was successfully added to your cart.

Category

Riders

Giant Loop Rider: Apple Jam And I Make GPX Tracks In Hood River County For Rally In The Gorge

By | Honda, KTM, Riders | No Comments

IMG_0668

Getting the Giant Loop Dual Sport route sorted for Rally in the Gorge took the help of Apple Jam, from ADVrider. An avid KTM 990 Adventure rider, he has rolled every piece of two track in the area and knows how to link up some excitement for our ride.

Arriving in Parkdale at 3pm, I was anxious to get on the motos and get some tracks tucked into the bike’s Trail Tech Voyager. The weather was perfect, maybe a bit hot, and the air was clear. I was staging at Apple Jam’s and he was gracious enough to have me camp there. His KTM was getting fork service work so I brought the Honda XR650R and KTM 500EXC, for us to ride. He hadn’t ridden a new EXC so I rode the Honda and he happily climbed onto the KTM. I hadn’t been riding on this side of Mt Hood, so I was looking forward to following Apple Jam’s experienced lead and getting a taste of what kind of terrain was available. Needless to say, there was not a drop of disappointment until 9:08 pm and we hit the Sawtooth Roadhouse after closing, missing dinner. We made up for it with a drink or two when we finally made it back home…

There were several huge vista views.
IMG_0669

We were headed right over yonder.
IMG_0670

Had a few rocks to roll over, on the way.
IMG_0671

Giant Loop Rider: Tolga Talks Tools, While In Omsk Russia

By | KTM, Riders | No Comments

Tolga Basol continues to adventure across Russia on his KTM 1190 Adventure R. He had a stop over in Omsk, where the guys at KTM Omsk worked?to?replace Tolga’s front hub and he got to hang out with the Siberian Bears motorcycle club.

tolga wheel

 

I don’t know the particulars, but the job got done, thanks to KTM Russia and KTM Omsk, so Tolga had the time to share pics of ?his tools and how he carries them. I share this posting from his FB page.

Tubes and first aid kit in the Pannier Pockets.

 

tolga pnn2

tolga pnn

 

Tire repair tools bagged and mounted to his pannier frame. His wrenches are in a tool roll under his seat.

tolga tool case

 

tolga tool case2

tolga tools

 

 

Giant Loop Rider: Tolga Found A Minor Traffic Problem Crossing Russia, Ride Must Go On!

By | KTM, Riders | No Comments

Follow Tolga on his FB page Ride Must Go On

tolga truck crossing

Tolga writes,
“Yesterday I rode from Ufa to Chelyabinsk in heavy rain with lots of trucks on the narrow roads. My Klim gear was perfect, they did not let any drop of water, same goes for the boots (Sidi Adventure) my feet was also dry. Somewhere on the road a big truck started sliding and he managed to block the way with his trailer. I was not able to pass with my bike, so I decided to find an alternative route to the main road.”

Yesterday’s dinner:

Giant Loop Rider: Vic Rides Death Valley On His Suzuki DRZ400 With Great Basin Saddle Bag

By | Giant Loop Gear, Riders, Suzuki | No Comments

Got a cool pic of Vic while he was in Death Valley riding his Suzuki DRZ400 with a Great Basin Saddlebag. Thanks for the pic and story.

vic vaccaro death valley

He said, “Purchased your saddle bag at the BMW rally in Salem last summer. Just finished a four day 430 mile off road loop through Death Valley. Bag is great and stayed firmly attached all through the rough stuff. Wish I could say the same thing for me. Fitment is great and the others on the ride will be purchasing them before our next adventure. Regards, Vic.”

Giant Loop Rider: Tolga’s “Ride Must Go On”, All ‘Round the World

By | Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Photos, Riders | No Comments

00001

Ride Must Go On

TolgaBasol

Hello , my name is Tolga Basol and I?m from Istanbul, Turkey. I’ve been working for the media industry in Istanbul about 14 years. I bought my first motorcycle about 12 years ago. Since then I’ve tried to travel with my bike to different parts of the world on my short holidays from work. I started to carry my video equipment on my travels & figured out how to shoot while traveling on a motorcycle. Finally i decided to quit my job to fulfill probably the biggest dream in my life; riding around the world on a motorcycle.

