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How To Pack Light on Motorcycle Trips

By | bike packing, Blog, Camping, Giant Loop Gear, Panniers, Reviews, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, trail bike, travel, Video

Another informative video from Backcountry Adventure Motorsports that includes Giant Loop Round The World Panniers with quick release mounts, Fandango Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook and Rogue Dry Bags and Diablo Tank Bag

“Every time I go on one of my adventures I always pack stuff I simply do not use. This is a list of necessities to still be comfortable but really drop weight off the bike.“Backcountry Adventure Motorsports

Make sure to tune in to their YouTube channel for more

Great info — thanks!

Go light. Go fast. Go far…

Cycle News Honda CRF450L Project Bike Full-on With GL Gear

By | bike packing, Blog, Dirt bike, Enduro, Fuel, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, News, Reviews, Riders, Saddlebags, Straps, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, trail bike, travel

GL’s Gas Bag, MoJavi Saddlebags, Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag and Pronghorn Straps on Cycle News project Honda CRF450L build — a trail worthy dual sport…

Cycle News Honda CRF450L Project Bike Decked Out with Giant Loop“Thank you guys again for providing the great Giant Loop products for our Honda CRF450L story.  The MoJavi Saddlebags, Fender Rack, Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag, Pronghorn Straps and Gas Bag are all really great products!  The story is in this week’s Cycle News. Thanks! — Sean Finley, Digital Throttle

Right on Sean, perfect setup on that bike!

Go light. Go fast. Go far…

 

Round The World Panniers Featured in BMW Owners Magazine

By | bike packing, Blog, Giant Loop Gear, Indian, Photos, Reviews, Riders, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Tech Tips

Our friend Wes Fleming who writes for BMW Owners News Magazine does a great podcast as well. His review of our Round The World Panniers and Pannier Mounts  is featured in the April 2020 issue, Member Tested Product Reviews section. Plus there’s a new product mention in the News section for the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag

Round The World Panniers Featured in BMW Owners News MagazineWes rides a sweet Indian FTR 1200 S with a single-sided rack. Our Pannier Mount fits perfectly and the big Round The World Pannier gives him enough room for all his gear

Round The World Panniers Featured in BMW Owners News Magazine

Thanks Wes!

 Go light. Go fast. Go far…

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The Ultimate Loop on a KTM 500 EXC-F

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dry Bags, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Overland, Photos, Reviews, Riders, Saddlebags, Tech Tips, trail bike, travel

Rider Aaron Steinmann spent three years biking around the world with GL gear on a KTM 500 EXC-F. One of our favorite websites Enduro 21 posted a great article about Aaron’s amazing journey…

“Pack light and keep it narrow to get through doorways. Doing a trip like this on a smaller bike means you have to think a bit more about the gear you are going to carry. I used the Giant Loop Coyote Saddleag to carry my gear in and one Tillamook Dry Bag. The Coyote Saddlebag has three dry bags inside. One had my tools, tubes, filters etc. Another had my cooking equipment and the third my minimal amount of clothing. In the top bag I had my tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, shoes and a few other things. I have two pouches also made by Giant Loop attached to the Coyote Saddlebag and they are a perfect size to fit the Motorex one-litre oil bottles. I also kept a few tools in there so I could tighten my chain or the odd bolt if it came loose without having to dig into my main bag.”Enduro 21

read the entire article here

For more about Aaron’s fantastic adventure go to his Instagram page at @braaping_kiwi

 Go light. Go fast. Go far!

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Diablo Tank Bags Reviewed at Road RUNNER

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, Overland, Reviews, Tank Bags, Tech Tips

So cool that our friends at Road RUNNER include maps of featured rides in every issue! Better still, their maps fit perfectly in GL Diablo Tank Bag clear pockets…

Giant Loop's Diablo Tank Bag

“There are many types of luggage systems for different needs, but the tank bag is the tool of choice for immediate access to small gear. Giant Loop’s Diablo Tank Bag was designed with dual sport motorcycles and off-road usage in mind.” —  Road RUNNER

Our tank bags are popular with photographers, which is why we lined them with hook-and-loop accepting fabric. Check out this perfect customization to safely accommodate camera gear…

Go custom!

