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

Feb
27

Giant Loop News: “Powered By Giant Loop” Offers New Mojavi Saddlebag Program

In the spirit of the “Mojavi for Medics” program, Giant Loop has found another way to support the folks who volunteer their time to produce the events, rides and races for us to enjoy. If you our your club would like to apply for this new program, click this link to download the application. Check out the details!

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Feb
26

Giant Loop Racer: Malle Moto Dakar Finisher, Brett Cummings, Now Racing For Giant Loop

Giant Loop signed a sponsorship agreement with South African Brett Cummings, also know as Rallyerider, to his ‘book Friends. Our connection to Brett came through our South African partner, Chris at Desert Lizard. Thanks Chris and Brett for the support!!

Brett is joining the Giant Loop Team as a racer and test rider after riding his KTM 450RR to a  28th place finish overall and 2nd in the Malle Moto Class, in the 2014 edition of Dakar. His previous Rally Raid experience includes finishing 43rd in 2013 edition of Dakar, 7th in the Merzouga 2012 and 4th in the Australasian Safari 2012.

You can follow Brett’s training, race prep and progress on his ‘book page, linked above, or on his Twitter feed, @Rallyerider.

Feb
21

Giant Loop Review: Paul Rides South America On Yamaha Tenere 660 With Siskiyou Panniers And Diablo Tank Bag

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Paul wrote in and said:

“After a year on the road in South America, I still wasn’t happy with my panniers.  I started with hard panniers then switched to conventional soft panniers, but neither worked for me.  I quickly decided hard panniers were not what I wanted when riding in the dirt (I finally lost one when riding too fast on some serious Bolivian washboard, which was probably a blessing – meant I had to buy some soft panniers before I got a broken ankle in a fall!).  I could never get the soft panniers to fit really snug to the bike, and they were a pain to take off and put on – an unavoidable requirement sometimes when staying in hostels.

Eventually I got my hands on some Siskiyous.  I had been using a Diablo tank bag for several months – I swapped it for the bigger tank bag I started with, which kept hitting me in the Crown Jewels when standing on the pegs!  I was super happy with the Diablo, so I reckoned the Siskiyous were worth a shot.  I think I’ve nailed it: really secure, easy to mount and remove, weight nicely forward on the bike, seriously tested in an Argentinian thunderstorm and stayed 100% waterproof…  Very happy so far.

I wasn’t sure how they would fit the 660 Tenere because of the prominent pillion handles, but I’ve had no problems.  I’ve still got my old pannier rack fitted, but I’m toying with removing it to save a few kg and seeing how things go.”

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Thanks Paul for the pics and fit review!

Ride while you can.

Feb
19

Giant Loop News: Fandango Tank Bag Pro Awarded “Nifty 50 Products” In Powersports Business News

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After submitting Giant Loop bags to Powersports Business News Nifty 50 Products, for the last 5 years, we finally got a winner!!
Giant Loop Designer, Brian Frankle, added a whole jar of secret sauce to the 2014 Fandango Tank Bag, creating our first Pro model.

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Major updates of Giant Loop’s largest tank bag (8 liters) focus on expandability, electronics compatibility, and features driven by rider feedback. An electronics pass-through enables on-bike charging and power inside the tank bag and/or the clear vinyl map pocket top. The Fandango’s underside includes a concealed document pocket, and two separate side zippers for easy mounting to harness. Full length interior lining with hook-and-loop accepting fabric, movable divider with elastic tire pressure gauge holder and slots, exterior mesh pocket and D-ring mounts for new optional Buckin’ Roll pannier pockets (2 liters each side) are key new features. Fuel fills are now easily accessed by simply unzipping either side from the harness, and the concave front allows vent hoses to breath. Fits virtually any motorcycle, including dirt, dual sport, adventure and sport machines with metallic or non-metallic tanks/shrouds.

 

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Check out the rest of the list:

Powersports Business announces Nifty 50 winners

February 18, 2014 

Filed under NewsTop Stories

Powersports Business has named the winners of its 15th annual Nifty 50 products and services contest.

The winning products and services were chosen because of their potential to help dealers succeed in 2014, whether it’s through selling a Nifty 50 product or using Nifty 50 service. The Nifty 50 were chosen by the editors of Powersports Business, along with editors of sister consumer publicationsSnow GoerThunder Press and Rider. The following is the list of the company names along with their winning products. For more information about each product, pick up the Feb. 17 issue ofPowersports Business.

