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Video: Customer Stoked On Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure

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Video: Customer Stoked On Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure

Happy customer, Charles, sent us a kind email explaining how thrilled he is with his Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure with Level 3 Kit and Rally Raid Products luggage racks and other Honda CB500 parts and accessories, including the Engine Guard, ADV Foot Pegs and Side Luggage Racks.

Charles was among Giant Loop’s first customers for the Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure Level 3 motorcycle build and decided to put his dual sporty adventure twin together at Piston & Chain, San Francisco’s Community Motorcycle Garage. Shout out to the Piston & Chain wrenches who helped Charles with parts of the Rally Raid build.

After completing his Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure, Charles visited Giant Loop at the Horizons Unlimited California Travelers Meeting last year, where he proudly showed off his bike — and he picked up a set of Giant Loop motorcycle soft luggage for his adventure touring, including the Siskiyou Panniers on his bike here.

Charles and his buddy went on a weekend trip and took the bike along: “It is a delight to ride. I could almost keep up with Ohad on his mighty 1200GS for this weekend’s remote-as-f**k trails and Hwy1 carving in Mendocino and Humboldt.”

Thanks Charles, we’re glad you’re enjoying your Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure!

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Dream Roll 2016 Success Album

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Dream Roll 2016 Success Album

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To say the Dream Roll 2016 was a success would be a gross understatement. Between motorcycle camping with no boys allowed, bike rides to waterfalls, tattoos in tents, free beer, and the biggest group of badass women you’ve ever seen, this weekend is one we’ll never be able to forget, even if we tried. It took place on the Flying L Ranch near Mount Adams, Washington from August 12-14 with about 200 women in attendance. Here’s a small peek into the best trip of the year:

Giant Loop intern, Sydney, about to set off to Washington on the Honda CB500X

Giant Loop intern, Sydney, about to set off to Washington on the Honda CB500X

Took a dip in the John Day River on the roasting ride out

Took a dip in the John Day River on the roasting ride out

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Filling up at Glenwood Gas Station right next to home base before setting out for the day

The best crew out for dinner in Trout Lake, WA

The best crew out for dinner in Trout Lake, WA

The best crew consisted of a few women from The Litas-Bend, as well as some new friends from California. In addition to having the best crew, the best gear was also necessary. I took Giant Loop’s Honda CB500X, Diablo Tank Bag Pro, Great Basin Saddlebag, Pronghorn Straps, Possibles Pouch, Coyote Dry Pods, Tillamook Dry Bag, and Sleeping Sheath.

I packed all my clothes and food into the Dry Pods in the Great Basin, my sleeping bag, pad and sheath into the Tillamook, spare tools in the Possibles, and phone, camera, GoPro, water, and snacks into the Diablo, all packed nice and tidy on the Honda. Everything was secure the whole ride, not a single issue; the weight was nice and low, too, so I wasn’t being thrown around in the wind or thrown off balance in the beautiful Washington twisties.

The tank bag, I realized, is deceivingly large. As the smallest of the tank bags Giant Loop offers, I was skeptical, but only until I tried it. It fit my DSLR camera, phone, wallet, snacks, headphones, water bottle, AND GoPro all at once with no problem. We stopped at a gas station where I got more snacks and another water bottle, before I realized I didn’t think I had any room left. But I was wrong, I ended up fitting everything in without even straining the zipper!

Another unexpected savior was the sleeping sheath. I don’t have a tent, so I posted up in a hammock and sleeping bag under the trees, with the sleeping sheath still in the Great Basin, since I thought I wouldn’t need it. Then a fat bug fell onto me from the tree I was under, and I ran for the sheath! I zipped it up and over me and my sleeping bag, folded the top back so the mesh was over my face instead, and I swung under the stars and watched the meteor shower without fear of bugs falling on my face. It’s super lightweight, takes up almost no space, and keeps the critters out.