00002

Route

My journey will start from Istanbul on 1st of June 2014 on a KTM 1190 Adv R. I plan to ride through Russia, Mongolia, Siberia & then I will decide to continue to Southeast Asia or to ship my bike to North America. I will try to catch up Dakar 2015 in South America. Then I will decide the route for Africa. I suspect the route might change quite a lot but I will try to travel as long as I can & I did not set an end date for the trip.

00003

The idea behind my trip is simply ??Ride Must Go On??
KTM Turkey provided me with a brand new KTM 1190 Adv R. I bought the lightest & most compact equipment, kept my clothes to minimalistic & Giant Loop provided all the luggage I need for my journey. And now simply the Ride Must Go On.

GL2

GL3

Follow my page to track my journey real-time on the map & to check my photos & videos that i will try to share along the way.


http://www.ridemustgoon.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ridemust

http://instagram.com/ride_must

Thanks for the great post, Tolga!
He rides with Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers, Fandango Tank Bag Pro, Pannier Pockets, Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bag and Pronghorn Straps.

Giant Loop Rider: Harold Arrives In Norway, Climbs on Honda Africa Twin, Goes Camping

By | Honda, Riders, Saddlebags | No Comments

Giant Loop owner, Harold, has returned to his ancestral home of Norway, for some motorbiking and family vacation.
The first pictures are coming in, so I share them here.
His motorbike guide is Elving Stolli, who has loaned Harold a Honda Africa Twin.
Harold took a Fandango Tank bag Pro and Great Basin Saddlebag for this fly and ride.

Day 1:

Trontoppen- Norway’s second highest road

Packing up camp

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

By | Events, Riders | No Comments

The reward that awaited.

The riders gathered and had breakfast.

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

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

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

IMG_0549

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

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

IMG_0558

 

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

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

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

Giant Loop Riders: Turkish Filmmaker Tolga Riding KTM 1190 AdventureR Two-Up With Siskiyou Panniers

By | KTM, Riders, Saddlebags | No Comments

Turkish filmmaker Tolga Basol has started his ’round the world journey and documentary project Ride Must Go On! He is on a bike supplied by KTM, an 1190 AdventureR with Fandango Tank Bag Pro, Siskiyou Panniers, Tillamook Dry Bag, Rogue Dry Bags and Pannier Pockets. Check out how he has the Pannier Pockets low mounted on his engine guards.

DSC03780

Giant Loop Rider: RTW Noah, Caught A Vegatable Boat To Indonesia, Time To Load And Lock His Siskiyou Panniers

By | KTM, Riders, Saddlebags | No Comments

Noah is transferring his KTM 690 Enduro to Indonesia, by boat. He had to lock up his Siskiyou Panniers, by order of the boat captain, so here is his solution.

Noah posted on our ADVrider thread, “I had to put my girl onto a Vegetable boat today bound for Indonesia. They said I can leave my bags on her, but I should secure them. My solution was to find some wire rope and crimps. I ran a string through the bags to find the desired length, then cut the wire rope accordingly. Obviously this will not stop someone determined to get into the bags, but it will slow them down. You can also lock the zipper closed using the loop inside where the buckle is. I had to use a round file on the zipper pull to fit the padlock through.”

10300810_10203146668421884_7059258409185991211_n

Giant Loop Rider: Jack Broomall Riding The Cannon Ball Centennial Ride

By | Blog, BMW, Riders | No Comments

Giant Loop Rider Jack Broomall is taking part in the historic Cannon Ball Centennial, following the original route taken by Erwin Baker, the original “Cannon Ball”. He is riding a BMW F800GS with Fandango Tank Bag and Tillamook Dry Bag. Jack has ridden cross country a few times before, most notably on his vintage Hodaka, in Two-Strokes Across America.

