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Pronghorn Straps and Chainsaw

Attach your Chainsaw with Giant Loop Pronghorn Straps

By | Blog, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Photos, Saddlebags, Straps

Giant Loop Pronghorn Straps Will Hold Your Chainsaw

Rider Chris Miksovsky of Humangear sent us these great shots of his 2015 KTM 350 EXCF with our Mojavi Saddlebags and Diablo Tank Bag. Chris also creatively uses the Pronghorn Straps to secure his chainsaw when doing trail maintenance – a testament to how much those straps can handle! Available in 5 lengths and two widths, the Pronghorn Straps are an item that we should all have tucked in a bag on our bikes. The strong and super-stretchy polyurethane straps can be used to secure all manner of items to motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs and Snowmobiles.

 

Pronghorn Straps and Chainsaw

2015 KTM 350 EXCF with Giant Loop Diablo Tank bag, Mojavi Saddlebags and chainsaw secured with Pronghorn Straps

 

Pronghorn Straps and Chainsaw

Chainsaw secured with Pronghorn Straps on the 2015 KTM 350 EXCF

Product of the Week – The Mojavi Saddlebag

By | Blog, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, KTM, Photos, Saddlebags

Mojavi Saddlebag

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.

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Fall Riding in Austria with the Mojavi Saddlebags

By | Blog, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Photos, Saddlebags, Snow

At Giant Loop we pride ourselves in knowing that our gear is getting put through the paces daily–in all sorts of weather conditions, around the world. Wolfgang, a Giant Loop rider from Austria sent us these great shots of his ride in Italy with friends on their KTMs. Their bikes were outfittted for light, fast day tripping and the Mojavi Saddlebags suited their needs perfectly.

Looks as though Europe is getting an early winter as well!

 

 

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First of all thank you for your cooperation. We were very happy about it!
–how important the Giant Loops are for us. This was now two weeks ago, where we climbed in the Italian region Piemont, using partially old military-roads and also “no ways”, up to a height over 3.200 meters!

Harold, whether it is sunshine, rain or snow, you “never walk alone” with the GLs.In the indoor area always dry as well as at minus degrees, the zipper can open loosely! In this sense a beautiful working week, warm greetings from the foggy Austria!

–Wolfgang

Thanks for riding with Giant Loop Wolfgang! Go light. Go fast. Go Far!

Round the World Panniers – KTM 990 Fitment

By | Blog, Camping, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Panniers, Photos

Round the World Panniers on a (super-sweet) KTM 990

Photos by Jaume von Arend

Jaume recently sent his review of the Round the World Panniers  which he has installed on his KTM 990 in addition to his Klamath tail Rack Pack.

He continues to use a Coyote Saddlebag on his WR but has swapped out the saddlebag for our RTW panniers on the 990, now outfitted with SW-Motech racks, for longer trips. He’ll now be able to add a dry bag in place of the Klamath Tail Rack Pack if he needs to further increase volume.

To see the entire article…and to brush up on your Spanish head to Juame’s website,  www.traildreamer.com. The Google translate leaves a little to the imagination but you’ll get the gist.

 

 

   

KTM 1190 Adventure R and Siskiyou Panniers – Customer Review

By | Blog, Camping, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Panniers, Photos, Reviews

Our Siskiyou Panniers performed well in adverse conditions in the Hebrides.

“Very happy with my new panniers on first trip to isle of South Uist in the Hebrides.
5 hours ride there in a monsoon and five hours back even wetter.
Panniers fitted perfectly with 2 pronghorn straps and 2 heatshields,and never moved an inch.
Tent and sleeping bag kept bone dry.
Worth the money and the four week wait.”
— Iain from Glasgow Scotland
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KTM 1190 Adventure R and Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers

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KTM 1190 Adventure R and Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers

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KTM 1190 Adventure R and Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers

Double Hot Springs heat shield to provide full coverage. Giant Loop now also carries the Heat Shield Grande for larger pipes. Notice that the Passenger handles have been removed to allow easy mounting of the Siskiyous.

Double Hot Springs heat shield to provide full coverage. Giant Loop now also carries the Heat Shield Grande for larger pipes. Notice that the Passenger handles have been removed to allow easy mounting of the Siskiyous.

