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

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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

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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

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“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.



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

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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

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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

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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

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rory BWK snow

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

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



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

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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

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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

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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!


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

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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!




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

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dirty girls team

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

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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!


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

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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.

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.


Here’s a video from the same trip:


Giant Loop Rider: Chilly White Tours Northern Baja – With No Dust!

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Chilly White, who just finished third in the Baja Rally, rode south of the border, for six days last month, and got to enjoy some natural dust abatement. He was riding with a couple fellas, and they kept to the technical riding. They were able to ride 1100 miles on the trip and covered some areas new to Chilly and rode a bunch of classic Baja terrain. CLICK HERE to see Chilly’s Enduro360.com post with more pics of wet weather ? and to read more about his adventures.

Chilly White explores Baja

Chilly rolls with a Zigzag Handlebar Bag, Diablo Tank Bag and MoJavi Saddlebag.?Thanks for the support Chilly!

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MoJavi Saddlebag, Diablo Tank Bag, Zigzag Handlebar Bag in Baja

Giant Loop Rider: Ged Overcomes SRD (Serious Ride Deficiency) on Grand Canyon Adventure

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Ged was itching to cure some SRD and decided that a trip to the Grand Canyon had just the right mix of dirt riding and fresh air, combined with some camping and good company, to do the job. He heard of a ride being coordinated by fellow ADVrider.com inmate, Bobz, and after reading the details posted by Bobz, he had to join the group:

“…”Some sand, some single track, some double track and we will be winding our way doing a loop around the Grand Canyon starting from Las Vegas and ending up there a week later. There will be crashes and everybody needs to be totally self-reliant ….carry everything you think you need….tools, tubes, water, camping gear and something to sip on around the fire at night….and bring a chair.” were his[Bobz] warnings….”

Sounds like it was a proper Giant Loop ride, Ged! Glad you guys had so much fun!!

CLICK HERE?to read more and see the rest of the great pics, in his thread and ride report on ADVrider.com.

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Giant Loop Rider: 10,000 KM in Australia’s Outback on KTM 950 Adventure with Siskiyou Panniers, Diablo Tank Bag

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?KTM 950 Adventure with Siskiyou PanniersClose call with an emu, field repairs and bags “tough as guts” – great email from Giant Loop rider Jack of Perth, Western Australia! Thanks for fantastic pics and story.

Diablo Tank Bag on KTM 950 AdventureHey fellas,

Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers in AustraliaJust got back from a 10,000km solo trip from Western Australia thru the Great Victoria Desert to Uluru (Ayres Rock), down the Oodnadatta & Strezleki Tracks to Tibooburra, then to Albury & up to the New South Wales Snowy mountains, Victorian high country & back to WA, about 10000Km, all on my KTM950 Adventure, equipped with your Siskiyou Panniers & Diablo Tank Bag.

Giant Loop in Australia's OutbackI gotta say, I gave the panniers a floggin’ & they’re still hangin’ in there, cos very early in the trip, I lost the 2 heat shields & the muffler burnt a hole in the right bag & the dry bag as well, but whilst in Kalgoorlie, I managed to patch em up with some hundred mile an hour tape & with some rough bush craft, new hose clamps & some aluminium angle, I fashioned a new heat shield, I was back on the trail in no time flat. Just wished I’d paid as much attention to securing the original heat shields as did doing the patch up job !!!! ?Lesson learnt : Lock wire your hose clamps so they can’t come loose.

KTM 950 Adventure with Siskiyou PanniersSo, all was going very well till about 50Km west of Tibooburra, NSW, I had a very close call with an Emu ( like an Ostrich), fortunately not knocking me off, but as I glanced it, the left pannier took the full brunt breaking the plastic D ring, but amazingly not the webbing off the lower front side strap that goes onto the footpeg mount assembly. All at about 120Kmh, I didn’t have time to shit myself it happened that quick.

Giant Loop saddlebags in AustraliaAnyway, ?all in all the bags worked great for me & were easily big enough to carry all I needed & did everything I asked of them & more, right from the desert to the snowy mountains & back. Great product fellas, they’re as tough as guts.

Perth, Western Australia

Giant Loop Rider: 2,500 Miles on BMW R1200GS “Dry As A Bone”

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Thanks GL rider Timothy for the great comments and pics. Glad you enjoyed the journey – and stayed dry during the crazy Colorado weather. Ride while you can!

