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Meet GL Ambassador Anna Baklund

By | Adventure Touring, Blog, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, News, Overland, Riders, Saddlebags, Snow Bike, travel

For someone who started riding motorcycles just a few short years ago, Anna Baklund has already made a significant mark in the motorcycle world. Her infectious enthusiasm for trail, dual sport and snow bike riding, as well as her commitment to responsible riding, trail work and advocacy, have earned her ambassador positions with Giant Loop, Twisted Throttle and Klim. The classic weekend warrior, Anna works in the construction industry and spends nearly every weekend out riding and exploring the Pacific Northwest…

“My life changed when I was 24. Up until then, I hadn’t spent very much time outdoors. My favorite part about motorcycling is still the same part that got me hooked in the first place: getting deep into the mountains. Advocating for responsible trail use as been a theme in my social media stories as well as my posts. I’m hoping to continue that conversation with folks and spread that message so that we can continue to enjoy trails 50 years from now.” — Anna Baklund

Read Anna’s Twisted Throttle, listen to her interviewed on the Bend Motorcycle Adventures Podcast and follow her on Instagram

Thank you Anna for being part of the GL global family of riders!

Go light. Go fast. Go far…

GL on the Leh Manali Highway in the Himalayas

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, Photos, Riders, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, travel

A customer from Australia, musician and artist Nosh Mistry, sent us this amazing photo…

“I took that picture coming down the Rohtang Pass towards a village called Gramphu on the Leh Manali Highway. The person in the picture is Tony Balkin aka Nugget riding a Royal Enfield Himalayan. The Great Basin Saddlebag was perfect for this trip as he was carrying most everything he needed in it even from Sydney. Dave and I had the Fandango Tank Bags as we find it best to carry all our camera gear and have it easily accessible to get our shots. If the cameras were packed away in a normal camera bag/backpack, it is a lot more work to get them out and get the shots we want.” — Nosh Mistry

Nosh rides with our friend David Darcy in Australia, and Nugget is one of the characters who appears in his video adventures…

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Basic Trail First Aid Kit Tips from GL Rider Donni Reddington

By | Blog, Dry Bags, FAQ, Giant Loop Gear, holiday gifts for motorcyclists, New Product, Tech Tips, under $60

Donni Reddington Skool of MotoNot only is GL Ambassador Donni Reddington an accomplished photographer and off-road motorcycle instructor, but she has also volunteered multiple times as a motorcycle medic at the Baja Rally – and she’s a registered nurse. We asked Donni for some recommendations for a basic trail side first aid kit that fits inside Giant Loop’s First Aid Possibles Pouch.

Here’s the list:

1. Gloves
2. Tongue depressors
3. Tape
4. Q-Tips
5. Tweezers
6. Scissors
7. Wound Seal powder
8. Butterfly closures
9. Pain/ allergy medication
10. Gauze roll
11. Bandaid assortment
12. Gauze pads
13. Antiseptic wipes, neosporin, insect wipes
14. Ace bandage
15. Emergency blanket
16. Cold compress
17. SAM splint

What do you carry?

 

First Aid Possibles Pouch waterproof pocket roll top

Tour of Idaho With Fandango Tank Bag and MoJavi Saddlebags

By | Adventure Touring, Beta, bike packing, Blog, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, Riders, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, travel

Our buddy Mike from Rocky Mountain Detours conquered the Tour of Idaho challenge  riding Betas decked out in GL gear

“The Tour of Idaho challenge starts for us next week. I will be promoting Giant Loop during this challenge.” — Michael Georgeson

Congratulations Mike — nice ride!

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Go light. Go fast. Go far…

Preservation in Ecuador With GL Ambassador Janelle Kaz

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Giant Loop Gear, Indian, Riders, Saddlebags, travel, Video

Check out this fantastic video produced for Easyriders of  Janelle Kaz traveling on an Indian Scout Sixty in Ecuador with GL Great Basin Saddlebags

Janelle travels through South America on her own — with ‘Onca,’ an Indian Motorcycle Scout Sixty that she named after the jaguars that are native to this region (scientifically known as Panthera onca centralis). She says, ‘This isn’t exactly the type of terrain Onca was made for. But any motorcycle can become an adventure bike if you simply take it on adventures — and I suppose I’m out to prove that.'”Easyriders, video by Frédéric Lagrange

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Framing the Spirit of Our 9th Annual Ride

By | Adventure Touring, Camping, Dirt bike, Dualsport, Enduro, Events, News, Overland, Photos, Riders, trail bike, travel

A couple of great photos by the amazing photographer Dave Schelske to kick off the occasion

“Woohooo! First time I’ve seen blue in the sky in almost 2 weeks. A great way to kick off the 9th Annual Giant Loop Ride! A day early for the Rally and already have 222 miles in on some epic desert terrain.”Dave Schelske @advnorthwest

Go light. Go fast. Go far!

