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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

Giant Loop Complete Cooking System

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Whether you need the whole kit or just a few pieces, Giant Loop has you covered. The GL Cooking System Complete Kit includes these integrated components to provide an ultralight, super compact “go light, go fast, go far” camping culinary solution from the backyard to the backcountry.

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GL Cooking System: Complete Kit

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Vargo Converter Stove
Vargo Converter Stove – Titanium

Vargo Hexagon Wood Stove- Open
Vargo Hexagon Wood Stove – Titanium
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Vargo Titanium Flint Lighter
Vargo Titanium Funnel Flask
Vargo Titanium Funnel Flask
Vargo Titanium spoon fork knife ULV
Vargo Titanium Knife, Fork & Spoon ULV
Vargo Titanium TI-Boiler
Vargo Titanium Ti-Boiler Cooking Pot + Pan

Giant Loop Camping Essentials

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Giant Loop Camping Essentials

David Schelske dual sport camping on KTM 500 EXC

David Schelske dual sport camping on KTM 500 EXC

At Giant Loop we’ve got you covered for all of your camping needs. Between headlamps, folding chairs, and survival kits, you’ll always be prepared when riding up to your campsite during either day or night. No matter where you’re going, Giant Loop helps you go light, go fast, go far.

Byte Headlamp
BYTE Headlamp

Featherlite First Aid Kit
FeatherLite™ First Aid Kit 2.0

Featherlite Survival Kit
FeatherLite™ Survival Kit 1.0

Joey Chair Joey Chair

Orion Tilt Hat Clip
Orion Tilt Hat Clip

Tenacious Tape Patches
Tenacious Tape™ Repair Patches

Zip Care

NEW! Esbit Solid Fuel Cubes

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NEW! Esbit Solid Fuel Cubes

Introducing Giant Loop’s newest addition, Esbit Solid Fuel Cubes. This 12 pack of fire starters can help getting even damp sticks and twigs to burn in a flash in the Vargo Titanium Hexagon Wood Stove or a campfire. Or pair with the GL Cooking System’s multi-fuel Vargo Titanium Converter Stove, which burns denatured alcohol on one side and flips over to burn Esbit Solid Fuel Cubes, for the perfect motorcycle camping cooking set up. Esbit Solid Fuel Cubes are also a great addition to the adventure traveler’s emergency kit, providing a quick fire starter option if you need to light a campfire in challenging windy or damp conditions. However you choose to use your fuel cubes, know that you can have a dependable fire starter in almost any situation.

Esbit Solid Fuel Cubes
Giant Loop Cooking System
Vargo Titanium Converter Stove
Vargo Titanium Hexagon Wood Stove

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Giant Loop Customers Travel San Diego to Cabo and Back on Honda XR650Ls

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Giant Loop Customers Travel San Diego to Cabo and Back on Honda XR650Ls

A happy customer, Brad Davis, sent us an update on his recent trip to Baja with his friend. They used the Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag and the Rubber Boa Straps on their trip across deserts and dunes. Here’s what he says:4[1]

“Our Baja trip was the best vacation I have ever taken. Just two guys on Honda XR650L’s riding from San Diego to Cabo and back. We did 2,200 miles over nine days. The Coyote Saddlebags functioned amazingly and were able to carry everything we needed to camp and live for the entire trip. The bags carry weight well and did not noticeably affect how the bike handled. The Rubber Boa Straps were extremely useful and were perfect for carrying a quart of oil or a bottle of tequila.

The trip got better and better every day. We spent one night in a palapa on the beach in San Felipe. We hit 95mph on the salt flats going to Scorpion Bay (the XR wouldn’t go any faster). We rode with the Dessert Assassins Rip to Cabo on a rough section of trail into La Paz. We partied with Playboy models in Cabo. We camped deep in the sand dunes outside of Guerrero Negro. We got lost trying cross the desert at night. And finally made it back to San Diego without any major issues and some great memories.



Giant Loop Rider: Photographer David Schelske Sends Thank You from Washington Backcountry Discovery Route

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David Schelske PhotographyTruly moved by this one – it really requires no commentary:

Hey Guys

4 years ago you guys at Giant Loop auctioned off a bag and donated the money to me after I was injured filming at the races.

On the 4 year anniversary of that accident, a few friends and I took off on a 6 day ride on the WABDR after we ordered some of your gear for the trip.

On the last night of the trip I did a little camp scene setup and took some nice pics for you as a way to say thanks.

Thanks again for stepping up and helping me and my family out while I was out injured.

You guys make a great product, and it worked flawless on this epic adventure.


Here’s a video from the same trip: