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Giant Loop Racer: Alex Sherman finishes 2013, 2nd in Open Expert for ORMA series

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Giant Loop sponsored local Bend, Oregon, racer Alex Sherman for his 2013 off road racing season. He was awarded a Team Green shiny new KX450F, at the beginning of the season and put that machine to good use, hammering out his results for the year. Alex raced all the GP and XC events on the OMRA calendar and took time to race the ISDE qualifier in Idaho City. He finished the season 2nd place overall in the points standing for Open Expert and was first in class for all of his October events. Congratulations Alex! Follow him on his Facebook Page for regular updates.

Some details about his season:
Drove over 6000 miles
Raced 23 events and finished on the podium in his class, 15 of 20 finishes!
“Broke a bone”, nope it wasn’t his leg…
In addition to the ISDE, he raced the Desert 100, an Albany MX race and was on the class winning 24hr relay team for the 24hrs of Starvation Ridge.

Check out the KFX450 pics I snapped when it was delivered to his work bay at ProCaliber, last spring.

Giant Loop Review: Gear Scout writes about BMW F650GS with Fandango, Coyote and Rogue

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Over at ExpeditionPortal.comChristophe Noel tells about using the full Giant Loop motorcycle packing system on his BMW F650 Dakar.  Christophe is using a Fandango Tank Bag, Coyote Saddlebag with Drypods and Rogue Dry Bag. His BMW is a desirable edition and Giant Loop looks just right, all mounted up.

He writes in his review,

“…It seems good soft luggage is still hard to come by with many manufacturers banging on with the same poor designs which have been around for years.

I recently found myself once again in need of a soft luggage system and the Giant Loop Coyote Bag came with a chorus of glowing recommendations…

…Individually, each piece has more than exceeded my expectations. Combined, they’re a tour de force of design and construction.”

Thanks for riding Giant Loop, Christophe and for the great review!



Giant Loop Tech Tip: Siskiyou Panniers On KTM 690 Enduro, With Racks

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As Giant Loop Rider Noah Horak makes his way around the world, more riders are seeing the Siskiyou Panniers in use on KTM’s 690 Enduro. Noah is in Japan presently, hanging with gold plated Monkey bikers.

We have received several questions about using our panniers on the 690 and just got a great email from a customer, with his creative and effective solution.

I’ll share it here:

Giant Loop rider Allen wrote us and said,  “Yes, I’ve been following Noah on his travels. Here are some pictures of my installation of the Siskiyou Panniers. I decided to use shock cord to thread the bags onto the Rally Raid racks.  So far I really like the way it has worked.”690sisk-5



Allen added, “I folded over the Velcro and am just using the straps for support across the top.  That leaves the gas cap open for easy re-fueling.”690-sisk

“On the 690 I mounted the heat shield on the very end and so far it is looking very secure.”




Thanks Allen!!

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 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 Review: MidWest Motorcyclist Magazine Rides New KTM 1190 Adventure With Great Basin And Diablo

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Ray Peabody of Midwest Motorcyclist magazine got a call in early November from Championship Powersports in Wauseon, Ohio, with some real news: The 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure was ready for him to ride test!  Ray brought his Great Basin Saddlebag and Diablo Tank Bag, packed for the trip. the It sounds like he put the bike through its paces, for a few days on a wandering route. He really got to use the bike on several different road conditions, including near freezing temperatures. Glad he could pull through the chilly conditions and still have a fun ride!

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Giant Loop gallery of photos from the EICMA show in Milan, Italy

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Harold and I worked our asterisks off at the International Motorcycle Exposition in Milan, Italy, presenting the 2014 line of Giant Loop. While we had a couple of the show’s best custom Adventure and Adventure Lite bikes in our booth, built by our Italian distributor Boano Racing, that didn’t stop us from taking a minute or two to walk around and snap pics of the other cool bikes  on display. My personal favorite category is the Rally bikes, followed closely by some supremely stylized customs, commonly known as brats or scramblers.  Here are a couple of pics of the choice rally machines and a brat bike or two. Check out our gallery to see the rest of the motorcycle and city pics we shot, on our last day in Milan.