How Long Does it Take to Break Down a Campsite?

Jun 26, 2012 View Comments by

On last fall’s trip to the Pennsylvania Wilds, I timed how long it took to break down my campsite. After several days of doing it, I got pretty fast – it took one minute and eleven seconds! Watch: Ok, I lied. It took much longer than that. My DSLR (Pentax K-5) has a time-lapse mode, […]

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Cooking Handbook for Motorcycle Campers

Jun 11, 2012 View Comments by

If you’ve thought about camp-cooking on a motorcycle trip but decided it was too cumbersome or difficult, you might want to think again. Tina Hansen’s nifty little guide, Cooking Handbook for Motorcycle Campers, is packed full of recipes that are not only healthy and delicious but also quick and easy. The book itself is a […]

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Kelty Cosmic Down 20 Sleeping Bag

Jun 11, 2012 View Comments by

When packing for a moto trip, size is everything. If it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t go. But some things just have to be there, like fuel and a place to sleep on multiday trips. Sure, hotels are everywhere, but many of the roads we take aren’t paved. We escape for a reason. Camping essentials have […]

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ExOfficio Clothing

Jun 10, 2012 View Comments by

Protective gear gets most of the attention when it comes to riding apparel, but there are other clothing items that are nearly as important. Your first layer of clothing, as well as what you wear when the day’s ride is over, have special needs and deserve careful consideration. Ideal clothing for motorcycle touring, and camping […]

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Nemo Astro Sleeping Pad

Jun 10, 2012 View Comments by

Sleeping on the ground no longer has to feel primitive. While bedrolls and inflatable mattresses are good, they’re also bulky. In comparison, Nemo’s top-of-the-line Astro Insulated & Pillowtop sleeping pad is almost like cheating. Boasting a monstrous 2.5-inch profile with lateral baffles (not lengthwise, like a pool raft), plus an additional ¾-inch removable foam pad […]

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Nemo Morpho 1P

Jun 09, 2012 View Comments by

Touring on a scooter? You need to pack small. New Hampshire–based Nemo has a pole-less, nonfreestanding tent system supported by a pair of arching airbeams. Nemo’s Morpho 1P uses their AirSupported Technology (AST) to create a tent that packs light and small—about the size of a pair of shoes. Weight-saving single-wall construction and mesh panels […]

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Camping in Morro Bay

Apr 29, 2012 View Comments by

In December my riding buddy Peter proposed that the BMW Club of Southern California set-up a three-day camping trip to Morro Bay State Park. A number of the club members were enthusiastic about the idea, but since the trip was planned for the middle of January, we were a little concerned about the weather. As […]

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The Joys of Camping: Choosing a Campsite

Feb 18, 2012 View Comments by

I don’t have a problem with nice company. But when traveling by myself on a bike, I love the “get away from it all” feeling of wild campsites. No RV generators, no cell phones, preferably no noise at all, apart from nature sounds like creeks or birds. Location is important. I always look for great […]

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The Joys of Camping – Possum Stew

Oct 10, 2011 View Comments by

For those of you anticipating the disclosure of a recipe for preparing the bird-feeder pilfering marsupial known as the opossum, I regret to inform you that this article contains none. You have been duped, as the title is simply a cheap trick designed to attract your attention to this page. I’m sorry to have resorted […]

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The Joys of Camping Honey – I Shrunk Our Stuff

Jul 23, 2011 View Comments by

My campground neighbors must have enjoyed the show, watching the idiot, yours truly, wander over to a small coffee pot sitting on the ground, lift the lid, and peer into it every couple of minutes. They were probably somewhat bewildered as I poured steaming water into two cups, brewing some Starbucks instant coffee for my […]

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Large MotoFizz Camping Seat Bag

Jul 12, 2011 View Comments by

Loading camping gear onto a motorcycle is a challenging task. The standard routine involves stuffing all bag to capacity then securing them with various straps and nets. This task can be made easier, however, thanks to the Large MotoFizz Camping Seat Bag, available exclusively at Aerostich/Riderwearhouse. Measuring 14 inches deep, 14 inches tall and 21 […]

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The Joys of Camping – Packing Like Quigley

Jun 02, 2011 View Comments by

It’s funny how the mind files insignificant bits of information away, sometimes to be retrieved decades later for the strangest reason. I once watched a movie called Quigley Down Under, a Western set in Australia starring Tom Selleck as Matt Quigley. One scene shows Quigley packing for a trip into the Outback by assembling a […]

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The Joys of Camping – Picking a Site, Sight Unseen

Mar 23, 2011 View Comments by

Lyrics of Foreigner’s “Feels Like the First Time” were bouncing around in my head, compliments of my cerebral sound system, as I rode south toward the Ohio/West Virginia border one evening in August, 1983. A fitting occasion for the song, I thought, as this was my first out-of-state motorcycle camping trip. My Friday evening ride […]

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The Joys of Camping – The Romance and the Reality

Jan 24, 2011 View Comments by

The late afternoon sunlight lay scattered like shards of glass on the forest floor, as I knelt over the glowing coals to check on my dinner’s progress. I was at a heavily wooded walk-in campsite for the weekend, and my secluded site seemed a world away from the row of RVs and campers, a short […]

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(Too) Close to Nature

Oct 22, 2010 View Comments by

One of the benefits of camping, on a motorcycle or otherwise, is the opportunity to get a bit more up close and personal than usual with nature. While this is usually a good thing, sometimes it backfires and leads to some interesting encounters. On what I  believe was my first motorcycle camping trip, which was […]

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