Apr
20

Giant Loop Review: ADV Pulse – “New Columbia Dry Bag Raising the Bar In Motorcycle Tail Bags”

Thank you ADV Pulse for the thorough and well-researched review of Giant Loop’s new Columbia Dry Bag! :D

ADV Pulse reviews Giant Loop's new Columbia Dry Bag

“New Columbia Dry Bag Raising the Bar In Motorcycle Tail Bags
Giant Loop’s newest 70-liter dry duffel bag gets bigger, better and smarter.

The Columbia Dry Bag is Giant Loop’s latest offering in their side-loading dry duffel bag line-up. With a 70-liter capacity, the bag features new design innovations targeted at the adventure rider seeking a durable, truly waterproof, high capacity motorcycle tail bag.”

READ THE FULL ADV PULSE REVIEW HERE!

Apr
17

Giant Loop Review: Kiger Tank Bag in Cycle World’s “CW Approved – New Ideas”

Thanks Blake Conner and Cycle World Magazine for including Giant Loop’s new Kiger Tank Bag in the May 2015 issue’s “CW Approved – New Ideas” feature!

“Melting Pot – Five ways to improve your ride

Tough Tote
The tank bag has been around for decades, but Giant Loop’s Kiger ($290) is a rugged 9-liter bag designed for ADV riders who want to carry all of their gizmos. The zipperless clamshell design easily opens with gloved hands to reveal a waterproof Dry Pod bag, while the clear vinyl map pocket allows touch-screen capability for tablets and smartphones.”

Kiger Tank Bag in Cycle World Magazine's May 2015 issue!

Kiger Tank Bag in Cycle World Magazine’s May 2015 issue!

Apr
08

Cycle World Product Spotlight on Pronghorn Straps: “The best way to attach things to your motorcycle”

Thank you Cycle World Magazine – and CW staff photographer Jeff Allen – for this awesome “Product Spotlight” on Giant Loop’s Pronghorn Straps in the May 2015 issue!

Product Spotlight: Giant Loop Pronghorn Straps
The best way to attach things to your motorcycle

If it’s the simle things in life that make you happy, you’re going to love Pronghorn Straps from adventure luggage and equipment company Giant Loop. Its motto is, “Go light. Go fast. Go far.” And these reusable, lightweight, rugged straps are magnificent when it comes to quickly and easily securing just about anything to your motorcycle. Giant Loop claims there are a million uses, but did it count securing a surfboard or camera-mounted tripod to a liter-plus adventure bike for a 1,200-mile Baja adventure? Make it a million and two uses, at least. The super-tough stretch polyurethane straps come in three sizes and have proven to be indestructible and infinitely more useful than bungee cords. These beautiful little straps are now standard equipment in both my off-road kit and camera bag. — Jeff Allen

Cycle World Product Spotlight - Pronghorn Straps

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Apr
01

Tech Tip: Klamath Tail Rack Pack Mounted With Pronghorn Straps

Yamaha XT660 Tenere prepared for Morocco with Fandango PRO Tank Bag, Siskiyou Panniers (supported with small, custom metal brackets) and the new Klamath Tail Rack Pack secured to the Panniers with Pronghorn Straps.

Yamaha XT660Z Tenere prepared for Morocco with Fandango PRO Tank Bag, Siskiyou Panniers (supported with small, custom metal brackets) and the new Klamath Tail Rack Pack secured to the Panniers with Pronghorn Straps.

GL Rider Jaume Von Arend (TrailDreamer.com) from Spain is in Morocco right now on his super dialed Yamaha XT660Z Tenere. Here’s how he’s using Pronghorn Straps to attach the new Klamath Tail Rack Pack to his Siskiyou Panniers:

Pronghorn Straps with Klamath Tail Rack Pack

Here you can see how Jaume has removed the Klamth Tail Rack Pack’s hooks and threaded the Pronghorn Straps into the thumb-lock buckles to mount the Klamath Tail Rack Pack to the Siskiyou Panniers’ integrated D-ring attachments.

