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Giant Loop Rider: Tiffany Coates in Madagascar

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More Madagascar pics and stories from Tiffany Coates! More on her blog here.

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“It was a particularly deep and tricky river crossing so I took the shallower route at the side but as there was a lot of undergrowth and marshy underfoot, I removed the luggage and carried it through by hand – first of all setting up my camera attached precariously to one of the plants you can see on the self timer mode. Further back it was deeper but nowhere safe to put my camera. Enjoy, Tiffany”

Giant Loop Racers: 24hrs of Starvation Ridge, Part 2: “The Dirty Girls”

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dirty girls team

The second team of racers that Giant Loop followed in the 24 Hours of Starvation Ridge, were the Dirty Girls Moto Adventures, with Giant Loop Rider Tracy Jeffries on her KTM 350 EXC. They were fund raising for Riders for Health, a charity that supports medical care delivered by motorcycle and motorcycle ambulance, in African countries. Bob Berglund of Adventure Touring Films is the team documentary filmmaker/photographer and has provided several glimpses into what it takes to be a Dirty Girl Moto Adventureista’. Thanks to Bob for the pics and videos to share!

The “Mishaps…” of training film is too cute and full of the good attitude and laughing that makes these girls a great team. Click on the link and see what the team is made of! 

They raced in the IronWomen class with each of the girls finishing at least a lap and two of the girls taking trophies on the podium! Condolences to the riders that were damaged on the race course and conldn’t continue to the finish. We hope you are healing up and getting ready to Moto Adventure with the rest of the Dirty Girls!

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Giant Loop Racers: 24hrs of Starvation Ridge Part 1 Team Heavyweights

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Last weekend, several teams participated in the West’s largest 24hr Dirt bike race. One of the teams, Team Heavy Weights ran a stack of KTM Adventures and an XR650L in the Sportsman class and finished in style! They managed a podium, second place in their class, and finished 36th overall. There were many detractors that said it shouldn’t be done, but Team HeavyWeights not only did the deed but, threw down the gauntlet and grabbed some brass!  The team was organized by Darryl of CyclopsAdventuresports.com and Alex of Konflict Suspension systems to collect food donations for a community food drive. Their preparations and story are posted on ADVrider.com and Facebook, click to read the whole story and see the pics of what they accomplished. Great job, Guys!

Team riders:
Radek Burkat- KTM 990 Adventure
Darryl VanNieuwenhuise- KTM 950 Adventure
Alex Martens- KTM 950 Super Enduro
John Isenburg- KTM 990 Adventure
Richard Miller- Honda XR650L
Jason Williams- KTM 990 Adventure

Tired racers!


Giant Loop Rider: Chilly White Tours Northern Baja – With No Dust!

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Chilly view

Chilly White, who just finished third in the Baja Rally, rode south of the border, for six days last month, and got to enjoy some natural dust abatement. He was riding with a couple fellas, and they kept to the technical riding. They were able to ride 1100 miles on the trip and covered some areas new to Chilly and rode a bunch of classic Baja terrain. CLICK HERE to see Chilly’s Enduro360.com post with more pics of wet weather — and to read more about his adventures.

Chilly White explores Baja

Chilly rolls with a Zigzag Handlebar Bag, Diablo Tank Bag and MoJavi Saddlebag. Thanks for the support Chilly!

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MoJavi Saddlebag, Diablo Tank Bag, Zigzag Handlebar Bag in Baja

Giant Loop Rider: Ged Overcomes SRD (Serious Ride Deficiency) on Grand Canyon Adventure

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Ged was itching to cure some SRD and decided that a trip to the Grand Canyon had just the right mix of dirt riding and fresh air, combined with some camping and good company, to do the job. He heard of a ride being coordinated by fellow ADVrider.com inmate, Bobz, and after reading the details posted by Bobz, he had to join the group:

“…”Some sand, some single track, some double track and we will be winding our way doing a loop around the Grand Canyon starting from Las Vegas and ending up there a week later. There will be crashes and everybody needs to be totally self-reliant ….carry everything you think you need….tools, tubes, water, camping gear and something to sip on around the fire at night….and bring a chair.” were his[Bobz] warnings….”

Sounds like it was a proper Giant Loop ride, Ged! Glad you guys had so much fun!!

CLICK HERE to read more and see the rest of the great pics, in his thread and ride report on ADVrider.com.