Quote from the Cannonballproject.com:
“On May 3, 1914, Erwin Baker, a motorcycle racer and enthusiast from Indianapolis, Indiana, left downtown San Diego, California on a twin-cylinder, 7 horsepower Indian motorcycle en route to New York City.”

For more info on the ride and route, check out their site.
http://www.cannonballproject.com/

Follow Jack’s progress on his FB page.

 

Giant Loop Tech Tip: Great Basin Saddlebag Fits KTM 1190 Adventure R With Passenger Handles Removed

By | KTM, Riders, Saddlebags, Uncategorized | No Comments

denny cow

The new 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure and Adventure R are great bikes for travel and camping. Our friends in Australia and South Africa could buy it months before our EPA had given KTM approval to import them into the US. Therefore, the first sightings of an 1190 Adventure, with Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebag strapped on, came from the southern hemisphere.

denny bushings

Giant Loop rider Denny Wilkinson?of Australia,?had found the passenger grab handles to be in the way of easily mounting his Great Basin Saddlebag, so he removed them. Because the handles were mounted to the rear rack bushings, taking off the handles meant the rack had no longer had bushings to sit on. Denny had a set of spacer bushings made(silver bushing visible in above pic), to go in place of the grab handles.

I shared?Denny’s work with South African Giant Loop rider Herman,?so he too, could fit a new Great Basin Saddlebag. When Herman had?a local machine shop make a set of bushings for his KTM 1190 Adventure R, ?he took the dimensions of the new bushings and emailed them to us, with a few pics of his setup to share.

The bushes dimensions are:

Outside Diameter 20 mm

Inside Diameter 8,5 mm

Height 23 mm

 

Pics: ?Grab handles on bike

IMG_0567

Grab Handles off bike, next to new bushings
IMG_0575

Custom Bushings
IMG_0572

Rack installed with new bushings
IMG_0577

Great Basin Saddlebag tops it all off!
IMG_0583

1374953_848226178527858_6179239522894085910_n

Giant Loop Rider: Noah Cracks 100,000 KMs On His KTM 690 Enduro

By | Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Riders | No Comments

Noah is getting the miles logged on his Round the World KTM 690 Enduro and finally hit 100,000km. He has been updating his Blog?with pics and stories about his ride, including this shot of his odometer. He has used Siskiyou Panniers or a Great Basin Saddlebag to carry his loads on his KTM.

Ride on, Noah and keep sending us your stories and updates!

Wonder how many tires that translates into…

bob

Giant Loop Rider: Dirt Bike Coach Bob Rides AZ On His BMW 1200GS Adventure, With Great Basin Saddlebag

By | BMW, Riders, Saddlebags | No Comments

Rob Rickert, owner of Off Road Adventure Academy and Dirt Bike School in Sacramento, took a trip to AZ a couple weeks ago and rode around the Wickenberg area. His BMW R1200GSA was loaded with a Great Basin Saddlebag for the trip. He took a bunch of pics and shared them with us, so I will echo them here! Looks like a hot one, Rob’s temp sensor read 101*F while they were riding.

Thanks for the photos!

bob

mountian view

group

rolling

parked at mine

mine

temp101

Wonder what kind of shiny new Ram-Mount accessory Rob is showing off and is it in the Touratech catalog?

hip

 

 

 

solana

Giant Loop Rider: Solana Visits GL With Her Yamaha XT250, To Get Equipped For Her Summer Ride To Canada

By | Riders, Yamaha | No Comments

We were working away packing orders and doing office work, when there was a knock at the door. Solana, a college instructor and Xterra race winner enjoying her first enduro bike, had come by to get some fit questions answered.?She has planned a dual sport ?ride to Canada this summer and needed a packing system for her Yamaha XT250. She had found her used XT250 online, after much searching, and was happy to get a good deal on it. Believing that Giant Loop was the right answer to her packing system questions, she rolled over to visit yesterday.

solana

As the guys got her bike test fitted with a Coyote Saddlebag, Fandango Tank Bag Pro(both in her favorite color ORANGE)and Rogue Dry Bag, she was convinced that she had made the right choice to come to us. Thanks, Solana, for riding Giant Loop!

