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.”
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.
Thanks BMW Owners News for highlighting the new 100% waterproof Columbia Dry Bag: “Better than top-loading duffels, Columbia Dry Bag opens from both ends, providing quick access to gear without unstrapping the Dry Bag from the motorcycle.”
Roadrunner Motorcycle Touring & Travel magazine’s February 2015 issue features a tasty adventure in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia on a Beta 498 RR kitted with Giant Loop’s Coyote Saddleabag, Diablo Tank Bag with Pannier Pockets and Fender Bag. Thanks Zac Kurylyk – great “Reader Ride” story!
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9 Gifts Every Motorcycle Rider Needs – $60 and Under
Pronghorn Straps (package of 2) $16-$20
A thousand uses – essential gear for every rider. See Dirt Rider Magazine award in left column. BUY NOW!
Rubber Boa Straps (package of 2) $25
Fit most dirt bike plastic fenders – dead solid secure. Pair with Possibles Pouch to make ultimate fender bag. BUY NOW!
Giant Loop “Go Light. Go Fast. Go Far.” Short Sleeve T-Shirt (S-XXL) $20
Comfy 100% cotton tee featuring original illustration of rally racer in Tunisia. BUY NOW!
Giant Loop “Cow Skull & Sunset” Mesh Ball Cap (adjustable) $20
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Giant Loop “Go Light. Go Fast. Go Far.” Long Sleeve Quick-Drying Tech Tee $35
Ultimate comfort in all conditions under riding gear and armor. Features original illustration of rally racer in Tunisia. BUY NOW!
Bushwackers Hand Guards (set of 2) $40
Cold, wet, muddy, windy? Strap these over any deflectors for maximum hand and control protection. BUY NOW!
Zigzag Handlebar Bag $55
Fits virtually anything with handlebars – and other locations. Perfect for keys, wallet, phone and essentials. BUY NOW!
Possibles Pouch $60
Universal gear pocket attaches to engine guard, fender, GL luggage and many other uses. Tools, spare front tube – keeps kit organized. BUY NOW!
NEW 2015! Ochoco Enduro Tail Pack $60
Bolts onto plastic fender or metal tail rack – or straps on to many locations. Tool organizers, mesh pocket and key clip inside. BUY NOW!
Dirt Rider Magazine‘s December issue features Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers in a “DR Tested” long-term use review, written after using them in Baja and months of riding off-road and city commuting. Dirt Rider concludes: “Other than being super dusty, after months of use the Siskiyou Panniers are no worse for the wear and have served as an essential overnight riding gear pack as well as been a huge help with commuting duties. Also, since they are not bike-specific and are super adjustable, these could be the only panniers you’ll need ? even if you have multiple bikes.”
Dirt Rider writes: “We can always use straps, whether on the trail or just to secure the load in an overstuffed truck bed. These super simple, seemingly infinitely stretchable straps have held tight for hundreds of miles of off-road riding. They can secure a headlight, strap down a fender pack, hold down fully loaded panniers, and even hold a broken boot together.”
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 Snow, our parallel twin website for adventure proof snowmobile gear, is live and ready to take your order! We’re super stoked and to share the love, we’re offering free shipping on all Giant Loop snowmobile gear (US only, while supplies last) until the end of 2014. Just use this code when you checkout of the shopping cart:?2014SNOW
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REVELSTOKE TUNNEL BAG?- for mountain sleds
TORNGAT TUNNEL BAG?- for touring snowmobiles, backcountry skiing and snowboarding
KOOTENAY POCKET?- for all snowmobiles
ZIGZAG BAR BAG?- for all snowmobile bumpers and bars
BUSHWACKERS HAND GUARDS?- for all snowmobiles with rigid deflectors
PRONGHORN STRAPS?- for all snowmobiles
Hi Giant Loop! We just returned from the WABDR, and I thought you might like some of our photos with your gear. It worked great by the way. Even with the heavy rain, the gear inside the dry bags stayed dry. We had a great trip! ? Ernie
Thanks Dirt Rider Magazine for taking the time to check out our gear at the 2014 AIMExpo in Orlando, Florida! We had a?Christini 450 All-Wheel-Drive Dual Sport display bike equipped with our core dirt bike gear: MoJavi Saddlebag, Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag, Zigzag Handlebag Bag, Bushwackers Hand Guards and Fender Bag (Possibles Pouch + Rubber Boa Straps,?not?in the video).
