Apr
17

Giant Loop Event: Adventure Girl, Tracy Jeffries, To Lead Ladies Group On Giant Loop’s Summer Lake Hot Springs Ride

I met Tracy at a RawHyde event in 2012 and learned that there is an appetite for DIRT in all of us. Some, like Tracy, just express it better than the rest. Tracy has devoted her motorcycling skill development and riding experiences to honing her ability to roost dirt and ride big adventure bikes with the best of them. She has been a fixture at North West adventure riding rallies, supporting Touratech and Ride West BMW during events, leading GS rides, plus raising money for Riders For Health, a motorcycle based health care charity.

I am stoked to share the news that Tracy has put Giant Loop’s Summer Lake Hot Springs Overnighter on her schedule and has offered to lead the Ladies Group.  Thanks Tracy for bringing your skill and experience to our little hot springs ride.

So far, there are six ladies signed up for the event, so if you were on the fence about whether to join us, now you have another reason to get registered!

Tracy’s BMW G650X, paused for a moment to confirm that the rear tire is flat…

Apr
16

Giant Loop Racers: Cain’s Quest Race Team 7 SnoXscapes, Kirk and David, Finish On The Podium To Win $20,000, With Great Basin Saddlebags

There was a strange knock at the email door, last Christmas season.  It wasn’t the first time that a well researched and experienced long distance rider contacted Giant Loop for luggage solutions.

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Something was very different this time, since Canadian rider Kirk Hastings wasn’t outfitting a motorcycle and he wasn’t taking a trip across the Trans-Canada Trail, or riding the Haul Road to Inuvik, or traveling  south to Ushuaia. He was building a Skidoo Freeride SNOWMOBILE for cross country racing.

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Kirk had heavily researched a few vital components, for his and team mate David Price’s race machines, that he knew would give him the edge over race teams with conventional equipment. The issues he wanted to dial in were lighting, luggage and suspension. His requirements for the packing system were to carry 90 pounds of supplies and required safety gear. So, he began the search to find the best soft luggage on the market, for his race setup, and after looking at every luggage system on the planet,  Giant Loop’s packing system became that solution.  The benefits that Kirk wanted to experience were dry safety gear, loaded close to the center of his machine, in a bag that was easy to mount and remove, mounted in a way that didn’t interfere with the rider, upset the balance of the machine or overload its limited rear framework.  While we have sold plenty of Great Basin Saddlebags, Diablo Tank Bags and Bushwacker Hand Guards to motorcyclists for these very reasons, this is the first one destined for snowmobiles! The boys also found Pronghorn Straps to be very handy, keeping their gear secured tight.

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It wasn’t just any little race, either, it was the 3300KM Cain’s Quest. Cain’s Quest takes place on the eastern Canadian coastline, in the region of Labrador, Newfoundland. The week long, 22 checkpoint, two rider team race starts in Labrador City. Then, the course runs out to the coast at Cartwright, across the coastal headlands and sea inlets to Nain, then back across land to finish in Labrador City. The racers  cannot use any groomed or established trails and must navigate across the barren northlands, while dealing with extremely harsh winter conditions and carrying mandated safety equipment. Emergencies are regular and many, with 20 of the 29 teams entered ending their race with either a medical or mechanical. While a mechanical may not seem an emergency, ANY time spent with protective winter gear removed, to wrench and hammer broken bits back together, leads to frozen body parts. Frozen hands, feet and faces are the main concerns for racers, but crashing at speed has its own risks, with the constantly changing conditions, terrain and wind driven snows.

Link to some Elka Suspension test video from before the race. The Great Basin Saddlebag looks solid and stable on that machine, as it rips the 2-3ft whoops, at 65mph.  

Read the exciting wrap up to the race, in these Cain’s Quest Facebook postings! 
I am sure our friends at Baja Designs and Elka Suspension were equally impressed with Team 7 SnoXcape’s finish of the 2014 Cain’s Quest.
Great Job Kirk and David!!

Hit this link for some POV camera footage of them during one of the stages.

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Apr
15

Giant Loop News: Dale Sargent Named Independent Sales Representative For Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2013

(BEND, OR, USA) Adventure-proof packing systems innovator Giant Loop has named Dale Sargent as its independent sales representative for Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Sargent currently represents other top motorcycle brands, such as Bell Powersports and Klim motor and snow apparel.

Dale Sargent Giant Loop sales rep

“I’ve been on two wheels since the 305 Yamaha Big Bear days — a lot longer ago than I care to admit,” says powersports veteran Sargent. “My claim to fame is that I got to watch Evel Knievel jump at the Yakima, Washington County Fairgrounds in the late 60s.”

Sargent has been representing brands in the motorcycle and snowmobile markets for more than five years, and he was previously in the marine business as a boat dealer and as a manufacturers representative.

