Riding a motorcycle is a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Barreling down remote roads filled with twists and turns gets our hearts pumping and connects us with nature on a new level. If you’re looking to take an epic motorcycle trip, embrace the outdoors, and save money, a motorcycle camping trip might be in your future. Here are Cycle Trader’s top tips to make your next motorcycle camping trip one to remember.
Plan Your Trip
The first step in your motorcycle camping journey should be prepping and planning for your trip. You’ll need to decide where you want to go and what you want to see, then plan your route accordingly. There are tons of amazing riding opportunities across the country and if you need help deciding where to go, check out websites like roadtrippers.com or motorcycleroads.com to help you plan from the start. These sites can help you find the best roads near you and allow you to easily find the coolest pit stops.
Set Your Budget
The great thing about motorcycle camping is that you will eliminate the hefty cost of lodging at a hotel. However, you still need to consider your overall budget. Some costs to consider include fuel, food, campsite fees, and any gear you need to purchase before your trip.
Book Campsites in Advance
Once you’ve planned your trip, you’ll also need to book your campsites well in advance. Depending on where and when you’re traveling, campsites can fill up rather quickly so it’s best to make your reservations as soon as you’ve set your route. Make sure to also coordinate your daily mileage with where your campsite is located on the map so you won’t over exhaust yourself when trying to reach your destination for the evening.
Start Your Packing List
Packing is one of the most important parts of planning your motorcycle camping trip. It’s crucial not to overpack, but you do want to make sure you have everything you might need for your overnight trip. Some items we recommend packing are:
- All-weather motorcycle gear
- Safety gear (helmet, gloves, boots, body armor, etc.)
- Layered clothing
- Sleeping bag and roll mat
- Compact camping chair
- Dry bag
- Food and cookware (non-perishables, mini stove, cup, plate, cutlery, lightweight pots and pans)
- Water bottle
- Solar chargers
- Bungee cords
- Small toiletry bag (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, wet wipes, toilet paper, towel)
- First aid kit and medications
- Maintenance kit
Load Up Your Ride
You’ll want to make sure you find luggage that works for both you and your motorcycle. Many people use a combination of hard luggage or soft luggage, but this is mostly preferential. While loading up your gear, it’s important to avoid overloading your bike and it’s best to make sure that your items are balanced when it comes to weight distribution. Ensure that all items are strapped on correctly and that they aren’t blocking any tail lights or other important components of your bike. We suggest taking a quick ride around the neighborhood to see how everything feels and to make sure all items are secured properly.
Check Your Bike Before You Roll Out
We mention it quite often, but it’s critical that you check your bike thoroughly before each ride you take. We recommend using the T-CLOC method to inspect your bike from top to bottom. Don’t forget to do a gear check before you set out on your adventure to make sure everything is in top condition.
Have you ever taken a motorcycle camping trip? If so, what are some of your favorite tips and tricks? Let us know in the comments below.
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