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Giant Loop Rider: Jack Broomall Riding The Cannon Ball Centennial Ride

By | Blog, BMW, Riders

Giant Loop Rider Jack Broomall is taking part in the historic Cannon Ball Centennial, following the original route taken by Erwin Baker, the original “Cannon Ball”. He is riding a BMW F800GS with Fandango Tank Bag and Tillamook Dry Bag. Jack has ridden cross country a few times before, most notably on his vintage Hodaka, in Two-Strokes Across America.

Quote from the Cannonballproject.com:
“On May 3, 1914, Erwin Baker, a motorcycle racer and enthusiast from Indianapolis, Indiana, left downtown San Diego, California on a twin-cylinder, 7 horsepower Indian motorcycle en route to New York City.”

For more info on the ride and route, check out their site.
http://www.cannonballproject.com/

Follow Jack’s progress on his FB page.

 

Giant Loop Tech Tip: Great Basin Saddlebag Fits KTM 1190 Adventure R With Passenger Handles Removed

By | KTM, Riders, Saddlebags, Uncategorized

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The new 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure and Adventure R are great bikes for travel and camping. Our friends in Australia and South Africa could buy it months before our EPA had given KTM approval to import them into the US. Therefore, the first sightings of an 1190 Adventure, with Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebag strapped on, came from the southern hemisphere.

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Giant Loop rider Denny Wilkinson?of Australia,?had found the passenger grab handles to be in the way of easily mounting his Great Basin Saddlebag, so he removed them. Because the handles were mounted to the rear rack bushings, taking off the handles meant the rack had no longer had bushings to sit on. Denny had a set of spacer bushings made(silver bushing visible in above pic), to go in place of the grab handles.

I shared?Denny’s work with South African Giant Loop rider Herman,?so he too, could fit a new Great Basin Saddlebag. When Herman had?a local machine shop make a set of bushings for his KTM 1190 Adventure R, ?he took the dimensions of the new bushings and emailed them to us, with a few pics of his setup to share.

The bushes dimensions are:

Outside Diameter 20 mm

Inside Diameter 8,5 mm

Height 23 mm

 

Pics: ?Grab handles on bike

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Grab Handles off bike, next to new bushings
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Great Basin Saddlebag tops it all off!
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Giant Loop Rider: Noah Cracks 100,000 KMs On His KTM 690 Enduro

By | Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Riders

Noah is getting the miles logged on his Round the World KTM 690 Enduro and finally hit 100,000km. He has been updating his Blog?with pics and stories about his ride, including this shot of his odometer. He has used Siskiyou Panniers or a Great Basin Saddlebag to carry his loads on his KTM.

Ride on, Noah and keep sending us your stories and updates!

Wonder how many tires that translates into…

Giant Loop Rider: Dirt Bike Coach Bob Rides AZ On His BMW 1200GS Adventure, With Great Basin Saddlebag

By | BMW, Riders, Saddlebags

Rob Rickert, owner of Off Road Adventure Academy and Dirt Bike School in Sacramento, took a trip to AZ a couple weeks ago and rode around the Wickenberg area. His BMW R1200GSA was loaded with a Great Basin Saddlebag for the trip. He took a bunch of pics and shared them with us, so I will echo them here! Looks like a hot one, Rob’s temp sensor read 101*F while they were riding.

Thanks for the photos!

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Wonder what kind of shiny new Ram-Mount accessory Rob is showing off and is it in the Touratech catalog?

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Giant Loop Rider: Solana Visits GL With Her Yamaha XT250, To Get Equipped For Her Summer Ride To Canada

By | Riders, Yamaha

We were working away packing orders and doing office work, when there was a knock at the door. Solana, a college instructor and Xterra race winner enjoying her first enduro bike, had come by to get some fit questions answered.?She has planned a dual sport ?ride to Canada this summer and needed a packing system for her Yamaha XT250. She had found her used XT250 online, after much searching, and was happy to get a good deal on it. Believing that Giant Loop was the right answer to her packing system questions, she rolled over to visit yesterday.

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As the guys got her bike test fitted with a Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag Pro(both in her favorite color ORANGE)and Rogue Dry Bag, she was convinced that she had made the right choice to come to us. Thanks, Solana, for riding Giant Loop!

