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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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Video Overview of Giant Loop’s 2016 Adventure Proof Packing Systems & Gear

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Video Overview of Giant Loop’s 2016 Adventure Proof Packing Systems & Gear

Overview video of most of Giant Loop’s entire product line for 2016. Giant Loop Adventure Proof Packing Systems & Gear on display in our vendor stand at the BMW MOA Riders of Oregon’s Chief Joseph Rally last weekend.

Prep for your next adventure today! https://giantloopmoto.com/product-categories/

NEW 2016 PRODUCT: Giant Loop Cordura® Ballistic Tow Strap

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NEW 2016 PRODUCT: Giant Loop Cordura® Ballistic Tow Strap

Giant Loop Cordura® Ballistic Tow Strap: A Multi-Functional High Strength Webbing Strap With Integrated Cover for Power Sports

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Giant Loop Tow Strap Open

Giant Loop Tow Strap

Giant Loop Tow Strap

Adventure proof packing systems and gear company Giant Loop has introduced a new multi-functional, high strength webbing strap with an integrated cover for power sports, the Giant Loop Cordura® Ballistic Tow Strap. This tool that can help get motorcycles, snowmobiles, snow bikes and ATVs out of a sticky situation, and with a couple of Giant Loop’s Pronghorn Straps, the Giant Loop Cordura Ballistic Tow Strap doubles as a quick deploying, super strong ridge line for pitching the new GL Shelter Tarp 100.

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giant loop tow strap plus pronghorn straps equals shelter tarp ridge line

Designed with loops on each end sewn with military-spec thread, the Giant Loop Cordura Ballistic Tow Strap can be girth hitched around a tree, bumper, etc., and it can also be used for footpeg-to-footpeg or other motorcycle, snowmobile, ATV and snow bike towing techniques.

The Giant Loop Cordura Ballistic Tow Strap is constructed in the USA from Giant Loop’s ultra-durable custom woven Cordura Ballistic webbing, which the company uses as the anchor straps on its line of adventure proof motorcycle saddlebags and panniers because it is extremely strong, highly abrasion resistant and does not stretch when it gets wet. The 1-in. wide webbing folds up into a compact package using the integrated cover made of the same “truckers tarp” (22 oz. vinyl coated polyester) the company uses to construct its dual sport and adventure touring motorcycle soft luggage.

The Giant Loop Cordura Ballistic Tow Strap measures 177-in. long (14-ft. 9-in.), with 6-in. loops sewn into each end. Packed dimensions are 10-in. by 2-in. by 2-in. It weighs just 5.4 oz. Backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty against defects, the Giant Loop Cordura Ballistic Tow Strap is available in random assorted colors (black webbing with black, gray, white, yellow or orange cover). USA MSRP is $29.

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 distributed to power sports dealers throughout the USA by Tucker Rocky and are available from international distributors, as well as select flagship dealers (listed on website). Giant Loop is a rider-owned company. For all the details, go to www.giantloopmoto.com or www.giantloopsnow.com.

New Products: Princeton Tec Byte LED Headlamp, Orion Tilt Hat Clip LED Light

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Did some camping this weekend, and the GL Camping System gear is awesome! Here are some essentials for every motorcycle traveler: compact, lightweight, long-burning, hands free lights – Princeton Tec Byte LED Headlamp, Orion Tilt Hat Clip LED Light!

Orion Tilt Hat Clip LED Light

Orion Tilt Hat Clip LED Light

Orion Tilt Hat Clip LED Light
Every tank bag should have one of these stashed inside! This little beauty clips right to the visor on a ball cap – or to the visor on a motorcycle helmet – and it’s so lightweight it’s hardly noticeable, providing perfect task lighting and enough illumination to walk around in full darkness. Includes batteries and green LED lights to preserve night vision.

Princeton Tec Byte LED Headlamp

Princeton Tec Byte LED Headlamp

Princeton Tech BYTE LED Headlamp
This is a “go light, go fast, go far” headlamp! Unbelievably bright for such a tiny, lightweight headlamp, the BYTE shoots a beam of light a considerable distance. Features a red light to preserve night vision. Batteries included.

