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WOW.....what a wealth of information, thanks to all!!


Looking forward to¬*getting into this....I expect to be riding 2up, so guess in order to keep that person happy, will have to see what their basic requests are....may need a basic trailer to help.


Many thanks again, friends!
Wing and a trailer are made for each other I didn't seem to be able to get as much stuff on the Wing, two up, as I could on the FJ.

But with a trailer we had about everything we could need, going round France last year; cool bag trolley thing, two big folding chairs, camping table, decent sized tent, airbed, books, small sketching kit, cooking gear (plates, chopping board, KFS, 'erbs etc.) food, mobile phones (+ chargers), netbook, and etc. some more

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Dusty Boots, You Are the Camping Guru. The advice that you gave me last year was what I utilized for my camping trip and I was extremely comfortable every night spent out camping.

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Hey, NO PROBLEM, Kai !!

Glad that it went well for you both and that hopefully, I turned another one on to the 'Wonderful World of Camping/Outdoors'.

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Dusty is the camping guru, and has more time under a tent fly than just about anyone I know...take his advice to the bank.

One little addition from me: today's gear is so good, so compact, so versatile, that you can two-up camp on just about any bike.... We ride an ST1300, and with a few simple additions, we can stay out 6-8 weeks, and did so this summer. We added some waterproof "canoe" bags to our bike, as you can see below. The bags above the hard cases carry a Wiggy synthetic bag and a Big Agnes blow-up mattress each, and the bag on the small rack behind carries our 4-person Eureka tent (just right for two people!), our ground cloth, and an auxiliary tarp. A small Coleman 533 backpacking stove goes in one of the bags, a pot and utensils in the other, and our clothing, etc...... If you are willing to make some compromises on clothing (mostly cosmetic), I believe you can camp off any bike. Wear synthetic clothing, and wash them out often....

I've considered a trailer, and there are good arguments for them, but deep down in my little primitive biker's brain, I just don't like them. So we go with less.
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I have found that cooking is WAY too much hassle! I either buy pre cooked grub or just eat at a restaurant and have something to munch on.
My woman picked up a 12v. powered french press which is nice for hot coffee in the morning.
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I really can't add anything here,,,,,, Both Guru's (Dusty & CJ)have covered it all. I would only repeat what they have already recommended. I guess you could say I have been one of their students in learning how to camp/tour on the bike. And still learning from them.

Advice I will give ,,,,,,,,,

1. Go light on the amount of clothing you pack,,, my first tour, I had twice too much. There is always a laundrymat along the way.

2. Don't be too cheap,,,,,, when your caught in a down pour or even hail the size of golf balls (happen to me at Mount Rushmore) you'll be glad you spent the money on a good tent.

Same goes with a sleep pad,,,,,, after a long day riding,,,, your body will thank you for the nice soft pad. I use the Big Agnes blow up also, and love it. And I use the small portable pump like this one Coleman Quick Pump : Target,,,,,, they are available at Wal Mart and one set of batteries last a 2 week trip easy.

3. I find this very useful,,,,,,, ChecklistsI print it, and I check off each item as I pack the bike.

Ok,,,,,,,,, so I did add my $.02

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I love this place, I wqant ot quit work and ride and camp and see this great land on 2 wheels. Thanks for all the great info, I can't wait.

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I didn't read all the replies but the wife and I went on our first camping trip last summer. We went with another couple up through the U.P. of Michigan and down through Wisconsin. Spent a couple days at the Dells the headed down to see the son in Iowa then back home. We took a six man tent with a double thickness air mattress, worked good. A couple of blankets and pillows and either sweats or p.j.'s. You'll want to take some quarters too for the showers. I took a pair of sneakers instead of flip flops. They were just the canvas type so they would dry quickly. Other than that we took our usual camping stuffcook stove, coffee pot, a cooler that attached to the front of the trailer. Whatever you end up taking theres plenty of time and opportunity to stop and pick up what you forgot.

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From a guy that camps at the Holiday Inn, this was a great thread. The pictures are great and "almost" gives me the camping bug. But most definitely gives me the touring bug. The highway 41 pic was great too. Don't know what everyone was waiting on, but I would happily wait with them right now.

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