From our photographer friend David Schelske: “Testing out the new ride, double checking my setup and getting ready for a week long trip to the Alvord.” David’s on his 2016 KTM 500 EXC camping in Oregon with the Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Rogue Dry Bag and Possibles Pouches.
Did some camping this weekend, and the GL Camping System gear is awesome! Here are some essentials for every motorcycle traveler: compact, lightweight, long-burning, hands free lights – Princeton Tec Byte LED Headlamp, Orion Tilt Hat Clip LED Light!Orion Tilt Hat Clip LED Light
Every tank bag should have one of these stashed inside! This little beauty clips right to the visor on a ball cap – or to the visor on a motorcycle helmet – and it’s so lightweight it’s hardly noticeable, providing perfect task lighting and enough illumination to walk around in full darkness. Includes batteries and green LED lights to preserve night vision. Princeton Tech BYTE LED Headlamp
This is a “go light, go fast, go far” headlamp! Unbelievably bright for such a tiny, lightweight headlamp, the BYTE shoots a beam of light a considerable distance. Features a red light to preserve night vision. Batteries included.
Thank you Team Giant Loop and Powersports Business for the 2016 Nifty 50 best new powersports products award for the Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder. And congratulations to our manufacturing collaborator Fuel Safe – without their assistance and expertise this product never would have made it off the drawing board! The Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder is proudly made in USA and backed by our limited lifetime warranty.
Bend, OR-based, adventure proof packing systems and gear company Giant Loop’s new Gas Bag™ Fuel Safe Bladder conveniently transports 1 gallon of hydrocarbon fuel for power sports racing in a collapsible welded film and ballistic nylon reinforced container that rolls up or packs flat when empty, weighing less than 12 ounces. Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladders are compatible with motorcycles, snowmobiles, snow bikes (e.g., Timbersled, Moto Trax), ATVs, UTVs and 4x4s, providing a lightweight, compact means of transporting gas for off-road racing on closed courses.
The Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder was recently awarded the Powersports Business “Nifty 50” for being among the best new products for 2016: http://powersportsbusiness.com/columns/2016/02/15/2016-powersports-business-nifty-50-winners/
Each Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder is individually pressure tested and made in USA by Fuel Safe, a leading racing fuel containment manufacturer based in Redmond, Oregon.
NOTE: The Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder is intended only for the temporary transport of liquid hydrocarbons for racing vehicles used in professional off road and closed course competition racing events. The Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder is not a portable or long-term fuel storage container as described by ASTM, EPA, ARB or other state or federal agencies.
About Giant Loop
Based in Bend, Giant Loop designs and manufactures adventure proof motorcycle, snowmobile and outdoor packing and gear systems. From its Bend showroom and website, Giant Loop is also a retailer of products that complete its “go light, go fast, go far” approach to packing for adventure. Giant Loop products are available from international distributors, as well as from a network of dealers throughout the USA. Giant Loop is a rider-owned company. For all the details, go to www.giantloopmoto.com or www.giantloopsnow.com.
Giant Loop® and the GL® logo are registered trademarks of Giant Loop LLC.
Video overview of Giant Loop’s Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack. Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack straps to virtually any rack. Bolts onto dirt bike rear plastic fender or tail rack. And it’s not coming off! Or use the Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack unmounted as the ultimate goggle bag (fits 2 pair), tools, tubes, gloves and gear bag and throw it into your saddlebag. A DSLR camera or GoPro camera and accessories also fit great. Less is truly more – on many rides this is all you need. Take the weight off your body and put it on the bike. Go light! Go fast! Go Far!
Video overview of Giant Loop’s Klamath Tail Rack Pack. Like a tank bag for the rear of bike, the low-profile Klamath Tail Rack Pack keeps gear organized and easily accessible, securing to virtually any motorcycle tail rack. The 4-liter soft luggage case features a zipper-less nested clamshell design inspired by classic motorcycle rally racing packs. Includes waterproof inner liner Dry Pod. Made in USA and constructed with military-spec materials, the Klamath Tail Rack Pack is backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
Video overview of Giant loop’s Vinyl Protective Film. Vinyl Protective Film takes the abuse – NOT your painted and plastic surfaces. Protect bodywork and plastics from scuffing or marks under Giant Loop’s saddlebags and tank bags. Even a single ride can buff the shine off your gloss coat. Take a few minutes now to keep your bike looking like new.
