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

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

Message from Steph Jeavons: “Still loving the Giant Loop luggageūüėÄ”

Steph Jeavons has taken her Honda CRF250L further than any 250cc has been before, so far having ridden to 40 countries and covered over 55,000 miles! In March, we hosted her slide show presentation and her bike Rhonda here in Bend, Oregon. While she was here, Giant Loop had the opportunity to lighten her motorcycle and upgrade Rhonda the Honda CRF250L with our waterproof, adventure proof motorcycle soft luggage packing system: Great Basin Saddlebag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Possibles Pouches, Pannier Pockets and Pronghorn Straps. Go light! Go fast! Go Far!

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

Steph Jeavons on Honda CRF250L with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag

From her website and blog:
Steph Jeavons set off from the Ace Cafe in 2014 to circumnavigate the world. She is still going, and apparently, happily lost!

Steph has been around motorbikes most of her life with both parents and one of her two sisters riding as well. Her grandmother even rode bikes during the war! Steph herself has been riding since the age of 21. I think you can safely say it’s in the blood. In 2008 she set up her own off-road motorcycle school in the UK as well as desert tours in Morocco alongside the British Dakar rider Mick Extance.

Steph has ridden across the Atlas mountains and in the Sahara five times. She has crossed the US coast-to-coast four times, got muddy in Wales with names like John McGuinness and, just once, nearly punched Carl Fogarty in the face! Steph also worked with Nick Sanders setting up his expedition centre in Machynlleth.

She left all this excitement behind to pursue her dream of riding her motorcycle to all seven continents – solo!

‘I’m certainly no expert and I don’t confess to being a demon on two wheels. This adventure isn’t about speed. It’s not really even about the bike. It’s about living, learning and enjoying! Doing this trip solo on a bike just opens up all the senses and allows me to be part of my environment.’

Steph has taken her Honda CRF250L further than any 250cc has been before, so far having ridden to 40 countries and covered over 55,000 miles! Steph has survived extreme heat, freezing conditions, landslides and wind that blew her off her bike in Patagonia. She has camped, couch-surfed and stayed with fellow bikers along the way whilst avoiding the main roads and sticking to the dirt where possible. She touched down and rode her motorbike on Antarctica in February 2015 after successfully crossing the notoriously rough Drake Passage in a small sailing yacht.

Steph has given inspirational talks to motorcycle shows, groups and communities along the way. She also currently writes for Ride Magazine and ADV Moto as she continues her journey around the world on her little dirt bike named Rhonda.

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

Honda Africa Twin with Fandango Pro Tank and Great Basin Saddlebag

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Honda Africa Twin with Fandango Pro Tank and Great Basin Saddlebag

Honda Africa Twin with Fandango Pro Tank Bag and Great Basin Saddlebag

When Rox Speed FX owner Chris took his new Honda Africa Twin for an adventure motorcycle tour this past summer, he chose Giant Loop’s Fandango Pro Tank Bag and Great Basin Saddlebag for his trip – and he sent us some great pics! You’ll notice that the large passenger handles on the Honda Africa Twin create a space between the pillion seat and the bottom or the Great Basin Saddlebag – a perfect spot to stow away an extra layer or additional riding gear.

Honda Africa Twin with Giant Loop's Fandango Tank Bag and Great Basin Saddlebag

Honda Africa Twin with Giant Loop’s Fandango Tank Bag and Great Basin Saddlebag

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.  

Adventure Trio Takes On Mexico

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Adventure Trio Takes On Mexico

Terry, Sandy and Jack Borden, deemed The Adventure Trio, travelled from their home in California to the tip of South America on BMW R1200GS and F800GS Adventure Bikes. The adventure took 2 years and took them over 28,000 miles of incredible terrain.  They were recently featured in BMW Owners News Magazine in a story written by Sandy about their first border crossing into Mexico.

Sandy rides the BMW F800GS Adventure equipped with a Giant Loop Fandango Tank Bag and a ZigZag Handlebar Bag.

Mexico was the Trio’s first of fifteen countries on¬†their long journey south. To see more of their adventures, check out their website,¬†AdventureTrio.com¬†.

The Fandango Tank Bag and ZigZag Handlebar Bag are the perfect pieces to outfit any bike on any adventure, no matter where the road takes you!

No matter where you’re headed, go light, go fast, go far.

 

 

 

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Beta Polska Rides with Coyote Saddlebag, MoJavi Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Zigzag Handlebar Bag, Pronghorn Straps in Mountains of Poland

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Beta Polska Rides with Coyote Saddlebag, MoJavi Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Zigzag Handlebar Bag, Pronghorn Straps in Mountains of Poland

Writes Poland’s Beta Motorcycles importer: “I’m very happy I have a product Giant Loop. Sensational and super products. Regards, Andrzej Firek BETAPOLSKA.”

On Andrezej’s Beta Motorcycle:
MoJavi Saddlebag
Fandango Pro Tank Bag
Pronghorn Straps
Coyote Saddlebag
Zigzag Handlebar Bag

Beta Polska: Beta motorcycle on loggin road in Poland with Giant Loop's MoJavi Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag and Pronghorn Straps

Beta Polska: Beta motorcycle on loggin road in Poland with Giant Loop’s MoJavi Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag and Pronghorn Straps

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Beta Polska: Beta motorcycle on mountain top in Poland with Giant Loop's MoJavi Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag and Pronghorn Straps

Beta Polska: Beta motorcycle on mountain top in Poland with Giant Loop’s MoJavi Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag and Pronghorn Straps

Beta Polska: Beta motorcycle on logging road in Poland with Giant Loop's Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag and Pronghorn Straps

Beta Polska: Beta motorcycle on loggin road in Poland with Giant Loop’s MoJavi Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag and Pronghorn Straps

Beta Polska Beta motorcycles Lightning rod on mountain top in Poland

Beta Polska: Lightning rod on mountain top in Poland

Giant Loop Customers ‘Ride the Divide’

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Giant Loop Customers ‘Ride the Divide’

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Giant Loop customers, Brian Shaney and Dave Wenk, have been featured in Road Runner Magazine’s September/October issue. The two¬†took on the ultimate challenge to ride the Continental Divide on a Honda XR650L and a Suzuki DR-Z400S. They started in northern Montana and will ultimately end at the Mexican border. Stage One, featured in this article saw them launching the trip in Eureka, MT and finishing in Rawlins, Wyoming.¬†¬†They navigated the Montana back country, rode along Going-To-The-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, made friends with lizards, got their bones shaken by intense washboard gravel, visited a ghost town, and carved through herds of cattle, all in only the first three states of the trip.
Brian and Dave’s¬†bikes are¬†equipped with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag. Knowing that if they were going to on a hardcore journey like this, they needed some hardcore gear. Both bags are wrap around saddlebags that are waterproof and have¬†39-60 liters of carrying capacity respectivly. Rugged gear for rugged back road trips.¬†This kind of trip is exactly what these bags were designed for, and we’re thrilled to see them trusted¬†on such an epic adventure.

No matter where you’re going next, go light, go fast, go far.

 

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

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

hu honda cb500xThanks to¬†Alan and Lisa at the Rocky Mountain Adventure Bike Touring Company¬†(RMABTC on social media channels) for sending us pics from the¬†Horizons Unlimited Traveler’s Meeting in Nakusp, British Columbia, Canada. Giant Loop and Rally Raid Products were well represented thanks to the Rocky Mountain Adventure Bike Touring Company, with a display of Rally Raid¬†Honda CB500X Adventures equipped with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers and Zigzag Handlebar Bags for the occasion. This is Rocky Mountain Adventure Bike Touring Company’s¬†tour bike fleet, set up with Rally Raid Product’s suspension kits, Engine Guards, Rear Racks and Side Luggage Racks. The top-loading Siskiyou Panniers allow¬†RMABTC’s customers¬†to conveniently pack¬†all their gear, while reducing the luggage weight and positioning it low¬†on the bike for zipping around the Canadian countryside with ease. The Zigzag Handlebar Bags provide just enough room to keep¬†tour customer’s small essentials ‚ÄĒ¬†wallet, phone, snacks, etc. ‚ÄĒ within easy reach. Thanks Rocky Mountain Adventure Bike Touring Company!

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Video: Customer Stoked On Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure

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Video: Customer Stoked On Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure

Happy customer, Charles, sent us a kind email explaining how thrilled he is with his Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure with Level 3 Kit and Rally Raid Products luggage racks and other Honda CB500 parts and accessories, including the Engine Guard, ADV Foot Pegs and Side Luggage Racks.

Charles was among Giant Loop’s first customers for the Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure Level 3 motorcycle build and decided to put his dual sporty adventure twin together at Piston & Chain, San Francisco’s Community Motorcycle Garage. Shout out to the Piston & Chain wrenches who helped Charles with parts of the Rally Raid build.

After completing his Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure, Charles visited Giant Loop at the Horizons Unlimited California Travelers Meeting last year, where he proudly showed off his bike ‚ÄĒ and he picked up a set of Giant Loop motorcycle soft luggage for his adventure touring, including the Siskiyou Panniers on his bike here.

Charles and his buddy went on a weekend trip and took the bike along:¬†“It is a delight to ride. I could almost keep up with Ohad on his mighty 1200GS for this weekend’s remote-as-f**k trails and Hwy1 carving in Mendocino and Humboldt.”

Thanks Charles, we’re glad you’re enjoying your Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure!

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7 Dual Sport Motorcycle Riders Equipped with Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Giant Loop Dry Bag

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7 Dual Sport Motorcycle Riders Equipped with Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Giant Loop Dry Bag

“Thanks Giant Loop, love your gear!!!”

Honda CRF with Coyote Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag

Honda CRF with Coyote Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag

Thank you! We love hearing from our happy customers all over the world everyday. Chris, John and friends recently enjoyed a trip together – all of them using Giant Loop’s adventure proof packing systems.

“That was a great ride. This is still one of the best pictures showing of Giant Loop Motorcycle Gear. Seven bikes all outfitted with GL Gear.”

Dual sport motorcycles equipped with Giant Loop's adventure proof packing systems

Dual sport motorcycles equipped with Giant Loop’s adventure proof packing systems

Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag – even an old school Giant Loop Dry Bag equip these bikes. Thanks again – we appreciate the feedback and support.

Dream Roll 2016 Success Album

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Dream Roll 2016 Success Album

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To say the Dream Roll 2016 was a success would be a gross understatement. Between motorcycle camping with no boys allowed, bike rides to waterfalls, tattoos in tents, free beer, and the biggest group of badass women you’ve ever seen, this weekend is one we’ll never be able to forget, even if we tried. It took place on the Flying L Ranch near Mount Adams, Washington from August 12-14 with about 200 women in attendance. Here’s a small peek into the best trip of the year:

Giant Loop intern, Sydney, about to set off to Washington on the Honda CB500X

Giant Loop intern, Sydney, about to set off to Washington on the Honda CB500X

Took a dip in the John Day River on the roasting ride out

Took a dip in the John Day River on the roasting ride out

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Filling up at Glenwood Gas Station right next to home base before setting out for the day

The best crew out for dinner in Trout Lake, WA

The best crew out for dinner in Trout Lake, WA

The best crew consisted of a few women from The Litas-Bend, as well as some new friends from California. In addition to having the best crew, the best gear was also necessary. I took Giant Loop’s Honda CB500X, Diablo Tank Bag Pro, Great Basin Saddlebag, Pronghorn Straps, Possibles Pouch, Coyote Dry Pods, Tillamook Dry Bag, and Sleeping Sheath.

I packed all my clothes and food into the Dry Pods in the Great Basin, my sleeping bag, pad and sheath into the Tillamook, spare tools in the Possibles, and phone, camera, GoPro, water, and snacks into the Diablo, all packed nice and tidy on the Honda. Everything was secure the whole ride, not a single issue; the weight was nice and low, too, so I wasn’t being thrown around in the wind or thrown off balance in the beautiful Washington twisties.

The tank bag, I realized, is deceivingly large. As the smallest of the tank bags Giant Loop offers, I was skeptical, but only until I tried it. It fit my DSLR camera, phone, wallet, snacks, headphones, water bottle, AND GoPro all at once with no problem. We stopped at a gas station where I got more snacks and another water bottle, before I realized I didn’t think I had any room left. But I was wrong, I ended up fitting everything in without even straining the zipper!

Another unexpected savior was the sleeping sheath. I don’t have a tent, so I posted up in a hammock and sleeping bag under the trees, with the sleeping sheath still in the Great Basin, since I thought I wouldn’t need it. Then a fat bug fell onto me from the tree I was under, and I ran for the sheath! I zipped it up and over me and my sleeping bag, folded the top back so the mesh was over my face instead, and I swung under the stars and watched the meteor shower without fear of bugs falling on my face. It’s super lightweight, takes up almost no space, and keeps the critters out.

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Motorcycle camping with 200 women > any other camping

The Gravel Gang makes it to Dog Creek Falls

The Gravel Gang makes it to Dog Creek Falls

I met some of the absolute raddest chicks this weekend! Shout out to¬†Ria the Welder who welds AMAZING custom sissy bars. Check out her Instagram to see her work. Then there’s Killer Kelly, who makes t-shirts that say “Support Badass Babes” and sells them on her Instagram. She’s just starting out, so message her and order a tee for only $16, and watch as she grows into an operation that sponsors badass babes in their badass adventures. Another shout out to Hinterland Empire and Wasted Times for some super cool women selling some super cool gear.

Thanks to all the sponsors, including Women’s Moto Exhibit, and everyone involved for organizing the experience of a lifetime. This is only the second year the Dream Roll has been put on, so there are many more to come! This weekend getaway is one for the books and one that we’re all going to come back to again and again. I’ve been riding for 5 years now, but never got the true biker experience by being part of a community of motorcyclists outside my dad and brother. But after this weekend I’ve found my motorcycle community and finally consider myself to be a real biker. Thanks to all the amazing ladies who rode out and made the weekend an unforgettable event. Happy riding!

Giant Loops CB500X gets a spin through southern Washington

Hood River viewing sesh at Dog Creek Falls

Pit stop for a Mt. Hood viewing on the way home

Pit stop for a Mt. Hood viewing on the way home

Warm Springs oasis on the steamy ride home

Warm Springs oasis on the steamy ride home

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 ‚Äď 1 (slow speed on ice in NM). Tire Blow out / Flat- 2 (both rear). Standing bike dump ‚Äď pavement-1. Bike dump on dirt ‚Äď 1. Tires: Front -4 Rear ‚Äď 8. Speeding Tickets: 0. States visited ‚Äď ALL 50 & Canada. Miles ‚Äď 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.”

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

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

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

Congratulations, Danell!

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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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1000 Miles of Nor Cal Twisties on Honda CB500X Level 2 Bike

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1000 North of Nor Cal Twisties on Honda CB500X Level 2 Bike

Giant Loop rider, Juan, documents his ride through¬†1000 miles of¬†Northern California Twisties on the new Rally Raid CB500X ‘Level 2’ bike for a nice shakedown cruise through some of the best that Northern California has to offer. Here’s the first part of his trip:

Juan on his way back from the “1000 Miles of Northern California Twisties” route evaluating the Rally Raid CB500X Level 2 configuration as a ‘sport touring’ platform:
Check out the rest of Juan’s videos HERE!

Happy Customer, Curtis, Shares Husqvarna Supermoto 701 Travel Shots

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Happy Customer, Curtis, Shares Husqvarna Supermoto 701 Travel Shots

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

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

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Simon Cudby Starts UPSHIFT Magazine

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Simon Cudby Starts UPSHIFT Magazine

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

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

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

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

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

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“Hello Harold,

Thank you for the information on your bags.

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

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

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

Thanks again,

Wendi”

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Giant Loop 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‚Äôs 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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Sebastian Mangino Tours Argentinia’s Deserts on his KTM 530 EXC

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Sebastian Mangino Tours Argentinia’s Deserts on his KTM 530 EXC

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We received some emails from one of our happy customers, Sebastian Mangino from Argentina, who is touring the deserts of South America, using the Klamath Tail Rack Pack and the MoJavi Saddlebag on his KTM 530 EXC. Thanks for the updates, Sebastian!

“Hola, c√≥mo est√°n, hacen unos d√≠as que estoy recorriendo el desierto de ” Encon” en la provincia de ”¬†Mendoza” en Argentina ( huellas del Dakar)¬†es un desierto de 2500 km de extensi√≥n, muy lindo,¬†la giant loop sorportaron todo espinas enormes, agua y arena. Conforme siga el viaje le seguir√© enviando fotos. Muy confiables sus productos.
Muchas gracias”

Hello, how are you, this is one of the days¬†I toured¬†the Econ Desert in the Mendoza province of Argentina (crossing paths of the Dakar Rally Raid). It’s a¬† very beautiful 1550 mile¬†desert, and the Giant Loop packs [Klamath Trail Rack Pack and MoJavi Saddlebags] survived thorns huge, water and sand. As I follow the journey I will continue sending photos. Very reliable products.
Thank you

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“Good day, I commented that the¬†Mojavi Saddlebag and Klamath Trail Rack Pack¬†resisted stones, mud, water and sand, and had no problem.¬†You make a very reliable product, thank you very much. The photos are from “Pampa de las Salinas” and “Desert of Lavalle” ”

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Coyote Saddlebag on KTM 1190 Adventure R in New Zealand

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Coyote Saddlebag on KTM 1190 Adventure R in New Zealand