031913top-i

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

By | Events, Riders | No Comments

Last year’s Alley Sweeper

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

IMG_6163

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

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

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

Where: N Tillamook Street, just off Interstate Ave

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

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

cambodia4

Giant Loop Tech Tip: GL Rider’s Quick Mount Point, Inner Tube Sleeve Prevent Strap Wear

By | KTM, Riders, Tech Tips | No Comments

cambodia4

Giant Loop rider Dave travels Cambodia, doing volunteer service work on his KTM 450 EXC, and he’s used a Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag for packing his gear through the muddiest tropical rainforest roads and trails. He recently shot us a message, sharing his clever, low-cost, heavy duty mounting point for his Coyote Saddlebag. His attachment point on his bike – “stainless cable, some swage crimps, and steel tube” – helps prevent abrasion of daily use from wearing on his Coyote Saddlebag straps. He’s also using a sleeve made from inner tube rubber – another very effective no-cost solution to protect?mounting straps on all of Giant Loop’s rackless luggage systems. Check out his pics:

cambodia3

Thanks for the tech tip, Dave and ride while you can!

Giant Loop Rider: Death Valley Noobs Rally Medical Volunteer Rob Preps MEDIC MoJavi Saddlebag

By | Riders, Triumph | No Comments

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We enjoyed this recent message from one of our “Mojavis For Medics” program participants, Rob:

“Hello again, Here is some more info on myself.?Fulltime Fire Rescue at Canmore Fire Rescue in Canada (just outside Banff AB in the Mountains). My title here is Lieutenant Operations/Hazmat/Training – as an ALS fire medic in the mountains I do structural fire protection and mountain rescue. I am also casual with Alberta Health Services and do about 6 shifts a month on the ambulance. Here are some of my certifications:

-ACLS instructor/coordinator
-PALS instructor /coordinator
-CPR instructor
-Rope Rescue Technician Instructor(Rescue 3 International)
-Ice Rescue Technician Instructor(Rescue 3 International)
-Swift Water Rescue Technician Instructor(Rescue 3 International)
-Structural Collapse Technician NFPA
-Confined Space Technician NFPA
-ICS 400
-Hazmat Technician NFPA
-CBRNE Technician
-Advanced Hazmat Life Support Provider

I carry a full kit when I ride down in Death Valley for the Death Valley Noobs Rally, every thing from sutures to ETT tubes if intubation is needed, a full bandage kit, c-collar, tourniquet, symptomatic drugs if needed, and I leave an automated external defibrillator in camp. Last year I was down at the Silverton, CO event also while doing the CO Backcountry Discovery Route. At the Death Valley Rally last year we had a few mishaps fractured leg, fractured foot and a dislocated should with fractured clavicle.”

Rob rides a tricked out Triumph Tiger 800, with Giant Loop’s?Fandango Tank Bag? – and soon a MEDIC MoJavi Saddlebag. He surely puts his bike through the paces, having ridden three Backcountry Discovery Routes, as well as volunteering at the Death Valley Noobs Rally. ?Thanks, Rob, for supporting the rider community by volunteering your skills!

rob evans-davies canmore canada

Giant Loop Racer: South African Dakar Rally Podium Finisher Brett Cummings on “Why I Use Giant Loop”

By | News, Racer, Riders | No Comments

Giant Loop Racer, Brett Cummings, shared his race resume with us (see below) ? and included his reasoning for working with Giant Loop.

