Aug
14

Giant Loop Riders: Alberto Lara and Naomi Tweddle Ride Giant Loop of Oregon

Alberto Lara and Naomi Tweddle (www.motolara.com) added another off-road adventure to their list of travels this past week: an 800-mile giant loop dual sport motorcycle ride through Oregon, beginning and ending at Giant Loop’s shop in Bend. You may have seen Alberto’s photos in our 2015 Adventure Proof Packing Systems catalog or on social media for Moto Lara

moto lara alberto lara and naomi tweddle on yamaha wr 250 dual sport motorcycles with Giant Loop motorcycle soft luggage

Moto Lara (Alberto Lara and Naomi Tweddle) on Yamaha WR 250 dual sport motorcycles with Giant Loop motorcycle soft luggage.

For their Oregon giant loop ride, Alberto and Naomi rode their Yamaha WR250 dual sport motorcycles, equipped with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Rogue Dry Bag, Kiger Tank Bag, Possibles Pouch, Pronghorn Straps and Zigzag Handlebar Bag. Photographer Alberto rode with his DSLR camera protect with a neoprene cover inside his Kiger Tank Bag, with the zipperless lid providing quick camera access without getting in his way standing on the footpegs riding eastern Oregon’s rough, rocky double-track dirt roads.

Naomi's Yamaha WR250 outfitted with Giant Loop's Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag and Rogue Dry Bag

Naomi’s Yamaha WR250 outfitted with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag and Rogue Dry Bag

Alberto's Yamaha WR250 kitted with Great Basin Saddlebag, Kiger Tank Bag, Possibles Pouch, Pronghorn Straps and Zigzag Handlebar Bag.

Alberto’s Yamaha WR250 kitted with Great Basin Saddlebag, Kiger Tank Bag, Possibles Pouch, Pronghorn Straps and Zigzag Handlebar Bag.

Alberto and Naomi also rode in Peru for two months, camping off 200cc rental dirt bikes equipped with Giant Loop gear!

Jul
21

Giant Loop Opens Retail Showroom at Bend, Oregon Headquarters

Giant Loop showroom in Bend, Oregon

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July 20, 2015

Giant Loop Opens Retail Showroom at Bend, Oregon Headquarters

Full Line of Adventure Proof Packing Systems on Display and Available for Test Fitting, Plus Maps and Motorcycle Travel Essentials

(BEND, OREGON USA) To accommodate local riders and the many customers who make Giant Loop a destination, the adventure proof packing and gear systems innovator recently opened a retail showroom at its Bend headquarters, located at 63025 O. B. Riley Road, Suite 17. The Giant Loop showroom provides a single location to see, test fit and purchase the entire Giant Loop line of motorcycle, snowmobile and snow bike products.

Plus, Giant Loop offers hand-selected premium travel and adventure products, including Butler Motorcycle Maps, Benchmark Maps, SPOT GSP trackers and emergency beacons, fuel canisters, cables and locks, ROK Straps and the full line of Rally Raid Products Honda CB500 kits, parts and accessories.

Motorcycle travelers are invited to stop in for route and ride planning, packing tips, or to fill a hydration pack with cold water. A rotating stock of blemished and reconditioned Giant Loop gear is also available.

“Especially during the peak motorcycle riding season we see a steady stream of customers who make a stop at Giant Loop a part of their trip plans,” says Harold Olaf Cecil, Giant Loop’s owner. “Now, instead of pulling products out of shipping boxes in our warehouse space, we have everything on display like a retail store front, with saddlebags, dry bags and our entire packing systems stuffed and ready to throw across a bike. Local riders can order any product in any color or size from their favorite Giant Loop dealer and pick up at our shop, too.”

Giant Loop adventure proof motorcycle, snowmobile and outdoor packing and gear systems are available from international distributors, as well as from a network of dealers throughout the USA. Giant Loop is a rider-owned company that designs and tests products in Bend, Oregon. For all the details, go to www.giantloopmoto.com or www.giantloopsnow.com.

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Jul
17

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

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.

Jul
15

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

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

Jul
10

Giant Loop Tech Tip / FAQ: Coyote Saddlebag + MoJavi Saddlebag Anchor Options For Newer KTM + Husqvarna Models

Giant Loop's Dustin Cary roostin' the KTM 500 EXC with MoJavi Saddlebag on trails about 10 minutes ride from the shop.

Giant Loop’s Dustin Cary roostin’ the KTM 500 EXC with MoJavi Saddlebag on trails about 10 minutes ride from the shop.

Yes! We have a 2013 KTM 500 EXC here at Giant Loop – love this great bike! But there are some fitment challenges with the KTM EXCs Husqvarna FEs and other late model dirt bikes with double-thickness rear fenders and under-seat fuel tanks. The fender hooks on the Coyote Saddlebag and MoJavi Saddlebag cannot get a proper “purchase” on the lip of the fender plastic. Here are some alternative mounting options – all tested an proven on many bikes over thousands of miles of demanding riding.

Giant Loop's Harold Olaf Cecil on an Oregon backcountry solo tour with Coyote Saddlebag on KTM 500 EXC.

Giant Loop’s Harold Olaf Cecil on an Oregon backcountry solo tour with Coyote Saddlebag on KTM 500 EXC.

Simple, Clean Solution: No drilling or mods required! Remove the fender hooks from the Coyote Saddlebag or MoJavi Saddlebag and replace them with the included mounting strap (length of ballistic webbing packed inside the new bag). If you have a tail rack, just thread the webbing through the rack and back into the saddlebag. Here’s how to do it without a tail rack:

Loosen the bolts in  taillight assembly/fender support (black plastic shown below) from the subframe and fender.

Thread the the ballistic webbing strap between the fender and taillight assembly/fender support and retighten bolts to sandwich webbing between the two fender layers.