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Touring With a Great Basin Saddlebag and Tillamook Dry Bag

By | Adventure Touring, Blog, Indian, Overland, Reviews, Saddlebags, travel, Video

Check out this excellent video by Motogypsy of riding an Indian Scout Sixty in Ecuador with a Great Basin Saddlebag and Tillamook Dry Bag

“A solo motorcycle ride to Laguna Quilotoa, the Black Sheep Inn, rescued wildlife, rural Ecuadorian life in the Sierras, rescued female condor, la vaca loca from the vantage point of a modified Indian Scout Sixty.”Motogypsy

Go light. Go fast. Go far! 

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GL Gas Bag is King of the Hill

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Fuel, Giant Loop Gear, News, Reviews, Tech Tips, travel, Video

How to carry extra fuel? Thanks to Adventure Rider for this great review of the Giant Loop Gas Bag

https://advrider.com

“The absolute king of the hill for carrying extra fuel and also having a small pack size when you don’t need it is, the Giant Loop Gas Bag, available in 1, 2, 3 and 5-gallon sizes. As the Giant Loop Gas Bag is soft set up, besides not being prone to cracking like the solid version from vibration it is also extremely durable and can take an amazing amount of impact if you do fall on it in a crash.”@RTWPAUL, Adventure Rider

read the entire article here

Go light. Go fast. Go far! 

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The Advantages of Soft Luggage

By | Adventure Touring, Blog, BMW, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, Reviews, Saddlebags, travel, Video

Eric from Ride Adventures presents a balanced perspective on the relative advantages of soft luggage, using the Great Basin Saddlebag as his example on his Honda Africa Twin

“Hey ADV Riders, today we’re doing a review on soft vs hard luggage systems on a few of our adventure motorcycles. We break it down to 9 categories; protection, weight, waterproofness, durability, ease of access, ease of installation, versatility, safety, and compatibility. Two solid competitors but only one winner. Watch to find out which wins our vote!”Eric Lange, Ride Adventures

Cool video Eric!

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Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag Reviewed by ThumperTalk

By | bike packing, Blog, Giant Loop Gear, Reviews, Tank Bags, Tech Tips

Our thanks to ThumperTalk for talking about our Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag

photo by ThumperTalk

“Nice bag and really lives up to the demons of rougher riding without getting in your way or flopping around. Enthusiasm is very high for riding right now and it seems like it’s being rediscovered. I hope all is well with you and yours. All the best!” — Bryan G. Bosch, ThumperTalk.com

Congratulations on 20 great years Bryan — we look forward to more TT!

Round The World Panniers Reviewed

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dirt bike, Giant Loop Gear, News, Panniers, Reviews, Video

Cool video from Backcountry Adventure Motorsports reviewing our Round The World Panniers and 10 Barrel Lager both from Bend, OR

“If you are looking for a set of quality soft panniers that are not only light weight, but have TONS of room, look no further. the Giant Loop Round the World Panniers are everything you need for those epic adventures.”Backcountry Adventure Motorsports

Great video — we love Gear & Beer..!

