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Tech Tip: Managing Zippers on Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag

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Email from customer: “Hi, love my Coyote Saddlebag mounted on the KTM 500 EXC but the downside to every trip is my stuggle with the zipper. Man I get pissed. Am I missing something? Any way to make it operate easier? Thanks, C”

Hello Cal,

Dang, sorry to hear your zipper is giving you fits. Some things to try:

* Wash the Saddlebag with warm, soapy water, give it good rinse and let it air dry. Dirt and dust particles are usually the biggest challenges for zippers.

* Lubricate the zippers. There are commercially available zipper lube products, but often a little soap, wax or even lip balm will help.

* When you get into the bag, first roll the storm flap back out of the way, then roll the flap back over the zipper to keep it protected after you close the bag.

* Avoid over packing. When the Saddlebag is not stuff drum tight, the zippers are much easier to manage. Consider using our Possibles Pouches to add external pockets, or a Rogue Dry Bag to expand the Saddlebag – compartmentalizing gear makes it easier to access the things you need during the day of riding and helps prevent the zipper from buckling being tightly stuffed.

If you’ve tried everything, then there is an outside chance that you got a defective zipper. If you think this is the case, please print, fill out and include a copy of the attached warranty and repair return form with your CLEAN bag. Use RMA # [today’s date]. If there is a defect, we will repair or replace the Tank Bag at no charge to you.

Thank you for choosing Giant Loop for your adventures,
Team GL

Tech Tip: Adventure Proof Packing Systems + Gear for Adventure Touring, Dual Sport, Enduro Motorcycles

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Tech Tip: Adventure Proof Packing Systems + Gear for Adventure Touring, Dual Sport, Enduro Motorcycles

We design our adventure proof saddlebags, tank bags, tail bags, fender bags, tool pockets, dry bags, dry duffels to integrate as a modular, customizable packing system, enabling motorcycle riders to add and subtract bags to adjust for bike type, riding conditions and gear loads. These handy charts illustrate how all of the components fit together.

Giant Loop Adventure Touring Motorcycle Soft Luggage Packing Diagram

Giant Loop Adventure Touring Motorcycle Soft Luggage Packing Diagram

Giant Loop Dual Sport / Enduro Soft Luggage Diagram

Giant Loop Dual Sport / Enduro Soft Luggage Diagram

2016 Giant Loop Catalog and Adventure Proof Packing Systems Comparison Chart

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2016 Giant Loop Catalog and Adventure Proof Packing Systems Comparison Chart

Here’s a screen resolution PDF of our new 2016 Giant Loop Catalog with Adventure Proof Packing Systems comparison chart, version 1 – click here to download 2016 Giant Loop catalog!

2016 Giant Loop Catalog cover photo by MotoLara.

2016 Giant Loop Catalog cover photo by MotoLara.

2016 Giant Loop product line comparison chart.

2016 Giant Loop product line comparison chart.

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.

5th Annual Giant Loop Ride: Crystal Crane Hot Springs Oregon Backcountry Experience, JUNE 3-5

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5th Annual Giant Loop Ride Crystal Crane Hotsprings

Soaking pond at Crystal Crane Hot Springs, Oregon. Tent camping and hot springs access is included with your fee, but please contact Crystal Crane Hot Springs directly to reserve cabins or RV camping: (541) 493-2312.

5th Annual Giant Loop Ride: Crystal Crane Hot Springs Oregon Backcountry Experience, JUNE 3-5

Join Giant Loop for off-road adventure in Oregon’s beautiful high desert, Friday, June 3 through Sunday June 5 at Crystal Crane Hot Springs. This is a great way to get a taste of the amazing riding here in Oregon – and to meet some new riding friends.

To preserve the quality of the experience, we are limiting registration to the first 100 who register by paying a $100 refundable deposit now. The deposit will be refunded if you cancel before May 3. The second payment of $200 will be due by May 17, and we will give any spots away to riders on our waiting list if any of the first 100 do not complete their registrations by the deadline. Or, commit now with the full $300 reservation, and you’re in with nothing more to worry about.