Named for southern Oregon’s and northern California’s rugged and beautiful mountain range, Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers combine the convenience of hard panniers with all of Giant Loop’s performance advantages. Rugged, rackless, lightweight and stable. Secures to passenger footrest mounts and rides on rear rack and/or pillion seat. Flexible internal framesheet conforms to array of racks and motorcycle makes/models. Cross-over wings create luggage platform for Dry Bags and gear, add stability and protect seat. Mounts/dismounts in minutes.

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Siskiyou Panniers Reviewed on ADV Pulse

By | Blog, BMW, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Panniers, Photos, Reviews

The Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers were recently in a featured review on ADV Pulse.

“These ‘soft’ side bags are designed to offer the convenience and capacity (70 liters total) of hard panniers but with the rugged durability we’ve come to expect from the pioneering soft luggage company.”

Named for southern Oregon’s and northern California’s rugged and beautiful mountain range, Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Pannier waterproof soft luggage combines the convenience of hard panniers with all of Giant Loop’s performance advantages. Rugged, rackless, lightweight and stable. Secures to passenger footrest mounts and rides on rear rack and/or pillion seat. Flexible internal framesheet conforms to array of racks and motorcycle makes/models. Cross-over wings create luggage platform for Dry Bags and gear, add stability and protect seat. Mounts/dismounts in minutes.

ADV Pulse put together an excellent, comprehensive overview of the bags and their fitment on four separate motorcycles; the BMW R1200GS Adventure (with racks), KTM 1290 Super Adventure (no racks), KTM 990 Adventure R (with racks) and Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT (no racks).

“What we liked:

  • Bulletproof construction.

  • Large capacity bags with no racks required.

  • External pockets are nice for things you need quick access to.

  • Freedom of movement for aggressive off-road riding”

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Siskiyou Panniers, KTM 1290 Adventure and BMW R1200GS Adventure

 

Siskiyou Panniers KTM 1290 Adventure

“One advantage of riding off-road with the Siskiyou Panniers is that they are large enough that you can often forgo a top bag on shorter trips.

In this configuration, you can position your body far back on the bike when you encounter difficult off-road terrain.”

Siskiyou Panniers KTM 1290 Adventure

Siskiyou Panniers KTM 1290 Adventure

 

Siskiyou Panniers with Pronghorn Strap Attachment

Siskiyou Panniers with Pronghorn Strap Attachment (shown on left)

ADV Pulse also noted that the Pronghorn straps are great, super-secure way to attach the bags to the bike

ADV Pulse is a website that covers all thing Adventure Moto. Visit their site for tips, video, photos and more reviews like this one!

Giant Loop Torngat Tunnel Bag and Tracker Packer on the Grand Canyon

By | Blog, Camping, Dry Bags, Giant Loop Gear, paddlesports, Photos

Giant Loop Torngat Tunnel Bag and Tracker Packer on the Grand Canyon

“This spring I had the good fortune to spend 20 days in the Grand Canyon, rafting the Colorado River. On an expedition of that length in addition to ensuring you don’t run out of beer(we didn’t) or whiskey (we did), you want your gear to be durable and reliable.

I chose to take a Torngat Dry Bag as my smaller, accessible day bag. I kept all my extra clothing, drysuit, sun protection and snacks in it and the split interior helped me to organize and locate things easily. The multiple lash-down points on the exterior of the bag made it a favorite of the riggers – it was easy to get a good, solid cinch on the bag to ensure it stayed in the boat in even the gnarliest rapids. I also loved the reflective stripping on the bag which made it easy to locate (or not trip over) in the dark.

Morning rigging with the Torngat Tunnel bag at Nankoweap

Torngat Tunnel bag in the Grand Canyon

In addition to the Torngat I also took an assortment of saddlebag dry pods that that kept all my gear within my huge drybag sorted. The pods were great on the sandy and wet beach camps once the daily gear explosion happened when we got into camp.

Giant Loop Torngat bag at Nankoweap

Giant Loop Torngat bag at Nankoweap

Tracker Packer and PFD

Tracker Packer and PFD

Finally we took a Gen3 Spot and Tracker Packer  – mainly to check in daily with family especially my Google Earth-obsessed father but also as a back up to the satellite phone that was required by parks service.”

 

–Ingrid, Giant Loop Retail and Marketing Manager

Tracker Packer and Gen3 Spot on the Colorado River

Tracker Packer on the captain.

