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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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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

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.  

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!

Guinness World Record Setting GL Rider Dannel Lynn: 1 Year On Her Triumph Bonneville Equipped With Giant Loop

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Guinness World Record Setting GL Rider Dannel Lynn: 1 Year On Her Triumph Bonneville Equipped With Giant Loop

Dannel Lynn, 1 Woman, 1 Bike, 1 Year, Black Tie 2 Black Top

STATS Crashes – 1 (slow speed on ice in NM). Tire Blow out / Flat- 2 (both rear). Standing bike dump – pavement-1. Bike dump on dirt – 1. Tires: Front -4 Rear – 8. Speeding Tickets: 0. States visited – ALL 50 & Canada. Miles – over 53,000. Most expensive fuel-$5.989 (Death Valley, CA). Cheapest fuel- $1.749 (Soso, MS).

World record setting Giant Loop Rider Danell Lynn (Danell Lynn – Black Tie 2 Black Top) talks about a year on the road with her Triumph Bonneville motorcycle equipped with Giant Loop’s adventure proof packing systems.
“Thank Giant Loop for providing all the luggage systems, and encouragement- thank you- Siskiyou Panniers, Pronghorn Straps, Tillamook Dry Bags, Possibles Pouch, Fandango Tank Bag Pro, and the Gear Repair Kit.”

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.”

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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Giant Loop Customers Travel San Diego to Cabo and Back on Honda XR650Ls

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Giant Loop Customers Travel San Diego to Cabo and Back on Honda XR650Ls

A happy customer, Brad Davis, sent us an update on his recent trip to Baja with his friend. They used the Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag and the Rubber Boa Straps on their trip across deserts and dunes. Here’s what he says:4[1]

“Our Baja trip was the best vacation I have ever taken. Just two guys on Honda XR650L’s riding from San Diego to Cabo and back. We did 2,200 miles over nine days. The Coyote Saddlebags functioned amazingly and were able to carry everything we needed to camp and live for the entire trip. The bags carry weight well and did not noticeably affect how the bike handled. The Rubber Boa Straps were extremely useful and were perfect for carrying a quart of oil or a bottle of tequila.

The trip got better and better every day. We spent one night in a palapa on the beach in San Felipe. We hit 95mph on the salt flats going to Scorpion Bay (the XR wouldn’t go any faster). We rode with the Dessert Assassins Rip to Cabo on a rough section of trail into La Paz. We partied with Playboy models in Cabo. We camped deep in the sand dunes outside of Guerrero Negro. We got lost trying cross the desert at night. And finally made it back to San Diego without any major issues and some great memories.

Thanks
Brad”

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Giant Loop Moto Featured in Beyond Boundries Online Magazine

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Giant Loop Moto Featured in Beyond Boundaries Online Magazine

 

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“Whether you ride a sleek sport bike, a big adventure touring motorcycle, a versatile dual sport, a commuter super moto or a lightweight dirt bike, you will appreciate the minimal performance impact offered by carrying gear with Giant Loop high performance adventure proof motorcycle soft luggage, packing systems and camping gear”

Giant Loop Beyond Boundaries Magazine

 

Beyond Boundaries, a fledgling webzine has featured Giant Loop Moto in its latest publication. The magazine is a subsidiary of Xtreme Adventure Reports, founded and owned by photographer and journalist, Fred M. Krijgsman. The company taps into Krijgsmans vast knowledge of the 4×4 Auto Industry, the 4×4 Aftermarket & Accessories Industry, the Off-Road Racing World, Cross Country Rally and Extreme Expeditions & Adventure/Challenge Events.
In this month’s edition Giant Loop is featured alongside a plethora of exciting backcountry/off road products incuding Solo Stove, comprable to our Vargo Hexagon Wood StoveFlying Tents–an all-in-one tent that floats and doubles as a bivy, hammock or poncho, Klecker Knives and the Warn Moto Winch.

Tillamook Dry Bag and Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder Featured in Dirt Rider Magazine

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Tillamook Dry Bag and Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder Featured in Dirt Rider Magazine

Dirt Rider Magazine (Gas Bag and Tilamook Bag)
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.

Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder in Dirt Rider Magazine

Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder in Dirt Rider Magazine

Seiji Ishii reviews Giant Loop's 38-liter waterproof Tillamook Dry Bag for Dirt Rider Magazine

Seiji Ishii reviews Giant Loop’s 38-liter waterproof Tillamook Dry Bag for Dirt Rider Magazine

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Giant Loop Adventure Proof Packing Systems and Gear for Motorcycles featured in Tucker Rocky’s Transmission Dealer Magazine

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Giant Loop Adventure Proof Packing Systems and Gear for Motorcycles featured in Tucker Rocky’s Transmission Dealer Magazine

Giant Loop's USA distributor Tucker Rocky spotlights our adventure proof packing systems and gear.

Giant Loop’s USA distributor Tucker Rocky spotlights our adventure proof packing systems and gear.

Thanks to Giant Loop’s USA distributor Tucker Rocky for devoting a full page in the current issue of their  Transmission dealer magazine to Giant Loop Adventure Proof Packing Systems and Gear for Motorcycles featured in Tucker Rocky’s Transmission Dealer Magazine. The “New and Exclusive” section of this month’s issue features a cross-section of Giant Loop’s core product line of motorcycle soft luggage and gear for dual sport motorcycles, including the Diablo Pro Tank Bag (oops! printed as ‘Pro Tank Bag’), Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pronghorn Straps, Hot Springs Heat Shield exhaust shield, Zigzag Handlebar Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag and MoJavi Saddlebag (oops! photo shown is our Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack, which is optional with the 2016 MoJavi Saddlebag). All these products are perfect for any dirt bike, dual sport, sport or adventure motorcycle, as well as snow bikes, snowmobiles and even ATVs and UTVs (the highlight of this issue of Tucker Rocky’s Transmission). Our products are durable and stable enough for many outdoor pursuits, so we encourage customers to use our bags and gear on all of these vehicles. If you’re using your Giant Loop product on something other than a motorbike, shoot us an email with a picture for future blog posts! Thanks again to Tucker Rocky’s Transmission magazine for the kind words and full page feature. Powersports dealers in the USA can order Giant Loop products directly from us, or simply add them to your next Tucker Rocky order.

All of these Giant Loop products are currently in stock and ready to ship!:

Diablo Pro Tank Bag
Fandango Pro Tank Bag
Pronghorn Straps
Hot Springs Heat Shield
Zigzag Handlebar Bag
Tillamook Dry Bag
Klamath Tail Rack Pack
MoJavi Saddlebag

Tucker Rocky Transmission Magazine features Giant Loop

Tucker Rocky Transmission Magazine features Giant Loop

Fandango Pro Tank Bag on Kawasaki KLR 650 Rides Trans-Amazonian Challenge

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Fandango Pro Tank Bag on Kawasaki KLR 650 Rides Trans-Amazonian Challenge

Thank you Road Runner Motorcycle Touring and Travel Magazine for including Giant Loop’s Fandango Pro Tank Bag in Ken Freund’s story about his journey in completing the first Trans-Amazonian Challenge by MotoDiscovery and Motolombia. “The first Tans-Amazonian Challenge joint venture tour by MotoDiscovery and Motolombia is a daunting undertaking for participants and guides alike. A huge loop of northern South America is planned, more than 8,700 miles in 45 days, through eight countries.” Freund biked through Ecudor, Peru, Brazil, French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, and Venezuala with our Fandango Pro Tank Bag, as pictured in white, courtesy of our Colombian partner, Motolombia. The trusty tank bag withstood gravel and dirt roads, bridges, rocks and mountains without strain or damage to the bag itself or Freund’s Kawasaki KLR 650. The weather-proof Fandango Pro resisted all rain and splashing, keeping contents dry and secure while quietly resting on the gas tank. It comes complete with an easy-access zipper to the fuel tank, making refueling a non-issue in any location. Thanks again to Ken Freund and his team for trusting Giant Loop throughout their grand challenge.

Ken Freund uses his trusty Giant Loop Fandango Pro Tank Bag

Ken Freund uses his trusty Giant Loop Fandango Pro Tank Bag

A Brazilian local helps Freund fill his gas tank by simply unzipping the Fandango Pro Tank Bag from the included harness that is securely strapped to his Kawasaki KLR 650

A Brazilian local helps Freund fill his gas tank by simply unzipping the Fandango Pro Tank Bag from the included harness that is securely strapped to his Kawasaki KLR 650

Check out the Fandango Pro Tank Bag at Giant Loop

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Giant Loop Riders: 400-Mile “Lost Coast” Dual Sport Weekend on Honda CRFs with MoJavi Saddlebag, Klamath Tail Rack Pack, Pannier Pockets, Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack

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Cory and his buddies recently enjoyed an “epic” dual sport tour in Northern California!

