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Cycle World Magazine Holiday Gifts for Dual Sport and Adventure Motorcycles – Hot Springs Grande Heat Shield

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Cycle World Magazine Holiday Gifts for Dual Sport and Adventure Motorcycles

Thanks Cycle World Magazine!

Naughty Or Nice? Five new products that beat the hell out of a bag of coal
If you like to travel light on your ADV or dual sport machine, Giant Loop is one of the favorite makers of luggage and accessories. One new item that’s fundamental to keeping your soft luggage from melting on a hot exhaust pipe is the oversize Hot Springs Grande Heat Shield ($50). Affixes to most mufflers with two large stainless steel hose clamps.

Cycle World magazine December 2015 features Giant Loop Hot Springs Grande Heat Shield exhaust shield

“If you like to travel light on your ADV or dual sport machine, Giant Loop is one of the favorite makers of luggage and accessories.” – Cycle World magazine, December 2015

Rider Magazine 2015 Motorcycle Holiday Gift Guide: Giant Loop Kiger Tank Bag + Pronghorn Straps

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Thanks Rider Magazine for including Giant Loop’s Kiger Tank Bag and Pronghorn Straps in the December issue’s Holiday Gift Guide. We especially appreciate that they were chosen based on Rider editor’s experiences using our gear!:

“Giant Loop, started in 2008 and based in Bend, Oregon, designs and manufactures soft luggage and accessories for dual-sport/adventure riding. Some of GL’s tough, versatile luggage we’ve tested over the years, like its Fandango Tank Bag and horseshoe-shaped Great Basin Saddlebag, remains go-to gear when we head into the backcountry. But you don’t need a bike with knobbies to take advantage of GL’s no-nonsense designs and rugged, mil-spec construction. We used the 9-liter Kiger Tank Bag ($290) on a weeklong, rain-soaked tour of Italy and then strapped it on our Yamaha FJ-09 long-term test bike. We like its zipperless clamshell opening, touchscreen-friendly map pocket and removable waterproof Dry Pod bag. And GL’s Pronghorn Straps, made of super-tough stretch polyurethane with unbreakable fasteners (available in 16-, 20- and 26-inch lengths, two per package, $16-20), are some of the strongest, most versatile straps we’ve used for securing cargo to a bike.”

Rider Magazine Holiday Gift Guide

Rider Magazine Shines “New & Cool Product Spotlight” on Tracker Packer

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Thanks Rider magazine for the October 2015 “New & Cool Product Spotlight” on the Giant Loop Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen3!
Rider magazine Oct 2015 Tracker Packer SPOT Gen3

On The Spot
The Tracker Packer from Giant Loop is a rugged holster for the SPOT Gen3 GPS-enabled location tracker and emergency beacon. The Tracker Packer attaches the SPOT Gen3 device to the rider’s arm, backpack shoulder strap, handlebars, fork tube or other location. Features include a high-visibility closure printed with “EMERGENCY” and the “Caselli 66” logo, a redundant double hook-and-loop attachment system, Slip-Not grippy backing, foam padding and reflective trim. The Tracker Packer ($40) is also available bundled with the SPOT Gen3 for $150. A portion of all sales will be donated to the Kurt Caselli Foundation.

Cycle World Magazine Dubs Giant Loop “Best Hard-Core Saddlebag and Tank-Bag Solution”

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“The best hard-core saddlebag and tank-bag solution we’ve found is from Giant Loop. Coyote 39-liter saddlebags (giantloopmoto.com, $360) attach securely without using heavy metal racks and come with heat shields to protect from the hot muffler. Capacity is huge, and three waterproof liner bags are included. Diablo Pro Tank Bag adds 4 liters up front ($210) and has a clear map pocket with a power cord inlet for devices. Zippered base has a fuel-cap cutout, meaning the bag can flip out of the way for easy refueling. There are cheaper solutions to carrying stuff, but these American-made pieces have been over mountains and across deserts with no issues.”
— ADV Lite, Cycle World Magazine, November 2015

Cycle World Magazine ADV Lite Yamaha WR250.