Adaptiv Technologies — GlowRider Electro-Luminescent Vest

ADP Lightspeed — LightspeedEVO Mobile App

Airoh — Terminator Helmet

ARI Network Services — AccessorySmart

ASA Electronics — H-D Replacement Radio

Atlas Brace — Atlas Original Neck Brace

Auction123 — Enhanced Craigslist Posting Application

Backcountry Discovery Routes — Arizona Backcountry Discovery Routes Map & DVD

Bell Helmets — Bullitt

Bosski — RevArc Dirt Bike Loading System

Caliber — Trax Grabber

Castle Streetwear — Hi-Vis Turbine 2

Corbin — Dual Touring Saddle for 2014 Indian Chief

CTEK Power, Inc. — CTEK MUS 4.3 Test & Charge

Cyclepedia Press LLC — Cyclepedia PRO

Divas SnowGear — Avid Technical Jacket

Dominion Powersports Solutions — DX1

Dowco — Guardian Trailerable Tri-Layer PWC Cover

Drag Specialties Seats — Touring Seat for Victory

DragonFire Racing — XL High Backs

Giant Loop LLC — Fandango Tank Bag

Holeshot — Smart Pad

Icon — Icon 1000 Vigilante

iTapMenu — iPad F&I Menu Selling Tool

Joe Rocket — HeartBreaker Boot

Klock Werks — Honda GoldWing and F6B Flare Windshield

Kuryakyn — L.E.D. Saddlebag Extensions

Lynx Hooks Systems LLC — Interlocking Adjustable Tie Downs

McGraw Powersports Group — Dealer 360

Midland Radio Corporation — BTX2 Twin Advanced Intercom System

More Than Rewards — Web2Phone

Motion Pro — T-Handle Spinner Bit Driver

Mustang Motorcycle Products — Tripper Fastback Seat for the Bolt

Nelson Rigg — CL-2020 GPS Tank Bag

Renthal — Sportbike Intellilever Clutch & Brake Levers

S&S Cycle Inc. — T2 Long Block Engine

Schuberth North America — Schuberth HelmetLok

Scorpion Sports Inc. — Scorpion EXO R2000 Helmet

Seizmik — LED Light Bar

Shoei — RF-1200

Shorai — LFX19A4-BS12

STI Off-Road — HD Alloy HD4 Wheels

SuperTrapp Industries — FPS Racing High Performance Radiators

TCF Inventory Finance — Full Circle Analysis

TechSpec-USA — Tank Grip Pad Accessory for the Grom

The Carlson Company — CEMB K22 Computerized Motorcycle Wheel Balancer

Two Brothers Racing — Comp-V Intake System

Vance & Hines — Super Radius

Vee Rubber — Arachnid

Works Connection — Air Fork EZ Fill

 

 

 

Feb
18

Giant Loop Gear: Buckin’ Roll Press Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 17, 2014

New 2014 Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag™ by Giant Loop®
Modular, Customizable, Ultra-Trim Adventure Proof Motorcycle Packing System

(BEND, OREGON USA) Named for saddle pads used by rodeo cowboys, the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag™ by motorcycle packing systems innovator Giant Loop has been completely re-envisioned and redesigned for 2014. The minimalist tank bag is modular, customizable and ultra-trim to meet the demands of dirt, dual sport and adventure riders who “don’t like tank bags.” The Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag also now fits virtually any motorcycle, keeping riding essentials handy and out of the way, even when standing on the footpegs to tackle challenging off-road terrain.

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PDF mounting instructions with detailed illustrations of 2014 Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/986xgj42mvibfj8/Instructions-Buckin%20Roll-R01b.pdf

The Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag packing system consists of three components, which can be used individually or in any combination: mounting harness, center Tool Pouch case and Pannier Pockets™.

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The Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag “Complete” option includes all components, while the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag “Center Only” option includes the mounting harness and center case only.The 2-liter center case secures to the harness with two included cam buckle straps.

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Two 2-liter Pannier Pockets attach to the mounting harness and tank, shrouds or engine guards. (Pannier Pockets also are available separately, and they can be added to Giant Loop’s Fandango/Diablo Tank Bags, or used independently.)

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Specifications and Features

• Volume: 6 liters (2 liter center case, 2 x 2-liter Pannier Pockets)
• 22 oz vinyl coated polyester Bomb Shell™
• Water resistant YKK zippers
• Nylike webbing
• Reflective accents for visibility
• 2 removable webbing straps w/ aluminum cam-lock buckles
• Multiple webbing MOLLE-style daisy chains
• Mil-spec materials and hardware
• Limited Lifetime Warranty
• Made in USA

Giant Loop adventure proof motorcycle packing systems are available from international distributors, as well as from a network of dealers throughout the USA. Giant Loop designs and tests products in Bend, Oregon and manufactures everything in the USA (except for the Canadian made Pronghorn Straps). For all the details, go to www.giantloopmoto.com.

Giant Loop® and the GL® logo are registered trademarks of Giant Loop LLC.

