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Blasting Baja on KTM 500 EXC with Coyote Saddlebag

By | Adventure Touring, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Riders, Saddlebags

From customer Jason: “Used the Coyote Saddlebag on my KTM 500 EXC for Baja, and just like my prior version (the original bolt-on Giant Loop Saddlebag) it was really awesome, but probably more awesomer. 🙂 Kept it light and I only needed the Coyote for a 2 week trip. Inside I had tools, spares, clothes. We didn’t camp. Kept it fast and light. I used the beaver tail straps to fasten an auxiliary fuel supply – funny how station attendants don’t care if you’re pumping fuel into an unapproved 5l container. I’m not sure I’d get away with it here…” Or, check out the Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladders!

KTM 500 EXC in Baja with Giant Loop's Coyote Saddlebag

KTM 500 EXC in Baja with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag

KTM 500 EXC in Baja with Giant Loop's Coyote Saddlebag

KTM 500 EXC in Baja with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag

KTM 500 EXC in Baja with Giant Loop's Coyote Saddlebag

KTM 500 EXC in Baja with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route with Motolara

By | Camping, Dry Bags, Giant Loop Gear, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Video, Yamaha

Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route with Motolara

Dual sport enthusiasts, Alberto Lara and Naomi Tweddle created this fantastic video of their recent trip on the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route on their Yamaha WR 250Rs.  The couple has ridden with Giant Loop gear in destinations around North and South America, choosing the Great Basin Saddlebags to carry most of their gear. The Great Basin handily carries all one could need for multi-day journeys. You’ll also see the Giant Loop Fandango Tank Bag , Tillamook Dry bag and various other GL accessories used on this trip.

These two are exactly who we thought of when we started creating this gear. They live for the ride.

Check out photos and posts on their website, www.motolara.com. Go Light, go fast, go far!

 

Rocky Mountian ATV Reviews the Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top

By | Blog, Camping, Dealers, Giant Loop Gear, Reviews, Saddlebags, Video | No Comments

Here is a great review video of the Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag Roll top by Rocky Mountain ATV. They cover all the unique features of our mid sized saddlebag and explain how to install the Coyote on your motorcycle.

The Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top, a fresh update of our original flagship horseshoe-shaped dual sport and enduro rackless Giant Loop Saddlebag design that launched our company in 2008. The Coyote features a convenient rolling closure that seals out water and dust while maintaining  the packable volume and all the unique “go light, go fast, go far” features of our zipper closure Coyote Saddlebag. Other enhancements include sewn-on molded rubber badges, Giant Loop branded grab handles that double as side compression straps and a set of 3 RF welded waterproof inner liner Saddlebag Dry Pods with air purge valves.

Fall Riding in Austria with the Mojavi Saddlebags

By | Blog, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Photos, Saddlebags, Snow

At Giant Loop we pride ourselves in knowing that our gear is getting put through the paces daily–in all sorts of weather conditions, around the world. Wolfgang, a Giant Loop rider from Austria sent us these great shots of his ride in Italy with friends on their KTMs. Their bikes were outfittted for light, fast day tripping and the Mojavi Saddlebags suited their needs perfectly.

Looks as though Europe is getting an early winter as well!

 

 

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First of all thank you for your cooperation. We were very happy about it!
–how important the Giant Loops are for us. This was now two weeks ago, where we climbed in the Italian region Piemont, using partially old military-roads and also “no ways”, up to a height over 3.200 meters!

Harold, whether it is sunshine, rain or snow, you “never walk alone” with the GLs.In the indoor area always dry as well as at minus degrees, the zipper can open loosely! In this sense a beautiful working week, warm greetings from the foggy Austria!

–Wolfgang

Thanks for riding with Giant Loop Wolfgang! Go light. Go fast. Go Far!

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Mojavi Saddlebag and Klamath Tail Rack Pack Featured In Favorite Rides Magazine

By | Blog, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Reviews, Saddlebags, travel

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.

Favorite Rides and Destinations magazine review on mojavi saddlebag

“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.

Round the World Panniers – KTM 990 Fitment

By | Blog, Camping, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Panniers, Photos

Round the World Panniers on a (super-sweet) KTM 990

Photos by Jaume von Arend

Jaume recently sent his review of the Round the World Panniers  which he has installed on his KTM 990 in addition to his Klamath tail Rack Pack.