Reserve your spot with a $100 deposit!



Pay in full now!

All licensed riders on street-legal bike types welcome – dual sport, adventure touring – and you can ride your own route or choose from a variety of routes and form your own groups to suit most any bike and rider skill level. This is not a guided trip, your fees cover two nights of camping, hot springs access, Silipint drinkware, and meals, snacks and beverages (more details below). Watch your email for more details and updates!

Motorcycle camping at Crystal Crane Hot Springs

Tent camping with a natural hot springs soaking pond!

FRIDAY
Arrive early at Crystal Crane Hot Springs, set up camp and soak or explore, but don’t be late for the Beer & Wine Happy Hour and Ranch Dinner! We’re looking into hosting an off-road riding clinic on Friday, too – stay tuned for details.

SATURDAY
Morning – Fuel up with a hearty Ranch Breakfast, then go ride!
Afternoon – Steens Mountain Loop, Alvord Desert Loop, Owyhee Loop will be among the options. And yes, we will provide GPS tracks ahead of the event (thanks Laura!). You’ll be on your own for lunch.
Evening – Relax and enjoy Ranch Dinner and Beer & Wine Happy Hour, soak in the hot springs pool, share some laughs and tell tales around the campfire . . . and some fabulous prizes!

SUNDAY
Morning – Eat a hearty Ranch Breakfast, break camp and ride your own chosen route with any group you wish. Take the scenic route home, meander and explore – or head off on a new adventure.

MONDAY
Tell all your friends how much fun you had, share pics and stories!

Important Details about the 5th Annual Giant Loop Ride:
* All riders are expected to be self-sufficient and equipped with all tools and supplies needed to be safe and comfortable.
* For your registration fee, Giant Loop is providing food, beverage and commemorative drink ware – all provided and delivered on private lands.
* This is not a paid guided trip. Riders are free to choose any route they wish to ride, and riders are responsible for all required permits, licenses, etc.
* Route suggestions and GPS tracks are provided free of charge for your convenience.
* This is some of the most rugged and remote country in the lower 48 states. We recommend using a SPOT tracker or similar device for self-rescue. Cell phone coverage is unreliable in rural Oregon. There are no support vehicles, and many available routes are far from medical and mechanical help. Consider signing up for and emergency service provider, such as Air Link or Life Flight. Here’s a good PDF article discussing the details and relative merits of these service providers.
* Unpaid volunteers will be available to facilitate forming groups of riders with similar skills, bike types and interests, but riders are responsible for themselves, are free to choose any route they wish to ride and are free to ride with any other riders – or by themselves as individuals.

Questions? Contact Harold at 971-832-3164 or email.

See you on the trail,
Team Giant Loop

Designed in Bend, Oregon USA | Ridden Worldwide

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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Video: How to Change Oil on Honda CB500X/F Adventure with Rally Raid Products Engine Guard Installed

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Video: How to Change Oil on Honda CB500X/f Adventure with Rally Raid Products Engine Guard Installed

How-to video from Juan Browne explains the oil change procedure for the Honda CB500X/F Adventure with Rally Raid Products Engine Guard installed: “See how easy it is to change the oil on a Honda CB500X with a Rally Raid engine guard installed. You can skip the tin foil scupper it ain’t that messy.”

Australian Motorcycle Paramedic with Diablo Tank Bag on BMW F700GS

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Helping save precious minutes in life threatening situations! What a brilliant idea: motorcycle paramedics.

ICYMI: Our paramedic motorcycle unit is here to stay! Have a look at it in action.

Posted by Ambulance Victoria on Monday, October 12, 2015

Cycle World Magazine Holiday Gifts for Dual Sport and Adventure Motorcycles – Hot Springs Grande Heat Shield

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Cycle World Magazine Holiday Gifts for Dual Sport and Adventure Motorcycles

Thanks Cycle World Magazine!

Naughty Or Nice? Five new products that beat the hell out of a bag of coal
If you like to travel light on your ADV or dual sport machine, Giant Loop is one of the favorite makers of luggage and accessories. One new item that’s fundamental to keeping your soft luggage from melting on a hot exhaust pipe is the oversize Hot Springs Grande Heat Shield ($50). Affixes to most mufflers with two large stainless steel hose clamps.

