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NEW 2015: Giant Loop Tracker Packer for Spot Gen3 Debuts at San Felipe 250

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Giant Loop Tracker Packer SPOT Gen3 Holster

The first production units of Giant Loop’s new Tracker Packer just shipped to customers who pre-ordered – and to Quinn Cody and the Kurt Caselli Foundation for the 2015 San Felipe 250!

Giant Loop is donating a portion of all Tracker Packer sales to support the Kurt Caselli Foundation’s mission:

Kurt Caselli Foundation logoProtecting and Supporting the Lives of Off-Road Riders.

The Kurt Caselli Foundation was established in 2013. The focus of the foundation is the safety of riders and racers in the off-road motorcycling industry. While we understand the inherent elements of danger in this industry, we aim to help minimize this danger to the best of our ability. The foundation has a three-part mission that encompasses safety precautions for riders before, during, and after a racing career.

1. Before racing, we are committed to encouraging, developing, and standardizing safety precautions that will help minimize risk outside of the rider’s control.

2. During racing, we are committed to developing, establishing, and encouraging the use of safety equipment and policies to increase the safety of the riders.

3. After racing, we are committed to providing a safety net that allows and encourages former racers to further their education and reach career goals for themselves and their families.

Giant Loop Tracker Packer SPOT Gen3 Holster

The Tracker Packer represents a year-long collaboration between Giant Loop and the Kurt Caselli Foundation, with multiple Baja 1000 champ Quinn Cody providing direction and prototype testing.

Giant Loop Rider: Adventure Trio’s Sandy Borden in Central America

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Sandy Borden Adventure Trio

Sandy Borden washes her face in Guatemala! Sandy, her husband Terry Borden and their teenage son Jack are the “Adventure Trio,” and the three of them are riding BMW GS from their home in northern California to the southernmost tip of South America. After a couple of months on the road, the Adventure Trio is in Central America now. Sandy’s using he Fandango Pro Tank Bag?you can see in the photo above – enhanced with a little Guatemalan-style bling. Follow their adventures here.

Giant Loop Racer: Lawrence Hacking’s Mongolia Rally in American Motorcyclist

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Canadian rider and Overland Adventure Rally organizer Lawrence Hacking’s article recounting his experiences racing the Mongolian Rally appear in the February 2015 issue of American Motorcyclist magazine, published by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). He rode a 2014 Honda CRF 450X with Giant Loop’s MoJavi Saddlebag throughout the rally, and here’s what he wrote about it: “To lighten the load on myself, I used the Giant Loop MoJavi bags to carry the heavy items that I would likely need to finish, such as tools and a spare inner tube.”

American Motorcyclist Lawrence Hacking Motorcycling in Mongolia

Motorcycling Mongolia by Lawrence Hacking in AMA magazine

Giant Loop Rider: Tolga Basol’s “Ride Must Go On” in USA

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Photo update from Tolga Basol’s “Ride Must Go On” travels around the world. For the past few months, he’s been in the USA after retrieving his KTM 1190 Adventure from British Columbia, Canada, where it was ocean-freighted from Asia. Tolga’s Siskiyou Panniers, Tillamook Dry Bag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag have been punished over the past the year on a journey that began in Turkey and spanned the continent of Asia off-road.

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9 Gifts Every Motorcycle Rider Needs – $60 and Under

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STUFF YOUR STOCKINGS WITH GIANT LOOP!
Free shipping code (USA only):?2014MOTO

9 Gifts Every Motorcycle Rider Needs – $60 and Under

Pronghorn StrapsPronghorn Straps (package of 2) $16-$20
A thousand uses – essential gear for every rider. See Dirt Rider Magazine award in left column. BUY NOW!

 

Rubber Boa StrapsRubber Boa Straps (package of 2) $25
Fit most dirt bike plastic fenders – dead solid secure. Pair with Possibles Pouch to make ultimate fender bag. BUY NOW!

 

 

 

Giant Loop t-shirtGiant Loop “Go Light. Go Fast. Go Far.” Short Sleeve T-Shirt (S-XXL) $20
Comfy 100% cotton tee featuring original illustration of rally racer in Tunisia. BUY NOW!