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Motorcycle camping with 200 women > any other camping

The Gravel Gang makes it to Dog Creek Falls

The Gravel Gang makes it to Dog Creek Falls

I met some of the absolute raddest chicks this weekend! Shout out to Ria the Welder who welds AMAZING custom sissy bars. Check out her Instagram to see her work. Then there’s Killer Kelly, who makes t-shirts that say “Support Badass Babes” and sells them on her Instagram. She’s just starting out, so message her and order a tee for only $16, and watch as she grows into an operation that sponsors badass babes in their badass adventures. Another shout out to Hinterland Empire and Wasted Times for some super cool women selling some super cool gear.

Thanks to all the sponsors, including Women’s Moto Exhibit, and everyone involved for organizing the experience of a lifetime. This is only the second year the Dream Roll has been put on, so there are many more to come! This weekend getaway is one for the books and one that we’re all going to come back to again and again. I’ve been riding for 5 years now, but never got the true biker experience by being part of a community of motorcyclists outside my dad and brother. But after this weekend I’ve found my motorcycle community and finally consider myself to be a real biker. Thanks to all the amazing ladies who rode out and made the weekend an unforgettable event. Happy riding!

Giant Loops CB500X gets a spin through southern Washington

Hood River viewing sesh at Dog Creek Falls

Pit stop for a Mt. Hood viewing on the way home

Pit stop for a Mt. Hood viewing on the way home

Warm Springs oasis on the steamy ride home

Warm Springs oasis on the steamy ride home

BikeBandit.com Overview of Giant Loop Motorcycle Soft Luggage

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BikeBandit.com Overview of Giant Loop Motorcycle Soft Luggage

Thank you Rob and the crew from BikeBandit.com for stopping by to visit us at our Bend, Oregon warehouse and showroom! We appreciate you taking the time to learn more about our adventure proof packing systems and gear for motorcycles and our company’s history as a rider-owned grassroots startup.

“If you do your homework, you’ll find that Giant Loop is perhaps the most coveted and praised dual sport and off-road and adventure bike luggage company in the business. Their offerings include Tank Bags, Handlebar Bags, Saddlebags, Tail Packs, Fender Bags — all the way up to full Pannier Systems — that are second to none when it comes to design and construction.”

Thanks a million BikeBandit.com!

Guinness World Record Setting GL Rider Dannel Lynn: 1 Year On Her Triumph Bonneville Equipped With Giant Loop

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Guinness World Record Setting GL Rider Dannel Lynn: 1 Year On Her Triumph Bonneville Equipped With Giant Loop

Dannel Lynn, 1 Woman, 1 Bike, 1 Year, Black Tie 2 Black Top

STATS Crashes – 1 (slow speed on ice in NM). Tire Blow out / Flat- 2 (both rear). Standing bike dump – pavement-1. Bike dump on dirt – 1. Tires: Front -4 Rear – 8. Speeding Tickets: 0. States visited – ALL 50 & Canada. Miles – over 53,000. Most expensive fuel-$5.989 (Death Valley, CA). Cheapest fuel- $1.749 (Soso, MS).

World record setting Giant Loop Rider Danell Lynn (Danell Lynn – Black Tie 2 Black Top) talks about a year on the road with her Triumph Bonneville motorcycle equipped with Giant Loop’s adventure proof packing systems.
“Thank Giant Loop for providing all the luggage systems, and encouragement- thank you- Siskiyou Panniers, Pronghorn Straps, Tillamook Dry Bags, Possibles Pouch, Fandango Tank Bag Pro, and the Gear Repair Kit.”

1000 Miles of Nor Cal Twisties on Honda CB500X Level 2 Bike

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1000 North of Nor Cal Twisties on Honda CB500X Level 2 Bike

Giant Loop rider, Juan, documents his ride through 1000 miles of Northern California Twisties on the new Rally Raid CB500X ‘Level 2’ bike for a nice shakedown cruise through some of the best that Northern California has to offer. Here’s the first part of his trip:

Juan on his way back from the “1000 Miles of Northern California Twisties” route evaluating the Rally Raid CB500X Level 2 configuration as a ‘sport touring’ platform:
Check out the rest of Juan’s videos HERE!

