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Giant Loop Racer: Lawrence Hacking’s Mongolia Rally in American Motorcyclist

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Canadian rider and Overland Adventure Rally organizer Lawrence Hacking’s article recounting his experiences racing the Mongolian Rally appear in the February 2015 issue of American Motorcyclist magazine, published by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). He rode a 2014 Honda CRF 450X with Giant Loop’s MoJavi Saddlebag throughout the rally, and here’s what he wrote about it: “To lighten the load on myself, I used the Giant Loop MoJavi bags to carry the heavy items that I would likely need to finish, such as tools and a spare inner tube.”

American Motorcyclist Lawrence Hacking Motorcycling in Mongolia

Motorcycling Mongolia by Lawrence Hacking in AMA magazine

Giant Loop Rider: Tolga Basol’s “Ride Must Go On” in USA

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Photo update from Tolga Basol’s “Ride Must Go On” travels around the world. For the past few months, he’s been in the USA after retrieving his KTM 1190 Adventure from British Columbia, Canada, where it was ocean-freighted from Asia. Tolga’s Siskiyou Panniers, Tillamook Dry Bag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag have been punished over the past the year on a journey that began in Turkey and spanned the continent of Asia off-road.

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Giant Loop Video: “The Eagles of Metal Horses” in Ecuador

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If this video doesn’t make you smile, then you need to check your pulse! Not your typical “here’s our motorcycle trip in Ecuador” kinda video, instead these guys shot a hilarious rock video throughout their trip! And, they’re riding with Giant Loop’s Great Basin Saddlebags . . .

Giant Loop Racers: Sheenans Finish Strong At “24 Hours of Starvation Ridge”

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Congratulations to GL racers Tracy Sheehan and Nick Sheehan for the strong finish in brutal conditions at the 24 hours of Starvation Ridge race! Looks like the Bushwackers Hand Guards came in handy.
24 Hours of Starvation Ridge, ProCaliber, Giant Loop Bushwacker Hand Guards
Here’s Tracy’s report: “Here’s a small recap of the race this weekend. Mud, lots of mud… Nick crashed and hurt his shoulder and midnight still went out for another night lap. I had some intermittent bike trouble. Nick placed 3rd overall. I placed 5th overall. It was a very challenging weekend, but overall we had a blast!! I truly Love my Bushwhacker Guards!”

Giant Loop Rider: Why “Ride Must Go On” Chose Giant Loop For Global Adventure

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Turkish filmmaker Tolga Basol has already ridden across Asia on a KTM 1190 Adventure R, now he’s enjoying the desert southwest of the United States. He added a camerman to his solo journey to help document the trip for Turkish television. This pic is the KTM 640 Adventure Tolga bought in LA for his cameraman to ride.

Here’s a recent post on his Ride Must Go On page:

Ride Must Go On - KTM 640 Adventure equipped with Giant Loop

I am getting some questions about the luggage system I am using, so I wanted to share my thoughts about the topic here. I have used hard panniers in the past on my travels to Middle East, Central Asia, Europe so I have tasted both.

– Hard panniers are way more heavier then a soft luggage setup. That being said, I try to travel on dirt roads as much as possible so the weight is an issue for me. The lighter the bike it is, the happier I am.

– I have managed to bend hard panniers, stuck my leg between the pannier and the bike couple of times, hit something hard while riding off road… The results are not good. Soft panniers are way more durable and sturdy than hard ones imho. Even if you manage to tear them apart, they are much more easier to fix.

– I have witnessed self destruction of hard panniers in Road Of Bones. My friend with hard panniers had to abandon them because the cases and rack system were destroyed.

– My soft luggage setup is totally waterproof, flexible and have pockets so when needed I can carry lots of stuff with them.

– I use Giant Loop equipment, I was already using their products so I believe they are the best on the market now. I asked them to support me for my RTW and I am happy they are.

– I have Siskiyou Panniers, Tillamook Dry Bag, Fandango Tank Bag along with pannier pockets. To keep them steady on the bike I use Pronghorn Straps which are one of the best equipment so far I have ever used.

Giant Loop Video: “Lost in the Pacific Northwest – Episode 3”

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Wiley Watson of Red Tide Pictures along with riders Kyle Redmond, Rory Sullivan and Ricky Russell bring you on a three part adventure series in the Pacific Northwest. The riders take their dirt bike skills deep into the thick forest?s remote places of the north with standard bikes; epic views, lost trail and mysterious mountains provide ample amounts of entertainment for the whole crew. Check out Episode 3 here?

Click play, hit expand button to display full screen, and sit back and enjoy the ride!

Giant Loop Rider: Black Tie 2 Black Top – Danell Lynn’s “1 Woman, 1 Bike, 1 Year, 50 US States + Canada”

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Black Tie 2 Black Top rider Danell Lynn's "1 Woman, 1 Bike, 1 Year, 50 US States + Canada"Danell Lynn stopped over in Bend for the night on her solo motorcycle tour.

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Her Triumph Bonneville is kitted out with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Pro Tank Bag, Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bag and Zigzag Handlebar Bag. She’s attempting a Guinness World Record for most miles ridden in a single country!

Follow her travels on Black Tie 2 Black Top.

Giant Loop Video: Lost In The Pacific Northwest ? Episode 2

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Wiley Watson of Red Tide Pictures along with riders Kyle Redmond, Rory Sullivan and Ricky Russell bring you on a three part adventure series in the Pacific Northwest. The riders take their dirt bike skills deep into the thick forest?s remote places of the north with standard bikes; epic views, lost trail and mysterious mountains provide ample amounts of entertainment for the whole crew. You’ll notice the MoJavi Saddlebags and Zigzag Handlebar Bags on their bikes – check out Episode 2!

Here’s a link to Dirt Rider Magazine’s video page!

Giant Loop Racer: Seat Time Host Brian Pierce Finishes 2014 Baja Rally on 1987 Suzuki SP 200 with MoJavi Saddlebag

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Seat Time host Brian Pierce thought his racing was done when he blew up his bike at this year’s BAJA RALLY – then he and his father got inspired and prepped his dad’s 27-year-old Suzuki SP 200 so he could finish the race!

Says Brian: “Here’s the 1987 Suzuki SP 200 with the GL MoJavi Saddlebag ready for the final day! our bags worked great. Let me know if you would like more pics of the SP 200 with them on there. It was the perfect way to use the bike you had to conquer a 300+ mile day in Baja.”

Congrats Brian – undaunted!

Here’s the recent Seat Time episode recapping this year’s Baja Rally:


“2014 Baja Rally Overall Winner Scott Bright joins us on the show and he’s followed up by Erek Kudla. The Baja Rally was a great experience and we would love the opportunity to attend again for Baja Rally 3.0.”

Giant Loop Video: “Lost In The Pacific Northwest – Episode 1” featuring Kyle Redmond, Rory Sullivan and Ricky Russell

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Wiley Watson of Red Tide Pictures along with riders Kyle Redmond, Rory Sullivan and Ricky Russell bring you on a three part adventure series in the Pacific Northwest. The riders take their dirt bike skills deep into the thick forest?s remote places of the north with standard bikes; epic views, lost trail and mysterious mountains provide ample amounts of entertainment for the whole crew. Note from Watson: “Every trail shot in the feature is entirely legal, although the story tells otherwise. But thats our job, to make the normal look not so normal! And if you know the area there are wolves!”

Read more at Dirt Rider!

Giant Loop Rider: Tolga Basol Rolls Around The World – “Ride Must Go On”

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Giant Loop rider Tolga Basol, a filmmaker from Turkey, recently posted more pictures of his “Ride Must Go On” round-the-world tour, which will be the subject of a documentary film. Inspiring photos of amazing people and landscapes! You can also follow his journey on Facebook. For his epic adventure, Tolga’s riding with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers, Rogue Dry Bag, Fandango Pro Tank Bag and Pannier Pockets on his KTM 1190 Adventure.

Giant Loop Rider: GL Designer Explores Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route

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Giant Loop’s design director, Brian Frankle, recently joined up with a couple of local friends from Bend for an Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route adventure on his Suzuki DRZ400. Here are some of his pics and comments:

“Took a short 4 day trip on the moto on the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route. Rendezvoused with a few others on day 2 in Ukiah, Oregon. Other than great company, seeing a Bighorn Sheep along the South Fork of the John Day River was a highlight.”

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As a long-distance runner and through-hiker (just finish 5th in Pine to Palm 100, he’s hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, etc.) Brian’s an ultralight packer. On this trip he’s living the life of luxury with the Great Basin Saddlebag and Pannier Pockets on his DRZ400.

“Bridge Creek Wildlife Area outside of Ukiah, Oregon. Wildlife Count: 3 cows.”

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Our friend and customer Patrick used the Coyote Saddlebag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag on his Honda CRF250L.

“PK at Olive Lake Umatilla National Forest. Olive Lake is a reservoir that provided water and turned the generators at Fremont Power House…which in turn, supplied power to the largest Dredge used for gold mining in North America which sits in Sumpter, Oregon.”

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Oregon had it’s own version of the Gold Rush.

“The Dredge in Sumpter, Oregon.”

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GL friend and customer Dave packed the Coyote Saddleabg and Fandango Pro Tank Bag on his Yamaha WR250.

“Lunch stop, throttle cable repair, and opening day for Bow Season. Lots of hunters out and about. Malheur National Forest.”

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Brian definitely applies our philosophy of “go light, go fast, go far” to his camping gear.

“Find sticks, make shelter. Ochoco National Forest.”

 

Giant Loop Rider: Balint Rides Europe On His Buell XB12, With Great Basin Saddlebag

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Balint wrote in and shared pictures from his recent European tour. Check out how he is using the cable lock pass through for security!

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He said,

“Hi GL,

Here are two pics taken on my trip around Europe on my XB12XT using a Great Basin 2 saddlebag and a Zigzag handlebar bag. I’ve been to 10 countries altogether starting from the UK, then France, Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium then back to the UK through France. Altogether i rode 3834 miles (approx 6170 kms) to see all my friends and family on my holiday wherever they live around Europe and it was a great experience. Your bags totally rock!

All the best,

Balint

Thanks for the great pics and for riding Giant Loop!

Giant Loop Rider: Swamp’s Continental Divide Tour on BMW G650 X-Challenge

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Continental Divide Trail on BMW G650GS X-Challenge

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Swamp is a serious adventurer who’s ridden all over the Americas on dual sport bikes. Here’s the intro his latest “Mexico to Canada: Solo on the Continental Divide” with the Coyote Saddlebag, Zigzag Handlebar Bag and Pronghorn Straps:

“After having one of my motorcycles confiscated by a band of illiterate, Ecuadorian customs officials in early July 2014. I returned home and started piddling around with my 2007 BMW G650 X Challenge. Changing the oil, oil filter, air filter; installing new tires and some other modifications and tweaks. The bike had previously received no love from me. I just rode it, never washed it, rarely changed the oil, never changed the filters. Every time I rode it I would try to rag the motor out. It never complained. Never boiled over. Never leaked. Anything.

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Swamp keeping it the “Go Light, Go Fast, Go Far” way, solo on the Continental Divide Trail

I usually like white bikes but the paint on THIS one (yes, its paint not just white plastics) always bothered me so I sanded the plastics down and put a few coats of green paint on it. The bike seemed to say ?Jeez, finally!? I let it set for a few weeks. Only riding it down to the river a few times to go fishing.

On July 20th I woke up, made coffee and walked outside. It was foggy; pretty thick. ?Ya, I think I?m going to ride the Continental Divide?.

Coyote Saddlebag on BMW G650

New Mexico mud

Five days later, July 25th both the X-Challenge and I were riding through the border town of El Paso Texas then working our way into New Mexico where we would meet up with the Continental Divide trail near Hurley/ Silver City. As far as planning and preparations went, well; I ?prepared? for maybe two hours. I had some containers for extra gasoline, one pair of socks, one pair of underwear (wearing both ), a rain jacket, batteries, flash light, small air compressor, some tools, a knife, a lighter, harmonica, protein bars, a trash bag and a camping rig the size of a football. Basically the same shit I?ve carried with me for eight or nine years now.”

BMW G650 X-Challenge on solo Continental Divide Trail

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Lost on the Continental Divide Trail

“I LOST MY TAG SOMEWHERE ON THE WAY TO CUBA NEW MEXICO. THE TAG IS A BARBER MOTORSPORTS TAG THAT HAS ?SWAMP? AS THE NUMBER. IF YOU FIND IT SEND ME AN EMAIL: SWAMP@ENDUROEARTH.COM”

Here’s Swamp’s comments about the Giant Loop gear in the conclusion of his ride report:

“Giant Loop Coyote bag (giantloopmoto.com) : I?ve had this bag for a few years now and its still holding up despite having the hell beat out of it. The Giant Loop guys have treated me well and have always answered the phone and returned my calls and e-mails. Their customer service is excellent and I believe that their products are excellent. The bag is just that, a bag. Put whatever you can fit in it, its not complicated. On this ride I lashed an extra 1/2 gallon of gas to the top of the bag with no problems using a set of pronghorn straps. The Coyote is the perfect size for this ride.. however I found it strange that I rode The American Flesh Eater Route from California to Alabama (1 month ride) using the smallest giant loop bag (the mojavi) but used a larger bag for this ride.”

“Also, the Pronghorn Straps are friggin’ sweet! Probably my favorite “new thingys” for the bike lately.”

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE >

Coyote Saddlebag on BMW G650 - Continental Divide Trail

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