BMW R1200GS“Just got back from 2,500 mile ride and all my Giant loop gear performed very well. Mostly good weather except two days in western Colorado (heavy thunderstorms).”

BMW R1200GS“All my personal effects were dry as a bone as long as I kept it inside GL bags.”

“Take care,

Giant Loop Rider: Kail Visits on Oregon Backcountry Tour with KTM 990 Adventure

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Really cool to have a visit from Giant Loop rider Kail, who stopped by the shop after five days of exploring the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route on his KTM 990 Adventure.
Check out his nice tool box fabrication!
And the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag works great with his Safari Tank and the Fandango Tank Bag!
Kail’s kit is light and tight with the Great Basin Saddlebag and Great Basin Dry Bag completing his Giant Loop expedition packing system.
Kail was one of Giant Loop’s first customers when we started in 2008 with the original bolt-on Giant Loop Saddlebag! From March 2009, here’s a blog post and pic from his adventures in California’s Los Padres National Forest on his KTM 530 EXC.

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Giant Loop Rider: Overland International Tech Editor’s Fly-And-Buy BMW F650GS Paris-Dakar

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Thanks Christophe Noel for the beautiful pics and great feedback. Because Giant Loop packing systems strap onto a broad spectrum of motorcycle makes and models, it’s easy to travel for a fly-and-ride or a fly-and-buy. ?Just check your saddlebags as luggage and use tank bags and dry bags as carry-on bags. and Glad the Coyote Saddlebag, Coyote Dry Pods, Rogue Dry Bag and Fandango Tank Bag stood up to the torrents of rain in Colorado last week. Wishing better weather for you down the road!

dakar_desertSo, here’s a testimony for you: I flew into Denver on Wednesday with the gear you sent over. I mounted it to my new-to-me Dakar and rode right into Boulder during the worst flood they’ve had in 500 years. It rained 3 inches during my ride north to Fort Collins just 45 miles away. I averaged about 12 mph with the traffic and road closures. Epic is an overused word, but it applies here. I was stuck in Fort Collins until yesterday. I rode another 5 hours in torrential rain with probably another 2-3 inches falling on me.

All of my goodies are dry as a bone in the Coyote bag with dry bags. And those straps are THE BOMB. Amazing how something so simple can be so fantastic.

dakarAnyway, I found some sunshine today and thought I’d send you some feedback. 500 more miles tomorrow. Great stuff!

Christophe Noel
Technical Editor

Overland International
Direct: 928-273-3754
Overland Journal overlandjournal.com
Expedition Portal expeditionportal.com

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Prescott, AZ 86301

Giant Loop Video: Honda XRV750 Africa Twin in Slovenia with Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag

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Aim for the Horizon – three UK riders on Honda XRV750 Africa Twins with Great Basin Saddlebags and Fandango Tank Bags – share the latest chapter of their ongoing adventures: riding Slovenia. In the snow, no less! Good thing they embrace the “go light, go fast, go far” approach, with gear positioned closest to the Aftrica Twin’s center, both fore/aft and side/side. We’re inspired to Aim for the Horizon!

Giant Loop Video: Canadian Couple Touring on Suzuki DR200 with Coyote Saddlebag

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Nice video from a couple of Giant Loop riders from British Columbia! “Just a short proof of concept trip on the little Suzuki bikes before tackling something adventurous,” as they describe it. We love camping with small motorcycles – this is our origin and roots as a company – so we love to see others discovering the joys of the “go light, go fast, go far” approach to packing a small displacement dual sport motorcycle.

Giant Loop Rider: CJ Designs Suzuki V-Strom DL650 Dual Sport Build with Siskiyou Panniers

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CJ Designs Suzuki V-Stom DL650 Dual Sport Adventure Build

Giant Loop Rider and pro photographer Matthew?Fehrmann just sent us these shots of the CJ Designs Suzuki V-Strom DL650 dual sport build, and this looks like one super-bad machine! You’ll find more details about it here in this Adventure Rider forum thread. You may remember CJ Designs’ two-wheel-drive KTM 950 Adventure we displayed at Dealer Expo two years ago – and Matthew’s KTM 950 Adventure with the 10-gallon Safari Tank we displayed in our booth this year. The Siskiyou Panniers fit great – and look great – on this bike. A perfect choice for lightening this notoriously heavy and road-oriented bike – and making it Adventure Proof. Enjoy Matthew’s pics and comments:

Siskiyou Panniers on Suzuki V-Strom DL650“Craig just finished his DL650 project for our friend Matt, and it’s Bad Ass. I think you will dig it (the photo tells it all). After Matt ran the Siskiyou Panniers on a short loop in?Wisconsin he was handing them back to me and said, ‘I wish I had more time with these.’ I told him to run them in Colorado?on our trip and keep testing them. This is going to be a great time for me to get photos in action.”

Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers on Suzuki V-Strom DL650“Here are a couple shots of his bike?and the luggage on the trail. I’m looking forward to giving them a go in October when Craig and I do another North Woods run.”

Tough bikes deserve tough luggage. Pick up the bike and keep riding, the Siskiyou Panniers didn't even budge or stratch.

Tough bikes deserve tough luggage. Pick up the bike and keep riding, the Siskiyou Panniers didn’t even budge or stratch.

“Be well and see ya in a couple weeks!”

Matthew Fehrmann (Photographer / Writer)
CJ Designs LLC
check out our BLOG at cjdesignsllc.wordpress.com

Giant Loop Rider: Dimitri rides his KTM 640 Adventure with two Coyotes!

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Giant Loop Rider Dimitri stopped by the shop the other day to get some new luggage. ?He was on the return leg of a fly and buy that brought him to Central Oregon. He had found the new to him KTM 640 Adventure online and flew up to complete the deal. On his way home, he swung by the Giant Loop shop and loaded his kit into not one, but TWO Coyote saddle bags. The Coyote bags were for some friends back home, but they did a good job of holding his kit on the 640, when it was all said and done.








Giant Loop Adventure: Impromptu Camping Trip – Destination Unknown

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Sometimes a window of opportunity opens, and you have to fly away before it closes again.

2013 KTM 500 EXC packed with camping gear, water, food and ready for adventure. Destination: Unknown

2013 KTM 500 EXC packed with camping gear, water, food and ready for adventure. Destination: Unknown

So much about life is pre-planned that it’s especially liberating to head out with only the vaguest idea of where you’ll end up. East. Maury Mountains. Camp near water.

Just a few miles east of Bend. Decompressing.

Wandering on gravel roads, watching the weather. A little rain helps knock down the dust. Too much and it makes gumbo mud. Up the south end of the Maury Mountains, little siblings to Oregon’s Ochoco Mountains. No one out here but ranchers and bow hunters. Solitude is a throttle twist away at any time.

Tonight this will be my place. Near the water. Far from everything else.

dual sport adventure camping

A simple camp. Bivy sack. Sleeping bag. Pad. Tarp. Stove. Pot. Dish. Dried food. Tea. And a little plastic bottle of Crater Lake Vodka to pour in a bit at a time as I sip juice. Backcountry cocktails.

Go light. Go fast. Especially if you're not going far. Recently upgraded my dual sport adventure camp kitchen to this super compact, super lightweight Snow Peak set.

Go light. Go fast. Especially if you’re not going far. Recently upgraded my dual sport adventure camp kitchen to this super compact, super lightweight Snow Peak set.

Titanium spork and food-grade silicone bowl!

Titanium spork and food-grade silicone bowl – both fit inside cook ware, along with fuel canister.

MSR Dromedary water bag was another nice addition.

Watched a thunder shower blow through at sundown. My space stayed dry.

There’s something magical about sitting still in one place, and watching the sunset and sunrise.

Coyotes. Elk. Geese. Rising fish. And this sunrise to greet me.

Good morning world.

Day 2: Rode up to a fire look out.

Friendly fire look out invited me up. Told me about his work. Shared his views on a lot of things. Probably doesn’t talk to people much here, so he had a lot to say. Nice fellow.

View looking northeast. Crooked River drainage.

View looking northeast. Crooked River drainage.

Closeup of the view looking south – buttes and table rock.

Why? Why not.

Post, Oregon -

Post, Oregon – “The Center of Oregon” – which is another way of saying “Close to Nothing.”

Stopped in Post, Oregon, then rode the dirt road on the north shore of Prineville Reservoir, complete my medium, not giant, loop overnight adventure.

Stopped in Post, Oregon, then rode the dirt road on the north shore of Prineville Reservoir, complete my medium, not giant, loop overnight adventure.