ADV Moto Includes Fuel Safe Gas Bladder in Summer Issue
Thank you ADV Moto for the mention of the Giant Loop Fuel Safe Gas Bladder in their July/August 2016 issue, check it out:
Thank you ADV Moto for the mention of the Giant Loop Fuel Safe Gas Bladder in their July/August 2016 issue, check it out:
Nate Hurley decided to take a weekend motorcycle camping trip in a big loop around John Day; here are the results:
A happy customer, Brad Davis, sent us an update on his recent trip to Baja with his friend. They used the Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag and the Rubber Boa Straps on their trip across deserts and dunes. Here’s what he says:
“Our Baja trip was the best vacation I have ever taken. Just two guys on Honda XR650L’s riding from San Diego to Cabo and back. We did 2,200 miles over nine days. The Coyote Saddlebags functioned amazingly and were able to carry everything we needed to camp and live for the entire trip. The bags carry weight well and did not noticeably affect how the bike handled. The Rubber Boa Straps were extremely useful and were perfect for carrying a quart of oil or a bottle of tequila.
The trip got better and better every day. We spent one night in a palapa on the beach in San Felipe. We hit 95mph on the salt flats going to Scorpion Bay (the XR wouldn’t go any faster). We rode with the Dessert Assassins Rip to Cabo on a rough section of trail into La Paz. We partied with Playboy models in Cabo. We camped deep in the sand dunes outside of Guerrero Negro. We got lost trying cross the desert at night. And finally made it back to San Diego without any major issues and some great memories.
“Whether you ride a sleek sport bike, a big adventure touring motorcycle, a versatile dual sport, a commuter super moto or a lightweight dirt bike, you will appreciate the minimal performance impact offered by carrying gear with Giant Loop high performance adventure proof motorcycle soft luggage, packing systems and camping gear”
Beyond Boundaries, a fledgling webzine has featured Giant Loop Moto in its latest publication. The magazine is a subsidiary of Xtreme Adventure Reports, founded and owned by photographer and journalist, Fred M. Krijgsman. The company taps into Krijgsmans vast knowledge of the 4×4 Auto Industry, the 4×4 Aftermarket & Accessories Industry, the Off-Road Racing World, Cross Country Rally and Extreme Expeditions & Adventure/Challenge Events.
In this month’s edition Giant Loop is featured alongside a plethora of exciting backcountry/off road products incuding Solo Stove, comprable to our Vargo Hexagon Wood Stove, Flying Tents–an all-in-one tent that floats and doubles as a bivy, hammock or poncho, Klecker Knives and the Warn Moto Winch.
Thanks to Dirt Rider Magazine‘s Seiji Ishii for the kind words regarding our 38-liter, waterproof Tillamook Dry Bag. His review published in Dirt Rider Magazine’s August 2016 issue confirms the strength, versatility and reliability of one of one of our most popular double-ended waterproof bags. Ishii points out that the Tillamook Dry Bag can be used in more situations than just the back of a motorcycle, including canoeing, kayaking, and rafting adventures (as well as snow mobiles, snow bikes, ATVs, UTVs and 4x4s!). The rolling closures at either end and the radio-frequency welded seams prevent water from entering and damaging contents – and our double-ended design provides easy access to gear from both ends without unstrapping the Dry Bag. “Think of it as a tube with a waterproof roll-top closure at both ends. This allows access to the contents from either side of the bag, on or off the bike. It also allows extreme adjustability to the volume of the bag.” Ishii used the Giant Loop Tillamook Dry Bag during a weeklong adventure motorcycle rally, the KTM Adventure Rider Rally in Crested Butte, Colorado. “The week of riding included trails that were so rough that metal chassis components were breaking on bikes, but the Giant Loop bag remained unscathed. The closures never hinted at opening and all seams and webbing remained unharmed. Rain, creek crossing, and puddles were plentiful, but there was zero water entry.”
Giant Loop offers this innovative double-ended waterproof dry bag design in three sizes: Rogue Dry Bag (17 liters), Tillamook Dry Bag (38 liters) and Columbia Dry Bag (70 liters). The Rogue Dry Bag and Tillamook Dry Bag are designed to integrate with the compression straps on Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag – or they can be used independently by strapping them to a tail rack or Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers. The Columbia Dry Bag features its own integrated anchor strap system (included with the Dry Bag, in addition to a convenient shoulder straps for off-bike carrying), an external wet/dry pocket and two carry handles. Because it meets airlines carry-on luggage size requirements, it also makes a super rugged, waterproof, versatile adventure travel bag. The Columbia integrates with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers and also makes a great companion for Giant Loop’s new rack-mounted Round The World Panniers.