 

 

 

giant-loop-hat-capGiant Loop “Cow Skull & Sunset” Mesh Ball Cap (adjustable) $20
Cures helmet hair. Features original illustration of icon sun-bleached cow skull. BUY NOW!

 

 

Giant Loop base layer shirtGiant Loop “Go Light. Go Fast. Go Far.” Long Sleeve Quick-Drying Tech Tee $35
Ultimate comfort in all conditions under riding gear and armor. Features original illustration of rally racer in Tunisia. BUY NOW!

 

 

 

 

Bushwackers Hand GuardsBushwackers Hand Guards (set of 2) $40
Cold, wet, muddy, windy? Strap these over any deflectors for maximum hand and control protection. BUY NOW!

 

 

 

 

Zigzag Handlebar BagZigzag Handlebar Bag $55
Fits virtually anything with handlebars – and other locations. Perfect for keys, wallet, phone and essentials. BUY NOW!

 

 

possibles pouchPossibles Pouch $60
Universal gear pocket attaches to engine guard, fender, GL luggage and many other uses. Tools, spare front tube – keeps kit organized. BUY NOW!

 

 

 

ochoco-enduro-tail-packNEW 2015! Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack $60
Bolts onto plastic fender or metal tail rack – or straps on to many locations. Tool organizers, mesh pocket and key clip inside. BUY NOW!

Giant Loop Review: Siskiyou Panniers in Dirt Rider’s “DR Tested”

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Dirt Rider Magazine‘s December issue features Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers in a “DR Tested” long-term use review, written after using them in Baja and months of riding off-road and city commuting. Dirt Rider concludes: “Other than being super dusty, after months of use the Siskiyou Panniers are no worse for the wear and have served as an essential overnight riding gear pack as well as been a huge help with commuting duties. Also, since they are not bike-specific and are super adjustable, these could be the only panniers you’ll need ? even if you have multiple bikes.”

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Giant Loop’s Pronghorn Straps “Product of the Year – Under $25” by Dirt Rider Magazine

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Thank you Dirt Rider Magazine for naming Giant Loop’s Pronghorn Straps “Product of the Year – Under $25”!

Giant Loop Pronghorn Straps Dirt Rider Magazine Product of the Year

Giant Loop Pronghorn Straps Dirt Rider Magazine “Product of the Year- Under $25”

Dirt Rider writes: “We can always use straps, whether on the trail or just to secure the load in an overstuffed truck bed. These super simple, seemingly infinitely stretchable straps have held tight for hundreds of miles of off-road riding. They can secure a headlight, strap down a fender pack, hold down fully loaded panniers, and even hold a broken boot together.”

 

Giant Loop Video: “The Eagles of Metal Horses” in Ecuador

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If this video doesn’t make you smile, then you need to check your pulse! Not your typical “here’s our motorcycle trip in Ecuador” kinda video, instead these guys shot a hilarious rock video throughout their trip! And, they’re riding with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebags . . .

Giant Loop Snow: Website Live, Free Shipping Through Year-End

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Giant Loop Snow, our parallel twin website for adventure proof snowmobile gear, is live and ready to take your order! We’re super stoked and to share the love, we’re offering free shipping on all Giant Loop snowmobile gear (US only, while supplies last) until the end of 2014. Just use this code when you checkout of the shopping cart:?2014SNOW

Limited quantities produced – get yours while they last!

