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KTM with Tail Rack and Possibles Pouch

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Adventure Touring, bike packing, Camping, Dirt bike, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Photos, Saddlebags, Snow Bike, Tank Bags, trail bike, travel

Great photo from rider Dave Sorensen…

LaB2V with Giant Loop“Hey guys. I live in CRR and work in Bend. I finally made it by your showroom to watch the tire change demo and check out your gear as I was prepping for the LaB2V ride Thanksgiving weekend. Picked up the Tail Rack and Possibles Pouch during your sale as it looked like the lightest and most durable set up for the event and suited my riding style the best. I was not disappointed! 

I lost my rear light assembly and license plate in a deep road lake I charged through on day one as I attempted to get back on course, pouch and rack stayed solid as I would have expected. 

I saw a lot of people with GL products over the two day ride, obviously it speaks well of your products in the moto community. 

Thankfully I didn’t have to change a flat and had probably one of the best rides of my life thus far! Unusual weather, wet soil and good company made for some epic conditions. Glad I picked up some of your gear to keep the weight off my body and secure. Perhaps we’ll cross paths on the central Oregon trails in the future. Until then keep braaping in whatever environment you find yourselves. Thanks for the great products.”

Cheers, Dave Sorensen

Sweet photo Dave. I remember talking to you about this years LaB2V as I used to live down there. I can’t believe the weather this year, deep snow is like a once every 10 year event. I was actually riding down there mid-december and all that snow made for perfect dirt, just like in Central Oregon. I’m sure we will cross paths out on the trails soon enough, right now I’m trying to ride every weekend. Thanks for the email!

Baja on a Kawaski KLR 650 with Siskiyou Panniers

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Adventure Touring, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, Kawasaki, Photos, Reviews, Riders, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, trail bike, travel

Email from a customer who’s exploring Baja California with our Siskiyou Panniers

Baja on a Kawaski KLR 650 with Siskiyou Panniers

“Wanted to pass on a picture from a little day ride yesterday in the foothills of the mountains West of Muleje. Great dirt road riding with lots of greenery due to all the recent rains. A great trip so far. Siskiyou Panniers have been working perfectly and I’m impressed by the simple design and ample space. Thanks for the set up!” – Best, Ian Neubauer

Thanks for writing, Ian!

Revelstoke Tunnel Bag on a BMW G310GS

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, BMW, Camping, Dirt bike, Dry Bags, Dualsport, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, Panniers, Photos, Reviews, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, trail bike, travel, Uncategorized

Recent message from a customer who’s out there getting it done on his BMW G310GS with Revelstoke Tunnel Bags

Revelstoke Tunnel Bag on a BMW G310GS

“I have included a pic of my 2019 BMW G310 with the Giant Loop product. As you can see I am a big fan of Giant LoopRevelstoke Tunnel Bag, Rouge Dry Bag, Possibles Pouch, Zigzag Bag on my crash bar. Next will be a Coyote Saddle Bag for multiple day adventures. These small displacement adventure bikes can’t take the added weight of hard boxes and pannier racks. Giant Loop has the answer. I will be buying more Giant Loop products for my adventures next year as well. Thanks!” – Brent Lundevall

Right on Brent!

Giant Loop Bags on the Rally Raid CB500X

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Camping, Dirt bike, Dry Bags, Enduro, Events, Giant Loop Gear, holiday gifts for motorcyclists, News, Overland, Photos, Rally Raid Products, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, trail bike, Video

Video from our friends at YouTube channel Blacolirio.  Featuring Giant Loop Bags on the Rally Raid CB500X Adventure Bike

“All part of our 11 day 3,000 mile CB500 Expo Ride to the Overland Expo 2016 near Flagstaff, AZ.”

Special guest appearance by Jenny Morgan and her comprehensive under the seat trail side tool selection!

MoJavi Saddlebag and Diablo Tank Bag on a Yamaha WR250R

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Enduro, free shipping, Giant Loop Gear, holiday gifts for motorcyclists, New Product, News, Riders, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, trail bike, travel, Yamaha

Recent email from a customer who pairs our MoJavi Saddlebag and Diablo Tank Bag with his Yamaha WR250R

MoJavi Saddlebag and Diablo Tank Bag on a Yamaha WR250R

“I’ve been using your Coyote Bag since buying this WR-R in 2010 and also have the Great Basin (both old style before the roll-top). I still use them often. I got the MoJavi Saddlebags yesterday and took them for a quick ride around home. I like ‘em.” – David Haynes

Thanks David!

Father and Son Adventure on Kawasaki KLR 650s

By | Adventure Touring, Dirt bike, Dualsport, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Kawasaki, Panniers, Tank Bags

Attached are a few jpgs of Ian’s travels. Your Siskiyou Panniers are in few. I also attached one jpg of the MotoTrekk Panniers on my bike, taken when I had joined Ian on his first 4 days. Wish I was still with him!

Best,
Dale
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Dale is the owner of Heliladder here in Bend, Oregon. His son Ian continues his journey south, and we may have other photos as his adventure unfolds! Also onboard: Zigzag Handlebar Bag and Fandango Tank Bag

NEW Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag – Available for pre-order now, ships April 2020

By | Deals, Dirt bike, Dualsport, Enduro, FAQ, Fitment, New Product, Racer, Snow, Snow Bike, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, Timbersled, trail bike
Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag is back! AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER, SHIPPING APRIL 2020
Order now and you’ll be among the first to receive this sweet new waterproof  Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag – at a special pre-order price! USA MSRP $99 – pre-order price $79. Available in Gray or Black.
Our slim, trim minimalist Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag has been completely redesigned for 2020, featuring RF-welded waterproof construction, electronics pass-through, clear vinyl phone pocket — and designed to stay completely out of the way, with no buckles in knees or crotch, even when riding the most technical off-road terrain.
• Fits virtually any motorcycle
• Keeps all of the essentials handy and out of the way when sitting on seat front or standing on footpegs
• Mounts behind gas cap for easy fueling
• Waterproof clear top fits smart phone
• Power cable pass-through to charge electronics on bike
• Tank Bag unzips from harness
• Reflective bars for visibility
• No buckles in knees or crotch
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DEALERS: Display Bikes Key to Selling Giant Loop

By | Dealers, Dry Bags, FAQ, Fitment, Photos, Saddlebags, Suzuki, Tank Bags

We tell our dealers all the time that the single most effective sales tool is to set up a bike with Giant Loop gear, stuffed full to show the shape and volume. It’s a simple thing to do, and all of our top selling dealers do it. So, it’s gratifying to get this kind of feedback from Jackson, a manger at our Australian importer, Adventure Moto:

We finally got a bike setup in our Brisbane store with some of Giant Loop’s products on board. Coyote Saddlebag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Diablo Pro Tank Bag and Fender/Number Plate Bag. We’ve had it setup for two days, and we have sold a Coyote, Diablo and Tillamook from it.

Having products displayed on the bike has helped greatly. I’m fitting the new Tail Rack on the bike this weekend.

Keep up the good work mate. Lovin’ your products.

Cheers,
Jackson Manteit
Brisbane Warehouse Manager, Adventure Moto Australia

Suzuki DR 650 with Coyote Saddlebag, Diablo Pro Tank Bag, Fender Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag

Suzuki DR 650 with Coyote Saddlebag, Diablo Pro Tank Bag, Fender Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag

Suzuki DR 650 with Coyote Saddlebag, Diablo Pro Tank Bag, Fender Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag

Suzuki DR 650 with Coyote Saddlebag, Diablo Pro Tank Bag, Fender Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag

Suzuki DR 650 with Coyote Saddlebag, Diablo Pro Tank Bag, Fender Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag

Suzuki DR 650 with Coyote Saddlebag, Diablo Pro Tank Bag, Fender Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag

Suzuki DR 650 with Coyote Saddlebag, Diablo Pro Tank Bag, Fender Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag

Suzuki DR 650 with Coyote Saddlebag, Diablo Pro Tank Bag, Fender Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag

Honda Africa Twin Display Bike at Vancouver Motorcycle Show

By | Adventure Touring, Dry Bags, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, Panniers, Tank Bags, Video

Quick overview of the Honda Africa Twin display bike (provided by our friends and dealer in Canada www.DirtRacks.com) in our booth at the 2019 Vancouver Motorcycle Show. Engine guards and luggage rack by DirtRacks.com. Giant Loop gear onboard: Possibles Pouches on engine guards, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, rack-mounted MotoTrekk Panniers, Columbia Dry Bag and Klamath Tail Rack Pack.

