Tuesday, September 18, 2012


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Motorcycle Luggage Innovator Giant Loop® Emerges from Start-Up Challenges Positioned for Growth

Four-Year-Old Bend, Oregon Company Solidifies Management, Secures Working Capital Loan, Hires New Design Director

(Bend, Oregon, USA) After successfully navigating its four-year startup, Bend-based adventure motorcycle soft luggage innovator Giant Loop is on the road to sustaining continued growth. The company recently secured its first injection of working capital since it started in 2008, and co-founder Harold Olaf Cecil has taken full ownership of Giant Loop.

Company co-founder Dave Wachs recently sold his interest in Giant Loop and is pursuing other opportunities and interests. "Dave Wachs was an important part of Giant Loop's early success, and we wish him well," says Cecil.

Brian Frankle, founder, former owner and award-winning designer of a successful outdoor recreation equipment company, recently joined Giant Loop as Design Director. Frankle is a well-traveled adventure motorcyclist, who has ridden the Trans-America Trail across the US from east coast to west coast, using motorcycle soft luggage of his own design and creation.

“Giant Loop's future is wide open now," says Cecil. "To remain vital and competitive in the long-term, we have to accelerate the pace of innovation and brand penetration. With Brian Frankle leading new product development in his role as Design Director, and with the financial stability provided by securing funds through a Small Business Administration-backed working capital loan from Columbia State Bank, we are ready to take Giant Loop to the next level.”

Cecil and Frankle will introduce an updated and expanded 2013 Giant Loop product line at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy in November, followed by the Dealer Expo show in Indianapolis in February 2013.

Giant Loop products are available from international distributors and US dealers. For details, go to www.giantloopmoto.com, or visit the “Go Light, Go Fast” blog at giantloopmoto.blogspot.com.

About Giant Loop
Made in USA, the Giant Loop line of super rugged, ultra lightweight, high performance motorcycle soft luggage includes: Great Basin Saddlebag (50 liters), Coyote Saddlebag (30 liters), MoJavi Saddlebag (10.5 liters), Fandango Tank Bag (10 liters), Diablo Tank Bag (4 liters), Buckin’ Roll Tank Bag (3.5 liters), Coyote Dry Bag (12 liters), Great Basin Dry Bag (23 liters), Coyote Dry Pods (30 liters), Great Basin Dry Pods (50 liters) and Hot Springs Heat Shield. Giant Loop motorcycle soft luggage fits a wide array of adventure, sport, dualsport and dirt bike makes and models, requiring no special racks, mounts or braces.

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Giant Loop® and the GL® logo are registered trademarks of Giant Loop LLC.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

4/24 UK Adventure Motorcycle Filmmaker Austin Vince

UK filmmaker, motorcycle adventurer and world traveler Austin Vince is mad about his trusty Suzuki DR350
Giant Loop presents
"A Big Fat Thank You"
featuring Austin Vince live in Bend
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
7:30 pm 
GL Shop

63025 OB Riley Rd, #17 

Space is limited, and we need a headcount pronto, so please sign up now.

Please join us for a toast to celebrate you, our excellent Central Oregon friends, customers and supporters! Just $10, including tasty local microbrew! (Note: Proceeds go to Austin to help pay his travel costs.)

Check out what Touratech USA has to say about Austin Vince's 2012 visit:

"WARNING - Austin Vince is returning to Seattle. Hold on to your seats and brace yourself for an experience that can only be described as Austin. Part shock jock, part wild man, part DR 350 explorer, Austin will stun, humor, embarrass and insult you while your eyes tear up with laughter."

"THIS SHOW IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. LEAVE YOUR KIDS AND MOTHER AT HOME FOR THIS ONE."


Check out his Austin-ness: "Mondo Enduro," "Terra Circa" and the Adventure Travel Film Festival.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bend-Area Student Art Exhibited at Thump Coffee in March

During March, Thump Coffee in downtown Bend celebrates student artists from all walks of life, as local art educator Marcy Monte brings a mix of student art works to exhibit. Home school, Bend High School, Marshall High School and Cascade Middle School students’ works of art will be displayed throughout the month.

“Have you always dreamed of writing your own book? Students at Cascade Middle School have written, illustrated and bound children’s books with a positive message for their readers,” says art teacher Marcy Monte. “Cascade students books will be mounted on the wall, and some to be looked at in the cafe. These books are the ones chosen by their peers as the ones most like the Caledcott or Newberry awards.”

“Marshall High School student Erika Arback has created portraits that will help you look deeply into life, while home school students Molly, Clair and Zoe Kern incorporate art into their every day studies.”

These and other creations will be on display at Thump Coffee throughout March.