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Giant Loop Review: Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag In Dirt Bike Magazine

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Dirt Bike Magazine is usually on the top of our magazine pile, in the Giant Loop Library. We blogged about the Pronghorn Straps getting reviewed in their January issue. Now, in May’s issue, our all new?Buckin’ Roll is getting the write up, found in their Adventure, The Goods section.

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The Buckin? Roll tank bag packing system from Giant Loop consists of three components, which can be used individually or in any combination: ?mounting harness, center tool case and Pannier Pockets. The system features water-resistant YKK zippers, Nylike webbing, reflective accents for visibility and are made in the USA.

Thanks DirtBike!

I still gander at Dirt Bike’s Feb coverage, reviewing the KTM 350EXC and Beta 450RS, having gotten a taste for Betas while in Italy last November, for Eicma. The Adventure section in that Feb issue also had an article called “DR Done Right”, about or friends at?Seat Concepts rebuild of their crusty old Suzuki DR650 into a proper big-bore 790cc dual sport bike with?Baja Designs?Squadron. Pretty cool project and reminds me that we has one of those “vintage air-cooled” motos in the GL stable, a late 90’s Honda?XR600R. Better not get too many ideas from that article…

 

Giant Loop Review: BMW Owners News Includes Siskiyou Panniers In April’s Soft Luggage Round-up

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Thanks BMW Owners News, for including Giant Loop’s?Siskiyou Panniers?in the April issue’s soft luggage roundup!

Here is a key point made in the review:
“The Siskiyou Panniers are narrow and ride high enough to not catch on rocks, trees or bushes, when the trail gets tight. Since they are so narrow, it is easy to forget they are back there.”

 

Giant Loop News: Great Basin Saddlebag on Ducati “Terra Corsa” in Motorcyclist Magazine

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“Every year I go with friends on an off-road adventure ride in southern Oregon. This year I was going to take a [Ducati] Multistrada, and I had it on the lift to install a set of Continental TKC 80 ?off-road tires. The [Ducati] Panigale was on the lift right next to it. One of my buddies stopped by, saw the two bikes side by side, and said, ‘You should put those TKC 80s on the Panigale and take that.’ I said, ‘Why, yes, I should.” ? Arun Sharma, “Me & My Bike,” Motorcyclist magazine, March 2014

Sharma strapped a first-generation Great Basin Saddlebag on his modified superbike, and he and his friends took their annual dirt roads tour in Giant Loop’s own backyard. In the photo, Sharma’s at Fremont Point, overlooking Summer Lake, where Giant Loop goes for our annual customer appreciation ride.

Ducati’s Quentin Wilson (who took the photo of Sharma) has been riding with the Great Basin Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag on his bike (Ducati Streetfighter, fly-and-ride trip to Italy to tour on a Ducati Multistrada, etc.) since Giant Loop first introduced these bags.

Now that’s our kind of crazy! Go light. Go fast. Go far.

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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 Review: Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bag in BMW Owners News

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Thank you Kit J. Vercella for the comprehensive review of Giant Loop’s Tillamook Dry Bag and Rogue Dry Bag in the January 2014 “Kit And Caboodle” column of BMW Owners News magazine. This is our favorite part:

“A personal side note: Although not necessarily relevant to your purchasing decision, there is something heartening about a group of adventure riders down the street who have the vision and technical expertise to create top-shelf, functional motorcycle gear every bit as good (maybe even better) than their corporate rivals worldwide.”

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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 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 Review: Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bag featured in BMW Owner’s News Magazine Gift Guide

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Thanks BMW Owners News magazine for including Giant Loop’s Rogue Dry Bag and Tillamook Dry Bag in the December issue’s Gift Guide!

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“Packing innovator Giant Loop’s Rogue Dry bag (17 liters, $73) and Tillamook Dry Bag (38 liters, $89) add 100 percent waterproof double-ended gear storage to virtually any on- or off-road motorcycle. Made in USA of 18-oz. polyurethane with RF-welded seams and reflective daisy chains. Backed by a limited lifetime warranty. All the info is at www.giantloopmoto.com and also 458-206-9113.”

Giant Loop Review: Rubber Boa Straps, Pronghorn Straps, Rogue & Tillamook Dry Bags in BMW Motorcycle Magazine

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From BMW Motorcycle Magazine, Winter 2013:

Motorcycle Adventure Gear

Giant Loop has become known for products that are rugged yet lightweight and can be loaded with stability. New products include:

Pronghorn Straps: Multi-purpose stretch polyurethane straps with virtually unbreakable fasteners. You’ll find a hundred uses for these tough, quick-connecting straps for securing items to bike or luggage. Sold in packages of two, the 3/4″-wide Pronghorn Straps are available in three color-coded lengths. Multiple straps can be chained together to make various lengths. 16″ gray $15, 20″ orange $17, 26″ red $19.

Indispensible Dry Bags: The 17-liter Rogue (20.5″ x 13.5″) and 38-liter Tillamook (40″ x 19″) are new. Made in the USA of 18 oz gray polyurethane with 100% waterproof radio-frequency welded seams. They both feature reflective daisy chain loops for easy attachment, access to gear from each end and durable side release buckles with vertical nylon compression straps for secure closing. $73, $89

Rubber Boa Straps: Shock cord straps with molded hooks lash gear to dirt bike fenders, in packages of two, super tough Rubber Boa Straps are made in the USA from military-spec 1/4″ shock cord with heavy-duty injection molded fender hooks. $25, giantloopmoto.com

Giant Loop Review: December 2013 Dirt Bike Magazine Highlights Rubber Boa Straps

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Giant Loop attended the 2013 KTM Adventure Rally in Steamboat Springs, last September. Dirt Bike Magazine was also there, since it was the first chance to demo ride the new KTM 1190 Adventure and Adventure R. While there, they covered some of the innovative products on vendor row and found our new Rubber Boa Straps. Dirt Bike said in their current issue: “Several riders used Giant Loop’s specialized bungees to hold stuff down. Clean and sano.”

Thanks Dirt Bike Magazine!

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Giant Loop Review: Rubber Boa Straps in Cycle News

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Thanks Cycle News for including Giant Loop’s Rubber Boa Straps in?the Oct. 22 issue’s “Stuff” section!

Giant Loop Rubber Boa Straps in Cycle News magazine

“Giant Loop’s Rubber Boa Straps apply dynamic tension with a 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. Adventure motorcyclists can confidently put the squeeze on a spare inner tube, tools, water or other essential gear. Available in a package of two, they are made in the USA from military-spec 1/4-inch shock cord with heavy-duty injection molded fender hooks and fit most standard dirt bike plastics.” ? Cycle World magazine, “Stuff,” October 22, 2013

Giant Loop Review: ADV Moto Magazine Tests Diablo Tank Bag on Kawasaki KLX250 Adventure Build

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Giant Loop’s Diablo Tank Bag featured in ADV Moto magazine, September/October 2013, Kawasaki KLX250 Project Bike

Thanks ADV Moto for including Giant Loop’s Diablo Tank Bag in the September/October issue’s “ADV Ride For The Masses”! The Diablo Tank Bag is nicely proportioned for smaller enduro and dual sport motorcycles, and it looks great on the Kawasaki KLX250.

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Kawasaki’s affordable, dependable KLX250 makes a great dual sport and adventure touring machine, especially for a rider who’s new to on- and/or off-road motorcycling.

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Great example of the Diablo/Fandango Harness with fuel access on Kawasaki KLX250

“For extended trips on small bikes, soft luggage makes a lot of sense, and there are a few options worth exploring? . . . We installed a Giant Loop Diablo tank bag, which looks like it was made just for the KLX. The removable base exposes the No-Toil billet venting gas cap perfectly, and the bag itself is waterproof [note: we describe our bags as Adventure Proof – super rugged, stable and highly water resistant, not waterproof] ? large enough to hold your keys, wallet, phone, snacks and some water. Upgrading to the Fandango , for more room [note: same price], is easy and uses the same base!” ? ADV Moto

We describe our tank bags as “Adventure Proof” – super rugged, stable (GL’s top design priorities) and highly water resistant. Not waterproof.

Because our bags are designed first and foremost to be Adventure Proof, a ziplock bag or protective case inside is all it takes to keep moisture sensitive gear dry.

We think the term “waterproof” is used VERY loosely in the motorcycle industry. We believe accuracy is key to setting appropriate customer expectations. We’d rather “under promise and over deliver” when it comes to claims about preventing water from penetrating our saddlebags and tank bags.

We use the term Water Proof to describe our seam sealed and/or welded roll-top bags only.

Also, our experience suggests that carrying weight behind the rear axel and above seat height (i.e., in a top case) has the greatest impact on the handling of the motorcycle. Especially off-road. Especially for an inexperienced rider on a lightweight dual sport bike. Learning to ride off-road is a lot more fun if the bike feels balanced and solid beneath the rider, not top-heavy and light in the front.

Positioning weight close to the motorcycle’s center (both fore/aft and side/side) and below seat height reduces the impact of gear weight on the bike’s handling, both on- and off-road. And we believe this maximizes the riding experience, making it both safer and more enjoyable.

Keep up the great work, ADV Moto – the magazine just keeps getting better with each issue!

Giant Loop Review: BMW Motorcycle Magazine Tests Fort Rock Top Case on BMW R1200GS

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Thanks BMW Motorcycle Magazine for the test and write up of Giant Loop’s new Fort Rock Top Case! Especially cool is that it was used as part of the new BMW R1200GS “water boxer” test. Enjoy the go light, go fast approach – the Fort Rock Top Case weighs a fraction of the typical hard top case system. Remember to pack just the light, bulky things in the Fort Rock Top Case.

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BMW Motorcycle Magaine Fall 2013 Giant Loop Fort Rock Top Case review“Rear Luggage Bag: While traveling light is always preferred, there are times when light just isn’t an option. This is especially true when [riding 2-up and carrying two riders’ gear,] camping or traveling for extended periods. That’s where the Giant Loop Fort Rock Top Case comes in.”

“It’s a U-shaped bag that will sit on the [rear] luggage rack and wraps forward around the passenger onto your saddlebags. The bag is made from a ‘super tough trucker’s tarp Bomb Shell?.’ The bag is a huge 85.5 liters and includes two built-in handles for carrying off the bike. There are two exterior mesh pockets at the front conveniently located for the rider or passenger. Thoughtful touches are the storm flap covering the zipper and reflective trim around the bag.”

“Following the instructions with the case, I used the included dual sided hook-and-loop strap to attach the bag at six points on the luggage rack [tail rack] and rack side supports. Once I shifter the bag a few times, settled on the exact mounting location and tightened the hook-and-loop straps, the finale was to tighten down the load on all three sides with my own nylon straps and Fastex? buckles.” [Note: Giant Loop recommends Rok Straps, Pronghorn Straps and the cam-lock straps on the Siskiyou Panniers as additional stability for off-road riding.]

“My enthusiasm for the Fort Rock Top Case hasn’t changed over the first few trips. For flexibility I pack using my waterproof Giant Loop Great Basin Dry Pods. The case gives me plenty of room up high for lightweight items like the clothing, jacket liners and sleeping bags, while saving saddlebag space down low and forward for heavy items like tools and canned goods. And as an added benefit, when packed with soft goods the case makes a comfy backrest and secure cushion on three sides when you carry a passenger.”

? “On- & Off- Road Test: 2013 R1200GS Second Opinion- Multi-Tool Versatility,” BMW Motorcycle Magazine, Fall 2013

Giant Loop's Zigzag Handlebar Bag featured in Dirt Bike magazine, August 2013

Giant Loop Review: Dirt Bike Magazine Spotlights Zigzag Handlebar Bag in “Adventure – The Goods”

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Thanks Dirt Bike magazinefor including Giant Loop’s Zigzag Handlebar Bag in the August 2013 issue’s “Adventure – The Goods” gear roundup! Go light, go fast.

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Dirt Bike magazine’s “Adventure – The Goods” spotlights the Giant Loop Zigzag Handlebar Bag in its August 2013 issue!

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Giant Loop’s smallest offering is the Zigzag handlebar bag. It works as a dirt bike glovebox for your registration and insurance cards, wallet, phone and other small items. It’s made from military-spec materials and features an internal, mesh, zippered pocket. The Zigzag’s 1.5-liter volume makes it perfect for technical riding, and it’s backed by a lifetime warranty. Price: $49 Contact www.giantloopmoto.com
? “Adventure – The Goods,” Dirt Bike magazine, August 2013

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Giant Loop Review: Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag in Dirt Bike Magazine’s “Adventure – The Goods”

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Thanks Dirt Bike magazine for including Giant Loop’s Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag in the July issue’s “Adventure – The Goods” round up! See you on the trail – go light, go fast, go far!

Giant Loop Buckin Roll Tank Bag
The Buckin Roll tank bag by Giant Loop is designed for tower-shaped motorcycle fuel tanks, such as the large capacity IMS or Acerbis models. Keep all essentials handy for dual-sport and adventure touring excursions with the featured two side compartments with 1.5-liter capacity and one center compartment with .5-liter capacity, wich is ideal to stow a small camera. The Buckin Roll bag mounts securely in seconds with the built-in straps and is out of the way when standing on the pegs.
Price: $125

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Giant Loop Review: Dirt Rider Magazine “Gear Bag” Showcases Diablo Tank Bag

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Thanks Dirt Rider for spotlighting Giant Loop’s Diablo Tank Bag in the magazine’s July 2013 issue! The Diablo hauls the groceries, for sure, but it also makes it a lot harder to say, “I can’t carry anything, I’m on my dirt bike.” Go light, go fast, go far!

“Giant Loop Diablo Tank Bag: $164 – With its universal fit, water-resistant construction and four liters of storage space, it’s harder to say, ‘I can’t grab milk on the way home, I’m on my bike.’ www.giantloopmoto.com, 458-208-9113” ? Dirt Rider magazine, “Gear Bag,” July 2013

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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 Review: Rider Magazine Tests Coyote Saddlebag, Diablo Tank Bag, Coyote Dry Bag in Gear Lab

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Stoked to have rider, author and photographer Clement Salvadori put Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddlebag, Diablo Tank Bag and Coyote Dry Bag to the test for Rider Magazine’s Gear Lab in the February 2012 issue! Although he couldn’t convince Rider to send him to North Africa for his testing, dang it, Clem logged some miles in Southern California on his trusty Suzuki DR650 and got inspired to take a Mojave Desert trip.

“The nicest thing about the 30-liter Coyote bag is that it is built like a passenger with legs, half a torso and no head. It sits on the very back of the pillion seat, or fender, whatever gives the rider all the room he or she needs to move around.”

“The Diablo tankbag is a small bag, only four liters, but when I’m “roughing” it, I do not want a large bag in front of me.”

“I also included a Coyote Dry Bag, a simple waterproof bag (yellow only) that attaches to the back of the saddlebag with compression straps.”

“Now I’ve got 46 liters to fill up. I’ve been abusing the Giant Loop set-up for quite a while now, and everything stays in place.”