Motorcycle Camping Gear – What Type Of Adventurer Are You?

Motorcycle Camping Gear – What Type Of Adventurer Are You?
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Motorcycle camping gear can be broken down into two main categories. Hardcore adventure moto gear that gets used daily for weeks or possibly years. Or, the weekender gear that only needs to last for a few road trips over the summer. Depending on which rider you are can help decide what equipment you need and what your investment needs to be.

Bike Camping Tents

 This type of shelter allows the camper and the motorcycle to keep out of the elements. Sometimes used by solo travelers, the size of these sleeping facilities is more ideal for 2 up motorcycle gear sharing. It’s important to know when you plan to camp, no one wants to set up a damp camp for weeks. For adv travelers looking for freedom, get your whistle wet with these Vietnam adventure itineraries, then start packing.  

Lonerider Mototent. One of the best adv tent options in this style, built with quality all around.

  • Weight. 5.44kg.
  • Size. 2 man.
  • Pack Size. 60cm x 20cm.
  • Waterproof. 10,000mm exterior and floor.
  • Cost. $540.
  • High quality.

Lonerider Mototent.

Redverz Solo Expedition. An excellent design for you and the moto to sleep inside. With extra vestibule space for the rest of your adventure riding gear.

  • Weight. 5.4kg
  • Size. One man.
  • Pack Size. 53cm x 18cm
  • Waterproof. 4,000mm exterior. 10,000mm floor.
  • Cost. $499
  • High quality.

Redverz Solo Expedition. Tent

VUZ Moto 12-Foot. A functional motorcycle tent for short-term use. If you just need something for a summer road trip, this will do.

  • Weight. 6.2kg
  • Size. Two man.
  • Pack Size. 60cm x 35cm
  • Waterproof. 10,000mm floor.
  • Cost. $239
  • Minimal use, occasional weekend outings.

VUZ Moto 12-Foot Tent

Bike Camping Tent Pros

  • Great for doing covered maintenance.
  • Motorcycle security.
  • Vestibule storage for your bike camping gear

Bike Camping Tent Cons

  • Requires a big area to set up.
  • Bulky to carry around.
  • Heavy adv tent compared to other options.


Backpacker Tents

The most popular and versatile of the motorcycle sleeping shelter options. This style of portable accommodation comes in an array of sizing and quality options to suit your travel style and budget. When narrowing down bike touring tents, you’ll want to consider how many seasons it is. A 3-season vs a 4-season design makes a big difference in weather protection.
MSR Hubba Hubba NX

  • Weight. 1.54kg
  • Size. Two man.
  • Pack Size. 46cm x 15cm
  • Waterproof. 12,000mm exterior. 3,000mm floor.
  • Cost. $559
  • Premium quality.

MSR Hubba Hubba NX tent

Big Anges Copper Spur HV UL 2

  • Weight. 1kg
  • Size. Two man.
  • Pack Size. 10cm x 50cm
  • Waterproof. 12,000mm exterior. 10,000mm floor.
  • Cost. $399
  • Quality.

Big Anges Copper Spur HV UL 2 Tent
The North Face Stormbreak 2

  • Weight. 2.33kg
  • Size. Two man.
  • Pack Size. 18cm x 56cm
  • Waterproof. 1,200mm exterior. 1,500mm floor.
  • Cost. $159
  • Weekend use.

The North Face Stormbreak 2

 

Backpacking Tent Pros

  • Versatile to all sleeping environments.
  • Available in an array of sizing options.
  • Allows you to sleep virtually anywhere.

Backpacking Tent Cons

  • Takes up premium motorcycle space.
  • Pricy for a quality motorcycle camping tent.
  • May require solid ground to stake out.
TentsPriceWeightPack SizeUse 
Lonerider Mototent$5405.44kg60cm x 20cmLong term
Redverz Solo Expedition$4995.40kg53cm x 18cmLong term
VUZ Moto 12ft$2396.20kg60cm x 35cmWeekend
MSR Hubba Hubba NX$5591.54kg46 x 15cmLong term
Big Anges Copper Spur HV UL 2$3991.00kg10cm x 50cmLong term
The North Face Stormbreak 2$1592.33kg18cm x 56cmWeekend

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Bivy Sacks & Tarps

Looking for the most lightweight and easiest packing options for your biker bedroll, look no further than your basic tarp or quality Bivy Bag. A tarp can be tied to your motorcycle providing a simple A-frame shelter and whereas a Bivy Bag makes you into a human cocoon. 
Sierra Designs Backcountry Bivy

  • Weight. 0.40kg
  • Waterproof. Top 10,000mm. Bottom 1,200mm
  • Pack Size. 25cm x 10cm
  • Cost. $149
  • Quality Bivy with 6cm inflatable base.

