Jimmy Lewis Trusts Giant Loop Gear on His ‘Tour of Idaho’ Ride
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
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.”
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!
Tillamook Dry Bag and Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder Featured in Dirt Rider Magazine
Thanks to Dirt Rider Magazine‘s Seiji Ishii for the kind words regarding our 38-liter, waterproof Tillamook Dry Bag. His review published in Dirt Rider Magazine’s August 2016 issue confirms the strength, versatility and reliability of one of one of our most popular double-ended waterproof bags. Ishii points out that the Tillamook Dry Bag can be used in more situations than just the back of a motorcycle, including canoeing, kayaking, and rafting adventures (as well as snow mobiles, snow bikes, ATVs, UTVs and 4x4s!). The rolling closures at either end and the radio-frequency welded seams prevent water from entering and damaging contents – and our double-ended design provides easy access to gear from both ends without unstrapping the Dry Bag. “Think of it as a tube with a waterproof roll-top closure at both ends. This allows access to the contents from either side of the bag, on or off the bike. It also allows extreme adjustability to the volume of the bag.” Ishii used the Giant Loop Tillamook Dry Bag during a weeklong adventure motorcycle rally, the KTM Adventure Rider Rally in Crested Butte, Colorado. “The week of riding included trails that were so rough that metal chassis components were breaking on bikes, but the Giant Loop bag remained unscathed. The closures never hinted at opening and all seams and webbing remained unharmed. Rain, creek crossing, and puddles were plentiful, but there was zero water entry.”
Giant Loop offers this innovative double-ended waterproof dry bag design in three sizes: Rogue Dry Bag (17 liters), Tillamook Dry Bag (38 liters) and Columbia Dry Bag (70 liters). The Rogue Dry Bag and Tillamook Dry Bag are designed to integrate with the compression straps on Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag – or they can be used independently by strapping them to a tail rack or Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers. The Columbia Dry Bag features its own integrated anchor strap system (included with the Dry Bag, in addition to a convenient shoulder straps for off-bike carrying), an external wet/dry pocket and two carry handles. Because it meets airlines carry-on luggage size requirements, it also makes a super rugged, waterproof, versatile adventure travel bag. The Columbia integrates with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers and also makes a great companion for Giant Loop’s new rack-mounted Round The World Panniers.
In the same issue, Dirt Rider also featured Giant Loop’s Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder in its “Gear Bag” section. “Fuel your off-road passion with, what else, extra fuel. This bag-o-gas gives you one extra gallon,” Dirt Rider wrote. The Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder allows convenient fuel transport for motorcycles, snow bikes, snowmobiles, ATVs, UTVs and 4x4s, by carrying a gallon of gas in a flexible package. The multi-layer bag is a “go light, go fast, go far” solution for carrying extra fuel on any occasion and rolls up when empty for easy storage.
UPDATE: November 6, 2015
Apologies. Our manufacturing partner temporarily has put production of our fuel bladders on hold. We’re hopeful that we will have a revised design from them in the coming weeks, and that we will have production units ready to ship early in 2016. Thanks for your patience – innovation presents unique challenges.
Giant Loop Fuel Safe Bladders conveniently transport 1 gallon of hydrocarbon fuel for power sports in collapsible welded film containers that weigh less than 1 pound and roll up flat when empty. The MoJavi Fuel Safe Bladder is designed specifically to fit in the side pockets of Giant Loop saddlebags.
The Kurt Caselli Foundation is proud to announce the release of its first officially endorsed safety product, the Giant Loop Tracker Packer, a ruggedized holster for the SPOT Gen3 GPS-enabled location tracker and emergency beacon.
Developed in conjunction with The Kurt Caselli Foundation, the super rugged and secure Tracker Packer firmly attaches the SPOT Gen3 device to the rider’s arm, backpack shoulder strap, handlebars, fork tube, and many other locations. Redundant closures, multiple connections, and tether points, help prevent the SPOT from becoming separated from rider or bike, even in the roughest, most extreme riding conditions. The Tracker Packer enables riders to follow best practices by wearing the SPOT within reach, in a horizontal position for optimal satellite signal. By keeping the device in a visible, easy-to-access location, anyone on the scene can quickly deploy the SPOT’s SOS signal in the event of an emergency, sending the GPS location to an international emergency response coordination center.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Giant Loop and take the Tracker Packer from just an idea to a finished product” says KCF Rider Safety Adviser, Quinn Cody “This is our first mission related safety product and thanks to a great group of motivated people, we have been able to bring it to market in less than a year.”
