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Dream Roll 2016 Success Album

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Dream Roll 2016 Success Album

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To say the Dream Roll 2016 was a success would be a gross understatement. Between motorcycle camping with no boys allowed, bike rides to waterfalls, tattoos in tents, free beer, and the biggest group of badass women you’ve ever seen, this weekend is one we’ll never be able to forget, even if we tried. It took place on the Flying L Ranch near Mount Adams, Washington from August 12-14 with about 200 women in attendance. Here’s a small peek into the best trip of the year:

Giant Loop intern, Sydney, about to set off to Washington on the Honda CB500X

Giant Loop intern, Sydney, about to set off to Washington on the Honda CB500X

Took a dip in the John Day River on the roasting ride out

Took a dip in the John Day River on the roasting ride out

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Filling up at Glenwood Gas Station right next to home base before setting out for the day

The best crew out for dinner in Trout Lake, WA

The best crew out for dinner in Trout Lake, WA

The best crew consisted of a few women from The Litas-Bend, as well as some new friends from California. In addition to having the best crew, the best gear was also necessary. I took Giant Loop’s Honda CB500X, Diablo Tank Bag Pro, Great Basin Saddlebag, Pronghorn Straps, Possibles Pouch, Coyote Dry Pods, Tillamook Dry Bag, and Sleeping Sheath.

I packed all my clothes and food into the Dry Pods in the Great Basin, my sleeping bag, pad and sheath into the Tillamook, spare tools in the Possibles, and phone, camera, GoPro, water, and snacks into the Diablo, all packed nice and tidy on the Honda. Everything was secure the whole ride, not a single issue; the weight was nice and low, too, so I wasn’t being thrown around in the wind or thrown off balance in the beautiful Washington twisties.

The tank bag, I realized, is deceivingly large. As the smallest of the tank bags Giant Loop offers, I was skeptical, but only until I tried it. It fit my DSLR camera, phone, wallet, snacks, headphones, water bottle, AND GoPro all at once with no problem. We stopped at a gas station where I got more snacks and another water bottle, before I realized I didn’t think I had any room left. But I was wrong, I ended up fitting everything in without even straining the zipper!

Another unexpected savior was the sleeping sheath. I don’t have a tent, so I posted up in a hammock and sleeping bag under the trees, with the sleeping sheath still in the Great Basin, since I thought I wouldn’t need it. Then a fat bug fell onto me from the tree I was under, and I ran for the sheath! I zipped it up and over me and my sleeping bag, folded the top back so the mesh was over my face instead, and I swung under the stars and watched the meteor shower without fear of bugs falling on my face. It’s super lightweight, takes up almost no space, and keeps the critters out.

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Motorcycle camping with 200 women > any other camping

The Gravel Gang makes it to Dog Creek Falls

The Gravel Gang makes it to Dog Creek Falls

I met some of the absolute raddest chicks this weekend! Shout out to Ria the Welder who welds AMAZING custom sissy bars. Check out her Instagram to see her work. Then there’s Killer Kelly, who makes t-shirts that say “Support Badass Babes” and sells them on her Instagram. She’s just starting out, so message her and order a tee for only $16, and watch as she grows into an operation that sponsors badass babes in their badass adventures. Another shout out to Hinterland Empire and Wasted Times for some super cool women selling some super cool gear.

Thanks to all the sponsors, including Women’s Moto Exhibit, and everyone involved for organizing the experience of a lifetime. This is only the second year the Dream Roll has been put on, so there are many more to come! This weekend getaway is one for the books and one that we’re all going to come back to again and again. I’ve been riding for 5 years now, but never got the true biker experience by being part of a community of motorcyclists outside my dad and brother. But after this weekend I’ve found my motorcycle community and finally consider myself to be a real biker. Thanks to all the amazing ladies who rode out and made the weekend an unforgettable event. Happy riding!

