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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…

THE GIANT LOOP on a KTM 500 EXC

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, ATV, bike packing, Blog, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Photos, Reviews, Riders, Saddlebags, Straps, travel

He made it, around-the-world!!!

Round-The-World on a KTM 500 EXC

“After 139,870K through 51 different countries on 6 continents over three and a half years — yesterday I finally made it to Bluff, the end of my journey. I hadn’t planned on going there yesterday, but after seeing rain was forecast I decided to head to Invercargill and before I knew it — I was doing a wheelie on the beach. It seems appropriate because this is how my “Forrest Gump” type journey has been mostly, which is unplanned and taking it day by day. I never set out to ride around the world. After Oregon, I decided Alaska was a better ending point. And then, for whatever reasons I thought I’ll turn around and ride it back home to New Zealand. A big thanks to Harold Olaf Cecil at Giant Loop, Dave at Adventure-Spec, and MotoZ Tires who have supported me with gear. But especially, I would like to thank all of you who have either been following my journey on Facebook, opened your home to me or I’ve met in person. I’ve been humbled and grateful for all the kindness I’ve experienced along the way and it’s given me faith in humanity, which is one of the awesome things about traveling. So no matter what journey you have in mind, just go do it and experience the kindness out there waiting for you.” — Aaron Steinmann (photos by Burt Munro)

Round-The-World on a KTM 500 EXC

Words can not express how amazing it is to be a part of this… Thanks, Aaron

On to the next loop!!!

Exploring California with RTW Panniers on a Himalayan

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Dualsport, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, News, Panniers, Reviews, Royal Enfield, Tank Bags, travel

Check out this post by Jamie Elvidge on ADV Pulse about taking out a Royal Enfield Himalayan with some Round The World Panniers for a ride in the Southern California desert as she searches for some amazing art…

Round The World Panniers on a Royal Enfield Himalayan

“They call it ‘The Last Free Place In America,’ but I’m pretty sure the last free place in America  — or the world for that matter — is the seat of whatever motorcycle you’re riding. Adventure is always on the house, and as it turns out, so is plenty of art.”Jamie Elvidge, ADV Pulse

Check out another review of our RTW Panniers here…

Tackling the Great Pacific Divide, Canada to Mexico

By | Adventure Touring, Blog, BMW, Dry Bags, Dualsport, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, Overland, Panniers, Reviews, Riders, Saddlebags, Straps, Tank Bags, travel, Video

Awesome video from Backcountry Adventure Motorsports!  These guys have their BMW F800GS and Honda Africa Twin with Round The World Panniers, Pannier Mounts, Fandango Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag and Rogue Dry Bag

“In August 2019 we did the Great Pacific Divide ride based off the maps from GPS Kevins Website. did the trip in just over twelve days, but could have taken more time. This was an amazing trip. These trip is broken down into episodes makes sure to check them out in order for the best story. Thanks for watching!”Backcountry Adventure Motorsports

Nice ride!

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March Giant Loop Garage Night

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, News, Racer, Reviews, Riders, trail bike, travel, Video

Giant Loop is pleased to be presenting the Central Oregon premier of the new North East Backcountry Discovery Route film for our March Giant Loop Garage Night at Pro Caliber Bend! Please join us Wednesday, March 18, 6:30pm…

North East Backcountry Discovery Route film

From Ride BDR: “This epic 1,400-mile backcountry tour of the Northeast Region up to the Canadian border winds through 7 states and nearly a dozen state forests on dirt and gravel roads, challenging seasonal and Class IV roads, and twisty tarmac. Expect scenic views, endless forest roads under a canopy of trees, rocky expert-only sections and the highest elevations in the Northeast. Every state delivers a unique adventure riding experience unto itself.”

This film is gonna be amazing — we look forward to seeing you there!

Soggy Adventure on a Honda CRF250L with Giant Loop Bags

By | Adventure Touring, Blog, Dirt bike, Dualsport, Enduro, FAQ, Fitment, Fuel, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, Panniers, Photos, Riders, Saddlebags, Straps, Tank Bags, trail bike, travel, Video

Here’s a great video by our friends at Dork in the Road of a Honda CRF250L equipped with our Fender Bag, Fandango Tank Bag, Mojavi Saddlebag, Gas Bag and Pronghorn Strap

It’s raining, and I’m out riding!  My latest dual sport adventure is a soggy, rain-soaked trip into the woods to explore some logging roads in various states of upkeep.  My Honda CRF250L performs admirably on well-maintained roads, while hopping over downed trees, and exploring long-abandoned and completely overgrown tracks.  Only a dual sport motorcycle could possibly handle all the different types of terrain, fallen rocks, narrow spaces, and other obstacles I encountered on this rainy day logging road dual sport exploration adventure.” — Dork in the Road

The Dork in the Road channel is a GL favorite!

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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!

Buckin’ Roll Bags on a KTM 790

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dealers, Dirt bike, Events, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, News, Photos, Reviews, Saddlebags, trail bike, travel, Video

Here’s a message from Jake at Carl’s Cycle in Idaho, representing Giant Loop at the BDR Movie Premier… 

Buckin' Roll Bags on a KTM 790“Attached is a photo of my KTM 790 with your Buckin’ Roll Bags on it for the BDR Movie Premier. We had 160 people in attendance and received lots of positive feedback on my Giant Loop setup. Thanks!” — Jake Hampton, Carl’s Cycle

Carl’s Cycle will be attending our Giant Loop Annual Ride in June – we look forward to seeing you there!

