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5th Annual Giant Loop Ride: Crystal Crane Hot Springs Oregon Backcountry Experience, JUNE 3-5

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5th Annual Giant Loop Ride Crystal Crane Hotsprings

Soaking pond at Crystal Crane Hot Springs, Oregon. Tent camping and hot springs access is included with your fee, but please contact Crystal Crane Hot Springs directly to reserve cabins or RV camping: (541) 493-2312.

5th Annual Giant Loop Ride: Crystal Crane Hot Springs Oregon Backcountry Experience, JUNE 3-5

Join Giant Loop for off-road adventure in Oregon’s beautiful high desert, Friday, June 3 through Sunday June 5 at Crystal Crane Hot Springs. This is a great way to get a taste of the amazing riding here in Oregon – and to meet some new riding friends.

To preserve the quality of the experience, we are limiting registration to the first 100 who register by paying a $100 refundable deposit now. The deposit will be refunded if you cancel before May 3. The second payment of $200 will be due by May 17, and we will give any spots away to riders on our waiting list if any of the first 100 do not complete their registrations by the deadline. Or, commit now with the full $300 reservation, and you’re in with nothing more to worry about.




Reserve your spot with a $100 deposit!



Pay in full now!

All licensed riders on street-legal bike types welcome – dual sport, adventure touring – and you can ride your own route or choose from a variety of routes and form your own groups to suit most any bike and rider skill level. This is not a guided trip, your fees cover two nights of camping, hot springs access, Silipint drinkware, and meals, snacks and beverages (more details below). Watch your email for more details and updates!

Motorcycle camping at Crystal Crane Hot Springs

Tent camping with a natural hot springs soaking pond!

FRIDAY
Arrive early at Crystal Crane Hot Springs, set up camp and soak or explore, but don’t be late for the Beer & Wine Happy Hour and Ranch Dinner! We’re looking into hosting an off-road riding clinic on Friday, too – stay tuned for details.

SATURDAY
Morning – Fuel up with a hearty Ranch Breakfast, then go ride!
Afternoon – Steens Mountain Loop, Alvord Desert Loop, Owyhee Loop will be among the options. And yes, we will provide GPS tracks ahead of the event (thanks Laura!). You’ll be on your own for lunch.
Evening – Relax and enjoy Ranch Dinner and Beer & Wine Happy Hour, soak in the hot springs pool, share some laughs and tell tales around the campfire . . . and some fabulous prizes!

SUNDAY
Morning – Eat a hearty Ranch Breakfast, break camp and ride your own chosen route with any group you wish. Take the scenic route home, meander and explore – or head off on a new adventure.

MONDAY
Tell all your friends how much fun you had, share pics and stories!

Important Details about the 5th Annual Giant Loop Ride:
* All riders are expected to be self-sufficient and equipped with all tools and supplies needed to be safe and comfortable.
* For your registration fee, Giant Loop is providing food, beverage and commemorative drink ware – all provided and delivered on private lands.
* This is not a paid guided trip. Riders are free to choose any route they wish to ride, and riders are responsible for all required permits, licenses, etc.
* Route suggestions and GPS tracks are provided free of charge for your convenience.
* This is some of the most rugged and remote country in the lower 48 states. We recommend using a SPOT tracker or similar device for self-rescue. Cell phone coverage is unreliable in rural Oregon. There are no support vehicles, and many available routes are far from medical and mechanical help. Consider signing up for and emergency service provider, such as Air Link or Life Flight. Here’s a good PDF article discussing the details and relative merits of these service providers.
* Unpaid volunteers will be available to facilitate forming groups of riders with similar skills, bike types and interests, but riders are responsible for themselves, are free to choose any route they wish to ride and are free to ride with any other riders – or by themselves as individuals.

Questions? Contact Harold at 971-832-3164 or email.

See you on the trail,
Team Giant Loop

Designed in Bend, Oregon USA | Ridden Worldwide

1st Annual Giant Loop Garage Sale + Local Customer Appreciation Day, Nov. 21, 10am-4pm, Bend, Oregon

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1st Annual Giant Loop Garage Sale & Local Customer Appreciation Day! This Saturday, November 21, 10am-4pm at 63025 O. B. Riley Road, Suites 16 + 17, Bend, Oregon 97703.

Production samples, display models, dry bags, saddlebags, tank bags, shirts, jerseys, hats, stuff sacks at bargain bin prices. Gear for motorcycles, snowmobiles, snow bikes, paddlesports, camping, ATVs, UTVs, SXSs – used, refurbished, new-old-stock, dusty display samples.