Made in USA with military-specification components and materials, the Tracker Packer is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. USA MSRP is $40. The Tracker Packer is available bundled with the SPOT Gen3 for $150 exclusively at Giant Loop A portion of all Tracker Packer sales will be donated to the Kurt Caselli Foundation.
Giant Loop is donating a portion of all Tracker Packer sales to support the Kurt Caselli Foundation’s mission:
The Kurt Caselli Foundation was established in 2013. The focus of the foundation is the safety of riders and racers in the off-road motorcycling industry. While we understand the inherent elements of danger in this industry, we aim to help minimize this danger to the best of our ability. The foundation has a three-part mission that encompasses safety precautions for riders before, during, and after a racing career.
1. Before racing, we are committed to encouraging, developing, and standardizing safety precautions that will help minimize risk outside of the rider’s control.
2. During racing, we are committed to developing, establishing, and encouraging the use of safety equipment and policies to increase the safety of the riders.
3. After racing, we are committed to providing a safety net that allows and encourages former racers to further their education and reach career goals for themselves and their families.
The Tracker Packer represents a year-long collaboration between Giant Loop and the Kurt Caselli Foundation, with multiple Baja 1000 champ Quinn Cody providing direction and prototype testing.
Canadian rider and Overland Adventure Rally organizer Lawrence Hacking’s article recounting his experiences racing the Mongolian Rally appear in the February 2015 issue of American Motorcyclist magazine, published by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). He rode a 2014 Honda CRF 450X with Giant Loop’s MoJavi Saddlebag throughout the rally, and here’s what he wrote about it: “To lighten the load on myself, I used the Giant Loop MoJavi bags to carry the heavy items that I would likely need to finish, such as tools and a spare inner tube.”
Congratulations to GL racers Tracy Sheehan and Nick Sheehan for the strong finish in brutal conditions at the 24 hours of Starvation Ridge race! Looks like the Bushwackers Hand Guards came in handy.
Here’s Tracy’s report: “Here’s a small recap of the race this weekend. Mud, lots of mud… Nick crashed and hurt his shoulder and midnight still went out for another night lap. I had some intermittent bike trouble. Nick placed 3rd overall. I placed 5th overall. It was a very challenging weekend, but overall we had a blast!! I truly Love my Bushwhacker Guards!”
Seat Time host Brian Pierce thought his racing was done when he blew up his bike at this year’s BAJA RALLY – then he and his father got inspired and prepped his dad’s 27-year-old Suzuki SP 200 so he could finish the race!
Says Brian: “Here’s the 1987 Suzuki SP 200 with the GL MoJavi Saddlebag ready for the final day! our bags worked great. Let me know if you would like more pics of the SP 200 with them on there. It was the perfect way to use the bike you had to conquer a 300+ mile day in Baja.”
Congrats Brian – undaunted!
Here’s the recent Seat Time episode recapping this year’s Baja Rally:
“2014 Baja Rally Overall Winner Scott Bright joins us on the show and he’s followed up by Erek Kudla. The Baja Rally was a great experience and we would love the opportunity to attend again for Baja Rally 3.0.”
Giant Loop racer Lawrence Hacking competed in the 2014 Rally Mongolia on his Honda CRF450R. He equipped his bike with a Mojavi Saddlebag for the event and found it was a real benefit, carrying heavy items during the race.
His comment about the experience:??The MoJavi Saddlebag was perfect. Took the heavy load off my back – the only way to go for me.?
Hacking organizes the Overland Adventure Rally in Canada and is based in Ontario.
Here is the Press Release:
From: Baja Rally
Date:07/08/2014 9:13 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: Baja Rally
Subject: IMPORTANT NOTE: FUEL RANGE EXTENDED
Riders and Crews-
Due to at least one lengthy route on the BAJA RALLY 2.0, we will have a 205 mile (329km) special where we may not have a gas stop set up between 2 points 147mi apart. Its a situation we cant be sure of solving.
Therefore, the minimum gas range for riders and bikes has been raised to 150 miles indefinitely. Some riders will need to carry extra fuel on certain stages.
The Giant Loop Mojavi Bag has been used widely in rallies all over the world for riders to carry water, tools and gas. These are lightweight easy to use saddle bags to carry up to a gallon of liquids. Riders are using TouraTech’s 2 liter bottles on each side of the Mojavi in some cases.
I realize this is going to effect a few riders right off the bat and wanted to make sure everyone has enough notice to respond to the changes.
I welcome your phone call or email reply to discuss this further if needed or answer any questions you might have. Don’t hesitate to call 858 342-8222.
