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Monthly Archives: December 2013

Giant Loop Tech Tip: Installing Fandango Tank Bag, Diablo Tank Bag on BMW GS Motorcycles

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Thank you Giant Loop rider for sharing the pic and feedback on installation of the Fandango Tank Bag (and Diablo Tank Bag). On many bikes, including BMW GS models, removing the seat, running straps around seat rails of frame, reinstalling seat and tensioning straps makes a very tiding mount. Don’t forget to install Vinyl Protective Film to protect the shiny painted surfaces under straps and Fandango/Diablo Harness.
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Hi Giant Moto Team!

When I was trying to find a tank bag for my G 650GS, I had trouble finding clear photos of the Fandango for my bike.

I had a reasonable idea it was going to look good, but now it’s fitted I don’t think I could have made a better choice.

Photo attached in case you would like to add it to your website.

Thanks for making such an awesome product!


Giant Loop Christmas Wishes

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Pretty sure my nephew Oscar is right about the jolly fat man’s affinity for motorbikes – next best thing to a magic sleigh and reindeer!

From our Giant Loop family to yours, wishing you the Merriest Christmas and a Healthy, Happy, Prosperous New Year!

Thanks for helping make 2013 the best year yet.

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Giant Loop Tech Tip: Rick Wallace Teaches Crash Scene Safety Instruction

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What are you going to do when your riding buddy doesn’t get up from one of those little trail side tumbles, we all have had. Not my favorite thought, but one that needs serious consideration, every time I join a rider group and ride the miles.


One of our Missions at Giant Loop is to Advocate motorcycle rider safety awareness and encourage riders to get First Aid training, for use in a Moto-Emergency. Giant Loop’s Mojavis for Medics program is one of the ways we focus attention on the safety of our fellow riders, another opportunity is to identify ways for riders to gain knowledge and experience from experts in First Response and teachers of First Aid. We know there are many Red Cross branches in cities across the US and each offers a First Aid training course to the community. Some folks, however, want more specific instruction than what the local branch can offer.

That is where Rick Wallace at Crash Scene Safety Instruction comes in.


Rick teaches a program that is geared directly to motorcyclists and addresses specifically the types of scenarios that a motorcyclist could face while traveling on the road. His frame of reference is street bikes and street based incidents, but what he teaches applies to Motorcyclists and is filled with his lifetime of experience. Since knobby tire bikes and dual-sport riders still gotta get from the driveway to the trails, the training he offers directly applies to us, too. I had the chance to meet and talk to Rick at the Rally in the Gorge last summer. He really has a feel for his craft and his experience shows in his teaching. Check out what others have said about his program and get involved in learning how to be an asset during a Moto-Emergency, rather than a bystander.

Photos from adventurebikerider.com and Rick’s site.

Giant Loop Review: Pronghorn straps in DirtBike Magazine

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Dirtbike Magazine wrote about Pronghorn Straps, in the Adventure Section of their January issue.

“Every motorcyclist needs a handful of these multi-purpose, stretch-polyurathane straps with virtually unbreakable fasteners. They are sold in packages of two and available in three color-coded lengths. The gray color is 16 inches, the orange is 20 inches and red is 26 inches. They’re adjustable from 4 inches all the way out to 26 inches.”

Thanks DirtBike Magazine!


Giant Loop Event: 12/19 Austin Vince Premieres “Mondo Sahara” in Portland, Oregon

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Psyched to see our friend Austin Vince – and the premiere of his new movie, “Mondo Sahara” – tomorrow night in Portland, Oregon. Hosted by Portland’s Sang-Froid Riding Club, the movie is just $5 cash at the door of the Clinton Street Theater. Show starts at 9 pm, but you better get there early if you want a ticket and a seat. Giant Loop is donating prizes to help off-set Austin’s travel expenses. Two of the riders from “Mondo Sahara” are from Portland and will be at the premiere with Austin!

We had the chance to see a rough cut of “Mondo Sahara” at Overland Expo last spring, and it is Austin Vince‘s best film yet! Here’s a trailer:

Giant Loop Gear: Bushwackers Are Great For Cold Weather Riding

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I was checking out some pics of riders in action and found this SWEET shot of Giant Loop Rep Rory Sullivan of 405MotoSales. He has got the gas on in that drift and Jock Bradley captured the moment perfectly! I know Rory is happy to have the wind and weather protection provided by the extra tough Bushwacker hand guards. Easily installed with the included 16″ Pronghorn poly straps, Bushwackers add their coverage by mounting over your existing hand guards.




