Apr
04

Giant Loop News: All Set Up For The Desert 100 Offroad Race

Dustin and Harold are on site in Odessa, WA, for this weekend’s Desert 100 offroad race. They are in good company with GL racer Alex Sherman, our friends Tracy Jeffries of Ride West BMW/Touratech, Chet, of PSSOR, Alex Martens, of Konflict Suspension and Darrell VanNieuwenhuise, of Cyclops Adventure Sports.

There will be plenty of mayhem on the race course, but don’t think that camp is gonna be tame, either. There will be thousands of racers there to motorcycle, but with around 6,000 people total on site, the after dark bench racing is where other “championships” get decided.

Above pic of the encampment found with Google Images, couldn’t find a name to credit.

Apr
01

Giant Loop Racers: Tuareg Rally Pics Highlight Mojavi Saddle Bag, From Jenny Morgan

Dakar Rally participant Jenny Morgan was on scene, in Tunisia, at the 2014 Tuareg Rally. She took a bunch of really awesome pics of the racers, during the event, highlighted on her ADVrider thread.  She shared several pics of racers on bikes equipped with Mojavi Saddebags, racing the stages.  These pics are so cool, I must echo them here for our blog followers to enjoy. Thanks Jenny for your sharp eye and good photography! Follow her on FB, Jenny Morgan.

#70 Lee Salt

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#302 Andrea Wenzel

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#43 Chris Barwick

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#28 Duncan Ure

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Mar
31

Giant Loop Event: 3rd Annual Summer Lake Hot Springs Overnighter – June 7-8, 2014

Summer Lake Hot Springs Oregon Backcountry Overnighter

Giant Loop Ride

Join Giant Loop for off-road adventure in Oregon’s beautiful high desert. This is a great way to get a taste of the amazing riding here in Central Oregon – and to meet some new riding friends. Last year we had 50+ riders – this year will be even bigger and better. Click here to reserve your spot now!

Giant Loop Summer Lake Hot Springs Ride

All street-legal bike types welcome – dual sport, adventure touring – we’ll have a route and group to suit most any bike and rider. If there’s enough interest, we’ll even have a road bike route/group this year, too (hello Eric – this is for you)!

Giant Loop Ride south of Christmas Valley

Great camping – and rental cabins (book directly with Summer Lake Hot Springs) await at the end of the trail.

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Enjoy the genuine Oregon Backcountry motorcycle experience with your friends.

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We’ll send more specifics and details in the next few weeks, but here are the basics:

SATURDAY
Morning – Meet at Giant Loop shop in Bend for light breakfast. Choose routes and groups. Ride to Christmas Valley for gas/lunch.
Afternoon – Ride to Summer Lake Hot Springs, set up camp.
Evening – Enjoy dinner and beer, soak in the hot springs pools, share some laughs around the campfire.

SUNDAY
Morning – Eat a hearty breakfast, break camp and ride your own chosen route with any group you wish.
Afternoon – Take the scenic route, meander and explore – or head off on a new adventure.

MONDAY
Tell all your friends how much fun you had, share pics and stories!

 

 

UPDATE ADDED 3/25/14:

We are getting more and more signups for the Giant Loop Summer Lake Ride. Today I talked to a party of four that will be joining us from Washington.

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This is a reminder to riders that riding public land in Oregon requires an OHV permit, costing $10.50, and for Oregon residents, an OHV Safety Education card.

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If you have a OHV permit from a bordering state, you are good to go. If you do not have a permit, you can buy one from a local dealer, even if the bike is licensed out of state and you are not an Oregon resident. Here are links to the OHV Safety Training and the OHV permit vendors.

Questions? Contact Harold at 971-832-3164 or  email.

See you on the trail,
Team Giant Loop

Designed in Bend, Oregon USA | Ridden Worldwide

 

Mar
21

Giant Loop Tech Tip: GL Rider’s Quick Mount Point, Inner Tube Sleeve Prevent Strap Wear

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Giant Loop rider Dave travels Cambodia, doing volunteer service work on his KTM 450 EXC, and he’s used a Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag for packing his gear through the muddiest tropical rainforest roads and trails. He recently shot us a message, sharing his clever, low-cost, heavy duty mounting point for his Coyote Saddlebag. His attachment point on his bike – “stainless cable, some swage crimps, and steel tube” – helps prevent abrasion of daily use from wearing on his Coyote Saddlebag straps. He’s also using a sleeve made from inner tube rubber – another very effective no-cost solution to protect mounting straps on all of Giant Loop’s rackless luggage systems. Check out his pics:

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Thanks for the tech tip, Dave and ride while you can!