Media Contact: Harold Olaf Cecil, Giant Loop LLC, 971-832-3164, harold@giantloopmoto.com

Feb
14

Giant Loop Rider Ethics: Trail Conservation Starts With Us, So Pack Out The Trash!

 I just enjoyed a great post by fellow inmate Ford_Perfect in ADVrider.com’s Tread Lightly section. He posted a video, made by his friend that posts as eveRide on Youtube. The message is simple and echoed by your friends at Giant Loop: If you see random trash on your favorite trail, “PICK IT UP AND PACK IT OUT”. The message is along the lines of  Ghandi’s  statement, “We must BE the change, we wish to see in the world.”  

The video suggests a couple methods for how to facilitate packing out trash, found on the trail. One method mentioned is to take a spare drybag, like our Rogue Dry Bag and some straps, like our Pronghorns, to load up and haul out the abandoned refuse. Without our participation, trail system and land managers will be faced with spending part of their management budget on trash clean up, instead of trail improvements. Each year our own local OHV park is tasked with removing tons of trash, piled in the designated OHV riding areas. Watch the video, do the math and do your part to keep our trails open and accessible for your favorite activity, Motorcycling!

Here’s a link to the video in case my imbed skills fail me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFAMaXnw83k&list=PL9H73LRGGy6XiKTJQuFucqg_c5yVB61Dt&feature=share&index=2

 

 

Feb
13

Giant Loop Racer: Rosie The Rippers Womens Team Take First At 24hrs Of Starvation Ridge

Giant Loop Racer Tracy was on the winning Women’s team for the 24Hrs of Starvation Ridge, called “Rosie the Rippers”. Her team used Bushwacker Hand Guards to keep the cold off their hands, during the night stage of their race.  She wrote in and sent us pics of the team in action.

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“Hey Guys! Here are some photos from the 24 hour race, I thought you would enjoy! I love my GL handgaurds, they kept the cold off of may hands all night! My girls team “Rosie the Rippers” took 1st in the womens class.
Tracy Fabian
Pro Caliber Vancouver”

Congratulations on the team win, Tracy!

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Feb
12

Giant Loop Rider: Simone Rides His 50cc To Germany For Elefantentreffen

Giant Loop Rider Simone Cannizzo braved the Winter riding conditions and rode north from Milan to the Elefantentreffen. The Elefantentreffen is a winter motorcycle rally that was started in 1956 and takes place in the forest of Bavaria, southern Germany. Simone rode his 50cc enduro with Coyote Saddle Bag, camping at the location of the event. Looked like a cold ride!!

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Simone is no stranger to long rides on a 50cc enduro, having ridden a Beta 50cc from Ushuaia to Prudhoe Bay…

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Feb
11

Giant Loop Racer: Rory Sullivan Finishes 17th At King Of The Motos

Giant Loop Racer and Sales Rep for 405motosales, Rory Sullivan #507, raced to the finish at the 2014 King Of The Motos. His combined time was 4 hours, 41 minutes and 17 seconds for the AM and PM motos, putting him in 17th place overall, among some world class competition.  Rory raced with a Zig Zag Handlebar Bag to carry his gel supplements and a cell phone.

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Some great pics from Giant Loop Rider Joel, who was supporting the event as a Volunteer.

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Rory said in his race recap:

“I’m up this morning and thinking about how the weekend went at King of the Moto’s. I felt good during Saturdays Qualifier but made one small mistake that cost me a bit of time. The Qualifier was around 3 min long so mistakes where costly. In the Sunday morning AM Final I raced well and gave it everything my 250F had but it was mostly flat out desert sections with a couple tech sections mixed in, I defiantly lost time on the open stuff which was frustrating. I really need to say thanks to Nate Delaney at Dirt tricks for helping my gear it down for the race. The PM Final started with a wild land rush start down a sand hill and strait into one of the events famous sections. It was….. let just say interesting! I got to the top of the first section and my clutch was smoked and when I say smoked I mean would not move forward. I spent some time adjusting the cable all the way in and let it cool down, which helped but it was never the same the rest of the event. About 10 miles in I derailed my chain on a rocky climb and lost some more time. Bottom line is it was a tough relentless race but I was determined to finish, and I’m thankful I did. I finished 17th after they combined both the AM and PM races. I will be back next year better prepared. Huge thanks to Pro Caliber VancouverFly Racing, Evo ind, Bell Powersports NorthwestSmith Optics, USWE Hydration,FMF Racing, Fusion Graphix Dirt Tricks, Rekluse Motor SportsFasst Company,Fastway Pro ProMoto BilletDeVol Engineering Inc.,Novik Gloves, Rigid industries.”

Nice Job Rory!

 

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