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Giant Loop Rider: Mark Rides His KTM 990 Adventure To The Trona Pinnacles With Siskiyou Panniers

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Giant Loop dealer Sierra Nevada Adventures is owned by Mark Girardi, an avid rider and Dual Sport Adventure tour guide. He gets some awesome pics during many of his adventures. These images are from his recent trip to the Trona Pinnacles, in the Mojave desert. He loves the KTM 990 Adventure and carries his gear in Siskiyou Panniers. Check out more of his ride pics on his F-Book page, SNAmark. Thanks, Mark, for sharing the great photos.

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SNA Trona Pinnacles (1)

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Giant Loop Rider: Terence Is Riding “Anywhere But South”, In South East Asia With Great Basin Saddlebag

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Terence Tay has set out on a 15,000km, three month long journey from his home of Singapore. He has dubbed it “Anywhere But South” and the route travels through Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia.
He is the first solo biker to travel through Myanmar and wrote in to say “”Btw, I’m officially the first rider to go at it alone in Burma, albeit with an escort car and tourism official (mandatory),”

His BMW F800GS is packed with a Great Basin Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag. He had this to say about his choice of luggage, in an interview with AsiaOne, before heading out on the adventure.
“…Mr Tay: “I have opted for soft panniers as they’re lightweight. Weight distribution can be placed closer to the centre of the bike to improve handling. Also, they will not bend out of shape in a crash…”

Follow Terence on his Facebook page.

Giant Loop Review: Paul Rides South America On Yamaha Tenere 660 With Siskiyou Panniers And Diablo Tank Bag

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Paul wrote in and said:

“After a year on the road in South America, I still wasn’t happy with my panniers.  I started with hard panniers then switched to conventional soft panniers, but neither worked for me.  I quickly decided hard panniers were not what I wanted when riding in the dirt (I finally lost one when riding too fast on some serious Bolivian washboard, which was probably a blessing – meant I had to buy some soft panniers before I got a broken ankle in a fall!).  I could never get the soft panniers to fit really snug to the bike, and they were a pain to take off and put on – an unavoidable requirement sometimes when staying in hostels.

Eventually I got my hands on some Siskiyous.  I had been using a Diablo tank bag for several months – I swapped it for the bigger tank bag I started with, which kept hitting me in the Crown Jewels when standing on the pegs!  I was super happy with the Diablo, so I reckoned the Siskiyous were worth a shot.  I think I’ve nailed it: really secure, easy to mount and remove, weight nicely forward on the bike, seriously tested in an Argentinian thunderstorm and stayed 100% waterproof…  Very happy so far.

I wasn’t sure how they would fit the 660 Tenere because of the prominent pillion handles, but I’ve had no problems.  I’ve still got my old pannier rack fitted, but I’m toying with removing it to save a few kg and seeing how things go.”



Thanks Paul for the pics and fit review!

Ride while you can.

Giant Loop News: Fandango Tank Bag Pro Awarded “Nifty 50 Products” In Powersports Business News

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After submitting Giant Loop bags to Powersports Business News Nifty 50 Products, for the last 5 years, we finally got a winner!!
Giant Loop Designer, Brian Frankle, added a whole jar of secret sauce to the 2014 Fandango Tank Bag, creating our first Pro model.

Fandango Tank Bag Pro

Major updates of Giant Loop’s largest tank bag (8 liters) focus on expandability, electronics compatibility, and features driven by rider feedback. An electronics pass-through enables on-bike charging and power inside the tank bag and/or the clear vinyl map pocket top. The Fandango’s underside includes a concealed document pocket, and two separate side zippers for easy mounting to harness. Full length interior lining with hook-and-loop accepting fabric, movable divider with elastic tire pressure gauge holder and slots, exterior mesh pocket and D-ring mounts for new optional Buckin’ Roll pannier pockets (2 liters each side) are key new features. Fuel fills are now easily accessed by simply unzipping either side from the harness, and the concave front allows vent hoses to breath. Fits virtually any motorcycle, including dirt, dual sport, adventure and sport machines with metallic or non-metallic tanks/shrouds.




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Powersports Business announces Nifty 50 winners

February 18, 2014 

Filed under NewsTop Stories

Powersports Business has named the winners of its 15th annual Nifty 50 products and services contest.

The winning products and services were chosen because of their potential to help dealers succeed in 2014, whether it’s through selling a Nifty 50 product or using Nifty 50 service. The Nifty 50 were chosen by the editors of Powersports Business, along with editors of sister consumer publicationsSnow GoerThunder Press and Rider. The following is the list of the company names along with their winning products. For more information about each product, pick up the Feb. 17 issue ofPowersports Business.