In the same issue, Dirt Rider also featured Giant Loop’s Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder in its “Gear Bag” section. “Fuel your off-road passion with, what else, extra fuel. This bag-o-gas gives you one extra gallon,” Dirt Rider wrote. The Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder allows convenient fuel transport for motorcycles, snow bikes, snowmobiles, ATVs, UTVs and 4x4s, by carrying a gallon of gas in a flexible package. The multi-layer bag is a “go light, go fast, go far” solution for carrying extra fuel on any occasion and rolls up when empty for easy storage.
Thanks to Giant Loop’s USA distributor Tucker Rocky for devoting a full page in the current issue of their Transmission dealer magazine to Giant Loop Adventure Proof Packing Systems and Gear for Motorcycles featured in Tucker Rocky’s Transmission Dealer Magazine. The “New and Exclusive” section of this month’s issue features a cross-section of Giant Loop’s core product line of motorcycle soft luggage and gear for dual sport motorcycles, including the Diablo Pro Tank Bag (oops! printed as ‘Pro Tank Bag’), Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Pronghorn Straps, Hot Springs Heat Shield exhaust shield, Zigzag Handlebar Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag and MoJavi Saddlebag (oops! photo shown is our Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack, which is optional with the 2016 MoJavi Saddlebag). All these products are perfect for any dirt bike, dual sport, sport or adventure motorcycle, as well as snow bikes, snowmobiles and even ATVs and UTVs (the highlight of this issue of Tucker Rocky’s Transmission). Our products are durable and stable enough for many outdoor pursuits, so we encourage customers to use our bags and gear on all of these vehicles. If you’re using your Giant Loop product on something other than a motorbike, shoot us an email with a picture for future blog posts! Thanks again to Tucker Rocky’s Transmission magazine for the kind words and full page feature. Powersports dealers in the USA can order Giant Loop products directly from us, or simply add them to your next Tucker Rocky order.
All of these Giant Loop products are currently in stock and ready to ship!:
Thank you Road Runner Motorcycle Touring and Travel Magazine for including Giant Loop’s Fandango Pro Tank Bag in Ken Freund’s story about his journey in completing the first Trans-Amazonian Challenge by MotoDiscovery and Motolombia. “The first Tans-Amazonian Challenge joint venture tour by MotoDiscovery and Motolombia is a daunting undertaking for participants and guides alike. A huge loop of northern South America is planned, more than 8,700 miles in 45 days, through eight countries.” Freund biked through Ecudor, Peru, Brazil, French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, and Venezuala with our Fandango Pro Tank Bag, as pictured in white, courtesy of our Colombian partner, Motolombia. The trusty tank bag withstood gravel and dirt roads, bridges, rocks and mountains without strain or damage to the bag itself or Freund’s Kawasaki KLR 650. The weather-proof Fandango Pro resisted all rain and splashing, keeping contents dry and secure while quietly resting on the gas tank. It comes complete with an easy-access zipper to the fuel tank, making refueling a non-issue in any location. Thanks again to Ken Freund and his team for trusting Giant Loop throughout their grand challenge.
Cory and his buddies recently enjoyed an “epic” dual sport tour in Northern California!
Hello at Giant loop,
I thought I’d send you a few shots from our most recent adventure from the lost coast. Epic 400 mile two day ride with fantastic weather and terrain conditions. Thanks for the great gear. I put it through the ringer with brush, rocks, mud and an exit or two in the in a mud hole and on the gravel. Performed awesome. The waterproof liner for the Klamath tail pack fit perfectly and after several water crossings and a swim in the mud I opened it a the end of the day to find a puddle of water on top of the liner and my wallet, phone, and spare goggles dry as a bone. Look forward to lots more use as our riding season here on the lost coast is just getting started. You guys make it down this way and we’ll take you on a giant loop of our own.
Corey and the riders of the lost coast.
P.s. The pannier pockets with a 1.8 liter platypus hoser hydration bladder worked awesome, back up 1 liter on the other side. 1st ride without a pack on my back! It made a huge difference at the end of the day.
