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TAT’N Back!

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dry Bags, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, Panniers, Rally Raid Products, Riders, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, travel, Video

Great video update in Colorado from our friends Juan and Jenny heading west on a month-long Trans America Trail journey using Coyote Saddlebags, Diablo Tank Bag, Siskiyou Panniers, Tillamook Dry Bag and Pannier Pockets on their Rally Raid Honda CB500X‘s…

“A few more Colorado passes before Utah.” — Juan Browne

Check out more videos from Juan on YouTube at the Blancolirio channel

Go light. Go fast. Go far!

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Coyote and Diablo Bags on a on KTM 950 Super Enduro

By | bike packing, Blog, Dirt bike, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Photos, Riders, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, trail bike, travel

A couple good ones from customer SpeedyR who rides a KTM 950 Super Enduro

“Just finished a big chunk of the Kentucky Adventure Tour with a couple of friends. Coyote Saddlebag and Diablo Tank Bag worked great as usual. First time using the Diablo on the 950 and was impressed with the volume, ease of getting things in and out, and zippers. Need to get another base so I can use it on my (new to me) 500 and probably a MoJavi Saddlebag. Rode some of the ‘hard’ sections, and the western side of the trails this year. Two thumbs up!” — SpeedyR

Thanks Speedy — nice ride!

Go light. Go fast. Go far!

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Coyote Saddlebags, Diablo Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets and Zigzag on a KTM 790 Adventure

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Dirt bike, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Photos, Riders, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, trail bike, travel

Here’s an excellent photo of a KTM 790 Adventure outfitted with Coyote Saddlebag, a Diablo Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets and Zigzag Handlebar Bag

“Thanks again for the great customer service. Sharing a photo of my 790 Adventure with a lot of Giant Loop goodies on board. Great products GL team!” — Jesse Leatherman

Great setup — thanks for the photo, Jesse!

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Panama on a F800GSA with Fandango Bag and RTW Panniers

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, BMW, Giant Loop Gear, Panniers, Photos, Riders, Tank Bags

These images are from our friend Roberto in Panama who rides a BMW F800GSA with our Fandango Tank Bag, Round the World Panniers and Pannier Mounts… 

“In the photo that appears at the bottom, the closest thing that can be passed in a vehicle to the Panama Canal.” — Roberto Garcia

Stay safe Roberto — thanks for the photos! Go light. Go fast. Go far!

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Zigzag and Rogue Bags Keeping Gear Dry on a Polaris Razor

By | bike packing, Dry Bags, Giant Loop Gear, Polaris, Reviews, Riders, Side By Side, SxS, Tech Tips, Video

See if you can spot the Zigzag Handlebar Bag and Rogue Dry Bag under all the mud on the back of this Polaris RZR RS1!

“Traveling track to track. Driving a Polaris RS1 named RYzen. Almost got stuck in a deep mud hole!”Marcel Irnie

Great video Marcel — looks like fun!

Go light. Go fast. Go far!

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2020 Giant Loop Ride Rescheduled for September

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Adventure Touring, Blog, Dualsport, Events, FAQ, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, News, Rally Raid Products, Riders, trail bike, travel, Video

Check out this cool video shot by our friend Cesar at the 2018 Giant Loop Ride. It’s an excellent look at Crystal Crane Hot Springs

“My perspective on the excellent Annual Giant Loop Ride, I took my Honda CB500X, Rally Raid equipped, This bike does so well on dirt roads. It is one of the underdogs of the multi-cylinder adventure world.”Cesar D’Agord

Join us this September for the 2020 Giant Loop Ride. It’s shaping up to be Oregon’s largest dualsport rally!

Check out the updated sign-up page here

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Zigzag Handlebar Bag Reviewed at Sur-Ron

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

Ride lighter, faster and farther with GL Zigzag Handlebar Bag!

Zigzag Handlebar Bag Reviewed at Sur-Ron“The craftsman who made my seat, James Renazco of Renazco Racing turned me on to a fantastic storage solution for my bike. It’s called the Zigzag Handlebar Bag made by a company called Giant Loop. I cannot think of a better ‘glove box’ bag for my bike. It’s simple, convenient, well made and a great addition to my bike. The logo and silver accents on the front of the bag are reflective as well!”Mark Kitaoka, Sur-Ron

Great looking bike – thanks Mark!  