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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.
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!”
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:
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.
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!
Cycle World magazine’s Jeff Allen and Sean Klinger recently loaded their adventure bikes – a KTM 1190 Adventure R and a BMW 1200 GS Adventure – with surf boards and went on Baja run, dubbed “Baja 500 Surf & Turf” in the November 2014 issue. They used Giant Loop’s Pronghorn Straps to secure the surf boards to their motorcycles, and as you can see from the photos this wasn’t a sit-down-putt-putt kind of ride!
Here’s what Cycle World wrote about the Pronghorn Straps:
“We used the awesome Pronghorn Straps from Giant Loop (giantloopmoto.com) as attachment points to keep springy tension in the tie-downs, which kept the boards snug and secure with little chance of slack developing. A quick test run down the freeway at 80 mph and a few curb and speed-bump jumps as shakedown proved this was the right solution, and we were comfortable with the setup for the trip.”
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!
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!
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.”
Adventure-proof packing systems innovator Giant Loop has appointed Matt Hirsch as its independent sales representative for Nevada and the regions of California from Visalia to Redding, San Francisco Bay area to Eureka, and Monterey to Hollister.
In addition to Giant Loop?s motorcycle and snowmobile lines, Hirsch represents a number of other high quality motorcycle parts, accessories and apparel brands.
Hirsch is a 17-year veteran in the motorcycle industry, bringing to his sales representative work experience as an AXO Sport America territory manager, Helmet House account manager and sales/office manager at Sullivan?s Inc.
To schedule a Giant Loop product line dealer clinic, contact Matt Hirsch, 775-233-2698, suzuki200p AT yahoo.com.
Recent customer question: “I am very interested in either the new Buckin’ Roll setup or the Pannier Pockets. I want the Pannier Pockets, but I was wondering if the mounting systems were much different between just the Pockets and the Buckin’ Roll system. It looks to me that the Buckin’ Roll has a lot better (secure) mounting system. Is this true? Or will the pannier pockets be fine for all riding styles? Also is it possible to purchase the Buckin’ Roll with Pannier Pockets only? I am planning to mount this to a Honda CRF250L. Thanks for any info/pics you might have.”
Here’s our reply – frankly, it is a little confusing the way we’ve named the Buckin’ Roll . . . Hopefully, this is clear as mud.
Part ONE: Pannier Pockets
The Pannier Pockets (set of 2) can be used independently with the included center attachment strap. By anchoring the front of the Pockets solidly to your radiator shrouds, then drawing tension with the center strap, the Panniers Pockets are super stable in all riding conditions. I’ve ridden in Baja HARD off road with them, customers have ridden everything from Madagascar to Grand Canyon with them – they work great and have become part of the kit that I use every ride.
Here’s our product designer’s DRZ400. The center strap can also run under the seat’s front anchor if you pop the seat off.
Part TWO: Pannier Pockets w Tank Bags
The Pannier Pockets also can be used with any of our Tank Bags, securing to the Harness of the Buckin’ Roll, Fandango and Diablo Tank Bags. What we call the Buckin’ Roll COMPLETE is the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag + Pannier Pockets (set of 2).
Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag (center only – does not include Pannier Pockets)
Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag COMPLETE (includes Pannier Pockets)
Fandango Tank Bag (Pannier Pockets optional)
Diablo Tank Bag (Pannier Pockets optional)
Here’s the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag with Pannier Pocket – what we call the Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag COMPLETE:
New STAFF MoJavi Saddlebags ready to ship to the Ontario Dual Sport Club!
Non-Profits, Clubs, Event Coordinators and Volunteers that organize, stage and support motorcycle events, races, group rides, training or maintain/patrol riding areas, please apply here.
Giant Loop now offers a Special Edition gray MoJavi Saddlebag with a bold red ?STAFF? graphic on each side. This program is for Non-Profits, Clubs, Event Coordinators and Volunteers that coordinate, stage and support motorcycle events, races, group rides, training or maintain/patrol riding areas.
STAFF MoJavi Saddlebags can be ordered with or without your organization?s logo, rider?s name, etc. The STAFF MoJavi will be sold to qualified applicants at the special volunteer price, plus shipping and custom graphic fees if you choose to apply your logo/name. Delivery time is approximately 8-10 weeks.