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GL Riders Two Wheeled Nomad (Jason Spafford and Lisa Morris) featured in UK’s BIKE Magazine

By | Adventure Touring, BMW, Camping, Dry Bags, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, News, Overland, Photos, Riders, Saddlebags, Suzuki, Tank Bags, travel
Two Wheeled Nomad in BIKE magazine

Two Wheeled Nomad in BIKE magazine

GL Riders Two Wheeled Nomad (Jason Spafford and Lisa Morris) traveled The Americas for four years on their motorcycles, the past year-plus with Giant Loop gear after they realized that lighter and simpler is truly better! Here’s their photo essay featured in BIKE (UK) magazine’s latest January 2019 issue.

Two Wheeled Nomad in BIKE magazine

Camping on Bonneville Salt Flats – photos by Jason Spafford, text by Lisa Morris (aka Two Wheeled Nomad)

Two Wheeled Nomad’s Giant Loop Adventure Proof Packing System on Suzuki DR650 and BMW F800GS:

Great Basin Saddlebags – nearly 70 liters of waterproof, ultra tough, lightweight, stable storage, no luggage racks or mounts required

Possibles Pouches – external waterproof pockets for Saddlebags and engine guards

Tillamook Dry Bags – double-end access waterproof gear storage with integrated anchor strap system, backpack shoulder straps

Fandango Pro Tank Bag – waterproof, slim, trim, 8-liter bag with electronics pass-through, clear map pocket, quick fuel access

Lisa Spafford soak in the experience while Jason Spafford documents it on film

Lisa Spafford soak in the experience while Jason Spafford documents it on film

Giant Loop Riders the Two Wheeled Nomad (Jason Spafford and Lisa Morris)

Giant Loop Riders the Two Wheeled Nomad (Jason Spafford and Lisa Morris)

 

Clean Drink Adventures: Safe Drinking Water Solutions for Nepal, Delivered on Royal Enfield Himalayan

By | Adventure Touring, Blog, Camping, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Overland, Photos, Reviews, Riders, Royal Enfield, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, travel, Uncategorized

See links below to volunteer for Clean Drink Adventures trips in Spring 2019!

Clean Drink Adventures

“Packing up our tents, the women of the community thanked us for coming, sharing in a night of good fun, and for the gift of the MSR SE200 Community Chlorine Maker. And that’s how it always should be. It’s not uncommon for some organizations to enter a village and foist their aid on unsuspecting locals. We offered the water system to the villagers and they eagerly accepted. They gained a useful tool and we received a wonderful night of hospitality we won’t soon forget.”

Hello Giant Loop,

We’re back from our trip to Nepal and happy to report it was a huge success. Our Clean Drink Adventures team was able to provide safe drinking water solutions to as many as 700 people during our travels. In the coming weeks our volunteers on the ground will bump that number closer to 2,000 in the coming weeks.

As we traveled into the remote corners of the country, our medic, Jason McKinney, packed all of his medical equipment in Giant Loop bags. Not only did he keep us safe, but he was available to help anyone in need during out travels.

Below are some fun images and snippits you can use for social media. In the meantime I’m working on gathering more assets you can use for promotions.

The bags are currently in our office in Nepal and ready to do it all again. We have more trips planned for March, April, and May. The GL bags will be put to use every time.

Thank you so much for sending them along and we’re stoked to have GL as a CLEAN DRINK partner.

Safe travels,
Christophe

Doing good as you go doesn't always go as planned. While delivering safe drinking water solutions to remote communities in Nepal, our team medic Jason McKinny hit a slight rough patch. CLEAN DRINK ADVENTURES is a proud partner with Giant Loop. We use our bags to carry medical supplies and essentials to ensure our team is safe and our Nepali friends well cared for. You can join Giant Loop and CLEAN DRINK on the adventure of a lifetime. Spots are open for trips in the spring of 2019.

Doing good as you go doesn’t always go as planned. While delivering safe drinking water solutions to remote communities in Nepal, our team medic Jason McKinny hit a slight rough patch. CLEAN DRINK ADVENTURES is a proud partner with Giant Loop. We use our bags to carry medical supplies and essentials to ensure our team is safe and our Nepali friends well cared for. You can join Giant Loop and CLEAN DRINK on the adventure of a lifetime. Spots are open for trips in the spring of 2019.