“Why I will use Giant Loop: When training alone and with no backup, one really needs to make sure that you have all your tools, medical equipment as well as nutrition and snacks with you so you can be fully self-sufficient. With Giant Loop gear, this is made easy!
Regards,?Brett”

Brett Cummings 2013 Dakar Rally podium

Thanks Brett!?The Mojavi Saddlebag is his bag of choice for rally and enduro training.

In 2013, South African rider Cummings finish 2nd in the demanding self-supported Malle Moto Class at the Dakar Rally, as well as 3rd in the Marathon Class.

Brett cummings Race record

Giant Loop Rider: Stephanie Rides Her DRZ From Ghana To Ireland, With Coyote Saddlebag And Fandango Tank Bag

By | KTM, Photos, Riders, Suzuki | No Comments

Last fall, Giant Loop Rider Stephanie rode her Suzuki DRZ400 from Ghana, Africa back to Ireland.
She rode with her Beau, Rory, who took his KTM 990 Adventure on the trip.

Ghana7

She packed her gear in a Coyote Saddlebag and Fandango Tank Bag onto her DRZ400. She had this to say about it, “trip from Ghana (west-Africa) to Ireland April last year. Coyote saddlebag kit and Fandango tank bank withstood the test”

Her DRZ is setup to travel with a Safari fuel tank for extended travel range, a comfort seat upgrade and a small fairing added to the headlight mask for weather deflection.

Ghana4

ghana1

Locally sourced service stand.

ghana5

No Contenant-crossing adventure ride would be complete without a pic of a small future-Rider, aboard the iron pony. 🙂ghana2

Love the Ferries and their scary approach pools, at the ramp.ghana6

Sunset in the Sahara, worth all the flats and ferries…ghana3

Giant Loop Racer: Malle Moto Dakar Finisher, Brett Cummings, Now Racing For Giant Loop

By | Riders | No Comments

Giant Loop signed a sponsorship agreement with South African Brett Cummings, also know as?Rallyerider, to his ‘book Friends. Our connection to Brett came through our South African partner, Chris at Desert Lizard. Thanks Chris and Brett for the support!!

Brett is joining the Giant Loop Team as a racer and test rider after riding his KTM 450RR to a ?28th place finish overall and 2nd in the Malle Moto Class, in the 2014 edition of Dakar. His previous Rally Raid experience includes finishing 43rd in 2013 edition of Dakar, 7th in the Merzouga 2012 and 4th in the Australasian Safari 2012.

You can follow Brett’s training, race prep and progress on his ‘book page, linked above, or on his Twitter feed, @Rallyerider.

Giant Loop Review: Paul Rides South America On Yamaha Tenere 660 With Siskiyou Panniers And Diablo Tank Bag

By | Fitment, Giant Loop Gear, Photos, Riders, Saddlebags, Yamaha | No Comments

teneresiskiyou

Paul wrote in and said:

“After a year on the road in South America, I still wasn’t happy with my panniers. ?I started with hard panniers then switched to conventional soft panniers, but neither worked for me. ?I quickly decided hard panniers were not what I wanted when riding in the dirt (I finally lost one when riding too fast on some serious Bolivian washboard, which was probably a blessing – meant I had to buy some soft panniers before I got a broken ankle in a fall!). ?I could never get the soft panniers to fit really snug to the bike, and they were a pain to take off and put on – an unavoidable requirement sometimes when staying in hostels.

Eventually I got my hands on some Siskiyous. ?I had been using a Diablo tank bag for several months – I swapped it for the bigger tank bag I started with, which kept hitting me in the Crown Jewels when standing on the pegs! ?I was super happy with the Diablo, so I reckoned the Siskiyous were worth a shot. ?I think I’ve nailed it: really secure, easy to mount and remove, weight nicely forward on the bike, seriously tested in an Argentinian thunderstorm and stayed 100% waterproof… ?Very happy so far.