Hello at Giant loop,

I thought I’d send you a few shots from our most recent adventure from the lost coast. Epic 400 mile two day ride with fantastic weather and terrain conditions. Thanks for the great gear. I put it through the ringer with brush, rocks, mud and an exit or two in the in a mud hole and on the gravel. Performed awesome. The waterproof liner for the Klamath tail pack fit perfectly and after several water crossings and a swim in the mud I opened it a the end of the day to find a puddle of water on top of the liner and my wallet, phone, and spare goggles dry as a bone. Look forward to lots more use as our riding season here on the lost coast is just getting started. You guys make it down this way and we’ll take you on a giant loop of our own.
Thanks again
Corey and the riders of the lost coast.

P.s. The pannier pockets with a 1.8 liter platypus hoser hydration bladder worked awesome, back up 1 liter on the other side. 1st ride without a pack on my back! It made a huge difference at the end of the day.

Honda CRF with Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack strapped to front fender, Pannier Pockets, MoJavi Saddlebag, Klamath Tail Rack Pack with Tank Bag Dry Pod inside

Honda CRF450 with Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack strapped to front fender, Pannier Pockets, MoJavi Saddlebag, Klamath Tail Rack Pack with Tank Bag Dry Pod inside.

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Cycle World Magazine Holiday Gifts for Dual Sport and Adventure Motorcycles – Hot Springs Grande Heat Shield

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Cycle World Magazine Holiday Gifts for Dual Sport and Adventure Motorcycles

Thanks Cycle World Magazine!

Naughty Or Nice? Five new products that beat the hell out of a bag of coal
If you like to travel light on your ADV or dual sport machine, Giant Loop is one of the favorite makers of luggage and accessories. One new item that’s fundamental to keeping your soft luggage from melting on a hot exhaust pipe is the oversize Hot Springs Grande Heat Shield ($50). Affixes to most mufflers with two large stainless steel hose clamps.

Cycle World magazine December 2015 features Giant Loop Hot Springs Grande Heat Shield exhaust shield

“If you like to travel light on your ADV or dual sport machine, Giant Loop is one of the favorite makers of luggage and accessories.” – Cycle World magazine, December 2015

Rider Magazine 2015 Motorcycle Holiday Gift Guide: Giant Loop Kiger Tank Bag + Pronghorn Straps

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Thanks Rider Magazine for including Giant Loop’s Kiger Tank Bag and Pronghorn Straps in the December issue’s Holiday Gift Guide. We especially appreciate that they were chosen based on Rider editor’s experiences using our gear!:

“Giant Loop, started in 2008 and based in Bend, Oregon, designs and manufactures soft luggage and accessories for dual-sport/adventure riding. Some of GL’s tough, versatile luggage we’ve tested over the years, like its Fandango Tank Bag and horseshoe-shaped Great Basin Saddlebag, remains go-to gear when we head into the backcountry. But you don’t need a bike with knobbies to take advantage of GL’s no-nonsense designs and rugged, mil-spec construction. We used the 9-liter Kiger Tank Bag ($290) on a weeklong, rain-soaked tour of Italy and then strapped it on our Yamaha FJ-09 long-term test bike. We like its zipperless clamshell opening, touchscreen-friendly map pocket and removable waterproof Dry Pod bag. And GL’s Pronghorn Straps, made of super-tough stretch polyurethane with unbreakable fasteners (available in 16-, 20- and 26-inch lengths, two per package, $16-20), are some of the strongest, most versatile straps we’ve used for securing cargo to a bike.”

