Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top delivers everything needed to mount up hit the road:
• 45-60 liters of packable volume (45 liters with three full waterproof rolls, up to 60 liters with one roll to seal out dust)
• Set of 3 RF welded waterproof inner liner Saddlebag Dry Pods with air release valves included
• 1 Hot Springs Heat Shield (laser-cut aluminum + stainless steel clamp) included
• Side compression straps with 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)
• Lash loops to attach Possible Pouch external pockets
• Multiple rear anchor straps for maximum versatility – secure one, two or all three to solid mount points
• Separate mounting and compression straps for easier gear access
• Reinforced Roll Top closure
• Cable lock pass-through to secure bag to bike while parked (with optional 84” QuickLoop Cable)
• Reflective accents for visibility
• Military-spec materials and construction
• Limited Lifetime Warranty against defects
• Made in U.S.A.
• Currently available in Black only.

Introducing the Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top
Introducing the Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top, a fresh update of Giant Loop’s original flagship horseshoe-shaped dual sport and enduro Giant Loop Saddlebag design that launched the company in 2008. The Coyote Saddle Bag Roll Top is the new choice for hardcore off-road expeditions, wrapping gear weight around the motorcycle’s subframe, exactly where it impacts handling the least. Riders can carry gear for overnight or multi-day trips and still have access to the entire saddle for rigorous off-road riding. The Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top mounts to the rear fender and/or tail rack of virtually any dirt bike, dual sport or enduro motorcycle (no passenger pegs required). Cordura Ballistic webbing straps anchor the Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top to the frame or subframe on most motorcycle makes/models — as well as snow bikes, such as Timbersled and MotoTrax.

Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top delivers everything needed to mount up hit the trail:
• 39 liters packable volume
• 1 Hot Springs Heat Shield (laser-cut aluminum) + stainless steel clamp included
• Set of 3 RF welded waterproof inner liner Saddlebag Dry Pods with air release valves included
• Rear mounting options — use included fender hooks OR included webbing anchor strap to fit virtually any bike or tail rack
• Stabilize gear load using side compression straps with molded rubber grab handles
• Attach additional gear using beavertail and cinch ring with side-release buckled compression straps that integrate with double-end Rogue Dry Bag and Tillamook Dry Bag (available separately)
• Lash loops to attach Possible Pouch external pockets
• Reflective accents for better visibility
• Military-spec materials and construction
• Limited Lifetime Warranty
• Made in U.S.A.
• Currently available in Black only.

Limited production preview release Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top and Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top are available exclusively at Giant Loop’s showroom/warehouse in Bend, Oregon, and online at www.giantloopmoto.com. Giant Loop’s adventure proof motorcycle, snowmobile, snow bike, ATV, UTV, SxS, 4×4 and outdoor packing and gear systems are available from powersports dealers across the USA via Tucker Rocky Distributing, 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 or www.giantloopsnow.com.

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NEW MOTORCYCLE PRODUCT: Giant Loop Saddlebag Dry Pods Upgrade Waterproof Motorcycle Luggage

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NEW MOTORCYCLE PRODUCT: Giant Loop Saddlebag Dry Pods Upgrade Waterproof Motorcycle Luggage

Saddlebag Dry Pods for Great Basin Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag

Saddlebag Dry Pods for Great Basin Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag

Giant Loop has introduced new Saddlebag Dry Pods, waterproof inner liner bags designed to fit the interior spaces of the company’s Great Basin Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag, keeping gear dry and organized. Sold as a set of three, Saddlebag Dry Pods also add waterproof organization and storage to any panniers, saddlebags, duffels, dry bags or backpacks. Saddlebag Dry Pods are constructed of high visibility yellow TPU with RF welded seams and roll-top closures, and they feature air purge valves to help compress gear for easy sealing and packing.

Saddlebag Dry Pods are now included with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag – and the new Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top and Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top – enabling riders to leave their Saddlebags mounted and carry gear to a campsite or hotel. They are available separately as an upgrade for any previous version of these pioneering horseshoe-shaped motorcycle saddlebag designs, in production since 2009.

TIPS: Fill Giant Loop’s Saddlebag Dry Pods with ice and a favorite beverage at the end of a day’s adventure. Saddlebag Dry Pods also can be used on their own for boating, a day at the beach or anywhere high-quality waterproof dry storage is needed.

Each Saddlebag Dry Pods set includes two side Pods shaped to fit the lower “legs” of the Great Basin Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag and one double-ended center Pod. Like all Giant Loop products, Saddlebag Dry Pods are backed by a limited lifetime warranty against defects for the original purchaser. USA MSRP is $75 (part number SDP16).

Saddlebag Dry Pods are available at Giant Loop’s showroom/warehouse in Bend, Oregon, and online at www.giantloopmoto.com. Giant Loop’s adventure proof motorcycle, snowmobile, snow bike, ATV, UTV, SxS, 4×4 and outdoor packing and gear systems are available from powersports dealers across the USA via Tucker Rocky Distributing, as well as from international distributors around the world. Giant Loop is a rider-owned company that designs and tests products in Bend, Oregon.