Giant Loop Tech Tip: Installing Fandango/Diablo Tank Bag on BMW 1200GS

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Giant Loop Tech Tip: Installing Fandango/Diablo Tank Bag on BMW 1200GS

On some of the BMW GSs and other adventure touring and dual sport bikes, cleanly installing Giant Loop’s Fandango/Diablo Tank Bag requires a couple of extra steps. GL rider Whitney shared these pics and comments about routing straps on his BMW R1200GS:

Fandango/Diablo installation on BMW 1200GS

“Here are two pics of the original fandango mounted on my 05 R1200GS.”

Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag on BMW R1200GS

“I run the straps under the leading edge of the seat and down to the frame.”

Fandango Tank Bag harness strap on left side of BMW 1200 GS

Fandango strap right

“The left side is a tight fit, but I am able to shove the strap through.”

Once the straps are threaded through the BMW 1200 GS’s frame seat rails, leave them loose and pulled together in the middle of the bike. Then replace the seat and tighten straps. Once the harness is installed it can stay on the bike.

Don’t forget to install Vinyl Protective Film to keep your bike’s shiny gloss coat from getting scuffed underneath the Fandango/Diablo Harness.

Customer Mark from Washington State says there’s too much stuff under the seat of his BMW GS Adventure, so he’s routed the strap down to his trellis frame, which makes for an easy installation:

fandango tank bag on BMW GSA

Giant Loop Round the World Panniers – Motorcycle Soft Luggage

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Giant Loop owner, Harold Olaf Cecil, explains the features of the new Round The World Panniers, Giant Loop’s 90+ liter alternative to aluminum panniers and hard luggage for motorcycles. Designed for adventure touring and backcountry dual sport travel – as well as motorcycle touring and motorcycle commuting – these feature rich, ultra rugged, stable, lightweight soft panniers mount to virtually any motorcycle luggage rack with flat, vertical sides using the rack manufacturer’s hardware.

Mounting hardware is not included, so riders can choose the best option for their luggage rack system. Giant Loop offers the Touratech Mounting Pucks, which fit most racks constructed of 18mm tubing, as well as the Happy Trails Pannier Mount Kits, which fit racks with a variety of flat and round tubing in an array of sizes.

Touratech Pannier Mounting Kit
Happy Trails Pannier Mounting Kit

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. Main compartment rolls closed, additional gear can be secured to outside of Panniers with compression wings, and two huge pockets (one roll-top, one open top with draw cord) provide quick access to essentials. Includes two waterproof inner liner Dry Pods.

Go light! Go fast! Go far!

How to Install Giant Loop’s Round The World Panniers – Rack Mounted Motorcycle Soft Luggage

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How to Install Giant Loop’s Round The World Panniers – Rack Mounted Motorcycle Soft Luggage


Giant Loop owner/founder, Harold Olaf Cecil, explains how to install the new Round The World Panniers, Giant Loop’s 90+ liter alternative to aluminum panniers and hard luggage for motorcycles. Designed for adventure touring and backcountry dual sport travel – as well as motorcycle touring and motorcycle commuting – these feature rich, ultra rugged, stable, lightweight soft panniers mount to virtually any motorcycle luggage rack with flat, vertical sides using the rack manufacturer’s hardware.

Mounting hardware is not included, so riders can choose the best option for their luggage rack system. Giant Loop offers the Touratech Mounting Pucks, which fit most racks constructed of 18mm tubing, as well as the Happy Trails Pannier Mount Kits, which fit racks with a variety of flat and round tubing in an array of sizes.

Touratech Pannier Mount Kit

Happy Trails Pannier Mount Kit

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. Main compartment rolls closed, additional gear can be secured to outside of Panniers with compression wings, and two huge pockets (one roll-top, one open top with draw cord) provide quick access to essentials. Includes two waterproof inner liner Dry Pods.