Rider Magazine Holiday Gift Guide

Rider Magazine Shines “New & Cool Product Spotlight” on Tracker Packer

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Thanks Rider magazine for the October 2015 “New & Cool Product Spotlight” on the Giant Loop Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen3!
Rider magazine Oct 2015 Tracker Packer SPOT Gen3

On The Spot
The Tracker Packer from Giant Loop is a rugged holster for the SPOT Gen3 GPS-enabled location tracker and emergency beacon. The Tracker Packer attaches the SPOT Gen3 device to the rider’s arm, backpack shoulder strap, handlebars, fork tube or other location. Features include a high-visibility closure printed with “EMERGENCY” and the “Caselli 66” logo, a redundant double hook-and-loop attachment system, Slip-Not grippy backing, foam padding and reflective trim. The Tracker Packer ($40) is also available bundled with the SPOT Gen3 for $150. A portion of all sales will be donated to the Kurt Caselli Foundation.

Cycle World Magazine Dubs Giant Loop “Best Hard-Core Saddlebag and Tank-Bag Solution”

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“The best hard-core saddlebag and tank-bag solution we’ve found is from Giant Loop. Coyote 39-liter saddlebags (www.giantloopmoto.com, $360) attach securely without using heavy metal racks and come with heat shields to protect from the hot muffler. Capacity is huge, and three waterproof liner bags are included. Diablo Pro Tank Bag adds 4 liters up front ($210) and has a clear map pocket with a power cord inlet for devices. Zippered base has a fuel-cap cutout, meaning the bag can flip out of the way for easy refueling. There are cheaper solutions to carrying stuff, but these American-made pieces have been over mountains and across deserts with no issues.”
? ADV Lite, Cycle World Magazine, November 2015

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“Viking Biking – Riding Roots in Norway on an Africa Twin”: Adventure Motorcycle Magazine, March/April 2015

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With all of the news swirling around the introduction of the new Honda?CRF1000L Africa Twin, the timing is perfect to revisit the story Giant Loop owner/founder Harold Olaf Cecil published in the March/April 2015 issue of Adventure Motorcycle magazine about spending a week on the Honda XRV750 Africa Twin, riding dirt, gravel and twisty paved roads in Norway last June. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF OF “VIKING BIKING – NORWAY ON AN AFRICA TWIN”:ADVMoto Mar 2015 – Norway on an Africa Twin by Giant Loop’s Harold Olaf Cecil

Adventure Motorcycle magazine March/April 2015

Adventure Motorcycle magazine March/April 2015

Viking Biking - Riding Roots in Norway on an Africa Twin

Viking Biking – Riding Roots in Norway on an Africa Twin

Viking Biking - Riding Roots in Norway on an Africa Twin

Viking Biking – Riding Roots in Norway on an Africa Twin

Giant Loop Review: Australian Filmmaker Dave Darcy’s KTM 690 Enduro – Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Tank Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Columbia Dry Bag, Bushwackers Hand Guards

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KTM 690 Enduro with Giant Loop Soft Luggage

Columbia Dry Bag and Siskiyou Panniers on KTM 690 Enduro

GIANT LOOP – GEAR REVIEW – Siskiyou Panniers – Fandango Tank Bag Pro – Columbia Dryg Bag

We first used Giant Loop products to carry our gear from London to Sydney on our KTM 690s in 2012. We had a Great Basin on the back, some dry bags and a Fandango tank bag. This system worked really well. It was rider friendly, light, and could take the odd crash without falling to bits. Despite daily usage for four months, all the buckles and the straps and stitching remained intact with little if any sign of wear. If there were any sharp edges where we were mounting straps we covered them in gaffer tape to prevent chafing. Although I?ve up graded, my friends continue to use my original GL gear that took me on the big trip. It?s very popular with them and some of it will be used on our 2015 trip!

My next trip was an unsupported west east crossing of the Simpson Desert in 2014 and into the Flinders Ranges, a total of around 5,000 ks, of mostly dirt miles. I changed my setup slightly as we needed to carry heavy weights of water and fuel and I turned to the Siskiyou Panniers to keep the weight centralised and low. They fitted perfectly with my Pannier Racks. I upgraded to the Fandango Tank Bag Pro, that had improved access to my cameras and made charging accessories more streamlined. The great double zip mounting improved access to filling the petrol tank. They were topped with a double ended Tillamook Dry Bag. These doubled ended dry bags are excellent. Rather than rummaging around in a duffle bag trying to find what you want, you can quickly open either end. It sits perfectly atop the Siskiyou Panniers.

The only change for our south north crossing of the Simpson Desert this year is the addition of a Columbia Dry Bag. I used this bag last week end and it was brilliant (2nd picture below). It?s a double ended bag similar to the Tillamook with two additional features. A centralised handle so you can carry it like normal luggage and a webbed drying pocket to put those smelly or wet things in. Although not confirmed yet, I reckon in the desert sun this may become my mini drying room, but we?ll wait and see.

