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New tent for bike camping

Went to REI today and spent my $100 gift card. Bought a back packing tent for camping on the bike. And a new air matress/pad. Think I will get waterproof bags and strap it on the pillion somehow. I think I will need the luggage for other camp gear and stuff.

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Nice kit!

Braver than me to motorbike camp. I don't quite embrace the minimalist view of things that would allow that. I'm finishing up the packing for the up coming road trip with nothing but hotel stays and I've managed to about fill 2 46l paniers and 1 52l top case
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may I ask what tent you bought
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Braver than me to motorbike camp. I don't quite embrace the minimalist view of things that would allow that. I'm finishing up the packing for the up coming road trip with nothing but hotel stays and I've managed to about fill 2 46l paniers and 1 52l top case

With the tropical weather here i would go your way.
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Appears to be a really rustic camp ground you found. How do the camping fees stack up?
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Very nice! I did a 19 day ride a couple of years ago and used a one man backpacking tent as well as a cheap Walmart hammock that I rigged up. Both took up minimal space when packed and both performed well. I had the luxury of Happy Trails Oyhee panniers plus a top box and a dry bag on my pillion...

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I have the same (or very similar) REI tent that I use for motorcycle camping. It works great. Everything will stay dry, even in several hours of a downpour. I use a Therma-rest type sleeping pad (REI, air and foam) - works great too.
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Hey, your dog has a mask too! lol.

That's the one bad thing about motorcycle traveling is you can't sleep in your car with the doors locked and the windows covered with sun shields (all of them.) Walmart's or truck stops will work although not the best: you are constantly waking up.

On a bike, your ass is exposed and you are not going to see anything when you are asleep (unless you got motion detectors, which might not be a bad reason to get one on a bike.) I can stay up for 2 or 3 days standing on my head with minimalist cat naps (eye's half open, during the day), which takes the sting out of the cheesy cheap hotel bills on a bike and you make good time

But ain't no one watching out for you camping with your "$5 a night camping" Walmart book, except maybe some black bears, wild dogs, or a deprived camper next to you. Sweet dreams laying on hard ground, and you don't have any natural padding either. About every decade or two, I get camping equipment and camp out ... once. If you are with a group and you take turns watching at night, it's a completely different story: except you don't make such good time that way! ymmv

Usually in hard times like the G. W. Bush Depression we are in, only the homeless are desperate enough to camp out by themselves. Good luck.

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Some of us are not afraid. I stealth camp all the time, never pay anything, never stay at Walmart. I have a good tent, bag and pad that have paid for themselves hundred of times. About the only time I pay to stay is in Mexico.
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I've got an REI quarter dome 2 that's great for moto camping. Packs up nicely, keeps me dry. I've not found the best pad for me yet. I've got one that packs up super small, but I like something a little wider. My old school therma-rest is pretty good, but not small...

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Thermarest now makes Neoair, inflatable, very small and . . . expensive.
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holycrap kawdag, didja have a bad experience? are you on the lam?

i just bought two new tents, one is a 2man, the other a 3man, trying to decide which to keep. planning to camp with the gf, might prefer the extra space. the 2man tent is lighter but doesn't pack up much smaller than the 3, so it may be the returner. both pack smaller than my old veteran tent.

i'm gonna try a cot in place of my thermarest on my next trip.

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Some of us are not afraid. I stealth camp all the time, never pay anything, never stay at Walmart. I have a good tent, bag and pad that have paid for themselves hundred of times. About the only time I pay to stay is in Mexico.
LOL, has less to do with fear (9mm courage and all) than comfort. I loved tent camping up till age 40. Could dirtbike all day long, crash at night sleep like a baby and then do it all over again the next day. Now, things just hurt too much to live like that. Camping now involves a trailer which is nicely heated & cooled with a proper place to go for a poop and road trips on the bike mean front desks and minibars
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I put in ear plugs and sleep like a baby. Love camping. Not a fearful person, but if I were, I'd be more concerned with the cheesy hotels than the great outdoors. It is not like Kawdog is camping in lower LA or something. Fear and delusions of a great democrat president must really take its toll.

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yeah, i'm not sure you can call it camping if it happens in a parking lot.

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...But ain't no one watching out for you camping with your "$5 a night camping" Walmart book, except maybe some black bears, wild dogs, or a deprived camper next to you. ... .



... and let's tell GHOST stories around the campfire!

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holycrap kawdag, didja have a bad experience? are you on the lam?

i just bought two new tents, one is a 2man, the other a 3man, trying to decide which to keep. planning to camp with the gf, might prefer the extra space. the 2man tent is lighter but doesn't pack up much smaller than the 3, so it may be the returner. both pack smaller than my old veteran tent.

i'm gonna try a cot in place of my thermarest on my next trip.
By myself....2 man tent & a duffle or two gone for at least a week
With my wife...6 person tent F-150 extended cab gone for the weekend
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