Adaptiv Technologies — GlowRider Electro-Luminescent Vest

ADP Lightspeed — LightspeedEVO Mobile App

Airoh — Terminator Helmet

ARI Network Services — AccessorySmart

ASA Electronics — H-D Replacement Radio

Atlas Brace — Atlas Original Neck Brace

Auction123 — Enhanced Craigslist Posting Application

Backcountry Discovery Routes — Arizona Backcountry Discovery Routes Map & DVD

Bell Helmets — Bullitt

Bosski — RevArc Dirt Bike Loading System

Caliber — Trax Grabber

Castle Streetwear — Hi-Vis Turbine 2

Corbin — Dual Touring Saddle for 2014 Indian Chief

CTEK Power, Inc. — CTEK MUS 4.3 Test & Charge

Cyclepedia Press LLC — Cyclepedia PRO

Divas SnowGear — Avid Technical Jacket

Dominion Powersports Solutions — DX1

Dowco — Guardian Trailerable Tri-Layer PWC Cover

Drag Specialties Seats — Touring Seat for Victory

DragonFire Racing — XL High Backs

Giant Loop LLC — Fandango Tank Bag

Holeshot — Smart Pad

Icon — Icon 1000 Vigilante

iTapMenu — iPad F&I Menu Selling Tool

Joe Rocket — HeartBreaker Boot

Klock Werks — Honda GoldWing and F6B Flare Windshield

Kuryakyn — L.E.D. Saddlebag Extensions

Lynx Hooks Systems LLC — Interlocking Adjustable Tie Downs

McGraw Powersports Group — Dealer 360

Midland Radio Corporation — BTX2 Twin Advanced Intercom System

More Than Rewards — Web2Phone

Motion Pro — T-Handle Spinner Bit Driver

Mustang Motorcycle Products — Tripper Fastback Seat for the Bolt

Nelson Rigg — CL-2020 GPS Tank Bag

Renthal — Sportbike Intellilever Clutch & Brake Levers

S&S Cycle Inc. — T2 Long Block Engine

Schuberth North America — Schuberth HelmetLok

Scorpion Sports Inc. — Scorpion EXO R2000 Helmet

Seizmik — LED Light Bar

Shoei — RF-1200

Shorai — LFX19A4-BS12

STI Off-Road — HD Alloy HD4 Wheels

SuperTrapp Industries — FPS Racing High Performance Radiators

TCF Inventory Finance — Full Circle Analysis

TechSpec-USA — Tank Grip Pad Accessory for the Grom

The Carlson Company — CEMB K22 Computerized Motorcycle Wheel Balancer

Two Brothers Racing — Comp-V Intake System

Vance & Hines — Super Radius

Vee Rubber — Arachnid

Works Connection — Air Fork EZ Fill




Giant Loop Gear: Buckin’ Roll Press Release

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February 17, 2014

New 2014 Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag™ by Giant Loop®
Modular, Customizable, Ultra-Trim Adventure Proof Motorcycle Packing System

(BEND, OREGON USA) Named for saddle pads used by rodeo cowboys, the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag™ by motorcycle packing systems innovator Giant Loop has been completely re-envisioned and redesigned for 2014. The minimalist tank bag is modular, customizable and ultra-trim to meet the demands of dirt, dual sport and adventure riders who “don’t like tank bags.” The Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag also now fits virtually any motorcycle, keeping riding essentials handy and out of the way, even when standing on the footpegs to tackle challenging off-road terrain.


PDF mounting instructions with detailed illustrations of 2014 Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/986xgj42mvibfj8/Instructions-Buckin%20Roll-R01b.pdf

The Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag packing system consists of three components, which can be used individually or in any combination: mounting harness, center Tool Pouch case and Pannier Pockets™.


The Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag “Complete” option includes all components, while the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag “Center Only” option includes the mounting harness and center case only.The 2-liter center case secures to the harness with two included cam buckle straps.


Two 2-liter Pannier Pockets attach to the mounting harness and tank, shrouds or engine guards. (Pannier Pockets also are available separately, and they can be added to Giant Loop’s Fandango/Diablo Tank Bags, or used independently.)


Specifications and Features

• Volume: 6 liters (2 liter center case, 2 x 2-liter Pannier Pockets)
• 22 oz vinyl coated polyester Bomb Shell™
• Water resistant YKK zippers
• Nylike webbing
• Reflective accents for visibility
• 2 removable webbing straps w/ aluminum cam-lock buckles
• Multiple webbing MOLLE-style daisy chains
• Mil-spec materials and hardware
• Limited Lifetime Warranty
• Made in USA

Giant Loop adventure proof motorcycle packing systems are available from international distributors, as well as from a network of dealers throughout the USA. Giant Loop designs and tests products in Bend, Oregon and manufactures everything in the USA (except for the Canadian made Pronghorn Straps). For all the details, go to www.giantloopmoto.com.