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Once the strap is centered, re-tighten the screws and bolts that secure the taillight assembly. This should tension the strap under the fender, so it doesn’t slide around, providing a solid mounting position.

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Then thread the mounting strap through the thumb-lock buckles (where the hooks were before) inside the Coyote Saddlebag or under the center Tool Pouch on the MoJavi Saddlebag.

We use a spare side release buckle to hold the strap ends, when a bag isn’t mounted.

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With the MoJavi Saddlebag, the top of the base can be tucked under the rear lip of the seat. When tensioned down, this makes a dead-solid connection. But this positions the bag farther forward, can stress seat connectors, and isn’t an option at all for the Coyote Saddlebag.

Another Solution: If you’re not adverse to drilling some small holes in your fender, the footmans loops make a clean solution. All you really need is one solid anchor point, but we’ve installed two. Install footmans loops in the middle top of the fender (be careful not to drill into wiring!) and use the webbing loop included with the Coyote Saddlebag and MoJavi Saddlebag, instead of the fender hooks.

 

 

Stop Scuffs and Scratches!

If you don’t want your new plastics to look like the white side panels in the pic above, Giant Loop now offers heavy-duty Vinyl Protective Film to eliminate scuffing where the bags make contact.

Jun
27

Rally Raid Products Honda CB500X Adventure Parts List & US Pricing

Rally Raid Products Honda CB500X Adventure in Moab, UT

Rally Raid Products Honda CB500X Adventure in Moab, UT

RRP is set to ship the first four Level 3 kits to Giant Loop on Monday. They are all pre-sold, and several others have paid deposits and are in line to receive their parts in subsequent shipments.

We are now collecting order forms and deposits, and parts will be shipped to customers in the order in which deposits are placed.

Here is a PDF with descriptions of all suspension/wheel kits, plus accessories.

Here is an Excel spreadsheet order form.

Note: We have matched UK retail pricing, plus 10% to cover shipping from UK to Giant Loop in Bend, Oregon USA. Because Giant Loop and RRP get commerical shipping rates, this should put the delivered cost for US customers at a lower total cost than ordering individual parts from RRP in the UK.

Jun
24

Video: Giant Loop Fender Bag, Zigzag Handlebar Bag and Klamath Tail Rack Pack on Dirt Hammers Dualsport Ride

Yamaha WR450F and Suzuki DRZ400 on North Georgia dualsport ride with Giant Loop Fender Bag (Possibles Pouch + Rubber Boas), Zigzag Handlebar Bag and Klamath Tail Rack Pack via Dirt Hammers.

May
26

3,000 Kilometers in Southern Europe on KTM 690 Enduro with Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Coyote Saddlebag, Rogue Dry Bag

Email from UK adventure travel journalist Duncan McCallum about his May 2015 ride:

“The trip was a 3,000km mix of off-road and road trails, May 2015, in Provence, France, Corsica, Sardinia and the Italian Alps. Five out of the six bikes had GL products – mostly tank bags but Brian on the Yamaha XT660 also bought the Coyote Saddlebag and dumped his old system. They all saw my stuff from the last trip and went to Adventure Spec [Giant Loop's distributor in the United Kingdom] to buy it.”

KTM 690 Enduro with Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Rogue Dry Bag

Northern Sardinia

KTM 690 Enduro with Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Rogue Dry Bag

Gap to the Verdon – Provence, France

KTM 690 Enduro with Giant Loop dual sport soft luggage

North Corsica

Yamaha XTZ660 Tenere with Giant Loop motorcycle soft luggage

Yamaha XTZ660 Tenere with Giant Loop motorcycle soft luggage in Sardinia

KTM 690 Enduro with Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Rogue Dry Bag

The Hare & The Tortoise – Sardinia

KTM 690 Enduro with Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Rogue Dry Bag

Sardinia

KTM 690 Enduro with Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Rogue Dry Bag

Corsica

May
22

GL Rider Danell Lynn featured in Triumph Motorcycles’ Spirit Magazine

“The more people said ‘you can’t’, the more I wanted to say ‘yes I can’.” — Danell Lynn, Black Tie 2 Black Top, Triumph Spirt Magazine

“Danell Lynn is aiming to gatecrash the Guinness World Records book for the longest journey in a single country on a motorcycle. The 30-something is part way through visiting every one of America’s 50 states, Canada and Alaska, on her 2006 Bonneville called Amelia.”

Danell Lynn in Triumph Motorcycles Spirit Magazine

Danell Lynn in Triumph Motorcycles Spirit Magazine

Check out the story at Triumph Spirit!

May
20

2015 Giant Loop Catalog and Product Line Comparison Chart – Adventure Proof Packing Systems and Gear for Motorcycles

2015 Giant Loop Catalog Adventure Proof Packing Systems and Gear for Motorcycles, Snow Bikes, Snowmobiles

CLICK PHOTO TO DOWNLOAD PDF 2015 GIANT LOOP CATALOG

Since we launched in 2008, our product line at Giant Loop has expanded considerably in recent years – and all of our original saddlebags and tank bags have seen significant updates and upgrades – with the goal of building integrated, modular, customizable packing solutions for motorcycles, snow bikes (Timbersled) and snowmobiles. To help riders understand Giant Loop’s solutions and select the very best pieces of gear to suit bike type and riding needs, we’ve updated or Product Comparison Chart and Giant Loop Catalog. CLICK HERE FOR PDF OF 2015 GIANT LOOP CATALOG. CLICK HERE FOR PDF OF 2015 GIANT LOOP PRODUCT COMPARISON CHART.

2015 Giant Loop Motorcycle soft luggage comparison

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF OF 2015 GIANT LOOP PRODUCT COMPARISON CHART

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