To schedule a Giant Loop product line dealer clinic in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri or Nebraska, contact Dale Sargent: phone 417-777-8000.

In Indiana, Ohio or Michigan, contact Ray Peabody: phone 810-923-8738.

In Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina or Tennessee, contact Chad Johnson at 931-349-5272, or Tom Hall at 336-582-4569.

In Alaska, Idaho (northern), Oregon or Washington, contact Eric Wright, 405 Moto Sales, 206-390-8396.

Giant Loop’s adventure-proof motorcycle gear packing systems are available from select international distributors, as well as from a network of premium dealers throughout the USA. Motorcycle rider-owned Giant Loop is based in Bend, Oregon. For all the details, go to www.giantloopmoto.com.

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Apr
15

Giant Loop Rider: Charles Rides To Grand Canyon On KTM 450 EXC With Fandango Tank Bag Pro And Pannier Pouches

Got some pics via email, of our Fandango Pro Tank Bag, with Pannier Pouches attached, out on the trail. These pics were taken by Giant Loop Rider, Charles, while riding his KTM 450 EXC in the Whitmore Wash, in the Grand Canyon.

He wrote:
“We all have GL’s or we couldn’t make these trips possible. We’ve tried other options and find that having the weight placed low on the bike and close to us as possible, helps. It allows us to carry gear and have fun while doing so. We were on the bikes for a total of 4 days, around 345 miles round trip.

My set-up worked flawlessly! And let me tell you, we rode some major rough terrain! Lava rock no smaller then the size of softballs for miles! All three GL’s stayed where I put them.

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Installed easily. Stayed put thru the trip. Having the two zippers on either side was the best, as i was able to pull it off and store in my tent without pulling straps! I also was able to keep important items in one location and take it with me easily. I used map compartment as we traveled several trails we’ve never traveled. It hailed on us twice and keep all contents dry. The concealed pocket was a total bonus!!

Pannier Pouches were amazing! I put two 1.89 Liter (1 extra gallon total) containers of fuel to extend the range on my moto! Carried the weight well without any issues, plus blocked some of the unexpected arctic winds/hail that we experienced on the trip out! I’m only 5’10, so I fit really well with them. My friend sat on my bike and he’s 6’6 and he still could have used them.

One of the guys has the newer Coyote Saddle Bag with the Cinch Ring Harness and he really liked it. Seemed to be a nice feature that he used to hold extra camping gear.

All said, all four of us love using your products. We are a no frills bunch who live in So-Cal and do a lot of 3-4 day trips into some very remote/rocky locations. We are hard on gear, and don’t like things to fail. Your products continue to impress us and keep us out where we want to be! Away from everyone else.”

Thanks for sharing your great story and pics,Charles!

Apr
11

Giant Loop Review: Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag In Dirt Bike Magazine

Dirt Bike Magazine is usually on the top of our magazine pile, in the Giant Loop Library. We blogged about the Pronghorn Straps getting reviewed in their January issue. Now, in May’s issue, our all new Buckin’ Roll is getting the write up, found in their Adventure, The Goods section.

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The Buckin’ Roll tank bag packing system from Giant Loop consists of three components, which can be used individually or in any combination:  mounting harness, center tool case and Pannier Pockets. The system features water-resistant YKK zippers, Nylike webbing, reflective accents for visibility and are made in the USA.

Thanks DirtBike!

I still gander at Dirt Bike’s Feb coverage, reviewing the KTM 350EXC and Beta 450RS, having gotten a taste for Betas while in Italy last November, for Eicma. The Adventure section in that Feb issue also had an article called “DR Done Right”, about or friends at Seat Concepts rebuild of their crusty old Suzuki DR650 into a proper big-bore 790cc dual sport bike with Baja Designs Squadron. Pretty cool project and reminds me that we has one of those “vintage air-cooled” motos in the GL stable, a late 90′s Honda XR600R. Better not get too many ideas from that article…

 

Apr
10

Giant Loop Racer: Alex Sherman’s Kawasaki KX450F Takes A Hit In The Desert 100

The Desert 100 is always physically hard on the racers and their carefully prepared race bikes.  Therefore, I was, and wasn’t, shocked to hear news of GL racer Alex Sherman’s crash, while battling for a top ten position in last weekend’s event, and that it was a race ender!  A rescue helicopter is positioned on the ground and ready for the eventual emergency evacuation of an injured racer. The chopper crew is usually busy during the event, providing life saving transport to the local ER for the urgent medical needs of downed racers. Fortunately for Alex, he didn’t need any medical assistance, since he avoided injury.

His “lightly raced” 2014 Kawasaki KX450F wasn’t so lucky…

There are no rescue helicopters for injured bikes, however, and that leads to some additional suffering for the damaged machines, as they are ridden back to the pits or hauled onto the sweeper truck.

