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Dream Roll 2016 Success Album

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Dream Roll 2016 Success Album

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To say the Dream Roll 2016 was a success would be a gross understatement. Between motorcycle camping with no boys allowed, bike rides to waterfalls, tattoos in tents, free beer, and the biggest group of badass women you’ve ever seen, this weekend is one we’ll never be able to forget, even if we tried. It took place on the Flying L Ranch near Mount Adams, Washington from August 12-14 with about 200 women in attendance. Here’s a small peek into the best trip of the year:

Giant Loop intern, Sydney, about to set off to Washington on the Honda CB500X

Giant Loop intern, Sydney, about to set off to Washington on the Honda CB500X

Took a dip in the John Day River on the roasting ride out

Took a dip in the John Day River on the roasting ride out

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Filling up at Glenwood Gas Station right next to home base before setting out for the day

The best crew out for dinner in Trout Lake, WA

The best crew out for dinner in Trout Lake, WA

The best crew consisted of a few women from The Litas-Bend, as well as some new friends from California. In addition to having the best crew, the best gear was also necessary. I took Giant Loop’s Honda CB500X, Diablo Tank Bag Pro, Great Basin Saddlebag, Pronghorn Straps, Possibles Pouch, Coyote Dry Pods, Tillamook Dry Bag, and Sleeping Sheath.

I packed all my clothes and food into the Dry Pods in the Great Basin, my sleeping bag, pad and sheath into the Tillamook, spare tools in the Possibles, and phone, camera, GoPro, water, and snacks into the Diablo, all packed nice and tidy on the Honda. Everything was secure the whole ride, not a single issue; the weight was nice and low, too, so I wasn’t being thrown around in the wind or thrown off balance in the beautiful Washington twisties.

The tank bag, I realized, is deceivingly large. As the smallest of the tank bags Giant Loop offers, I was skeptical, but only until I tried it. It fit my DSLR camera, phone, wallet, snacks, headphones, water bottle, AND GoPro all at once with no problem. We stopped at a gas station where I got more snacks and another water bottle, before I realized I didn’t think I had any room left. But I was wrong, I ended up fitting everything in without even straining the zipper!

Another unexpected savior was the sleeping sheath. I don’t have a tent, so I posted up in a hammock and sleeping bag under the trees, with the sleeping sheath still in the Great Basin, since I thought I wouldn’t need it. Then a fat bug fell onto me from the tree I was under, and I ran for the sheath! I zipped it up and over me and my sleeping bag, folded the top back so the mesh was over my face instead, and I swung under the stars and watched the meteor shower without fear of bugs falling on my face. It’s super lightweight, takes up almost no space, and keeps the critters out.

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Motorcycle camping with 200 women > any other camping

The Gravel Gang makes it to Dog Creek Falls

The Gravel Gang makes it to Dog Creek Falls

I met some of the absolute raddest chicks this weekend! Shout out to Ria the Welder who welds AMAZING custom sissy bars. Check out her Instagram to see her work. Then there’s Killer Kelly, who makes t-shirts that say “Support Badass Babes” and sells them on her Instagram. She’s just starting out, so message her and order a tee for only $16, and watch as she grows into an operation that sponsors badass babes in their badass adventures. Another shout out to Hinterland Empire and Wasted Times for some super cool women selling some super cool gear.

Thanks to all the sponsors, including Women’s Moto Exhibit, and everyone involved for organizing the experience of a lifetime. This is only the second year the Dream Roll has been put on, so there are many more to come! This weekend getaway is one for the books and one that we’re all going to come back to again and again. I’ve been riding for 5 years now, but never got the true biker experience by being part of a community of motorcyclists outside my dad and brother. But after this weekend I’ve found my motorcycle community and finally consider myself to be a real biker. Thanks to all the amazing ladies who rode out and made the weekend an unforgettable event. Happy riding!

Giant Loops CB500X gets a spin through southern Washington

Hood River viewing sesh at Dog Creek Falls

Pit stop for a Mt. Hood viewing on the way home

Pit stop for a Mt. Hood viewing on the way home

Warm Springs oasis on the steamy ride home

Warm Springs oasis on the steamy ride home

1000 Miles of Nor Cal Twisties on Honda CB500X Level 2 Bike

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1000 North of Nor Cal Twisties on Honda CB500X Level 2 Bike

Giant Loop rider, Juan, documents his ride through 1000 miles of Northern California Twisties on the new Rally Raid CB500X ‘Level 2’ bike for a nice shakedown cruise through some of the best that Northern California has to offer. Here’s the first part of his trip:

Juan on his way back from the “1000 Miles of Northern California Twisties” route evaluating the Rally Raid CB500X Level 2 configuration as a ‘sport touring’ platform:
Check out the rest of Juan’s videos HERE!

Giant Loop Customers Travel San Diego to Cabo and Back on Honda XR650Ls

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Giant Loop Customers Travel San Diego to Cabo and Back on Honda XR650Ls

A happy customer, Brad Davis, sent us an update on his recent trip to Baja with his friend. They used the Giant Loop Coyote Saddlebag and the Rubber Boa Straps on their trip across deserts and dunes. Here’s what he says:4[1]

“Our Baja trip was the best vacation I have ever taken. Just two guys on Honda XR650L’s riding from San Diego to Cabo and back. We did 2,200 miles over nine days. The Coyote Saddlebags functioned amazingly and were able to carry everything we needed to camp and live for the entire trip. The bags carry weight well and did not noticeably affect how the bike handled. The Rubber Boa Straps were extremely useful and were perfect for carrying a quart of oil or a bottle of tequila.

The trip got better and better every day. We spent one night in a palapa on the beach in San Felipe. We hit 95mph on the salt flats going to Scorpion Bay (the XR wouldn’t go any faster). We rode with the Dessert Assassins Rip to Cabo on a rough section of trail into La Paz. We partied with Playboy models in Cabo. We camped deep in the sand dunes outside of Guerrero Negro. We got lost trying cross the desert at night. And finally made it back to San Diego without any major issues and some great memories.

Thanks
Brad”

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Great Basin Saddlebag: It really does fit virtually anything designed to carry a passenger, even scooters!

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Great Basin Saddle Bags – They really do fit virtually anything designed to carry a passenger, even scooters

Giant Loop customer Joel, recently took an amazing Italian adventure….on his scooter.

See his account below, and how he’s retrofitted the Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebags to suit his ride.

We have been on the road for 2 months and 3000 km, with all the clothes for two people stashed in the three dry pods. Although we have not been riding in the rain (much), the bag has seen a lot of rain this spring and so far no leaks when it is properly closed.

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The “motorcycle” is a little unconventional: a scooter. This made it a bit difficult to fit the bag on, as the usual exposed parts in a real motorcycle are all covered with plastic on a standard scooter. However, inside of the plastic the frame is not all that different. I had to create a couple of stainless-steel cable loops to extend the passenger foot peg frame inside the plastic so that they could be accessible.

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In addition, the standard scooter has a filler cap beneath the seat, so it was pretty important that I be able to get the bag off quickly when we fill up (every 200-250 km or so).

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Most scooters have a bit of a plastic frame behind the seat which is used to attach a top box, and on the Honda this is where I was able to hang on the straps for attachment. Overall, it takes me about a minute to loosen them and flop the bag down for gas tank access, which is not bad at all.

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Since I had to buy the stainless cable to make the loops, I also used it to make a security cable to hold the bag in place when we are parked. I put a small padlock on the end to keep it in place.

So far, no one has tried to get into it as far as I can tell, or pull it off the scooter. I strapped a Possibles Pouch on the outside to hold a water bottle and my sunglasses case, and it is working great. We have been on the road for 2 months and 3000 km, with all the clothes for two people stashed in the three dry pods. Although we have not been riding in the rain (much), the bag has seen a lot of rain this spring and so far no leaks when it is properly closed.

Thank you Joel!

How have you fit your Giant Loop Gear to your ride of choice? We’d love to hear from you.

NEW! Scorpion Serket Taper Exhaust for Honda CB500 X/F/R

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NEW! Scorpion Serket Taper Exhaust for Honda CB500 X/F/R

The Scorpion Serket Taper Exhaust fits Honda CB500F, Honda CB500R and Honda CB500X models, delivering a 1.1 HP gain, a 3.7 lb weight savings and only a slight increase of 1.5 dB in noise versus the large, heavy stock exhaust on the Honda CB500. It also eliminates the stock flared exhaust shield, which can be in the way of riding boots. The Scorpion Serket Taper Exhaust features a unique precision formed, 6-facet profile and an aerospace derived multi-composite ‘Claw Contoured’’ outlet. The Scorpion Serket Taper Exhaust also features a tempered/fused sleeve seam with compression coined ends and a GP-style double spring mount for easy “slip-on” installation. The Scorpion Serket Taper Exhaust is available in Stainless Steel, Carbon Fiber and Titanium models.

Ride with confidence knowing that Scorpion Exhausts offers a Customer Damage Guarantee: crash and damage the Scorpion Serket Taper Exhaust, and they will offer a 50% discount on a replacement.

Specifications
• Available in Brushed Stainless Steel, Carbon Fiber and Titanium
• Stainless mid-pipe
• Precision formed 6-facet profile
• Tempered/fused sleeve seam
• GP-style “slip on” double spring mount

scorpion serket taper exhaust honda cb500 titanium

scorpion serket taper exhaust honda cb500 titanium

scorpion serket taper exhaust for honda cb500 carbon fiber 379

scorpion serket taper exhaust for honda cb500 carbon fiber 379

scorpion serket taper exhaust for honda cb500x carbon fiber 379

scorpion serket taper exhaust for honda cb500x carbon fiber 379

Giant Loop gallery of photos from the EICMA show in Milan, Italy

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Harold and I worked our asterisks off at the International Motorcycle Exposition in Milan, Italy, presenting the 2014 line of Giant Loop. While we had a couple of the show’s best custom Adventure and Adventure Lite bikes in our booth, built by our Italian distributor?Boano Racing, that didn’t stop us from taking a minute or two to walk around and snap pics of the other cool bikes ?on display. My personal favorite category is the Rally bikes, followed closely by some supremely stylized customs, commonly known as brats or scramblers. ?Here are a couple of pics of the choice rally machines and a brat bike or two. Check out our gallery to see the rest of the motorcycle and city pics we shot,?on our last day in Milan.

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