Giant Loops CB500X gets a spin through southern Washington

Hood River viewing sesh at Dog Creek Falls

Pit stop for a Mt. Hood viewing on the way home

Pit stop for a Mt. Hood viewing on the way home

Warm Springs oasis on the steamy ride home

Warm Springs oasis on the steamy ride home

Guinness World Record Setting GL Rider Dannel Lynn: 1 Year On Her Triumph Bonneville Equipped With Giant Loop

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Guinness World Record Setting GL Rider Dannel Lynn: 1 Year On Her Triumph Bonneville Equipped With Giant Loop

Dannel Lynn, 1 Woman, 1 Bike, 1 Year, Black Tie 2 Black Top

STATS Crashes – 1 (slow speed on ice in NM). Tire Blow out / Flat- 2 (both rear). Standing bike dump – pavement-1. Bike dump on dirt – 1. Tires: Front -4 Rear – 8. Speeding Tickets: 0. States visited – ALL 50 & Canada. Miles – over 53,000. Most expensive fuel-$5.989 (Death Valley, CA). Cheapest fuel- $1.749 (Soso, MS).

World record setting Giant Loop Rider Danell Lynn (Danell Lynn – Black Tie 2 Black Top) talks about a year on the road with her Triumph Bonneville motorcycle equipped with Giant Loop’s adventure proof packing systems.
“Thank Giant Loop for providing all the luggage systems, and encouragement- thank you- Siskiyou Panniers, Pronghorn Straps, Tillamook Dry Bags, Possibles Pouch, Fandango Tank Bag Pro, and the Gear Repair Kit.”

Giant Loop Rider: 50 States + 1 World Record = Danell Lynn

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Giant Loop Rider: 50 States + 1 World Record = Danell Lynn

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GL rider Danell Lynn has earned the Guinness World Record for the Longest Journey by Motorcycle in a Single Country! She travelled over 48,000 miles over one year and is the first female solo rider to ever hold the record. Lynn rode her Triumph Bonneville equipped with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Zigzag Handlebar Bag, Possibles Pouch, Pronghorn StrapsRogue Dry Bag and Tillamook Dry Bag
You can read some articles about her trip in Cycle News and on Clutch & Chrome

Congratulations, Danell!

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Jimmy Lewis Trusts Giant Loop Gear on His ‘Tour of Idaho’ Ride

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Jimmy Lewis Trusts Giant Loop Gear on His ‘Tour of Idaho’ Ride

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Famed dirt bike racer Jimmy Lewis (one of the few Americas to stand on the podium at the Dakar Rally) rides the notoriously technical Tour of Idaho equipped with Giant Loop gear. For this particular ride he’s got the Coyote Saddlebag and the Fandango Tank Bag. These aren’t the first Giant Loop products he’s used; check out his reviews for our other gear, such as the Zigzag Handlebar Bag, MoJavi Saddlebag, and the Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder.

You can find all of Jimmy’s information on his website: Motorcyclejazz.com

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The Tour of Idaho is a 1400+ mile dirt road journey from Utah to British Columbia, designed for solo riders and small groups. Jimmy explains the ride on his website. The trail is for plated dirt bikes, not so much for dual sports, although there is a route available that is shorter and more dual sport friendly. “The Tour encompasses extremes of elevation (1,486′ to 10,420′) and climate. It crests 10,000′ three times and 9,000 feet a dozen times more. Technical challenges include mud, snow, extensive sections of technical single track, rocky trails, numerous water crossings and deep sand. Navigational issues abound. The Tour is in no way a casual undertaking. Yet the variety of plants, animals and geological features found along the way is amazing. The riding is varied, challenging and always interesting. It’s fun even when it’s really hard. If you are the type of person who feels comfortable rebuilding a bike in the middle of nowhere (with a bear watching) or lashing logs together to cross a swollen creek, the Tour may be for you.”

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There is a 45-minute video documentary of the ride, but it is not available for public viewing just yet. You can check out his YouTube channel for other great videos until the new one is released.

Dirtbike Test has a short article about the ride as well, where the video may be available for some.

Thanks Jimmy Lewis for trusting Giant Loop on your journey!