Giant Loop Rider: JD Goes To The City For An Urban Enduro Ride, Portland Alley Sweeper 2014

By | Events, Riders

Last year’s Alley Sweeper

Packing up the van and GL’s 2001 Honda XR650R to head over and ride the Alley Sweeper, promoted by Sang Froid Riding Club. My girl Tam will be along, riding her first rally on her ’71 Triumph Scrambler, the perfect bike for this occasion.

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Details here:
APRIL 11, 2014 BY BOHLSEN
Alley Sweeper Urban Enduro

It?s here! Your friendly neighborhood alley sweeper, a chance to explore some of Portland?s public alleyways by motorcycle.

When: meet at 9:30am Saturday, April 19

Where: N Tillamook Street, just off Interstate Ave

What? Show up for breakfast and route map/details at 9:30am. Ride is free (though we?ll have t-shirts for sale, and donations are always appreciated). Feel free to wear your Sunday best, or get creative with a costume. See you there!

After ride party host:
Fenders Moto Cafe & Brew Pub will be having a after hours party for all the Alley Sweeper riders Saturday the 19th Starts at 11 AM and ends at 11 PM. Great food and Drinks and we will have specials for everybody.
We are at
4336 SE Woodstock Blvd Portland Or. 97206

Giant Loop Tech Tip: GL Rider’s Quick Mount Point, Inner Tube Sleeve Prevent Strap Wear

By | KTM, Riders, Tech Tips

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Giant Loop rider Dave travels Cambodia, doing volunteer service work on his KTM 450 EXC, and he’s used a Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag for packing his gear through the muddiest tropical rainforest roads and trails. He recently shot us a message, sharing his clever, low-cost, heavy duty mounting point for his Coyote Saddlebag. His attachment point on his bike – “stainless cable, some swage crimps, and steel tube” – helps prevent abrasion of daily use from wearing on his Coyote Saddlebag straps. He’s also using a sleeve made from inner tube rubber – another very effective no-cost solution to protect?mounting straps on all of Giant Loop’s rackless luggage systems. Check out his pics:

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Thanks for the tech tip, Dave and ride while you can!

Giant Loop Rider: Death Valley Noobs Rally Medical Volunteer Rob Preps MEDIC MoJavi Saddlebag

By | Riders, Triumph

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We enjoyed this recent message from one of our “Mojavis For Medics” program participants, Rob:

“Hello again, Here is some more info on myself.?Fulltime Fire Rescue at Canmore Fire Rescue in Canada (just outside Banff AB in the Mountains). My title here is Lieutenant Operations/Hazmat/Training – as an ALS fire medic in the mountains I do structural fire protection and mountain rescue. I am also casual with Alberta Health Services and do about 6 shifts a month on the ambulance. Here are some of my certifications:

-ACLS instructor/coordinator
-PALS instructor /coordinator
-CPR instructor
-Rope Rescue Technician Instructor(Rescue 3 International)
-Ice Rescue Technician Instructor(Rescue 3 International)
-Swift Water Rescue Technician Instructor(Rescue 3 International)
-Structural Collapse Technician NFPA
-Confined Space Technician NFPA
-ICS 400
-Hazmat Technician NFPA
-CBRNE Technician
-Advanced Hazmat Life Support Provider

I carry a full kit when I ride down in Death Valley for the Death Valley Noobs Rally, every thing from sutures to ETT tubes if intubation is needed, a full bandage kit, c-collar, tourniquet, symptomatic drugs if needed, and I leave an automated external defibrillator in camp. Last year I was down at the Silverton, CO event also while doing the CO Backcountry Discovery Route. At the Death Valley Rally last year we had a few mishaps fractured leg, fractured foot and a dislocated should with fractured clavicle.”

Rob rides a tricked out Triumph Tiger 800, with Giant Loop’s?Fandango Tank Bag? – and soon a MEDIC MoJavi Saddlebag. He surely puts his bike through the paces, having ridden three Backcountry Discovery Routes, as well as volunteering at the Death Valley Noobs Rally. ?Thanks, Rob, for supporting the rider community by volunteering your skills!

