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Giant Loop’s 2014 Line Is On The Web!

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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.

 

 

 

 

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

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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!

 

 

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

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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 Racer: Alex Sherman finishes 2013, 2nd in Open Expert for ORMA series

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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.

Giant Loop Review: Gear Scout writes about BMW F650GS with Fandango, Coyote and Rogue

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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!

 

 

Giant Loop Tech Tip: Siskiyou Panniers On KTM 690 Enduro, With Racks

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As Giant Loop Rider Noah Horak makes his way around the world, more riders are seeing the Siskiyou Panniers?in use on KTM’s 690 Enduro. Noah is in Japan presently, hanging with gold plated Monkey bikers.

We have received several questions about using our panniers on the 690 and just got a great email from a customer, with his creative and effective solution.

I’ll share it here:

Giant Loop rider Allen wrote us and said, ?”Yes, I’ve been following Noah on his travels.?Here are some pictures of my installation of the Siskiyou Panniers.?I decided to use shock cord to thread the bags onto the Rally Raid racks. ?So far I really like the way it has worked.”690sisk-5

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Allen added, “I folded over the Velcro and am just using the straps for support across the top. ?That leaves the gas cap open for easy re-fueling.”690-sisk

“On the 690 I mounted the heat shield on the very end and so far it is looking very secure.”

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Thanks Allen!!

Giant Loop Tech Tip: Rick Wallace Teaches Crash Scene Safety Instruction

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What are you going to do when your riding buddy doesn’t get up from one of those little trail side tumbles, we all have had. Not my favorite thought, but one that needs serious consideration, every time I join a rider group and ride the miles.

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One of our Missions at Giant Loop is to Advocate motorcycle rider safety awareness and encourage riders to get First Aid training, for use in a Moto-Emergency. Giant Loop’s Mojavis for Medics program is one of the ways we focus attention on the safety of our fellow riders, another opportunity is to identify ways for riders to gain knowledge and experience from experts in First Response and teachers of First Aid. We know there are many Red Cross branches in cities across the US and each offers a First Aid training course to the community.?Some folks, however, want more specific instruction than what the local branch can offer.

That is where?Rick Wallace?at?Crash Scene Safety Instruction?comes in.

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Rick teaches a program that is geared directly to motorcyclists and addresses specifically the types of scenarios that a motorcyclist could face while traveling on the road. His frame of reference is street bikes and street based incidents, but what he teaches applies to?Motorcyclists?and is filled with his lifetime of experience. Since?knobby tire bikes and dual-sport riders still gotta get from the driveway to the trails, the training he offers directly applies to us, too.?I had the chance to meet and talk to Rick at the Rally in the Gorge last summer. He really has a feel for his craft and his experience shows in his teaching. Check out what others have said about his program and get involved in learning how to be an asset during a Moto-Emergency, rather than a bystander.

Photos from adventurebikerider.com and Rick’s site.

Giant Loop Review: Pronghorn straps in DirtBike Magazine

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Dirtbike Magazine wrote about Pronghorn Straps, in the Adventure Section of their January issue.

“Every motorcyclist needs a handful of these multi-purpose, stretch-polyurathane straps with virtually unbreakable fasteners. They are sold in packages of two and available in three color-coded lengths. The gray color is 16 inches, the orange is 20 inches and red is 26 inches. They’re adjustable from 4 inches all the way out to 26 inches.”

Thanks DirtBike Magazine!

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Giant Loop Gear: Bushwackers Are Great For Cold Weather Riding

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I was checking out some pics of riders in action and found this SWEET shot of Giant Loop Rep Rory Sullivan of 405MotoSales. He has got the gas on in that drift and Jock Bradley captured the moment perfectly! I know Rory is happy to have the wind and weather protection provided by the extra tough?Bushwacker hand guards. Easily installed with the included 16″ Pronghorn poly straps, Bushwackers add their coverage by mounting over your existing hand guards.

 

 

 

Giant Loop Rider: Jill Rides 1800 Miles To Leguna Seca, On Her Yamaha FZ6 With Great Basin Saddle Bag

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Giant Loop Rider Jill used a Great Basin on her FZ6, to stow her camping gear and supplies for 10 days of camping, during her ride to Leguna Seca in California. ?She wrote us saying:

“Subject: Thanks for the product! Great Basin

This summer, I took my FZ6 on an 1800 mile road trip from Seattle to Leguna Seca, CA and back.? The Giant Loop worked great on my bike!? It was easy to pack and carry my gear. I camped the entire time, so I not only had supplies for 10 days but camping gear as well.? The only modification that I will do is to purchase a rear rack to help cinch the bag back further on the seat…
…I also use this on my BMW 650 Sertao when I dont want to ride with the panniers. This was a great and inexpensive way to set up my fz for touring.
Thanks again for an awesome product…

Jill…

Jill, thank you for sharing your story and sweet pics with us.
Ride while you can!

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Giant Loop Review: MidWest Motorcyclist Magazine Rides New KTM 1190 Adventure With Great Basin And Diablo

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Ray Peabody of Midwest Motorcyclist?magazine got a call in early November from Championship Powersports in Wauseon, Ohio, with some real news: The 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure was ready for him to ride test! ?Ray brought his Great Basin Saddlebag and Diablo Tank Bag, packed for the trip. the It sounds like he put the bike through its paces, for a few days on a wandering route. He really got to use the bike on several different road conditions, including near freezing temperatures. Glad he could pull through the chilly conditions and still have a fun ride!

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Giant Loop gallery of photos from the EICMA show in Milan, Italy

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Harold and I worked our asterisks off at the International Motorcycle Exposition in Milan, Italy, presenting the 2014 line of Giant Loop. While we had a couple of the show’s best custom Adventure and Adventure Lite bikes in our booth, built by our Italian distributor?Boano Racing, that didn’t stop us from taking a minute or two to walk around and snap pics of the other cool bikes ?on display. My personal favorite category is the Rally bikes, followed closely by some supremely stylized customs, commonly known as brats or scramblers. ?Here are a couple of pics of the choice rally machines and a brat bike or two. Check out our gallery to see the rest of the motorcycle and city pics we shot,?on our last day in Milan.

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Giant Loop Rider: Tiffany Coates in Madagascar

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More Madagascar pics and stories from Tiffany Coates! More on her blog here.

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“It was a particularly deep and tricky river crossing so I took the shallower route at the side but as there was a lot of undergrowth and marshy underfoot, I removed the luggage and carried it through by hand – first of all setting up my camera attached precariously to one of the plants you can see on the self timer mode. Further back it was deeper but nowhere safe to put my camera. Enjoy,?Tiffany”

Giant Loop Racers: 24hrs of Starvation Ridge, Part 2: “The Dirty Girls”

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The second team of racers that Giant Loop followed in the 24 Hours of Starvation Ridge, were the Dirty Girls?Moto Adventures, with Giant Loop Rider Tracy Jeffries on her KTM 350 EXC. They were fund raising for Riders for Health, a charity that supports medical care delivered by motorcycle and motorcycle ambulance, in African countries. Bob Berglund of Adventure Touring Films is the team documentary filmmaker/photographer and has provided several glimpses into what it takes to be a Dirty Girl Moto Adventureista’. Thanks to Bob for the pics and videos to share!

The “Mishaps…” of training film is too cute and full of the good attitude and laughing that makes these girls a great team. Click on the link and see what the team is made of!?

They raced in the IronWomen class with each of the girls finishing at least a lap and two of the girls taking trophies on the podium! Condolences to the riders that were damaged on the race course and conldn’t continue to the finish. We hope you are healing up and getting ready to Moto Adventure with the rest of the Dirty Girls!

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Giant Loop Racers: 24hrs of Starvation Ridge Part 1 Team Heavyweights

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Last weekend, several teams participated in the West’s largest 24hr Dirt bike race. One of the teams,?Team Heavy Weights ran a stack of KTM Adventures and an XR650L in the Sportsman class and finished in style! They managed a podium, second place in their class, and finished 36th overall. There were many detractors that said it shouldn’t be done, but Team HeavyWeights not only did the deed but, threw down the gauntlet and grabbed some brass! ?The team was organized by Darryl of CyclopsAdventuresports.com and Alex of Konflict Suspension systems to collect food donations for a community food drive. Their preparations and story are posted on ADVrider.com and Facebook, click to read the whole story and see the pics of what they accomplished. Great job, Guys!

Team riders:
Radek Burkat- KTM 990 Adventure
Darryl VanNieuwenhuise- KTM 950 Adventure
Alex Martens- KTM 950 Super Enduro
John Isenburg- KTM 990 Adventure
Richard Miller- Honda XR650L
Jason Williams- KTM 990 Adventure

Tired racers!

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Giant Loop Rider: Chilly White Tours Northern Baja – With No Dust!

