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

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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.

Video: “Goodwill Hunting Dual Sport Tour” in Oregon’s High Desert

By | Riders, Video

Video: “Goodwill Hunting Dual Sport Tour” in Oregon’s High Desert

Four friends leave their Motocross bikes at home and embark on a Dual Sport adventure. Watch as Rory Sullivan of MotoSport.com, Thor Drake of See See Motorcycles, Joey Lancaster from Fox Racing, and Paul Boiselle tackle the Oregon outback. With about 400 miles of varied on and off road terrain on the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route, and nothing but bikes, camping gear and a few Goodwill “gems,” the riding adventure awaits.

Giant Loop Rider: GL Designer Explores Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route

By | Honda, Riders, Suzuki, Yamaha

Giant Loop’s design director, Brian Frankle, recently joined up with a couple of local friends from Bend for an Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route adventure on his Suzuki DRZ400. Here are some of his pics and comments:

“Took a short 4 day trip on the moto on the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route. Rendezvoused with a few others on day 2 in Ukiah, Oregon. Other than great company, seeing a Bighorn Sheep along the South Fork of the John Day River was a highlight.”

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As a long-distance runner and through-hiker (just finish 5th in Pine to Palm 100, he’s hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, etc.) Brian’s an ultralight packer. On this trip he’s living the life of luxury with the Great Basin Saddlebag and Pannier Pockets on his DRZ400.

“Bridge Creek Wildlife Area outside of Ukiah, Oregon. Wildlife Count: 3 cows.”

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Our friend and customer Patrick used the Coyote Saddlebag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag on his Honda CRF250L.

“PK at Olive Lake Umatilla National Forest. Olive Lake is a reservoir that provided water and turned the generators at Fremont Power House…which in turn, supplied power to the largest Dredge used for gold mining in North America which sits in Sumpter, Oregon.”

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Oregon had it’s own version of the Gold Rush.

“The Dredge in Sumpter, Oregon.”

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GL friend and customer Dave packed the Coyote Saddleabg and Fandango Pro Tank Bag on his Yamaha WR250.

“Lunch stop, throttle cable repair, and opening day for Bow Season. Lots of hunters out and about. Malheur National Forest.”

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Brian definitely applies our philosophy of “go light, go fast, go far” to his camping gear.

“Find sticks, make shelter. Ochoco National Forest.”

 

Giant Loop Rider: Kail Visits on Oregon Backcountry Tour with KTM 990 Adventure

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Really cool to have a visit from Giant Loop rider Kail, who stopped by the shop after five days of exploring the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route on his KTM 990 Adventure.
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Check out his nice tool box fabrication!
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And the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag works great with his Safari Tank and the Fandango Tank Bag!
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Kail’s kit is light and tight with the Great Basin Saddlebag and Great Basin Dry Bag completing his Giant Loop expedition packing system.
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Kail was one of Giant Loop’s first customers when we started in 2008 with the original bolt-on Giant Loop Saddlebag! From March 2009, here’s a blog post and pic from his adventures in California’s Los Padres National Forest on his KTM 530 EXC.

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