He continues to use a Coyote Saddlebag on his WR but has swapped out the saddlebag for our RTW panniers on the 990, now outfitted with SW-Motech racks, for longer trips. He’ll now be able to add a dry bag in place of the Klamath Tail Rack Pack if he needs to further increase volume.

To see the entire article…and to brush up on your Spanish head to Juame’s website,  www.traildreamer.com. The Google translate leaves a little to the imagination but you’ll get the gist.

 

 

   

Giant Loop Product Fitment On the KTM 1090 Adventure R

By | Camping, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Video

Here is Giant Loop Moto Company Owner, Harold Cecil explaining fitment for the Mototrekk Panniers, Fandango Tank Bag Pro and Possibles Pouch on the new KTM 1090 Adventure R.

By adding simple side racks to the bike, the Mototrekk Panniers attach to the bike easily and once in place can be cinched down to virtually no movement even when empty. At 42 L capacity and weighing in a just under 6lbs the Mototrekks are our lightest, most compact pannier option. Great for weekend missions or pair them with one of our dry bags to increase capacity for long trips.

The Possible Pouch attaches perfectly to the KTM’s engine guard. Sturdy, secure and easy access for tools or a first aid kit.

The Fandango Tank Bag Pro adds 8L capacity at the front of the bike without compromising the rider’s position on the bike or view to handlebar accessories.

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Go Light. Go Fast. Go Far.

Doubletake Adventure Mirrors

NEW! Doubletake Mirrors

By | bike packing, Blog, New Product

Doubletake Adventure, Enduro and Trail Mirrors.

New at Giant Loop Moto, Doubletake Mirror Kits.

Doubletake Mirrors were borne from necessity. The company’s owner recognized a need for a mirror  that would work as well as an OEM mirror to actually see the road behind you, a mirror that would be indestructible–giving way during a crash so as not to damage itself or the bike, and a mirror that folds out of the way completely so that when you’re offroad you don’t have to worry about it.

Here at Giant Loop we chose these mirrors because they’re the best thing we’ve found that is super-light and durable which fits well with how we like to travel.

Adventure or Enduro?

If you plan to fold the mirror down a large percentage of the time, the Enduro is right for you. The long size means the head of the mirror tucks away right behind the headlight. If the mirror will remain extended much of the time, get the Adventure- the more compact design is more stable at highway speeds.

Doubletake Mirrors are sold in sets:

Adventure Mirrors

  • 2 triangular shaped mirrors
  • 2, 6″ RAM Mounts attachment arms
  • 2, ball stud adapters (regular or BMW )
Doubletake Adventure Mirrors

Doubletake Adventure Mirror

 

Enduro Mirrors

  • 2 round shaped mirrors
  • 2, 3″ RAM Mounts attachment arms
  • 2, ball stud adapters (regular or BMW )
Doubletake Enduro Mirrors

Doubletake Enduro Mirror

 

If you’re looking for something smaller  the Doubletake Trail Mirror is a super-light, off-road option. This mirror can also be used for mountain or road bicycles.

Doubletake trail Mirror on motorcycle

Doubletake Trail Mirror

 

Click here to see just how tough these mirrors are!

The New Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top Featured in Upshift Magazine

By | Blog, Camping, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, News, Saddlebags

The new Great Basin Roll Top was featured in the most recent version of UpShift magazine. If you haven’t checked it out this new adventure moto e-zine take a look and subscribe! Stunning photography, cohesive gear reviews and interesting world travel stories.

Thanks, Upshift for the great review.

Our new roll top version of the tried and true Great Basin is getting a ton of positive feedback. The bag is now easier to pack without wrestling zippers and is even more weathertight than ever. Each bag comes equipped with three seam-welded saddlebag dry pods, equipped with air purge valves for ease of packing.

Great Basin Saddlebag in Upshift Magazine

“The Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top has proven to be a fully dependable means of securely hauling gear during even the most adventurous outings. The materials, design and functionality provide confidence that vital gear will arrive undamaged, no matter the conditions, successfully fulfilling the company’s mantra: “go light, go fast, go far.”

The July issue of UpShift also features a great piece on local guide company High Desert Adventures and some choice shots of riding around Prineville and Bend.

Riding Millican OHV Area with High Desert Adventures

Riding Millican OHV Area with High Desert Adventures

Central Oregon off road with High Desert Adventures

Central Oregon off road with High Desert Adventures

Wheelie Wednesdays with the KTM 990 Adventure and Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers

By | Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Panniers, Riders

Darryl Loves his Siskiyou Panniers

 

From Darryl, the owner of Cyclops Adventure Sports:

“I love my GL Siskiyou Panniers. They distribute the weight well, hold up to rugged off road riding and I’m the only one in camp to ever have a 12 pack of cold frosties.” 

Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers, named for southern Oregon’s and northern California’s rugged and beautiful mountain range, are part of Giant Loop’s waterproof adventure proof packing systems. They combines 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.

Check out what Darryl does when he’s not popping wheelies on massive motos at Cyclops Adventure Sports.

Siskiyou Panniers on a KTM 950

Photo by Kevin Hogan

Open House, Saturday, May 6: Bend-based Giant Loop Opens New Retail Showroom, the Giant Loop Adventure Shop

By | Blog, Events, News

Bend-based Giant Loop Opens New, Expanded Retail Showroom, the Giant Loop Adventure Shop

Fun Hogs + Explorers Open House, Saturday, May 6, 11 am to 6 pm, 63025 O. B. Riley Road, Suite 6

Bend-based Giant Loop Opens New, Expanded Retail Showroom, the Giant Loop Adventure Shop

Fun Hogs + Explorers Open House, Saturday, May 6, 11 am to 6 pm, 63025 O. B. Riley Road, Suite 6

Adventure proof packing systems and gear company Giant Loop will open a new, expanded retail showroom, the Giant Loop Adventure Shop, at its Bend base of operations, located at 63025 O. B. Riley Road, Suite 6, Bend, OR 97703. The GL Adventure Shop offers a community hub for explorers and fun hogs, with meticulously curated ultralight camping, gear and tools as well as the full Giant Loop product line on display and available for test fitting and purchase. All fun hogs and explorers are invited to an Open House on Saturday, May 6, 11 am to 6 pm, at 63025 O. B. Riley Road, Suite 6 in Bend. Beverages, snacks, prizes and smiles will be served.

In recent years, Giant Loop has expanded its product design and development scope to focus on expedition quality gear for extreme conditions outdoor pursuits, such as snowmobiling, snow biking, paddlesports, ultralight camping, backcountry and adventure travel. “Go light. Go fast. Go far.” is GL’s motto and company philosophy. Giant Loop’s product design, prototyping and testing, as well as shipping, receiving, warehouse operations, sales and marketing are based at the Bend location. Since the company’s 2008 start in a downtown Bend office space, it has grown into a total of three, 1300-sq-ft commercial work bays its current location.

Four times the size of the current warehouse showroom, the GL ADV Shop takes its design cues from abandoned homestead cabins in the high desert of eastern Oregon, using reclaimed pallet wood and branding iron accents as the backdrop. Displays feature paddlesports, camping, snow sports, ATV/UTV/4×4, as well as fully equipped dualsport and adventure motorcycles. Bend native Gary Cecil’s 1964 Honda CB77 Superhawk is a center piece — the motorcycle Giant Loop’s owner Harold Olaf Cecil first rode with his dad as a passenger at age 3, cementing a lifelong passion for travel and exploration on two wheels.

Founded in Bend in 2008, Giant Loop has built a reputation in off-road motorcycling as the go-to brand for hardcore adventure. Cycle World Magazine wrote in November 2015 that “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.”

Giant Loop’s adventure proof motorcycle, snowmobile, snow bike, ATV, UTV, SxS, 4×4 and outdoor packing and gear systems are available from powersports dealers across the USA via Tucker Rocky Distributing, as well as from international distributors around the world. Giant Loop is a rider-owned company that designs and tests products in Bend, Oregon. For inspiration, go to www.giantloopmoto.com or www.giantloopsnow.com. Or call 888-358-8347.

NEW 2017 MOTORCYCLE PRODUCT: BikeMaster Tire and Tube Flat Repair Kit for Tube Type and Tubeless Tires

By | Blog, Giant Loop Gear, holiday gifts for motorcyclists, New Product, stocking stuffers, under $60

NEW 2017 MOTORCYCLE PRODUCT: BikeMaster Tire and Tube Flat Repair Kit for Tube Type and Tubeless Tires

At a minimum, motorcyclists should carry the tools and supplies needed to fix a flat tire. The Bikemaster Tire and Tube Flat Repair Kit conveniently bundles into a compact kit all of the supplies and tools required to repair inner tubes and tubeless tires, making it is a must have for backcountry and adventure travel, on and off the beaten path. MSRP $46.96 + shipping.
http://www.giantloopmoto.com/product/bikemaster-tire-and-tube-flat-repair-kit/
#golightgofastgofar 

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NEW 2017 GREAT BASIN SADDLEBAG ROLL TOP IS HERE!

