I was fortunate enough to have been given some Giant Loop gear by a rental client--a Great Basin Saddlebag and a Diablo Tank Bag. I promptly swapped out my existing Mosko Moto gear and started testing these bags. I decided to test them out on my personal KTM 950 Super Enduro, a bike I ride hard in some rough terrain and varied weather conditions. I figured if the gear could stand up to the brutal riding I do on my personal time, it would be great stuff for Moto Patagonia to use on the rental fleet. Plus, testing products in Chile to then sell them in Chile made perfect sense and will help the local riders see that these bags are getting used on their home turf.
After some time with these bags on my personal bike, I decided to reach out to Giant Loop to see what it would take to become their distributor here in Chile. Several emails later, we signed a contract and placed our first order. The Moto Patagonia rental fleet, all new for 2021, will feature Giant Loop’s 90 liter Round the World Pannier kits, a set up I think our clients will like for its capacity and ease of use.
Once the rental bikes were set up, we placed a full stocking order and decided to start building out the first grassroots adventure motorcycle shop in Puerto Varas. With our base having many amenities, like a full-service shop, cabins, and now the Giant Loop Chile partnership, we will be able to offer our tour and rental clients excellent products, combined with the best possible service. And our local riders will benefit from the same amenities and service and be able to stop by any time they want to say hello, buy great tested products, or even rent the cabins with their buddies and go ride the Los Lagos Region!
One step at a time we are building what we feel is the most authentic rider-owned and operated tour and rental business and locals-only adventure shop in southern Chile. We hope to see you here one day!
Cheers and welcome to 2021!