Video overview of Giant Loop’s Rubber Boa Straps. Confidently put the squeeze on a spare inner tube, tools, water or other essential gear with Giant Loop’s Rubber Boa Straps—hooked to dirt bike fenders. Rubber Boa Straps apply dynamic tension with stretch elastic shock cord and a simple locking slot, creating a dead-solid connection between plastic fenders and relatively small and lightweight gear, even in demanding off-road terrain. Available in a package of two.
Rubber Boa Straps take their name from a docile, worm-like snake, native to Oregon’s high desert where Giant Loop is located. Rubber Boas are the most northerly of boa species, and they kill prey by constriction.
Video overview of Giant Loop’s Traveler Shoulder Strap. The Traveler Shoulder Strap is Giant Loop’s universal clip-on luggage strap for hands-free carrying to your hotel or campsite. Clip it to your Columbia Dry Bag and you have two straps for a backpack carry for adventures off the bike. Can be used with Giant Loop’s Rogue Dry Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Kiger Tank Bag, Fandango Tank Bag, Diablo Tank Bag, Siskiyou Panniers, Great Basin Saddlebag, Coyote Saddlebag – and just about any other bag.
Video overview of Giant Loop’s Tracker Packer. Working in conjunction with 4-time Baja 1000 winner Quinn Cody and the Kurt Caselli Foundation, Giant Loop developed the Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen 3 to help keep off-road racers safer. Giant Loop will donate a portion of all sales of the Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen3 to the KURT CASELLI FOUNDATION!
Stay safer in the backcountry during all of your outdoor adventures; motorcycling, snowmobiling, hiking, backpacking, climbing, biking, boating with help the push of a button away. The super rugged and secure Tracker Packer firmly attaches the SPOT Gen3 device to your pack’s shoulder strap, handlebars, fork tube, arm or many other locations.
Video overview of Giant Loop’s Tillamook Dry Bag.The 100% waterproof Tillamook Dry Bag (38 liters) is designed to attach to Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag and Siskiyou Panniers. But it can be secured on virtually any motorcycle make or model, making it indispensable equipment for a broad spectrum of on-road and off-road motorcycle riders.
Without unstrapping the Tillamook Dry Bag from the bike, gear can be accessed from two ends. Two beefy reflective daisy chains provide plenty of secure attachment points.
The Tillamook Dry Bag is named for the Tillamook State Forest, one of the wettest, greenest parts of Oregon — and renowned for its technical dirt bike riding.
Video overview of Giant Loop’s Rouge Dry Bag. The 100% waterproof Rogue Dry Bag (17 liters) is designed to attach to Giant Loop’s MoJavi Saddlebag, Coyote Saddlebag, Great Basin Saddlebag and Siskiyou Panniers. But it can be secured on virtually any motorcycle make or model, making it indispensable equipment for a broad spectrum of on-road and off-road motorcycle riders.
Video overview of Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers. Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Pannier waterproof soft luggage combine the convenience of hard panniers with all of Giant Loop’s performance advantages. Rugged, rackless, lightweight and stable. Secures to passenger footrest mounts and rides on rear rack and/or pillion seat. Flexible internal framesheet conforms to array of racks and motorcycle makes/models. Cross-over wings create luggage platform for Dry Bags and gear, add stability and protect seat. Mounts/dismounts in minutes. Ride 2-up with a stadium cushion or Airhawk for passenger comfort, or consider Giant Loop’s rack mounted Round The World Panniers. Backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty.
Video overview of Giant Loop’s Fandango Pro Tank Bag. Fandango Tank Bag PRO™ (8 liters) represents a major upgrade of Giant Loop’s popular tank bag. Expandability, electronics compatibility, and features driven by rider feedback inspire this Adventure Proof state-of-the-art design.
Video overview of Giant Loop’s Kiger Tank Bag. Zipperless nested clamshell lid quickly opens and closes with gloves on! Designed for bigger adventure touring bikes and riders carrying camera gear and electronics, the 9-liter Kiger Tank Bag is the largest member of the Giant Loop tank bag family, with a generous touchscreen-friendly map pocket that fits many tablet computers and mobile devices. Yet, it’s slim and trim for standing on the pegs riding off-road. Includes removable waterproof* inner liner Dry Pod for wet conditions protection – better than cumbersome rain covers that fill with air and fly off.