By | Blog, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, Saddlebags, Tech Tips

NEW 2017 GREAT BASIN SADDLEBAG ROLL TOP IS HERE!

http://www.giantloopmoto.com/product/great-basin-saddlebag-roll-top/

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SAME PRICE: USA MSRP $450 WITH ALL INCLUDED COMPONENTS (set of 3 waterproof inner liner Saddlebag Dry Pods with air purge valves, Hot Springs Heat Shield kit)!

HIGHLIGHTS: More packable volume (68 liters with three full rolls to seal top), convenient roll-top closure, custom Giant Loop branded grab handles/compression straps, updated graphics, lock cable pass-through, lash loops for adding waterproof Possibles Pouches to back, side or front of Saddlebag legs — no additional racks, mounts or braces required!

UNIVERSAL FIT: Carry your gear where the passenger would sit on your motorcycle – the remarkably versatile Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top fits virtually any motorcycle designed to carry a passenger. Anchors to passenger footrest brackets and mounts on pillion seat of sport and sport touring bikes, standards, scramblers, nakeds and adventure touring and dual sport motorcycles.

2017 NIFTY 50 BEST NEW PRODUCTS – POWERSPORTS BUSINESS!

2017 Nifty 50 best new products award from Powersports Business Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top

2017 Nifty 50 best new products award from Powersports Business Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top

NEW 2017! Introducing the Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top, a fresh update of the original biomorphic, horseshoe-shaped Saddlebag design that Giant Loop pioneered in 2009. The Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top features a convenient rolling closure that seals out water and dust while maintaining all the unique “go light, go fast, go far” features of our zipper closure Great Basin Saddlebag.

Other enhancements include a greater range of compression and expandability (68 liters with one roll to seal out dust), sewn-on molded rubber badges, Giant Loop branded grab handles that double as side compression straps, a set of 3 RF-welded waterproof inner liner Saddlebag Dry Pods with air purge valves, and drains in the bottoms of the Saddlebag’s “legs” that allow water to escape if it manages to penetrate the highly water resistant out shell (yea, we understand – we’ve dunked our bikes in streams crossings, too!). Made in USA. Backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty against defects.

“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

The Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top delivers everything needed to mount up hit the road:

Compare to the original Great Basin Saddlebag.

Expand the Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top with Giant Loop’s adventure proof packing system:

SPECIFICATIONS
• Weight: 6 lbs with all included components

• Dimensions (fully packed):

56″ – bottom of pannier, across top to bottom of other pannier bucket
Basically the same as before, with a little more “doming” on top due to increased “front to back” distance.

10″ – height of bag in top center
Again, the difference here is mostly a result of the “front to back” measurement below allowing the top to arc more when stuffed full.

6″ – distance from inside to outside of pannier bucket bottom
This dimension didn’t change – I think this is simply a more accurate measurement taken at very bottom of the “leg.”

14″ – front to back in top center
This is where/why we picked up an additional 10 liters of volume (60 vs. 50), by adding nearly 2″ in this plane. No change in the way the bag mounts or rides, just a bit roomier for sleeping bags and other lightweight, bulky gear in the top.

Materials
• Outer shell: 22 oz. vinyl coated polyester reinforced with ballistic nylon
• Military-spec fasteners
• Custom-woven ballistic webbing on lower anchor straps
• Nylike webbing compression straps

FITMENT

GREAT BASIN SADDLEBAG FITS VIRTUALLY ANY MOTORCYCLE DESIGNED TO CARRRY A PASSENGER, INCLUDING THESE MOTORCYCLE MAKES & MODELS
• BMW: GS models, etc.
• Ducati: Multistrada, Monster, etc.
• KTM: Adventure models, 690 (w/passenger pegs), etc.
• Honda: Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure, Africa Twin, CRF250L, XR650L (w/passenger pegs), TransAlp, etc.
• Suzuki: V-Strom, DR650, etc.
• Triumph: Tiger, Explorer, etc.
• Yamaha: Super Tenere, WR250, etc. (w/passenger pegs)
• Kawasaki: KLR 650, Versys, Ninja, etc.
• AND JUST ABOUT ANY OTHER BIKE DESIGNED TO CARRY A PASSENGER.