Giant Loop Rider: Jill Rides 1800 Miles To Leguna Seca, On Her Yamaha FZ6 With Great Basin Saddle Bag

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Giant Loop Rider Jill used a Great Basin on her FZ6, to stow her camping gear and supplies for 10 days of camping, during her ride to Leguna Seca in California.  She wrote us saying:

“Subject: Thanks for the product! Great Basin

This summer, I took my FZ6 on an 1800 mile road trip from Seattle to Leguna Seca, CA and back.  The Giant Loop worked great on my bike!  It was easy to pack and carry my gear. I camped the entire time, so I not only had supplies for 10 days but camping gear as well.  The only modification that I will do is to purchase a rear rack to help cinch the bag back further on the seat…
…I also use this on my BMW 650 Sertao when I dont want to ride with the panniers. This was a great and inexpensive way to set up my fz for touring.
Thanks again for an awesome product…


Jill, thank you for sharing your story and sweet pics with us.
Ride while you can!



Giant Loop Rider: Dave Darcy preps his KTM 690 Enduro for the Simpson Desert

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Australia’s Simpson Desert is enormous and Dave Darcy is no stranger to the riding there. He rode his 640 Adventure across the Simpson a few years ago, but now its time to do it on his modern LC4. Dave is experienced with planning and completing long rides, we supported his Continental Drift ride, with amazing results. Trailzone Magazine caught up with Dave and asked about some of his setup details for long distance. Check out what he did to prepare the bike.


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Giant Loop Closeout: Free USA Shipping on 2013 Fandango Tank Bag and Diablo Tank Bag

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Giant Loop's Fandango Tank Bag

Giant Loop’s Fandango Tank Bag


We have new versions of our Fandango Tank Bag and Diablo Tank Bag coming in January. The price is going up in 2014, but we still have limited 2013 stock available at the current price via our website.

Now through December 31, use this one-time code for free USA shipping on Tank Bags: 2013shipmeGL

Giant Loop Video: The Heavyweights Slug Out 24 Hours of Starvation Ridge Race on Adventure Bikes

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Congratulations to our friends in Washington, The Heavyweights! They silenced all of the doubters and naysayers who said the 24 Hours of Starvation Ridge race couldn’t been finished – let alone run competitively – on big, twin-cylinder adventure touring motorcycles. The Heavyweights took home 2nd place in their class, finishing 38th overall racing against thumpers. And they donated almost 200 lbs of food to the Goldendale Community Food Bank. Well done guys! Full report below.

24 Hours of Starvation Ridge Race Report

Written by John Isenberg
Contributors: Alex Martens, Darry VanNiewenhuise

The brainchild of Darryl VanNieuwenhuise, CEO of Cyclops Adventure Sports, he was able to quickly put a team of riders together brave enough to race their KTM Adventure against the much lighter 450’s that would be the norm.

Darryl first pitched the idea to Alex Martens of Konflict Motorsports & Suspension who didn’t need any convincing to partner with Cyclops and build a team. The call went out for others to participate in the quest to be the first team to compete at the Starvation Ridge 24 hour on adventure bikes. Didn’t take long, the PNW being one of the best places in the country for dual sport riding, there was no shortage of volunteers willing to participate in this crazy idea.

The team that resulted was impressive. Veteran off road racers with a combined resume that included AA wins, Baja 1000 finishes and previous 24 hour class champions.

The plan was coming together. The team was filled with 6 riders, unfortunately one of the riders was injured in a race prior to the 24 hour and the decision was made to move forward with 5. They’d be riding KTM 990 Adventures with the exception of Alex who would be racing his KTM Super Enduro.

Next up was to try and round up some help. The team discovered that there were companies eager to get behind the effort. Before long they had Renazco Racing, Giant Loop, Klim, Tigatu Clothing and Ride Motorsports. The kicker was a very generous sponsorship from Coastal Instruments. Of course, Cyclops provided race lighting and Konflict ensured suspension was tuned perfectly for each rider and the expected conditions.

The only concern the team had was weather. The last 2 years had seen rain turn the event into a mud bog. Probably the only conditions the big Adventure struggles in. As the event approached things were looking promising.

The team was getting an unexpected amount of exposure and decided to use this to help the local community. They decided to hold a food drive. The food collected would be donated to the Goldendale Community Food bank. Using social media, the call went out for support. Thanks to the generous support of their sponsors they were able to offer a raffle to entice donations.

Time went quickly, a couple team meetings to finalize plans and put the finishing touches on the race bikes, and race weekend was upon them. By race time the team now consisted of not only the 5 racers but a small army of dedicated supporters that included a pro mechanic, cook and others there to help in any way needed. It’s not often an amateur team gets this level of pit support.

The Over The Bars Gang have been hosting the Starvation Ridge 24 hour for almost 10 years. Held on eastern WA farmland, the course is a 21 mile mix of natural and groomed terrain. Unique features making this event special include riding through an old farm house and barn.

