Great video. Big thanks to Backcountry Adventure Motorsports — we love you guys! Tune in and subscribe to their YouTube channel for more…
“I bought your Mojavi Saddlebags for my Honda NC750X, tried them today, very pleased with them, especially since I can flip up the pillion without loosening or moving the bags.” — Richard Smith, Arizona
Cool set-up — thanks for the email, Richard!
“My perspective on the excellent Annual Giant Loop Ride, I took my Honda CB500X, Rally Raid equipped, This bike does so well on dirt roads. It is one of the underdogs of the multi-cylinder adventure world.” — Cesar D’Agord
Join us this September for the 2020 Giant Loop Ride. It’s shaping up to be Oregon’s largest dualsport rally!
“Thank you guys again for providing the great Giant Loop products for our Honda CRF450L story. The MoJavi Saddlebags, Fender Rack, Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag, Pronghorn Straps and Gas Bag are all really great products! The story is in this week’s Cycle News. Thanks!” — Sean Finley, Digital Throttle
Right on Sean, perfect setup on that bike!
“Hey ADV Riders, today we’re doing a review on soft vs hard luggage systems on a few of our adventure motorcycles. We break it down to 9 categories; protection, weight, waterproofness, durability, ease of access, ease of installation, versatility, safety, and compatibility. Two solid competitors but only one winner. Watch to find out which wins our vote!” — Eric Lange, Ride Adventures
Cool video Eric!
Awesome video from Backcountry Adventure Motorsports! These guys have their BMW F800GS and Honda Africa Twin with Round The World Panniers, Pannier Mounts, Fandango Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag and Rogue Dry Bag…
“In August 2019 we did the Great Pacific Divide ride based off the maps from GPS Kevins Website. did the trip in just over twelve days, but could have taken more time. This was an amazing trip. These trip is broken down into episodes makes sure to check them out in order for the best story. Thanks for watching!” — Backcountry Adventure Motorsports
“It’s raining, and I’m out riding! My latest dual sport adventure is a soggy, rain-soaked trip into the woods to explore some logging roads in various states of upkeep. My Honda CRF250L performs admirably on well-maintained roads, while hopping over downed trees, and exploring long-abandoned and completely overgrown tracks. Only a dual sport motorcycle could possibly handle all the different types of terrain, fallen rocks, narrow spaces, and other obstacles I encountered on this rainy day logging road dual sport exploration adventure.” — Dork in the Road
The Dork in the Road channel is a GL favorite!
Lawrence Hacking is not only a long time Giant Loop supporter, but he is also a riding legend! Lawrence was the first Canadian to finish the Dakar Rally in 2001. He’s a published author, and a couple years ago, raced the Baja Rally on a Honda Africa Twin…
“Here is a picture of my 2005 CRF450X prepped for The Cycle World TREK hosted by The Bonnier Motorcycle Group. The Mojavi Saddlebags kept the gear off of my back and on the bike like a world champion. This made me less fatigued and able to ride further. Thanks for a terrific product!” — David Alari
Nice ride David!
After years of testing and development, Giant Loop’s new Tail Rack delivers a rugged, lightweight, low-profile, universal-fitting solution for anchoring saddlebags, tool packs and gear to any motorcycle’s rear plastic fender. Crafted from black anodized aluminum, the Tail Rack features unique stainless steel wire gate carabiner-style clips for quick strap attachment. Stainless steel hardware makes installation quick and easy. Included aluminum spacers slightly raise the Tail Rack, so Giant Loop’s stretch polyurethane Pronghorn Straps and webbing straps can slide beneath for solid mounting of GL’s Coyote Saddlebag, MoJavi Saddlebag, Klamath Tail Rack Pack, Possibles Pouch and other relatively light, compact items.
Weighing just 9.4 ounces (including hardware and spacers), the GL Tail Rack measures 5-inches wide by 8-inches long x 5/8-inch tall. Four wire-gate closures prevent webbing from disconnecting even when riding in the roughest terrain. The Tail Rack can be mounted in two different positions on virtually any dirt bike, dual sport or enduro rear plastic fender. All hardware required for installation is included (4x stainless steel button head bolts, 4x stainless steel nylock nuts, 4x stainless steel washers and 4x aluminum spacers). Total load restricted to 10 lbs. maximum, as the Tail Rack is designed to provide secure anchor points for Giant Loop Saddlebags and gear, NOT to support heavy loads.