6th Annual Giant Loop Ride, June 2-4, 2017 at Crystal Crane Hot Springs, Oregon

By | Events, News

6th Annual Giant Loop Ride, June 2-4, 2017 at Crystal Crane Hot Springs, Oregon

Sunrise over soaking pond at Crystal Crane Hot Springs, location of Giant Loop's 6th Annual Giant Loop Ride.

Sunrise over soaking pond at Crystal Crane Hot Springs, location of Giant Loop’s 6th Annual Giant Loop Ride.

Join us for an adventure motorcycle rally weekend at Crystal Crane Hot Springs, our basecamp for exploring the wonders of eastern Oregon’s high desert backcountry. This is a great way to get a taste of the amazing riding here in Oregon – and to meet some new riding friends. All bike types and riders are welcome! SPACE IS LIMITED – YOUR DEPOSIT SECURES YOUR SPOT!

PLEASE USE AN EMAIL ADDRESS THAT YOU CHECK, SO YOU RECEIVE IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT THE RIDE, PLEASE SIGN UP HERE FOR OUR EMAIL LIST WITH THE ADDRESS YOU CHECK MOST FREQUENTLY!

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Register now to reserve your spot by paying a $100 refundable deposit. The deposit will be refunded if you cancel by April 30 (we have to provide a headcount for camping and food, and we get charged even if you don’t show).

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The second payment of $200 will be due by May 1.

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Or, commit now with the full $300 reservation, and you’re in with nothing more to worry about.

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Non-Riders Half Price

$50 refundable depsosit secures the space.

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$100 second payment – due by May 1.

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Or, commit now with the full $150 non-rider reservation, and you’re in with nothing more to worry about.

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All licensed riders on street-legal bike types welcome – dual sport, adventure touring – and you can ride your own route or choose from a variety of routes and form your own groups to suit most any bike and rider skill level.

This is not a guided trip, your fees cover:
* Two nights of no-hookups camping and hot springs access (if you want RV hookups or cabins, please contact Crystal Crane Hot Springs directly to make reservations)
* Silipint drinkware
* Two catered dinners, two catered breakfasts, snacks and beverages (more details below)
* GPS tracks
* Medical support provided by Adventure Medics

Watch your email for more details and updates!

Here’s the TENTATIVE the schedule:

Friday, June 2
* Dirt First clinic (details TBD)
* Adventure Medics will offer a free 1-hour first aid clinic (details TBD)
* Brief GPS and navigation clinic specific to Saturday’s riding (details TBD – volunteer navigation/GPS coordinator needed!)
* As riders arrive they will get signed in and receive SiliPints, set up camp, etc. No-hookups camping is included for Friday and Saturday night – other accommodations and additional nights must be arranged with Crystal Crane Hot Springs
* Route maps will be available for review, and there will be a computer set up to load in GPS tracks. Riders should form a group of three or more, and decide on routes on Friday.
* We’ll tap the keg and have some wine and snacks available before dinner
* First scheduled event will be catered Dinner. We’ve hired the same Burns-based caterer who does food for the BMWRO’s Chief Joseph Rally
* Prep bikes and riders for Saturday – best to have a FULL tank of gas ready for ride out Saturday morning

Saturday, June 3
* Coffee will be on early
* Breakfast at 7
* Ride! This BIG country, so you’ll want all of the daylight available – everyone is on their own for lunch
* Return to camp for snacks and beverages
* Catered dinner
* Campfire and prizes/awards
* Hot springs soaking and stories of the day’s sights and adventures

Sunday, June 4
* Coffee, breakfast
* Break camp
* Ride home – or off to another adventure
* See you next year!

Important Details about the 6th Annual Giant Loop Ride:
* All riders are expected to be self-sufficient and equipped with all tools and supplies needed to be safe and comfortable.
* For your registration fee, Giant Loop is providing food, beverage and commemorative drink ware – all provided and delivered on private lands.
* This is not a paid guided trip. Riders are free to choose any route they wish to ride, and riders are responsible for all required permits, licenses, etc.
* Route suggestions and GPS tracks are provided free of charge for your convenience.
* This is some of the most rugged and remote country in the lower 48 states. We recommend using a SPOT tracker or similar device for self-rescue. Cell phone coverage is unreliable in rural Oregon. There are no support vehicles, and many available routes are far from medical and mechanical help. Consider signing up for and emergency service provider, such as Air Link or Life Flight. Here’s a good PDF article discussing the details and relative merits of these service providers.
* Unpaid volunteers will be available to facilitate forming groups of riders with similar skills, bike types and interests, but riders are responsible for themselves, are free to choose any route they wish to ride and are free to ride with any other riders – or by themselves as individuals.