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Chilly White, who just finished third in the Baja Rally, rode south of the border, for six days last month, and got to enjoy some natural dust abatement. He was riding with a couple fellas, and they kept to the technical riding. They were able to ride 1100 miles on the trip and covered some areas new to Chilly and rode a bunch of classic Baja terrain. CLICK HERE to see Chilly’s Enduro360.com post with more pics of wet weather ? and to read more about his adventures.

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Chilly rolls with a Zigzag Handlebar Bag, Diablo Tank Bag and MoJavi Saddlebag.?Thanks for the support Chilly!

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Giant Loop Rider: Ged Overcomes SRD (Serious Ride Deficiency) on Grand Canyon Adventure

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Ged was itching to cure some SRD and decided that a trip to the Grand Canyon had just the right mix of dirt riding and fresh air, combined with some camping and good company, to do the job. He heard of a ride being coordinated by fellow ADVrider.com inmate, Bobz, and after reading the details posted by Bobz, he had to join the group:

“…”Some sand, some single track, some double track and we will be winding our way doing a loop around the Grand Canyon starting from Las Vegas and ending up there a week later. There will be crashes and everybody needs to be totally self-reliant ….carry everything you think you need….tools, tubes, water, camping gear and something to sip on around the fire at night….and bring a chair.” were his[Bobz] warnings….”

Sounds like it was a proper Giant Loop ride, Ged! Glad you guys had so much fun!!

CLICK HERE?to read more and see the rest of the great pics, in his thread and ride report on ADVrider.com.

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Giant Loop Tech Tip: Cycle World Magazine’s First Aid Kit Packing List & Preparations

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Cycle World magazine, August 2013

With the Giant Loop’s “Mojavis for Medics” program in full swing, our interest in first aid essentials has broadened ? as has our awareness of how poorly prepared and trained many of us are to repsond appropriately to fellow riders (or ourselves) in need of first aid. In the August issue of Cycle World magazine, this excellent article by editor-in-chief Mark Hoyer caught our attention. Hoyer details his experience with injuries he has witnessed during his rides and offers suggestions, based on his experience as a volunteer firefighter/EMT, for what to include in a motorcyclist’s first aid kit:

“The essentials: 1.?Four size-Large non-latex gloves; 2. Blunt-nose scissors to cut clothing/bandages (get the best you can afford ? they need to work); 3. Tweezers; 4. Sterile gauze pads (4×4 in.); 5. Roller bandage (3-in.-wide elastic/4-in.-wide stretchy gauze); 6. Antiseptic wipe/packets Neosporin; 7. Adhesive cloth or plastic tape; 8. Adhesive bandages (assorted sizes); 9. Surgical/compress dressing (big, absorbant, cuttable); 10. Tongue depressors (finger splints!); 11. CPR barrier (look for an Ambu Res-Cue Key CPR Mask); Tourniquet.”

And even more important than supplies:
“So, no matter where you ride, be prepared for medical emergencies. The three most important tools weigh nothing and take no luggage space: fitness, situational awareness and training. . . . Basic first-aid/CPR training should be your minimum standard, but EMT certification is even better.”

Kudos to Cycle World and Hoyer – we’re inspired to add first aid supplies, fitness, situational awareness and training to our adventure kit!

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“Long-Ride Essentials – The Medical Question,” by Cycle World magazine’s editor-in-chief Mark Hoyer, August 2013

 

Giant Loop Rider: Dimitri rides his KTM 640 Adventure with two Coyotes!

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Giant Loop Rider Dimitri stopped by the shop the other day to get some new luggage. ?He was on the return leg of a fly and buy that brought him to Central Oregon. He had found the new to him KTM 640 Adventure online and flew up to complete the deal. On his way home, he swung by the Giant Loop shop and loaded his kit into not one, but TWO Coyote saddle bags. The Coyote bags were for some friends back home, but they did a good job of holding his kit on the 640, when it was all said and done.

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Giant Loop Sighting: Great Basin Saddlebag in BMW Owners News Ted Simon Article

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Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag was in some great company in this month’s issue of BMW Owners News magazine, appearing on moto-journalist Sandy Borden’s article, “Times with Ted: Checking in with a Legend.”

Great Basin Saddlebag on moto-journalist Sandy Borden’s BMW G650GS with adventure motorcycle pioneer and author Ted Simon.

