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Giant Loop Rider: Prepping Our KTM 500 EXC For A Baja Trip

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2014 has a few special rides scheduled for Giant Loop. The first ride is Baja next month, when HOC will travel South with GL Team Rider Brad, to ride with Chilly White of enduro360.com. HOC has always wanted to ride Baja and when Chilly invited him to join a ride this year, HOC jumped at the chance!


This led to evaluating Giant Loop’s KTM 500 EXC and getting some maintenance and setup details organized(and stripping the bike).  The list had everything from gapping the valves, to tires, to suspension, to fuel filler filter sock. Of course, this is in addition to the discussion about which of the new 2014 Giant Loop gear to take on the ride. Coyote Saddle Bag is a no brainer, but which tank bag combination? Fandango Tank Bag, Diablo and Pannier Pockets or Buckin’ Roll with Pannier Pockets, what will it be?

First on the list was a valve check and GL racer Alex Sherman sharpened up his feeler gauges to perform the deed. After Alex gave the valve gaps a good gauging, he found them all in spec and none needed a shim swap. Next on the list was fresh lube, filters and rubber. I got the oil and filter managed, then pulled the Suspension off to send out to our friend Alex Martins at Konflict Suspension. Alex has a new dampening formula for the KTM 500 EXC and HOC is excited to try out the smoother action, during this ride. Next up is swapping the tires out for the Maxxis IT-Desert. The KTM still had the OEM Pirelli front and a half worn Dunlop 606 rear, so with both wheels off, the tire swap was gonna be easy.

Stay tuned for the next round of prep work!



Giant Loop Review: Cycle News Covers Possibles Pouch in January 14th Issue

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In their latest issue, Cycle News gave digital ink to the Possibles Pouch, in the CN Stuff section. Check out Cycle News and their online motorcycle racing magazine. It has always been my go-to magazine for the latest news and photos of motorcycle racing action. Be it the local, regional, national or international racing series Cycle News has write ups and results. There are currently Dakar 2014 updates on the front page of their site and who doesn’t want to know who is leading the Dakar!  Thanks Cycle News!


Giant Loop Rider: Jaume Rides Morocco on Yamaha XT660Z Tenere with Great Basin and Fandango

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ADVrider Jaumev had an awesome ride through Morocco on his newly built custom Yamaha XT660Z Tenere and posted a ride report with pics. He did a similar ride, last year on his highly detailed Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere, but this year, the lighter, smaller brother is his steed. He rode with Fandango Tank Bag, Great Basin Saddle Bag and a couple of Rogue Dry Bags. Jaume makes a custom graphic kit for the xt660z, check out his site, Traildreamer.com. Thanks for the great pics and feedback, Jaumev!

Giant Loop Review: Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bag in BMW Owners News

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Thank you Kit J. Vercella for the comprehensive review of Giant Loop’s Tillamook Dry Bag and Rogue Dry Bag in the January 2014 “Kit And Caboodle” column of BMW Owners News magazine. This is our favorite part:

“A personal side note: Although not necessarily relevant to your purchasing decision, there is something heartening about a group of adventure riders down the street who have the vision and technical expertise to create top-shelf, functional motorcycle gear every bit as good (maybe even better) than their corporate rivals worldwide.”

BMW Owners News January 2014

BMW Owners News Tillamook Dry Bag Rogue Dry Bag review

BMW ON magazine reviews Tillamook Dry Bag and Rogue Dry Bag

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 Gear: Bushwackers Are Great For Cold Weather Riding

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rory BWK snow

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