A Few Motorcycle Camping Tips
As motorcycle travel has become more popular today, the idea of motorcycle camping has become a more frequent occurrence. Camping from your bike is a lot of fun, but it can be more complicated than it appears. First, there are a number of campgrounds that do not like motorcycles on their property, mostly because of the additional noise that they can bring. Plus some people have given bike riders a bad name.
It can also be a challenge to figure out how to fit all of your camping gear on a single bike. The good news is that with a bit of preparation and planning, you can successfully camp throughout your motorcycle travel. There are plenty of campsites that specialize in motorcycle camping, and lots of lightweight, compact equipment that you can choose from to take along on your treks. You just need to know where to look.
Although many campgrounds will specify, “No motorcycles,” as a part of their rules, other areas welcome them and even cater to the bikes and their riders. To find a listing of motorcycle-friendly campgrounds for your motorcycle camping experience, you don’t need to look any further than your computer. By searching under “motorcycle camping,” you will find plenty of sites on the Internet that will offer listings of potential campgrounds by area and even the facilities that they provide.
These grounds are generally conducive to motorcycle camping and provide clean facilities that usually include showers and laundry centers. The best advice is to hit the campground before dinner, to ensure a spot and give you time to set up camp while you still have the light of day to assist you.
Motorcycle Camping Gear
The key in packing for motorcycle camping is to think lightweight and compact. This often includes gear that is marketed for backpacking expeditions, since the same standards must apply. For a sleeping unit, you can shop for a motorcycle camping trailer, which will be easy to tow behind your bike and will pop up into a tent that will be large enough for a comfortable night’s sleep.
Another option is to bring along a small tent that will fit compactly on your bike when not in use. There are also plenty of options in motorcycle luggage that will allow you to bring a few of the comforts of home along on your motorcycle camping trip. Apparel needs to be packed with warmth in mind, since you won’t have the luxury of heading to your heated car if the cold begins to chill you through. A portable heater is another good option, if you can find a way to bring it along on your bike. Keep in mind that supplies for cooking and washing will also need to be lightweight and small enough to pack, so hunt for items that will fold up for easy storage.
One thing I found useless was the mats designed to put under your sleeping bag. I couldn’t wait until morning! They may be lightweight but if you can manage to carry a little extra weight I recommend an airbed. They take up almost as much room but are much more comfortable.
Another great option today is the disposable gas cylinder cookers. They are a lighter to carry and not as awkward as a gas cylinder – even the small ones.
Any other questions on motorcycle camping just ask me. My wife and I do it all the time and we love it!