2nd Annual Giant Loop Garage Sale: Saturday, November 12, 9am-Noon

By | Blog, Deals, Events, Giant Loop Gear, holiday gifts for motorcyclists, News, Snow, under $60

2nd Annual Giant Loop Garage Sale: Saturday, November 12, 9am-Noon

Deals like these come just once a year. If you love playing in the outdoors, you’ll flip for bargain basement prices on close outs, blems, demos, displays and reconditions. Gear for snow, water and dirt on all vehicles.

At our Bend, Oregon showroom: 63025 O. B. Riley Road, Suite 6 – across the street from the Bend International School and KTVZ.

Gear for motorcycles, snowmobiles, snow bikes, boats, 4x4s, UTVs, ATVs, paddleboards, kayaks, adventure travel.

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Video: Customer Stoked On Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure

By | Blog, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, Rally Raid Products, Riders, Uncategorized, Video

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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BikeBandit.com Overview of Giant Loop Motorcycle Soft Luggage

By | Blog, FAQ, Giant Loop Gear, Reviews, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Video

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!

Jimmy Lewis Trusts Giant Loop Gear on His ‘Tour of Idaho’ Ride

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Jimmy Lewis Trusts Giant Loop Gear on His ‘Tour of Idaho’ Ride

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Famed dirt bike racer Jimmy Lewis (one of the few Americas to stand on the podium at the Dakar Rally) rides the notoriously technical Tour of Idaho equipped with Giant Loop gear. For this particular ride he’s got the Coyote Saddlebag and the Fandango Tank Bag. These aren’t the first Giant Loop products he’s used; check out his reviews for our other gear, such as the Zigzag Handlebar Bag, MoJavi Saddlebag, and the Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder.

You can find all of Jimmy’s information on his website: Motorcyclejazz.com

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The Tour of Idaho is a 1400+ mile dirt road journey from Utah to British Columbia, designed for solo riders and small groups. Jimmy explains the ride on his website. The trail is for plated dirt bikes, not so much for dual sports, although there is a route available that is shorter and more dual sport friendly. “The Tour encompasses extremes of elevation (1,486′ to 10,420′) and climate. It crests 10,000′ three times and 9,000 feet a dozen times more. Technical challenges include mud, snow, extensive sections of technical single track, rocky trails, numerous water crossings and deep sand. Navigational issues abound. The Tour is in no way a casual undertaking. Yet the variety of plants, animals and geological features found along the way is amazing. The riding is varied, challenging and always interesting. It’s fun even when it’s really hard. If you are the type of person who feels comfortable rebuilding a bike in the middle of nowhere (with a bear watching) or lashing logs together to cross a swollen creek, the Tour may be for you.”

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There is a 45-minute video documentary of the ride, but it is not available for public viewing just yet. You can check out his YouTube channel for other great videos until the new one is released.

Dirtbike Test has a short article about the ride as well, where the video may be available for some.

Thanks Jimmy Lewis for trusting Giant Loop on your journey!

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Giant Loop Moto Featured in Beyond Boundries Online Magazine

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Giant Loop Moto Featured in Beyond Boundaries Online Magazine

 

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“Whether you ride a sleek sport bike, a big adventure touring motorcycle, a versatile dual sport, a commuter super moto or a lightweight dirt bike, you will appreciate the minimal performance impact offered by carrying gear with Giant Loop high performance adventure proof motorcycle soft luggage, packing systems and camping gear”

Giant Loop Beyond Boundaries Magazine

 

Beyond Boundaries, a fledgling webzine has featured Giant Loop Moto in its latest publication. The magazine is a subsidiary of Xtreme Adventure Reports, founded and owned by photographer and journalist, Fred M. Krijgsman. The company taps into Krijgsmans vast knowledge of the 4Ă—4 Auto Industry, the 4Ă—4 Aftermarket & Accessories Industry, the Off-Road Racing World, Cross Country Rally and Extreme Expeditions & Adventure/Challenge Events.
In this month’s edition Giant Loop is featured alongside a plethora of exciting backcountry/off road products incuding Solo Stove, comprable to our Vargo Hexagon Wood Stove, Flying Tents–an all-in-one tent that floats and doubles as a bivy, hammock or poncho, Klecker Knives and the Warn Moto Winch.