Thanks Cycle World Magazine!
Naughty Or Nice? Five new products that beat the hell out of a bag of coal
If you like to travel light on your ADV or dual sport machine, Giant Loop is one of the favorite makers of luggage and accessories. One new item that’s fundamental to keeping your soft luggage from melting on a hot exhaust pipe is the oversize Hot Springs Grande Heat Shield ($50). Affixes to most mufflers with two large stainless steel hose clamps.
Thanks Rider Magazine for including Giant Loop’s Kiger Tank Bag and Pronghorn Straps in the December issue’s Holiday Gift Guide. We especially appreciate that they were chosen based on Rider editor’s experiences using our gear!:
“Giant Loop, started in 2008 and based in Bend, Oregon, designs and manufactures soft luggage and accessories for dual-sport/adventure riding. Some of GL’s tough, versatile luggage we’ve tested over the years, like its Fandango Tank Bag and horseshoe-shaped Great Basin Saddlebag, remains go-to gear when we head into the backcountry. But you don’t need a bike with knobbies to take advantage of GL’s no-nonsense designs and rugged, mil-spec construction. We used the 9-liter Kiger Tank Bag ($290) on a weeklong, rain-soaked tour of Italy and then strapped it on our Yamaha FJ-09 long-term test bike. We like its zipperless clamshell opening, touchscreen-friendly map pocket and removable waterproof Dry Pod bag. And GL’s Pronghorn Straps, made of super-tough stretch polyurethane with unbreakable fasteners (available in 16-, 20- and 26-inch lengths, two per package, $16-20), are some of the strongest, most versatile straps we’ve used for securing cargo to a bike.”
On The Spot
The Tracker Packer from Giant Loop is a rugged holster for the SPOT Gen3 GPS-enabled location tracker and emergency beacon. The Tracker Packer attaches the SPOT Gen3 device to the rider’s arm, backpack shoulder strap, handlebars, fork tube or other location. Features include a high-visibility closure printed with “EMERGENCY” and the “Caselli 66” logo, a redundant double hook-and-loop attachment system, Slip-Not grippy backing, foam padding and reflective trim. The Tracker Packer ($40) is also available bundled with the SPOT Gen3 for $150. A portion of all sales will be donated to the Kurt Caselli Foundation.
“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 heat shields to protect from the hot muffler. 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. There are cheaper solutions to carrying stuff, but these American-made pieces have been over mountains and across deserts with no issues.”
? ADV Lite, Cycle World Magazine, November 2015
With all of the news swirling around the introduction of the new Honda?CRF1000L Africa Twin, the timing is perfect to revisit the story Giant Loop owner/founder Harold Olaf Cecil published in the March/April 2015 issue of Adventure Motorcycle magazine about spending a week on the Honda XRV750 Africa Twin, riding dirt, gravel and twisty paved roads in Norway last June. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF OF “VIKING BIKING – NORWAY ON AN AFRICA TWIN”:ADVMoto Mar 2015 – Norway on an Africa Twin by Giant Loop’s Harold Olaf Cecil
GIANT LOOP – GEAR REVIEW – Siskiyou Panniers – Fandango Tank Bag Pro – Columbia Dryg Bag
We first used Giant Loop products to carry our gear from London to Sydney on our KTM 690s in 2012. We had a Great Basin on the back, some dry bags and a Fandango tank bag. This system worked really well. It was rider friendly, light, and could take the odd crash without falling to bits. Despite daily usage for four months, all the buckles and the straps and stitching remained intact with little if any sign of wear. If there were any sharp edges where we were mounting straps we covered them in gaffer tape to prevent chafing. Although I?ve up graded, my friends continue to use my original GL gear that took me on the big trip. It?s very popular with them and some of it will be used on our 2015 trip!
My next trip was an unsupported west east crossing of the Simpson Desert in 2014 and into the Flinders Ranges, a total of around 5,000 ks, of mostly dirt miles. I changed my setup slightly as we needed to carry heavy weights of water and fuel and I turned to the Siskiyou Panniers to keep the weight centralised and low. They fitted perfectly with my Pannier Racks. I upgraded to the Fandango Tank Bag Pro, that had improved access to my cameras and made charging accessories more streamlined. The great double zip mounting improved access to filling the petrol tank. They were topped with a double ended Tillamook Dry Bag. These doubled ended dry bags are excellent. Rather than rummaging around in a duffle bag trying to find what you want, you can quickly open either end. It sits perfectly atop the Siskiyou Panniers.