Alex’s KX450F, was one such motorcycle that was damaged to the point of no longer being race-able, during a tussle with a boulder filled dust puddle. When Alex crashed, the bike hit a hidden rock so hard, that it dented and punctured his upper fork tube, plus twisted his lower triple clamp against steering stop on the frame. As Alex rode out to the pits, the inner fork slider was hammered against the dent in the outer fork tube, hard enough to bend and damage the inner cartridge.

Here are some pics of the bike, with it’s smashed fork leg and lower triple clamp on the operating table, showing the extent of carnage the bike endured, both during and after the crash.

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Check out this awesome race footage,from his chest mounted camera, that Alex edited together:

The crash is at 15:05 in the video, doesn’t look like much…

 

 

Apr
09

Giant Loop Review: BMW Owners News Includes Siskiyou Panniers In April’s Soft Luggage Round-up

Thanks BMW Owners News, for including Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers in the April issue’s soft luggage roundup!

Here is a key point made in the review:
“The Siskiyou Panniers are narrow and ride high enough to not catch on rocks, trees or bushes, when the trail gets tight. Since they are so narrow, it is easy to forget they are back there.”

 

Apr
04

Giant Loop News: All Set Up For The Desert 100 Offroad Race

Dustin and Harold are on site in Odessa, WA, for this weekend’s Desert 100 offroad race. They are in good company with GL racer Alex Sherman, our friends Tracy Jeffries of Ride West BMW/Touratech, Chet, of PSSOR, Alex Martens, of Konflict Suspension and Darrell VanNieuwenhuise, of Cyclops Adventure Sports.

There will be plenty of mayhem on the race course, but don’t think that camp is gonna be tame, either. There will be thousands of racers there to motorcycle, but with around 6,000 people total on site, the after dark bench racing is where other “championships” get decided.

Above pic of the encampment found with Google Images, couldn’t find a name to credit.

Apr
01

Giant Loop Racers: Tuareg Rally Pics Highlight Mojavi Saddle Bag, From Jenny Morgan

Dakar Rally participant Jenny Morgan was on scene, in Tunisia, at the 2014 Tuareg Rally. She took a bunch of really awesome pics of the racers, during the event, highlighted on her ADVrider thread.  She shared several pics of racers on bikes equipped with Mojavi Saddebags, racing the stages.  These pics are so cool, I must echo them here for our blog followers to enjoy. Thanks Jenny for your sharp eye and good photography! Follow her on FB, Jenny Morgan.

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Mar
31

Giant Loop Event: 3rd Annual Summer Lake Hot Springs Overnighter – June 7-8, 2014

Summer Lake Hot Springs Oregon Backcountry Overnighter

Giant Loop Ride

Join Giant Loop for off-road adventure in Oregon’s beautiful high desert. This is a great way to get a taste of the amazing riding here in Central Oregon – and to meet some new riding friends. Last year we had 50+ riders – this year will be even bigger and better. Click here to reserve your spot now!

Giant Loop Summer Lake Hot Springs Ride

All street-legal bike types welcome – dual sport, adventure touring – we’ll have a route and group to suit most any bike and rider. If there’s enough interest, we’ll even have a road bike route/group this year, too (hello Eric – this is for you)!

Giant Loop Ride south of Christmas Valley

Great camping – and rental cabins (book directly with Summer Lake Hot Springs) await at the end of the trail.

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Enjoy the genuine Oregon Backcountry motorcycle experience with your friends.

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We’ll send more specifics and details in the next few weeks, but here are the basics:

SATURDAY
Morning – Meet at Giant Loop shop in Bend for light breakfast. Choose routes and groups. Ride to Christmas Valley for gas/lunch.
Afternoon – Ride to Summer Lake Hot Springs, set up camp.
Evening – Enjoy dinner and beer, soak in the hot springs pools, share some laughs around the campfire.

SUNDAY
Morning – Eat a hearty breakfast, break camp and ride your own chosen route with any group you wish.
Afternoon – Take the scenic route, meander and explore – or head off on a new adventure.

MONDAY
Tell all your friends how much fun you had, share pics and stories!

 

 

UPDATE ADDED 3/25/14:

We are getting more and more signups for the Giant Loop Summer Lake Ride. Today I talked to a party of four that will be joining us from Washington.

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This is a reminder to riders that riding public land in Oregon requires an OHV permit, costing $10.50, and for Oregon residents, an OHV Safety Education card.

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If you have a OHV permit from a bordering state, you are good to go. If you do not have a permit, you can buy one from a local dealer, even if the bike is licensed out of state and you are not an Oregon resident. Here are links to the OHV Safety Training and the OHV permit vendors.

Questions? Contact Harold at 971-832-3164 or  email.

See you on the trail,
Team Giant Loop

Designed in Bend, Oregon USA | Ridden Worldwide

 

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