Video: Possibles Pouch
Video overview of Giant Loop’s Possibles Pouch. The universal Possibles Pouch™ adds 2-liter easy access storage capacity to Giant Loop saddlebags and panniers — and any other secure attachment point on virtually any motorcycle make or model. Includes 2 webbing and thumb-lock buckle straps.
Video: Pronghorn Straps
Video overview of Giant Loop’s Pronghorn Straps. Every motorcyclist needs a handful of these multi-purpose, stretch polyurethane straps with virtually unbreakable fasteners. You’ll find a million uses for these quick, solid, tough straps. We’ve been using them for years to secure everything from luggage to water and fuel bottles to our Bushwackers Hand Guards.
Video: Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag
Video overview of Giant Loop’s Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag. Named for saddle pads used by rodeo cowboys, our most minimalist tank bag is perfect for riders who “don’t like tank bags.” Completely re-envisioned and redesigned for 2014, the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag now fits virtually any motorcycle — and keeps all the essentials handy and out of the way when standing on the footpegs.
Video: Diable Pro Tank Bag
Video overview for Giant Loop’s Diablo Pro Tank Bag. Diablo Pro Tank Bag (4 liters) rider-friendly features are similar to its larger cousin, the Fandango Pro Tank Bag, while remaining true to its minimalist, slim, trim design. Even when standing on the footpegs and riding off-road and trails, this little devil never gets in the way!
Video: Mojavi Saddlebag
Video overview of Giant Loop’s Mojavi Saddlebag. Take a load off with the MoJavi Saddlebag! Improve rider endurance and comfort by taking the weight out of a backpack and putting it on your dirt bike, dual sport or supermoto motorcycle. Specifically designed to carry just the essentials needed for a day trip or trail ride, the MoJavi Saddlebag is the slim, trim bag for inner tubes, tools, fluids and other “save a ride” necessities. Straps on. Stays on. No matter what.
Video: Bushwacker Hand Guards
Video overview of Giant Loop’s Bushwacker Hand Guards. Droppin’ into the weather? Combine Bushwackers with rigid hand guards/deflectors and heated grips for the ultimate protection against the elements. Ride safer and longer with warm, dry and clean hands and controls.
Video: Great Basin Saddlebag
Video overview of Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag. We pioneered the concept of the horseshoe-shaped, biomorphic motorcycle saddlebag design with our original Giant Loop Saddlebag, and the Great Basin was introduced in 2009 as a virtually universal soft luggage solution, fitting almost any motorcycle make/model designed to carry a passenger.
Video: Zigzag Handlebar Bag
Here’s an overview of our Zigzag Handlebar Bag, which fits virtually everything with handlebars – motorcycles, snow bikes, snowmobiles, ATVs, side-by-sides, mountain bikes – plus it straps to engine guard, racks, bumpers, backpack straps and more!
Recent email from customer Peter who rides a KTM 690 Enduro equipped with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag:
Fantastic gear, used recently on a quick Easter trip from Mexico D.F. to Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and back. 5,700 km on all kind of tracks, sometimes really bad (not on the photos as I rather focussed on getting through the rough passages).
No wear or tear, perfect fit and the equipment stayed in place, whatever the track was.
Aluminium boxes really are something I try to avoid.
I like your slogan “go fast, go light, go far”. That is the essence of my preferred travel style, too.
Best regards, Peter
Giant Loop Sponsored Rider Danell Lynn Sets New Guinness World Record: Longest Journey By Motorcycle In A Single Country
Giant Loop is proud to announce that sponsored rider Danell Lynn has set a new Guinness World Record for “Longest journey by motorcycle in a single country.” Traveling for a year on her Triumph Bonneville equipped with Giant Loop gear, Lynn covered 48,600 miles while riding throughout the contiguous 48 states of the Unite States of America. Lynn is the first solo woman motorcyclist to hold the record.
Although her travels actually covered all 50 states, as well as three Canadian provinces, totaling more than 53,000 miles from September 2014 through September 2015, Guinness only counted the miles logged within the continental 48 states. Duplicate miles also did not apply to the record; each of the 48,600 miles covered different routes.
“Giant Loop was my first and only bag choice as the ride began its planning,” says Lynn. “I am so pleased with it all: The ease of use, and complete dryness of my gear through downpours, will keep me coming back to Giant Loop.”