Tight and tidy! Klamath Tail Rack Pack mounted directly to Siskiyou Panniers with Pronghorn Straps.

Tight and tidy! Klamath Tail Rack Pack mounted directly to Siskiyou Panniers with Pronghorn Straps.

Prepped for motorcycle adventure in Morocco!

Prepped for motorcycle adventure in Morocco!

The Klamath Tail Rack Pack is like a motorcycle tank bag for the back of the bike, featuring a zipperless clam-shell lid design for quick access even with gloves on.

The Klamath Tail Rack Pack is like a motorcycle tank bag for the back of the bike, featuring a zipperless clam-shell lid design for quick access even with gloves on.

The 16

The 16″ Pronghorn Straps and 26″ Pronhorn Straps solidly connect the Klamath Tail Rack Pack to the Siskiyou Panniers’ integrated D-ring attachment points.

Mar
31

Video: How to Pack Camping Gear for 2-Up Motorcycle Adventure

This quick video shows how to pack for two people camping on a motorcycle. By using various modular components from Giant Loop’s Adventure Proof Packing System – and high quality outdoor gear – motorcycle touring 2-up can be fun, safe, comfortable and self-sufficient.

2 Rogue Dry Bags, Tillamook Dry Bag, Siskiyou Panniers, Kiger Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Bushwackers Hand Guards

BMW F800GS packed with 2 Rogue Dry Bags, Tillamook Dry Bag, Siskiyou Panniers, Kiger Tank Bag, Pannier Pockets, Bushwackers Hand Guards.

2-up motorcycle travel and camping

TIP: Passenger should wear a helmet with no visor fro 2-up motorcycle travel and camping!

Lighter weight bulky items such as sleeping bags, pads and tent are packed higher, while heavier items such as tool, spare inner tube, extra fuel, stove, cook kit and food are packed below seat height. Weight is also distributed front-to-back to help prevent a tail-heavy bike with an unsafe light front wheel.

Packing camping gear for two on  a motorcycle can be a challenge

Carrying camping gear for two on a motorcycle is simply with Giant Loop’s modular, customizable Adventure Proof Packing System

Many small compartments are better than fewer larger ones, helping keep gear organized and easily within reach without extra unpacking and re-packing. Have any tips to share with us? Post them in your comments here!

Motorcycle camping set up at Cyrstal Crane Hot Springs

Motorcycle camping set up at Cyrstal Crane Hot Springs

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Mar
30

Tech Tip: Pronghorn Straps for Quick-Release Saddlebag and Pannier Mounts

QUESTION
Recently email from customer Tim:

Hello I bought your Great Basin Saddlebag, couldn’t be happier with it.
Do you sell or recommend a quick release system?
I have the bag snug and fitted to my bike. I’d like be able to get under the seat or take the whole bag indoors with me without undoing all the compression straps.
Any suggestions?

ANSWER
Compression straps aren’t intended for mounting. On the Great Basin Saddlebag and Siskiyou Panniers, the two side anchor straps and 1-3 rear anchor straps should do the trick.

We do not recommend quick-release options for the two side anchor straps, as an unintended release could be dangerous. It takes about two minutes to release the side anchor straps.

On the rear anchor(s), you can use our Pronghorn Straps for a clean quick-release solution:

Pronghorns Straps quick release solution for securing motorcycle soft luggage

Thread Pronghorn Strap through rear anchor thumb-lock fasteners on Great Basin Saddlebag and secure to tail rack, passenger handles or other solid mount point for a quick release and easy mounting solution.