Mar
19

Giant Loop Rider: Death Valley Noobs Rally Medical Volunteer Rob Preps MEDIC MoJavi Saddlebag

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We enjoyed this recent message from one of our “Mojavis For Medics” program participants, Rob:

“Hello again, Here is some more info on myself. Fulltime Fire Rescue at Canmore Fire Rescue in Canada (just outside Banff AB in the Mountains). My title here is Lieutenant Operations/Hazmat/Training – as an ALS fire medic in the mountains I do structural fire protection and mountain rescue. I am also casual with Alberta Health Services and do about 6 shifts a month on the ambulance. Here are some of my certifications:

-ACLS instructor/coordinator
-PALS instructor /coordinator
-CPR instructor
-Rope Rescue Technician Instructor(Rescue 3 International)
-Ice Rescue Technician Instructor(Rescue 3 International)
-Swift Water Rescue Technician Instructor(Rescue 3 International)
-Structural Collapse Technician NFPA
-Confined Space Technician NFPA
-ICS 400
-Hazmat Technician NFPA
-CBRNE Technician
-Advanced Hazmat Life Support Provider

I carry a full kit when I ride down in Death Valley for the Death Valley Noobs Rally, every thing from sutures to ETT tubes if intubation is needed, a full bandage kit, c-collar, tourniquet, symptomatic drugs if needed, and I leave an automated external defibrillator in camp. Last year I was down at the Silverton, CO event also while doing the CO Backcountry Discovery Route. At the Death Valley Rally last year we had a few mishaps fractured leg, fractured foot and a dislocated should with fractured clavicle.”

Rob rides a tricked out Triumph Tiger 800, with Giant Loop’s Fandango Tank Bag  – and soon a MEDIC MoJavi Saddlebag. He surely puts his bike through the paces, having ridden three Backcountry Discovery Routes, as well as volunteering at the Death Valley Noobs Rally.  Thanks, Rob, for supporting the rider community by volunteering your skills!

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Mar
18

Giant Loop Racer: South African Dakar Rally Podium Finisher Brett Cummings on “Why I Use Giant Loop”

Giant Loop Racer, Brett Cummings, shared his race resume with us (see below) — and included his reasoning for working with Giant Loop.

“Why I will use Giant Loop: When training alone and with no backup, one really needs to make sure that you have all your tools, medical equipment as well as nutrition and snacks with you so you can be fully self-sufficient. With Giant Loop gear, this is made easy!
Regards, Brett”

Brett Cummings 2013 Dakar Rally podium

Thanks Brett! The Mojavi Saddlebag is his bag of choice for rally and enduro training.

In 2013, South African rider Cummings finish 2nd in the demanding self-supported Malle Moto Class at the Dakar Rally, as well as 3rd in the Marathon Class.

Brett cummings Race record

Mar
12

Giant Loop Racers: Mojavi Saddlebag Returns To The 2014 Tuareg Rally

Last year, Giant Loop sent out custom yellow  Mojavi Saddlebags to the Husaberg Adventure Team, just before the Tuareg Rally. Husaberg Team racer, Lukas Matzinger, mounted his  Mojavi and used it to carry the essentials for racing the Rally. While following Lukas, I discovered he wasn’t the only one using a Mojavi Saddlebag. There were several racers that used one to carry tools, spares, water and fuel for the event.

As I was reviewing the current crop of 2014 photos, from photographers RallyManiacs.nl, I saw a couple bikes packing a Mojavi Saddlebag out on the stage. Looking sharp!

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Mar
06

Giant Loop Rider: Mark Rides His KTM 990 Adventure To The Trona Pinnacles With Siskiyou Panniers

Giant Loop dealer Sierra Nevada Adventures is owned by Mark Girardi, an avid rider and Dual Sport Adventure tour guide. He gets some awesome pics during many of his adventures. These images are from his recent trip to the Trona Pinnacles, in the Mojave desert. He loves the KTM 990 Adventure and carries his gear in Siskiyou Panniers. Check out more of his ride pics on his F-Book page, SNAmark. Thanks, Mark, for sharing the great photos.

SNA Trona Pinnacles (2)

 

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Mar
05

Giant Loop Rider: Terence Is Riding “Anywhere But South”, In South East Asia With Great Basin Saddlebag

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Terence Tay has set out on a 15,000km, three month long journey from his home of Singapore. He has dubbed it “Anywhere But South” and the route travels through Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Malaysia.
He is the first solo biker to travel through Myanmar and wrote in to say “”Btw, I’m officially the first rider to go at it alone in Burma, albeit with an escort car and tourism official (mandatory),”

His BMW F800GS is packed with a Great Basin Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag. He had this to say about his choice of luggage, in an interview with AsiaOne, before heading out on the adventure.
“…Mr Tay: “I have opted for soft panniers as they’re lightweight. Weight distribution can be placed closer to the centre of the bike to improve handling. Also, they will not bend out of shape in a crash…”

Follow Terence on his Facebook page.

Mar
03

Giant Loop Rider: Stephanie Rides Her DRZ From Ghana To Ireland, With Coyote Saddlebag And Fandango Tank Bag

Last fall, Giant Loop Rider Stephanie rode her Suzuki DRZ400 from Ghana, Africa back to Ireland.
She rode with her Beau, Rory, who took his KTM 990 Adventure on the trip.

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She packed her gear in a Coyote Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag onto her DRZ400. She had this to say about it, “trip from Ghana (west-Africa) to Ireland April last year. Coyote saddlebag kit and Fandango tank bank withstood the test”

Her DRZ is setup to travel with a Safari fuel tank for extended travel range, a comfort seat upgrade and a small fairing added to the headlight mask for weather deflection.

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Locally sourced service stand.

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No Contenant-crossing adventure ride would be complete without a pic of a small future-Rider, aboard the iron pony. :-) ghana2

Love the Ferries and their scary approach pools, at the ramp.ghana6

Sunset in the Sahara, worth all the flats and ferries…ghana3

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