USA MSRP for Giant Loop’s universal Tail Rack solution is $49.
Quick overview of the Honda Africa Twin display bike (provided by our friends and dealer in Canada www.DirtRacks.com) in our booth at the 2019 Vancouver Motorcycle Show. Engine guards and luggage rack by DirtRacks.com. Giant Loop gear onboard: Possibles Pouches on engine guards, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, rack-mounted MotoTrekk Panniers, Columbia Dry Bag and Klamath Tail Rack Pack.
Free standard USA shipping with this coupon code: glship
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.
Product of the Week – The Mojavi Saddlebag
This week we celebrate the Mojavi Saddlebag, the perfect, rackless way to carry your daily provisions. Lose that unwieldy backback – at 11L capacity the Mojavi Saddlebag carries your tools, lunch spare tube first aid kit and more. Fits a wide array of motorcycles. Straps on. Stays on. No matter what. No side luggage racks required.
Here is a cool little video put out by the Motorcycle Superstore. They cover our larger packing system items including our various rackless saddlebags and the Siskiyou Panniers – the video was launched before the addition of our Round the World Panniers, which are now our largest carrying capacity set up. It’s a great way to get scale on the different capacities of our bags.
Go light. Go fast. Go Far!
“Giant Loop’s Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure with Level 3 Kit . Best way to get more info is to
you tube CB500x Rally Raid.Built this bike for a trip, out west. Time for some one else to enjoy it. I am selling only because as a senior rider I enjoy the build as much as the ride. Starting my next bike…
Never dropped. The scratches on the engine case are from my motorcycle carrier on the back of our Jeep. (tire rack bolts) and all stock parts and wheels come with it.”
Product of the Week – The Coyote Saddlebag
The Coyote Saddle Bag Roll Top is the rackless motorcycle luggage choice for hardcore off-road expeditions. Carry gear for overnight or multi-day trips — and still have access to the entire saddle — with the Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top mounted to the rear fender and/or tail rack of virtually any dirt bike, dual sport or enduro motorcycle. No passenger pegs required, the Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top anchors to the frame or subframe on most motorcycle makes/models — as well as snow bikes, such as Timbersled and MotoTrax. Above you’ll see the saddlebag fits well on KTM, Kawasaki, Honda, Yamaha, Husqvarna dual sport bikes and even a Ducati Monster!
The Coyote Saddlebag is the perfect choice for a super light set up. Weighing in at only 4.5lbs and and yeilding 39L of carrying capacity, it includes three waterproof dry pods and a Hot Springs Heat Sheild. This bag is one of our highest selling luggage options and is the choice for some amazing riders around the world.
The Honda Africa Twin and Giant Loop Mototrekk Panniers
Jeff, from Tucker Rocky recently sent us some photos of his set up on his Honda Africa Twin. He used Givi Quick release side racks (Tucker Rocky and Givi Part #PLR1144) for mounting, looping the quick release loops of the Giant Loop Mototrekk Panniers around the 4 corners to secure.
The bags mount securely with no movement and still leave a ton of space on top of the bike for a dry bag or top case.
Jeff also uses a Fandango Tank Bag Pro on his Twin. The medium sized tank bag is 8L in capacity, waterproof and attaches securely to the bike with a harness. Two sturdy side zippers make it easy to access the fuel fill or remove the bag entirely for security.
Jenny Morgan; Dakar veteran, freelance photo-journalist, Rally Raid spokesperson and all around bad-ass lays out her packing strategy in this video.
Jenny travels with a Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag on her Honda Rally Raid CB500 and show us just what Go Light, Go fast, Go far really means.
No video displayed? Click here to view on You Tube.
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!
Product of the Week – The Great Basin Saddlebag
A trusted staple in the Giant Loop line up, the Great Basin Saddlebag is the largest in our “loop bag” collection.
We have outfitted an assortment of motorcycles with the Great Basin, and it’s currently on the backs of motorcycles around the globe. In the montage above you’ll find the Great Basin Saddlebag easily mounted on a the Honda CRF250L, Rally Raid CB500X, and Africa Twin, the KTM 1190 Adventure R, the Yamaha WR250, the KLR 650 retrofitted with a sidecar, the Suzuki tu250x, a Yamaha R6 and something random in Nepal….just to name a few.