Siskiyou Panniers Reviewed on Motorcycle Gear Hub

By | bike packing, Blog, Giant Loop Gear, News, Panniers, Reviews, Saddlebags, Tech Tips

Roy from Motorcycle Gear Hub wrote an awesome review of our Siskiyou Panniers that shows how functional the panniers are for a big cruiser…

The Siskiyou Panniers from Giant Loop are the sort of panniers that you can wholeheartedly trust to ride for weeks on end through all forms of terrains, weather conditions and riding distances. In their raw essence, the Siskiyou Panniers are de-facto rigid panniers without the inconveniences of rigid panniers. Truly, the Siskiyou Panniers are as close as one can get to rigid panniers without having to worry about breaking them in an off, installing absurd racking mounts that require a degree in mechanical engineering or hearing annoying vibrations any time your suspension is at work.Top overall quality, heavy duty, immense storage capacity, epic reliability, utilitarian in nature and supreme functionality for both off-road and on-road/street riders; that’s the Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers in a nutshell. Add their Burt Reynolds‘ virile allure and you’ve got a recipe for a set of panniers that genuinely merit their purchasing with no second thoughts. Motorcycle Gear Hub’s seal of approval and most recommended!” — Roy Lopez

So cool to see they fit your sweet V-twin so well — thanks Roy!

Unconventional But Effective on a KTM

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Dry Bags, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, Overland, Photos, Reviews, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, trail bike, travel

Check out these amazing photos from a customer riding a KTM 500 EXC Six Days Edition with an unconventional, but effective Giant Loop luggage set up. He’s strapped two Tillamook Dry Bags to his luggage racks and running a Fandango Tank Bag on top as well…

“Hi, Giant Loop Team! Here are some pictures. Mostly India, Pakistan, Iran, Oman, Egypt and all the way down to South Africa. I’m still on the road. You got a great product!” — Frank Neikes 

He’s put a lot of miles on this improvised set-up, and apparently loves it. Excellent Frank, thanks for the photos!

Go light. Go fast. Go far…

Riding the Canadian Trans-Labrador Highway

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Giant Loop Gear, Overland, Reviews, Riders, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, travel

We love this Adventure Rider series that follows a trek along the Trans-Labrador Highway north of Quebec. It covers everything you need to know to make the ride…

Riding the Trans-Labrador Highway with Giant Loop

“Match your luggage to your bike. When I rode the Trans Lab, I was on a small-capacity Yamaha WR250R and didn’t want the added weight of heavy panniers. For that reason I used Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddle Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Diablo Tank Bag and Possibles Pouch to haul all my clothes, camping gear, cooking kit, tools and other assorted gear.” — Zac Kurylyk

Riding the Trans-Labrador Highway with Giant Loop

So rad, Zac – thanks for including Giant Loop…

check out Zac’s entire series of Trans-Labrador articles here!

Go light. Go fast. Go far!

Diablo Tank Bag on a Yamaha WR250

By | Beta, Blog, Giant Loop Gear, Photos, Reviews, Tank Bags, Yamaha

An email and photo of our Diablo Tank Bag on a Yamaha WR250 from a very happy GL-for-life customer

Diablo Tank Bag on a Yamaha WR250“I just wanted to let you know my Diablo Pro has been OUTSTANDING. The quality craftsmanship is second to none and I not only get compliments from fellow-ADV riders, but try and sway their decision to spend the money for a life-long tank bag. Cheers from PA. Stay safe man!” – Nate Shank

Thank you so much for the kind and encouraging words. We hope you, your family and community are staying safe and healthy… 

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Pronghorn Straps in Action

By | bike packing, Blog, Deals, FAQ, Giant Loop Gear, Reviews, Straps, Tech Tips

The first video in the Dork in the Road “5-in-5” Series — covering five things you need to know in five minutes or less. This episode focused on our Pronghorn Straps

“The new and improved Giant Loop Pronghorn straps are an inexpensive, durable, and versatile piece of gear that are useful for a multitude of dual sport, adventure motorcycle, and other off road/outdoor adventures. Looking for a quick and easy way to securely attach gear to your motorcycle, side by side, 4×4, boat, backpack, or any other outdoor adventure gear or vehicle?  These polyurethane straps are dead simple, weather resistant, and hold strongly and securely no matter the application.” — Dork in the Road

Use promo code “dorkintheroad” to save 10% of this or any other purchase from GiantLoopMoto.com

We love “Dork in the Road”!