Go light! Go fast! Go far!

Video Overview of Giant Loop’s 2016 Adventure Proof Packing Systems & Gear

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Video Overview of Giant Loop’s 2016 Adventure Proof Packing Systems & Gear

Overview video of most of Giant Loop’s entire product line for 2016. Giant Loop Adventure Proof Packing Systems & Gear on display in our vendor stand at the BMW MOA Riders of Oregon’s Chief Joseph Rally last weekend.

Prep for your next adventure today! http://www.giantloopmoto.com/product-categories/

Video: “Goodwill Hunting Dual Sport Tour” in Oregon’s High Desert

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Video: “Goodwill Hunting Dual Sport Tour” in Oregon’s High Desert

Four friends leave their Motocross bikes at home and embark on a Dual Sport adventure. Watch as Rory Sullivan of MotoSport.com, Thor Drake of See See Motorcycles, Joey Lancaster from Fox Racing, and Paul Boiselle tackle the Oregon outback. With about 400 miles of varied on and off road terrain on the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route, and nothing but bikes, camping gear and a few Goodwill “gems,” the riding adventure awaits.

Video: Coyote Saddlebag

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Video: Coyote Saddlebag

The ORIGINAL rackless biomorphic horseshoe saddlebag for dual sport motorcycles, the Coyote Saddlebag is the updated version of the bag that launched Giant Loop in 2008. Made in USA. 100% waterproof. It’s the choice for hardcore off-road expeditions on dirt, dual sport – and adventure bikes. Carry gear for multi-day trips – and still work the entire saddle. Rides on rear fender and/or tail rack. Straps on to dirt bikes and dual sport motorcycles, no passenger pegs required. As Cycle World wrote: “The best hard-core saddlebag and tank-bag solution we’ve found is from Giant Loop…. There are cheaper solutions to carrying stuff, but these American-made pieces have been over mountains and across deserts with no issues.” (Cycle World Magazine, November 2015)


Video: Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack

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Video overview of Giant Loop’s Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack. Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack straps to virtually any rack. Bolts onto dirt bike rear plastic fender or tail rack. And it’s not coming off! Or use the Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack unmounted as the ultimate goggle bag (fits 2 pair), tools, tubes, gloves and gear bag and throw it into your saddlebag. A DSLR camera or GoPro camera and accessories also fit great. Less is truly more – on many rides this is all you need. Take the weight off your body and put it on the bike. Go light! Go fast! Go Far!

Video: Klamath Tail Rack Pack

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Video overview of Giant Loop’s Klamath Tail Rack Pack. Like a tank bag for the rear of bike, the low-profile 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. Made in USA and constructed with military-spec materials, the Klamath Tail Rack Pack is backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Video: Rubber Boa Straps

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Video overview of Giant Loop’s Rubber Boa Straps. Confidently put the squeeze on a spare inner tube, tools, water or other essential gear with Giant Loop’s Rubber Boa Straps—hooked to dirt bike fenders. Rubber Boa Straps apply dynamic tension with stretch elastic shock cord and a simple locking slot, creating a dead-solid connection between plastic fenders and relatively small and lightweight gear, even in demanding off-road terrain. Available in a package of two.

Rubber Boa Straps take their name from a docile, worm-like snake, native to Oregon’s high desert where Giant Loop is located. Rubber Boas are the most northerly of boa species, and they kill prey by constriction.

Video: Traveler Shoulder Strap

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Video overview of Giant Loop’s Traveler Shoulder Strap. The Traveler Shoulder Strap is Giant Loop’s universal clip-on luggage strap for hands-free carrying to your hotel or campsite. Clip it to your Columbia Dry Bag and you have two straps for a backpack carry for adventures off the bike. Can be used with Giant Loop’s Rogue Dry Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Kiger Tank Bag, Fandango Tank Bag, Diablo Tank Bag, Siskiyou Panniers, Great Basin Saddlebag, Coyote Saddlebag – and just about any other bag.