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Giant Loop Racer: South African Dakar Rally Podium Finisher Brett Cummings on “Why I Use Giant Loop”

By | News, Racer, Riders

Giant Loop Racer, Brett Cummings, shared his race resume with us (see below) ? and included his reasoning for working with Giant Loop.

“Why I will use Giant Loop: When training alone and with no backup, one really needs to make sure that you have all your tools, medical equipment as well as nutrition and snacks with you so you can be fully self-sufficient. With Giant Loop gear, this is made easy!
Regards,?Brett”

Brett Cummings 2013 Dakar Rally podium

Thanks Brett!?The Mojavi Saddlebag is his bag of choice for rally and enduro training.

In 2013, South African rider Cummings finish 2nd in the demanding self-supported Malle Moto Class at the Dakar Rally, as well as 3rd in the Marathon Class.

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Giant Loop Rider: Stephanie Rides Her DRZ From Ghana To Ireland, With Coyote Saddlebag And Fandango Tank Bag

By | KTM, Photos, Riders, Suzuki

Last fall, Giant Loop Rider Stephanie rode her Suzuki DRZ400 from Ghana, Africa back to Ireland.
She rode with her Beau, Rory, who took his KTM 990 Adventure on the trip.

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She packed her gear in a Coyote Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag onto her DRZ400. She had this to say about it, “trip from Ghana (west-Africa) to Ireland April last year. Coyote saddlebag kit and Fandango tank bank withstood the test”

Her DRZ is setup to travel with a Safari fuel tank for extended travel range, a comfort seat upgrade and a small fairing added to the headlight mask for weather deflection.

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No Contenant-crossing adventure ride would be complete without a pic of a small future-Rider, aboard the iron pony. 🙂ghana2

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Sunset in the Sahara, worth all the flats and ferries…ghana3

Giant Loop Racer: Malle Moto Dakar Finisher, Brett Cummings, Now Racing For Giant Loop

By | Riders

Giant Loop signed a sponsorship agreement with South African Brett Cummings, also know as?Rallyerider, to his ‘book Friends. Our connection to Brett came through our South African partner, Chris at Desert Lizard. Thanks Chris and Brett for the support!!

Brett is joining the Giant Loop Team as a racer and test rider after riding his KTM 450RR to a ?28th place finish overall and 2nd in the Malle Moto Class, in the 2014 edition of Dakar. His previous Rally Raid experience includes finishing 43rd in 2013 edition of Dakar, 7th in the Merzouga 2012 and 4th in the Australasian Safari 2012.

You can follow Brett’s training, race prep and progress on his ‘book page, linked above, or on his Twitter feed, @Rallyerider.

Giant Loop Review: Paul Rides South America On Yamaha Tenere 660 With Siskiyou Panniers And Diablo Tank Bag

By | Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Photos, Riders, Saddlebags, Yamaha

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Paul wrote in and said:

“After a year on the road in South America, I still wasn’t happy with my panniers. ?I started with hard panniers then switched to conventional soft panniers, but neither worked for me. ?I quickly decided hard panniers were not what I wanted when riding in the dirt (I finally lost one when riding too fast on some serious Bolivian washboard, which was probably a blessing – meant I had to buy some soft panniers before I got a broken ankle in a fall!). ?I could never get the soft panniers to fit really snug to the bike, and they were a pain to take off and put on – an unavoidable requirement sometimes when staying in hostels.

Eventually I got my hands on some Siskiyous. ?I had been using a Diablo tank bag for several months – I swapped it for the bigger tank bag I started with, which kept hitting me in the Crown Jewels when standing on the pegs! ?I was super happy with the Diablo, so I reckoned the Siskiyous were worth a shot. ?I think I’ve nailed it: really secure, easy to mount and remove, weight nicely forward on the bike, seriously tested in an Argentinian thunderstorm and stayed 100% waterproof… ?Very happy so far.

I wasn’t sure how they would fit the 660 Tenere because of the prominent pillion handles, but I’ve had no problems. ?I’ve still got my old pannier rack fitted, but I’m toying with removing it to save a few kg and seeing how things go.”

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Thanks Paul for the pics and fit review!

Ride while you can.

Giant Loop Racer: Rosie The Rippers Womens Team Take First At 24hrs Of Starvation Ridge

By | Riders

Giant Loop Racer Tracy was on the winning Women’s team for the 24Hrs of Starvation Ridge, called “Rosie the Rippers”. Her team used Bushwacker Hand Guards to keep the cold off their hands, during the night stage of their race. ?She wrote in and sent us pics of the team in action.