Sebastian Mangino Tours Argentinia’s Deserts on his KTM 530 EXC

By | Blog, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, News, Photos, Riders, Saddlebags

Sebastian Mangino Tours Argentinia’s Deserts on his KTM 530 EXC

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We received some emails from one of our happy customers, Sebastian Mangino from Argentina, who is touring the deserts of South America, using the Klamath Tail Rack Pack and the MoJavi Saddlebag on his KTM 530 EXC. Thanks for the updates, Sebastian!

“Hola, cĂłmo están, hacen unos dĂ­as que estoy recorriendo el desierto de ” Encon” en la provincia de ” Mendoza” en Argentina ( huellas del Dakar) es un desierto de 2500 km de extensiĂłn, muy lindo, la giant loop sorportaron todo espinas enormes, agua y arena. Conforme siga el viaje le seguirĂ© enviando fotos. Muy confiables sus productos.
Muchas gracias”

Hello, how are you, this is one of the days I toured the Econ Desert in the Mendoza province of Argentina (crossing paths of the Dakar Rally Raid). It’s a  very beautiful 1550 mile desert, and the Giant Loop packs [Klamath Trail Rack Pack and MoJavi Saddlebags] survived thorns huge, water and sand. As I follow the journey I will continue sending photos. Very reliable products.
Thank you

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“Good day, I commented that the Mojavi Saddlebag and Klamath Trail Rack Pack resisted stones, mud, water and sand, and had no problem. You make a very reliable product, thank you very much. The photos are from “Pampa de las Salinas” and “Desert of Lavalle” ”

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

By | Blog, BMW, Camping, Events, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, Video

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/

Limited Edition ORANGE Siskiyou Panniers, Round The World Panniers, Kiger Tank Bag Available Now Exclusively From Giant Loop

By | Blog, BMW, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, Panniers

Limited Edition ORANGE Siskiyou Panniers, Round The World Panniers, Kiger Tank Bag Available Now Exclusively From Giant Loop

NEW! In stock for summer 2016, the limited edition Siskiyou Panniers in Orange.

Named for the rugged mountain range in Southern Oregon/Northern California these panniers offer all the features of our standard Siskiyou panniers, including  a rugged, rackless (some motorcycles will require side luggage racks), lightweight design, flexible internal framesheet that conforms to an array of racks and motorcycle makes/models. The cross-over wings create a luggage platform for Dry Bags and gear. Secures to passenger footrest mounts and rides on rear rack and/or pillion seat.

These shiny new bags round out our latest line of limited edition products in orange including the Round the World Panniers (in stock), Kiger Tank Bags (in stock) and MoJavi Saddlebags (coming soon!), so you can color match our Panniers with a Kiger, Fandango or Diablo Tank Bag.

Available for shipping now. For more information and specs visit the Siskiyou Panniers product page.

Limited edition siskiyou pannier in orange

Limited edition siskiyou pannier in orange

 

NEW 2016 PRODUCT: Giant Loop Cordura® Ballistic Tow Strap

By | Blog, Camping, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, News, Snow, stocking stuffers, under $60

NEW 2016 PRODUCT: Giant Loop Cordura® Ballistic Tow Strap

Giant Loop Cordura® Ballistic Tow Strap: A Multi-Functional High Strength Webbing Strap With Integrated Cover for Power Sports

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Giant Loop Tow Strap Open

Giant Loop Tow Strap

Giant Loop Tow Strap

Adventure proof packing systems and gear company Giant Loop has introduced a new multi-functional, high strength webbing strap with an integrated cover for power sports, the Giant Loop Cordura® Ballistic Tow Strap. This tool that can help get motorcycles, snowmobiles, snow bikes and ATVs out of a sticky situation, and with a couple of Giant Loop’s Pronghorn Straps, the Giant Loop Cordura Ballistic Tow Strap doubles as a quick deploying, super strong ridge line for pitching the new GL Shelter Tarp 100.

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giant loop tow strap plus pronghorn straps equals shelter tarp ridge line

Designed with loops on each end sewn with military-spec thread, the Giant Loop Cordura Ballistic Tow Strap can be girth hitched around a tree, bumper, etc., and it can also be used for footpeg-to-footpeg or other motorcycle, snowmobile, ATV and snow bike towing techniques.

