The best way to think of motorcycle camping is that it’s like backpacking on two wheels. What I mean by that is that motorcycle camping and backpacking have a lot in common — you need to pack wisely and with space-saving ideas in mind, and you can access some areas that car campers and day hikers cannot!
Compact gear is an absolute necessity, and only packing what is completely necessary for a night or two of camping is required. Luckily, there are plenty of compact gear options for everything ranging from tents to sleeping bags and even camping stoves. The gear you need and can take with you will depend on the type of camping you plan to be doing, the length of time you are planning to camp, and the type of motorcycle you ride along with your level of riding skill. You’ll also want to invest in some high quality motorcycle gear bags in order to protect your gear from the elements.
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The one tip that will make sure your motorcycle camping trip goes off without a hitch is to plan ahead. It sounds very obvious and simple, but it’s important to mention anyways. Research as much as you can, and decide on where you’ll be camping ahead of time — checking out all the KOA locations is a great place to start! A spontaneous motorcycle camping trip can be a great experience too, but make sure that your first couple of trips are ones that you plan ahead for. That’ll help give you a good idea of what works best for you and will lead to the ability to take a spontaneous trip whenever the mood strikes in the future.
Locate a campsite and make sure that you reserve a spot to camp. The last thing you want to have happen after a long day of riding is to not have a place to pitch your tent.
With the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally coming up in August, now is the perfect time to practice your motorcycle camping skills and to start planning the motorcycle road trip of a lifetime to one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the world. As long as you don’t expect your first motorcycle camping trip to go off without a hitch and are ready to enjoy the learning process, then you are sure to have a lot of fun.
After all, this just means that you get to ride your bike even more, and I don’t know any bikers who would complain about that!
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