REVELSTOKE TUNNEL BAG?- for mountain sleds

Revelstoke Tunnel Bag for mountain snowmobiles

 

 

 

 

TORNGAT TUNNEL BAG?- for touring snowmobiles, backcountry skiing and snowboarding

Torngat Tunnel Bag for snowmobiles

 

 

 

 

KOOTENAY POCKET?- for all snowmobiles

Kootenay Pocket for snowmobile sledding gear

 

 

 

 

ZIGZAG BAR BAG?- for all snowmobile bumpers and bars

Zigzag Bar Bag for snowmobile bumpers, bars

 

 

 

 

BUSHWACKERS HAND GUARDS?- for all snowmobiles with rigid deflectors

Snowmobile hand protection for all sleds with rigid snowmobile hand guards

 

 

 

 

PRONGHORN STRAPS?- for all snowmobiles

Pronghorn Straps essential snowmobile gear sled gear

 

 

 

Giant Loop Video: Dirt Rider Magazine’s AIMExpo Brand Spotlight

By | Christini AWD, Uncategorized, Video | No Comments

Thanks Dirt Rider Magazine for taking the time to check out our gear at the 2014 AIMExpo in Orlando, Florida! We had a?Christini 450 All-Wheel-Drive Dual Sport display bike equipped with our core dirt bike gear: MoJavi Saddlebag, Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag, Zigzag Handlebag Bag, Bushwackers Hand Guards and Fender Bag (Possibles Pouch + Rubber Boa Straps,?not?in the video).

Click the arrow icon in the lower left corner to expand the video to full size.

Giant Loop Snow: Order Here, Shipping Now!

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ORDER TODAY – LIMITED QUANTITIES SHIPPING NOW!

Scroll down to review Giant Loop Snow gear – BUY NOW buttons follow each product.

REVELSTOKE TUNNEL BAG

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TORNGAT TUNNEL BAG

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TORNGAT TUNNEL BAG – $175 + $10 shipping (US only)





Giant Loop Racers: Sheenans Finish Strong At “24 Hours of Starvation Ridge”

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Congratulations to GL racers Tracy Sheehan and Nick Sheehan for the strong finish in brutal conditions at the 24 hours of Starvation Ridge race! Looks like the Bushwackers Hand Guards came in handy.
24 Hours of Starvation Ridge, ProCaliber, Giant Loop Bushwacker Hand Guards
Here’s Tracy’s report: “Here’s a small recap of the race this weekend. Mud, lots of mud… Nick crashed and hurt his shoulder and midnight still went out for another night lap. I had some intermittent bike trouble. Nick placed 3rd overall. I placed 5th overall. It was a very challenging weekend, but overall we had a blast!! I truly Love my Bushwhacker Guards!”

Giant Loop Rider: Why “Ride Must Go On” Chose Giant Loop For Global Adventure

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Turkish filmmaker Tolga Basol has already ridden across Asia on a KTM 1190 Adventure R, now he’s enjoying the desert southwest of the United States. He added a camerman to his solo journey to help document the trip for Turkish television. This pic is the KTM 640 Adventure Tolga bought in LA for his cameraman to ride.

Here’s a recent post on his Ride Must Go On page:

Ride Must Go On - KTM 640 Adventure equipped with Giant Loop

I am getting some questions about the luggage system I am using, so I wanted to share my thoughts about the topic here. I have used hard panniers in the past on my travels to Middle East, Central Asia, Europe so I have tasted both.

– Hard panniers are way more heavier then a soft luggage setup. That being said, I try to travel on dirt roads as much as possible so the weight is an issue for me. The lighter the bike it is, the happier I am.

– I have managed to bend hard panniers, stuck my leg between the pannier and the bike couple of times, hit something hard while riding off road… The results are not good. Soft panniers are way more durable and sturdy than hard ones imho. Even if you manage to tear them apart, they are much more easier to fix.

– I have witnessed self destruction of hard panniers in Road Of Bones. My friend with hard panniers had to abandon them because the cases and rack system were destroyed.

– My soft luggage setup is totally waterproof, flexible and have pockets so when needed I can carry lots of stuff with them.

– I use Giant Loop equipment, I was already using their products so I believe they are the best on the market now. I asked them to support me for my RTW and I am happy they are.

– I have Siskiyou Panniers, Tillamook Dry Bag, Fandango Tank Bag along with pannier pockets. To keep them steady on the bike I use Pronghorn Straps which are one of the best equipment so far I have ever used.

Giant Loop Video: “Lost in the Pacific Northwest – Episode 3”

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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. Check out Episode 3 here?

