“Giant Loop Rubber Boa Straps: $25. Specifically designed to hook onto dirt bike fenders, now there is no excuse to not have that spare tube, tool pack or submarine sandwich.” – Dirt Rider magazine, March 2014
While we are still getting some of the 2014 details updated on our web page, the Giant Loop Online Store has the majority of our 2014 line with the latest designs and pricing.
Find the new Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag Pro,
and Diablo Tank Bag Pro.
2014 has a few special rides scheduled for Giant Loop. The first ride is Baja next month, when HOC will travel South with GL Team Rider Brad, to ride with Chilly White of enduro360.com. HOC has always wanted to ride Baja and when Chilly invited him to join a ride this year, HOC jumped at the chance!
This led to evaluating Giant Loop’s KTM 500 EXC and getting some maintenance and setup details organized(and stripping the bike). The list had everything from gapping the valves, to tires, to suspension, to fuel filler filter sock. Of course, this is in addition to the discussion about which of the new 2014 Giant Loop gear to take on the ride. Coyote Saddle Bag is a no brainer, but which tank bag combination? Fandango Tank Bag, Diablo and Pannier Pockets or Buckin’ Roll with Pannier Pockets, what will it be?
First on the list was a valve check and GL racer Alex Sherman sharpened up his feeler gauges to perform the deed. After Alex gave the valve gaps a good gauging, he found them all in spec and none needed a shim swap. Next on the list was fresh lube, filters and rubber. I got the oil and filter managed, then pulled the Suspension off to send out to our friend Alex Martins at Konflict Suspension. Alex has a new dampening formula for the KTM 500 EXC and HOC is excited to try out the smoother action, during this ride. Next up is swapping the tires out for the Maxxis IT-Desert. The KTM still had the OEM Pirelli front and a half worn Dunlop 606 rear, so with both wheels off, the tire swap was gonna be easy.
Stay tuned for the next round of prep work!
In their latest issue, Cycle News gave digital ink to the Possibles Pouch, in the CN Stuff section. Check out Cycle News and their online motorcycle racing magazine. It has always been my go-to magazine for the latest news and photos of motorcycle racing action. Be it the local, regional, national or international racing series Cycle News has write ups and results. There are currently Dakar 2014 updates on the front page of their site and who doesn’t want to know who is leading the Dakar! Thanks Cycle News!
(BEND, OR, USA) Adventure-proof packing systems innovator Giant Loop has named Chad Johnson as its independent sales representative for Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama. Johnson currently represents other top motorcycle brands, such as Bell Powersports, Alpinestars, Napa Gloves, Sport Performance Eyewear and Promotional Apparel Inc. With the support of two additional reps, Johnson services approximately 350 motorcycle dealerships in his territory.
Johnson previously worked as general manager at a multi-line motorcycle dealership, owned a cylinder head and dyno tuning shop, and he has been an independent sales representative in the motorcycle industry for 6 years.
He is also a former WERA Motorcycle Roadracing competitor, as well as a drag and land speed racing competitor with ECTA (East Coast Timing Association). Currently, Johnson scratches his two-wheeled racing itch as a competitive road bicyclist, logging 5,000 miles a year.
To schedule a Giant Loop product line dealer clinic, contact Chad Johnson at 931-349-5272.
Giant Loop’s adventure-proof motorcycle gear packing systems are available from select international distributors, as well as from a network of premium 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.
ADVrider Jaumev had an awesome ride through Morocco on his newly built custom Yamaha XT660Z Tenere and posted a ride report with pics. He did a similar ride, last year on his highly detailed Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere, but this year, the lighter, smaller brother is his steed. He rode with Fandango Tank Bag, Great Basin Saddle Bag and a couple of Rogue Dry Bags. Jaume makes a custom graphic kit for the xt660z, check out his site, Traildreamer.com. Thanks for the great pics and feedback, Jaumev!
Giant Loop sponsored local Bend, Oregon, racer Alex Sherman for his 2013 off road racing season. He was awarded a Team Green shiny new KX450F, at the beginning of the season and put that machine to good use, hammering out his results for the year. Alex raced all the GP and XC events on the OMRA calendar and took time to race the ISDE qualifier in Idaho City. He finished the season 2nd place overall in the points standing for Open Expert and was first in class for all of his October events. Congratulations Alex! Follow him on his Facebook Page for regular updates.
Some details about his season:
Drove over 6000 miles
Raced 23 events and finished on the podium in his class, 15 of 20 finishes!
“Broke a bone”, nope it wasn’t his leg…
In addition to the ISDE, he raced the Desert 100, an Albany MX race and was on the class winning 24hr relay team for the 24hrs of Starvation Ridge.
Check out the KFX450 pics I snapped when it was delivered to his work bay at ProCaliber, last spring.
Thank you Kit J. Vercella for the comprehensive review of Giant Loop’s Tillamook Dry Bag and Rogue Dry Bag in the January 2014 “Kit And Caboodle” column of BMW Owners News magazine. This is our favorite part:
“A personal side note: Although not necessarily relevant to your purchasing decision, there is something heartening about a group of adventure riders down the street who have the vision and technical expertise to create top-shelf, functional motorcycle gear every bit as good (maybe even better) than their corporate rivals worldwide.”
Over at ExpeditionPortal.com, Christophe Noel tells about using the full Giant Loop motorcycle packing system on his BMW F650 Dakar. Christophe is using a Fandango Tank Bag, Coyote Saddlebag with Drypods and Rogue Dry Bag. His BMW is a desirable edition and Giant Loop looks just right, all mounted up.
He writes in his review,
“…It seems good soft luggage is still hard to come by with many manufacturers banging on with the same poor designs which have been around for years.
I recently found myself once again in need of a soft luggage system and the Giant Loop Coyote Bag came with a chorus of glowing recommendations…
…Individually, each piece has more than exceeded my expectations. Combined, they’re a tour de force of design and construction.”
Thanks for riding Giant Loop, Christophe and for the great review!