And thanks Dave, for riding with Giant Loop!

The Annual Ride Must Go On! 

By | Blog, Camping, Events, FAQ, News, travel

Although it’s smoky in eastern Oregon, the Air Quality Index is better than most of the state, and the forecast is for conditions to improve…

See you at Crystal Crane Hot Springs  on Friday for the 9th Annual Giant Loop Ride! 

To minimize breathing smoke, please truck or trailer your bike there if possible – your lungs will thank you. Fire danger is extreme everywhere, so be extra careful around dry grasses, etc. Wearing a face mask does help with the smoke – and anything is better than nothing, even if you don’t have an X-95 rated mask.

Go light. Go fast. Go far!

And thanks for riding with Giant Loop!

GL Mojavi Saddlebag Reviewed

By | bike packing, Blog, Dirt bike, Dualsport, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, Reviews, Saddlebags, Tech Tips

Check out this article from our friends at Dirt Bike Magazine!

“We tested the Giant Loop MoJavi system with a Possibles Pouch. This adds an additional 3.5 liters of volume. Both the MoJavi and Possibles mount up very simply, and the new Pronghorn Strap (uses stamped aluminum buckles, arrows line up for easy fastening, and the metal buckle is sheathed for scratch protection) is an improvement in mounting the luggage up. We stuffed them with a spare waterproof pullover; fit in tubes, tools, rags and spares; and can honestly say that we didn’t feel the luggage when we rode. Over months of testing we found the Giant Loop MoJavi to be super durable. They distribute the load nicely, and because we were carrying less of a body load, our long, tough off-road pulls were made easier. The zippers are super heavy duty and a bit tough to close, but beyond that, we consider this a big thumbs up for the dualsport/long-haul trail rider!”Dirt Bike Magazine

read the full review here…

Thanks for riding with Giant Loop!

Go light. Go fast. Go far!

Tracker Packer Sales Donated to Kurt Caselli Foundation This Month

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

Giant Loop developed the Tracker Packer holsters in collaboration with the Kurt Caselli Foundation as part of its mission to improve the safety of riders and racers in the off-road motorcycling industry…

During September, we’re donating 100% of gross sales revenue for the Tracker Packer holsters to the Foundation to support its safety tools, training, scholarship and other key programs.

The safest way to carry and use a GPS-enabled emergency beacon is to secure the device to the user. In motorcycle accidents, bike and rider often separate. The rugged Tracker Packer holster ensures the device stays with the rider and is plainly visible to first-on-the-scene…

With the ability to check in, send messages via satellite and to summon SOS emergency rescue, devices like the SPOT Gen3 and Garmin inReach have become indispensible kit for every adventure beyond cell phone range.

CHECK OUT THE TRACKER PACKERS — AND SUPPORT THE KURT CASELLI FOUNDATION!

The Dakota 600

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Events, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, News, Reviews, Riders, Saddlebags

We love this email from our friends at Dakota 600

“I wanted to take the time to thank you for your continued support of The Dakota 600. With your generosity all riders leave with a very nice gift. I took home Mojavi Saddlebags and have very much enjoyed the size and versatility. Thank you again for your support!” — David Rossi

Thanks Dave — GL is proud to be part of it!

Go light. Go fast. Go far!

Great Basin and Tillamook Bags Reviewed

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dry Bags, Dualsport, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, News, Reviews, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, trail bike

Great Basin Saddlebag and Tillamook Dry Bag reviewed at Motorcycle Gear Hub — 5 out of 5 stars!