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Giant Loop Tech Tip: Cycle World Magazine’s First Aid Kit Packing List & Preparations

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Cycle World magazine, August 2013

With the Giant Loop’s “Mojavis for Medics” program in full swing, our interest in first aid essentials has broadened — as has our awareness of how poorly prepared and trained many of us are to repsond appropriately to fellow riders (or ourselves) in need of first aid. In the August issue of Cycle World magazine, this excellent article by editor-in-chief Mark Hoyer caught our attention. Hoyer details his experience with injuries he has witnessed during his rides and offers suggestions, based on his experience as a volunteer firefighter/EMT, for what to include in a motorcyclist’s first aid kit:

“The essentials: 1. Four size-Large non-latex gloves; 2. Blunt-nose scissors to cut clothing/bandages (get the best you can afford — they need to work); 3. Tweezers; 4. Sterile gauze pads (4×4 in.); 5. Roller bandage (3-in.-wide elastic/4-in.-wide stretchy gauze); 6. Antiseptic wipe/packets Neosporin; 7. Adhesive cloth or plastic tape; 8. Adhesive bandages (assorted sizes); 9. Surgical/compress dressing (big, absorbant, cuttable); 10. Tongue depressors (finger splints!); 11. CPR barrier (look for an Ambu Res-Cue Key CPR Mask); Tourniquet.”

And even more important than supplies:
“So, no matter where you ride, be prepared for medical emergencies. The three most important tools weigh nothing and take no luggage space: fitness, situational awareness and training. . . . Basic first-aid/CPR training should be your minimum standard, but EMT certification is even better.”

Kudos to Cycle World and Hoyer – we’re inspired to add first aid supplies, fitness, situational awareness and training to our adventure kit!


“Long-Ride Essentials – The Medical Question,” by Cycle World magazine’s editor-in-chief Mark Hoyer, August 2013


Giant Loop Rider: Dimitri rides his KTM 640 Adventure with two Coyotes!

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Giant Loop Rider Dimitri stopped by the shop the other day to get some new luggage.  He was on the return leg of a fly and buy that brought him to Central Oregon. He had found the new to him KTM 640 Adventure online and flew up to complete the deal. On his way home, he swung by the Giant Loop shop and loaded his kit into not one, but TWO Coyote saddle bags. The Coyote bags were for some friends back home, but they did a good job of holding his kit on the 640, when it was all said and done.









Giant Loop Sighting: Great Basin Saddlebag in BMW Owners News Ted Simon Article

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Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag was in some great company in this month’s issue of BMW Owners News magazine, appearing on moto-journalist Sandy Borden’s article, “Times with Ted: Checking in with a Legend.”

Great Basin Saddlebag on moto-journalist Sandy Borden’s BMW G650GS with adventure motorcycle pioneer and author Ted Simon.

Yes, that’s THE pioneering, world traveling godfather of adventure motorcycle travel, author Ted Simon with Sandy and her hubby Terry Borden (two-thirds of the Adventure Trio). Looks like Sandy’s tripod rides nicely on the back of the Great Basin Saddlebag!

If you haven’t already, stop what you’re doing right now and go read Simon’s classic “Jupiter’s Travels“! Simon has literally inspired two generations to explore the world on motorbikes, and now his charity the Ted Simon Foundation encourages and assists travelers “in making an extra effort to develop their observations and insights into something of value for the rest of the world to share, whatever their medium of expression might be.”


Giant Loop Riders: Andes Moto Extreme Project – Husaberg Adventure Team’s Motorcycle Altitude World Record Video

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On 18 March 2012, the Husaberg Adventure Team’s “Andes Moto Extreme Project” established a new “Motorcycle Altitude World Record Ride” on Ojos del Salado in Chile. The Husaberg Adventure Team rode Husaberg FE570s equipped with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddelbag and Fandango Tank Bag.

“Andes Moto Extreme Project – Motorcycle Altitude World Record Ride. 18 March 2012. Ojos del Salado, Chile. The Husaberg Adventure Team ride above the prevailing world record of 6,245m, to post a new record mark of 6,361 metres.”

Andes Moto Extreme Team describes why they chose to ride with Giant Loop’s motorcycle soft luggage:

“We dont have a vast support crew behind us, just a couple of friends. So we need to be able to carry our own gear. We need to carry camera gear, video gear etc with us up the mountain every day. Some previous efforts, based on trials bikes carrying nothing on the bikes, were accompanied the whole way by 4WDs and a crew. We don’t have that luxury so needed to plan for luggage. Giant Loop are the pioneers in dirt bike luggage. They invented it. They worked out how to wrap a bag around a bike, so that you dont need racks. So for weight, simplicity, reliability, toughness, Giant Loop had to be the gear for us. We are each taking a Giant Loop Coyote rear bag and a Fandango tank bag.”