Giant Loop® and the GL® logo are registered trademarks of Giant Loop LLC.

Media Contact: Harold Olaf Cecil, Giant Loop LLC, 971-832-3164, harold@giantloopmoto.com

Giant Loop Racer: Rory Sullivan Finishes 17th At King Of The Motos

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Giant Loop Racer and Sales Rep for 405motosales, Rory Sullivan #507, raced to the finish at the 2014 King Of The Motos. His combined time was 4 hours, 41 minutes and 17 seconds for the AM and PM motos, putting him in 17th place overall, among some world class competition.  Rory raced with a Zig Zag Handlebar Bag to carry his gel supplements and a cell phone.

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Some great pics from Giant Loop Rider Joel, who was supporting the event as a Volunteer.





rory KOM Cockpit

Rory said in his race recap:

“I’m up this morning and thinking about how the weekend went at King of the Moto’s. I felt good during Saturdays Qualifier but made one small mistake that cost me a bit of time. The Qualifier was around 3 min long so mistakes where costly. In the Sunday morning AM Final I raced well and gave it everything my 250F had but it was mostly flat out desert sections with a couple tech sections mixed in, I defiantly lost time on the open stuff which was frustrating. I really need to say thanks to Nate Delaney at Dirt tricks for helping my gear it down for the race. The PM Final started with a wild land rush start down a sand hill and strait into one of the events famous sections. It was….. let just say interesting! I got to the top of the first section and my clutch was smoked and when I say smoked I mean would not move forward. I spent some time adjusting the cable all the way in and let it cool down, which helped but it was never the same the rest of the event. About 10 miles in I derailed my chain on a rocky climb and lost some more time. Bottom line is it was a tough relentless race but I was determined to finish, and I’m thankful I did. I finished 17th after they combined both the AM and PM races. I will be back next year better prepared. Huge thanks to Pro Caliber VancouverFly Racing, Evo ind, Bell Powersports NorthwestSmith Optics, USWE Hydration,FMF Racing, Fusion Graphix Dirt Tricks, Rekluse Motor SportsFasst Company,Fastway Pro ProMoto BilletDeVol Engineering Inc.,Novik Gloves, Rigid industries.”

Nice Job Rory!


Giant Loop Rider: Carlos In Bolivia On BMW F800GS With Great Basin Saddle Bag and Fandango Tank Bag

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Carlos wrote in about his ride in Bolivia. He included a bunch of great pictures to share. He equipped his BMW F800GS with a Fandango Tank Bag and Great Basin Saddle Bag.


He said, “They [pics] were took during some trips around Bolivia: Salar de Uyuni (Salt flats), El Chaco (southern part of Bolivia) and the last two are from Yungas (the famous Dead Road). I have two toys, my F800 GS with the Great Basin and Fandango bags, and my Kawa 450 with the Coyote saddlebag. Both work just perfect for me. Hope this new year can ride more, I will share my trips with you.

Cheers from Bolivia!”








Carlos also rides trails on his Kawasaki KX450, with a Coyote Saddle Bag.


Thank you Carlos for all the sweet pictures!

Giant Loop hopes you get your wish to ride more this year, too.


Giant Loop Racers: Dakar Stories, A Racer’s 12th Place Finish And A Finisher’s 76th Place Win

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Dakar is THE international offroad racing event of the year. Nothing thrills me more than New Years Day, since it indicates that start of Dakar is right around the corner.

Dakar veteran Riaan Van Niekerk ripped to a 12th place overall finish on board his Broadlink KTM 450RR, besting his rookie finish of 13th. He had his best stage time on Stage 5, coming in 4th place, against a laundry list of Factory-backed racers.  Riaan uses the Mojavi for his practice rides, back home in South Africa. Great Job Riaan!

At the other end of the pack, Luca Viglio, #173, finished 76th aboard his Boano Racing built Beta 450RR Atacama. Boano Racing is our Italian distributor.

Many times during the stages, Luca was faced with challenges that would keep him from finishing. Each time, he dug a bit deeper, or benefitted from the support of his team, locals and other racers, to help get him to the finish. I quoted a few remarks from Luca on ADVrider.com, translated by inmate auguzt. Thanks auguzt for sharing the news of Luca’s progress.

Luca’s bike, pre-Dakar, hanging out at the GL booth.