Giant Loop Racer/rep Rory Sullivan won the 2014 Funky Chicken race, on his Kawasaki KX250F, a couple weekends ago. Here is a video clip of some of the on course action from the guys at Worthless Films.
Congratulations to Rory Sullivan, for riding his Kawasaki KX250f to the lead and winning the 2014 Funky Chicken.
He passed Husqvarna racer, Jacob Argubright, in the last lap to claim victory! Thanks to Maya Hooper for the pic!
Motorcycle?racing is a strong part of Boano family heritage. The founder, Roberto Boano was an accomplished Italian and World Motocross racer. His company was formed in 1976 to sale and service off road motorcycles. The shop grew until 1981 when Roberto became an official Honda dealer, carrying the brand until 2010. Roberto raced the Dakar Rally 5 times, twice as factory Honda pilot, riding Honda Africa Twins in each race. His best finish was 11th in 1991. With?Roberto’s experience with factory rally bikes, combined with his two son’s, Ivan and Jarno, careers as ISDE Gold Medalists,?European?Enduro Champions and World Supermoto podium contender, the Boano family is well versed in getting bikes and racers on the rostrum.
In 2005, Betamotor of Italy chose Boano Racing to manage the Beta factory team in the World Enduro Championships and Italian Enduro championship. This alliance has gotten stronger in the last couple years, with Boano Racing building the Beta 450RR Atacama, a Dakar legal Rally Replica. Boano Racing supports privateer racers participating in FIM rallies, like Pharoah’s in Egypt and Sardegna in Italy, plus the Dakar Rally in South America.
Today, Jarno is in Egypt, managing racer Napoli Giulio and maintaining the Beta 450RR Atacama, during the stages of Pharoah’s Rally. Napoli raced the #94 Beta 450RR Atacama in the 2014 Dakar and retired from altitude sickness after the third stage. ?Wish them luck!!
Jenny Morgan has completed the Hellas Rally!
She rode the Rally-Raidproducts.co.uk built “LC4-50”, equipped with Coyote Saddlebag, from Jolly Old England to the event in Greece. She raced the event with support from Torque Racing and now will be riding/camping it back home again. This is the big test for the KTM690 Enduro, turned into a 450cc Rally Replica with a specially designed conversion kit. The goal of the conversion kit is to give Privateer Rally Racers a stone reliable and easy to handle FIM and ASO legal rally bike. A bike that can be ridden all year, plus survive the rigors of racing Dakar, without requiring major service to the engine internals.
Go Jenny and thanks for riding Giant Loop!!
Giant Loop Racer, Brett Cummings, just campaigned another race on his Strocam Mining KTM 450RR. This time he entered the Namaqua African Rally, and finished on top of the box!
Shown here prepping his bike for the Prologue.
He swapped lead with fellow racer Kenny Gilbert, in the final stage, but Kenny had to nurse a bad wheel and settled for second place overall. Way to go Brett!
Like many a Rally, the service work is done while the bike is sitting in the dirt, exposed to the elements. Lucky for Brett, there was grass in the Bivouac!!
There was a strange knock at the email door, last Christmas season. ?It wasn’t the first time that a well researched and experienced long distance rider contacted Giant Loop for luggage solutions.
Something was very different this time, since Canadian rider Kirk Hastings wasn’t outfitting a motorcycle and he wasn’t taking a trip across the Trans-Canada Trail, or riding the Haul Road to Inuvik, or traveling ?south to Ushuaia. He was building a Skidoo Freeride SNOWMOBILE for cross country racing.
Kirk had heavily researched a few vital components, for his and team mate David Price’s race machines, that he knew would give him the edge over race teams with conventional equipment. The issues he wanted to dial in were lighting, luggage and suspension. His requirements for the packing system were to carry 90 pounds of supplies and required safety gear. So, he began the search to find the best soft luggage on the market, for his race setup, and after looking at every luggage system on the planet, ?Giant Loop’s packing system became that solution. ?The benefits that Kirk wanted to experience were dry safety gear, loaded close to the center of his machine, in a bag that was easy to mount and remove, mounted in a way that didn’t interfere with the rider, upset the balance of the machine or overload its limited rear framework. ?While we have sold plenty of Great Basin Saddlebags, Diablo Tank Bags?and?Bushwacker Hand Guards?to motorcyclists for these very reasons, this is the first one destined for snowmobiles! The boys also found Pronghorn Straps to be very handy, keeping their gear secured tight.