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1000 Miles of Nor Cal Twisties on Honda CB500X Level 2 Bike

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1000 North of Nor Cal Twisties on Honda CB500X Level 2 Bike

Giant Loop rider, Juan, documents his ride through 1000 miles of Northern California Twisties on the new Rally Raid CB500X ‘Level 2’ bike for a nice shakedown cruise through some of the best that Northern California has to offer. Here’s the first part of his trip:

Juan on his way back from the “1000 Miles of Northern California Twisties” route evaluating the Rally Raid CB500X Level 2 configuration as a ‘sport touring’ platform:
Check out the rest of Juan’s videos HERE!

Happy Customer, Curtis, Shares Husqvarna Supermoto 701 Travel Shots

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Happy Customer, Curtis, Shares Husqvarna Supermoto 701 Travel Shots

We recently had an email dialogue with a Giant Loop customer who wanted to share his enthusiasm about our products! Thank you for the kind words, Curtis, we’re glad you like our stuff!

“Hahah! LIKE is an understatement! I LOVE my Coyote Saddlebag! I love my Possibles Pouches! I’ve never had such a comfortable set of gear to ride with (and on at times!). I almost pity the person who asks me about them – little do they realize they are about to get blasted with excitement and enthusiasm! I’ve traveled on a bunch of different bikes and a bunch of different styles of bags and nothing comes close to the way the giant loop bag: a) keeps the center of gravity low, b) keeps the gear secure, c) keeps the gear protected. I’ve learned the hard way about A and always knew B was essential and Giant loop does C with style! (I love my dry-roll bags!) I’ve never felt safer carrying 40lbs of camping, food and clothing NOT to mention I can sit on top of the damn thing when I need a change of position!
-Curtis”

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Simon Cudby Starts UPSHIFT Magazine

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Simon Cudby Starts UPSHIFT Magazine

We’ve recently received an email from Simon Cudby with updates on his new online magazine called UPSHIFT. He sent us a PDF version of his magazine as well as a shot from his trip to Utah. Thanks for the news, Simon!

“Hello Harold-
I’m a big fan of your Giant Loop products. I’ve attached a shot of my 1190R from our recent trip to Utah.
Attached is a pdf deck for our new adventure/enduro website and online mag project called “UPSHIFT”.
We’d obviously love to have Giant Loop involved from the start!
Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for taking the time to have a look.
Thanks!
Simon”

Check Out the UPSHIFT PDF! 
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Giant Loop Rider, Wendi, Rides Badlands on KLR with Coyote Saddlebag

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Giant Loop Rider, Wendi, Rides Badlands on KLR with Coyote Saddlebag

Found in the archives and still valuable, Wendi wrote to tell us about her experience fitting her GL Coyote Saddlebag onto a KLR and riding Badlands. Thanks Wendi!

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“Hello Harold,

Thank you for the information on your bags.

While purchased for my DRZ, I did use my GL Coyote bag on my larger KLR for a trip to the badlands last week and it worked great!

I also wanted to let you know that I can’t say enough about the durability of this bag. I am new to dirt riding and have been down numerous times on dirt, gravel, sand, etc, and my bag has no damage at all and doesn’t show any wear yet. I am so impressed with that, so a huge thanks for a great product.

Here’s a couple of pics of my awesome GL Coyote on both of my bikes. Works great – looks cool!

Thanks again,

Wendi”

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Giant Loop Customers Travel San Diego to Cabo and Back on Honda XR650Ls

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Giant Loop Customers Travel San Diego to Cabo and Back on Honda XR650Ls

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:4[1]

“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.

Thanks
Brad”

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Sebastian Mangino Tours Argentinia’s Deserts on his KTM 530 EXC

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Sebastian Mangino Tours Argentinia’s Deserts on his KTM 530 EXC

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We received some emails from one of our happy customers, Sebastian Mangino from Argentina, who is touring the deserts of South America, using the Klamath Tail Rack Pack and the MoJavi Saddlebag on his KTM 530 EXC. Thanks for the updates, Sebastian!