New 2020 Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag

By | Blog, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, Reviews, Tank Bags, Video

Dean Edamura at AdventureRider.com wrote a great piece recently on our newly redesigned Buckn’ Roll Tank Bag

“Giant Loop specializes in packing systems for dirt, dual sport, enduro and ADV bikes, and their completely redesigned for 2020 Buckin’ Roll tank bag is a great example of what sets their products apart. The small design of the Buckin’ Roll is like a fanny pack for your motorcycle, but with none of the suburban-Dad-in-flip-flops-and-socks stigma. At 1.5 liters, it has enough space for emergency spares, wallet, car keys, and features a compartment on top with a clear cover to allow the rider to read their smartphone maps on the go. A pass-through for a power cable allows you to charge your devices while they are still safely tucked away…”  —by Dean Edamura, advrider.com

read the entire review here…

Thanks for the kind words, Dean!

Our Fuel Bag Reviewed

By | 4x4, Adventure Touring, Arctic Cat, ATV, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dirt bike, Fuel, Giant Loop Gear, Photos, Reviews, Tech Tips, trail bike, travel

We’re very proud of this product

The Gas Bag

“Space is always a concern when traveling off-road, and the distance between filling stations can be enormous. The Gas Bag allows off-roaders to roll up the empty container and minimize storage when they are empty. They are a very tough ballistic nylon and can be easily moved from the truck and strapped to an ATV, side-by-side, dirt bike, snow bike or snowmobile using the daisy-chain webbing. With sizes of 1, 2, 3 or 5 gal., you can match a Gas Bag to your needs.” — Perry Mack, 4WDrive Magazine

GL Gas Bag

Thanks, Perry — always fantastic to get a great review!

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The Expander Adventure Tent

By | Blog, Camping, Deals, Events, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, News, Reviews

Thanks to all for giving us miles of smiles! By now, you may have gotten the joke. Our EXPANDER Tent prank for April Fool’s Day generated an outpouring of shares and comments – and it was posted on many media sites, including Cycle News, ADV Pulse, Adventure Motorcycle Magazine, Expedition Portal, Adventure Rider and other online media outlets. Please keep it going by sharing it with a straight face!

HAPPY APRIL FOOLS!

If you didn’t get the joke – or the juicy “Easter Egg” on the shopping cart check out our page for the EXPANDER, we’re going to leave it up during April. Click the link, read some of the hilarious reviews – and write one of your own – then go to the “shopping cart” to claim your reward…

Why I Love Giant Loop

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dirt bike, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, News, Photos, Reviews, Straps, Tech Tips, trail bike, travel

Rider Jaume writes to us about our new Pronghorn Straps

Why I Love Giant Loop“When I’m traveling through mountains or across deserts I can’t take any risks, so I always trust Giant Loop to carry my gear. Light, reliable, resistant and well designed.  They have never let me down, which is why they are my constant travel companions. Best regards!” — Jaume von Arend, Fòrum Gastronòmic

Cool, Jaume — we love you too!

giant loop 32 inch pronghorn strapsHave you seen our new Pronghorn Straps?  Check them out here…

THE GIANT LOOP on a KTM 500 EXC

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, ATV, bike packing, Blog, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Photos, Reviews, Riders, Saddlebags, Straps, travel

He made it, around-the-world!!!

Round-The-World on a KTM 500 EXC

“After 139,870K through 51 different countries on 6 continents over three and a half years — yesterday I finally made it to Bluff, the end of my journey. I hadn’t planned on going there yesterday, but after seeing rain was forecast I decided to head to Invercargill and before I knew it — I was doing a wheelie on the beach. It seems appropriate because this is how my “Forrest Gump” type journey has been mostly, which is unplanned and taking it day by day. I never set out to ride around the world. After Oregon, I decided Alaska was a better ending point. And then, for whatever reasons I thought I’ll turn around and ride it back home to New Zealand. A big thanks to Harold Olaf Cecil at Giant Loop, Dave at Adventure-Spec, and MotoZ Tires who have supported me with gear. But especially, I would like to thank all of you who have either been following my journey on Facebook, opened your home to me or I’ve met in person. I’ve been humbled and grateful for all the kindness I’ve experienced along the way and it’s given me faith in humanity, which is one of the awesome things about traveling. So no matter what journey you have in mind, just go do it and experience the kindness out there waiting for you.” — Aaron Steinmann (photos by Burt Munro)

Round-The-World on a KTM 500 EXC

Words can not express how amazing it is to be a part of this… Thanks, Aaron

On to the next loop!!!

Exploring California with RTW Panniers on a Himalayan

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Dualsport, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, News, Panniers, Reviews, Royal Enfield, Tank Bags, travel

Check out this post by Jamie Elvidge on ADV Pulse about taking out a Royal Enfield Himalayan with some Round The World Panniers for a ride in the Southern California desert as she searches for some amazing art…

Round The World Panniers on a Royal Enfield Himalayan

“They call it ‘The Last Free Place In America,’ but I’m pretty sure the last free place in America  — or the world for that matter — is the seat of whatever motorcycle you’re riding. Adventure is always on the house, and as it turns out, so is plenty of art.”Jamie Elvidge, ADV Pulse

Check out another review of our RTW Panniers here…

Tackling the Great Pacific Divide, Canada to Mexico

By | Adventure Touring, Blog, BMW, Dry Bags, Dualsport, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, Overland, Panniers, Reviews, Riders, Saddlebags, Straps, Tank Bags, travel, Video

Awesome video from Backcountry Adventure Motorsports!  These guys have their BMW F800GS and Honda Africa Twin with Round The World Panniers, Pannier Mounts, Fandango Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag and Rogue Dry Bag

“In August 2019 we did the Great Pacific Divide ride based off the maps from GPS Kevins Website. did the trip in just over twelve days, but could have taken more time. This was an amazing trip. These trip is broken down into episodes makes sure to check them out in order for the best story. Thanks for watching!”Backcountry Adventure Motorsports

Nice ride!

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March Giant Loop Garage Night

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, News, Racer, Reviews, Riders, trail bike, travel, Video

Giant Loop is pleased to be presenting the Central Oregon premier of the new North East Backcountry Discovery Route film for our March Giant Loop Garage Night at Pro Caliber Bend! Please join us Wednesday, March 18, 6:30pm…

North East Backcountry Discovery Route film

From Ride BDR: “This epic 1,400-mile backcountry tour of the Northeast Region up to the Canadian border winds through 7 states and nearly a dozen state forests on dirt and gravel roads, challenging seasonal and Class IV roads, and twisty tarmac. Expect scenic views, endless forest roads under a canopy of trees, rocky expert-only sections and the highest elevations in the Northeast. Every state delivers a unique adventure riding experience unto itself.”

This film is gonna be amazing — we look forward to seeing you there!

Siskiyou Panniers Reviewed

By | Adventure Touring, Blog, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, News, Panniers, Photos, Reviews, Saddlebags, Tech Tips, travel

Great first impressions from Roy at Motorcycle Gear Hub… 

“GL — Shooting you a quick email as I published an article on my website with my first impressions of the Siskiyou Panniers after having inspected them and gone through their features. I’ll be publishing a more detailed review after extensive testing and taking them touring.

click here for McG’s Siskiyou Panniers review

Siskiyou Panniers

“I’ve pretty much been blown away by the quality and functionality of the Siskiyou panniers. And the article certainly reflects that.

Siskiyou Panniers

“On another note, I really look forward to also reviewing the Great Basin Saddlebag and Tillamook Dry Bag! Many thanks and best regards.”  — Roy Lopez, Motorcycle Gear Hub

Thanks for the kind words, Roy — we hope to hear more from you soon!