There is no better place to wake up than on the banks of a Himalayan river. Giant Loop is an essential part of CLEAN DRINK ADVENTURES trips in Nepal where they travel by motorbike to deliver safe drinking water solutions to rural communities. And you can be a part of the adventure. Join Giant Loop and CLEAN DRINK on the trip of a lifetime. Spots are open for March and May trips.

There is no better place to wake up than on the banks of a Himalayan river. Giant Loop is an essential part of CLEAN DRINK ADVENTURES trips in Nepal where they travel by motorbike to deliver safe drinking water solutions to rural communities. And you can be a part of the adventure. Join Giant Loop and CLEAN DRINK on the trip of a lifetime. Spots are open for March and May trips.

Two-Up Motorcycle Camping Tour on KTM 1090 Adventure with Giant Loop Packing System

By | Adventure Touring, Camping, Dealers, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Panniers, Riders, Tank Bags, Tech Tips

Two-Up Motorcycle Camping Tour on KTM 1090 Adventure with Giant Loop’s Round The World Panniers, GL Pannier Mounts, Fandango Pro Tank Bag

From Steve from Penco Power Products in Kalispell, Montana:
“Go light, go fast, go far is a load of crap once my wife figured out she could pack 90 liters of stuff!!! Lol We absolutely love these bags and after a 1000 mile trip with enough camping gear and clothes for two people, we can’t say enough about them. We had everything we needed to be comfortable.”

Two-up motorcycle camping on KTM Adventure with Giant Loop's Round The World Panniers, GL Pannier Mounts + Fandango Pro Tank Bag

Two-up motorcycle camping on KTM Adventure with Giant Loop’s Round The World Panniers, GL Pannier Mounts + Fandango Pro Tank Bag

Two-up motorcycle camping on KTM Adventure with Giant Loop's Round The World Panniers, GL Pannier Mounts + Fandango Pro Tank Bag

Two-up motorcycle camping on KTM Adventure with Giant Loop’s Round The World Panniers, GL Pannier Mounts + Fandango Pro Tank Bag

Two-up motorcycle camping on KTM Adventure with Giant Loop's Round The World Panniers, GL Pannier Mounts + Fandango Pro Tank Bag

Two-up motorcycle camping on KTM Adventure with Giant Loop’s Round The World Panniers, GL Pannier Mounts + Fandango Pro Tank Bag

Fandango Pro Tank Bag on Ducati Scrambler

By | Adventure Touring, Ducati, FAQ, Fitment, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, Video

Not everyone rides with Giant Loop. But for a decade, riders, travelers and explorers have relied on Giant Loop for tested, proven solutions for the most extreme adventures on Planet Earth. Limited lifetime warranty. Designed in Bend, Oregon. Made in USA. Ridden worldwide. Tougher than you. Go light. Go fast. Go far.

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Giant Loop’s Fandango Pro Tank Bag (8 liters) and Diablo Pro Tank Bag (4 liters) use the same three-point harness to securely anchor to virtually every motorcycle’s gas tank (or intake shrouds on bikes with fuel under the seat) – including the popular Scrambler models by Ducati, Triumph, BMW, etc.. Use Giant Loop’s Vinyl Protective film beneath the Tank Bag harness and straps to prevent scuffing and dulling the gloss coat on painting surfaces. Every Giant Loop Tank Bag includes a waterproof inner liner Dry Pod making the highly water resistant outer shell 100% waterproof inside for extreme riding conditions. Electronics pass-through, mesh exterior and under-lid pockets, divider, interior lined with hook-and-loop accepting fabric for camera bag dividers. Not everyone rides with a Giant Loop Tank Bag. But for a decade travelers, explorers and adventurers around the globe have relied on Giant Loop gear on the most extreme journeys. MADE IN USA. LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY. Go light. Go fast. Go far.