“Hola, cómo están, hacen unos días que estoy recorriendo el desierto de ” Encon” en la provincia de ” Mendoza” en Argentina ( huellas del Dakar) es un desierto de 2500 km de extensión, muy lindo, la giant loop sorportaron todo espinas enormes, agua y arena. Conforme siga el viaje le seguiré enviando fotos. Muy confiables sus productos.
Muchas gracias”

Hello, how are you, this is one of the days I toured the Econ Desert in the Mendoza province of Argentina (crossing paths of the Dakar Rally Raid). It’s a  very beautiful 1550 mile desert, and the Giant Loop packs [Klamath Trail Rack Pack and MoJavi Saddlebags] survived thorns huge, water and sand. As I follow the journey I will continue sending photos. Very reliable products.
Thank you

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“Good day, I commented that the Mojavi Saddlebag and Klamath Trail Rack Pack resisted stones, mud, water and sand, and had no problem. You make a very reliable product, thank you very much. The photos are from “Pampa de las Salinas” and “Desert of Lavalle” ”

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Coyote Saddlebag on KTM 1190 Adventure R in New Zealand

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Coyote Saddlebag on KTM 1190 Adventure R in New Zealand

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“Hi guys
I just wanted to send a quick email to say thanks for designing and making such a great product. I live in Christchurch, New Zealand and ride a KTM 1190 Adventure R. About a month ago I went on a 4 day ride using your Coyote Saddlebag – this bag is simply awesome. I followed the instructions I found on your website regarding moving the passenger handles and replacing them with a spacer and they worked perfectly. The bag sits so nice and tight on the bike, it did not move at all and felt really secure. I’ve always preferred soft luggage, but with other systems I felt that I was constantly checking to see if it was still on the bike and hadn’t come loose, with the giant loop coyote I didn’t have to worry about whether the gear was coming loose or worse – falling off completely. It didn’t rain whilst we were away but I have no doubts about the water tightness of this system.
I’ve attached a pic – its not the best pic but you’re a free to use if it you wish. This pic was taken on the west coast of the south island of New Zealand.
Thanks again for making such a quality product – I’ll definitely be recommending this to others and can’t wait to get out and use it again.
Regards,
Brendan Daly”

Thanks Brendan for the kind words, we’re thrilled you love the bags!
Check out the Coyote Saddlebags

and the KTM 1190 Passenger Handle Removal Spacer Kit (set of 4)

Tillamook Dry Bag and Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder Featured in Dirt Rider Magazine

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Tillamook Dry Bag and Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder Featured in Dirt Rider Magazine

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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.

Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder in Dirt Rider Magazine

Gas Bag Fuel Safe Bladder in Dirt Rider Magazine

Seiji Ishii reviews Giant Loop's 38-liter waterproof Tillamook Dry Bag for Dirt Rider Magazine

Seiji Ishii reviews Giant Loop’s 38-liter waterproof Tillamook Dry Bag for Dirt Rider Magazine

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Fandango Pro Tank Bag on Kawasaki KLR 650 Rides Trans-Amazonian Challenge

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Fandango Pro Tank Bag on Kawasaki KLR 650 Rides Trans-Amazonian Challenge

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.

Ken Freund uses his trusty Giant Loop Fandango Pro Tank Bag

Ken Freund uses his trusty Giant Loop Fandango Pro Tank Bag

A Brazilian local helps Freund fill his gas tank by simply unzipping the Fandango Pro Tank Bag from the included harness that is securely strapped to his Kawasaki KLR 650

A Brazilian local helps Freund fill his gas tank by simply unzipping the Fandango Pro Tank Bag from the included harness that is securely strapped to his Kawasaki KLR 650

Check out the Fandango Pro Tank Bag at Giant Loop

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Great Basin Saddlebag: It really does fit virtually anything designed to carry a passenger, even scooters!

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Great Basin Saddle Bags – They really do fit virtually anything designed to carry a passenger, even scooters

Giant Loop customer Joel, recently took an amazing Italian adventure….on his scooter.

See his account below, and how he’s retrofitted the Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebags to suit his ride.

We have been on the road for 2 months and 3000 km, with all the clothes for two people stashed in the three dry pods. Although we have not been riding in the rain (much), the bag has seen a lot of rain this spring and so far no leaks when it is properly closed.

