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Waterproof: Sorting Fact from Fiction + Giant Loop’s Proven Design Approach

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Waterproof: Sorting Fact from Fiction + Giant Loop’s Proven Design Approach

Giant Loop recently received this question on a popular adventure motorcycle forum:

“I would like a clarification regarding the Coyote Saddlebag. The old style with the zipper closure was not 100% waterproof because of the zipper (at least this is my understand from what i have read). The new roll top style, is it 100% waterproof? In case I skip the dry pods in the one with the roll top closure will the containing things remain dry? I understand the dry pods are used for sorting and storing purposes, but i am really seeking a waterproof solution.”

Let me clarify – and please feel free to share this info! First, to answer your specific questions:

This icon is Giant Loop's guarantee that a product is 100% waterproof under normal riding conditions when instructions are followed and included components are used as our designed waterproofing system.

This icon is Giant Loop’s assurance that a product is 100% waterproof under normal riding conditions when instructions are followed and included components are used as our designed waterproofing system.

The Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag are sewn products, constructed with military-spec thread and waterproof material reinforced with ballistic nylon. Their outer shells are HIGHLY water resistant, and to make them truly 100% waterproof they include a set of 3 RF-welded Saddlebag Dry Pods with air purge valves. The Coyote Saddlebag Roll Top and Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top outer shells are even more highly water resistant, because they are constructed with fewer seams. The Dry Pods are lightweight and don’t take up much space, so we would recommend storing them inside the Saddlebag even if you’re riding in dry conditions and don’t need them – then you’ll have them for deep water crossings, storms, etc. They can also be filled with ice and used as beverage coolers at camp, they’re handy shopping bags to carry food to camp, etc.

Now, there are multiple design approaches to achieve waterproofing in textile products, so  please allow me to geek out a bit here. I want to answer not only your question but also share some information motorcycle riders should understand about Giant Loop — and other gear and apparel.

Before I started Giant Loop in 2008, I used to be a gear reviewer for a national adventure travel magazine, so I despise inaccurate and exaggerated marketing claims. And I do crazy things like taking all of Giant Loop’s products to the city swimming pool to test them myself in a controlled environment. GL’s product designer is a through-hiker and international motorcycle traveler who has lived for months at a time in the outdoors, so he knows his game.

Sewn products made by any manufacturer are not 100% waterproof because needle holes can allow moisture to penetrate the seams. Riders who get water inside their luggage usually neglect to take bags off their bikes when they leave them parked in a heavy rain, allowing water to pool and slowly seep through a seam. In normal riding conditions water doesn’t usually collect and pool.

And there’s really no such thing as a 100% waterproof zipper except for the kind used on scuba dry suits – they are too costly and fragile to be a practical solution for motorcycling. On our zippered bags, the zipper itself is virtually never the point of entry for water unless the zippers aren’t closed or the storm flap isn’t rolled down over the zipper.

Our design philosophy is to build super rugged, tough, highly water resistant outer shells and protect the more fragile RF-welded (no needle holes, fabrics bonded together using heat) and seam-sealed (needle holes covered with waterproof tape) waterproofing components inside this shell.

So while a crash or cactus spine may poke a hole in the outer shell, all of the gear inside the Dry Pods included with our packing systems remains organized and well protected inside.

Because the outer shells on Giant Loop’s adventure proof gear are so highly water resistant, keeping contents dry inside can even be as simple as using a zip-lock or trash bag. Instead, Giant Loop’s Kiger Tank Bag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Diablo Pro Tank Bag, Coyote Saddlebag, Great Basin Saddlebag, Siskiyou Panniers and Round The World Panniers all include RF-welded or seam sealed waterproof inner liner Dry Pods.

And we offer many 100% waterproof RF-welded products as part of Giant Loop’s modular, customizable, adventure proof packing system: Columbia Dry Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bag, Torngat Tunnel Bag, Revelstoke Tunnel Bag, Possibles Pouch, GL Fender Bag — and the new MotoTrekk Panniers.