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GL Ambassador Danell Lynn Article in OutdoorX4

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dry Bags, Events, Giant Loop Gear, News, Overland, Panniers, Reviews, Riders, Straps, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, travel, Triumph

Keep an eye out for this beautiful adventure travel article by Guinness World Record holder and Giant Loop Ambassador Danell Lynn in Issue 36 of OutdoorX4. Written and photographed by Danell, “Colonial Mexico” recounts her travels on her trusty Triumph Bonneville “Amelia”… 

Danell rides with Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Tank Bag and Rogue Dry Bag on this journey, keeping it a little lighter these days than her world record setting ride of all 50 states in a single year — “Longest journey by motorcycle in a single country” — she is the first solo woman motorcyclist to hold the record.

“Giant Loop was my first and only bag choice as the ride began its planning. I am so pleased with it. The ease of use, and complete dryness of my gear through downpours, will keep me coming back to Giant Loop.” — Danell Lynn

We are proud to play a role in Danell’s incredible travels. She puts GL products to a degree of testing that would take most riders many years to equal. Her spirit matches our mission as a brand and company. Cheers, Danell!

Pick up a copy of OutdoorX4 and subscribe!

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O2Riders Rally Kits

By | Adventure Touring, Dirt bike, Enduro, Events, Husqvarna, KTM, New Product, News, Riders, Tech Tips

GL friend Alberto Mancuso of the company O2Riders based in Spain sold his first rally kit to a USA customer!

O2RidersAlberto’s primary business has been motorcycle tours of North Africa and Europe, but as the global pandemic put travel plans on hold, he accelerated product development and manufacturing. 

O2Riders is now offering these beautiful Spanish-made rally kits for KTM and Husqvarna enduro and adventure models. Bluetooth roadbook controls and other trick bits in the works. Currently, the website is in Spanish and Italian. English version coming soon

Buena suerte Alberto!

 Go light. Go fast. Go far!

Garage Night Bend Spotlights the New Yamaha Ténéré 700

By | Adventure Touring, Beta, Blog, Events, FAQ, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, News, Reviews, Riders, Tech Tips, travel, Yamaha

Please join us next Wednesday, June 17 at 8pm Pacific (U.S.A.) for a special edition of Garage Night Bend – a YouTube Live conversation with David Darcy of Motorcycle Adventure Dirtbike TV and Steve Smith from Adventure Moto

Yamaha’s much anticipated new Ténéré 700 has finally arrived in North America. Although we’re just seeing the first production of the Ténéré 700 here in North America, our friends Dave and Steve in Australia have spent more than a year riding and testing this bike!

Log on to YouTube using a Gmail account and submit questions to participate in the discussion and get their firsthand insights.

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Insta360 Cam Covers GL MoJavi, Buckin’ Roll and Zigzag Bags

By | bike packing, Blog, Dirt bike, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Riders, Saddlebags, Suzuki, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, Video

Check out this Bend, OR dirt bike chase with Giant Loop’s MoJavi Saddlebags, Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag and Zigzag Handlebar Bag

Shot with the Insta360, our dude Ryan chasing Instacam distributor Peter on a single track trail. We love how the MoJavi Saddlebag on Peter’s KTM 500 EXC never shifts, bounces or gets in the way. On Ryan’s Suzuki RMZ 450, the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag and Zigzag Handlebar Bag is also equally stable…

With Giant Loop gear, riders can pack less weight in their backpack and more on the bike for better endurance, comfort and reduced fatigue. Like it’s not even there!

Designed by riders for riders. Go light. Go fast. Go far! 

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GL on a KTM 790 Adventure R in Oregon Backcountry

By | bike packing, Blog, Dirt bike, Fuel, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Photos, Riders, Saddlebags, Straps, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, trail bike, travel

When the pros need gear that holds up on the trail, they turn to GL! Here are some excellent photos from Bend Motorcycle Adventures tour operator Jon Beaver’s KTM 790 Adventure R in Oregon Backcountry

Fandango Tank Bag

Coyote Saddlebags

Possibles Pouch

Be sure to check out Bend Motorcycle Adventures website and Jon Beaver’s podcast

Thanks for the great photos Jon! 

