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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.

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FOR SALE: Giant Loop’s 2010 BMW F800GS

By | BMW, Uncategorized

FOR SALE: Giant Loop’s 2010 BMW F800GS

Limited edition panniers in orange BMW

Here’s the run down on Giant Loop’s 2010 BMW F800GS:

  • 2010 BMW F800GS purchased new in 2010 by Giant Loop (we are the original owners)
  • All scheduled maintenance done by BMW-certified mechanics, plus maintenance records
  • 33,200 miles as of today
  • New Woody’s front wheel and Galfer rotors ready to install (OEM front wheel will be included w/ bike too)
  • Forks rebuilt by Konflict Motorsports
  • Ohlins shock plus billet aluminum shock bolt brace
  • Rallye Moto steering dampener
  • Baja Designs Squadra lights
  • Warn Winch – all wired in and ready to use
  • Britannia Composites adjustable height windscreen w/ Garmin GPS mount installed
  • Moto Overland skid plate
  • Moto Overland tail rack
  • Advernture-Spec / Guard It Technology engine guards
  • Custom seat by Mr. Ed’s Moto
  • Touratech luggage rack
  • Touratech Hand Guards
  • Camel Tank Kit (new in box, not installed)
  • Heidenau K60 tires front and rear with lots of tread left
  • Machine Art Moto MudSling shock protector
  • IMS Adventure Footpegs
  • Touratech adjustable shift lever
  • SAE charging plug and heated gear plug wired in

$9000 with luggage included (Round The World Pannier w/Touratech mounts, Kiger Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets). Contact us at 888-358-8347 or email ride AT giant loop moto DOT com.


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


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.



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.


  • 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


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

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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!



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).


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


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


Non-Riders Half Price

$50 refundable depsosit secures the space.


$100 second payment – due by May 1.


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


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.

Dust to Dawson Gathering Success

By | Blog, Events, Giant Loop Gear

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The Dust 2 Dawson Motorcycle Ride (Not a Rally!) is an annual event which invites motorcycle enthusiasts from across the world to get together and celebrate in Dawson City, Yukon.

Since 1992, old friends and new have been getting together over a common bond: motorcycles. The D2D weekend consists of motorcycle games on unpaved streets of Dawson, a poker run in the historic goldfields, and a banquet full of delicious food, crisp Canadian beer, and a whole lot of fun!

“Because Dawson City is located at the junction of three iconic highways: the Top of the World/Taylor Highways, the North Klondike Highway and the Dempster Highway, you’ll have plenty of options to do some epic riding.”

Check out their Facebook page to get information on next year’s D2D ride.

Giant Loop is proud to have donated to this event which benefits the Dawson Shelter Society, the Dawson Women’s Shelter,  the Healthy Babies, Healthy Moms program, and the Dawson City Fire Fighter Association.

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!

Giant Loop Complete Cooking System

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

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

GearChic.com Reviews Zigzag Handlebar Bag

By | Blog, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, News, Photos, Reviews, Uncategorized

Gear Chic has been kind enough to share their review of the Giant Loop Zigzag Handlebar Bag: check it out here.
Thanks, Gear Chic!
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“It’s our smallest bag yet – it’s the dirt bike glove box! Sometimes you only need the bare bones basics — wallet, phone, registration/insurance cards and other small items. Perfect for dirt bikes and technical riding. Backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty!

Named for Oregon’s scenic Zigzag River on Mt. Hood.”

Giant Loop Camping Essentials

By | Blog, Camping, Giant Loop Gear, Photos

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

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

By | Blog, Giant Loop Gear, News, Photos, Racer, Reviews, Riders, Saddlebags, Tank Bags, Uncategorized

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!

Jimmy Lewis Giant Loop

East Texas 4th National Picnic Success

By | Blog, BMW, Events, Giant Loop Gear, News, Photos

East Texas 4th National Picnic Success

Rich Barnhart sent us a kind thank you letter this past spring for donating door prizes to the Fourth Annual Texas National Picnic. Giant Loop contributed a Tillamook Dry Bag, Zigzag Handlebar Bar Bag, Giant Loop Cap, Pronghorn Straps, and Giant Loop t-shirts as door prizes for the East Texas BMW Plus Motorcycle Club’s camping event that took place this past spring. Thanks to Rich and his motorcycle club for the positive response!



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

By | FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Honda, News, Rally Raid Products, Riders, Uncategorized, Video

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

By | Blog, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Husqvarna, Photos, Riders, Saddlebags

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!

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

By | Blog, BMW, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Photos, Tank Bags, Tech Tips, Video

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

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

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

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

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

fandango tank bag on BMW GSA

Simon Cudby Starts UPSHIFT Magazine

By | Blog, KTM, News, Photos, Riders

Simon Cudby Starts UPSHIFT Magazine

We’ve recently received an email from Simon Cudby with updates on his new online magazine called UPSHIFT. He sent us a PDF version of his magazine as well as a shot from his trip to Utah. Thanks for the news, Simon!

“Hello Harold-
I’m a big fan of your Giant Loop products. I’ve attached a shot of my 1190R from our recent trip to Utah.
Attached is a pdf deck for our new adventure/enduro website and online mag project called “UPSHIFT”.
We’d obviously love to have Giant Loop involved from the start!
Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for taking the time to have a look.

Check Out the UPSHIFT PDF! 

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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!

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“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,


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Giant Loop Round the World Panniers – Motorcycle Soft Luggage

By | Blog, Camping, Dealers, FAQ, Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, holiday gifts for motorcyclists, Honda, New Product, Panniers, Photos, Saddlebags, Uncategorized, Video

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.

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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

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

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 Sponsors MMA Fighter Reece van der Merwe

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Giant Loop Sponsors MMA Fighter Reece van der Merwe

Next month Los Vegas will host the IMMAF World Championships where upcoming MMA fighter, Reece van der Merwe, will represent South Africa and compete for the ultimate title. Because he is responsible for his travel expenses, Giant Loop and Desert Lizard have decided to sponsor him, so he can have the chance he rightfully deserves. The Port Elizabeth native will be competing in the amateur featherweight class and currently has a 3-1 record. Good luck Reece!





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


Giant Loop Tow Strap

Giant Loop Tow Strap