Click play, hit expand button to display full screen, and sit back and enjoy the ride!

Giant Loop Review: Pronghorn Straps on Cycle World’s Baja Surf Adventure

By | BMW, KTM, Reviews | No Comments

Cycle World magazine’s Jeff Allen and Sean Klinger recently loaded their adventure bikes – a KTM 1190 Adventure R and a BMW 1200 GS Adventure – with surf boards and went on Baja run, dubbed “Baja 500 Surf & Turf” in the November 2014 issue. They used Giant Loop’s Pronghorn Straps to secure the surf boards to their motorcycles, and as you can see from the photos this wasn’t a sit-down-putt-putt kind of ride!

Cycle World magazine Baja 500 Surf & Turf with Pronghorn Straps
Here’s what Cycle World wrote about the Pronghorn Straps:
“We used the awesome Pronghorn Straps from Giant Loop (giantloopmoto.com) as attachment points to keep springy tension in the tie-downs, which kept the boards snug and secure with little chance of slack developing. A quick test run down the freeway at 80 mph and a few curb and speed-bump jumps as shakedown proved this was the right solution, and we were comfortable with the setup for the trip.”

Cycle World magazine Baja 500 Surf and Turf with Pronghorn Straps

Cycle World magazine Baja 500 Surf and Turf with Pronghorn Straps

 

Get the full story at Cycle World magazine!

Giant Loop Rider: Black Tie 2 Black Top – Danell Lynn’s “1 Woman, 1 Bike, 1 Year, 50 US States + Canada”

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Black Tie 2 Black Top rider Danell Lynn's "1 Woman, 1 Bike, 1 Year, 50 US States + Canada"Danell Lynn stopped over in Bend for the night on her solo motorcycle tour.

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Her Triumph Bonneville is kitted out with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bag and Zigzag Handlebar Bag. She’s attempting a Guinness World Record for most miles ridden in a single country!

Follow her travels on Black Tie 2 Black Top.

Giant Loop Video: Lost In The Pacific Northwest ? Episode 2

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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. You’ll notice the MoJavi Saddlebags and Zigzag Handlebar Bags on their bikes – check out Episode 2!

Here’s a link to Dirt Rider Magazine’s video page!

Giant Loop Racer: Seat Time Host Brian Pierce Finishes 2014 Baja Rally on 1987 Suzuki SP 200 with MoJavi Saddlebag

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Seat Time host Brian Pierce thought his racing was done when he blew up his bike at this year’s BAJA RALLY – then he and his father got inspired and prepped his dad’s 27-year-old Suzuki SP 200 so he could finish the race!

Says Brian: “Here’s the 1987 Suzuki SP 200 with the GL MoJavi Saddlebag ready for the final day! our bags worked great. Let me know if you would like more pics of the SP 200 with them on there. It was the perfect way to use the bike you had to conquer a 300+ mile day in Baja.”

Congrats Brian – undaunted!

Here’s the recent Seat Time episode recapping this year’s Baja Rally:


“2014 Baja Rally Overall Winner Scott Bright joins us on the show and he’s followed up by Erek Kudla. The Baja Rally was a great experience and we would love the opportunity to attend again for Baja Rally 3.0.”

Giant Loop Names Matt Hirsch As Independent Sales Representative For Nevada and Northern/Central California

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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.

 

Giant Loop FAQ: Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag vs. Pannier Pockets

By | FAQ, Tech Tips | No Comments

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.

Hi –

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.

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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:

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Giant Loop Support: STAFF MoJavi Saddlebags with Custom Graphics

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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.

 

Giant Loop Video: “Lost In The Pacific Northwest – Episode 1” featuring Kyle Redmond, Rory Sullivan and Ricky Russell

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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!

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

By | Kawasaki, Reviews | No Comments

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!

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

By | KTM, Riders | No Comments

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.

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

By | Reviews, Uncategorized, Yamaha | No Comments

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 capa?ble 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.”

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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!

Giant Loop Rider: GL Designer Explores Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route

By | Honda, Riders, Suzuki, Yamaha | No Comments

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.”