Giant Loop Garage Sale

Giant Loop Garage Sale Bend Oregon

Giant Loop Event: 4th Annual Summer Lake Hot Springs Overnighter – June 6-7, 2015

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SORRY, WE’RE BOOKED UP FOR OUR 2015 GIANT LOOP RIDE. SCROLL DOWN TO SIGN THE WAITING LIST.

If you have already reserved your space with a paid deposit, you can pay the second half here to be paid in full:





Giant Loop video from Tad Haas on Vimeo.

4th Annual Giant Loop Ride: Summer Lake Hot Springs Oregon Backcountry Overnighter, JUNE 6-7

Join Giant Loop for off-road adventure in Oregon’s beautiful high desert. This is a great way to get a taste of the amazing riding here in Central Oregon – and to meet some new riding friends.

This year, we are limiting registration?to the first 100 who register by paying a $75 refundable deposit now. The deposit will be refunded if you cancel before May 17. The second $75 will be due by May 17, and we will give any spots away to riders on our waiting list if any of the first 100 do not complete their registrations by the deadline. Or, commit now with the full $150 reservation, and you’re in with nothing more to worry about.

WE HAVE 100 RIDERS PRE-REGISTERED! PLEASE JOIN THE WAITING LIST. WE WILL GIVE CANCELATION SPOTS TO RIDERS ON THE WAITING LIST IN THE ORDER BY DATE – THE SOONER YOU SIGN UP THE BETTER YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING A SPOT.

WAITING LIST Sign Up

All street-legal bike types welcome – dual sport, adventure touring – and you?can choose?a from at least four different routes and groups to suit most any bike and rider skill level. Or, form your own group and ride your own route. This is not a guided trip, your fees cover camping, hot springs access and the meals and snacks Giant Loop provides (Saturday breakfast and dinner and Sunday breakfast). For riders who come to Bend on Friday, we will have a volunteer OHV Trash Pick-Up event. Watch your email for more details and updates!

Pre-ride meeting at the 2014 Giant Loop ride

Pre-ride meeting at the 2014 Giant Loop ride

Great camping – and rental cabins (book directly with Summer Lake Hot Springs) await at the end of the trail.

camping at summer lake hot springs

Enjoy the genuine Oregon Backcountry motorcycle experience with your friends.

summer lake view from fremont point

We’ll send more specifics and details in the next few weeks, but here are the basics:

FRIDAY
Giant Loop OHV trash pick day! Come a day early and help us clean up local riding areas.

SATURDAY
Morning – Meet at Giant Loop shop in Bend for light breakfast. Choose routes and groups. Ride to Christmas Valley for gas/lunch.
Afternoon – Ride to Summer Lake Hot Springs, set up camp.
Evening – Enjoy dinner and beer, soak in the hot springs pools, share some laughs around the campfire.

SUNDAY
Morning – Eat a hearty breakfast, break camp and ride your own chosen route with any group you wish.
Afternoon – Take the scenic route, meander and explore – or head off on a new adventure.

MONDAY
Tell all your friends how much fun you had, share pics and stories!

Details about the 4th Annual Giant Loop Ride:
* All riders are expected to be self-sufficient and equipped with all tools and supplies needed to be safe and comfortable.
* For your registration fee, Giant Loop is providing food, beverage and commemorative drink ware – all provided and delivered on private lands.
* This is not a paid guided trip. Riders are free to choose any route they wish to ride, and riders are responsible for all required permits, licenses, etc.
* Route suggestions and GPS tracks are provided free of charge for your convenience.
* We recommend using a SPOT tracker or similar device for self-rescue. Cell phone coverage is unreliable in rural Oregon. There are no support vehicles, and many available routes are far from medical and mechanical help.
* Unpaid volunteers will be available to facilitate forming groups of riders with similar skills, bike types and interests, but riders are responsible for themselves, are free to choose any route they wish to ride and are free to ride with any other riders – or by themselves as individuals.

We are getting more and more signups for the Giant Loop Summer Lake Ride. Today I talked to a party of four that will be joining us from Washington.

atv_permit

This is a reminder to riders that riding public land in Oregon requires an OHV permit, costing $10.50, and for Oregon residents, an OHV Safety Education card.

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If you have a OHV permit from a bordering state, you are good to go. If you do not have a permit, you can buy one from a local dealer, even if the bike is licensed out of state and you are not an Oregon resident.?Here are links to the OHV Safety Training?and the OHV permit vendors.

