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The Camping Update

The Camping Update

3- DAY ROAD WARRIOR

What Are Your Favorite Motorcycle Camping Products? Motorbike camping is all about the efficient use of limited space. What equipment do you like to bring with you when you camp? What makes this equipment worth having and why?

Okey, we need help on camping because we don’t camp. But we do ride long distances to events that we have to cover like Sturgis and Daytona Bikeweek. The following is what we take when we have meetings or events that require up to a 3-Day Motorcycle Trip, on way or round trip.

If you’re going to leave town at a moment’s notice, then you are going to need The List. The list takes the guesswork out of planning, prevents you from forgetting anything, and leaves more time to work on the itinerary and prepare your motorbike for the journey.

On the other hand, there has been numerous trips where I’ve packed the night before and got up early and hit the Waffle House to plan the itinerary.

Spare motorcycle parts can be kept to a minimum by making sure your bike is in tip top condition prior to departure. Do you really need spare clutch or throttle cables? I haven’t in over 50,000 miles. Full synthetic motor oil should last 5,000 miles and your tires should last almost 10,000 miles, so judge accordingly. (Unless burnouts are a habit.)

I have divided the list into five divisions: clothes, food, gear, cookware, and tools. I take enough clothes for three days of changes before necessitating a visit to a Laundromat. I carry almost no food with me as I prefer to make daily food purchases.

SUMMER RIDING

 I. CLOTHES

Keep in mind that this list is designed for the solo rider. My concern is with upper body warmth, lower extremities, not so much. So I layer in the morning with the plaid shirt, sleeveless Jack Shirt, long sleeve Jack Shirt and gauntlet gloves. When the heat rises, I bungee the Jack Shirt to the Bikernet Bag. I also change out o the fingerless gloves and retain the cotton shirt on to keep sun off my forearms.

I also run Bandit’s Bedroll Bag. It acts like a fairing and keeps the wind from beating on you.

  • Long sleeve plaid shirt
  • Sleeveless Jack Shirt
  • 5/8th Jack Shirt
  • Insulated Converse Chucks
  • Bandanna
  • Socks (3)
  • Boxer Shorts (3)
  • T-shirts (3)
  • Gauntlet Type Riding Gloves
  • Fingerless Gloves
  • Flipflops
  • Shorts
  • Rain jacket

Billy Lane running the Bedroll Bag
Billy Lane running the Bedroll Bag
II. FOOD

  •  (2) Protein Bars

III. GEAR

I carry (3) bags. Bikernet Bag, The Leatherworks solo bag and a backpack.

  • AAA Card w/ 100-mile towing
  • Smart Phone
  • Smart Phone tank bag w/ cover
  • Ear Plugs (10)
  • Sunglasses
  • Wallet
  • Flash Light
  • Camera
  • Laptop
  • Large Garbage Bags (several)
  • Razor Blade (2)
  • Shaving Cream
  • Lighter
  • High end bike lock
  • Watch
  • Bungie Cords (several)
  • Spare Key
  • Nail Clipper

IV. COOKWARE

  •  No Cookware

V. TOOLS

  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Tool Kit
  • Tire Patch Kit w/CO2 Cartridges
  • Air Gauge
  • Owner’s Manual
  • WD40 Spray Lubricant
  • Itinerary
  • usb cable for each device
  • usb battery storage
  • 4-port usb hub

Well, we pack stuff with Bandit’s Rollbag. It’s

Dr. Jack Tequila has two passions, motorcycles and tequila. He resides on a sailboat in the port city Wilmington, NC.From time to time, Dr. Jack will throw a few tidbits and observations our way.

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