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The “motorcycle” is a little unconventional: a scooter. This made it a bit difficult to fit the bag on, as the usual exposed parts in a real motorcycle are all covered with plastic on a standard scooter. However, inside of the plastic the frame is not all that different. I had to create a couple of stainless-steel cable loops to extend the passenger foot peg frame inside the plastic so that they could be accessible.

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In addition, the standard scooter has a filler cap beneath the seat, so it was pretty important that I be able to get the bag off quickly when we fill up (every 200-250 km or so).

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Most scooters have a bit of a plastic frame behind the seat which is used to attach a top box, and on the Honda this is where I was able to hang on the straps for attachment. Overall, it takes me about a minute to loosen them and flop the bag down for gas tank access, which is not bad at all.

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Since I had to buy the stainless cable to make the loops, I also used it to make a security cable to hold the bag in place when we are parked. I put a small padlock on the end to keep it in place.

So far, no one has tried to get into it as far as I can tell, or pull it off the scooter. I strapped a Possibles Pouch on the outside to hold a water bottle and my sunglasses case, and it is working great. We have been on the road for 2 months and 3000 km, with all the clothes for two people stashed in the three dry pods. Although we have not been riding in the rain (much), the bag has seen a lot of rain this spring and so far no leaks when it is properly closed.

Thank you Joel!

How have you fit your Giant Loop Gear to your ride of choice? We’d love to hear from you.

Giant Loop Riders from France Prep for Russian Backcountry Adventure on KTM 690s

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Giant Loop Riders from France Prep for Russian Backcountry Adventure on KTM 690s

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“Just need our passports with visas and last authorization from Russian customs to enter with motorbikes in Russia.”

French KTM 690 Enduro riders with packed Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebags ready to embark on a backcountry Russian adventure.

See more on the Morbike Facebook page.

Giant Loop Rider in Laos

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Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Coyote Saddlebag, Rogue Dry Bag on long term service tour in Laos

“When you spend most of your time filthy with road dust and sleeping outside or on floors, you fully realize the luxury of seemingly basic things –such as ice, washing machines, and beds.

Apparently they used to ship ice from lakes in North America across the globe to refresh the beverages of the wealthy in India! Ice, especially with some carbonated water and lime, has become quite a treat for me these days.

Hand-washing clothing is not a problem when you can do a little each day, it is just when you haven’t had the ability and it accumulates that it becomes burdensome. I’ve scaled walls ninja-style to launder a load.

And beds, well beds are just utterly fantastic.

Consider this your humble reminder to appreciate these comforts and conveniences if you have them. ”

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KTM 500 EXC Camping in Oregon with Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Rogue Dry Bag, Possibles Pouches

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From our photographer friend David Schelske: “Testing out the new ride, double checking my setup and getting ready for a week long trip to the Alvord.” David’s on his 2016 KTM 500 EXC camping in Oregon with the Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Rogue Dry Bag and Possibles Pouches.

David Schelske dual sport camping on KTM 500 EXC

David Schelske dual sport camping on KTM 500 EXC

David Schelske dual sport camping on KTM 500 EXC

David Schelske dual sport camping on KTM 500 EXC

David Schelske dual sport camping on KTM 500 EXC

David Schelske dual sport camping on KTM 500 EXC

David Schelske dual sport camping on KTM 500 EXC

David Schelske dual sport camping on KTM 500 EXC

Video: “Goodwill Hunting Dual Sport Tour” in Oregon’s High Desert

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Video: “Goodwill Hunting Dual Sport Tour” in Oregon’s High Desert

Four friends leave their Motocross bikes at home and embark on a Dual Sport adventure. Watch as Rory Sullivan of MotoSport.com, Thor Drake of See See Motorcycles, Joey Lancaster from Fox Racing, and Paul Boiselle tackle the Oregon outback. With about 400 miles of varied on and off road terrain on the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route, and nothing but bikes, camping gear and a few Goodwill “gems,” the riding adventure awaits.