“The Great Basin Saddlebag is unrivaled. When all is said and done, it’s the universal fitment and versatility that puts Giant Loop’s flagship rockstar head and shoulders above the competition. You will benefit from putting this biomorphic saddlebag into your motorcycling life. And I speak from experience. Motorcycle Gear Hub’s seal of approval and most recommended! Buy the Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebag and grab either the Tillamook Dry Bag or the Rogue Dry Bag if you want to build an epic, quick-installing, rackless touring rig to live for weeks at a time on the road!”Motorcycle Gear Hub

read the entire review here

Thanks — we love Motorcycle Gear Hub!

Go light. Go fast. Go far!

Off-roading in Bogota

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Dirt bike, Dry Bags, Enduro, Giant Loop Gear, Photos, Riders, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, trail bike, travel

A couple of great photos from riders in Columbia off-roading with GL bags on a Husqvarna 701

“Hola! We are users of Giant Loop products. We like them a lot and we are admirers of their quality. Somos 3 off road!!!” — Alejandro Restrepo

Thanks for the pictures!

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September 2020 Specials

By | bike packing, Blog, Deals, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, News, Tech Tips, Video

Giant Loop is offering some great deals this month. Fall is just around the corner — begin your next adventure here!

Bison Skull Daily Tube by BlackStrap FREE with qualifying purchase!

Bison Skull Goggle Case by Tailgate Industries FREE with qualifying purchase!

Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen3 and Garmin inReach Mini – 100% donated to KC Foundation during September!

Possibles Pouch 20% off pre-orders for new First Aid version!

And be sure to check out our Motorcycle Soft Luggage Kits for Dirt, Dual Sport, Enduro and Adventure Touring

Giant Loop products are designed in Bend, Oregon and ridden worldwid. Stay safe — Go light. Go fast. Go far!

Gear-up here and visit our YouTube Channel for more videos from Giant Loop…

Last Day to Register for GL’s Annual Ride!!!

By | Adventure Touring, Blog, Camping, Enduro, Events, Giant Loop Gear, News, Riders, travel

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE 9TH ANNUAL GIANT LOOP RIDE IS ON — LET’S GO

9th Annual Giant Loop Ride is September 18-20, 2020 in Crystal Crane Hot Springs, Oregon, USA…

Join us — over 170 people registered already, for the biggest dual sport event in Oregon!

2020 Giant Loop Ride Shirt backFollow GL on Instagram here…

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GL’s Packing System on The KTM 390 Adventure: Part 3

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Camping, Dry Bags, Dualsport, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, New Product, Saddlebags, Straps, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, Video

Test fitting the KTM 390 Adventure Part Three — “Weekend Plus!” 

We offer have many options depending on the length of the ride and how much gear riders require to be safe, comfortable and self-reliant… 

For this round, we outfitted the KTM 390 Adventure  for a weekend or longer ride: Coyote Saddlebags expanded with Possibles Pouch, Fandango Tank Bag, Zigzag Handlebar Bag and Bushwackers Hand Guards

Giant Loop designs our motorcycle soft luggage as a modular, customizable packing system – pieces can be added and subtracted as needed. Bags can be scaled up or down depending on bike type or riding requirements…

Watch “Test fitting KTM 390 Adventure” Part 1 and Part 2!

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And check out this month’s deals!

KTM 390 Adventure Makes a Perfect Fit for Giant Loop Gear

By | Adventure Touring, bike packing, Blog, Dry Bags, Dualsport, Enduro, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Panniers, Photos, Riders, Saddlebags, Straps, Tank Bags, Tech Tips

Local rider and good friend Kathy let GL use her brand new 2020 KTM 390 Adventure to model our gear. This bike is a great “bang for the buck” — super quiet and stealthy. And less than $8,000 out the door!

We ran through a few different combos — mixing and matching Great Basin Saddlebags, Coyote Saddlebags, MoJavi Saddlebags with our Fandango, Diablo and Buckin’ Roll Tank Bags, Zigzag Handlebar Bag, Pannier Pockets, Rogue Dry Bag, Possibles Pouch, Bushwackers Hand Guards and Lift Straps

Test fitting KTM 390 Adventure“Personally, my favorite combo because it’s well proportioned to the bike is Coyote (expands with Rogue and Possible Pouches), Diablo (expands with Pannier Pockets) – plus Zigzag and Possibles Pouches on crash bars if more storage is needed.”Harold Olaf Cecil, Founder of Giant Loop

Thanks Kathy!

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