The Siskiyou Panniers copped a beating in the the first desert crossing and have now racked up over 10,000 hard kilometres. There are no signs of wear. I use GL water proof pods to make sure everything is kept dry. They are also handy to compartmentalise gear to make it easily accessible.

– Dave

PS: As the desert is cold for this ride in July we are going to try out some Bushwackers Hand Guards, I?ll keep you posted on how well they go.

Here?s a clip of the Simpson Desert Crossing, legitimate adventure riders that use and test adventure gear.

Giant Loop Review: Siskiyou Panniers in Germany’s “Touren-Fahrer” Magazine

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Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers get an “Empfehlung” (Recommend) rating from Germany’s Touren-Fahrer (Touring Rider) in the August issue of the magazine! Thanks Touratech Germany for making it happen.

Germany's "Touren-Fahrer" Magazine Recommends Giant Loop's Siskiyou Panniers

Germany’s “Touren-Fahrer” Magazine Recommends Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers in its August 2015 issue

Here’s what Touren-Fahrer writes in its “W8-Watchers” universal motorcycle softbags buyers guide (note that the Google translation missed a couple of words if any German speakers can help us out!):

Material: Bombshell , vinyl coated polyester , 1050 Ballistic Nylon Cordura. Volume: 35 liters. Dimensions (WxHxD): 45 x 33 x 18 cm. Weight: 4,8 kg (pair). Leak test: Passed. Integral-helmet -compatible: Yes.
Equipment: Good access royal large main compartment with zippered cover with two click close and integrated lid pockets with zip, reflector circumferentially, vehicle facing side upholstered, yellow interior rule with roll closure, lashing on Taschendekel and Velcro Steg, 2 heat shields with large hose clamps, 2 large side pockets for receiving two-liter petrol bottles. Mounting: 2 straps, wide velcro jetty, 2 lashing straps. Accessories: paint protection film. Fit: Very good, of additional spacer disc to be able. Pillion Suitable: No. Color: Black.

Conclusion: A lot of space, waterproof and top handles. Although Giant Loop is the pricing spearhead, they are a real alternative for hard luggage objectors.

And in German:

Material: Bomb Shell, vinylbeschichtetes Polyester, 1050 Nylon Ballistic Cordura. Volumen: je 35l. Masse (BxHxT): 45 x 33 x 18 cm. Gewicht: 4,8 kg (Paar). Dichtigkeitstest: bestanden. Integral-helm-tauglich: ja.
Ausstattung: gut zugangliches grosses Hauptfach mit RV deckel mit zwei Klickschliessen und integriertem innefach mit RV, reflektor umlaufend, zum Fahrzeug gewandte Seite ungepolstert, gelbe innenschen mit Rollverschluss, Zurrgurte auf Taschendekel und Klettsteg, 2 Hitzeschutzbleche mit grossen Schlauchschellen, 2 grosse Seitentaschen zur Aufnahme von Zwei-Liter-Benzinflaschen. Befestigung: 2 Gurte, breiter Klettsteg, 2 Zurr-Riemen, Zubehor: Lackschutzfolie. Passform: sehr gut, zusatzlicher Abstandhalter erdorderlich. Soziustauglich: nein. Farbe: Schwarz.

Fazit: Viel Platz, wasserdicht und top verarbeitet. Auch wenn Giant Loop die preisliche Speerspitze bildet, sind sie eine echte Alternative fur Kofferverweigerer.

Having ridden thousands of miles with the Siskiyou Panniers and a passenger, that would be the point we would quibble with the editors about!

Giant Loop's Siskiyou Panniers in Germany's Touren-Fahrer magazine's "W8-Watchers" universal softbags buyers guide

Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers in Germany’s Touren-Fahrer magazine’s “W8-Watchers” universal softbags buyers guide

Giant Loop’s Kurt Caselli Foundation Tracker Packer “Cool Product of the Month” – Dirt Rider Magazine

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Thank you Dirt Rider Magazine for the choosing Giant Loop’s Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen3 for the June 2015 issue’s “Tear Offs: Cool Product of the Month”! Support the Kurt Caselli Foundation‘s mission to make off-road racing and riding safer for motorcyclists!

