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Motorcycle Camping Clinic- REI Durham, NC- 8/19/10





If anyone is interested in learning more about motorcycle-specific camping, REI Durham will be having a clinic on Thursday, August 19th at 7pm.

I will be presenting this clinic with fellow REI employee John Porter, who is also a fellow motorcycle camper and previously the director of marketing for Ducati North America.

If you attended this clinic last year, we will be introducing additional topics and information, so it will be worthwhile attending again this year.

Follow the link below to register for this free clinic. Seating will be limited to 40, so be sure to register soon if interested.

http://www.rei.com/event/9272/session/11607
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Nice,will all REI stores be offering this Clinic?

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Consider yourself fortunate. REI is seriously in bed with the Sierra Club, which is indirectly related to Earth First the enviro-whacko extremists, and they all HATE motorcycles. A lot of the off-road crowd boycotts REI for this reason, jeepers, bikers, all of them.

I've been a REI member since the early 70's and still buy from them. It's neat to see you have something worked out with them on motorcycle camping. Just an FYI, so beware.

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Nice, too bad it isn't closer

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Consider yourself fortunate. REI is seriously in bed with the Sierra Club, which is indirectly related to Earth First the enviro-whacko extremists, and they all HATE motorcycles. A lot of the off-road crowd boycotts REI for this reason, jeepers, bikers, all of them.
Sales must be slow if they are targeting motorcycles. You would be amazed at the list of organizations they contribute to. Definitely not a friend of motorcycling.

I haven't bought a thing from them since I started looking at who they support.

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My goal with this thread and the clinic was to offer my knowledge about motorcycle camping to fellow motorcyclists, so why the attack on this thread?

Using this thread as a soapbox to rudely rant personal feelings about REI as a company is very disappointing and self-righteous in my opinion.

Perhaps these individuals could be persuaded to create their own thread if this is their objective.

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My goal with this thread and the clinic was to offer my knowledge about motorcycle camping to fellow motorcyclists, so why the attack on this thread?

Using this thread as a soapbox to rudely rant personal feelings about REI as a company is very disappointing and self-righteous in my opinion.

Perhaps these individuals could be persuaded to create their own thread if this is their objective.
So it isn't ok to say anything about REI but it is ok to come on here and use this forum for free advertising?

If REI did anything for motorcyclists(on or offroad) I might feel different. They directly support groups that want to take riding areas away from me and the rest of us. I can't imagine why anybody would want to support them.

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My goal with this thread and the clinic was to offer my knowledge about motorcycle camping to fellow motorcyclists, so why the attack on this thread?

Using this thread as a soapbox to rudely rant personal feelings about REI as a company is very disappointing and self-righteous in my opinion.

Perhaps these individuals could be persuaded to create their own thread if this is their objective.
It wasn't an attack. I passed on some facts. What you're doing is a good thing and no reflection on you. More of a FYI and beware of what's going on around your endeavor.

Don't take it personally. I didn't state personal feelings, so it wasn't a 'rude rant' and nothing was 'self righteous' about what was posted. Perhaps you weren't aware of the controversy, or maybe you have strong feelings one way or another. I don't, have stayed neutral. To inform was my only objective, not to create a 'soap box' as you say.

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They directly support groups that want to take riding areas away from me and the rest of us.
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This is a valid statement, the meat of what you had to say. Too bad the rest of the fluff is what ruffles feathers.

Would you rather talk about gear specifically? There's a 8 page thread on the adventure forum about camping and coffee. What do you pack for camping coffee?

Mine is the 6-pack cup of VIA from Starbucks. Just add hot water and voile, a nice cup of java.

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I do think it is cool that you are doing a clinic for those that don't know this stuff already.

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Consider yourself fortunate. REI is seriously in bed with the Sierra Club, which is indirectly related to Earth First the enviro-whacko extremists, and they all HATE motorcycles. A lot of the off-road crowd boycotts REI for this reason, jeepers, bikers, all of them.

I've been a REI member since the early 70's and still buy from them. It's neat to see you have something worked out with them on motorcycle camping. Just an FYI, so beware.

REI is a local company which I buy from sometimes and obviously have their own motives (selling mountain bikes is a bike one), but I hardly think being conscious of the environment is the same as being eco-wackos...

My local motorcycle stealership has a guy who goes on and on about how evil they are, but it all comes down to motives.

I for one, would LOVE to see my local REI do a motorcycle camping event (maybe I can suggest it)

Not holding my breath though.
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Yes, they started in downtown Seattle. I remember when they had one store, the REI Co-op. Everyone called it the 'co-op'. I bought my first down sleeping bag there more than 40 years ago and it's still a good bag. My favorite bag now is a +45 deg summer bag that rolls up the size of a football. Great for the bike.

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Yes, they started in downtown Seattle. I remember when they had one store, the REI Co-op. Everyone called it the 'co-op'. I bought my first down sleeping bag there more than 40 years ago and it's still a good bag. My favorite bag now is a +45 deg summer bag that rolls up the size of a football. Great for the bike.

All my current backpacking gear is perfect for motorcycle camping, except my pack holds WAY more than my V46... I need some side bags... sigh..

I like seeing on Twisted Throttle how they sell the MSR fuel cans as backup fuel cells... too funny.
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I like seeing on Twisted Throttle how they sell the MSR fuel cans as backup fuel cells... too funny.
I have two of the 32oz ones, we use them on the dirtbikes.

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well, i loves me some REI, i received a delivery from them just today. i'm also a casual enviro-wacko, if that's possible. maybe i should go into the bathroom and punch myself in the mirror.

E-nigma, i've been asked about this stuff in the past. i bet if you took your show on the road, you could draw a crowd at some other REI locations. i'm thinking atlanta. maybe they will pay for your travel? i'm sure you can find a curve or two along the way.

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So, what's new on the camping scene? Or are we going to let this thread die?

I've been studying paniers and racks and have decided the pelican boxes are the way to go. Cheap and durable, totally water tight, and easy to load.

The tent thread on ADV went 6 pages now, pretty interesting.

Does the OP actually camp out with his versys? Let's hear a couple of great tips just for a teaser????

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