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“Hey Guys! Here are some photos from the 24 hour race, I thought you would enjoy! I love my GL handgaurds, they kept the cold off of may hands all night! My girls team “Rosie the Rippers” took 1st in the womens class.
Tracy Fabian
Pro Caliber Vancouver”

Congratulations on the team win, Tracy!

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Giant Loop Rider: Simone Rides His 50cc To Germany For Elefantentreffen

By | Riders, Saddlebags, Uncategorized

Giant Loop Rider Simone Cannizzo braved the Winter riding conditions and rode north from Milan to the Elefantentreffen. The Elefantentreffen is a winter motorcycle rally that was started in 1956 and takes place in the forest of Bavaria, southern Germany. Simone rode his 50cc enduro with Coyote Saddle Bag, camping at the location of the event. Looked like a cold ride!!

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Simone is no stranger to long rides on a 50cc enduro, having ridden a Beta 50cc from Ushuaia to Prudhoe Bay…

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Giant Loop Racer: Rory Sullivan Finishes 17th At King Of The Motos

By | Giant Loop Gear, Kawasaki, Riders

Giant Loop Racer and Sales Rep for 405motosales, Rory Sullivan #507, raced to the finish at the 2014 King Of The Motos. His combined time was 4 hours, 41 minutes and 17 seconds for the AM and PM motos, putting him in 17th place overall, among some world class competition. ?Rory raced with a Zig Zag Handlebar Bag to carry his gel supplements and a cell phone.

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Some great pics from Giant Loop Rider Joel, who was supporting the event as a Volunteer.

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Rory said in his race recap:

“I’m up this morning and thinking about how the weekend went at King of the Moto’s. I felt good during Saturdays Qualifier but made one small mistake that cost me a bit of time. The Qualifier was around 3 min long so mistakes where costly. In the Sunday morning AM Final I raced well and gave it everything my 250F had but it was mostly flat out desert sections with a couple tech sections mixed in, I?defiantly lost time on the open stuff which was frustrating. I really need to say thanks to?Nate Delaney?at Dirt tricks for helping my gear it down for the race. The PM Final started with a wild land rush start down a sand hill and strait into one of the events famous sections. It was….. let just say interesting! I got to the top of the first section and my clutch was smoked and when I say smoked I mean would not move forward. I spent some time adjusting the cable all the way in and let it cool down, which helped but it was never the same the rest of the event. About 10 miles in I derailed my chain on a rocky climb and lost some more time. Bottom line is it was a tough relentless race but I was determined to finish, and I’m thankful I did. I finished 17th after they combined both the AM and PM races. I will be back next year better prepared. Huge thanks to Pro Caliber VancouverFly Racing, Evo ind,?Bell Powersports Northwest,?Smith Optics, USWE Hydration,FMF Racing,?Fusion Graphix?Dirt Tricks,?Rekluse Motor Sports,?Fasst Company,Fastway Pro?ProMoto Billet,?DeVol Engineering Inc.,Novik Gloves, Rigid industries.”

Nice Job Rory!

 

Giant Loop News: Great Basin Saddlebag on Ducati “Terra Corsa” in Motorcyclist Magazine

By | Blog, Ducati, Reviews, Riders

“Every year I go with friends on an off-road adventure ride in southern Oregon. This year I was going to take a [Ducati] Multistrada, and I had it on the lift to install a set of Continental TKC 80 ?off-road tires. The [Ducati] Panigale was on the lift right next to it. One of my buddies stopped by, saw the two bikes side by side, and said, ‘You should put those TKC 80s on the Panigale and take that.’ I said, ‘Why, yes, I should.” ? Arun Sharma, “Me & My Bike,” Motorcyclist magazine, March 2014

Sharma strapped a first-generation Great Basin Saddlebag on his modified superbike, and he and his friends took their annual dirt roads tour in Giant Loop’s own backyard. In the photo, Sharma’s at Fremont Point, overlooking Summer Lake, where Giant Loop goes for our annual customer appreciation ride.