Sierra Designs Backcountry Bivy

Outdoor Research Helium Bivy

  • Weight. 0.50kg
  • Waterproof. 
  • Pack Size. 32cm x 10cm
  • Cost. $179
  • Quality Bivy.

Outdoor Research Helium Bivy

Exposed Bivouac

  • Weight. 2.3kg
  • Material. 500 Denier Cordura® Classic
  • Pack Size. 15cm x 45cm
  • Cost. $455
  • High quality (overpriced) tarp.

Exposed Bivouac
Tarp 180cm x 240cm

  • Weight. 0.5kg
  • Material. Polyethylene
  • Pack Size. 30cm x 15cm x 2cm
  • Cost. $7
  • Standard quality tarp for short term or emergency use.

Tarp 180cm x 240cm

 

Bivy & Tarp Pros

  • Small space required to carry.
  • Perfect for minimalist motorcycle camping.
  • Lightweight design.

Bivy & Tarp Cons

  • Bivys can feel claustrophobic.
  • Tarps require near-perfect weather.
  • Motocamping in a tarp/bivy can lose its luster.
Bivys & TarpsPriceWeightPack SizeUse 
Sierra Designs Backcountry Bivy$1490.40kg25cm x 10cmLong term
Outdoor Research Helium Bivy$1790.50kg32cm x 10cmLong term
Exposed Bivouac$4552.3kg15cm x 45cmWeekend or to impress non-campers
Trap 180cm x 240cm$70.50kg30cm x 15cm x 2cmEmergency or minimalist use

Hammocks

Warbonnet Ridgerunner Hammock

  • Weight. 0.60kg
  • Design. Enclosed mosquito & bug netting.
  • Pack Size. 18cm x 12cm x 10cm
  • Cost. $149
  • Quality hammock designed for long term use.

Warbonnet Ridgerunner Hammock

ENO DoubleNest Hammock

  • Weight. 0.55kg
  • Design. Enclosed mosquito & bug netting.
  • Pack Size. 12cm x 10cm x 8cm
  • Cost. $59
  • Mid-range hammock for occasional use. .

ENO DoubleNest Hammock

 

 

Hammock Pros

  • Very lightweight.
  • Cost effect.
  • Great for warm weather.

Hammock Cons

  • Requires trees or similar to hang them from.
  • Leaves you exposed to the elements.
  • Tent has minimal storage, no space to hang gear

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HammocksPriceWeightPack SizeUse 
Warbonnet Ridgerunner Hammock$1490.60kg18cm x 12cm x 10cmLong term
ENO DoubleNest Hammock$590.55kg12cm x 10cm x 8cmMid/Short term use

Motorcycle Camping Cooking Gear 

Food, clothing, and shelter are the basic needs you need to meet. For me, food ranks as #1 on that list. Depending on the length of your travel will determine how you plan to meet that need. Stoves to cook with come in a variety of options and each will have its own benefits. On a remote or overseas trip you’ll want to come fully prepared. Outside of the western world you aren’t likely to find technical stoves built to the same standard, or fuel for them. 
MSR Dragonfly Stove With 887ml Bottle

  • Weight. 0.51kg stove. Bottle 887ml
  • Fuel. Burns white gas, kerosene, unleaded auto fuel, diesel, and jet fuel.
  • Pack Size. 15cm x 15cm x 4cm stove. 8cm x 28cm bottle
  • Cost. $139 stove. $24 bottle
  • High quality.

MSR Dragonfly Stove With 887ml Bottle

MSR PocketRocket 2 & 227g Fuel Canister

  • Weight. 73g Compact PocketRocket. 336g fuel.
  • Fuel. MSR IsoPro Fuel
  • Pack Size. 4.5cm x 3.5cm PocketRocket. 10cm x 10cm x 17cm
  • Cost. $45 PocketRocket. Fuel $7.
  • High quality. You’ll need to be prepared with MSR or similar fuel canisters.

MSR PocketRocket 2 & 227g Fuel Canister
Esbit Ultra-light Folding Pocket Stove

  • Weight. 0.18kg
  • Fuel. Smokeless 12-minute fuel tables
  • Pack Size. 9.8 x 7.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Cost. $13
  • Quality. Ideal for minimalist & good for what it is, but not long term. 

Esbit Ultra-light Folding Pocket Stove
Matches & Luck

  • Weight. 2g
  • Fuel. Phosphorus
  • Pack Size. 5cm x 2.5cm x 1.5cm
  • Cost. $0.30
  • High quality, but will require striking some luck out in the woods.

Matches & Luck

Cooking Gear Pros

  • Cook anywhere.
  • Lightweight stoves the size of a novel.
  • Easier to explore off-grid.

Cooking Gear Cons

  • Requires carrying fuel.
  • Added weight of cooking pots etc.
  • You may never use it
Cooking GearPriceWeightPack SizeUse 
MSR Dragonfly Stove with 887ml bottle$163 for the set0.70kg for the set23cm x 43cm x 8cm totalHigh quality
MSR PocketRocket 2 & 227g fuel canister$52 for the set0.41kg14.5cm x 13.5cm x 20.5cm totalQuality for mid/short term use.
Esbit Ultralight Folding Pocket Stove$130.18kg9.8cm x 7.7cm x 2.3cmWeekend use.
Matches & Luck$0.302g5cm x 2.5cm x 1.5cmHigh quality. Requires luck!

Sleeping Bags and Mats

Bundling up in a warm or cooling bag as well as getting up and off the ground will ensure a quality night’s sleep. Bags are typically made from down or synthetic. Down is better quality and provides better insulation, where synthetic is easier to wash and usually cheaper. When it comes to mats it’s important to look at their “R-Value”. The amount of insulating resistance they have. Measured from 1(low) to 11(very insulated).
Some bags will come with a mini-repair kit in the event of a rip, but if you ever need a full-blown replacement or didn’t bring one, you might be backtracking to the nearest big city. In North America & Europe life’s easy, you just place your order online and wait two-days for it to show up. When you are riding the Hai Gang Loops in the cold mountains north of Hanoi you might be buying blankets.

Pro Tip: There are online groups like FaceBook group “Overlander Mules”. A network of people that travel around the world on bikes or in vehicles. Often you can find someone coming from one continent to another to bring you spare parts or small gear.

Therm-a-Rest Hyperion 32 UL

  • Weight. 0.52kg
  • Material. Down filled.
  • Rating. Comfortable to 0oc
  • Pack Size. 14cm x 15cm
  • Cost. $469 regular size
  • High quality.

Therm-a-Rest Hyperion 32 UL
Kelty Cosmic 20

  • Weight. 1.17kg
  • Material. Down filled.
  • Rating. Comfortable to 0oc
  • Pack Size. 20cm x 38cm
  • Cost. $179 regular size
  • Mid-range quality.

Kelty Cosmic 20 sleeping bag
Coleman Raymer

  • Weight. 1.81kg
  • Material.Synthetic.
  • Rating. Comfortable to 5oc
  • Pack Size. 25cm x 40cm
  • Cost. $34.99
  • Low quality.

Coleman Raymer Sleeping Bag

Sleeping BagsPriceWeightPack SizeUse 
Therm-a-Rest Hyperion 32 UL$4690.52kg14cm x 15cmHigh quality
Kelty Cosmic 20$1791.17kg20cm x 38cmMid quality
Coleman Raymer$341.81kg25cm x 40cmLow quality

NeoAir® XTherm

  • Weight. 0.43kg
  • Thickness. 6.3cm
  • R-value. 6.9
  • Pack Size. 23cm x 10cm
  • Cost. $274
  • High quality.

NeoAir® XTherm Sleeping Pad
Klymit Static V2

  • Weight. 0.46kg
  • Thickness. 6.5cm
  • R-value. 1.3
  • Pack Size. 7cm x 20cm
  • Cost. $49
  • Mid to low quality.

Klymit Static V2 Sleeping Pad
Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest SOLite

  • Weight. 0.40kg
  • Thickness. 1.58cm
  • R-value. 2.1
  • Pack Size.20cm x 50cm
  • Cost. $19
  • Basic quality.

Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest SOLite Sleeping Pad

Bags & Mats Pros

  • A comfortable night’s rest.
  • -Warmer when sleeping.
  • Ability to sleep virtually anywhere.

Bags & Mats Cons

  • Some options are bulky.
  • Can be very expensive.
  • Bagsmay be too warm for your travel country.
Sleeping BagsPriceWeightPack SizeUse 
Therm-a-Rest Hyperion 32 UL$4690.52kg14cm x 15cmHigh quality
Kelty Cosmic 20$1791.17kg20cm x 38cmMid quality
Coleman Raymer$341.81kg25cm x 40cmLow quality

Should I Buy Gear Overseas Or Bring It With Me?

In the western world almost every product you get your hands on was built in Asia. This would make you think that those products would be in abundant supply when you get there, and cheaper! Not likely. You aren’t likely to find the Vietnamese lined up at markets to buy $250 sleeping bags and $150 backcountry stoves, but there are options.
Where to buy camping gear in Vietnam? FanFan is the go-to camping shop in Ho Chi Minh, Danang & Hanoi. They have a basic selection of camping gear in band names that you might not have heard of, but will cover your camping needs.
You’ll want to acquire your specialty and high tech equipment at home. If you forgot something or need to source a replacement, there are always options.
Bring From Home

  • Stoves
  • Fancy tents
  • Specialty mats
  • Water filters
  • Exact motorcycle luggage
  • Waterproof & quality flashlights/torches/headlamps
  • Moisture wicking and anti-bacterial clothes
  • Compact hammock with bug netting

Source Overseas

  • Tarps
  • Straps
  • Basic First Aid supplies
  • Standard dry bags
  • Basic flashlights/torches/headlamps
  • Matches & lighters
  • Standard warm or cool weather clothes
  • Standard hammock
Fanfan Camping Store
A glimpse at the Fanfan storefront. If you need basic Camping gear for Vietnam, they’ve got it.

What Type Of Motorcycle Camper Am I?  

I’m going on a camping adventure and trying to decide what type of motorcycle camper I am. If you’re looking to go on a long term trip from 3-weeks to 3-years, quality & weight should win out over price. On a weekend trip or adventures that only come around a couple of times of year, you can usually get away with heavier and cheaper equipment.
 To help you understand how to pack for a motorcycle trip, we have a detailed explanation for dealing with racks and luggage.. However, the best motorcycle for camping won’t make any difference if your loaded down and unbalanced. We don’t recommend having more than 15kgs in added weight strapped to your standard 500cc and under motorcycle. 

 Basic set up for long term travel:

  • Tent: MSR Hubba Hubba NX $559. 1.54kg
  • Bag: Therm-a-Rest Hyperion 32 UL. $469. 0.52kg
  • Pad/Mat: NeoAir® XTherm. $274. 0.43kg
  • Cooking: MSR Dragonfly Stove with 887ml bottle. $163. 0.70kg
  • Total cost $ 1465
  • Total weight 3.19kg

Basic set up for weekend travel:

  • Tent: The North Face Stormbreak 2 $159. 2.33kg
  • Bag: Coleman Raymer. $34. 1.81kg
  • Pad/Mat: Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest SOLite. $19. 0.40kg
  • Cooking: Esbit Ultralight Folding Pocket Stove. $13. 0.18kg
  • Total cost $225
  • Total weight 4.72kg

Above is your basic set up to get you out of town. For excursions into the backcountry you will want to consider taking additional safety and comfort supplies.

Things to Take on a Motorcyle Trip

  • First Aid Kit.
  • Rain gear, warm clothes, cool weather clothes.
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Solar or USB charger on your motorcycle for electronics.
  • Flashlight/Torch/Headlamp.
  • ROK Straps or similar. Good for tying things down, getting firewood, hanging food away from animals. Check out our moto-packing video with Rok Straps.
  • Food & Water.
  • Kitchen items like pots, pans, and utensils.
  • Hard or soft luggage?
  • Pack confidently, but not with too much stuff.

Conclusion. It’s said that you can never be too prepared, this saying might be more harmful than helpful if you’re riding a motorcycle weighed down by an unmanageable amount of luggage. Determine what type of motorcycle adventurer you are going to be and plan accordingly. As you start to expand your global footprint, consider the cost savings and freedom of traveling to Asia. Have a look at bike prices and options in Vietnam to get you started. You’ll never forget an adventure like this.

 

 

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