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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…

 

Giant Loop in New KLIM Taurus Mountains Video

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Panniers, Photos, Riders, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, trail bike, travel, Video

Internationally known filmmaker Tolga toured the Taurus Mountains in Turkey with Siskiyou Panniers and Great Basin Saddlebags

“From the rugged Taurus Mountains, to central deserts and towering cliffs, to northern forests, Turkey is an adventure riding paradise. We took an opportunity to explore the vast country, overcoming challenges that all adventure riders face at some point. Follow along as our small group immerses into the unique terrain rich with history, culture and new experiences.”Tolga Basol, tolga@ridemust.com

And he sent us these recent photos of his bike outfitted with a Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag and the GL Fender/Number Plate Bag on KLIM’s KTM two-stroke trail bike…

Giant Loop in New Klim Taurus Mountains Video

Giant Loop in New Klim Taurus Mountains VideoThanks Tolga — great to see you riding with GL!

 Go light. Go fast. Go far…

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Benvenuto Federico!

By | Blog, Events, News, Photos, Riders, travel, Yamaha

Our dear friend and new Giant Loop Ambassador Federico Tondelli has been on the team for a very long time. GL’s first trip to the huge EICMA Motorcycle show in Milano was in 2011. We had never been in the show, never been to Italy. We don’t speak any Italian. We needed a motorcycle for display in our stand in the USA Pavilion, so I started posting online that we needed a bike parked in our stand for a few days…

Out of the blue, Federico contacts us and offers to let Giant Loop take delivery of his new Yamaha Super Tenere at the show – all we had to do was roll it from the Yamaha stand to ours! We were blown away by Fede’s kindness and willingness to help. 

Since then, he has helped us in countless other ways. Last year, during the off-season for MotoGP (he is now the press manager for the Suzuki team), Federico rode in South America with GL gear and took a ton of beautiful photos.

Here’s shot of dinner from our 2013 trip to EICMA. That’s Fede (second from left) enjoying plate-sized Milanesa at a classic Lombardy restaurant in Milano…

“Dear Harold, I spent the whole morning to find some proper words to express how much honored and proud I am to read these beautiful words that you wrote for me, but I couldn’t. So please allow me to just say: THANK YOU. Giant Loop has a very special place in my heart. Not only as a brand, but also as the people like you who I consider a true friend besides and before any ‘business’. My trip in Patagonia has been a true life-changer for me and proved once again how much the GL’s products are well thought, well engineered and well done. Thank you, thank you, thank you!” — Fede

Federico has shared the truest Italian hospitality with us for many years, and has been a steadfast friend and ally for Giant Loop throughout most of our history as a company. Grande Fede!

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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Many Possibilities With a Possibles Pouch

By | bike packing, Blog, Giant Loop Gear, Riders, Tech Tips

Riders can store a complete tire repair kit in a Giant Loop Possibles Pouch

At a minimum, riders should carry the tools and supplies needed to repair a flat tire. Our Waterproof Possibles Pouch straps onto Giant Loop Saddlebags, Tail Racks, stock engine guards and just about any other stable attachment point. This video focuses on dirt bikes and dual sports with tube tires, but a compact air compressor and tubeless plug kit are also a great fit…

Designed by riders for riders. Go light. Go fast. Go far! 

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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!

Carrying the Essentials for a Moto Dog’s Life on The Road

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Giant Loop Gear, Riders

Author Jess Stone wrote us with a fun story about how the Zigzag Handlebar Bag is perfect for dog food and treats…

“During a North to South America motorcycle trip a few years back when I was a brand-new and impressionable rider, Greg and I were waiting at the La Paz-to-Mazatlán ferry terminal when a bright yellow Vespa pulled up and parked next to our bikes. It was swollen to nearly double its proper size and there was hardly a yellow panel that wasn’t covered with canvas bags stacked upon rucksacks hanging from duffle bags.

