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Unconventional But Effective on a KTM

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Dry Bags, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, Overland, Photos, Reviews, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, trail bike, travel

Check out these amazing photos from a customer riding a KTM 500 EXC Six Days Edition with an unconventional, but effective Giant Loop luggage set up. He’s strapped two Tillamook Dry Bags to his luggage racks and running a Fandango Tank Bag on top as well…

“Hi, Giant Loop Team! Here are some pictures. Mostly India, Pakistan, Iran, Oman, Egypt and all the way down to South Africa. I’m still on the road. You got a great product!” — Frank Neikes 

He’s put a lot of miles on this improvised set-up, and apparently loves it. Excellent Frank, thanks for the photos!

Go light. Go fast. Go far…

Riding the Canadian Trans-Labrador Highway

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Giant Loop Gear, Overland, Reviews, Riders, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, travel

We love this Adventure Rider series that follows a trek along the Trans-Labrador Highway north of Quebec. It covers everything you need to know to make the ride…

Riding the Trans-Labrador Highway with Giant Loop

“Match your luggage to your bike. When I rode the Trans Lab, I was on a small-capacity Yamaha WR250R and didn’t want the added weight of heavy panniers. For that reason I used Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddle Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Diablo Tank Bag and Possibles Pouch to haul all my clothes, camping gear, cooking kit, tools and other assorted gear.” — Zac Kurylyk

Riding the Trans-Labrador Highway with Giant Loop

So rad, Zac – thanks for including Giant Loop…

check out Zac’s entire series of Trans-Labrador articles here!

Go light. Go fast. Go far!

Pronghorn Straps in Action

By | bike packing, Blog, Deals, FAQ, Giant Loop Gear, Reviews, Straps, Tech Tips

The first video in the Dork in the Road “5-in-5” Series — covering five things you need to know in five minutes or less. This episode focused on our Pronghorn Straps

“The new and improved Giant Loop Pronghorn straps are an inexpensive, durable, and versatile piece of gear that are useful for a multitude of dual sport, adventure motorcycle, and other off road/outdoor adventures. Looking for a quick and easy way to securely attach gear to your motorcycle, side by side, 4×4, boat, backpack, or any other outdoor adventure gear or vehicle?  These polyurethane straps are dead simple, weather resistant, and hold strongly and securely no matter the application.” — Dork in the Road

Use promo code “dorkintheroad” to save 10% of this or any other purchase from GiantLoopMoto.com

We love “Dork in the Road”!

Round The World Panniers with Pannier Mounts

By | Blog, BMW, Camping, Dirt bike, FAQ, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, Panniers, Tech Tips

Here’s a couple of photos our friend Bob sent us doing a test run with GL Round The World Panniers and Pannier Mounts

RTW panniers with GSA pannier mounts

“I would think people are planning and gearing up for when the “all clear” whistle blows, or at least things open up a bit. I sure am. When I’m not sewing masks for friends I’m modifying my camping gear. I’ve gotten good at Whoopi slings. I did a (socially isolated) dry run the other day to play with and test new gear.” — Bob Simon

Round The World Panniers

Great work — thanks for the photos Bob!

Our Fuel Bag Reviewed

By | 4x4, Adventure Touring, Arctic Cat, ATV, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dirt bike, Fuel, Giant Loop Gear, Photos, Reviews, Tech Tips, trail bike, travel

We’re very proud of this product

The Gas Bag

“Space is always a concern when traveling off-road, and the distance between filling stations can be enormous. The Gas Bag allows off-roaders to roll up the empty container and minimize storage when they are empty. They are a very tough ballistic nylon and can be easily moved from the truck and strapped to an ATV, side-by-side, dirt bike, snow bike or snowmobile using the daisy-chain webbing. With sizes of 1, 2, 3 or 5 gal., you can match a Gas Bag to your needs.” — Perry Mack, 4WDrive Magazine

GL Gas Bag

Thanks, Perry — always fantastic to get a great review!

FREE SHIPPING on every order in the U.S. during the month of April

Why I Love Giant Loop

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dirt bike, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, News, Photos, Reviews, Straps, Tech Tips, trail bike, travel

Rider Jaume writes to us about our new Pronghorn Straps

Why I Love Giant Loop“When I’m traveling through mountains or across deserts I can’t take any risks, so I always trust Giant Loop to carry my gear. Light, reliable, resistant and well designed.  They have never let me down, which is why they are my constant travel companions. Best regards!” — Jaume von Arend, Fòrum Gastronòmic

Cool, Jaume — we love you too!

giant loop 32 inch pronghorn strapsHave you seen our new Pronghorn Straps?  Check them out here…

Siskiyou Panniers Reviewed

By | Adventure Touring, Blog, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, News, Panniers, Photos, Reviews, Saddlebags, Tech Tips, travel

Great first impressions from Roy at Motorcycle Gear Hub… 

“GL — Shooting you a quick email as I published an article on my website with my first impressions of the Siskiyou Panniers after having inspected them and gone through their features. I’ll be publishing a more detailed review after extensive testing and taking them touring.

click here for McG’s Siskiyou Panniers review

Siskiyou Panniers

“I’ve pretty much been blown away by the quality and functionality of the Siskiyou panniers. And the article certainly reflects that.