Video: Tracker Packer

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Video overview of Giant Loop’s Tracker Packer. Working in conjunction with 4-time Baja 1000 winner Quinn Cody and the Kurt Caselli Foundation, Giant Loop developed the Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen 3 to help keep off-road racers safer. Giant Loop will donate a portion of all sales of the Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen3 to the KURT CASELLI FOUNDATION!

Stay safer in the backcountry during all of your outdoor adventures; motorcycling, snowmobiling, hiking, backpacking, climbing, biking, boating with help the push of a button away. The super rugged and secure Tracker Packer firmly attaches the SPOT Gen3 device to your pack’s shoulder strap, handlebars, fork tube, arm or many other locations.

Video: Tillamook Dry Bag

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Video overview of Giant Loop’s Tillamook Dry Bag.The 100% waterproof Tillamook Dry Bag (38 liters) is designed to attach to Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag and Siskiyou Panniers. But it can be secured on virtually any motorcycle make or model, making it indispensable equipment for a broad spectrum of on-road and off-road motorcycle riders.

Without unstrapping the Tillamook Dry Bag from the bike, gear can be accessed from two ends. Two beefy reflective daisy chains provide plenty of secure attachment points.

The Tillamook Dry Bag is named for the Tillamook State Forest, one of the wettest, greenest parts of Oregon — and renowned for its technical dirt bike riding.

Video: Siskiyou Panniers

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Video overview of Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers. Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Pannier waterproof soft luggage combine the convenience of hard panniers with all of Giant Loop’s performance advantages. Rugged, rackless, lightweight and stable. Secures to passenger footrest mounts and rides on rear rack and/or pillion seat. Flexible internal framesheet conforms to array of racks and motorcycle makes/models. Cross-over wings create luggage platform for Dry Bags and gear, add stability and protect seat. Mounts/dismounts in minutes. Ride 2-up with a stadium cushion or Airhawk for passenger comfort, or consider Giant Loop’s rack mounted Round The World Panniers. Backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Video: Kiger Tank Bag

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Video overview of Giant Loop’s Kiger Tank Bag. Zipperless nested clamshell lid quickly opens and closes with gloves on! Designed for bigger adventure touring bikes and riders carrying camera gear and electronics, the 9-liter Kiger Tank Bag is the largest member of the Giant Loop tank bag family, with a generous touchscreen-friendly map pocket that fits many tablet computers and mobile devices. Yet, it’s slim and trim for standing on the pegs riding off-road. Includes removable waterproof* inner liner Dry Pod for wet conditions protection – better than cumbersome rain covers that fill with air and fly off.

Video: Pronghorn Straps

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Video: Pronghorn Straps

Video overview of Giant Loop’s Pronghorn Straps. Every motorcyclist needs a handful of these multi-purpose, stretch polyurethane straps with virtually unbreakable fasteners. You’ll find a million uses for these quick, solid, tough straps. We’ve been using them for years to secure everything from luggage to water and fuel bottles to our Bushwackers Hand Guards.

Video: Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag

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Video: Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag

Video overview of Giant Loop’s Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag. Named for saddle pads used by rodeo cowboys, our most minimalist tank bag is perfect for riders who “don’t like tank bags.” Completely re-envisioned and redesigned for 2014, the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag now fits virtually any motorcycle — and keeps all the essentials handy and out of the way when standing on the footpegs.

Video: Mojavi Saddlebag

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Video: Mojavi Saddlebag

Video overview of Giant Loop’s Mojavi Saddlebag. Take a load off with the MoJavi Saddlebag! Improve rider endurance and comfort by taking the weight out of a backpack and putting it on your dirt bike, dual sport or supermoto motorcycle. Specifically designed to carry just the essentials needed for a day trip or trail ride, the MoJavi Saddlebag is the slim, trim bag for inner tubes, tools, fluids and other “save a ride” necessities. Straps on. Stays on. No matter what.