Ducati Scrambler Kitted for Adventure with Giant Loop Motorcycle Soft Luggage

By | Adventure Touring, Camping, Ducati, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Photos, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, Video

We’ve outfitted this Ducati Scrambler for a weekend, week or even extended long haul adventure motorcycle travel with our Giant Loop adventure proof packing system of soft luggage for motorcycles. Designed to fit virtually any motorcycle equipped with passenger pegs, the Great Basin Saddlebag mounts on the passenger seat, anchored to the passenger peg mounts and the rear “fender” assembly – no luggage racks, mounts or braces required. The Fandango Pro Tank Bag keeps smaller items like phone, camera, wallet and other essentials handy, while the Zigzag Handlebar Bag stores other small items within easy reach. We’ve added the Bushwackers Hand Guards, which strap over rigid deflectors to protect hands and controls from rain, cold, mud and brush. All it needs is a skid plate . . .

Ducati Scrambler with Giant Loop's Fandango Pro Tank Bag

Ducati Scrambler with Giant Loop’s Fandango Pro Tank Bag

Ducati Scrambler with Giant Loop's Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Great Basin Saddlebag, Zigzag Handlebar Bag, Bushwackers Hand Guards

Ducati Scrambler with Giant Loop’s Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Great Basin Saddlebag, Zigzag Handlebar Bag, Bushwackers Hand Guards

Ducati Scrambler with Giant Loop's Great Basin Saddlebag

Ducati Scrambler with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag

Weighs a fraction of other motorcycle soft luggage designs based on Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag, such as the Mosko Moto RECKLESS 80L SYSTEM (V2.0) – also trimmer, less complicated, fewer straps, cleaner, more minimalist, rugged and durable design, proven world wide since 2008.

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route with Motolara

By | Camping, Dry Bags, Giant Loop Gear, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Video, Yamaha

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route with Motolara

Dual sport enthusiasts, Alberto Lara and Naomi Tweddle created this fantastic video of their recent trip on the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route on their Yamaha WR 250Rs.  The couple has ridden with Giant Loop gear in destinations around North and South America, choosing the Great Basin Saddlebags to carry most of their gear. The Great Basin handily carries all one could need for multi-day journeys. You’ll also see the Giant Loop Fandango Tank Bag , Tillamook Dry bag and various other GL accessories used on this trip.

These two are exactly who we thought of when we started creating this gear. They live for the ride.

Check out photos and posts on their website, www.motolara.com. Go Light, go fast, go far!

 

BMW R1200 GS Giant Loop Moto Kiger Tank Bag

BMW 1200GS and the Kiger Tank Bag

By | Adventure Touring, Blog, BMW, Fitment, Tank Bags

BMW 1200GS and the Kiger Tank Bag

Sometimes when you have a big bike, you want a big tank bag. The Kiger Tank Bag is the largest in Giant Loop collection. At 9 litres capacity this bag is 100% waterproof and has a sturdy clamshell closure design that makes it easy to get in and out of with gloves on.
Shown here in photos courtesy of the BMW Club Motorcycle Owners of America.

BMW R1200 GS Giant Loop Moto Kiger Tank Bag BMW R1200 GS Giant Loop Moto Kiger Tank Bag

 

As you can see the bag fits nicely over the large front fairing of the BMW R1200GS, attaching to the frame under the seat. The Kiger measures 8.25 X 12″, giving ample room yet not obstructing the riders view of the odometer or GPS.

The Kiger Tank Bag can also be paired with Pannier Pockets for added front-of-bike capacity.

KTM 1090 Adventure with Mojavi Saddlebags and Fandango Tank Bag Pro

KTM 1090R with Fandango Tank Bag in Australia

By | Blog, Dealers, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Saddlebags, Tank Bags

Nick, a sponsored rider in Australia and owner of  Maschine Rides and Tours in Gisborne, Australia sent our Australian counterpart, Adventure Moto Australia this great pic of his KTM 1090 Adventure R kitted out with Mojavi Saddlebags and a Fandango Tank Bag Pro.

“Thanks very much for the hookup with the Giant Loop gear. It’s all working very nicely! We are 3 days in and we’ve got a pro photographer on the trip that got some amazing shots yesterday.”

BMW GS650 – Fandango Tank Bag Pro and Pannier Pockets

By | BMW, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Panniers, Tank Bags | No Comments

BMW GS650 – Fandango Tank Bag Pro and Pannier Pockets

Customer, Dave, stopped in today to show us how his Giant Loop Pannier Pockets and Fandango Tank Bag Pro fit on his BMW GS650. You can see how the pockets fit nicely in a horizontal position on the bike’s large side fairing. Pannier Pockets can be integrated into all of our tank bag systems and come included with the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag set up. The tank bag harness anchor straps fit underneath the seat and attach to the frame. The Fandango, at 8L capacity is a nice size for the medium sized touring bike.

Kawasaki Versys-X 300 with Coyote Saddlebag and Rogue Dry Bag

By | Blog, Camping, Dry Bags, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Kawasaki, Saddlebags, Tank Bags

Customer Doug just rode his new a Kawasaki Versys 300 from Virginia to Oregon, and he’s so pleased with his Giant Loop packing system that he stopped by the GL ADV Shop in Bend this morning to show us his setup!

His entire trip has been on pavement, so he created a simple quick-release rear anchor strap to mount the Coyote Saddlebag in front of his top box. Secured to the Coyote Saddlebag with the compression straps, he’s added a Rogue Dry Bag. And the slim Diablo Pro Tank Bag is perfectly proportioned for this small but capable machine.

Thanks Doug for choosing Giant Loop for your coast-to-coast adventure!

 

kawasaki versys with diablo tank bag    kawasaki versus 300 with coyote saddlebag, diablo tank bag and rogue dry bagkawasaki versys 300 with coyote saddle bag and rogue drybag

Coyote Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag Pro Fitment On Honda Africa Twin

By | Blog, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Tech Tips

Nate, a local Bend customer, came by the Adventure Shop today with his brand new Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L to show us his fitting for his Coyote Saddlebag.

Honda Africa Twin and Coyote Saddlebag

Honda Africa Twin and Coyote Saddlebag

 

At 39L, the saddlebag fits perfectly behind the rider with room to spare for a dry bag or duffle to supplement bigger trips. Even with the passenger footpegs removed, the lower anchor points on the bag fasten nicely to the frame to keep the bag out of the way with zero movement. The shape of the Coyote lends itself well to this bike, as it angles forward instead of down thus  avoiding the wide pipe.

Conveniently the Coyote fender hooks fit perfectly and positively in the Twin’s existing hard luggage mounting points.

 

Honda Africa Twin and Coyote Saddlebag    Honda Africa Twin and Coyote Saddlebag

The Giant Loop Fandango is also a great fit on this bike, sculpting well over the tank. East to access the fuel fill and see the dash instruments.

Nate is about to head out on the Washington BDR. We thing this is a great set up for his trip!

Waterproof: Sorting Fact from Fiction + Giant Loop’s Proven Design Approach

By | Blog, Dry Bags, FAQ, Giant Loop Gear, Panniers, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Uncategorized

Waterproof: Sorting Fact from Fiction + Giant Loop’s Proven Design Approach

Giant Loop recently received this question on a popular adventure motorcycle forum:

“I would like a clarification regarding the Coyote Saddlebag. The old style with the zipper closure was not 100% waterproof because of the zipper (at least this is my understand from what i have read). The new roll top style, is it 100% waterproof? In case I skip the dry pods in the one with the roll top closure will the containing things remain dry? I understand the dry pods are used for sorting and storing purposes, but i am really seeking a waterproof solution.”

Let me clarify – and please feel free to share this info! First, to answer your specific questions:

This icon is Giant Loop's guarantee that a product is 100% waterproof under normal riding conditions when instructions are followed and included components are used as our designed waterproofing system.

This icon is Giant Loop’s assurance that a product is 100% waterproof under normal riding conditions when instructions are followed and included components are used as our designed waterproofing system.

The Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag are sewn products, constructed with military-spec thread and waterproof material reinforced with ballistic nylon. Their outer shells are HIGHLY water resistant, and to make them truly 100% waterproof they include a set of 3 RF-welded Saddlebag Dry Pods with air purge valves. The Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top and Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top outer shells are even more highly water resistant, because they are constructed with fewer seams. The Dry Pods are lightweight and don’t take up much space, so we would recommend storing them inside the Saddlebag even if you’re riding in dry conditions and don’t need them – then you’ll have them for deep water crossings, storms, etc. They can also be filled with ice and used as beverage coolers at camp, they’re handy shopping bags to carry food to camp, etc.

Now, there are multiple design approaches to achieve waterproofing in textile products, so  please allow me to geek out a bit here. I want to answer not only your question but also share some information motorcycle riders should understand about Giant Loop — and other gear and apparel.

Before I started Giant Loop in 2008, I used to be a gear reviewer for a national adventure travel magazine, so I despise inaccurate and exaggerated marketing claims. And I do crazy things like taking all of Giant Loop’s products to the city swimming pool to test them myself in a controlled environment. GL’s product designer is a through-hiker and international motorcycle traveler who has lived for months at a time in the outdoors, so he knows his game.

Sewn products made by any manufacturer are not 100% waterproof because needle holes can allow moisture to penetrate the seams. Riders who get water inside their luggage usually neglect to take bags off their bikes when they leave them parked in a heavy rain, allowing water to pool and slowly seep through a seam. In normal riding conditions water doesn’t usually collect and pool.

And there’s really no such thing as a 100% waterproof zipper except for the kind used on scuba dry suits – they are too costly and fragile to be a practical solution for motorcycling. On our zippered bags, the zipper itself is virtually never the point of entry for water unless the zippers aren’t closed or the storm flap isn’t rolled down over the zipper.

Our design philosophy is to build super rugged, tough, highly water resistant outer shells and protect the more fragile RF-welded (no needle holes, fabrics bonded together using heat) and seam-sealed (needle holes covered with waterproof tape) waterproofing components inside this shell.

So while a crash or cactus spine may poke a hole in the outer shell, all of the gear inside the Dry Pods included with our packing systems remains organized and well protected inside.

Because the outer shells on Giant Loop’s adventure proof gear are so highly water resistant, keeping contents dry inside can even be as simple as using a zip-lock or trash bag. Instead, Giant Loop’s Kiger Tank Bag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Diablo Pro Tank Bag, Coyote Saddlebag, Great Basin Saddlebag, Siskiyou Panniers and Round The World Panniers all include RF-welded or seam sealed waterproof inner liner Dry Pods.

And we offer many 100% waterproof RF-welded products as part of Giant Loop’s modular, customizable, adventure proof packing system: Columbia Dry Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bag, Torngat Tunnel Bag, Revelstoke Tunnel Bag, Possibles Pouch, GL Fender Bag — and the new MotoTrekk Panniers.

There’s also a lack of objective standards and transparency around claims of “waterproof.” Waterproof spans a range in practical reality, which is why there’s actually an international set of standards and ratings for waterproofing: the IP Code.

Submersible standards (IPX7 and higher) are critical for boating, diving, snorkeling, etc. Our RF-welded (no needle holes from sewing) are submersible waterproof – I use them for rafting and paddleboarding. These Giant Loop products do not require inner liner Dry Pods to provide 100% waterproof protection.

But since motorcycles themselves are not submersible vehicles, sewn products achieve a level of waterproofing equivalent to spraying the products with high pressure water jets from all directions (IPX6). Water may penetrate the outer shell in extreme conditions, but the inner liner Dry Pods keep contents dry inside.

When Giant Loop labels a product as waterproof, that means a product is 100% waterproof (IPX6 or better) under normal riding conditions when instructions are followed and included components are used as our designed waterproofing system.

When shopping for waterproof motorcycle soft luggage, waterproof apparel, etc., pay attention to construction details, so you can understand what a manufacturer is labeling waterproof, what degree of waterproofing is adequate for your application and how the waterproofing is achieved.

Thanks for riding with Giant Loop – and please keep the questions, comments, reviews, pics and videos coming our way!

Giant Loop Rider: Lauren Trantham’s Ride My Road – Operation Keanu

By | Blog, Dry Bags, Ducati, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, News, Riders, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Video

Giant Loop Rider: Lauren Trantham’s Ride My Road – Operation Keanu

Check out Giant Loop Rider Lauren Trantham’s latest project! Go girl! Keanu Reeves better accept that invitation. Support this excellent work benefitting domestic survivors of domestic sex trafficking at Ride My Road.

Last year, Lauren Trantham rode 10k miles on her Ducati Monster – equipped with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag and Tillamook Dry Bag – across America raising $55k for survivors of domestic sex trafficking. Now she has been invited to an Anti Sex Trafficking Gala in Phoenix, Arizona on April 29, 2017 and she needs a date. #operationkeanu

Lauren Trantham of Ride My Road on her Ducati Monster equipped with Giant Loop's Rogue Dry Bag, Pronghorn Straps, Coyote Saddlebag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag

Lauren Trantham of Ride My Road on her Ducati Monster equipped with Giant Loop’s Rogue Dry Bag, Pronghorn Straps, Coyote Saddlebag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag.