Giant Loop Tech Tip / FAQ: Coyote Saddlebag + MoJavi Saddlebag Anchor Options For Newer KTM + Husqvarna Models

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Giant Loop's Dustin Cary roostin' the KTM 500 EXC with MoJavi Saddlebag on trails about 10 minutes ride from the shop.

Giant Loop’s Dustin Cary roostin’ the KTM 500 EXC with MoJavi Saddlebag on trails about 10 minutes ride from the shop.

Yes! We have a 2013 KTM 500 EXC here at Giant Loop – love this great bike! But there are some fitment challenges with the KTM EXCs Husqvarna FEs and other late model dirt bikes with double-thickness rear fenders and under-seat fuel tanks. The fender hooks on the Coyote Saddlebag and MoJavi Saddlebag cannot get a proper “purchase” on the lip of the fender plastic. Here are some alternative mounting options – all tested and proven on many bikes over thousands of miles of demanding riding.

Giant Loop's Harold Olaf Cecil on an Oregon backcountry solo tour with Coyote Saddlebag on KTM 500 EXC.

Giant Loop’s Harold Olaf Cecil on an Oregon backcountry solo tour with Coyote Saddlebag on KTM 500 EXC.

Simple, Clean Solution: No drilling or mods required! Remove the fender hooks from the Coyote Saddlebag or MoJavi Saddlebag and replace them with the included mounting strap (length of ballistic webbing packed inside the new bag). If you have a tail rack, just thread the webbing through the rack and back into the saddlebag. Here’s how to do it without a tail rack:

Loosen the bolts in taillight assembly/fender support (black plastic shown below) from the subframe and fender.

Thread the the ballistic webbing strap between the fender and taillight assembly/fender support and retighten bolts to sandwich webbing between the two fender layers.

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Once the strap is centered, re-tighten the screws and bolts that secure the taillight assembly. This should tension the strap under the fender, so it doesn’t slide around, providing a solid mounting position.

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Then thread the mounting strap through the thumb-lock buckles (where the hooks were before) inside the Coyote Saddlebag or under the center Tool Pouch on the MoJavi Saddlebag.

We use a spare side release buckle to hold the strap ends, when a bag isn’t mounted.

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With the MoJavi Saddlebag, the top of the base can be tucked under the rear lip of the seat. When tensioned down, this makes a dead-solid connection. But this positions the bag farther forward, can stress seat connectors, and isn’t an option at all for the Coyote Saddlebag.

Another Solution: If you’re not adverse to drilling some small holes in your fender, the footmans loops make a clean solution. All you really need is one solid anchor point, but we’ve installed two.Install footmans loops in the middle top of the fender (be careful not to drill into wiring!) and use the webbing loop included with the Coyote Saddlebag and MoJavi Saddlebag, instead of the fender hooks.

 

 

Stop Scuffs and Scratches!

If you don’t want your new plastics to look like the white side panels in the pic above, Giant Loop now offers heavy-duty Vinyl Protective Film to eliminate scuffing where the bags make contact.

Tech Tip: How-To Installation Video for Kiger Tank Bag, Fandango Tank Bag, Diablo Tank Bag

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Here’s how to install Giant Loop’s Kiger Tank Bag, Fandango Tank Bag or Diablo Tank Bag on motorcycles – like the BMW GS models or the Honda CB500X shown in the video – that do not have exposed frame rails. By removing the seat, installing the Tank Bag Harness, putting the seat back down and tightening, the mounting is clean and tidy! #golightgofastgofar

Giant Loop Review: December 2013 Dirt Bike Magazine Highlights Rubber Boa Straps

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Giant Loop attended the 2013 KTM Adventure Rally in Steamboat Springs, last September. Dirt Bike Magazine was also there, since it was the first chance to demo ride the new KTM 1190 Adventure and Adventure R. While there, they covered some of the innovative products on vendor row and found our new Rubber Boa Straps. Dirt Bike said in their current issue: “Several riders used Giant Loop’s specialized bungees to hold stuff down. Clean and sano.”

Thanks Dirt Bike Magazine!

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