There’s also a lack of objective standards and transparency around claims of “waterproof.” Waterproof spans a range in practical reality, which is why there’s actually an international set of standards and ratings for waterproofing: the IP Code.

Submersible standards (IPX7 and higher) are critical for boating, diving, snorkeling, etc. Our RF-welded (no needle holes from sewing) are submersible waterproof – I use them for rafting and paddleboarding. These Giant Loop products do not require inner liner Dry Pods to provide 100% waterproof protection.

But since motorcycles themselves are not submersible vehicles, sewn products achieve a level of waterproofing equivalent to spraying the products with high pressure water jets from all directions (IPX6). Water may penetrate the outer shell in extreme conditions, but the inner liner Dry Pods keep contents dry inside.

When Giant Loop labels a product as waterproof, that means a product is 100% waterproof (IPX6 or better) under normal riding conditions when instructions are followed and included components are used as our designed waterproofing system.

When shopping for waterproof motorcycle soft luggage, waterproof apparel, etc., pay attention to construction details, so you can understand what a manufacturer is labeling waterproof, what degree of waterproofing is adequate for your application and how the waterproofing is achieved.

Thanks for riding with Giant Loop – and please keep the questions, comments, reviews, pics and videos coming our way!

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

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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/
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NEW 2017 GREAT BASIN SADDLEBAG ROLL TOP IS HERE!

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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.

Possibles Pouch – NEW 2017 DESIGN! SHIPS MARCH 1, 2017 — AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW!

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Possibles Pouch – NEW 2017 DESIGN! SHIPS MARCH 1, 2017 — AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW!

UPDATED FOR 2017! The NEW roll top Possibles Pouch™ is now RF-welded, 100% waterproof, dustproof, mudproof, snowproof and a roomy 3-liters in volume — enough capacity for a full set of tire irons, a spare tube, 2-liter fuel canister or anything else riders need to secure any vehicle for adventure – motorcycle, snowmobile, snow bike (Timbersled, MotoTrax, etc.), ATV, UTV, 4×4, boat or SUP.

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Giant Loop’s super rugged, universal gear pocket, the Possibles Pouch™ adds easy access storage capacity to Giant Loop’s Saddlebags and Panniers, as well as anchoring to engine guards, crash bars, tail racks — and any other secure attachment point on virtually any motorcycle make or model. Includes 2 heavy-duty webbing and thumb-lock buckle straps, and webbing daisy chain loops to provide many options for securely attaching the Possibles Pouch.

Available as Possibles Pouch only or in combination with our stretch polyurethane Pronghorn Straps, which increase the attachment options for a variety of bikes.

Also available is our FENDER BAG, a Possibles Pouch + Rubber Boa Straps for easy fender attachment for dirt bike plastic fenders.

Named for the leather pouches carried by frontier explorers to keep critical gear, or “possibles,” in one handy location. The Possibles Pouch is perfect for the many relatively small, lightweight motorcycling essentials: 21″ front inner tube, snacks, beverages, gloves and tools.

Add the Traveler Shoulder Strap to make a handy shoulder bag for off-bike adventures.

The Giant Loop Possibles Pouch also can used in conjunction with Giant Loop’s MoJavi Saddlebag, mounting in top center position.

SPECS & FEATURES

  • Volume: 3 liters
  • Dimensions: 10.5″ x 5.5″ x 3″
  • Includes 2 heavy duty webbing and thumb-lock buckle straps
  • Multiple daisy chain webbing lash points
  • 500D PVC tarpaulin body
  • Roll-top closure with side release buckles
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

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NEW 2017 Pronghorn Straps XL: 1″ wide straps in 22″ (sand) and 32″ (blue) lengths (sold as set of 2)!

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NEW 2017 Pronghorn Straps XL: 1″ wide straps in 22″ (sand) and 32″ (blue) lengths (sold as set of 2)!