It wasn’t just any little race, either, it was the 3300KM Cain’s Quest. Cain’s Quest takes place on the eastern Canadian coastline, in the region of Labrador, Newfoundland. The week long, 22 checkpoint, two rider team race starts in Labrador City. Then, the course runs out to the coast at Cartwright, across the coastal headlands and sea inlets to Nain, then back across land to finish in Labrador City. The racers ?cannot use any groomed or established trails and must navigate across the barren northlands, while dealing with extremely harsh winter conditions and carrying mandated safety equipment. Emergencies are regular and many, with 20 of the 29 teams entered ending their race with either a medical or mechanical. While a mechanical may not seem an emergency, ANY time spent with protective winter gear removed, to wrench and hammer broken bits back together, leads to frozen body parts. Frozen hands, feet and faces are the main concerns for racers, but crashing at speed has its own risks, with the constantly changing conditions, terrain and wind driven snows.
Link to some Elka Suspension test video from before the race.?The Great Basin Saddlebag looks solid and stable on that machine, as it rips the 2-3ft whoops, at 65mph. ?
Read the exciting wrap up to the race, in these?Cain’s Quest Facebook postings!?
I am sure our friends at Baja Designs and Elka Suspension were equally impressed with Team 7 SnoXcape’s finish of the 2014 Cain’s Quest.
Great Job Kirk and David!!
Hit this link for some POV camera footage of them during one of the stages.
The Desert 100 is always physically hard on the racers and their carefully prepared race bikes. ?Therefore,?I was, and wasn’t, shocked to hear news of GL racer Alex Sherman’s crash, while battling for a top ten position in last weekend’s event, and that it was a race ender! ?A rescue helicopter is positioned on the ground and ready for the eventual emergency evacuation of an injured racer. The chopper crew is usually busy during the event, providing life saving transport to the local ER for the urgent medical needs of downed racers.?Fortunately for Alex, he didn’t need any medical assistance, since he avoided injury.
His “lightly raced” 2014 Kawasaki KX450F wasn’t so lucky…
There are no rescue helicopters for injured bikes, however, and that leads to some additional suffering for the damaged machines, as they are ridden back to the pits or hauled onto the sweeper truck.
Alex’s KX450F, was one such motorcycle that was damaged to the point of no longer being race-able, during a tussle with a boulder filled dust puddle. When Alex crashed, the bike hit a hidden rock so hard, that it dented and punctured his upper fork tube, plus twisted his lower triple clamp against steering stop on the frame. As Alex rode out to the pits, the inner fork slider was hammered against the dent in the outer fork tube, hard enough to bend and damage the inner cartridge.
Here are some pics of the bike, with it’s smashed fork leg and lower triple clamp on the operating table, showing the extent of carnage the bike endured, both during and after the crash.
Check out this awesome race footage,from his chest mounted camera, that Alex edited together:
The crash is at 15:05 in the video, doesn’t look like much…
Dustin and Harold are on site in Odessa, WA, for this weekend’s Desert 100 offroad race. They are in good company with GL racer Alex Sherman, our friends Tracy Jeffries of Ride West BMW/Touratech, Chet, of PSSOR, Alex Martens, of Konflict Suspension and Darrell VanNieuwenhuise,?of Cyclops Adventure Sports.
There will be plenty of mayhem on the race course, but don’t think that camp is gonna be tame, either. There will be thousands of racers there to motorcycle, but with around 6,000 people total on site, the after dark bench racing is where other “championships” get decided.
Above pic of the encampment found with Google Images, couldn’t find a name to credit.
Dakar Rally participant Jenny Morgan was on scene, in Tunisia, at the 2014 Tuareg Rally. She took a bunch of really awesome pics of the racers, during the event, highlighted on her ADVrider thread. ?She shared several pics of racers on bikes equipped with Mojavi Saddebags, racing the stages. ?These pics are so cool, I must echo them here for our blog followers to enjoy. Thanks Jenny for your sharp eye and good photography! Follow her on FB, Jenny Morgan.
#70 Lee Salt
#302 Andrea Wenzel
#43 Chris Barwick
#28 Duncan Ure
Giant Loop Racer, Brett Cummings, shared his race resume with us (see below) ? and included his reasoning for working with Giant Loop.
“Why I will use Giant Loop: When training alone and with no backup, one really needs to make sure that you have all your tools, medical equipment as well as nutrition and snacks with you so you can be fully self-sufficient. With Giant Loop gear, this is made easy!
Thanks Brett!?The Mojavi Saddlebag is his bag of choice for rally and enduro training.
In 2013, South African rider Cummings finish 2nd in the demanding self-supported Malle Moto Class at the Dakar Rally, as well as 3rd in the Marathon Class.