Everyone arrived Friday to set up and go over the bikes one last time. The Heavy Weights also decided to host a small reception to bring a little additional exposure to their sponsors. With team cook Ovi at the grill, the team prepared 35lbs of carne asada along with all the fixings for a taco bar, which of course included plenty of mexican beer. The plan worked and it wasn’t long before every bit of the carne asada and most of the beer had been consumed.

While there were many comments about the undertaking, a couple were heard frequently, “You guys have big balls” and “you’re crazy”. Believe it or not, there were even those who felt we were being disrespectful of other racers and were going to be nothing more than a roadblock. The goal now was to prove the naysayers wrong.
Race day arrived with a spectacular sunrise and the forecast calling for sun and perfect racing temperatures. The riding order was set and Radek Burkat would be the starter. The organizer is famous for his starts and this year would be no exception. The riders bikes were lined up and the racers would then have to run 100 yards down a hill, through a ravine and then back up to their waiting bikes. Luckily, a 24 hour race is about consistency and not about getting the hole shot. Regardless, Radek gave it his all and got off the line towards the front of the pack. This year, 97 teams left the line.

Radek’s first lap would be 54 minutes. The bar had been set. The rider change went smoothly and Jason Williams set out for his first look at the course. He set a time matching Radek’s. The 3rd rider, Darryl VanNieuwenhuise, was out after another flawless handoff. Darryl, an accomplished 24 hr racer, translated his skills easily to the big bike, turning the fastest lap yet.

Next out was Alex Martens, riding a Super Enduro, he gave it hell and finished his lap without an issue.

John Isenberg would be the last rider in the in the line-up and he hit the course like a man on a mission.
After the first rotation it was obvious the riders were putting a beating on their bikes. The pit crewed stayed very busy during the early stages of the race to keep the team in the hunt.

Luckily, things calmed down and they found their rhythm. Night came with the Heavy Weights running second Sportsman about 10 minutes behind the “Knuckle Draggers”. They had overcome some significant challenges and were still in the hunt for a class win.

As the sun dropped so did the temperatures, dipping to just above freezing by midnight. Then it happened, the one thing that will make even the best lights useless, fog. They had an ace up their sleeves and where using the new Cyclops Extreme LED Auxiliary lights. Using the amber filters the team ran some very good lap times in horrible conditions. By 2am it was so thick you could barely see your hand in front of your face. Luckily it only lasted a couple hours before a nice breeze picked up and moved the fog out.

The team took the lead during the early morning hours. Spirits were running high but 2nd place had the gap to within 3 minutes. By sunrise the Heavyweights had slipped back into second. Apparently the Knuckle Draggers had turned loose their ringer for 5 straight laps. Turns out this ringer is none other than a former Desert 100 overall winner and is known for launching his snowmobile off giant cliffs. It was going to come down to the last few laps. The team felt good and knew that no matter the outcome they had proven that their effort wasn’t a joke and the big KTMs are capable off road machines.

A plan to just be in it at the end had turned into a race. With 4 hours left, it had become clear that the Heavyweights were in the hunt for a win.

The team proving yet again the importance of consistency by turning lap times equal to, or faster than any of their previous laps Alex would get to ride the last. He put the hammer down and finished his 5th lap faster than any of his 4 previous. It was obvious that he’d left everything on the track and was exhausted.

When Alex crossed the finish line for the final time, the transponder display showed the Heavyweights as class leader. It appeared that had they had overcome the deficit and had retaken the lead in the final laps. They had won their class racing KTM Adventures.

Results were posted and confirmed the team had taken the Sportsman class win. High five’s were flying and competitors flooded their pit to offer congratulations on the historic accomplishment.

Then the other shoe dropped. The team was asked to report to scoring for the outcome of a protest that had been filed by the Knuckle Draggers. Apparently there had been a sweep rider who had been issued a transponder (so they could be tracked) that was programmed with the same number the Heavyweights had been assigned.
This had affected scoring and meant the Heavyweights had not won but instead finished 2nd behind the Knuckle Draggers, a mere 15 seconds separating them.
No question, it was a roller coaster ride from beginning to end. Certainly disappointed to have not come away with the win, the team was still proud of their accomplishment and vowed to be on the line next year.

The HeavyWeights want to personally thank the following for their help. Jonathan Blunt, Ovi Puida, Bob Williams, Jim Engle, Whitney Koberle Sandra Van Blouin, Heather Martens, and Clif Brown. The team’s accomplishment is a direct result of their hard work and dedication to the effort.

Also important to note that with the help of donations made by other teams, the Heavy Weights donated almost 200lbs of food to the Goldendale Community Food Bank.