The only change for our south north crossing of the Simpson Desert this year is the addition of a Columbia Dry Bag. I used this bag last week end and it was brilliant (2nd picture below). It?s a double ended bag similar to the Tillamook with two additional features. A centralised handle so you can carry it like normal luggage and a webbed drying pocket to put those smelly or wet things in. Although not confirmed yet, I reckon in the desert sun this may become my mini drying room, but we?ll wait and see.
The Siskiyou Panniers copped a beating in the the first desert crossing and have now racked up over 10,000 hard kilometres. There are no signs of wear. I use GL water proof pods to make sure everything is kept dry. They are also handy to compartmentalise gear to make it easily accessible.
PS: As the desert is cold for this ride in July we are going to try out some Bushwackers Hand Guards, I?ll keep you posted on how well they go.
Here?s a clip of the Simpson Desert Crossing, legitimate adventure riders that use and test adventure gear.
Here’s what Touren-Fahrer writes in its “W8-Watchers” universal motorcycle softbags buyers guide (note that the Google translation missed a couple of words if any German speakers can help us out!):
Material: Bombshell , vinyl coated polyester , 1050 Ballistic Nylon Cordura. Volume: 35 liters. Dimensions (WxHxD): 45 x 33 x 18 cm. Weight: 4,8 kg (pair). Leak test: Passed. Integral-helmet -compatible: Yes.
Equipment: Good access royal large main compartment with zippered cover with two click close and integrated lid pockets with zip, reflector circumferentially, vehicle facing side upholstered, yellow interior rule with roll closure, lashing on Taschendekel and Velcro Steg, 2 heat shields with large hose clamps, 2 large side pockets for receiving two-liter petrol bottles. Mounting: 2 straps, wide velcro jetty, 2 lashing straps. Accessories: paint protection film. Fit: Very good, of additional spacer disc to be able. Pillion Suitable: No. Color: Black.
Conclusion: A lot of space, waterproof and top handles. Although Giant Loop is the pricing spearhead, they are a real alternative for hard luggage objectors.
And in German:
Material: Bomb Shell, vinylbeschichtetes Polyester, 1050 Nylon Ballistic Cordura. Volumen: je 35l. Masse (BxHxT): 45 x 33 x 18 cm. Gewicht: 4,8 kg (Paar). Dichtigkeitstest: bestanden. Integral-helm-tauglich: ja.
Ausstattung: gut zugangliches grosses Hauptfach mit RV deckel mit zwei Klickschliessen und integriertem innefach mit RV, reflektor umlaufend, zum Fahrzeug gewandte Seite ungepolstert, gelbe innenschen mit Rollverschluss, Zurrgurte auf Taschendekel und Klettsteg, 2 Hitzeschutzbleche mit grossen Schlauchschellen, 2 grosse Seitentaschen zur Aufnahme von Zwei-Liter-Benzinflaschen. Befestigung: 2 Gurte, breiter Klettsteg, 2 Zurr-Riemen, Zubehor: Lackschutzfolie. Passform: sehr gut, zusatzlicher Abstandhalter erdorderlich. Soziustauglich: nein. Farbe: Schwarz.
Fazit: Viel Platz, wasserdicht und top verarbeitet. Auch wenn Giant Loop die preisliche Speerspitze bildet, sind sie eine echte Alternative fur Kofferverweigerer.
Having ridden thousands of miles with the Siskiyou Panniers and a passenger, that would be the point we would quibble with the editors about!
Thanks Dirt Bike magazine for spotlighting the Tracker Packer in the May issue’s New Products!
Support the Kurt Caselli Foundation‘s mission to make off-road motorcycle riding and racing safer for riders.
Thank you Dirt Rider Magazine for the choosing Giant Loop’s Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen3 for the June 2015 issue’s “Tear Offs: Cool Product of the Month”! Support the Kurt Caselli Foundation‘s mission to make off-road racing and riding safer for motorcyclists!
“Thinking about picking up a Spot Gen3 GPS-enabled location tracker and emergency beacon for your off-road adventures? Well, be sure to check out the Giant Loop Tracker Packer to carry it in, the first officially endorsed safety product from the Kurt Caselli Foundation.