Yes, that’s THE pioneering, world traveling godfather of adventure motorcycle travel, author Ted Simon with Sandy and her hubby Terry Borden (two-thirds of the Adventure Trio). Looks like Sandy’s tripod rides nicely on the back of the Great Basin Saddlebag!

If you haven’t already, stop what you’re doing right now and go read Simon’s classic “Jupiter’s Travels“! Simon has literally inspired two generations to explore the world on motorbikes, and now his charity the Ted Simon Foundation encourages and assists travelers “in making an extra effort to develop their observations and insights into something of value for the rest of the world to share, whatever their medium of expression might be.”

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Giant Loop Riders: Andes Moto Extreme Project – Husaberg Adventure Team’s Motorcycle Altitude World Record Video

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On 18 March 2012, the Husaberg Adventure Team’s “Andes Moto Extreme Project” established a new “Motorcycle Altitude World Record Ride” on Ojos del Salado in Chile. The Husaberg Adventure Team rode Husaberg FE570s equipped with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddelbag and Fandango Tank Bag.

“Andes Moto Extreme Project – Motorcycle Altitude World Record Ride. 18 March 2012. Ojos del Salado, Chile. The Husaberg Adventure Team ride above the prevailing world record of 6,245m, to post a new record mark of 6,361 metres.”

Andes Moto Extreme Team describes why they chose to ride with Giant Loop’s motorcycle soft luggage:

“We dont have a vast support crew behind us, just a couple of friends. So we need to be able to carry our own gear. We need to carry camera gear, video gear etc with us up the mountain every day. Some previous efforts, based on trials bikes carrying nothing on the bikes, were accompanied the whole way by 4WDs and a crew. We don’t have that luxury so needed to plan for luggage. Giant Loop are the pioneers in dirt bike luggage. They invented it. They worked out how to wrap a bag around a bike, so that you dont need racks. So for weight, simplicity, reliability, toughness, Giant Loop had to be the gear for us. We are each taking a Giant Loop Coyote rear bag and a Fandango tank bag.”

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Giant Loop Review: MoJavi Saddlebag, Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag Featured in Dirt Rider Magazine’s “Reader’s Bike Test”

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A huge thank you to Giant Loop rider Ian Reid, whose 2006 KTM 450 EXC is featured in the November issue of Dirt Rider in the “Reader’s Bike Test” – with Giant Loop’s MoJavi Saddlebag and Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag!

Dirt Rider editor-at-large Jimmy Lewis writes, “Adding to the charm was the heavily scratched-up bodywork, minimal flash or fanfare and some well-used Giant Loop bags to carry tools and additional camera equipment.”

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Giant Loop Review: Rider Magazine’s Arden Kysely Camps with BMW F800GS and Great Basin Saddlebag

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Rider Magazine’s Arden Kysely may be a little miffed about being left behind on a recent trip (who wouldn’t be, really), but in the end he comes out the winner, sharing the joys of minimalist rough camping with his adventure machine, a BMW F800GS, and Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag, Great Basin Dry Bag and Coyote Dry Bag. Go light, go fast, Arden!

Highlights from Arden’s practical, concise adventure motorcycle camping run-down:

“While the pros are sipping Pinot in a parking lot, I’ll clue you in to real, back-of-beyond dirt camping made possible by a bike such as the BMW F800GS.”

“Too much weight can spoil a ride, so lighten your load with luggage that doesn’t outweigh your gear. Giant Loop’s Great Basin bag packs so low and narrow on the bike you hardly know it’s there.”

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Giant Loop Riders: Quinn Cody & Kendall Norman, JCR/Honda, Pre-Run Baja on Honda CRF450X with MoJavi Saddlebag

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I about fell off my stool when Quinn Cody called me up and ordered a couple of our MoJavi Saddlebags. Yep, THAT Quinn Cody: 2010 Baja 500 winner (with JCR/Honda teammate Kendall Norman), 2010 Vegas to Reno winner (riding solo!), 2009 Baja 1000 winner, etc. (check out his Bio for the whole list). He and Kendall are out riding Baja right now, using their MoJavi Saddlebags to take some of the weight of tools and parts out of their backpacks. Here’s an email message Quinn sent last night before taking off:

“Ok so here we go again – We have had a whole year to prepare, and we’re less prepared than last year…. But we’re going anyway, Kendall Norman and I are riding from Ensenada to Cabo San Lucas and back, 3000 miles totally unsupported, with only what we can carry on our Honda CRF 450x’s. Trunks, flip flops, a tee shirt and some tools.”