Questions??Contact Harold at 971-832-3164 or ?email.

See you on the trail,
Team Giant Loop

Designed in Bend, Oregon USA | Ridden Worldwide

 

Giant Loop Event: Rally In The Gorge Gnarly Dual Sport Ride

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Had a blast leading the Giant Loop Gnarly Dual Sport ride, at Rally in the Gorge, last weekend. It included a section of old wagon trail called the Suicide Grade. It wasn’t that suicidal but I had to wonder, when the rain caught up to us and changed things!

The route was, well, gnarly.?Pretty challenging and fun overall, except for the slime section. The?bit of rain that we started with, turned into a down pour and the couple miles of silt road became a slime pit.

Ride West Ambassador Tad and I both ran the same front tire, with the similar results. His 2014 BMW F800GS Adventure was less fortunate that my KTM, and endured a few permanent changes. The Possible Pouches that Tad runs on his engine guards were dirty, but unscathed from the down time. Cant say the same for his brake pedal, which did a rock encouraged u-turn…

The right tool for the cleaning the baked on slime…

Big Bertha was really not happy with her K-60, in the slop we encountered. She had more than one throw down with that stuff and I was glad not to break anything, but my pride.

A big thanks to ADVrider Apple Jam, and everyone else that attended, I can’t wait until next year!!

Giant Loop Event: Touratech Rally Served Up Last Weekend’s Adventures

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This years Touratech Rally had the added element of an Overland section, so the attendance was rumored to hit 1000! There were many rides on the schedule, including a Dirty Girls training session from Tracy Jeffries.

Eric Wright, from 405Motosales, and I-90 Motorsports were headlining the Giant Loop display. Eric showed Bell and Giant Loop, while our friends at I-90 Motorsports handled the retail transactions.

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Giant Loop Ride: Summer Lake Hot Springs, An Adventure Just Getting There!

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The reward that awaited.

The riders gathered and had breakfast.

We separated into groups and headed out on different routes, destined for the Hot Springs. Each rider with the goal of arriving at the waiting Pools, Kegs and Katering by Michele, Brian and Paul. There were enduros headed for Fandango Canyon, adventure bikes rolling out to Sheep Rock and several riders that made Christmas Valley after lunch time, then slabbed it in to the Hot Springs.

Navigation was a snap, since I had gathered a bunch of good tracks with our Trailtech Voyager and had them uploaded to the ?Voyagers on GL’s KTM 500 EXC, Honda XR650R and my KTM 950 S&M.

The “Trailside Service” contest entries included a self extrication of a rider with broken foot(he made it to the hospital safe), a full caps off?re-oiling of forks with ATF during lunch and two fuel systems reworks, one with plugged jet and the other a plugged filter.

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The dust pits were axle deep in some parts and the sand was really thick on the red roads. Those kinds of conditions were new to many of the riders and it took lots of extra focus, just to keep the front tire under the bike.

There were around ten flat tires, four of them on the rear of Darryl at Cyclopsadventuresports.com’s KTM 990 Tire Burner, another was in Lendon at Seat Concepts.com group. Good thing Darryl understands LC8’s appetite for tasty tires. ?Big Bertha(my KTM 950S&M) chewed right through the gristle and steel, leaving nothing but?bones. Lucky it still held air and got me back into the driveway…

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I’ll get another post up with pics of dinner and the campfire, as I can find them.

Thanks to everyone who joined us on this ride, to the folks at Summer Lake Hot Springs for hosting us and the cafes and stations in Christmas Valley, Paisley and Silver Lake for feeding us or filling our fuel tanks, for the next leg. An especially big thanks to the Katering Krew for feeding us tasty Tri-Tip-Tacos for dinner!

As Harold travels in Norway, our thought are with him and his family, since they were evacuated from their home due to the Wild Fire in Bend. This is a phone pic of the fire was taken by my friend, Danny Funderburg, Sunday night.

Giant Loop Ride: Summer Lake Hot Springs Building New Cabins

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Harold stopped by the Summer Lake Hot Springs on his return trip from the Overland Expo. He wanted to catch up with the folks there and cover some details for our upcoming ride. He saw that the crew was hard at work building cabins, which will be ready in time for our event. ?If you are signed up for the Giant Loop ride and don’t want to tent camp on the ground at the hot springs, call the resort and make yourself a reservation for one of the new cabins! 541-943-3931

 

Giant Loop Event: SiliPints For The Summer Lake Hot Springs Ride Are Here!

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SiliPints are in the house! Get registered now for the Giant Loop Summer Lake Hot Springs Ride?and receive one of these limited edition unbreakable drinking tools for hot or cold beverages – and tasty Oregon microbrew beer to go in it! Quantity is limited, so reserve yours today.

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I will miss the handle on my ever-present German beer steins, cause they will stay home from now on. Over the years I’ve broke enough of them in camp to know better, but I just can’t leave home without one…

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Giant Loop Rider: JD Goes To The City For An Urban Enduro Ride, Portland Alley Sweeper 2014

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Last year’s Alley Sweeper

Packing up the van and GL’s 2001 Honda XR650R to head over and ride the Alley Sweeper, promoted by Sang Froid Riding Club. My girl Tam will be along, riding her first rally on her ’71 Triumph Scrambler, the perfect bike for this occasion.

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Details here:
APRIL 11, 2014 BY BOHLSEN
Alley Sweeper Urban Enduro

It?s here! Your friendly neighborhood alley sweeper, a chance to explore some of Portland?s public alleyways by motorcycle.

When: meet at 9:30am Saturday, April 19

Where: N Tillamook Street, just off Interstate Ave

What? Show up for breakfast and route map/details at 9:30am. Ride is free (though we?ll have t-shirts for sale, and donations are always appreciated). Feel free to wear your Sunday best, or get creative with a costume. See you there!

After ride party host:
Fenders Moto Cafe & Brew Pub will be having a after hours party for all the Alley Sweeper riders Saturday the 19th Starts at 11 AM and ends at 11 PM. Great food and Drinks and we will have specials for everybody.
We are at
4336 SE Woodstock Blvd Portland Or. 97206

Giant Loop Event: Adventure Girl, Tracy Jeffries, To Lead Ladies Group On Giant Loop’s Summer Lake Hot Springs Ride

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I met Tracy at a RawHyde event in 2012 and learned that there is an appetite for DIRT in all of us. Some, like Tracy, just express it better than the rest. Tracy has devoted her motorcycling skill development and riding experiences to honing her ability to roost dirt and ride big adventure bikes with the best of them. She has been a fixture at North West adventure riding rallies, supporting Touratech and Ride West BMW during events, leading GS rides, plus raising money for Riders For Health, a motorcycle based health care charity.

I am stoked to share the news that Tracy has put Giant Loop’s Summer Lake Hot Springs Overnighter on her schedule and has volunteered?to lead the Ladies Group. ?Thanks Tracy for bringing your skill and experience to our little hot springs ride.

So far, there are six ladies signed up for the event, so if you were on the fence about whether to join us, now you have another reason to get registered!

Details about the 3rd Annual Giant Loop Ride:
* All riders are expected to be self-sufficient and equipped with all tools and supplies needed to be safe and comfortable.
* For your registration fee, Giant Loop is providing food, beverage and commemorative drink ware ? all provided and delivered on private lands.
* This is not a paid guided trip. Riders are free to choose any route they wish to ride, and riders are responsible for all required permits, licenses, etc.
* Route suggestions and GPS tracks are provided free of charge for your convenience.
* We recommend using a SPOT tracker or similar device for self-rescue. Cell phone coverage is unreliable in rural Oregon. There are no support vehicles, and many available routes are far from medical and mechanical help.
* Unpaid volunteers will be available to facilitate forming groups of riders with similar skills, bike types and interests, but riders are responsible for themselves, are free to choose any route they wish to ride and are free to ride with any other riders ? or by themselves as individuals.

 

Giant Loop Racer: Alex Sherman’s Kawasaki KX450F Takes A Hit In The Desert 100

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The Desert 100 is always physically hard on the racers and their carefully prepared race bikes. ?Therefore,?I was, and wasn’t, shocked to hear news of GL racer Alex Sherman’s crash, while battling for a top ten position in last weekend’s event, and that it was a race ender! ?A rescue helicopter is positioned on the ground and ready for the eventual emergency evacuation of an injured racer. The chopper crew is usually busy during the event, providing life saving transport to the local ER for the urgent medical needs of downed racers.?Fortunately for Alex, he didn’t need any medical assistance, since he avoided injury.

His “lightly raced” 2014 Kawasaki KX450F wasn’t so lucky…

There are no rescue helicopters for injured bikes, however, and that leads to some additional suffering for the damaged machines, as they are ridden back to the pits or hauled onto the sweeper truck.

Alex’s KX450F, was one such motorcycle that was damaged to the point of no longer being race-able, during a tussle with a boulder filled dust puddle. When Alex crashed, the bike hit a hidden rock so hard, that it dented and punctured his upper fork tube, plus twisted his lower triple clamp against steering stop on the frame. As Alex rode out to the pits, the inner fork slider was hammered against the dent in the outer fork tube, hard enough to bend and damage the inner cartridge.

Here are some pics of the bike, with it’s smashed fork leg and lower triple clamp on the operating table, showing the extent of carnage the bike endured, both during and after the crash.

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Check out this awesome race footage,from his chest mounted camera, that Alex edited together:

The crash is at 15:05 in the video, doesn’t look like much…

 

 

Giant Loop News: All Set Up For The Desert 100 Offroad Race

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Dustin and Harold are on site in Odessa, WA, for this weekend’s Desert 100 offroad race. They are in good company with GL racer Alex Sherman, our friends Tracy Jeffries of Ride West BMW/Touratech, Chet, of PSSOR, Alex Martens, of Konflict Suspension and Darrell VanNieuwenhuise,?of Cyclops Adventure Sports.

There will be plenty of mayhem on the race course, but don’t think that camp is gonna be tame, either. There will be thousands of racers there to motorcycle, but with around 6,000 people total on site, the after dark bench racing is where other “championships” get decided.

Above pic of the encampment found with Google Images, couldn’t find a name to credit.

Giant Loop Event: 3rd Annual Summer Lake Hot Springs Overnighter – June 7-8, 2014

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Summer Lake Hot Springs Oregon Backcountry Overnighter

Giant Loop Ride

Join Giant Loop for off-road adventure in Oregon’s beautiful high desert. This is a great way to get a taste of the amazing riding here in Central Oregon – and to meet some new riding friends.?Last year we had 50+ riders – this year will be even bigger and better. Click here to?reserve your spot now!

Giant Loop Summer Lake Hot Springs Ride

All street-legal bike types welcome – dual sport, adventure touring – and you?can choose?a route and group to suit most any bike and rider. If there’s enough interest, we’ll even have a road bike route/group this year, too!

Giant Loop Ride south of Christmas Valley

Great camping – and rental cabins (book directly with Summer Lake Hot Springs) await at the end of the trail.

camping at summer lake hot springs

Enjoy the genuine Oregon Backcountry motorcycle experience with your friends.

summer lake view from fremont point

We’ll send more specifics and details in the next few weeks, but here are the basics:

SATURDAY
Morning – Meet at Giant Loop shop in Bend for light breakfast. Choose routes and groups. Ride to Christmas Valley for gas/lunch.
Afternoon – Ride to Summer Lake Hot Springs, set up camp.
Evening – Enjoy dinner and beer, soak in the hot springs pools, share some laughs around the campfire.

SUNDAY
Morning – Eat a hearty breakfast, break camp and ride your own chosen route with any group you wish.
Afternoon – Take the scenic route, meander and explore – or head off on a new adventure.

MONDAY
Tell all your friends how much fun you had, share pics and stories!

Details about the 3rd Annual Giant Loop Ride:
* All riders are expected to be self-sufficient and equipped with all tools and supplies needed to be safe and comfortable.
* For your registration fee, Giant Loop is providing food, beverage and commemorative drink ware – all provided and delivered on private lands.
* This is not a paid guided trip. Riders are free to choose any route they wish to ride, and riders are responsible for all required permits, licenses, etc.
* Route suggestions and GPS tracks are provided free of charge for your convenience.
* We recommend using a SPOT tracker or similar device for self-rescue. Cell phone coverage is unreliable in rural Oregon. There are no support vehicles, and many available routes are far from medical and mechanical help.
* Unpaid volunteers will be available to facilitate forming groups of riders with similar skills, bike types and interests, but riders are responsible for themselves, are free to choose any route they wish to ride and are free to ride with any other riders – or by themselves as individuals.

UPDATE ADDED 3/25/14:

We are getting more and more signups for the Giant Loop Summer Lake Ride. Today I talked to a party of four that will be joining us from Washington.

atv_permit

This is a reminder to riders that riding public land in Oregon requires an OHV permit, costing $10.50, and for Oregon residents, an OHV Safety Education card.

ohv safety

If you have a OHV permit from a bordering state, you are good to go. If you do not have a permit, you can buy one from a local dealer, even if the bike is licensed out of state and you are not an Oregon resident.?Here are links to the OHV Safety Training?and the OHV permit vendors.

Questions??Contact Harold at 971-832-3164 or ?email.

See you on the trail,
Team Giant Loop

Designed in Bend, Oregon USA | Ridden Worldwide