For bigger, heavier loads go EXTRA LARGE with new Pronghorn Straps XL!

Every motorcyclist, sledhead, snow biker, 4x4er and ATV/UTV/SXSer needs a handful of these multi-purpose, stretch polyurethane Pronghorn 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. Use a set of 20″ Pronghorn Straps to turn the Giant Loop Possibles Pouch into a super tough engine guard bag, or lash Possibles Pouches to the legs of our original biomorphic horseshoe shaped Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag to make quick access external pockets for tools and tire repair kit. We’ve had customers use the Pronghorn Straps to secure camera tripods, splint an injury and tow a snowmobile. Send us pics of how you use your Pronghorn Straps!

Sold in packages of 2, available in five color-coded sizes with Giant Loop’s iconic cow skull graphic and our design mantra: “Go Light. Go Fast. Go Far.”

Named for the Pronghorn (often called an antelope, which is an African animal and not related to the American Pronghorn) indigenous to the American West, fast, tough and able to withstand the harsh environments of the Great Basin.

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PHS-XL-22 one inch wide by 22 inches long

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PHS-XL-32 Pronghorn Straps XL 32

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PHS-XL-32 Pronghorn Straps XL 32"

PHS-XL-32 Pronghorn Straps XL 32″

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PHS-XL-32 one inch wide by 32 inches long

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PHS-XL-32-22 Pronghorn Straps XL size comparison

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!

Maintaining & Cleaning Zippers on the Giant Loop Motorcycle Soft Luggage

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Maintaining & Cleaning Zippers on the Giant Loop Motorcycle Soft Luggage

Email from customer: “Hi, love my Coyote Saddlebag mounted on the KTM 500 EXC, but the downside to every trip I struggle with the zipper. Man I get pissed. Am I missing something? Any way to make it operate easier? Thanks, Cal”

ZIP CARE™ ZIPPER CLEANER & LUBRICANT
Hello Cal,

Dang, sorry to hear your zipper is giving you fits. Keeping zippers clean and lubricate – and treating them with respect by not yanking or forcing zippers will keep them sliding smoothly and prevent you from bursting a blood vessel.

Some things to try:

  • Clean the zippers. Dirt and dust particles are usually the biggest challenges for zippers – just like the moving parts of your motorcycle engine. For the trail, pack some of our Zip Care™ Zipper Cleaner & Lubricant. When you’re trip is over, wash all of your Giant Loop motorcycle soft luggage using warm, soapy water, give it good rinse and let it air dry.
  • Lubricate the zippers. Use our Zip Care™ Zipper Cleaner & Lubricant. And in a pinch, a little soap, wax or even lip balm will help. Burt’s Bee’s Beeswax Lip Balm works great and is available at any drug store or grocery store.
  •  Manage the zippers. When you get into your Giant Loop Saddlebag, first roll the storm flap back out of the way, then roll the flap back over the zipper to keep it protected after you close the bag. Un-zip Possibles Pouches, Pannier Pockets and Tank Bag lids completely when accessing gear to avoid damaging zipper teeth.
  •  Respect the zippers. Avoid over packing. When your Giant Loop adventure proof packing systems are not stuffed drum tight, the zippers are much easier to manage. Consider using our Possibles Pouches, to add external pockets, or a Dry Bag to expand your Giant Loop Saddlebag or Panniers. Add the Pannier Pockets to Giant Loop’s Tank Bags. Compartmentalizing gear makes it easier to access the things you need during the day of riding and helps prevent the zippers from buckling from being tightly stuffed. Hold zipper halves together as you zip to prevent stressing the teeth.

If you’ve tried everything, then there is an outside chance that you got a defective zipper. If you think this is the case, please print, fill out and include a copy of the attached warranty and repair return form with your CLEAN bag. Use RMA # [today’s date]. If there is a defect, we will repair or replace your Giant Loop product at no charge to you.