Giant Loop Rider: Photographer Donni Reddington on Husqvarna FE 501 with Klamath Tail Rack Pack, Fandango Pro Tank Bag and GL Fender Bag

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Giant Loop Rider: Photographer Donni Reddington on Husqvarna FE 501 with Klamath Tail Rack Pack, Fandango Pro Tank Bag and GL Fender Bag

From GL Rider and photographer Donni Reddington:

Here’s a few bags at work. My fiancé is working out of town so I borrowed his rear fender bag and loved it!! Tool kit is awesome, stayed on like a champ on rough terrain and my Husky tool kit fit right in it. Of course my tank bag is awesome, the color goes well with my new graphics, ha ha and my camera fits in there perfect. First ride of the season, felt good to get back on the bike! Stoked for spring! Cheers! Donni

Giant Loop’s Adventure Proof Packing Systems for Dual Sport Motorcycles featured in Donni’s photos:
Fandango Pro Tank Bag
Klamath Tail Rack Pack
Giant Loop Fender Bag

Husqvarna FE501 with Fandango Pro Tank Bag Klamath Tail Rack Pack and KTM with Giant Loop Fender Bag

Husqvarna FE501 with Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Klamath Tail Rack Pack and KTM with Giant Loop Fender Bag

Husqvarna FE501 with Fandango Pro Tank Bag Klamath Tail Rack Pack and KTM with Giant Loop Fender Bag

Husqvarna FE501 with Fandango Pro Tank Bag Klamath Tail Rack Pack and KTM with Giant Loop Fender Bag

How to Pack a Small Motorcycle for BIG Adventure: Globe Crosser Steph Jeavons + Rhonda the Honda CRF250

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How to Pack a Small Motorcycle for BIG Adventure: Globe Crosser Steph Jeavons + Rhonda the Honda CRF250

“Oh my goodness! All packed up. Its been so long I nearly forgot how to do it! Time to move on again!” – Steph Jeavons, One Steph Beyond

Nearly a year ago, Giant Loop hosted world traveler Steph Jeavons here in Bend, Oregon for an evening slideshow of her travels on Rhonda the Honda CRF250L. While she was here we had the opportunity to upgrade her luggage and gear for another round of travel. Packing all of the essentials for months of living off a motorcycle presents challenges – especially with a relatively small bike like the Honda CRF250L. Small bikes are a specialty here at Giant Loop, and by using our modular, customizable adventure proof packing system, we were able to help Steph organize her gear into multiple small compartments, providing quick, easy access – and helping balance the load on both the front and rear of the bike.

Here’s how Steph Jeavons packs her Honda CRF250L the “go light, go fast, go far” Giant Loop way:

TAIL OF HONDA CRF250L
* Great Basin Saddlebag: Fits virtually any motorcycle built to carry a passenger, anchoring to the passenger pegs and riding on the passenger seat.
* 2 x Possibles Pouches: Tool, tubes and other gear kept handy with external pockets designed to integrate with Giant Loop’s Great Basin, Coyote and MoJavi Saddlebags – and used independently as universal tool and gear pouches.
* Columbia Dry Bag: A large bag for a small bike, but Giant Loop’s double-ended Dry Bags come in three sizes for all bike types and packing options.

FRONT OF HONDA CRF250L
* Fandango Pro Tank Bag: Roomy enough for cameras and essential gear, trim enough for off-road riding while standing on the foot pegs.
* Pannier Pockets: Integrate with Giant Loop’s Tank Bag Harness – and can be used independently – to extend gear carry capacity to the front of the bike.
* Fender Bag: A spare tube or other relatively small, lightweight essential strap onto the plastic fenders of most dirt bikes – and Giant Loop’s Fender Bag stays on, even in the roughest riding.

Giant Loop Rider Steph-Jeavons's Honda CRF250L packed for'round the world adventure with Giant Loop's adventure proof packing systems and gear.

Giant Loop Rider Steph-Jeavons’s Honda CRF250L packed for ’round the world adventure with Giant Loop’s adventure proof packing systems and gear.

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