Siskiyou Panniers

“On another note, I really look forward to also reviewing the Great Basin Saddlebag and Tillamook Dry Bag! Many thanks and best regards.”  — Roy Lopez, Motorcycle Gear Hub

Thanks for the kind words, Roy — we hope to hear more from you soon!

Round the World Panniers Reviewed

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Dirt bike, Enduro, New Product, News, Panniers, Photos, Racer, Reviews, Riders, Tech Tips, travel

Check out this recent review of our Round the World Panniers by Rob Dabney from ADV Pulse

RTW Panniers

“Lots of room for your gear with room to over stuff. Convenient pockets for quick access and staying organized. Fast to remove or mount with the quick-release pannier mounts installed. No mounting plate left behind on racks when bags are removed.”

Thanks Rob!

Have you signed up for the Giant Loop Annual Ride yet?

Oregon’s Cascades on a KTM 450 SX with Giant Loop Bags

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Adventure Touring, Arctic Cat, ATV, Blog, Camping, Dualsport, Fuel, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, News, Photos, Racer, Riders, Snow, Snow Bike, Snowmobile, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, travel

Our friend and local customer, Kevin sends us these excellent photos of riding his KTM 450 SX in the Oregon Cascades with Giant Loop’s Revelstoke Tunnel Bag, 2-gallon Gas Bag and Diablo Tank Bag… 

Oregon’s Cascades on a KTM 450 SX with Giant Loop BagsOregon’s Cascades on a KTM 450 SX with Giant Loop Bags“A few shots from the field.” — Kevin Hopper

Revelstoke Tunnel Bag and other Snow branded products are 20% off during February!

Have you signed up for the Giant Loop Annual Ride yet?

Round The World Panniers and Pannier Mounts on Indian FTR 1200 S

By | Blog, FAQ, Fitment, Indian, News, Panniers, Reviews, Tech Tips

Our friend Wes Fleming writes for BMW Owners News Magazine and does a podcast for them as well. His review of our Round The World Panniers and Pannier Mounts will be in the April issue — featuring his Indian FTR 1200 S!

Round The World Panniers

photo credits: motochiba.com

Round The World Panniers

This is an unusual bike with a single-sided rack available from Indian. Our Pannier Mount fits perfectly and the big Round The World Pannier gives Wes enough room for his laptop and camera gear.

Have you signed up for the Giant Loop Annual Ride yet?

Giant Loop Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Adventure Touring, ATV, bike packing, Blog, Dirt bike, Fuel, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, News, Tech Tips, trail bike, travel, Uncategorized

From Rocky Mountain ATV MC

Giant Loop’s Gas Bag Fuel-safe Bladder is an emergency fuel container that can reliably hold gas in a pinch and roll up into a fraction of its overall size when you’re not using it. Giant Loop constructs their Gas Bag in the U.S.A. with meticulous care and high quality materials so it will hold gas without leaking a drop and shrug off heavy abrasion and abuse.

Available in 1, 2, 3 and 5 gallon capacities…

NOTE: EZ Pour Spout is not an approved fuel handling device as described by ASTM, EPA, ARB or other state or federal agencies. Intended only for the temporary transport of liquid hydrocarbons for racing vehicles used in professional off road and closed course competition racing events. The Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder is not a portable or long-term fuel storage container as described by ASTM, EPA, ARB or other state or federal agencies. BY PURCHASING PRODUCT AND FILLING IT WITH FUEL YOU ARE AGREEING TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS LISTED HERE ON THIS PAGE.

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!

Kiwis’ Annual Backcountry Discovery Routes Ride with Giant Loop on Suzuki DRZ400s

By | Adventure Touring, Dualsport, Enduro, FAQ, Fitment, Riders, Saddlebags, Suzuki, Tech Tips, travel

Just got an email from our friend and colleague Keith Larkin, from White’s Power Sports in New Zealand and Australia. Every year, he and his buddies fly to the USA and take their stored Suzuki DRZ400s on a Backcountry Discovery Routes adventure:

“I am just back this week from riding the Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico Backcountry Discovery Routes, with the same crew and bikes as last year – all using Giant Loop. Man you make a fantastic product! We rode over to Houston and stored our bikes for the 2 East Coast BDR routes next year.”