Dream Roll 2016 Success Album

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Dream Roll 2016 Success Album

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To say the Dream Roll 2016 was a success would be a gross understatement. Between motorcycle camping with no boys allowed, bike rides to waterfalls, tattoos in tents, free beer, and the biggest group of badass women you’ve ever seen, this weekend is one we’ll never be able to forget, even if we tried. It took place on the Flying L Ranch near Mount Adams, Washington from August 12-14 with about 200 women in attendance. Here’s a small peek into the best trip of the year:

Giant Loop intern, Sydney, about to set off to Washington on the Honda CB500X

Giant Loop intern, Sydney, about to set off to Washington on the Honda CB500X

Took a dip in the John Day River on the roasting ride out

Took a dip in the John Day River on the roasting ride out

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Filling up at Glenwood Gas Station right next to home base before setting out for the day

The best crew out for dinner in Trout Lake, WA

The best crew out for dinner in Trout Lake, WA

The best crew consisted of a few women from The Litas-Bend, as well as some new friends from California. In addition to having the best crew, the best gear was also necessary. I took Giant Loop’s Honda CB500X, Diablo Tank Bag Pro, Great Basin Saddlebag, Pronghorn Straps, Possibles Pouch, Coyote Dry Pods, Tillamook Dry Bag, and Sleeping Sheath.

I packed all my clothes and food into the Dry Pods in the Great Basin, my sleeping bag, pad and sheath into the Tillamook, spare tools in the Possibles, and phone, camera, GoPro, water, and snacks into the Diablo, all packed nice and tidy on the Honda. Everything was secure the whole ride, not a single issue; the weight was nice and low, too, so I wasn’t being thrown around in the wind or thrown off balance in the beautiful Washington twisties.

The tank bag, I realized, is deceivingly large. As the smallest of the tank bags Giant Loop offers, I was skeptical, but only until I tried it. It fit my DSLR camera, phone, wallet, snacks, headphones, water bottle, AND GoPro all at once with no problem. We stopped at a gas station where I got more snacks and another water bottle, before I realized I didn’t think I had any room left. But I was wrong, I ended up fitting everything in without even straining the zipper!

Another unexpected savior was the sleeping sheath. I don’t have a tent, so I posted up in a hammock and sleeping bag under the trees, with the sleeping sheath still in the Great Basin, since I thought I wouldn’t need it. Then a fat bug fell onto me from the tree I was under, and I ran for the sheath! I zipped it up and over me and my sleeping bag, folded the top back so the mesh was over my face instead, and I swung under the stars and watched the meteor shower without fear of bugs falling on my face. It’s super lightweight, takes up almost no space, and keeps the critters out.

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Motorcycle camping with 200 women > any other camping

The Gravel Gang makes it to Dog Creek Falls

The Gravel Gang makes it to Dog Creek Falls

I met some of the absolute raddest chicks this weekend! Shout out to Ria the Welder who welds AMAZING custom sissy bars. Check out her Instagram to see her work. Then there’s Killer Kelly, who makes t-shirts that say “Support Badass Babes” and sells them on her Instagram. She’s just starting out, so message her and order a tee for only $16, and watch as she grows into an operation that sponsors badass babes in their badass adventures. Another shout out to Hinterland Empire and Wasted Times for some super cool women selling some super cool gear.

Thanks to all the sponsors, including Women’s Moto Exhibit, and everyone involved for organizing the experience of a lifetime. This is only the second year the Dream Roll has been put on, so there are many more to come! This weekend getaway is one for the books and one that we’re all going to come back to again and again. I’ve been riding for 5 years now, but never got the true biker experience by being part of a community of motorcyclists outside my dad and brother. But after this weekend I’ve found my motorcycle community and finally consider myself to be a real biker. Thanks to all the amazing ladies who rode out and made the weekend an unforgettable event. Happy riding!

Giant Loops CB500X gets a spin through southern Washington

Hood River viewing sesh at Dog Creek Falls

Pit stop for a Mt. Hood viewing on the way home

Pit stop for a Mt. Hood viewing on the way home

Warm Springs oasis on the steamy ride home

Warm Springs oasis on the steamy ride home

Motorcyclist Magazine Features Giant Loop Pronghorn Straps in Summer Gear Showcase

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Motorcyclist Magazine Features Giant Loop Pronghorn Straps in Summer Gear Showcase

Motorcyclist Magazine features Giant Loop Pronghorn Straps in Summer Travel Gear showcase

Motorcyclist Magazine features Giant Loop Pronghorn Straps in Summer Travel Gear showcase

 

Thank you Motorcyclist Magazine for spotlighting Giant Loop’s Pronghorn Straps in the GEAR: Summer Travel section of the September 2016 issue. Motorcyclist featured Giant Loop’s Pronghorn Straps, which are available in 16″, 20″ and 26″ lengths with virtually unbreakable fasteners a grippy polyurethane that stretches just enough to make a dead solid connection, making them the perfect multi-use tie-downs for anything from soft luggage to water and fuel bottles.