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!

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A Legendary GL Customer 

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dirt bike, Enduro, Events, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, News, Photos, Racer, Riders, Saddlebags, trail bike, travel

Lawrence Hacking is not only a long time Giant Loop supporter, but he is also a riding legend! Lawrence was the first Canadian to finish the Dakar Rally in 2001. He’s a published author, and a couple years ago, raced the Baja Rally on a Honda Africa Twin… 

Check out this amazing photo of Giant Loop’s Mojavi Saddlebag and Possibles Pouch on a Honda CRF450x when Lawrence raced Rally Mongolia in 2014

Legendary GL Customer Lawrence HackingIt’s an honor Lawrence, thanks for riding with Giant Loop!

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!

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WIN FREE GIANT LOOP GEAR!

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Deals, Dirt bike, Events, Fuel, Giant Loop Gear, News, trail bike, travel, Video

Our buddy Daniel at Dork in the Road is giving it away…

“As a thank you for all the support you all have shown me over the last 3 years and 9,000 subscribers on YouTube, I want to give something back to my community!  The folks at Giant Loop have offered to sponsor an awesome giveaway!  Enter to win a Giant Loop Gas Bag or Giant Loop Zig Zag Handlebar Bag.  I’ll also be awarding FIVE third place sticker packs featuring stickers from Dork in the Road and Giant Loop!  This is a great giveaway and I hope you’re all as excited to enter as I am to be setting it up for you!”Dork in the Road

For complete rules and details ago to Dork in the Road

Also, Daniel will be attending the Giant Loop Annual Ride this June in Oregon — see you there!

Round The World Panniers and Pannier Mounts

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Camping, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, Panniers, Photos, Tech Tips, trail bike, travel

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…

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.

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Riding in The Cycle World TREK with Mojavi Saddlebags

By | Blog, Dirt bike, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, Photos, Racer, Reviews, Saddlebags, trail bike, travel, Uncategorized

Our customer David writes us about riding in The Cycle World TREK using Mojavi Saddlebags

Riding in The Cycle World TREK with Mojavi Saddlebags“Here is a picture of my 2005 CRF450X prepped for The Cycle World TREK hosted by The Bonnier Motorcycle Group. The Mojavi Saddlebags kept the gear off of my back and on the bike like a world champion. This made me less fatigued and able to ride further. Thanks for a terrific product!” — David Alari

Nice ride David!

ROAD TRIP!

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dirt bike, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, News, Overland, Panniers, Photos, Riders, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, trail bike, travel

Congrats to Giant Loop Ambassador “Bike Hedonia” on three amazing years on the road! Solo traveler, overland from Sydney to Paris riding her KTM 690 Enduro with Round The World Panniers, Tillamook Dry Bag and Pannier Pockets

Giant Loop Ambassador “Bike Hedonia”

Here’s to the next three years — cheers!

9th Annual Giant Loop Ride coming in June to Eastern Oregon

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Adventure Touring, Blog, Camping, Deals, Dirt bike, Events, Giant Loop Gear, News, Photos, Riders, trail bike, travel

Registration is now open for The 9th ANNUAL GAINT LOOP RIDE! JUNE 5-7, 2020…

9th Annual Giant Loop Ride, June 5-7Join us for the 2020 Giant Loop Ride, an adventure motorcycle rally weekend in the high desert of Eastern Oregon, based out of beautiful Crystal Crane Hot Springs.

SPACE IS LIMITED. YOUR REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT SECURES YOUR SPOT!

Also, check into RIDE ADVENTURES “BEST WEEK IN OREGON” PACKAGE: Fly into Central Oregon, jump on a sweet rental bike, enjoy a guided, truck supported adventure tour of Oregon that includes joining us at the 2020 GL Ride!

For details about Bend-based RIDE Adventures “Best Week In Oregon” package click here

We’re really looking forward to this, it’s gonna be exciting — see you there!

Touring New Zealand with Giant Loop

By | 10th Anniversary Giant Loop, Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dirt bike, Dry Bags, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, Panniers, Photos, Reviews, Tank Bags, trail bike, travel

An exciting message from Giant Loop Ambassador Aaron Steinmann…

Giant Loop in New Zealand“Three and a half years, 134,000K and 50 countries later my bike finally got cleared by New Zealand customs and is back on home soil. Tomorrow I’ll head north from Auckland towards Cape Reinga and start a top to bottom of New Zealand which is how I started all this sillyness. A quick thanks to MotoZ for supporting me with another set of tires, and to Giant Loop who has always sent me whatever I might need of theirs anywhere in the world.” — Aaron Steinmann (February 1, 2020)

Go Light. Go Fast. Go Far!

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.

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 KTM 1290 with Great Basin Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag

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An email from Konflict Team ambassador Seth Spain’s recent Baja trip on his KTM 1290 Adventure R with Great Basin Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag

Baja on a KTM 1290 with Great Basin Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag

Good Afternoon!

My name is Seth, I am part of the ambassador program with Konflict Motorsports. First off I want to thank you for providing us with the luggage, I have used mine to the extreme and am very pleased with it. On my last trip to Baja I did 2500 miles over 10 days. Attached are a few images from my trip.

Thanks, Seth Spain

Nice photos Seth, thanks!