This bag will carry all that you require for a serious expedition or comfortably carry your weekend provisions.
What we love most about the Great Basin Saddlebag is it’s verstility. This bag, rides rackless, behind the rider where the passenger would sit. The “legs” of the bag affix to the passenger foot pegs or other solid mounting point in the same area and anchors at the rear of the bike via three straps on on an existing rear rack or integrated mounting point. The is bag is 68L in capacity and is sold with three waterproof dry pods which organize gear within the bag plus make it easy to haul things to your camp spot without removing the whole loop bag. A Hot Springs Heat Shield is also included with every bag to keep the Great Basin off the pipe.
The outer material is constructed of tough 22 oz. vinyl coated polyester reinforced with ballistic nylon and, like many of our bags the Great Basin has loops added to the sides of the bag that make it easy to add Possibles Pouches or just affix items with Pronghorn Straps. The “beavertail” cinch straps can be extend to allow for a Tillamook or Rogue Dry Bag if extra capacity is required.
While Supplies last all black and white Great Basin Zippered Saddlebags ON SALE for 30% off!
Giant Loop Welcomes Motolao as an International Distributor
Motolao offers 1-14 day adventures on motorcycles and 4x4s in Laos. Their tours are offered to all abilities of rider with at least some dirt experience.
The terrain these tours go though is spectacular. It will make you start dreaming about your next international moto vacation. Winter is coming, after all.
Don’t see a video? Click here to be directed to Motolao’s You Tube Channel.
When they’re not guiding tours, the Motolao staff are putting Giant Loop gear through the paces, as muddy jungle tracks and river crossings are a regular occurrence on their personal rides.
We’re always excited to see our gear being used hard on the harshest of rides. We’re stoked to have Motolao on board to put it to test not just on their personal rides but in a rental setting where it is being used on multi-day trips over and over.
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!
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.
Customer Review: “Can’t Sing Enough Praises” About Coyote Saddlebag + Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag on Suzuki DRZ400
“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.”
2015 Honda CB500X Parts – New + Used, OE + Rally Raid
Box of 2015 Honda CB500X OE Parts + Rally Raid Protos
Whole collection: $800 o.b.o. + shipping from Bend, OR.
Individual parts: As marked + shipping from Bend, OR.
Message me here with your email address, and I’ll send you a PayPal invoice for the parts + shipping. Or call 888-358-8347.
2015 Honda CB500X OEM Clutch Plate Set – NEW $95
New in OEM packaging.
DISK, CLUTCH FRICTION
qty: 6 @ $10.31
DISK B, CLUTCH FRICTION
qty: 1 @ $11.40
qty: 5 @ $3.58
PLATE B, CLUTCH
qty: 1 @ $4.26
2015 Honda CB500X OEM Exhaust + Giant Loop Hot Springs GRANDE Heat Shield
$100 USED – sold as is.
Stock heat shield well dented. Minor dings in muffler and GL Hot Springs GRANDE Heat Shield (custom powder coated black). New OEM muffler alone sells for $275. New Hot Springs GRANDE Heat Shield sells for $59. Both functionally good condition.
2015 Honda CB500X Fork Seals Set
$20 NEW in sealed OEM packages.
SEAL SET, FR. FORK
qty: 2 @ $11.61
These parts saw just 1000 miles of mostly pavement riding – excellent condition:
OE Front Fender $20
OE Sidestand $10
OE Shock + Linkage $75
OE Fork Internals (springs, caps, spacers, dampening rods) $200
OE Mirrors $30 each, $50 pair
OE Top Triple Clamp + Bar Clamp $40
OE Footpegs $30 pair
OE Passenger Handles $50 pair
OE Brake and Clutch Levers $10 pair
OE Bar End Weights $10 pair
OE Lower Fairing and Heat Shield $40
These parts are new Rally Raid prototypes:
Sidestand Switch Protector
These parts are WELL USED by Jenny Morgan Dakar : Jennydakar.com on her TransAm 500 proof of concept ride:
Heat Shield + Engine Guard
Message me here with your email address, and I’ll send you a PayPal invoice for the parts + shipping. Or call 888-358-8347.
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!
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.
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
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Honda Africa Twin with Fandango Pro Tank 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.