I wasn’t sure how they would fit the 660 Tenere because of the prominent pillion handles, but I’ve had no problems. ?I’ve still got my old pannier rack fitted, but I’m toying with removing it to save a few kg and seeing how things go.”

teneresiskiyou2

teneresiskyou2

Thanks Paul for the pics and fit review!

Ride while you can.

Giant Loop Racer: Rosie The Rippers Womens Team Take First At 24hrs Of Starvation Ridge

By | Riders | No Comments

Giant Loop Racer Tracy was on the winning Women’s team for the 24Hrs of Starvation Ridge, called “Rosie the Rippers”. Her team used Bushwacker Hand Guards to keep the cold off their hands, during the night stage of their race. ?She wrote in and sent us pics of the team in action.

rosie 24hrs

“Hey Guys! Here are some photos from the 24 hour race, I thought you would enjoy! I love my GL handgaurds, they kept the cold off of may hands all night! My girls team “Rosie the Rippers” took 1st in the womens class.
Tracy Fabian
Pro Caliber Vancouver”

Congratulations on the team win, Tracy!

1559202_10201306324756994_269152924_o

Giant Loop Rider: Simone Rides His 50cc To Germany For Elefantentreffen

By | Riders, Saddlebags, Uncategorized | No Comments

Giant Loop Rider Simone Cannizzo braved the Winter riding conditions and rode north from Milan to the Elefantentreffen. The Elefantentreffen is a winter motorcycle rally that was started in 1956 and takes place in the forest of Bavaria, southern Germany. Simone rode his 50cc enduro with Coyote Saddle Bag, camping at the location of the event. Looked like a cold ride!!

simone pre treffen

simone camp simone elefantentreffen simone frost

Simone is no stranger to long rides on a 50cc enduro, having ridden a Beta 50cc from Ushuaia to Prudhoe Bay…

simone in ushuaia

Giant Loop Racer: Rory Sullivan Finishes 17th At King Of The Motos

By | Giant Loop Gear, Kawasaki, Riders | No Comments

Giant Loop Racer and Sales Rep for 405motosales, Rory Sullivan #507, raced to the finish at the 2014 King Of The Motos. His combined time was 4 hours, 41 minutes and 17 seconds for the AM and PM motos, putting him in 17th place overall, among some world class competition. ?Rory raced with a Zig Zag Handlebar Bag to carry his gel supplements and a cell phone.

kom start

rory kom

 

Some great pics from Giant Loop Rider Joel, who was supporting the event as a Volunteer.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

rory KOM Cockpit

Rory said in his race recap:

“I’m up this morning and thinking about how the weekend went at King of the Moto’s. I felt good during Saturdays Qualifier but made one small mistake that cost me a bit of time. The Qualifier was around 3 min long so mistakes where costly. In the Sunday morning AM Final I raced well and gave it everything my 250F had but it was mostly flat out desert sections with a couple tech sections mixed in, I?defiantly lost time on the open stuff which was frustrating. I really need to say thanks to?Nate Delaney?at Dirt tricks for helping my gear it down for the race. The PM Final started with a wild land rush start down a sand hill and strait into one of the events famous sections. It was….. let just say interesting! I got to the top of the first section and my clutch was smoked and when I say smoked I mean would not move forward. I spent some time adjusting the cable all the way in and let it cool down, which helped but it was never the same the rest of the event. About 10 miles in I derailed my chain on a rocky climb and lost some more time. Bottom line is it was a tough relentless race but I was determined to finish, and I’m thankful I did. I finished 17th after they combined both the AM and PM races. I will be back next year better prepared. Huge thanks to Pro Caliber VancouverFly Racing, Evo ind,?Bell Powersports Northwest,?Smith Optics, USWE Hydration,FMF Racing,?Fusion Graphix?Dirt Tricks,?Rekluse Motor Sports,?Fasst Company,Fastway Pro?ProMoto Billet,?DeVol Engineering Inc.,Novik Gloves, Rigid industries.”

Nice Job Rory!