This super-rugged and secure Tracker Packer firmly attaches the Spot Gen3 device to the rider’s arm, backpack shoulder strap, handlebar, fork tube, or many other locations. . . . . ”
Thank you ADV Pulse for the thorough and well-researched review of Giant Loop’s new Columbia Dry Bag! 😀
“New Columbia Dry Bag Raising the Bar In Motorcycle Tail Bags
Giant Loop’s newest 70-liter dry duffel bag gets bigger, better and smarter.
The Columbia Dry Bag is Giant Loop?s latest offering in their side-loading dry?duffel?bag line-up. With a?70-liter capacity, the bag features new design innovations targeted at the?adventure rider seeking a?durable, truly waterproof, high capacity motorcycle tail bag.”
“Melting Pot – Five ways to improve your ride
The tank bag has been around for decades, but Giant Loop’s Kiger ($290) is a rugged 9-liter bag designed for ADV riders who want to carry all of their gizmos. The zipperless clamshell design easily opens with gloved hands to reveal a waterproof Dry Pod bag, while the clear vinyl map pocket allows touch-screen capability for tablets and smartphones.”
Product Spotlight: Giant Loop Pronghorn Straps
The best way to attach things to your motorcycle
If it?s the simle things in life that make you happy, you?re going to love Pronghorn Straps from adventure luggage and equipment company Giant Loop. Its motto is, ?Go light. Go fast. Go far.? And these reusable, lightweight, rugged straps are magnificent when it comes to quickly and easily securing just about anything to your motorcycle. Giant Loop claims there are a million uses, but did it count securing a surfboard or camera-mounted tripod to a liter-plus adventure bike for a 1,200-mile Baja adventure? Make it a million and two uses, at least. The super-tough stretch polyurethane straps come in three sizes and have proven to be indestructible and infinitely more useful than bungee cords. These beautiful little straps are now standard equipment in both my off-road kit and camera bag. ? Jeff Allen
Thank you Powersports Business for recognizing Giant Loop’s Tracker Packer ruggedized holster for SPOT Gen3 as a?top 50 new product in the powersports industry with a “Nifty 50” award. We are especially pleased to share the honor with the Kurt Caselli Foundation, with gratitude to Quinn Cody for the opportunity to collaborate.?A portion of all Tracker Packer sales are donated to support the Kurt Caselli foundation’s mission of making off-road riding and racing safer.
Thanks Dirt Rider magazine for the “Long Haul Wrap-Up” on the 2014 Kawasaki KLR 650 with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers – we’re glad to see you’ve given them a proper thrashing and thorough test!
“Over the past year our KLR has been in the snowy Sierras, the dusty Baja desert, the jeep trails of Orange County, and the (scariest of all) the twisted maze of crazed motorists that is the Southern California freeway system. After all of the silt, sand, mud, nails, rocks, and texting motorists, this is how it fared.”
“Primary Use: Adventure Riding
Main Mods: Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers, Fastway Adventure Footpegs, Fasst Company Flexx Handlebar, FMF Powercore Muffler, Kenda Big Block Tires
Moments of Glory: Spending New Year’s Eve in La Paz and being back in SoCal for Anaheim 1
Forgettable Experience: Getting lost in Baja in search of tacos
Aftermath: One set of really worn-out Kenda Big Block tires, scuffed-up side panels from the panniers, changed oil”
Great long-term test! And if you would like to avoid the “scuffed-up side panels from the panniers,” simply install Giant Loop’s Vinyl Protective Film before riding 2,000+ miles with the Siskiyou Panniers.
Thanks XLADV.com for the review and especially for mentioning zipper care (that’s one reason why your Fandango Tank Bag has served your well for so long)! The new Giant Loop Tank Bag Dry Pod fits all models of the Fandango and Diablo Tank Bag. Check out the new Fandango Pro Tank Bag with integrated electronics pass-through, concealed document pocket, bigger map pocket, rider-facing outside mesh pocket and more rider-friendly features. #golightgofastgofar
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.”
Roadrunner Motorcycle Touring & Travel magazine’s February 2015 issue features a tasty adventure in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia on a Beta 498 RR kitted with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddleabag, Diablo Tank Bag with Pannier Pockets and Fender Bag. Thanks Zac Kurylyk – great “Reader Ride” story!
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.”
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.”
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!
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.”
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.
“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.”
“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.”