Feb
04

Giant Loop News: Great Basin Saddlebag on Ducati “Terra Corsa” in Motorcyclist Magazine

“Every year I go with friends on an off-road adventure ride in southern Oregon. This year I was going to take a [Ducati] Multistrada, and I had it on the lift to install a set of Continental TKC 80  off-road tires. The [Ducati] Panigale was on the lift right next to it. One of my buddies stopped by, saw the two bikes side by side, and said, ‘You should put those TKC 80s on the Panigale and take that.’ I said, ‘Why, yes, I should.” — Arun Sharma, “Me & My Bike,” Motorcyclist magazine, March 2014

Sharma strapped a first-generation Great Basin Saddlebag on his modified superbike, and he and his friends took their annual dirt roads tour in Giant Loop’s own backyard. In the photo, Sharma’s at Fremont Point, overlooking Summer Lake, where Giant Loop goes for our annual customer appreciation ride.

Ducati’s Quentin Wilson (who took the photo of Sharma) has been riding with the Great Basin Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag on his bike (Ducati Streetfighter, fly-and-ride trip to Italy to tour on a Ducati Multistrada, etc.) since Giant Loop first introduced these bags.

Now that’s our kind of crazy! Go light. Go fast. Go far.

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Feb
01

Giant Loop News: Motonation Canada Named Distributor for Canada

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Giant Loop Expands Canada Distribution With Motonation Canada

 

Established Power Sports Distributor Provides Coast-To-Coast Representation

(BEND, OR, USA) Adventure-proof packing systems innovator Giant Loop has appointed Motonation Canada as its international distributor in Canada. Headed by power sports veterans Syl and Shawna Marleau and Vince Harker, formerly Klim distributor in Canada as DCI Sales, Motonation Canada imports and distributes top motorcycle exclusive brands such as Sidi, Forcefield, AGV Sports, Vemar, Powerlet, Mefo Tires as well as Rox Risers and Techniche.

Bilingual Canadian French/English speaker Marleau manages dealer sales for Motonation. Previously, he was Klim Canada’s Eastern Canada sales manager, Powerlet Canada distributor/sales manager, and he previously worked as district sales manager for Yamaha Motor Canada for 12 years. He created the brand image for KLIM in Eastern Canada. Marleau is based in Keswick, Ontario.

Shawna Marleau manages eastern operations, supporting Syl, who is on the road visiting dealers throughout the year.

Former owner of DCI Sales, Harker founded the company in 1995. He is business manager for Motonation Canada and is based in Magrath, Alberta.

To schedule a Giant Loop product line dealer clinic, contact:

Syl Marleau, Motonation Canada, at (289) 231-5482

Shawna Marleau, Motonation Canada, at (289) 231-5295

Vince Harker, Motonation Canada, at (403) 758-6600

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.

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Jan
31

Giant Loop Rider: Carlos In Bolivia On BMW F800GS With Great Basin Saddle Bag and Fandango Tank Bag

Carlos wrote in about his ride in Bolivia. He included a bunch of great pictures to share. He equipped his BMW F800GS with a Fandango Tank Bag and Great Basin Saddle Bag.

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He said, “They [pics] were took during some trips around Bolivia: Salar de Uyuni (Salt flats), El Chaco (southern part of Bolivia) and the last two are from Yungas (the famous Dead Road). I have two toys, my F800 GS with the Great Basin and Fandango bags, and my Kawa 450 with the Coyote saddlebag. Both work just perfect for me. Hope this new year can ride more, I will share my trips with you.

Cheers from Bolivia!”

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Carlos also rides trails on his Kawasaki KX450, with a Coyote Saddle Bag.

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Thank you Carlos for all the sweet pictures!

Giant Loop hopes you get your wish to ride more this year, too.

 

Jan
29

Giant Loop Review: Rubber Boa Straps in Dirt Rider

Dirt Rider, one of our favorite moto magazines, has covered the Rubber Boa Straps in their March 2014 issue. Check it out!

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“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

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Jan
28

Giant Loop Racers: Dakar Stories, A Racer’s 12th Place Finish And A Finisher’s 76th Place Win

Dakar is THE international offroad racing event of the year. Nothing thrills me more than New Years Day, since it indicates that start of Dakar is right around the corner.

Dakar veteran Riaan Van Niekerk ripped to a 12th place overall finish on board his Broadlink KTM 450RR, besting his rookie finish of 13th. He had his best stage time on Stage 5, coming in 4th place, against a laundry list of Factory-backed racers.  Riaan uses the Mojavi for his practice rides, back home in South Africa. Great Job Riaan!

At the other end of the pack, Luca Viglio, #173, finished 76th aboard his Boano Racing built Beta 450RR Atacama. Boano Racing is our Italian distributor.

Many times during the stages, Luca was faced with challenges that would keep him from finishing. Each time, he dug a bit deeper, or benefitted from the support of his team, locals and other racers, to help get him to the finish. I quoted a few remarks from Luca on ADVrider.com, translated by inmate auguzt. Thanks auguzt for sharing the news of Luca’s progress.

Luca’s bike, pre-Dakar, hanging out at the GL booth.

Jan
23

Giant Loop’s 2014 Line Is On The Web!

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,

Pannier Pockets,

Fandango Tank Bag Pro

and Diablo Tank Bag Pro.

 

UPDATE:

I failed to include the Possible Pouch in this list of new stuff! Here it is mounted to a Coyote Saddle Bag.

 

 

 

 

Jan
21

Giant Loop Rider: Prepping Our KTM 500 EXC For A Baja Trip

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!

 

 

Jan
16

Giant Loop Review: Cycle News Covers Possibles Pouch in January 14th Issue

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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!

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Jan
15

Giant Loop News: Chad Johnson Named Independent Sales Rep for TN, GA, NC, SC, AL

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(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.

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

 

Jan
14

Giant Loop Rider: Jaume Rides Morocco on Yamaha XT660Z Tenere with Great Basin and Fandango

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!

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