 

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

By | Blog, Ducati, Reviews, Riders | No Comments

“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.

Motorcyclist-Terra-Corsa-cover-sm

Motorcyclist-Terra-Corsa-001-sm

Giant Loop Racers: Dakar Stories, A Racer’s 12th Place Finish And A Finisher’s 76th Place Win

By | Beta, Blog, Giant Loop Gear, KTM, Riders | No Comments

Dakar is THE international offroad racing event of the year. Nothing thrills me more than New Years Day, since it indicates that start of Dakar is right around the corner.

Dakar veteran Riaan Van Niekerk ripped to a 12th place overall finish on board his Broadlink KTM 450RR, besting his rookie finish of 13th. He had his best stage time on Stage 5, coming in 4th place, against a laundry list of Factory-backed racers. ?Riaan uses the Mojavi for his practice rides, back home in South Africa.?Great Job Riaan!

At the other end of the pack, Luca Viglio, #173, finished 76th aboard his Boano Racing built Beta 450RR Atacama. Boano Racing is our Italian distributor.

Many times during the stages, Luca was faced with challenges that would keep him from finishing. Each time, he dug a bit deeper, or benefitted from the support of his team, locals and other racers, to help get him to the finish. I quoted a few remarks from Luca on ADVrider.com, translated by inmate auguzt. Thanks auguzt for sharing the news of Luca’s progress.

Luca’s bike, pre-Dakar, hanging out at the GL booth.

Giant Loop Racer: Alex Sherman finishes 2013, 2nd in Open Expert for ORMA series

By | Blog, Kawasaki, Riders | No Comments

Giant Loop sponsored local Bend, Oregon, racer Alex Sherman for his 2013 off road racing season. He was awarded a Team Green shiny new KX450F, at the beginning of the season and put that machine to good use, hammering out his results for the year. Alex raced all the GP and XC events on the OMRA calendar and took time to race the ISDE qualifier in Idaho City. He finished the season 2nd place overall in the points standing for Open Expert and was first in class for all of his October events. Congratulations Alex! Follow him on his?Facebook Page?for regular updates.

Some details about his season:
Drove over 6000 miles
Raced 23 events and finished on the podium in his class, 15 of 20 finishes!
“Broke a bone”, nope it wasn’t his leg…
In addition to the ISDE, he raced the Desert 100, an Albany MX race and was on the class winning 24hr relay team for the 24hrs of Starvation Ridge.

Check out the KFX450 pics I snapped when it was delivered to his work bay at ProCaliber, last spring.

Giant Loop Event: 12/19 Austin Vince Premieres “Mondo Sahara” in Portland, Oregon

By | Events, Riders, Video | No Comments

Psyched to see our friend Austin Vince – and the premiere of his new movie, “Mondo Sahara” – tomorrow night in Portland, Oregon. Hosted by Portland’s Sang-Froid Riding Club, the movie is just $5 cash at the door of the Clinton Street Theater. Show starts at 9 pm, but you better get there early if you want a ticket and a seat. Giant Loop is donating prizes to help off-set Austin’s travel expenses. Two of the riders from “Mondo Sahara” are from Portland and will be at the premiere with Austin!

We had the chance to see a rough cut of “Mondo Sahara” at Overland Expo last spring, and it is Austin Vince‘s best film yet! Here’s a trailer:

Giant Loop Gear: Bushwackers Are Great For Cold Weather Riding

By | Blog, Giant Loop Gear, Kawasaki, Photos, Riders | No Comments

rory BWK snow

I was checking out some pics of riders in action and found this SWEET shot of Giant Loop Rep Rory Sullivan of 405MotoSales. He has got the gas on in that drift and Jock Bradley captured the moment perfectly! I know Rory is happy to have the wind and weather protection provided by the extra tough?Bushwacker hand guards. Easily installed with the included 16″ Pronghorn poly straps, Bushwackers add their coverage by mounting over your existing hand guards.