Ducati’s Quentin Wilson (who took the photo of Sharma) has been riding with the Great Basin Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag on his bike (Ducati Streetfighter, fly-and-ride trip to Italy to tour on a Ducati Multistrada, etc.) since Giant Loop first introduced these bags.

Now that’s our kind of crazy! Go light. Go fast. Go far.

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Giant Loop Racers: Dakar Stories, A Racer’s 12th Place Finish And A Finisher’s 76th Place Win

By | Beta, Blog, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Riders

Dakar is THE international offroad racing event of the year. Nothing thrills me more than New Years Day, since it indicates that start of Dakar is right around the corner.

Dakar veteran Riaan Van Niekerk ripped to a 12th place overall finish on board his Broadlink KTM 450RR, besting his rookie finish of 13th. He had his best stage time on Stage 5, coming in 4th place, against a laundry list of Factory-backed racers. ?Riaan uses the Mojavi for his practice rides, back home in South Africa.?Great Job Riaan!

At the other end of the pack, Luca Viglio, #173, finished 76th aboard his Boano Racing built Beta 450RR Atacama. Boano Racing is our Italian distributor.

Many times during the stages, Luca was faced with challenges that would keep him from finishing. Each time, he dug a bit deeper, or benefitted from the support of his team, locals and other racers, to help get him to the finish. I quoted a few remarks from Luca on ADVrider.com, translated by inmate auguzt. Thanks auguzt for sharing the news of Luca’s progress.

Luca’s bike, pre-Dakar, hanging out at the GL booth.

Giant Loop Racer: Alex Sherman finishes 2013, 2nd in Open Expert for ORMA series

By | Blog, Kawasaki, Riders | No Comments

Giant Loop sponsored local Bend, Oregon, racer Alex Sherman for his 2013 off road racing season. He was awarded a Team Green shiny new KX450F, at the beginning of the season and put that machine to good use, hammering out his results for the year. Alex raced all the GP and XC events on the OMRA calendar and took time to race the ISDE qualifier in Idaho City. He finished the season 2nd place overall in the points standing for Open Expert and was first in class for all of his October events. Congratulations Alex! Follow him on his?Facebook Page?for regular updates.

Some details about his season:
Drove over 6000 miles
Raced 23 events and finished on the podium in his class, 15 of 20 finishes!
“Broke a bone”, nope it wasn’t his leg…
In addition to the ISDE, he raced the Desert 100, an Albany MX race and was on the class winning 24hr relay team for the 24hrs of Starvation Ridge.

Check out the KFX450 pics I snapped when it was delivered to his work bay at ProCaliber, last spring.

Giant Loop Event: 12/19 Austin Vince Premieres “Mondo Sahara” in Portland, Oregon

By | Events, Riders, Video | No Comments

Psyched to see our friend Austin Vince – and the premiere of his new movie, “Mondo Sahara” – tomorrow night in Portland, Oregon. Hosted by Portland’s Sang-Froid Riding Club, the movie is just $5 cash at the door of the Clinton Street Theater. Show starts at 9 pm, but you better get there early if you want a ticket and a seat. Giant Loop is donating prizes to help off-set Austin’s travel expenses. Two of the riders from “Mondo Sahara” are from Portland and will be at the premiere with Austin!

We had the chance to see a rough cut of “Mondo Sahara” at Overland Expo last spring, and it is Austin Vince‘s best film yet! Here’s a trailer:

Giant Loop Gear: Bushwackers Are Great For Cold Weather Riding

By | Blog, Giant Loop Gear, Kawasaki, Photos, Riders | No Comments

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I was checking out some pics of riders in action and found this SWEET shot of Giant Loop Rep Rory Sullivan of 405MotoSales. He has got the gas on in that drift and Jock Bradley captured the moment perfectly! I know Rory is happy to have the wind and weather protection provided by the extra tough?Bushwacker hand guards. Easily installed with the included 16″ Pronghorn poly straps, Bushwackers add their coverage by mounting over your existing hand guards.