Cycle World magazine December 2015 features Giant Loop Hot Springs Grande Heat Shield exhaust shield

“If you like to travel light on your ADV or dual sport machine, Giant Loop is one of the favorite makers of luggage and accessories.” – Cycle World magazine, December 2015

1st Annual Giant Loop Garage Sale + Local Customer Appreciation Day, Nov. 21, 10am-4pm, Bend, Oregon

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1st Annual Giant Loop Garage Sale & Local Customer Appreciation Day! This Saturday, November 21, 10am-4pm at 63025 O. B. Riley Road, Suites 16 + 17, Bend, Oregon 97703.

Production samples, display models, dry bags, saddlebags, tank bags, shirts, jerseys, hats, stuff sacks at bargain bin prices. Gear for motorcycles, snowmobiles, snow bikes, paddlesports, camping, ATVs, UTVs, SXSs – used, refurbished, new-old-stock, dusty display samples.

Giant Loop Garage Sale

Giant Loop Garage Sale Bend Oregon

Rider Magazine 2015 Motorcycle Holiday Gift Guide: Giant Loop Kiger Tank Bag + Pronghorn Straps

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Thanks Rider Magazine for including Giant Loop’s Kiger Tank Bag and Pronghorn Straps in the December issue’s Holiday Gift Guide. We especially appreciate that they were chosen based on Rider editor’s experiences using our gear!:

“Giant Loop, started in 2008 and based in Bend, Oregon, designs and manufactures soft luggage and accessories for dual-sport/adventure riding. Some of GL’s tough, versatile luggage we’ve tested over the years, like its Fandango Tank Bag and horseshoe-shaped Great Basin Saddlebag, remains go-to gear when we head into the backcountry. But you don’t need a bike with knobbies to take advantage of GL’s no-nonsense designs and rugged, mil-spec construction. We used the 9-liter Kiger Tank Bag ($290) on a weeklong, rain-soaked tour of Italy and then strapped it on our Yamaha FJ-09 long-term test bike. We like its zipperless clamshell opening, touchscreen-friendly map pocket and removable waterproof Dry Pod bag. And GL’s Pronghorn Straps, made of super-tough stretch polyurethane with unbreakable fasteners (available in 16-, 20- and 26-inch lengths, two per package, $16-20), are some of the strongest, most versatile straps we’ve used for securing cargo to a bike.”

Rider Magazine Holiday Gift Guide

Giant Loop MoJavi Fuel Safe Bladder

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UPDATE: November 6, 2015
Apologies. Our manufacturing partner temporarily has put production of our fuel bladders on hold. We’re hopeful that we will have a revised design from them in the coming weeks, and that we will have production units ready to ship early in 2016. Thanks for your patience – innovation presents unique challenges.

MoJavi Fuel Safe Bladder

Welded film bladder transports 1 gallon of fuel in non-exhaust side of MoJavi Saddlebag, Coyote Saddlebag, Great Basin Saddlebag

Giant Loop Fuel Safe Bladders conveniently transport 1 gallon of hydrocarbon fuel for power sports in collapsible welded film containers that weigh less than 1 pound and roll up flat when empty. The MoJavi Fuel Safe Bladder is designed specifically to fit in the side pockets of Giant Loop saddlebags.

Giant Loop MoJavi Fuel Safe Bladder

Giant Loop MoJavi Fuel Safe Bladder. COMING SOON: GIANT LOOP GAS BAG FUEL SAFE BLADDER WITH OPTIONAL BALLISTIC SLEEVE

Giant Loop Soft Luggage, Gear + Parts for Rally Raid Products Honda CB500

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rally raid honda cb 500 x adventure with Level 3 suspension wheels exhaust shield

Giant Loop Gear & Parts for Rally Raid Honda CB500

One of the reasons we’re excited about being the North American distributor for Rally Raid Products kits, parts and accessories for the Honda CB500 X/F/R is that the Rally Raid Honda CB500X Adventure fits perfectly into our “Go Light. Go Fast. Go Far.” approach to adventure proof packing systems and gear for motorcycles. Below is a quick overview of our recommended solutions.