Thank you for choosing Giant Loop for your adventures,
Team GL

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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
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Vargo Titanium Knife, Fork & Spoon ULV
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Vargo Titanium Ti-Boiler Cooking Pot + Pan

Giant Loop Rider: 50 States + 1 World Record = Danell Lynn

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Giant Loop Rider: 50 States + 1 World Record = Danell Lynn

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GL rider Danell Lynn has earned the Guinness World Record for the Longest Journey by Motorcycle in a Single Country! She travelled over 48,000 miles over one year and is the first female solo rider to ever hold the record. Lynn rode her Triumph Bonneville equipped with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Zigzag Handlebar Bag, Possibles Pouch, Pronghorn StrapsRogue Dry Bag and Tillamook Dry Bag
You can read some articles about her trip in Cycle News and on Clutch & Chrome

Congratulations, Danell!

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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

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Orion Tilt Hat Clip
Orion Tilt Hat Clip

Tenacious Tape Patches
Tenacious Tape™ Repair Patches

Zip Care
ZIP CARE™ ZIPPER CLEANER & LUBRICANT

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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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!

Happy Customer, Curtis, Shares Husqvarna Supermoto 701 Travel Shots

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Happy Customer, Curtis, Shares Husqvarna Supermoto 701 Travel Shots

We recently had an email dialogue with a Giant Loop customer who wanted to share his enthusiasm about our products! Thank you for the kind words, Curtis, we’re glad you like our stuff!

“Hahah! LIKE is an understatement! I LOVE my Coyote Saddlebag! I love my Possibles Pouches! I’ve never had such a comfortable set of gear to ride with (and on at times!). I almost pity the person who asks me about them – little do they realize they are about to get blasted with excitement and enthusiasm! I’ve traveled on a bunch of different bikes and a bunch of different styles of bags and nothing comes close to the way the giant loop bag: a) keeps the center of gravity low, b) keeps the gear secure, c) keeps the gear protected. I’ve learned the hard way about A and always knew B was essential and Giant loop does C with style! (I love my dry-roll bags!) I’ve never felt safer carrying 40lbs of camping, food and clothing NOT to mention I can sit on top of the damn thing when I need a change of position!
-Curtis”

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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:

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Giant Loop Rider, Wendi, Rides Badlands on KLR with Coyote Saddlebag

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Giant Loop Rider, Wendi, Rides Badlands on KLR with Coyote Saddlebag

Found in the archives and still valuable, Wendi wrote to tell us about her experience fitting her GL Coyote Saddlebag onto a KLR and riding Badlands. Thanks Wendi!

KLR Coyote

“Hello Harold,

Thank you for the information on your bags.

While purchased for my DRZ, I did use my GL Coyote bag on my larger KLR for a trip to the badlands last week and it worked great!

I also wanted to let you know that I can’t say enough about the durability of this bag. I am new to dirt riding and have been down numerous times on dirt, gravel, sand, etc, and my bag has no damage at all and doesn’t show any wear yet. I am so impressed with that, so a huge thanks for a great product.

Here’s a couple of pics of my awesome GL Coyote on both of my bikes. Works great – looks cool!

Thanks again,

Wendi”

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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!

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.

Thanks
Brad”

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NEW! Giant Loop Lift Strap

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NEW! Giant Loop Lift Strap

The Giant Loop Lift Strap securely attaches to the fork tubes and tail of dirt bikes and dual sport motorcycles – as well as snow bikes! – providing a sturdy grab handle to help tug, pull or lift the motorcycle through those tough spots on the trail when you need a little boost over an obstacle or out of mud hole. Constructed of durable nylon webbing and a comfortable molded rubber handle, the Giant Loop Lift Strap also makes an excellent carry handle for motorcycle panniers and hard luggage. The Giant Loop Lift Strap and Giant Loop Tow Strap are must-haves for your adventure touring motorcycle safety kit: Simple tools that can make big problems much easier to manage.

Giant Loop Lift Strap
Giant Loop Tow Strap

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Giant Loop Tow Strap

Giant Loop Tow Strap

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

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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, cómo están, hacen unos días que estoy recorriendo el desierto de ” Encon” en la provincia de ” Mendoza” en Argentina ( huellas del Dakar) es un desierto de 2500 km de extensión, muy lindo, la giant loop sorportaron todo espinas enormes, agua y arena. Conforme siga el viaje le seguiré 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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NEW! Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder Kit

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NEW! Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder Kit

You can now purchase the Fast Funnel Professional Disposable Fuel Funnel as part of the Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder Kit to keep things clean and simple when fueling up between pit stops. The Fast Funnels are a new addition to our line, coming in a pack of three, disposable, folded, paper funnels. They work perfectly with our Fuel Safe Bladder which holds a gallon of gas in a small, pillowed pouch that can be easily stored after use while taking up minimal space. Now available as the Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder Kit, which includes 2 sets of Giant Loop’s adventure proof 26″ Pronghorn Straps plus a 3-Pack of Fast Funnel Professional Disposable Fuel Funnels.

Fast Funnel Professional Disposable Fuel Funnel
Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder
Pronghorn Straps

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Coyote Saddlebag on KTM 1190 Adventure R in New Zealand

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Coyote Saddlebag on KTM 1190 Adventure R in New Zealand

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“Hi guys
I just wanted to send a quick email to say thanks for designing and making such a great product. I live in Christchurch, New Zealand and ride a KTM 1190 Adventure R. About a month ago I went on a 4 day ride using your Coyote Saddlebag – this bag is simply awesome. I followed the instructions I found on your website regarding moving the passenger handles and replacing them with a spacer and they worked perfectly. The bag sits so nice and tight on the bike, it did not move at all and felt really secure. I’ve always preferred soft luggage, but with other systems I felt that I was constantly checking to see if it was still on the bike and hadn’t come loose, with the giant loop coyote I didn’t have to worry about whether the gear was coming loose or worse – falling off completely. It didn’t rain whilst we were away but I have no doubts about the water tightness of this system.
I’ve attached a pic – its not the best pic but you’re a free to use if it you wish. This pic was taken on the west coast of the south island of New Zealand.
Thanks again for making such a quality product – I’ll definitely be recommending this to others and can’t wait to get out and use it again.
Regards,
Brendan Daly”

Thanks Brendan for the kind words, we’re thrilled you love the bags!
Check out the Coyote Saddlebags

and the KTM 1190 Passenger Handle Removal Spacer Kit (set of 4)

NEW! Footmans Loop Anchor Kit

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NEW! Footmans Loop Anchor Kit

Footmans Loop Anchor Kit

Giant Loop’s new Footmans Loop Anchor Kit is like an ultra-light tail rack for your enduro or dual sport motorcycle!

Giant Loop’s new Footmans Loop Anchor Kit is a simple, affordable, universal way to add solid anchor points for webbing straps to motorcycles, snow bikes, snowmobiles, ATVs, UTVs and 4x4s. Giant Loop’s Footmans Loop Anchor Kit is especially handy for creating lash points to secure our MoJavi Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag to late model KTM EXCs, Husqvarna FEs and other dual sport and dirt bikes that use an under fender support that prevents the fender hooks on our Saddlebags from from getting a good purchase on the fender edge.

Giant Loop’s Footmans Loop Anchor Kit includes 2 anodized black footmans loops, 4 flat washers, 4 locking nuts (8mm) and 4 aluminum M5x20mm button head bolts (3mm allen).

Check out the Footmans Loop Anchor Kit

And for alternatives to fender hooks, check out this tech tip blog post!

