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Getting Started on Your First Motorcycle Camping Tour

All the gear for a luxury camping experience anywhere in the world will comfortably fit in the panniers and two duffel bags.

Steven M. Green
June 26, 2015

Living in Michigan in my youth, I once took a multi-day motorcycle camping tour on a Honda CB750, traveling into Canada and around the Great Lakes. My gear consisted of a basic Boy Scout pup tent, sleeping bag and a mess kit. Wearing a leather jacket and jeans and packing a yellow rain suit from the... Read more »

Motorcycle Camping Checklist

All the gear for a luxury camping experience anywhere in the world will comfortably fit in the panniers and two duffel bags.

Steven M. Green
June 26, 2015

Use this as a baseline to get started. Add or remove items to suit. Once you’ve camped a few times, add your location on the bike for each item to the list, as putting items in the same location consistently will help you find things and set up camp. For instance, “TENT – left pannier.” RIDING... Read more »

Motorcycle Camping the Lazy…Er, Easy Way

Adventure touring bikes camping

Mark Tuttle
August 6, 2014

Adventure touring bikes can take you into some pretty remote places, but on a busy motorcycle comparison test we look for a lazy man’s campsite with running water, toilets and a picnic table, perhaps even a camp store. Motorcycle camping is an absolute blast, and the cost savings over hoteling can... Read more »

Aerostich High Tech Cot Review

Aerostich High Tech Cot

Clement Salvadori
May 6, 2014

Sleep is important, especially when traveling, and gone are those days when I could dig a shallow hip-hole, roll up in a five-dollar Navajo blanket and have a pleasant night. Nowadays, I prefer a good mattress on top of box springs—but those are a bit difficult to bungee to the back of a bike. In recent... Read more »

Motorcycle Camping and Adventure Gear Buyers Guide


Jerry Smith
July 24, 2012

It’s been a great day on the road––or off it––and as the sun heads for the horizon you’re thinking about where to bed down for the night. You could look for another stuffy motel room with questionable sheets and a constant drip from the shower, but somehow that doesn’t go with the adventure... Read more »

2012 Rider Staff Camping Challenge


Rider Magazine Staff
July 5, 2012

Ride to Live, Live to Camp——THE 2012 RIDER CAMPING CHALLENGE In spite of our best efforts to provide for Murphy’s Law around here, things can still turn out wrong, go sideways, and end up messier than a soup sandwich. Our plans for a camping comparison test of the new Suzuki V-Strom 650 and 1000... Read more »

Redverz Series II Expedition Tent

Redverz Series II Expedition Tent

Greg Drevenstedt
July 5, 2012

(This Gearlab review was published in the July 2012 issue of Rider magazine.) As Clem suggests in this issue’s staff camping story, approaches to camping can be, broadly speaking, divided into two groups: Spartan and comfort. Spartan camping foregoes certain conveniences in the name of minimal weight... Read more »

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Air Mattress

Arden Kysely
November 9, 2010

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir I’m always looking for the lightest gear I can find for motorcycle camping, and if it comes in a small package, so much the better. For a camp bed, nothing is as light or packs as small as an air mattress. And in the newly competitive arena of air beds, the NeoAir from Therm-a-Rest... Read more »

Adventure Medical Kits Emergency Bivvy

Arden Kysely
September 24, 2010

I’ve got a ton of camping equipment, but for motorcycle camping I choose the lightest gear that will keep me comfortable. Packing light and packing warm are not mutually exclusive – you just have to find the right gear to make it work. Two  inexpensive products from Adventure Medical Kits help... Read more »