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.

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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!

Sep
23

Giant Loop Review: Siskiyou Panniers on Dirt Rider’s Kawasaki KLR650 Test

Thanks Dirt Rider magazine for kitting out your 2014 Kawasaki KLR650 test bike with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers! In the November 2014 issue’s “Getting Lost On Purpose – 2014 Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition,” it looks like you put the bike – and our Siskiyou Panniers to a proper test in Baja, Mexico.
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“There are plenty of safe, controlled, and calculated ways that we could have tested Kawasaki’s big dual-sport bike. Commutes, jeep roads, and mild off-road trails would have been fine, and we did ride the KLR650 in this capacity. Yet riding it 216 miles into Mexico and down the Baja Peninsula, getting lost, riding 55-plus miles of the Baja 500 racecourse, ripping down the beach, and riding back home sounded a tad more exciting. So that’s just what we did.”

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“Before heading south of the border we put on a few products to make the trip more managable. . . . We also put on a pair of Kenda Big Block tires, Fastway Adventure footpegs, and Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers to hold all of our gear.”

DIRT RIDER NOV 2014 SISKIYOU PANNIERS KLR650Subscribe to Dirt Rider magazine and get the full story every month!

Sep
18

Giant Loop Rider: Tolga Basol Rolls Around The World – “Ride Must Go On”

Giant Loop rider Tolga Basol, a filmmaker from Turkey, recently posted more pictures of his “Ride Must Go On” round-the-world tour, which will be the subject of a documentary film. Inspiring photos of amazing people and landscapes! You can also follow his journey on Facebook. For his epic adventure, Tolga’s riding with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers, Rogue Dry Bag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag and Pannier Pockets on his KTM 1190 Adventure.

Sep
16

Giant Loop Review: Cycle World’s Yamaha WR250R Dual Sport Build

Thanks to Cycle World for selecting Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag and Diablo Pro Tank Bag for their Yamaha WR250R dual sport project build!

“A 250 is not everyone’s idea of an adventure bike, but the simplicity, lightness, and agility of a small bike will get you to more places with less work than any of the big guns. You must commit to the 60–65-mph cruise and “lack” of luxury. What you get back is going places no GS dares to tread. The $6,690 Yamaha WR250R is a great platform, with a capa­ble chassis and lots of snap from its revvy motor. But it needs mods for high-performance distance travel. Our goal was to build a bike that could, for example, be ridden from LA to Moab and then stripped and re-geared at a campsite for real enduro-style exploring. Total cost for all mods is high, but this is meant as a guide to show benefits of each change so readers can make their own decision on what’s important to them.”

“LUGGAGE
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 a heat shield to protect from exhaust heat (we added a second). 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.”

For whole story, visit Cycle World Magazine – and remember to renew your subscription!

Sep
15

Giant Loop Rider: GL Designer Explores Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route

Giant Loop’s design director, Brian Frankle, recently joined up with a couple of local friends from Bend for an Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route adventure on his Suzuki DRZ400. Here are some of his pics and comments:

“Took a short 4 day trip on the moto on the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route. Rendezvoused with a few others on day 2 in Ukiah, Oregon. Other than great company, seeing a Bighorn Sheep along the South Fork of the John Day River was a highlight.”

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As a long-distance runner and through-hiker (just finish 5th in Pine to Palm 100, he’s hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, etc.) Brian’s an ultralight packer. On this trip he’s living the life of luxury with the Great Basin Saddlebag and Pannier Pockets on his DRZ400.

“Bridge Creek Wildlife Area outside of Ukiah, Oregon. Wildlife Count: 3 cows.”

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Our friend and customer Patrick used the Coyote Saddlebag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag on his Honda CRF250L.

“PK at Olive Lake Umatilla National Forest. Olive Lake is a reservoir that provided water and turned the generators at Fremont Power House…which in turn, supplied power to the largest Dredge used for gold mining in North America which sits in Sumpter, Oregon.”

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Oregon had it’s own version of the Gold Rush.

“The Dredge in Sumpter, Oregon.”

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GL friend and customer Dave packed the Coyote Saddleabg and Fandango Pro Tank Bag on his Yamaha WR250.

“Lunch stop, throttle cable repair, and opening day for Bow Season. Lots of hunters out and about. Malheur National Forest.”

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Brian definitely applies our philosophy of “go light, go fast, go far” to his camping gear.

“Find sticks, make shelter. Ochoco National Forest.”

 

Sep
12

Giant Loop Racer: Lawrence Hacking Runs Mojavi Saddlebag In Rally Mongolia

Giant Loop racer Lawrence Hacking competed in the 2014 Rally Mongolia on his Honda CRF450R. He equipped his bike with a Mojavi Saddlebag for the event and found it was a real benefit, carrying heavy items during the race.

His comment about the experience: “The MoJavi Saddlebag was perfect. Took the heavy load off my back – the only way to go for me.”

Hacking organizes the Overland Adventure Rally in Canada and is based in Ontario.

 

Sep
10

Giant Loop Fitment: BMW F650 Funduro and GL Saddlebags, Tank Bags

Local jewelery designer John Paul recently sold his ’70s vintage BMW R90, and he came by the shop with his first dual sport motorcycle, a 1999 BMW F650 Funduro (pre-GS)! He wanted to see which of the Giant Loop Saddlebags and Tank Bags best fit his bike.

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After fitting the MoJavi Saddlebag, Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag on his bike, as well as the Diablo Pro Tank Bag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag, and seeing each one was an excellent option for the F650, the deciding factor was rider choice. So, with what John wanted to pack for his ride, the Great Basin Saddlebag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag delivered the right capacity and features.

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The Great Basin Saddlebag mounted easily to the stock tail rack and passenger peg mounts, and the Hot Springs Heat Shield (included with the Great Basin Saddlebag) clamped right over the gap between the stock BMW heat shields, protecting the saddlebag from making any direct contact with the exhaust. To fit the Tank Bag harness, we popped the seat off and looped the side anchor straps around the seat rails of the frame and put the seat back on top of the straps.

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Thanks for riding Giant Loop!

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