Footmans Loop Anchor Kit

Each Footmans Loop Anchor Kit contains the following: 2 – 1.5″ black anodized Footmans Loop anchors 4 washers 4 aluminum button head bolts M5x20mm button head bolts (3mm allen) 4 locking nuts (8mm)

Giant Loop Adventure Proof Packing Systems and Gear for Motorcycles featured in Tucker Rocky’s Transmission Dealer Magazine

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Giant Loop Adventure Proof Packing Systems and Gear for Motorcycles featured in Tucker Rocky’s Transmission Dealer Magazine

Giant Loop's USA distributor Tucker Rocky spotlights our adventure proof packing systems and gear.

Giant Loop’s USA distributor Tucker Rocky spotlights our adventure proof packing systems and gear.

Thanks to Giant Loop’s USA distributor Tucker Rocky for devoting a full page in the current issue of their  Transmission dealer magazine to Giant Loop Adventure Proof Packing Systems and Gear for Motorcycles featured in Tucker Rocky’s Transmission Dealer Magazine. The “New and Exclusive” section of this month’s issue features a cross-section of Giant Loop’s core product line of motorcycle soft luggage and gear for dual sport motorcycles, including the Diablo Pro Tank Bag (oops! printed as ‘Pro Tank Bag’), Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pronghorn Straps, Hot Springs Heat Shield exhaust shield, Zigzag Handlebar Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag and MoJavi Saddlebag (oops! photo shown is our Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack, which is optional with the 2016 MoJavi Saddlebag). All these products are perfect for any dirt bike, dual sport, sport or adventure motorcycle, as well as snow bikes, snowmobiles and even ATVs and UTVs (the highlight of this issue of Tucker Rocky’s Transmission). Our products are durable and stable enough for many outdoor pursuits, so we encourage customers to use our bags and gear on all of these vehicles. If you’re using your Giant Loop product on something other than a motorbike, shoot us an email with a picture for future blog posts! Thanks again to Tucker Rocky’s Transmission magazine for the kind words and full page feature. Powersports dealers in the USA can order Giant Loop products directly from us, or simply add them to your next Tucker Rocky order.

All of these Giant Loop products are currently in stock and ready to ship!:

Diablo Pro Tank Bag
Fandango Pro Tank Bag
Pronghorn Straps
Hot Springs Heat Shield
Zigzag Handlebar Bag
Tillamook Dry Bag
Klamath Tail Rack Pack
MoJavi Saddlebag

Tucker Rocky Transmission Magazine features Giant Loop

Tucker Rocky Transmission Magazine features Giant Loop

NEW! Scorpion Serket Taper Exhaust for Honda CB500 X/F/R

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NEW! Scorpion Serket Taper Exhaust for Honda CB500 X/F/R

The Scorpion Serket Taper Exhaust fits Honda CB500F, Honda CB500R and Honda CB500X models, delivering a 1.1 HP gain, a 3.7 lb weight savings and only a slight increase of 1.5 dB in noise versus the large, heavy stock exhaust on the Honda CB500. It also eliminates the stock flared exhaust shield, which can be in the way of riding boots. The Scorpion Serket Taper Exhaust features a unique precision formed, 6-facet profile and an aerospace derived multi-composite ‘Claw Contoured’’ outlet. The Scorpion Serket Taper Exhaust also features a tempered/fused sleeve seam with compression coined ends and a GP-style double spring mount for easy “slip-on” installation. The Scorpion Serket Taper Exhaust is available in Stainless Steel, Carbon Fiber and Titanium models.

Ride with confidence knowing that Scorpion Exhausts offers a Customer Damage Guarantee: crash and damage the Scorpion Serket Taper Exhaust, and they will offer a 50% discount on a replacement.

Specifications
• Available in Brushed Stainless Steel, Carbon Fiber and Titanium
• Stainless mid-pipe
• Precision formed 6-facet profile
• Tempered/fused sleeve seam
• GP-style “slip on” double spring mount

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scorpion serket taper exhaust honda cb500 titanium

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scorpion serket taper exhaust for honda cb500 carbon fiber 379

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