Saddlebags + Dry Bags + Tail Bags + Pockets?(with Rear Rack + Solo Rack installed):
Coyote Saddlebag
Great Basin Saddlebag

Rogue Dry Bag
Tillamook Dry Bag

Possibles Pouch

Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack
Klamath Tail Rack Pack

(with Side Luggage Racks installed):
Siskiyou Panniers

Hard Parts + Essentials:
Giant Loop Mounts
Hot Springs GRANDE Heat Shield
Bushwackers Hand Guards
Pronghorn Straps
QuickLoop Security Cables
Giant Loop Mob Armor Smart Phone Mount

Tank Bags + Bar Bags + Pockets
Zigzag Bar Bag
Diablo Pro Tank Bag
Fandango Pro Tank Bag
Pannier Pockets

Giant Loop Signs USA Distribution Deal With Tucker Rocky

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Giant Loop products will be distributed nationwide via Tucker Rocky's seven warehouses.

Giant Loop products will be distributed nationwide via Tucker Rocky’s seven warehouses.

October 15, 2015

Giant Loop Signs USA Distribution Deal With Tucker Rocky

Starting in 2016, Giant Loop?s Packing Systems And Gear Available From Industry Leading Power Sports Parts And Accessories Distributor

(BEND, OREGON USA) Giant Loop announced today at the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) that starting in January 2016, the adventure proof packing systems and gear innovator will sell its products to USA power sports dealers through Tucker Rocky Distributing. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, Tucker Rocky is a leading wholesaler of motorcycle and ATV aftermarket parts, accessories and apparel, offering tens of thousands of products from the finest brands for street, custom, touring and off-road motorcycles as well as ATVs and UTVs.

?Tucker Rocky is aggressively expanding into the fast growing Adventure Touring market,? explains Tyler Morgan, segment specialist at Tucker Rocky. ?Giant Loop?s product line is a great addition to our portfolio to further enhance our Adventure Touring selection. The GL product is not only great quality but offers unique benefits to address the Adventure Touring rider?s needs. We are very excited to work with Harold and all of his team to drive sales for this strong brand with our vast network of dealers and 7 warehouse locations.?

?We have discussed distribution with Tucker Rocky since 2010, so it is a significant accomplishment finally to be in a position as a company to work with one the world?s largest aftermarket parts distributors,? says Harold Olaf Cecil, Giant Loop owner. ?For our customers, purchasing Giant Loop products will be easier than ever because every U.S. power sports dealer that works with Tucker Rocky can now order our products. For our dealers, Giant Loop products can be added to the regular orders they?re already submitting to Tucker Rocky.?

Giant Loop adventure proof motorcycle, snowmobile, snow bike and outdoor packing and gear systems are available from international distributors, as well as from a network of dealers throughout the USA. Founded in 2008, Giant Loop is a rider-owned company that designs and tests products in Bend, Oregon. For all the details, go to www.giantloopmoto.com or www.giantloopsnow.com.

Rider Magazine Shines “New & Cool Product Spotlight” on Tracker Packer

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Thanks Rider magazine for the October 2015 “New & Cool Product Spotlight” on the Giant Loop Tracker Packer for SPOT Gen3!
Rider magazine Oct 2015 Tracker Packer SPOT Gen3

On The Spot
The Tracker Packer from Giant Loop is a rugged holster for the SPOT Gen3 GPS-enabled location tracker and emergency beacon. The Tracker Packer attaches the SPOT Gen3 device to the rider’s arm, backpack shoulder strap, handlebars, fork tube or other location. Features include a high-visibility closure printed with “EMERGENCY” and the “Caselli 66” logo, a redundant double hook-and-loop attachment system, Slip-Not grippy backing, foam padding and reflective trim. The Tracker Packer ($40) is also available bundled with the SPOT Gen3 for $150. A portion of all sales will be donated to the Kurt Caselli Foundation.