“We are very proud to have played a role in Danell’s incredible journey,” says Harold Olaf Cecil, owner and founder of Giant Loop. “Daily use really puts our products to a degree of testing most riders would take many years to equal. Danell is also personally dedicated to positive change in the world, and her spirit matches our mission as a brand and company. Well done, Danell!”
For her world record setting ride, Lynn used Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bag, Possibles Pouch and Pronghorn Straps on her 2006 Triumph Bonneville. She also secured her gear with Rok Straps and carried additional fuel in 2-liter Touratech Fuel Canisters, which fit into the front pockets of the Siskiyou Panniers.
Rally Raid Honda CB500 Featured On Adventure Rider Radio
If you’re looking for the most complete and comprehensive overview of the Rally Raid Honda CB500, listen to this episode of Adventure Rider Radio! Giant Loop’s Harold Olaf Cecil discusses first hand experience riding the Rally Raid Honda CB500 and how it fits within the motorcycle market and Giant Loop’s “go light, go fast, go far” approach to adventure motorcycle touring. Then, British rally racer and Rally Raid publicist Jenny Morgan recounts last summer’s Trans Am 500 tour – 12,000+ miles coast to coast across the USA in 52 days to prove the Rally Raid Honda CB500’s capabilities and suitability for extended off-road touring on routes such as the legendary Trans America Trail. The episode wraps up with an in-depth look at the development of the Rally Raid Honda CB500 with Rally Raid owner and mastermind John Mitchinson. Plus you’ll find a collection of videos and other great stuff at Adventure Rider Radio!
2016 Giant Loop Catalog and Adventure Proof Packing Systems Comparison Chart
Here’s a screen resolution PDF of our new 2016 Giant Loop Catalog with Adventure Proof Packing Systems comparison chart, version 1 – click here to download 2016 Giant Loop catalog!
Giant Loop’s new Tracker Packer holster for the SPOT Gen3 just won a 2015 “Nifty 50” Best New Products award from Powersports Business! Developing the Tracker Packer was a true passion project for Giant Loop, Quinn Cody and the Kurt Caselli Foundation, and we are honored to have the Tracker Packer selected by the editors at PSB and its sister consumer magazines, who review huge numbers of products from throughout powersports to select the very best.
Thanks BMW Owners News for highlighting the new 100% waterproof Columbia Dry Bag: “Better than top-loading duffels, Columbia Dry Bag opens from both ends, providing quick access to gear without unstrapping the Dry Bag from the motorcycle.”
By Simone Canizzo
In collaboration with Giant Loop Motorcycle Packing Systems, Caberg Helmets and Rieju Motorcycles
I admit that the idea of ??reaching this remote place on the Ural Mountains is not mine, but of Nicholas Codognola the editors of Motorcycle Racing, which has also provided the logo of the shipment. In front of a sandwich (biker …) tells me about this mystical place, difficult to reach and even to be found on maps. It then performs the grave mistake of showing it on his smartphone, along with other information gathered by them in turn when he discovered its existence.
As always, the trips are born from the desires for me, and these are completely free to wander through my brain lobes, with a guarantee of absolute impunity.
And here I am, about two months later, to have simply decided that I want to go there and get to the nearest place where you can put the wheels.
The journey is divided into two parts: the first 95% and the remaining measly 5%.
For the second part I could take much longer than the first.
Indicatively, the path included in the first 95% will be:
? Austria (Graz and Vienna)
? Slovakia (visit the main castles and tents pitched in national parks)
? Romania (“Transylvania, Transylvania station …”)
? Moldova (Republic of Transnistria and of the self-crossing: For years I want their money with a hammer and sickle, impossible to change or spend elsewhere if not in their status as the largest municipality of Pavia)
? Russia (Moscow) certification that the girlfriend returns to Italy with a comfortable airliner, big sigh and departure to the East
The Manpupuner is located in a natural park, so it is possible that I am able to bring the vehicle under one of the giants of stone.
However, it makes a difference which side you look at the lens.
The park of the Pechora-Ilyc extends primarily to the west of the site, thus obliging the reckless rider, after a journey of about 1000 km due east from Moscow, to leave the beloved zigzag through mud, rocks and curves not reported for a boat first and then just walk away. Respectively, are 250 kilometers to go on a boat up the river, then venture into the jungle for another 40 strictly on foot.
That’s interesting. vPer? ….
I have found that a climber has reached (and climbed …) one of the giants coming from the south, passing over Ekateryneburg and reaching Ivdel. The essay is then activated a GPS tracker, saving the path to the plateau. 200 miles to go, but overlaying the track to Google Maps, you can see the trails that are very close to Manpupuner, to the edge of the park, just 6 kilometers from the rock formations.