 

 

 

Giant Loop Rider: Jill Rides 1800 Miles To Leguna Seca, On Her Yamaha FZ6 With Great Basin Saddle Bag

By | Blog, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Photos, Riders, Saddlebags, Uncategorized, Yamaha | No Comments

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Giant Loop Rider Jill used a Great Basin on her FZ6, to stow her camping gear and supplies for 10 days of camping, during her ride to Leguna Seca in California. ?She wrote us saying:

“Subject: Thanks for the product! Great Basin

This summer, I took my FZ6 on an 1800 mile road trip from Seattle to Leguna Seca, CA and back.? The Giant Loop worked great on my bike!? It was easy to pack and carry my gear. I camped the entire time, so I not only had supplies for 10 days but camping gear as well.? The only modification that I will do is to purchase a rear rack to help cinch the bag back further on the seat…
…I also use this on my BMW 650 Sertao when I dont want to ride with the panniers. This was a great and inexpensive way to set up my fz for touring.
Thanks again for an awesome product…

Jill…

Jill, thank you for sharing your story and sweet pics with us.
Ride while you can!

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Giant Loop Rider: Dave Darcy preps his KTM 690 Enduro for the Simpson Desert

By | Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Riders | No Comments

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Australia’s Simpson Desert is enormous and Dave Darcy is no stranger to the riding there. He rode his 640 Adventure across the Simpson a few years ago, but now its time to do it on his modern LC4. Dave is experienced with planning and completing long rides, we supported his Continental Drift ride, with amazing results. Trailzone Magazine caught up with Dave and asked about some of his setup details for long distance. Check out what he did to prepare the bike.

 

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Giant Loop Rider: Tiffany Coates in Madagascar

By | Blog, Riders | No Comments

More Madagascar pics and stories from Tiffany Coates! More on her blog here.

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“It was a particularly deep and tricky river crossing so I took the shallower route at the side but as there was a lot of undergrowth and marshy underfoot, I removed the luggage and carried it through by hand – first of all setting up my camera attached precariously to one of the plants you can see on the self timer mode. Further back it was deeper but nowhere safe to put my camera. Enjoy,?Tiffany”

Giant Loop Sales: 405 Moto Sales Inc. Appointed As North West Reps

By | Dealers, Photos, Riders | No Comments

Eric Wright of 405 Moto Sales Inc, working the race course.

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Rory Sullivan, of 405 Moto Sales Inc, doing it his way.

 

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Pics of?Eric Wright?and?Rory Sullivan?lifted from their Facebook pages.


The new?movie was a project that Rory worked on, click the link and check out the trailer!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 18, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT: Harold Olaf Cecil, harold@www.giantloopmoto.com, 971-832-3164

Giant Loop Appoints 405 Moto Sales Inc. As Independent Sales Representative For Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska

(BEND, OR, USA) Adventure-proof packing systems innovator Giant Loop has appointed 405 Moto Sales Inc. as its independent sales representative for Oregon, Washington, northern Idaho and Alaska. Headed by motorcyclists Eric Wright and Rory Sullivan, 405 Moto Sales represents other top motorcycle brands, such as Bell Powersports, Smith Optics, Novik Gloves, Virus Base Layer, Slick Products and Puma Motorsports.

Wright is an off-road motorcycle enthusiast with nearly a decade of motorcycle industry experience, and Sullivan is one of the top off-road, motocross and endurocross motorcycle racers in the Pacific Northwest, as well as a multiple ISDE medal winner.

To schedule a Giant Loop product line dealer clinic, contact Eric Wright, 405 Moto Sales, 206-390-8396.

Giant Loop?s adventure-proof motorcycle gear packing systems are available from select international distributors, as well as from a network of premium dealers throughout the USA. Giant Loop designs and tests products in Bend, Oregon and manufactures everything in the USA (except for the Canadian made Pronghorn Straps). For all the details, go to www.giantloopmoto.com.

Giant Loop? and the GL? logo are registered trademarks of Giant Loop LLC.

 

 

Giant Loop Review: December 2013 Dirt Bike Magazine Highlights Rubber Boa Straps

By | Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Reviews, Riders | No Comments

Giant Loop attended the 2013 KTM Adventure Rally in Steamboat Springs, last September. Dirt Bike Magazine was also there, since it was the first chance to demo ride the new KTM 1190 Adventure and Adventure R. While there, they covered some of the innovative products on vendor row and found our new Rubber Boa Straps. Dirt Bike said in their current issue: “Several riders used Giant Loop’s specialized bungees to hold stuff down. Clean and sano.”