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“Hi guys
I just wanted to send a quick email to say thanks for designing and making such a great product. I live in Christchurch, New Zealand and ride a KTM 1190 Adventure R. About a month ago I went on a 4 day ride using your Coyote Saddlebag ‚Äď this bag is simply awesome. I followed the instructions I found on your website regarding moving the passenger handles and replacing them with a spacer and they worked perfectly. The bag sits so nice and tight on the bike, it did not move at all and felt really secure. I‚Äôve always preferred soft luggage, but with other systems I felt that I was constantly checking to see if it was still on the bike and hadn‚Äôt come loose, with the giant loop coyote I didn‚Äôt have to worry about whether the gear was coming loose or worse ‚Äď falling off completely. It didn‚Äôt rain whilst we were away but I have no doubts about the water tightness of this system.
I‚Äôve attached a pic ‚Äď its not the best pic but you‚Äôre a free to use if it you wish. This pic was taken on the west coast of the south island of New Zealand.
Thanks again for making such a quality product ‚Äď I‚Äôll definitely be recommending this to others and can‚Äôt wait to get out and use it again.
Regards,
Brendan Daly”

Thanks Brendan for the kind words, we’re thrilled you love the bags!
Check out the Coyote Saddlebags

and the KTM 1190 Passenger Handle Removal Spacer Kit (set of 4)

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

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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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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

Road Runner Motorcycle Touring and Travel Magazine

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Great Basin Saddlebag: It really does fit virtually anything designed to carry a passenger, even scooters!

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Great Basin Saddle Bags – They really do fit virtually anything designed to carry a passenger, even scooters

Giant Loop customer Joel, recently took an amazing Italian adventure….on his scooter.

See his account below, and how he’s retrofitted the Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebags to suit his ride.

We have been on the road for 2 months and 3000 km, with all the clothes for two people stashed in the three dry pods. Although we have not been riding in the rain (much), the bag has seen a lot of rain this spring and so far no leaks when it is properly closed.

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The “motorcycle” is a little unconventional: a scooter. This made it a¬†bit difficult to fit the bag on, as the usual exposed parts in a real¬†motorcycle are all covered with plastic on a standard scooter. However,¬†inside of the plastic the frame is not all that different. I had to¬†create a couple of stainless-steel cable loops to extend the passenger¬†foot peg frame inside the plastic so that they could be accessible.

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In addition, the standard scooter has a filler cap beneath the seat, so it was pretty important that I be able to get the bag off quickly when we fill up (every 200-250 km or so).

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Most scooters have a bit of a plastic frame behind the seat which is used to attach a top box, and on the Honda this is where I was able to hang on the straps for attachment. Overall, it takes me about a minute to loosen them and flop the bag down for gas tank access, which is not bad at all.

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Since I had to buy the stainless cable to make the loops, I also used it to make a security cable to hold the bag in place when we are parked. I put a small padlock on the end to keep it in place.

So far, no one has tried to get into it as far as I can tell, or pull it off the scooter. I strapped a Possibles Pouch on the outside to hold a water bottle and my sunglasses case, and it is working great. We have been on the road for 2 months and 3000 km, with all the clothes for two people stashed in the three dry pods. Although we have not been riding in the rain (much), the bag has seen a lot of rain this spring and so far no leaks when it is properly closed.

Thank you Joel!

How have you fit your Giant Loop Gear to your ride of choice? We’d love to hear from you.

Giant Loop Riders from France Prep for Russian Backcountry Adventure on KTM 690s

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Giant Loop Riders from France Prep for Russian Backcountry Adventure on KTM 690s

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“Just need our passports with visas and last authorization from Russian customs to enter with motorbikes in Russia.”

French KTM 690 Enduro riders with packed Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebags ready to embark on a backcountry Russian adventure.

See more on the Morbike Facebook page.

Giant Loop Rider in Laos

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Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Coyote Saddlebag, Rogue Dry Bag on long term service tour in Laos

“When you spend most of your time filthy with road dust and sleeping outside or on floors, you fully realize the luxury of seemingly basic things –such as ice, washing machines, and beds.

Apparently they used to ship ice from lakes in North America across the globe to refresh the beverages of the wealthy in India! Ice, especially with some carbonated water and lime, has become quite a treat for me these days.

Hand-washing clothing is not a problem when you can do a little each day, it is just when you haven’t had the ability and it accumulates that it becomes burdensome. I’ve scaled walls ninja-style to launder a load.

And beds, well beds are just utterly fantastic.

Consider this your humble reminder to appreciate these comforts and conveniences if you have them. ”

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