“Viking Biking – Riding Roots in Norway on an Africa Twin”: Adventure Motorcycle Magazine, March/April 2015

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With all of the news swirling around the introduction of the new Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin, the timing is perfect to revisit the story Giant Loop owner/founder Harold Olaf Cecil published in the March/April 2015 issue of Adventure Motorcycle magazine about spending a week on the Honda XRV750 Africa Twin, riding dirt, gravel and twisty paved roads in Norway last June. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF OF “VIKING BIKING – NORWAY ON AN AFRICA TWIN”:ADVMoto Mar 2015 – Norway on an Africa Twin by Giant Loop’s Harold Olaf Cecil

Adventure Motorcycle magazine March/April 2015

Adventure Motorcycle magazine March/April 2015

Viking Biking - Riding Roots in Norway on an Africa Twin

Viking Biking – Riding Roots in Norway on an Africa Twin

Viking Biking - Riding Roots in Norway on an Africa Twin

Viking Biking – Riding Roots in Norway on an Africa Twin

Giant Loop Review: Australian Filmmaker Dave Darcy’s KTM 690 Enduro – Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Tank Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Columbia Dry Bag, Bushwackers Hand Guards

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KTM 690 Enduro with Giant Loop Soft Luggage

Columbia Dry Bag and Siskiyou Panniers on KTM 690 Enduro

GIANT LOOP – GEAR REVIEW – Siskiyou Panniers – Fandango Tank Bag Pro – Columbia Dryg Bag

We first used Giant Loop products to carry our gear from London to Sydney on our KTM 690s in 2012. We had a Great Basin on the back, some dry bags and a Fandango tank bag. This system worked really well. It was rider friendly, light, and could take the odd crash without falling to bits. Despite daily usage for four months, all the buckles and the straps and stitching remained intact with little if any sign of wear. If there were any sharp edges where we were mounting straps we covered them in gaffer tape to prevent chafing. Although I’ve up graded, my friends continue to use my original GL gear that took me on the big trip. It’s very popular with them and some of it will be used on our 2015 trip!

My next trip was an unsupported west east crossing of the Simpson Desert in 2014 and into the Flinders Ranges, a total of around 5,000 ks, of mostly dirt miles. I changed my setup slightly as we needed to carry heavy weights of water and fuel and I turned to the Siskiyou Panniers to keep the weight centralised and low. They fitted perfectly with my Pannier Racks. I upgraded to the Fandango Tank Bag Pro, that had improved access to my cameras and made charging accessories more streamlined. The great double zip mounting improved access to filling the petrol tank. They were topped with a double ended Tillamook Dry Bag. These doubled ended dry bags are excellent. Rather than rummaging around in a duffle bag trying to find what you want, you can quickly open either end. It sits perfectly atop the Siskiyou Panniers.

The only change for our south north crossing of the Simpson Desert this year is the addition of a Columbia Dry Bag. I used this bag last week end and it was brilliant (2nd picture below). It’s a double ended bag similar to the Tillamook with two additional features. A centralised handle so you can carry it like normal luggage and a webbed drying pocket to put those smelly or wet things in. Although not confirmed yet, I reckon in the desert sun this may become my mini drying room, but we’ll wait and see.

The Siskiyou Panniers copped a beating in the the first desert crossing and have now racked up over 10,000 hard kilometres. There are no signs of wear. I use GL water proof pods to make sure everything is kept dry. They are also handy to compartmentalise gear to make it easily accessible.

– Dave

PS: As the desert is cold for this ride in July we are going to try out some Bushwackers Hand Guards, I’ll keep you posted on how well they go.

Here’s a clip of the Simpson Desert Crossing, legitimate adventure riders that use and test adventure gear.

Giant Loop Review: Siskiyou Panniers in Germany’s “Touren-Fahrer” Magazine

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Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers get an “Empfehlung” (Recommend) rating from Germany’s Touren-Fahrer (Touring Rider) in the August issue of the magazine! Thanks Touratech Germany for making it happen.