Thanks Dirt Bike Magazine!

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Giant Loop Racers: 24hrs of Starvation Ridge, Part 2: “The Dirty Girls”

By | Blog, Honda, KTM, Photos, Riders | No Comments

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The second team of racers that Giant Loop followed in the 24 Hours of Starvation Ridge, were the Dirty Girls?Moto Adventures, with Giant Loop Rider Tracy Jeffries on her KTM 350 EXC. They were fund raising for Riders for Health, a charity that supports medical care delivered by motorcycle and motorcycle ambulance, in African countries. Bob Berglund of Adventure Touring Films is the team documentary filmmaker/photographer and has provided several glimpses into what it takes to be a Dirty Girl Moto Adventureista’. Thanks to Bob for the pics and videos to share!

The “Mishaps…” of training film is too cute and full of the good attitude and laughing that makes these girls a great team. Click on the link and see what the team is made of!?

They raced in the IronWomen class with each of the girls finishing at least a lap and two of the girls taking trophies on the podium! Condolences to the riders that were damaged on the race course and conldn’t continue to the finish. We hope you are healing up and getting ready to Moto Adventure with the rest of the Dirty Girls!

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Giant Loop Racers: 24hrs of Starvation Ridge Part 1 Team Heavyweights

By | Blog, KTM, Photos, Riders | No Comments

 

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Last weekend, several teams participated in the West’s largest 24hr Dirt bike race. One of the teams,?Team Heavy Weights ran a stack of KTM Adventures and an XR650L in the Sportsman class and finished in style! They managed a podium, second place in their class, and finished 36th overall. There were many detractors that said it shouldn’t be done, but Team HeavyWeights not only did the deed but, threw down the gauntlet and grabbed some brass! ?The team was organized by Darryl of CyclopsAdventuresports.com and Alex of Konflict Suspension systems to collect food donations for a community food drive. Their preparations and story are posted on ADVrider.com and Facebook, click to read the whole story and see the pics of what they accomplished. Great job, Guys!

Team riders:
Radek Burkat- KTM 990 Adventure
Darryl VanNieuwenhuise- KTM 950 Adventure
Alex Martens- KTM 950 Super Enduro
John Isenburg- KTM 990 Adventure
Richard Miller- Honda XR650L
Jason Williams- KTM 990 Adventure

Tired racers!

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Giant Loop Rider: Cycle Wipes’ Dave Swezey Rips Idaho Single Track

By | Dealers, Fitment, Honda, Riders | No Comments

We’ve met a lot of great people in the motorcycle business, and Dave Swezey (owner/founder of Cycle Wipes, general manager at Ride West BMW) represents everything we love about our industry. Enthusiasm and good vibes gush forth from Dave like a mountain spring. Every time he talks about riding you can see the gleam in his eye of someone who simply loves what he does – and gives it his all, every day. Thanks Mr. Swezey for the kind words and great pic. It’s such a privilege to count you as a friend and GL rider! And every rider should have a pack of Cycle Wipes in their kit – they’ll clean everything from indicator lights to visors and glasses.
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Can’t believe how useful, easy and reassuring it was to have my Giant Loop Zigzag Handlebar Bag and MoJavi Saddlebags strapped on as we played around (aka…uh… how do we get outa here and over there) in Idaho on amazing single track. I tend to ‘field test’ my products durability and darn these bags are tough! Get some, ride hard and rest easy knowing that all your essentials are handy and secure.

Dave Swezey
GM: Ride West BMW
Owner: Cycle Wipes

Giant Loop Rider: Photographer David Schelske Sends Thank You from Washington Backcountry Discovery Route

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David Schelske PhotographyTruly moved by this one – it really requires no commentary:

Hey Guys

4 years ago you guys at Giant Loop auctioned off a bag and donated the money to me after I was injured filming at the races.

On the 4 year anniversary of that accident, a few friends and I took off on a 6 day ride on the WABDR after we ordered some of your gear for the trip.

On the last night of the trip I did a little camp scene setup and took some nice pics for you as a way to say thanks.

Thanks again for stepping up and helping me and my family out while I was out injured.

You guys make a great product, and it worked flawless on this epic adventure.

Dave
www.davidschelske.com

Here’s a video from the same trip: