Motorcycle weekend camping guide

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Heading out on the open road for a motorbiking road trip and camping weekend?

There is nothing better than this and these trips always generate plenty of great stories to share once you return home.

One key aspect to consider before setting off is your camping situation, as this will determine just how enjoyable the adventure is. Motorcycle riding and camping is the perfect marriage, but here is what you need to know to get the most out of your trip.

Essential items

You may not be able to bring as much as you would if you were in a car, but you do get a much more thrilling experience.

The essential items to bring with you include a tent and high-quality sleeping bag, plus you will also want to bring spare clothes, shoes, a flashlight, toiletries and a first-aid kit.mobed-motorcycle-tent.jpg camping

Stop off regularly

Remember to stop off regularly and go at a leisurely pace – this is all part of the experience. Whether you are stopping to use the bathroom, grab some food or simply stretch your legs, it will break up the trip and make it more enjoyable. When you do stop, remember to have somebody watch your bike or secure it if travelling solo.

Food

In order to save money and space, stop off for food along the way as you are sure to pass dozens of cheap and cheerful roadside eateries. You could pack some snacks to keep you going, but avoid taking cooking equipment as this can take up a lot of space.

Generator

If travelling with a large convoy to a motorcycle rally, a lightweight generator is a fantastic addition to a motorbike camping adventure.

A generator, available from places like SGS, can be used to power music for your party at night, for lighting the area, heating, for cooking and dozens of other purposes.

Setting up camp

When you arrive at your campsite, the first thing that you should do is secure your motorbike with a chain and padlock. When picking a spot to camp, avoid any low areas where rain or cold air may settle, as well as sloping or rocky ground. It is essential that you read, understand and follow the rules of the campsite as not to annoy the other campers. You should also leave without a trace when vacating the campsite. With some campsites, you may be able to reserve a place so always look in advance when planning your route.

These tips should ensure that your motorcycle camping weekend is a fun, valuable and memorable one.

2 Comments

  1. Not sure about the intent of the article and whether it is from a European perspective rather than an Australian one. A few of us did a circuit of Oz back in June/July 2015 and we managed to get around this wide brown land camping and staying in budget accommodation along the way (all without the need of a generator!) and felt safe and secure. Roadhouses provided some of the best tucker I have eaten so unless you are doing the true off-road/dirt experience you will not have to worry about where your next meal (or fuel) is coming from. We made it to camp grounds each and every night but I would not have had any concerns about free camping along the way if the need had arisen as there was always a population of nomads (grey and others!) to keep the Yowies away! Packing enough stuff was a challenging exercise at first and I was hoping that my top-box, panniers and kitbag would somehow become the Tardis but I managed.
    Great experience all round and I was not looking over my shoulder all the time worrying about things being nicked which seems to be a prevailing concern of the author!

  2. Has the person writing this ever been camping ? – of any kind apart from in a Winnebago ? A generator wtf – what for? Heating! Making lots of noise! – To actually annoy other campers! Cooking equipment takes up a lot of space ! – not when I motorcycle camp. Secure you bike with a chain and padlock – where are you camping !! Poorly researched dumb article.

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