Tracker Packer and Gen3 Spot on the Colorado River

Tracker Packer and Gen3 Spot on the Colorado River

Giant Loop Rider: Photographer Donni Reddington on Husqvarna FE 501 with Klamath Tail Rack Pack, Fandango Pro Tank Bag and GL Fender Bag

By | Blog, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Husqvarna, KTM, Photos, Riders, Tank Bags, Uncategorized

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

Giant Loop’s Adventure Proof Packing Systems for Dual Sport Motorcycles featured in Donni’s photos:
Fandango Pro Tank Bag
Klamath Tail Rack Pack
Giant Loop Fender Bag

Husqvarna FE501 with Fandango Pro Tank Bag Klamath Tail Rack Pack and KTM with Giant Loop Fender Bag

Husqvarna FE501 with Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Klamath Tail Rack Pack and KTM with Giant Loop Fender Bag

Husqvarna FE501 with Fandango Pro Tank Bag Klamath Tail Rack Pack and KTM with Giant Loop Fender Bag

Husqvarna FE501 with Fandango Pro Tank Bag Klamath Tail Rack Pack and KTM with Giant Loop Fender Bag

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

By | Dry Bags, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, Photos, Riders, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, Uncategorized

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:

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* 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

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

By | Events, Giant Loop Gear, News, Photos

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

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

By | Blog, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, News, Photos, Reviews, Riders, Saddlebags, Suzuki, Tank Bags

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

By | Blog, Dry Bags, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, holiday gifts for motorcyclists, Honda, Photos, Riders, Saddlebags, Tank Bags

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.

Honda Africa Twin with Fandango Pro Tank and Great Basin Saddlebag

By | FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, Photos, Riders, Saddlebags, Tank Bags

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

Adventure Trio Takes On Mexico

By | Blog, BMW, Giant Loop Gear, Photos, Riders, Tank Bags, Uncategorized

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

By | Blog, Events, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, Panniers, Photos, Rally Raid Products, Riders, Uncategorized

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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Dream Roll 2016 Success Album

By | Blog, Camping, Dry Bags, Events, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, News, Photos, Riders, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Uncategorized, Video

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

Giant Loop Complete Cooking System

By | Blog, Camping, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, News, Photos, under $60

Whether you need the whole kit or just a few pieces, Giant Loop has you covered. The GL Cooking System Complete Kit includes these integrated components to provide an ultralight, super compact “go light, go fast, go far” camping culinary solution from the backyard to the backcountry.

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GL Cooking System: Complete Kit

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Vargo Converter Stove
Vargo Converter Stove – Titanium

Vargo Hexagon Wood Stove- Open
Vargo Hexagon Wood Stove – Titanium
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Vargo Titanium Flint Lighter
Vargo Titanium Funnel Flask
Vargo Titanium Funnel Flask
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Vargo Titanium Knife, Fork & Spoon ULV
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Vargo Titanium Ti-Boiler Cooking Pot + Pan

Giant Loop Rider: 50 States + 1 World Record = Danell Lynn

By | Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, News, Panniers, Photos, Riders, Tank Bags, Triumph

Giant Loop Rider: 50 States + 1 World Record = Danell Lynn

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GL rider Danell Lynn has earned the Guinness World Record for the Longest Journey by Motorcycle in a Single Country! She travelled over 48,000 miles over one year and is the first female solo rider to ever hold the record. Lynn rode her Triumph Bonneville equipped with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Zigzag Handlebar Bag, Possibles Pouch, Pronghorn StrapsRogue Dry Bag and Tillamook Dry Bag
You can read some articles about her trip in Cycle News and on Clutch & Chrome

Congratulations, Danell!

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GearChic.com Reviews Zigzag Handlebar Bag

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Gear Chic has been kind enough to share their review of the Giant Loop Zigzag Handlebar Bag: check it out here.
Thanks, Gear Chic!
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“It’s our smallest bag yet – it’s the dirt bike glove box! Sometimes you only need the bare bones basics — wallet, phone, registration/insurance cards and other small items. Perfect for dirt bikes and technical riding. Backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty!

Named for Oregon’s scenic Zigzag River on Mt. Hood.”

Giant Loop Camping Essentials

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Giant Loop Camping Essentials

David Schelske dual sport camping on KTM 500 EXC

David Schelske dual sport camping on KTM 500 EXC

At Giant Loop we’ve got you covered for all of your camping needs. Between headlamps, folding chairs, and survival kits, you’ll always be prepared when riding up to your campsite during either day or night. No matter where you’re going, Giant Loop helps you go light, go fast, go far.