The idea is then to arrive from the south and grapple in the 200 miles of mud, river crossings and forest to get up to on two wheels where possible.
Then tie the bike to a tree, make a full day of hiking to reach the place longed for, take a terabyte of photos, go back to the bike, turn it, give it gas for 5000 miles to the view of the East Freeway
All of this is independent of the total lack of clear information about the possibility of facing “legally” the road to the north of Ivdel until Manpupuner. But “legally”, in Russia, it is an elastic term.
One of the most challenging aspects is the part to drive over Ivdel, since I would not be the first to deal with it in motion, but you will find all the information about recommended to go as part of a shipment and a support vessel, immediately behind, to carry food and water. And gasoline.
Climber on the map indicate the points where you can stock up on water, I’ll see how the rest get organized before leaving the dirt road toward the plateau.
Also, after about 100 miles, you will cross a place where many years ago a group of experienced climbers found dead in order to say the least original: without language, almost without clothes even though it was February, escaped from the tents hastily cutting them from ‘interior with numerous fractures and interior with no signs of bruising. The friendly event is easily readable even on Wikipedia at this link …… and the way that I will go there exactly in the middle.
The trip, the photos and the post will be re-launched on ………
I have with me Canon professional products, two action cam, Caberg helmets and equipment Giant Loop.
Will be published daily on a post on a platform to define, spread via Twitter with a special hashtag, some pictures and a video pill (without editing) every 1 or 2 days.
Will be given the space to the impressions of a passenger, female, who until two years ago was convinced that the adventure was “anything more than Bordighera.” And always on four sturdy wheels.
The partners will be able to resume the materials on any media (traditional or electronic).
At the end of the trip, will produce a mini-documentary about the expedition of about 15 minutes, spread over the network through institutional channels Youtube.
They are known to be an avid 50ini, but in this case I really could not help but add a few cubic centimeters, given the presence of a passenger to Moscow. The choice fell on the Tango 250, kindly provided (with a mountain of proxies translated into 15 languages ??included) to Rieju Italy.
It ‘an appropriate means for the length of the journey and for that last 5%?
Obviously, no. And that’s why I like it.
who are they:
My name is Simon, I have worked in IT for about 15 years but with an eye often turned to the engineering of corporate events and their management (ING Direct, MV Agusta, DHL are just some of my clients).
When I stopped on the role of my first life, I found myself driving on 2 or 4 wheels, making travel increasingly long and increasingly less appropriate to the means used. Just to name a few, on 4 wheels I made a trip from Milan to Ulanbatoor with a Citroen AX, from Milan to Tokyo with a Fiat Uno and from Milan to Sydney with a Fiat 500. Staying on love 2 wheels, as well as traveled in throughout Europe, I made a trip to Morocco and South Africa-Egypt with a Honda Africa Twin 750 and went up in Kazakhstan via Russia and returning to Iran. Turning to small cubage, I went to Milan to Dakar with a Honda SH 50. My business is probably more interested in what was done between 2011 and 2012: from Cape Horn to Alaska with a Beta RR 50cc. 36.260 kilometers that I have earned the Guinness World Record for the longest journey ever made by the means of most small displacement.
The report of the Fuego2ice, the name of the last company, has been published extensively in the journal Motorcycling, on their official website and on my blog (with about 32,000 active members) connected to the Facebook group.
The event gave a tangible visibility and constant, for about 9 months, the partners and sponsors of the project (Betamotor, Toucan, Arai, Canon, Ber Racing, Ceva to name a few) through the press and social networks.
Giant Loop Rider Jack Broomall is taking part in the historic Cannon Ball Centennial, following the original route taken by Erwin Baker, the original “Cannon Ball”. He is riding a BMW F800GS with Fandango Tank Bag and Tillamook Dry Bag. Jack has ridden cross country a few times before, most notably on his vintage Hodaka, in Two-Strokes Across America.
Quote from the Cannonballproject.com:
“On May 3, 1914, Erwin Baker, a motorcycle racer and enthusiast from Indianapolis, Indiana, left downtown San Diego, California on a twin-cylinder, 7 horsepower Indian motorcycle en route to New York City.”
For more info on the ride and route, check out their site.
Follow Jack’s progress on his FB page.