Germany's "Touren-Fahrer" Magazine Recommends Giant Loop's Siskiyou Panniers

Germany’s “Touren-Fahrer” Magazine Recommends Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers in its August 2015 issue

Here’s what Touren-Fahrer writes in its “W8-Watchers” universal motorcycle softbags buyers guide (note that the Google translation missed a couple of words if any German speakers can help us out!):

Material: Bombshell , vinyl coated polyester , 1050 Ballistic Nylon Cordura. Volume: 35 liters. Dimensions (WxHxD): 45 x 33 x 18 cm. Weight: 4,8 kg (pair). Leak test: Passed. Integral-helmet -compatible: Yes.
Equipment: Good access royal large main compartment with zippered cover with two click close and integrated lid pockets with zip, reflector circumferentially, vehicle facing side upholstered, yellow interior rule with roll closure, lashing on Taschendekel and Velcro Steg, 2 heat shields with large hose clamps, 2 large side pockets for receiving two-liter petrol bottles. Mounting: 2 straps, wide velcro jetty, 2 lashing straps. Accessories: paint protection film. Fit: Very good, of additional spacer disc to be able. Pillion Suitable: No. Color: Black.

Conclusion: A lot of space, waterproof and top handles. Although Giant Loop is the pricing spearhead, they are a real alternative for hard luggage objectors.

And in German:

Material: Bomb Shell, vinylbeschichtetes Polyester, 1050 Nylon Ballistic Cordura. Volumen: je 35l. Masse (BxHxT): 45 x 33 x 18 cm. Gewicht: 4,8 kg (Paar). Dichtigkeitstest: bestanden. Integral-helm-tauglich: ja.
Ausstattung: gut zugangliches grosses Hauptfach mit RV deckel mit zwei Klickschliessen und integriertem innefach mit RV, reflektor umlaufend, zum Fahrzeug gewandte Seite ungepolstert, gelbe innenschen mit Rollverschluss, Zurrgurte auf Taschendekel und Klettsteg, 2 Hitzeschutzbleche mit grossen Schlauchschellen, 2 grosse Seitentaschen zur Aufnahme von Zwei-Liter-Benzinflaschen. Befestigung: 2 Gurte, breiter Klettsteg, 2 Zurr-Riemen, Zubehor: Lackschutzfolie. Passform: sehr gut, zusatzlicher Abstandhalter erdorderlich. Soziustauglich: nein. Farbe: Schwarz.

Fazit: Viel Platz, wasserdicht und top verarbeitet. Auch wenn Giant Loop die preisliche Speerspitze bildet, sind sie eine echte Alternative fur Kofferverweigerer.

Having ridden thousands of miles with the Siskiyou Panniers and a passenger, that would be the point we would quibble with the editors about!

Giant Loop's Siskiyou Panniers in Germany's Touren-Fahrer magazine's "W8-Watchers" universal softbags buyers guide

Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers in Germany’s Touren-Fahrer magazine’s “W8-Watchers” universal softbags buyers guide

Giant Loop’s Kurt Caselli Foundation Tracker Packer “Cool Product of the Month” – Dirt Rider Magazine

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Kurt Caselli Foundation logo
Thank you Dirt Rider Magazine for the choosing Giant Loop’s Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen3 for the June 2015 issue’s “Tear Offs: Cool Product of the Month”! Support the Kurt Caselli Foundation‘s mission to make off-road racing and riding safer for motorcyclists!

Dirt Rider Magazine Giant Loop Tracker Packer SPOT Gen3 Kurt Caselli Foundation

Dirt Rider Magazine, June 2015, “Tear Offs: Cool Product of the Month” Giant Loop Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen3

“Thinking about picking up a Spot Gen3 GPS-enabled location tracker and emergency beacon for your off-road adventures? Well, be sure to check out the Giant Loop Tracker Packer to carry it in, the first officially endorsed safety product from the Kurt Caselli Foundation.

This super-rugged and secure Tracker Packer firmly attaches the Spot Gen3 device to the rider’s arm, backpack shoulder strap, handlebar, fork tube, or many other locations. . . . . ”

Dirt Rider Magazine, June 2015, “Tear Offs: Cool Product of the Month”