Jun
11

Giant Loop Rider: Harold Arrives In Norway, Climbs on Honda Africa Twin, Goes Camping

Giant Loop owner, Harold, has returned to his ancestral home of Norway, for some motorbiking and family vacation.
The first pictures are coming in, so I share them here.
His motorbike guide is Elving Stolli, who has loaned Harold a Honda Africa Twin.
Harold took a Fandango Tank bag Pro and Great Basin Saddlebag for this fly and ride.

Day 1:

Trontoppen- Norway’s second highest road

Packing up camp

Jun
10

Giant Loop Ride: Summer Lake Hot Springs, An Adventure Just Getting There!

The reward that awaited.

The riders gathered and had breakfast.

We separated into groups and headed out on different routes, destined for the Hot Springs. Each rider with the goal of arriving at the waiting Pools, Kegs and Katering by Michele, Brian and Paul. There were enduros headed for Fandango Canyon, adventure bikes rolling out to Sheep Rock and several riders that made Christmas Valley after lunch time, then slabbed it in to the Hot Springs.

Navigation was a snap, since I had gathered a bunch of good tracks with our Trailtech Voyager and had them uploaded to the  Voyagers on GL’s KTM 500 EXC, Honda XR650R and my KTM 950 S&M.

The “Trailside Service” contest entries included a self extrication of a rider with broken foot(he made it to the hospital safe), a full caps off re-oiling of forks with ATF during lunch and two fuel systems reworks, one with plugged jet and the other a plugged filter.

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The dust pits were axle deep in some parts and the sand was really thick on the red roads. Those kinds of conditions were new to many of the riders and it took lots of extra focus, just to keep the front tire under the bike.

There were around ten flat tires, four of them on the rear of Darryl at Cyclopsadventuresports.com’s KTM 990 Tire Burner, another was in Lendon at Seat Concepts.com group. Good thing Darryl understands LC8′s appetite for tasty tires.  Big Bertha(my KTM 950S&M) chewed right through the gristle and steel, leaving nothing but bones. Lucky it still held air and got me back into the driveway…

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I’ll get another post up with pics of dinner and the campfire, as I can find them.

Thanks to everyone who joined us on this ride, to the folks at Summer Lake Hot Springs for hosting us and the cafes and stations in Christmas Valley, Paisley and Silver Lake for feeding us or filling our fuel tanks, for the next leg. An especially big thanks to the Katering Krew for feeding us tasty Tri-Tip-Tacos for dinner!

As Harold travels in Norway, our thought are with him and his family, since they were evacuated from their home due to the Wild Fire in Bend. This is a phone pic of the fire was taken by my friend, Danny Funderburg, Sunday night.

Jun
06

Giant Loop Ride: Are You Packed Up And Ready? GL Summerlake Riders Are Rolling In To Town!

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Get that luggage stuffed with your overnight gear and spare tube/tools, because there is no time waste in the morning.

Registration and breakfast starts at 7AM, rider meeting at 8AM, then its side stands up and off to the Hot Springs!

Jun
05

Giant Loop Review: 6 Days and 1100 Miles Later, A Video Review Of Coyote Saddlebag On KTM 350 EXC

The Coyote Saddlebag and KTM 350EXC are a match made for the trail. This a nice youtube.com review from an offroad dual sport rider.

Thanks for riding Giant Loop!

Jun
04

Giant Loop Riders: Turkish Filmmaker Tolga Riding KTM 1190 AdventureR Two-Up With Siskiyou Panniers

Turkish filmmaker Tolga Basol has started his ’round the world journey and documentary project Ride Must Go On! He is on a bike supplied by KTM, an 1190 AdventureR with Fandango Tank Bag Pro, Siskiyou Panniers, Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bags and Pannier Pockets. Check out how he has the Pannier Pockets low mounted on his engine guards.

Jun
02

Giant Loop Gear: Placer County Search and Rescue Motorcycle Team @ Hangtown Races 2014

We sent a handful of Medic Mojavi Saddlebags, down to the folks at Placer County Search and Rescue, for their support of Hangtown MX.  One of the guys posted a great pic of the Medic Mojavi equipped bikes on our FaceBook page.  Another medic posted her experience, “These packs were amazing today. Lots of positive feedback from our team & the public too. They look so great!”.  Thanks for the pic and kind words!

 

 

 

May
30

Giant Loop Rider: Simpson Desert Video From David Darcy Of Australia

David Darcy and his KTM 690 Enduro are getting some tracks in the sand, packing a Great Basin Saddlebag and Rogue Dry Bag.

May
29

Giant Loop Event: A Few More Pics From Overland EXPO

We got some more pics uploaded from the trip to Overland EXPO. Check them out!

 

May
28

Giant Loop Rider: RTW Noah, Caught A Vegatable Boat To Indonesia, Time To Load And Lock His Siskiyou Panniers

Noah is transferring his KTM 690 Enduro to Indonesia, by boat. He had to lock up his Siskiyou Panniers, by order of the boat captain, so here is his solution.

Noah posted on our ADVrider thread, “I had to put my girl onto a Vegetable boat today bound for Indonesia. They said I can leave my bags on her, but I should secure them. My solution was to find some wire rope and crimps. I ran a string through the bags to find the desired length, then cut the wire rope accordingly. Obviously this will not stop someone determined to get into the bags, but it will slow them down. You can also lock the zipper closed using the loop inside where the buckle is. I had to use a round file on the zipper pull to fit the padlock through.”

May
27

Giant Loop Review: Dirt Bike Magazine Writes Up The Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag.

 

Dirt Bike magazine’s June issue (dirtbikemagazine.com) sums up the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag: “BOTTOM LINE: If you’re one of those riders that has issues with a conventional tank or tail bag, the Giant Loop Buckin’ Roll system may be the hot ticket. It’s the least intrusive bag going today. It would make a nice addition to a tail bag or backpack, and while the $235 price tag gets your attention, the ability to cover some ground on your machine and carry enough goods to survive without killing the handling of the machine makes the Giant Loop Buckin’ Roll a focused and positive adventure/dual-sport product.”

 

 

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