Motorcyclist writes: “If you’ve grown tired of tying knots or scratching your bike’s paint with bungee-cord hooks, check out Giant Loop’s Pronghorn straps. These versatile cargo straps are a traveler’s best friend and perfect for securing all sorts of stuff to your bike. They’re available in various lengths in packs of two, starting at $16 a set.”

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BikeBandit.com Overview of Giant Loop Motorcycle Soft Luggage

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BikeBandit.com Overview of Giant Loop Motorcycle Soft Luggage

Thank you Rob and the crew from BikeBandit.com for stopping by to visit us at our Bend, Oregon warehouse and showroom! We appreciate you taking the time to learn more about our adventure proof packing systems and gear for motorcycles and our company’s history as a rider-owned grassroots startup.

“If you do your homework, you’ll find that Giant Loop is perhaps the most coveted and praised dual sport and off-road and adventure bike luggage company in the business. Their offerings include Tank Bags, Handlebar Bags, Saddlebags, Tail Packs, Fender Bags — all the way up to full Pannier Systems — that are second to none when it comes to design and construction.”

Thanks a million BikeBandit.com!

Giant Loop’s Motorcycle Soft Luggage & Gear On Honda Africa Twin

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Giant Loop’s Motorcycle Soft Luggage & Gear On Honda Africa Twin

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Finally getting the opportunity to do some fitting on the new Honda Africa Twin. This customer rode over the Cascades from Oregon’s Willamette Valley to our shop in Bend to test fit and outfit his sweet silver Honda Africa Twin.

Giant Loop’s Kiger Tank Bag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag and Diablo Pro Tank Bag all fit the Honda Africa Twin great (GL’s motorcycle tank bags use the same harness and mount up identically). This rider went with the Fandango Pro Tank Bag, our trim mid-size dual sport and adventure touring motorcycle Tank Bag, which includes a waterproof RF welded inner liner Dry Pod, integrated electronics pass-through, mesh exterior pocket and concealed document pocket. And like all of our Tank Bags, the Honda Africa Twin’s fuel fill is easily accessed by unzipping one side of the Tank Bag from the harness.

We also test fit Giant Loop’s Siskiyou PanniersGreat Basin Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag – all workable options. This rider has Touratech luggage racks on order, so he chose our new rack-mounted Round The World Panniers with 18mm Happy Trails Pannier Mounting Kit hardware.

GL’s Tillamook Dry Bag – the mid-size option in our line of three double-ended RF welded Dry Bags, the Rogue Dry Bag (17 liters), Tillamook Dry Bag (38 liters) and Columbia Dry Bag (70 liters) – and our Zigzag Handlebar Bag completes his adventure proof packing system. Add some Pronghorn Straps to keep everything tight and tidy.

Maintaining & Cleaning Zippers on the Giant Loop Motorcycle Soft Luggage

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Maintaining & Cleaning Zippers on the Giant Loop Motorcycle Soft Luggage

Email from customer: “Hi, love my Coyote Saddlebag mounted on the KTM 500 EXC, but the downside to every trip I struggle with the zipper. Man I get pissed. Am I missing something? Any way to make it operate easier? Thanks, Cal”

ZIP CARE™ ZIPPER CLEANER & LUBRICANT
Hello Cal,

Dang, sorry to hear your zipper is giving you fits. Keeping zippers clean and lubricate – and treating them with respect by not yanking or forcing zippers will keep them sliding smoothly and prevent you from bursting a blood vessel.

Some things to try:

  • Clean the zippers. Dirt and dust particles are usually the biggest challenges for zippers – just like the moving parts of your motorcycle engine. For the trail, pack some of our Zip Care™ Zipper Cleaner & Lubricant. When you’re trip is over, wash all of your Giant Loop motorcycle soft luggage using warm, soapy water, give it good rinse and let it air dry.
  • Lubricate the zippers. Use our Zip Care™ Zipper Cleaner & Lubricant. And in a pinch, a little soap, wax or even lip balm will help. Burt’s Bee’s Beeswax Lip Balm works great and is available at any drug store or grocery store.
  •  Manage the zippers. When you get into your Giant Loop Saddlebag, first roll the storm flap back out of the way, then roll the flap back over the zipper to keep it protected after you close the bag. Un-zip Possibles Pouches, Pannier Pockets and Tank Bag lids completely when accessing gear to avoid damaging zipper teeth.
  •  Respect the zippers. Avoid over packing. When your Giant Loop adventure proof packing systems are not stuffed drum tight, the zippers are much easier to manage. Consider using our Possibles Pouches, to add external pockets, or a Dry Bag to expand your Giant Loop Saddlebag or Panniers. Add the Pannier Pockets to Giant Loop’s Tank Bags. Compartmentalizing gear makes it easier to access the things you need during the day of riding and helps prevent the zippers from buckling from being tightly stuffed. Hold zipper halves together as you zip to prevent stressing the teeth.

If you’ve tried everything, then there is an outside chance that you got a defective zipper. If you think this is the case, please print, fill out and include a copy of the attached warranty and repair return form with your CLEAN bag. Use RMA # [today’s date]. If there is a defect, we will repair or replace your Giant Loop product at no charge to you.

Thank you for choosing Giant Loop for your adventures,
Team GL

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