Backcountry Discovery Routes with Giant Loop

Backcountry Discovery Routes with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag and Possibles Pouches

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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Tracker Packer Compatibility With Garmin GPS Emergency Beacons: GPSMAP 66i, inReach Mini, inReach Explorer, inReach SE

By | FAQ, Fitment, holiday gifts for motorcyclists, New Product, Snow, Snow Bike, Snowmobile, stocking stuffers, Tech Tips, under $60

Confirmed: Tracker Packer is compatible with Garmin’s flagship GPSMAP 66i handheld GPS, 2-way satellite communicator and emergency SOS unit! Our Garmin rep just stopped by the GL ADV Shop in Bend, Oregon, and we had the chance to confirm that our Tracker Packer for Garmin fits the 66i units. It is also compatible with Garmin’s inReach Mini, inReach SE/Explorer/Explorer+.

Stay safer in the backcountry with help the push of a button away. The Tracker Packer holster secures the unit to backpack strap or upper arm, keeping the device with the user, even in the case of a crash or other mishap. We donate a portion of Tracker Packer sales to the Kurt Caselli Foundation.

Tracker Packer holster for Garmin

Tracker Packer holster for Garmin

Easy Access to KTM 690 Enduro Fuel Fill with Giant Loop’s Tail Rack + Saddlebags

By | Adventure Touring, FAQ, Fitment, KTM, New Product, Saddlebags, Tech Tips, under $60

EASY ACCESS TO KTM 690 Enduro Fuel Fill with GL Tail Rack + Saddlebag

Great feedback from Back Country MC in Norway fitting new Giant Loop Tail Rack on KTM 690 Enduro with GL’s Saddlebags:

“Here are two pics of my 690 with the Tail Rack and Great Basin Saddlebag. Coyote Saddlebag fits even better. No problems fitting the Tail Rack to the 690, as the design consists of a plastic fender that mounts and hooks down the tank and the tail/sub fender. There is room for mounting the four screws between the filler neck and the taillights/ cable harness. I have chosen to mount it as the pictures show. The other way around is also possible but then it must be moved a tad more back. With the tail rack it is also very easy to move the Great Basin/Coyote even more back, so it covers the filler. It’s very easy to loosen the rear anchor strap when filling gas and then re-tightening afterwards.”

NOTES: Saddlebag anchor straps can be clipped into Tail Rack’s wire gates for even faster access to fuel! Also, MoJavi Saddlebag fits exactly the same as Coyote Saddlebag if you’re looking to lighten your pack for day rides.

Giant Loop Tail Rack provides easy fuel fill access on KTM 690 Enduro with Coyote Saddlebag, Great Basin Saddlebag, MoJavi Saddlebag

Giant Loop Tail Rack provides easy fuel fill access on KTM 690 Enduro with Coyote Saddlebag, Great Basin Saddlebag, MoJavi Saddlebag

Giant Loop Tail Rack provides easy fuel fill access on KTM 690 Enduro with Coyote Saddlebag, Great Basin Saddlebag, MoJavi Saddlebag

Giant Loop Tail Rack provides easy fuel fill access on KTM 690 Enduro with Coyote Saddlebag, Great Basin Saddlebag, MoJavi Saddlebag

Tech Tip: Installing Double Take Mirrors on KTM 790 Adventure

By | FAQ, Fitment, holiday gifts for motorcyclists, KTM, stocking stuffers, Tech Tips
KTM 790 TIP: Use the Yamaha adapter to install the Double Take Mirror on the right perch of the 790, which threads in reverse! Thanks for confirming Mike Chesney! And if you haven’t already, take those stock mirrors off, store them safely in a box for when you sell the bike, and install Double Take Mirrors, which fold out of the way and are far less likely to break.
Double Take Mirror on KTM 790 Adventure

Double Take Mirror on KTM 790 Adventure

Double Take Mirror on KTM 790 Adventure

Double Take Mirror on KTM 790 Adventure

Running Over Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder With Truck

By | 4x4, Adventure Touring, ATV, FAQ, Fuel, Giant Loop Gear, Overland, Racer, Side By Side, Snow, Snow Bike, Snowmobile, SxS, Tech Tips, travel, UTV, Video

Today, we answer the question: Can you run over the Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder with a truck without causing leaks or damage?

Can you do this with your plastic gas can? People ask if Giant Loop’s Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder is tough, so we put the 5-gallon Gas Bag to the test by running over it repeatedly with a Nissan Titan half ton pick-up truck. Not only did it not pop or leak, it barely left a mark, even when the truck tire pushes it and makes it roll on the asphalt parking lot.

Giant Loop Tow Strap

By | Blog, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Tech Tips

A trail essential!
Our Tow Strap is something every rider should start their ride with in case of emergency. It can easily be strapped from your foot-peg to the other bikes foot-peg to ensure everyone makes it back to camp safely.
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WLF Enduro including the Tow Strap in their new Tactical Vest setup, go check it out on their page!