The rider, who could barely be seen as he pulled up, was German and a ship upholsterer by trade and, as he explained, was traveling around the world and stopping at ports along the way when we he needed money to find jobs refurbishing yachts. After exchanging a few pleasantries, he excused himself to retrieve the gear off his scooter that he would need for the overnight ferry ride.

In a mind-bogglingly complex and yet seemingly well practiced and methodical process, he retrieved three bags, exchanged their contents, returned two of them and retrieved two more, and then exchange the contents again. This continued for a solid twenty minutes during which the rider must have cycled through his dozen or so bags at least twice while Greg and I sat transfixed.

‘I’m never carrying more than a tank bag, two panniers, and a duffle,’ I said in a whispered oath to Greg who, mouth agape, only nodded in reply. Fast forward several years and 50,000 miles on the odometer, and now our German Shepherd Moxie rides with me on my same 2013 G650GS. Initially, I was excited to pass my share of the camping gear over to Greg’s F700 but then the reality set in of having to carrying Moxie’s kibble, treats, raincoat, a few toys, a travel bedroll, and other almost-necessities.

More gear to carry without an available rear luggage rack, meant that I had to make sacrifices: ‘You could go without shampoo, a razor, and things like that,’ Greg suggested. Or else I’d have to break the tank bag-panniers-and-duffle-only oath that I’d made years before. ‘Ok, we’ll try some new luggage options,’ I conceded. ‘But I’ll die before my bike looks like that f-ing yellow Vespa!’

Soon, reluctantly, I allowed a tank pannier bag to be hung from either side of my front plastics. But, the real coup de grace are the Zigzag Handlebar Bags, which we’ve rechristened as Moxie’s Pockets, that fasten to either side of Moxie’s K9 Moto Cockpit motorcycle dog carrier.

You might use yours for carrying sunglasses, Chapstick, and a few other useful sundries, but our Moxie’s Pockets are strictly for carrying dog treats, kibble, and a fetch stick – the essentials for a moto dog’s life on the road.” — Jess Stone

Author Jess Stone, her husband Greg, and their German Shepherd Moxie travel throughout Mexico and Central America from their home in Lake Atitlan Guatemala. Follow their travel adventures on 2 Wheels + 4 Paws on YouTube or at ruffontheroad.com

Check out the latest episode from and you especially won’t want to miss the Moxie’s Pockets view of Greg and Moxie’s ugly bridge crash at 09:47!

Thanks Jess!

Roadrunner Jonesy!

By | Blog, Giant Loop Gear, Photos, Riders, Tank Bags, Video

The one, the only. National treasure and legendary guitarist Steve Jones pictured here circa 2010 with a GL Fandango Bag atop his Ducati Hypermotard custom built by David Bingham, who owned Bend Euro Moto at the time this photo was taken…

Jonesy also played on a short tour with Billy Duffy, Billy Morrison, and Franky Perez as The Ducati All Stars which traveled up the U.S. west coast and included a stop in Oregon…

We love you JonseyGo light. Go fast. Go far!

2020 Giant Loop Ride is RESCHEDULED for September 18-20

By | Blog, Events, News, Riders

We hope you all are hanging tough and keeping your families and communities safe! By staying home and following guidelines, hopefully we’ll all get over the hump as soon as possible.

Because of the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have rescheduled the 9th Annual Giant Loop Ride. The new dates are SEPTEMBER 18-20. 

Check out the updated sign-up page here… 

2020 Giant Loop Ride is RESCHEDULED for September 18-20

To-date, we have 149 sign ups, including riders, volunteers, vendors and staff – our largest group yet! We hope you will be able to make the new dates fit into your schedule.

If you are unable to join us in September, it is a BIG help to Giant Loop if you can use your deposit as credit to purchase GL gear, or if you can apply it to a future Giant Loop ride or event. We also understand if you need to cancel and prefer to get a refund on your deposit, just shoot us an email with your request.

If you can join us in September, please help spread the word, invite friends and encourage riders to come help us make the 9th Annual Giant Loop Ride the largest dualsport rally in Oregon!