Giant Loop Sponsored Rider Danell Lynn Sets New Guinness World Record: Longest Journey By Motorcycle In A Single Country

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Giant Loop Sponsored Rider Danell Lynn Sets New Guinness World Record: Longest Journey By Motorcycle In A Single Country

Giant Loop is proud to announce that sponsored rider Danell Lynn has set a new Guinness World Record for “Longest journey by motorcycle in a single country.” Traveling for a year on her Triumph Bonneville equipped with Giant Loop gear, Lynn covered 48,600 miles while riding throughout the contiguous 48 states of the Unite States of America. Lynn is the first solo woman motorcyclist to hold the record.

Although her travels actually covered all 50 states, as well as three Canadian provinces, totaling more than 53,000 miles from September 2014 through September 2015, Guinness only counted the miles logged within the continental 48 states. Duplicate miles also did not apply to the record; each of the 48,600 miles covered different routes.

“Giant Loop was my first and only bag choice as the ride began its planning,” says Lynn. “I am so pleased with it all: The ease of use, and complete dryness of my gear through downpours, will keep me coming back to Giant Loop.”

“We are very proud to have played a role in Danell’s incredible journey,” says Harold Olaf Cecil, owner and founder of Giant Loop. “Daily use really puts our products to a degree of testing most riders would take many years to equal. Danell is also personally dedicated to positive change in the world, and her spirit matches our mission as a brand and company. Well done, Danell!”

For her world record setting ride, Lynn used Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bag, Possibles Pouch and Pronghorn Straps on her 2006 Triumph Bonneville. She also secured her gear with Rok Straps and carried additional fuel in 2-liter Touratech Fuel Canisters, which fit into the front pockets of the Siskiyou Panniers.

News: Giant Loop Hosts Presentation by British World Traveling Motorcyclist Steph Jeavons, Fundraising Event for Bend Athlete Solana Kline

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Steph Jeavons

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Friday, March 4, 2016
TIME: 6:30 to 9:00pm
LOCATION: Sons of Norway Fjeldheim Lodge, 549 NW Harmon Blvd, Bend, Oregon
ADMISSION: $10 suggested donation cash only, fundraising raffle tickets available
MAX CAPACITY: 100

Giant Loop Hosts Presentation by British World Traveling Motorcyclist Steph Jeavons, Fundraising Event for Bend Athlete Solana Kline

(BEND, OR) Bend-based adventure proof packing systems and gear company Giant Loop will host a presentation on Friday, March 4 by British motorcyclist Steph Jeavons, who rode around the world on her Honda CRF250L dual sport motorcycle. Doors open at 6:30 pm at the Sons of Norway Fjeldheim Lodge, 549 NW Harmon Blvd. in Bend. Admission is a suggested cash donation of $10, all of which goes to support Jeavons travels and presentations. Beverage and raffle tickets will also be sold for cash as a fundraiser for local athlete Solana Kline, a professional off-road triathlete, mountain biker and dual sport motorcyclist.

During her hour-long presentation featuring footage from Antarctica and images from all over the world, Jeavons will share stories from life on the road over the past two years, including how she got started, fears and costs vs. reality, and ways to save money while travelling. She will also explore topics such as the perception that women travelers are more vulnerable and why it is not the size of your engine that counts.

For information, call Giant Loop, 458-206-9113.

About Steph Jeavons
Steph Jeavons is a woman on a mission. Previously having operated an off-road motorcycle school in Wales and desert tours in Morocco, Steph set about reducing her life to the bare minimum. She sold her house and her road bike and kept only one small box in her parents’ attic marked ‘TO KEEP’.
STEPH JEAVONS ANTARCTICA
In March 2014, Jeavons set off from the iconic Ace Cafe in London in an attempt to ride to all seven continents on her Honda CRF250L, named Rhonda. Steph and Rhonda have now ridden further than any 250cc motorcycle has gone before, with their many miles together taking them through the deserts of Iran, the chaos of India, the heights of the Himalayas and the jungles of Borneo (to name but a few). Jeavons writes for motorcycle magazines, such as Adventure Motorcycle and Ride Magazine. Her website is onestephbeyond.com.