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Dirt Rider Magazine, June 2015, “Tear Offs: Cool Product of the Month” Giant Loop Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen3

“Thinking about picking up a Spot Gen3 GPS-enabled location tracker and emergency beacon for your off-road adventures? Well, be sure to check out the Giant Loop Tracker Packer to carry it in, the first officially endorsed safety product from the Kurt Caselli Foundation.

This super-rugged and secure Tracker Packer firmly attaches the Spot Gen3 device to the rider’s arm, backpack shoulder strap, handlebar, fork tube, or many other locations. . . . . ”

Dirt Rider Magazine, June 2015, “Tear Offs: Cool Product of the Month”

 

Giant Loop Review: ADV Pulse – “New Columbia Dry Bag Raising the Bar In Motorcycle Tail Bags”

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Thank you ADV Pulse for the thorough and well-researched review of Giant Loop’s new Columbia Dry Bag! 😀

ADV Pulse reviews Giant Loop's new Columbia Dry Bag

“New Columbia Dry Bag Raising the Bar In Motorcycle Tail Bags
Giant Loop’s newest 70-liter dry duffel bag gets bigger, better and smarter.

The Columbia Dry Bag is Giant Loop?s latest offering in their side-loading dry?duffel?bag line-up. With a?70-liter capacity, the bag features new design innovations targeted at the?adventure rider seeking a?durable, truly waterproof, high capacity motorcycle tail bag.”

READ THE FULL ADV PULSE REVIEW HERE!

Giant Loop Review: Kiger Tank Bag in Cycle World’s “CW Approved – New Ideas”

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Thanks Blake Conner and Cycle World Magazine for including Giant Loop’s new Kiger Tank Bag in the May 2015 issue’s “CW Approved – New Ideas” feature!

“Melting Pot – Five ways to improve your ride

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The tank bag has been around for decades, but Giant Loop’s Kiger ($290) is a rugged 9-liter bag designed for ADV riders who want to carry all of their gizmos. The zipperless clamshell design easily opens with gloved hands to reveal a waterproof Dry Pod bag, while the clear vinyl map pocket allows touch-screen capability for tablets and smartphones.”

Kiger Tank Bag in Cycle World Magazine's May 2015 issue!

Kiger Tank Bag in Cycle World Magazine’s May 2015 issue!

Cycle World Product Spotlight on Pronghorn Straps: “The best way to attach things to your motorcycle”

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Thank you Cycle World Magazine – and CW staff photographer Jeff Allen – for this awesome “Product Spotlight” on Giant Loop’s Pronghorn Straps in the May 2015 issue!

Product Spotlight: Giant Loop Pronghorn Straps
The best way to attach things to your motorcycle

If it?s the simle things in life that make you happy, you?re going to love Pronghorn Straps from adventure luggage and equipment company Giant Loop. Its motto is, ?Go light. Go fast. Go far.? And these reusable, lightweight, rugged straps are magnificent when it comes to quickly and easily securing just about anything to your motorcycle. Giant Loop claims there are a million uses, but did it count securing a surfboard or camera-mounted tripod to a liter-plus adventure bike for a 1,200-mile Baja adventure? Make it a million and two uses, at least. The super-tough stretch polyurethane straps come in three sizes and have proven to be indestructible and infinitely more useful than bungee cords. These beautiful little straps are now standard equipment in both my off-road kit and camera bag. ? Jeff Allen

Cycle World Product Spotlight - Pronghorn Straps

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Giant Loop’s Tracker Packer Awarded 2015 “Nifty 50” by Powersports Business

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Giant Loop's Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen3 wins Nifty 50 from Powersports Business

TEAM GIANT LOOP (left to right): Harold Olaf Cecil, owner/founder; Brian Frankle, design director; Dustin Cary, dealer sales manager; Paul Robson, shipping/production manager

Thank you Powersports Business for recognizing Giant Loop’s Tracker Packer ruggedized holster for SPOT Gen3 as a?top 50 new product in the powersports industry with a “Nifty 50” award. We are especially pleased to share the honor with the Kurt Caselli Foundation, with gratitude to Quinn Cody for the opportunity to collaborate.?A portion of all Tracker Packer sales are donated to support the Kurt Caselli foundation’s mission of making off-road riding and racing safer.