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!”
Thanks Dirt Rider magazine for kitting out your 2014 Kawasaki KLR650 test bike with Giant Loop’s Siskiyou Panniers! In the November 2014 issue’s “Getting Lost On Purpose – 2014 Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition,” it looks like you put the bike – and our Siskiyou Panniers to a proper test in Baja, Mexico.
“There are plenty of safe, controlled, and calculated ways that we could have tested Kawasaki’s big dual-sport bike. Commutes, jeep roads, and mild off-road trails would have been fine, and we did ride the KLR650 in this capacity. Yet riding it 216 miles into Mexico and down the Baja Peninsula, getting lost, riding 55-plus miles of the Baja 500 racecourse, ripping down the beach, and riding back home sounded a tad more exciting. So that’s just what we did.”
“Before heading south of the border we put on a few products to make the trip more managable. . . . We also put on a pair of Kenda Big Block tires, Fastway Adventure footpegs, and Giant Loop Siskiyou Panniers to hold all of our gear.”
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.
“A 250 is not everyone?s idea of an adventure bike, but the simplicity, lightness, and agility of a small bike will get you to more places with less work than any of the big guns. You must commit to the 60?65-mph cruise and ?lack? of luxury. What you get back is going places no GS dares to tread. The $6,690?Yamaha?WR250R is a great platform, with a capa?ble chassis and lots of snap from its revvy motor. But it needs mods for high-performance distance travel. Our goal was to build a bike that could, for example, be ridden from LA to Moab and then stripped and re-geared at a campsite for real enduro-style exploring. Total cost for all mods is high, but this is meant as a guide to show benefits of each change so readers can make their own decision on what?s important to them.”
The best hard-core saddlebag and tank bag solution we?ve found is from Giant Loop. Coyote 39-liter saddlebags (giantloopmoto.com, $360) attach securely without using heavy metal racks and come with a heat shield to protect from exhaust heat (we added a second). Capacity is huge and three waterproof liner bags are included. Diablo Pro tank bag adds 4 liters up front ($210) and has a clear map pocket with a power cord inlet for devices. Zippered base has a fuel-cap cutout, meaning the bag can flip out of the way for easy refueling.”
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.”
“Bridge Creek Wildlife Area outside of Ukiah, Oregon. Wildlife Count: 3 cows.”
“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.”
“The Dredge in Sumpter, Oregon.”
“Lunch stop, throttle cable repair, and opening day for Bow Season. Lots of hunters out and about. Malheur National Forest.”
“Find sticks, make shelter. Ochoco National Forest.”
Giant Loop racer Lawrence Hacking competed in the 2014 Rally Mongolia on his Honda CRF450R. He equipped his bike with a Mojavi Saddlebag for the event and found it was a real benefit, carrying heavy items during the race.
His comment about the experience:??The MoJavi Saddlebag was perfect. Took the heavy load off my back – the only way to go for me.?
Hacking organizes the Overland Adventure Rally in Canada and is based in Ontario.
Local jewelery designer John Paul recently sold his ’70s vintage BMW R90, and he came by the shop with his first dual sport motorcycle, a 1999 BMW F650 Funduro (pre-GS)! He wanted to see which of the Giant Loop Saddlebags and Tank Bags best fit his bike.
After fitting the MoJavi Saddlebag, Coyote Saddlebag and Great Basin Saddlebag on his bike, as well as the Diablo Pro Tank Bag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag, and seeing each one was an excellent option for the F650, the deciding factor was rider choice. So, with what John wanted to pack for his ride, the Great Basin Saddlebag and Fandango Pro Tank Bag delivered the right capacity and features.
The Great Basin Saddlebag mounted easily to the stock tail rack and passenger peg mounts, and the Hot Springs Heat Shield (included with the Great Basin Saddlebag) clamped right over the gap between the stock BMW heat shields, protecting the saddlebag from making any direct contact with the exhaust. To fit the Tank Bag harness, we popped the seat off and looped the side anchor straps around the seat rails of the frame and put the seat back on top of the straps.
Thanks for riding Giant Loop!
Balint wrote in and shared pictures from his recent European tour. Check out how he is using the cable lock pass through for security!
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,
Thanks for the great pics and for riding Giant Loop!