Byte Headlamp
BYTE Headlamp

Featherlite First Aid Kit
FeatherLite™ First Aid Kit 2.0

Featherlite Survival Kit
FeatherLite™ Survival Kit 1.0

Joey Chair Joey Chair

Orion Tilt Hat Clip
Orion Tilt Hat Clip

Tenacious Tape Patches
Tenacious Tape™ Repair Patches

Zip Care
ZIP CARE™ ZIPPER CLEANER & LUBRICANT

Jimmy Lewis Trusts Giant Loop Gear on His ‘Tour of Idaho’ Ride

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Jimmy Lewis Trusts Giant Loop Gear on His ‘Tour of Idaho’ Ride

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Famed dirt bike racer Jimmy Lewis (one of the few Americas to stand on the podium at the Dakar Rally) rides the notoriously technical Tour of Idaho equipped with Giant Loop gear. For this particular ride he’s got the Coyote Saddlebag and the Fandango Tank Bag. These aren’t the first Giant Loop products he’s used; check out his reviews for our other gear, such as the Zigzag Handlebar Bag, MoJavi Saddlebag, and the Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder.

You can find all of Jimmy’s information on his website: Motorcyclejazz.com

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The Tour of Idaho is a 1400+ mile dirt road journey from Utah to British Columbia, designed for solo riders and small groups. Jimmy explains the ride on his website. The trail is for plated dirt bikes, not so much for dual sports, although there is a route available that is shorter and more dual sport friendly. “The Tour encompasses extremes of elevation (1,486′ to 10,420′) and climate. It crests 10,000′ three times and 9,000 feet a dozen times more. Technical challenges include mud, snow, extensive sections of technical single track, rocky trails, numerous water crossings and deep sand. Navigational issues abound. The Tour is in no way a casual undertaking. Yet the variety of plants, animals and geological features found along the way is amazing. The riding is varied, challenging and always interesting. It’s fun even when it’s really hard. If you are the type of person who feels comfortable rebuilding a bike in the middle of nowhere (with a bear watching) or lashing logs together to cross a swollen creek, the Tour may be for you.”

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There is a 45-minute video documentary of the ride, but it is not available for public viewing just yet. You can check out his YouTube channel for other great videos until the new one is released.

Dirtbike Test has a short article about the ride as well, where the video may be available for some.

Thanks Jimmy Lewis for trusting Giant Loop on your journey!

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East Texas 4th National Picnic Success

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East Texas 4th National Picnic Success

Rich Barnhart sent us a kind thank you letter this past spring for donating door prizes to the Fourth Annual Texas National Picnic. Giant Loop contributed a Tillamook Dry Bag, Zigzag Handlebar Bar Bag, Giant Loop Cap, Pronghorn Straps, and Giant Loop t-shirts as door prizes for the East Texas BMW Plus Motorcycle Club’s camping event that took place this past spring. Thanks to Rich and his motorcycle club for the positive response!

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Happy Customer, Curtis, Shares Husqvarna Supermoto 701 Travel Shots

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Happy Customer, Curtis, Shares Husqvarna Supermoto 701 Travel Shots

We recently had an email dialogue with a Giant Loop customer who wanted to share his enthusiasm about our products! Thank you for the kind words, Curtis, we’re glad you like our stuff!

“Hahah! LIKE is an understatement! I LOVE my Coyote Saddlebag! I love my Possibles Pouches! I’ve never had such a comfortable set of gear to ride with (and on at times!). I almost pity the person who asks me about them – little do they realize they are about to get blasted with excitement and enthusiasm! I’ve traveled on a bunch of different bikes and a bunch of different styles of bags and nothing comes close to the way the giant loop bag: a) keeps the center of gravity low, b) keeps the gear secure, c) keeps the gear protected. I’ve learned the hard way about A and always knew B was essential and Giant loop does C with style! (I love my dry-roll bags!) I’ve never felt safer carrying 40lbs of camping, food and clothing NOT to mention I can sit on top of the damn thing when I need a change of position!
-Curtis”

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Giant Loop Tech Tip: Installing Fandango/Diablo Tank Bag on BMW 1200GS

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Giant Loop Tech Tip: Installing Fandango/Diablo Tank Bag on BMW 1200GS

On some of the BMW GSs and other adventure touring and dual sport bikes, cleanly installing Giant Loop’s Fandango/Diablo Tank Bag requires a couple of extra steps. GL rider Whitney shared these pics and comments about routing straps on his BMW R1200GS:

Fandango/Diablo installation on BMW 1200GS

“Here are two pics of the original fandango mounted on my 05 R1200GS.”

Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag on BMW R1200GS

“I run the straps under the leading edge of the seat and down to the frame.”

Fandango Tank Bag harness strap on left side of BMW 1200 GS

Fandango strap right

“The left side is a tight fit, but I am able to shove the strap through.”

Once the straps are threaded through the BMW 1200 GS’s frame seat rails, leave them loose and pulled together in the middle of the bike. Then replace the seat and tighten straps. Once the harness is installed it can stay on the bike.

Don’t forget to install Vinyl Protective Film to keep your bike’s shiny gloss coat from getting scuffed underneath the Fandango/Diablo Harness.

Customer Mark from Washington State says there’s too much stuff under the seat of his BMW GS Adventure, so he’s routed the strap down to his trellis frame, which makes for an easy installation:

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Simon Cudby Starts UPSHIFT Magazine

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Simon Cudby Starts UPSHIFT Magazine

We’ve recently received an email from Simon Cudby with updates on his new online magazine called UPSHIFT. He sent us a PDF version of his magazine as well as a shot from his trip to Utah. Thanks for the news, Simon!

“Hello Harold-
I’m a big fan of your Giant Loop products. I’ve attached a shot of my 1190R from our recent trip to Utah.
Attached is a pdf deck for our new adventure/enduro website and online mag project called “UPSHIFT”.
We’d obviously love to have Giant Loop involved from the start!
Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for taking the time to have a look.
Thanks!
Simon”

Check Out the UPSHIFT PDF! 
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Giant Loop Rider, Wendi, Rides Badlands on KLR with Coyote Saddlebag

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Giant Loop Rider, Wendi, Rides Badlands on KLR with Coyote Saddlebag

Found in the archives and still valuable, Wendi wrote to tell us about her experience fitting her GL Coyote Saddlebag onto a KLR and riding Badlands. Thanks Wendi!

KLR Coyote

“Hello Harold,

Thank you for the information on your bags.

While purchased for my DRZ, I did use my GL Coyote bag on my larger KLR for a trip to the badlands last week and it worked great!

I also wanted to let you know that I can’t say enough about the durability of this bag. I am new to dirt riding and have been down numerous times on dirt, gravel, sand, etc, and my bag has no damage at all and doesn’t show any wear yet. I am so impressed with that, so a huge thanks for a great product.

Here’s a couple of pics of my awesome GL Coyote on both of my bikes. Works great – looks cool!

Thanks again,

Wendi”

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Giant Loop Round the World Panniers – Motorcycle Soft Luggage

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Giant Loop owner, Harold Olaf Cecil, explains the features of the new Round The World Panniers, Giant Loop’s 90+ liter alternative to aluminum panniers and hard luggage for motorcycles. Designed for adventure touring and backcountry dual sport travel – as well as motorcycle touring and motorcycle commuting – these feature rich, ultra rugged, stable, lightweight soft panniers mount to virtually any motorcycle luggage rack with flat, vertical sides using the rack manufacturer’s hardware.

Mounting hardware is not included, so riders can choose the best option for their luggage rack system. Giant Loop offers the Touratech Mounting Pucks, which fit most racks constructed of 18mm tubing, as well as the Happy Trails Pannier Mount Kits, which fit racks with a variety of flat and round tubing in an array of sizes.

Touratech Pannier Mounting Kit
Happy Trails Pannier Mounting Kit

Round The World Panniers™ combine rack-mounted convenience with the benefits of soft luggage for long haul adventure motorcycle travelers. Waterproof, lightweight, super stable and built to take the punishment of off-road riding, the Round The World (RTW) Panniers deliver 90+ liters of packable volume and weigh just 13 pounds. Main compartment rolls closed, additional gear can be secured to outside of Panniers with compression wings, and two huge pockets (one roll-top, one open top with draw cord) provide quick access to essentials. Includes two waterproof inner liner Dry Pods.

Go light! Go fast! Go far!