Great photo from rider Dave Sorensen…
“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!
“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!
“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 Loop. Revelstoke 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!
“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
For the most grueling challenges, riders like Jeff Jensen turn to Giant Loop…
Jeff successfully completed the “Tour of Idaho” solo!
“A navigation error put me on the old abandoned trail down an avalanche path. I spent over seven hours getting myself out of that and then resumed the tour, still having 75 miles to go.”
“The final Challenge Point on the tour – Sundance Lookout.”
Congrats Jeff on finishing the legendary Tour of Idaho!
Giant Loop is proud to support the Backcountry Discovery Routes organization and its efforts. This year, we’ve contributed our Ultimate Adventure Touring Packing System to their annual Holiday Auction Fundraiser. Place your bid here!
Discover the joys of the “go light, go fast, go far” approach to packing with Giant Loop’s continent-crossing Round The World Panniers and updated quick-release locking GL Pannier Mounts (compatible with Touratech side luggage racks). Add a 100% waterproof double-ended Tillamook Dry Bag and the Fandango Pro Tank Bag, and you’re ready to tackle the most extreme adventure on your bucket list.
Round The World Panniers combine rack-mounted convenience with the benefits of soft luggage for long haul adventure motorcycle travelers. Waterproof, lightweight, super stable and built to take the punishment of off-road riding, the Round The World (RTW) Panniers deliver 90+ liters of packable volume and weigh just 13 pounds.
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.”
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.
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.
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’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
See links below to volunteer for Clean Drink Adventures trips in Spring 2019!
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.
Here are some great shots of our Fuel Safe Gas Bladder on a KTM IN Tibet.
Our fuel bladder conveniently transports 1-2 gallons of hydrocarbon fuel for power sports racing in a collapsible welded film and ballistic nylon reinforced container that rolls up or packs flat when empty, weighing less than 1 pound. Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladders are compatible with motorcycles, snowmobiles, snow bikes (e.g., Timbersled, Moto Trax), ATVs, UTVs and 4x4s, providing a lightweight, compact means of transporting gas, plus they’re made in Redmond, Oregon!
Product of the Week – The Coyote Saddlebag
The Coyote Saddle Bag Roll Top is the rackless motorcycle luggage choice for hardcore off-road expeditions. Carry gear for overnight or multi-day trips — and still have access to the entire saddle — with the Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top mounted to the rear fender and/or tail rack of virtually any dirt bike, dual sport or enduro motorcycle. No passenger pegs required, the Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top anchors to the frame or subframe on most motorcycle makes/models — as well as snow bikes, such as Timbersled and MotoTrax. Above you’ll see the saddlebag fits well on KTM, Kawasaki, Honda, Yamaha, Husqvarna dual sport bikes and even a Ducati Monster!
The Coyote Saddlebag is the perfect choice for a super light set up. Weighing in at only 4.5lbs and and yeilding 39L of carrying capacity, it includes three waterproof dry pods and a Hot Springs Heat Sheild. This bag is one of our highest selling luggage options and is the choice for some amazing riders around the world.
Mojavi Saddlebag and Klamath Tail Rack Pack Featured In Favorite Rides Magazine
The Giant Loop Mojavi Saddlebag and Klamath Tail Rack Pack are featured in the fall issue of Favorite Rides and Destinations Magazine. The quarterly e-zine showcases incredible riding destinations around the world and highlights new and noteworthy products.
“Into the MoJavi’s two side pockets go heavy items like my tool roll, tire irons, air pump, first-aid kit and an extra water bottle or two. Waterproof zippers seal the pockets and everything is held firmly in place with outer cinch straps. Into the Klamath’s zipperless, nested clamshell bag (its lid is secured with adjustable quick-release straps) go items I need quick access to, such as a hat, sunblock, snacks and an extra base layer. Inside the Klamath is a zippered mesh pocket, a removable, adjustable divider and a removable, waterproof Dry Pod bag, and on top is bungee netting that’s perfect for stashing a rain jacket.”
Specifically designed to carry just the essentials needed for a day trip or trail ride, the MoJavi Saddlebag is the rackless, slim, trim bag for inner tubes, tools, fluids and other save-a-ride necessities. Straps on. Stays on. No matter what. No side luggage racks required.
Our Klamath Tail Rack Pack keeps gear organized and easily accessible, securing to virtually any motorcycle tail rack. The 4-liter soft luggage case features a zipper-less nested clamshell design inspired by classic motorcycle rally racing packs. Includes waterproof inner liner Dry Pod.
Product of the Week – The Great Basin Saddlebag
A trusted staple in the Giant Loop line up, the Great Basin Saddlebag is the largest in our “loop bag” collection.
We have outfitted an assortment of motorcycles with the Great Basin, and it’s currently on the backs of motorcycles around the globe. In the montage above you’ll find the Great Basin Saddlebag easily mounted on a the Honda CRF250L, Rally Raid CB500X, and Africa Twin, the KTM 1190 Adventure R, the Yamaha WR250, the KLR 650 retrofitted with a sidecar, the Suzuki tu250x, a Yamaha R6 and something random in Nepal….just to name a few.
This bag will carry all that you require for a serious expedition or comfortably carry your weekend provisions.
What we love most about the Great Basin Saddlebag is it’s verstility. This bag, rides rackless, behind the rider where the passenger would sit. The “legs” of the bag affix to the passenger foot pegs or other solid mounting point in the same area and anchors at the rear of the bike via three straps on on an existing rear rack or integrated mounting point. The is bag is 68L in capacity and is sold with three waterproof dry pods which organize gear within the bag plus make it easy to haul things to your camp spot without removing the whole loop bag. A Hot Springs Heat Shield is also included with every bag to keep the Great Basin off the pipe.
The outer material is constructed of tough 22 oz. vinyl coated polyester reinforced with ballistic nylon and, like many of our bags the Great Basin has loops added to the sides of the bag that make it easy to add Possibles Pouches or just affix items with Pronghorn Straps. The “beavertail” cinch straps can be extend to allow for a Tillamook or Rogue Dry Bag if extra capacity is required.
While Supplies last all black and white Great Basin Zippered Saddlebags ON SALE for 30% off!
Giant Loop Welcomes Motolao as an International Distributor
Motolao offers 1-14 day adventures on motorcycles and 4x4s in Laos. Their tours are offered to all abilities of rider with at least some dirt experience.
The terrain these tours go though is spectacular. It will make you start dreaming about your next international moto vacation. Winter is coming, after all.
Don’t see a video? Click here to be directed to Motolao’s You Tube Channel.
When they’re not guiding tours, the Motolao staff are putting Giant Loop gear through the paces, as muddy jungle tracks and river crossings are a regular occurrence on their personal rides.
We’re always excited to see our gear being used hard on the harshest of rides. We’re stoked to have Motolao on board to put it to test not just on their personal rides but in a rental setting where it is being used on multi-day trips over and over.