Oct
24

Giant Loop Rider: Why “Ride Must Go On” Chose Giant Loop For Global Adventure

Turkish filmmaker Tolga Basol has already ridden across Asia on a KTM 1190 Adventure R, now he’s enjoying the desert southwest of the United States. He added a camerman to his solo journey to help document the trip for Turkish television. This pic is the KTM 640 Adventure Tolga bought in LA for his cameraman to ride.

Here’s a recent post on his Ride Must Go On page:

Ride Must Go On - KTM 640 Adventure equipped with Giant Loop

I am getting some questions about the luggage system I am using, so I wanted to share my thoughts about the topic here. I have used hard panniers in the past on my travels to Middle East, Central Asia, Europe so I have tasted both.

- Hard panniers are way more heavier then a soft luggage setup. That being said, I try to travel on dirt roads as much as possible so the weight is an issue for me. The lighter the bike it is, the happier I am.

- I have managed to bend hard panniers, stuck my leg between the pannier and the bike couple of times, hit something hard while riding off road… The results are not good. Soft panniers are way more durable and sturdy than hard ones imho. Even if you manage to tear them apart, they are much more easier to fix.

- I have witnessed self destruction of hard panniers in Road Of Bones. My friend with hard panniers had to abandon them because the cases and rack system were destroyed.

- My soft luggage setup is totally waterproof, flexible and have pockets so when needed I can carry lots of stuff with them.

- I use Giant Loop equipment, I was already using their products so I believe they are the best on the market now. I asked them to support me for my RTW and I am happy they are.

- I have Siskiyou Panniers, Tillamook Dry Bag, Fandango Tank Bag along with pannier pockets. To keep them steady on the bike I use Pronghorn Straps which are one of the best equipment so far I have ever used.

Oct
22

Giant Loop Video: “Lost in the Pacific Northwest – Episode 3″

Wiley Watson of Red Tide Pictures along with riders Kyle Redmond, Rory Sullivan and Ricky Russell bring you on a three part adventure series in the Pacific Northwest. The riders take their dirt bike skills deep into the thick forest’s remote places of the north with standard bikes; epic views, lost trail and mysterious mountains provide ample amounts of entertainment for the whole crew. Check out Episode 3 here…

Click play, hit expand button to display full screen, and sit back and enjoy the ride!

Oct
21

Giant Loop Review: Pronghorn Straps on Cycle World’s Baja Surf Adventure

Cycle World magazine’s Jeff Allen and Sean Klinger recently loaded their adventure bikes – a KTM 1190 Adventure R and a BMW 1200 GS Adventure – with surf boards and went on Baja run, dubbed “Baja 500 Surf & Turf” in the November 2014 issue. They used Giant Loop’s Pronghorn Straps to secure the surf boards to their motorcycles, and as you can see from the photos this wasn’t a sit-down-putt-putt kind of ride!

Cycle World magazine Baja 500 Surf & Turf with Pronghorn Straps
Here’s what Cycle World wrote about the Pronghorn Straps:
“We used the awesome Pronghorn Straps from Giant Loop (giantloopmoto.com) as attachment points to keep springy tension in the tie-downs, which kept the boards snug and secure with little chance of slack developing. A quick test run down the freeway at 80 mph and a few curb and speed-bump jumps as shakedown proved this was the right solution, and we were comfortable with the setup for the trip.”

Cycle World magazine Baja 500 Surf and Turf with Pronghorn Straps

Cycle World magazine Baja 500 Surf and Turf with Pronghorn Straps

 

Get the full story at Cycle World magazine!

Oct
13

Giant Loop Rider: Black Tie 2 Black Top – Danell Lynn’s “1 Woman, 1 Bike, 1 Year, 50 US States + Canada”

Black Tie 2 Black Top rider Danell Lynn's "1 Woman, 1 Bike, 1 Year, 50 US States + Canada"Danell Lynn stopped over in Bend for the night on her solo motorcycle tour.

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Her Triumph Bonneville is kitted out with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bag and Zigzag Handlebar Bag. She’s attempting a Guinness World Record for most miles ridden in a single country!

Follow her travels on Black Tie 2 Black Top.

Oct
10

Giant Loop Video: Lost In The Pacific Northwest – Episode 2

Wiley Watson of Red Tide Pictures along with riders Kyle Redmond, Rory Sullivan and Ricky Russell bring you on a three part adventure series in the Pacific Northwest. The riders take their dirt bike skills deep into the thick forest’s remote places of the north with standard bikes; epic views, lost trail and mysterious mountains provide ample amounts of entertainment for the whole crew. You’ll notice the MoJavi Saddlebags and Zigzag Handlebar Bags on their bikes – check out Episode 2!

Here’s a link to Dirt Rider Magazine’s video page!

Oct
09

Giant Loop Racer: Seat Time Host Brian Pierce Finishes 2014 Baja Rally on 1987 Suzuki SP 200 with MoJavi Saddlebag

brian pierce seat time suzuki 200
Seat Time host Brian Pierce thought his racing was done when he blew up his bike at this year’s BAJA RALLY – then he and his father got inspired and prepped his dad’s 27-year-old Suzuki SP 200 so he could finish the race!