About Solana Kline
Solana Kline at Blitz to the BarrelBend-based professional off-road triathlete, mountain biker and dual-sport motorcyclist Solana Kline teaches anthropology at Central Oregon Community College and Oregon State University Cascades. In 2016, Kline’s goal is to have a race program that is completely locally supported, combining three disciplines of racing: off-road triathlon, mountain bike racing and motorcycle racing. The X-Terra Off-Road Triathlon Pan-Am Professional race series will be the central focus.

About Giant Loop
Based in Bend, Giant Loop designs and manufactures adventure proof motorcycle, snowmobile and outdoor packing and gear systems. From its Bend showroom and website, Giant Loop is also a retailer of products that complete its “go light, go fast, go far” approach to packing for adventure. Giant Loop products are available from international distributors, as well as from a network of dealers throughout the USA. Giant Loop is a rider-owned company. For all the details, go to http://www.giantloopmoto.com or http://www.giantloopsnow.com.

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Giant Loop Riders: 13,000 km on Trans Canada Adventure Trail.

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Kiwis Keith and Bryan rode 13,000km, coast-to-coast on the Trans Canada Adventure Trail on Yamaha WR250s with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebags and Dry Bags. Here are some highlights from their adventure (captions by Keith)!
Trans Canada Adventure Trail
1. Caribou Creek Saskatchewan . Almost as far north as the TCAT gets. Great spot – cabins, gas, food, beer!
Trans Canada Adventure Trail
2. Chris Rieger and the Kiwis. We have Chris to thank for a world class effort in marking the TCAT in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Job very well done.
Trans Canada Adventure Trail
3. Day off at the Nipawin Exhibition. The wagon racing was breathtaking!
Trans Canada Adventure Trail
Trans Canada Adventure Trail
4. Bryan and deer – a certain attraction. Our altercations with them continue …
Trans Canada Adventure Trail
5. Mike on a slippery slope in Saskatchewan . Hard to see the true grade but 5 mm of damp makes the surface like soap.
Trans Canada Adventure Trail
6. Manitoba Lake – the Cree First Nation. A very warm welcome, Keith telling our story to locals.
Trans Canada Adventure Trail
7. Keith looking for the trail in long grass. Bloody great moose appeared! (not in pic)
Trans Canada Adventure Trail
8. Rains a’comin on the prairie.
Trans Canada Adventure Trail
9. Oops. Road closed.
Trans Canada Adventure Trail
10. Typical axle deep ‘damp patch’ we had to get through on the Saskatchewan prairie.

Giant Loop Riders: 400-Mile “Lost Coast” Dual Sport Weekend on Honda CRFs with MoJavi Saddlebag, Klamath Tail Rack Pack, Pannier Pockets, Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack

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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.
Thanks again
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.

Honda CRF with Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack strapped to front fender, Pannier Pockets, MoJavi Saddlebag, Klamath Tail Rack Pack with Tank Bag Dry Pod inside

Honda CRF450 with Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack strapped to front fender, Pannier Pockets, MoJavi Saddlebag, Klamath Tail Rack Pack with Tank Bag Dry Pod inside.

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Paolo Cattaneo Circumnavigates Australia

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Adventure tour around Australia with Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Tank Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag
From Paolo in Australia: “I’m writing you to give you an update about my travels and about your products, that I’ve been using during my trip about Australia, that has come to a completion now, after 8 months on the road and roughly 40000km. I’ve pretty much started from Sydney and rode all around the perimeter of this continent, covering Tasmania and Ayers Rock as well.

I’ve been using the Siskiyou Panniers, and I’ve covered all sort of terrains, speeds and temperatures (above the zero). Australia gives you a vast range of possibilities to test yourself and your gear, in terms of variety of conditions, and I have to say I was very happy to have your products with me during my journey.

Overall, the robustness, flexibility and storage capability of the products are really remarkable, in my opinion. You guys have done a great job.

Tillamook Dry Bag served me very well too; Fandango Tank Bag was very handy and so the Zigzag Handlebar Bag.

I just wanted to say THANK YOU for making this journey of mine a pleasure. The past months riding with your equipment were great. So much better than the hard panniers!

You can go through my adventure also, via my Instagram account.
www.instagram.com/paoloinoz I’ve been posting a picture a day for the past 230 days, gaining a lot of followers and a lot of likes and reposts from all over the world and from other popular dual sport and adventure riding accounts.

Best regards,
Paolo Cattaneo
wOZuup
Travelling around Australia

Giant Loop Riders: Alberto Lara and Naomi Tweddle Ride Giant Loop of Oregon

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Alberto Lara and Naomi Tweddle (www.motolara.com) added another off-road adventure to their list of travels this past week: an 800-mile giant loop dual sport motorcycle ride through Oregon, beginning and ending at Giant Loop’s shop in Bend. You may have seen Alberto’s photos in our 2015 Adventure Proof Packing Systems catalog or on social media for Moto Lara

moto lara alberto lara and naomi tweddle on yamaha wr 250 dual sport motorcycles with Giant Loop motorcycle soft luggage

Moto Lara (Alberto Lara and Naomi Tweddle) on Yamaha WR 250 dual sport motorcycles with Giant Loop motorcycle soft luggage.

For their Oregon giant loop ride, Alberto and Naomi rode their Yamaha WR250 dual sport motorcycles, equipped with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Rogue Dry Bag, Kiger Tank Bag, Possibles Pouch, Pronghorn Straps and Zigzag Handlebar Bag. Photographer Alberto rode with his DSLR camera protect with a neoprene cover inside his Kiger Tank Bag, with the zipperless lid providing quick camera access without getting in his way standing on the footpegs riding eastern Oregon’s rough, rocky double-track dirt roads.

Naomi's Yamaha WR250 outfitted with Giant Loop's Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag and Rogue Dry Bag

Naomi’s Yamaha WR250 outfitted with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag and Rogue Dry Bag

Alberto's Yamaha WR250 kitted with Great Basin Saddlebag, Kiger Tank Bag, Possibles Pouch, Pronghorn Straps and Zigzag Handlebar Bag.

Alberto’s Yamaha WR250 kitted with Great Basin Saddlebag, Kiger Tank Bag, Possibles Pouch, Pronghorn Straps and Zigzag Handlebar Bag.

Alberto and Naomi also rode in Peru for two months, camping off 200cc rental dirt bikes equipped with Giant Loop gear!

Giant Loop Review: Australian Filmmaker Dave Darcy’s KTM 690 Enduro – Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Tank Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Columbia Dry Bag, Bushwackers Hand Guards

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KTM 690 Enduro with Giant Loop Soft Luggage

Columbia Dry Bag and Siskiyou Panniers on KTM 690 Enduro

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.

– Dave

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.

3,000 Kilometers in Southern Europe on KTM 690 Enduro with Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Coyote Saddlebag, Rogue Dry Bag

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Email from UK adventure travel journalist Duncan McCallum about his May 2015 ride:

“The trip was a 3,000km mix of off-road and road trails, May 2015, in Provence, France, Corsica, Sardinia and the Italian Alps. Five out of the six bikes had GL products – mostly tank bags but Brian on the Yamaha XT660 also bought the Coyote Saddlebag and dumped his old system. They all saw my stuff from the last trip and went to Adventure Spec?[Giant Loop’s distributor in the United Kingdom]?to buy it.”

KTM 690 Enduro with Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Rogue Dry Bag

Northern Sardinia

KTM 690 Enduro with Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Rogue Dry Bag

Gap to the Verdon – Provence, France

KTM 690 Enduro with Giant Loop dual sport soft luggage

North Corsica

Yamaha XTZ660 Tenere with Giant Loop motorcycle soft luggage

Yamaha XTZ660 Tenere with Giant Loop motorcycle soft luggage in Sardinia

KTM 690 Enduro with Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Rogue Dry Bag

The Hare & The Tortoise – Sardinia

KTM 690 Enduro with Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Rogue Dry Bag

Sardinia

KTM 690 Enduro with Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag, Rogue Dry Bag

Corsica