Siskiyou Panniers motorcycle soft luggage with Pronghorn Straps

Pronghorn Straps work great on the Siskiyou Panniers’ rear anchors, speeding the process of mounting/dismounting

Mar
25

Giant Loop’s Tracker Packer Awarded 2015 “Nifty 50″ by Powersports Business

Giant Loop's Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen3 wins Nifty 50 from Powersports Business

TEAM GIANT LOOP (left to right): Harold Olaf Cecil, owner/founder; Brian Frankle, design director; Dustin Cary, dealer sales manager; Paul Robson, shipping/production manager

Thank you Powersports Business for recognizing Giant Loop’s Tracker Packer ruggedized holster for SPOT Gen3 as a top 50 new product in the powersports industry with a “Nifty 50″ award. We are especially pleased to share the honor with the Kurt Caselli Foundation, with gratitude to Quinn Cody for the opportunity to collaborate. A portion of all Tracker Packer sales are donated to support the Kurt Caselli foundation’s mission of making off-road riding and racing safer.

Mar
20

Giant Loop Rider: Cory from Bolivia Motors Tours South America with Coyote Saddlebag on Honda XR650R

Cory Rowden, Kiwi owner of and guide for BoliviaMotors, rode his Honda XR650R through Bolivia, Peru, Colombia and Brazil last fall with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag. Here are some of his pics and feedback:

“I’ve just returned from a month riding in Bolivia, Peru, Colombia and Brazil during which I used a Giant Loop Coyote bag strapped to the back of a Honda XR650R. We rode over 6000kms and had a fantastic time on a mix of tarmac, cobblestone, dirt and mud road in mixed conditions including rain, sun, cold and extreme heat. We crossed the Andes mountains, floated down the Amazon river and rode BR319 – officially Brazil’s worst road – through the heart of the Amazon rainforest. The Giant Loop Coyote gear performed flawlessly and I could not have chosen better equipment. It was perfectly suited to a bike of this kind with limited mounting options. The bag never shifted while riding, nor did it get in the way even during spirited riding off-road. Not a single problem or complaint – it kept my gear clean and dry through the varying conditions we were faced with and it was also easy to load and unload at the beginning and end of each day. I can and will heartily recommend Giant Loop gear to clients and friends.”

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Mar
19

Review: Dirt Rider Magazine’s Long-Term Kawasaki KLR 650 with Siskiyou Panniers

Thanks Dirt Rider magazine for the “Long Haul Wrap-Up” on the 2014 Kawasaki KLR 650 with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers – we’re glad to see you’ve given them a proper thrashing and thorough test!

“Over the past year our KLR has been in the snowy Sierras, the dusty Baja desert, the jeep trails of Orange County, and the (scariest of all) the twisted maze of crazed motorists that is the Southern California freeway system. After all of the silt, sand, mud, nails, rocks, and texting motorists, this is how it fared.”

“Primary Use: Adventure Riding
Main Mods: Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers, Fastway Adventure Footpegs, Fasst Company Flexx Handlebar, FMF Powercore Muffler, Kenda Big Block Tires
Moments of Glory: Spending New Year’s Eve in La Paz and being back in SoCal for Anaheim 1
Forgettable Experience: Getting lost in Baja in search of tacos
Miles: 2,000+
Aftermath: One set of really worn-out Kenda Big Block tires, scuffed-up side panels from the panniers, changed oil”

Great long-term test! And if you would like to avoid the “scuffed-up side panels from the panniers,” simply install Giant Loop’s Vinyl Protective Film before riding 2,000+ miles with the Siskiyou Panniers.

Dirt Rider 2015 KLR 650 with Siskiyou Panniers

 

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Mar
18

Tech Tip: Installing Giant Loop Mounts on KTM 500 EXC

Using a slightly longer bolt to replace the bolt connecting the side panel to the subframe on the KTM 500 EXC, the new Giant Loop Mount makes a handy anchor strap connection for the MoJavi Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag, keeping the webbing well away from hot exhaust.

Giant Loop GL Mounts on KTM 500 EXC for MoJavi Saddlebag and Coyote Saddlebag

Giant Loop’s GL Mounts are the universal motorcycle soft luggage mounting solution, compatible with virtually all dual sport soft luggage.

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