Says Brian: “Here’s the 1987 Suzuki SP 200 with the GL MoJavi Saddlebag ready for the final day! our bags worked great. Let me know if you would like more pics of the SP 200 with them on there. It was the perfect way to use the bike you had to conquer a 300+ mile day in Baja.”

Congrats Brian – undaunted!

Here’s the recent Seat Time episode recapping this year’s Baja Rally:


“2014 Baja Rally Overall Winner Scott Bright joins us on the show and he’s followed up by Erek Kudla. The Baja Rally was a great experience and we would love the opportunity to attend again for Baja Rally 3.0.”

Oct
08

Giant Loop Names Matt Hirsch As Independent Sales Representative For Nevada and Northern/Central California

Giant Loop sales rep Matt HirschAdventure-proof packing systems innovator Giant Loop has appointed Matt Hirsch as its independent sales representative for Nevada and the regions of California from Visalia to Redding, San Francisco Bay area to Eureka, and Monterey to Hollister.

In addition to Giant Loop’s motorcycle and snowmobile lines, Hirsch represents a number of other high quality motorcycle parts, accessories and apparel brands.

Hirsch is a 17-year veteran in the motorcycle industry, bringing to his sales representative work experience as an AXO Sport America territory manager, Helmet House account manager and sales/office manager at Sullivan’s Inc.

To schedule a Giant Loop product line dealer clinic, contact Matt Hirsch, 775-233-2698, suzuki200p AT yahoo.com.

 

Oct
03

Giant Loop FAQ: Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag vs. Pannier Pockets

Recent customer question: “I am very interested in either the new Buckin’ Roll setup or the Pannier Pockets. I want the Pannier Pockets, but I was wondering if the mounting systems were much different between just the Pockets and the Buckin’ Roll system. It looks to me that the Buckin’ Roll has a lot better (secure) mounting system. Is this true? Or will the pannier pockets be fine for all riding styles? Also is it possible to purchase the Buckin’ Roll with Pannier Pockets only? I am planning to mount this to a Honda CRF250L. Thanks for any info/pics you might have.”

Here’s our reply – frankly, it is a little confusing the way we’ve named the Buckin’ Roll . . . Hopefully, this is clear as mud.

Hi -

Part ONE: Pannier Pockets
The Pannier Pockets (set of 2) can be used independently with the included center attachment strap. By anchoring the front of the Pockets solidly to your radiator shrouds, then drawing tension with the center strap, the Panniers Pockets are super stable in all riding conditions. I’ve ridden in Baja HARD off road with them, customers have ridden everything from Madagascar to Grand Canyon with them – they work great and have become part of the kit that I use every ride.

Here’s our product designer’s DRZ400. The center strap can also run under the seat’s front anchor if you pop the seat off.
Giant Loop Pannier Pockets on Suzuki DRZ400

Here’s our webpage for the Pannier Pockets.

Part TWO: Pannier Pockets w Tank Bags
The Pannier Pockets also can be used with any of our Tank Bags, securing to the Harness of the Buckin’ Roll, Fandango and Diablo Tank Bags. What we call the Buckin’ Roll COMPLETE is the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag + Pannier Pockets (set of 2).

Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag (center only – does not include Pannier Pockets)
Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag COMPLETE (includes Pannier Pockets)
Fandango Tank Bag (Pannier Pockets optional)
Diablo Tank Bag (Pannier Pockets optional)

Here’s the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag with Pannier Pocket – what we call the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag COMPLETE:

Buckin' Roll Tank Bag plus Pannier Pockets equals Buckin' Roll Complete

 

Oct
02

Giant Loop Support: STAFF MoJavi Saddlebags with Custom Graphics

New STAFF MoJavi Saddlebags ready to ship to the Ontario Dual Sport Club!

Non-Profits, Clubs, Event Coordinators and Volunteers that organize, stage and support motorcycle events, races, group rides, training or maintain/patrol riding areas, please apply here.

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Giant Loop now offers a Special Edition gray MoJavi Saddlebag with a bold red “STAFF” graphic on each side. This program is for Non-Profits, Clubs, Event Coordinators and Volunteers that coordinate, stage and support motorcycle events, races, group rides, training or maintain/patrol riding areas.

STAFF MoJavi Saddlebags can be ordered with or without your organization’s logo, rider’s name, etc. The STAFF MoJavi will be sold to qualified applicants at the special volunteer price, plus shipping and custom graphic fees if you choose to apply your logo/name. Delivery time is approximately 8-10 weeks.

 

Oct
01

Giant Loop Video: “Lost In The Pacific Northwest – Episode 1″ featuring Kyle Redmond, Rory Sullivan and Ricky Russell

Wiley Watson of Red Tide Pictures along with riders Kyle Redmond, Rory Sullivan and Ricky Russell bring you on a three part adventure series in the Pacific Northwest. The riders take their dirt bike skills deep into the thick forest’s remote places of the north with standard bikes; epic views, lost trail and mysterious mountains provide ample amounts of entertainment for the whole crew. Note from Watson: “Every trail shot in the feature is entirely legal, although the story tells otherwise. But thats our job, to make the normal look not so normal! And if you know the area there are wolves!”

Read more at Dirt Rider!

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