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Garmin Presentation at Giant Loop Garage Night

By | Blog, Giant Loop Gear, News, Tech Tips

Do you have a Garmin inReach or inReach Mini and want to know more about it? Or are you interested in getting one in the future? Well you’re in luck!
Wednesday 7/ 17 from 6-8, a Garmin Rep will be joining us at our Garage Night at the Giant Loop shop to give a presentation on these two products and answering any questions you may have!
We’re located at 63025 O.B Riley Rd #6 Bend, OR 97701.
See you there!

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NEW Tracker Packer™ Ruggedized Holsters Secure Garmin inReach Mini and SPOT Gen3 Emergency Beacon to User for Maximum Backcountry Safety

By | 4x4, Adventure Touring, ATV, bike packing, Camping, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, holiday gifts for motorcyclists, New Product, Overland, paddlesports, Racer, Side By Side, Snow, Snow Bike, Snowmobile, stocking stuffers, SxS, Tech Tips, travel, under $60, UTV

 

 

Adventure gear innovator Giant Loop just released a major update of its Tracker Packer™ line of ruggedized holsters for GPS-enabled emergency beacons/communicators. Two new models, compatible with SPOT Gen3 and with Garmin inReach Mini, feature redundant anchor straps, quick-adjusting accessory arm bands, unobstructed view of and access to all controls and an included redundant tether adding yet another layer of security.

Tracker Packers enable backcountry adventurers who travel beyond cell phone range to stay safer during all of their outdoor adventures — motorcycling, snowmobiling, snow biking, backpacking, climbing, mountain biking, boating, skiing/snowboarding — with help the push of a button away. Following best safety practices, the Tracker Packer firmly attaches the emergency device to the user’s backpack shoulder strap, upper arm or lower leg, reducing the risk of the device separating from the user or not being within reach and in plain sight when need arises.

The Gear Institute recently wrote in a test review that “Giant Loop’s Tracker Packer addresses a real need for those of us who routinely escape the bonds of cell towers, extending the usability of potentially lifesaving technology even in dire situations. Best of all, the Tracker Packer keeps the satellite messenger within easy reach – and quickly accessible – should an emergency arise. After all, isn’t that when you absolutely need the messenger the most?”

Featuring redundant closures, multiple connections, and tether points, the compact and lightweight Tracker Packer is designed to remain secure, even in the roughest, most extreme conditions. By keeping the device in a visible, easy-to-access location, anyone on scene in the event of an emergency can quickly deploy the device’s SOS signal sending the GPS location to an international emergency response coordination center.

Tracker Packers for Garmin inReach Mini and SPOT Gen3 are not just for emergencies. When traveling beyond cell service, backcountry travelers can communicate via satellite text messages, sent and received directly from the Garmin inReach Mini. OK and other pre-programmed messaged can be sent from the SPOT Gen3.

Giant Loop donates a portion of all Tracker Packer sales to the nonprofit Kurt Caselli Foundation, which focuses on the safety of riders and racers in the off-road motorcycling industry. Giant Loop worked with US off-road motorcycle racing legend Quinn Cody to test and develop the Tracker Packer holsters.

Tracker Packer features include a high-visibility tag imprinted with “SOS,” elastic antennae anchor (Garmin only), screen prints of the Kurt Caselli Foundation’s “Caselli 66” logo and Giant Loop’s GL logo, a redundant double hook-and-loop attachment system, a heavy duty hook-and-loop extension band for wearing on the upper arm or lower leg above the boot, grippy backing, foam padding to absorb shock and vibration and a redundant tether cord for additional security.

Constructed with military-specification components and materials, the Tracker Packer for Garmin inReach Mini and Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen3 are backed by Giant Loop’s limited lifetime warranty. USA MSRP is $39. The Tracker Packer is available bundled with the Garmin inReach Mini or SPOT Gen3 exclusively at Giant Loop’s GL Adventure Shop warehouse showroom in Bend, Oregon, and at www.giantloopmoto.com. For more information and to contribute to the Kurt Caselli Foundation, visit www.kurtcaselli.com.

Giant Loop’s Tracker Packer and adventure details, go to www.giantloopmoto.com or www.giantloopsnow.com.

New Tail Racks!

By | Blog, FAQ, Giant Loop Gear, News, Saddlebags, Tech Tips

Get em while they’re hot! 🔥
Pre order the new tail rack to reserve one from the first production run! If you reserve your order you will receive free shipping and a FREE gift included!
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The tail rack bolts to the plastic rear fender creating solid anchor points for Giant Loop gear.
https://www.giantloopmoto.com/product/giant-loop-tail-rack/…