The Giant Loop Cordura Ballistic Tow Strap is constructed in the USA from Giant Loop’s ultra-durable custom woven Cordura Ballistic webbing, which the company uses as the anchor straps on its line of adventure proof motorcycle saddlebags and panniers because it is extremely strong, highly abrasion resistant and does not stretch when it gets wet. The 1-in. wide webbing folds up into a compact package using the integrated cover made of the same “truckers tarp” (22 oz. vinyl coated polyester) the company uses to construct its dual sport and adventure touring motorcycle soft luggage.

The Giant Loop Cordura Ballistic Tow Strap measures 177-in. long (14-ft. 9-in.), with 6-in. loops sewn into each end. Packed dimensions are 10-in. by 2-in. by 2-in. It weighs just 5.4 oz. Backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty against defects, the Giant Loop Cordura Ballistic Tow Strap is available in random assorted colors (black webbing with black, gray, white, yellow or orange cover). USA MSRP is $29.

About Giant Loop
Based in Bend, Giant Loop designs and manufactures adventure proof motorcycle, snowmobile and outdoor packing and gear systems. From its Bend showroom and website, Giant Loop is also a retailer of products that complete its “go light, go fast, go far” approach to packing for adventure. Giant Loop products are distributed to power sports dealers throughout the USA by Tucker Rocky and are available from international distributors, as well as select flagship dealers (listed on website). Giant Loop is a rider-owned company. For all the details, go to www.giantloopmoto.com or www.giantloopsnow.com.

New Products: Princeton Tec Byte LED Headlamp, Orion Tilt Hat Clip LED Light

By | Blog, Camping, Giant Loop Gear, New Product, under $60

Did some camping this weekend, and the GL Camping System gear is awesome! Here are some essentials for every motorcycle traveler: compact, lightweight, long-burning, hands free lights – Princeton Tec Byte LED Headlamp, Orion Tilt Hat Clip LED Light!

Orion Tilt Hat Clip LED Light

Orion Tilt Hat Clip LED Light

Orion Tilt Hat Clip LED Light
Every tank bag should have one of these stashed inside! This little beauty clips right to the visor on a ball cap – or to the visor on a motorcycle helmet – and it’s so lightweight it’s hardly noticeable, providing perfect task lighting and enough illumination to walk around in full darkness. Includes batteries and green LED lights to preserve night vision.

Princeton Tec Byte LED Headlamp

Princeton Tec Byte LED Headlamp

Princeton Tech BYTE LED Headlamp
This is a “go light, go fast, go far” headlamp! Unbelievably bright for such a tiny, lightweight headlamp, the BYTE shoots a beam of light a considerable distance. Features a red light to preserve night vision. Batteries included.

Rally Raid Products Honda CB500X Adventure Parts List & US Pricing

By | Honda, New Product, Rally Raid Products
Rally Raid Products Honda CB500X Adventure in Moab, UT

Rally Raid Products Honda CB500X Adventure in Moab, UT

RRP is set to ship the first four Level 3 kits to Giant Loop on Monday. They are all pre-sold, and several others have paid deposits and are in line to receive their parts in subsequent shipments.

We are now collecting order forms and deposits, and parts will be shipped to customers in the order in which deposits are placed.

Here is a PDF with descriptions of all suspension/wheel kits, plus accessories.

Here is an Excel spreadsheet order form.

Note: We have matched UK retail pricing, plus 10% to cover shipping from UK to Giant Loop in Bend, Oregon USA. Because Giant Loop and RRP get commerical shipping rates, this should put the delivered cost for US customers at a lower total cost than ordering individual parts from RRP in the UK.

Giant Loop Rider: Solana Visits GL With Her Yamaha XT250, To Get Equipped For Her Summer Ride To Canada

By | Riders, Yamaha

We were working away packing orders and doing office work, when there was a knock at the door. Solana, a college instructor and Xterra race winner enjoying her first enduro bike, had come by to get some fit questions answered.?She has planned a dual sport ?ride to Canada this summer and needed a packing system for her Yamaha XT250. She had found her used XT250 online, after much searching, and was happy to get a good deal on it. Believing that Giant Loop was the right answer to her packing system questions, she rolled over to visit yesterday.

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As the guys got her bike test fitted with a Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag Pro(both in her favorite color ORANGE)and Rogue Dry Bag, she was convinced that she had made the right choice to come to us. Thanks, Solana, for riding Giant Loop!

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

By | Husaberg, Husqvarna, Riders | No Comments

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.

Dave
www.davidschelske.com

Here’s a video from the same trip: