Camping isn’t just for people with SUVs or RVs, and camping on your motorcycle is not only possible, but incredibly fun. However, before heading out, there are a few things to get in order first so that your trip is as easy and enjoyable as possible.
You’re not going to get far without gear, and saddlebags are a must-have if you are planning on going camping on your motorcycle. While they are one of the most common motorcycle accessories, if you currently don’t have any, you’ll want to decide whether hard cases or soft bags are better for you. You may also want to invest in a lift to make installation easier. Lifts should always weigh at least twice as much as your bike. For instance, a Harley Davidson Road Glide weighs in at almost 900 pounds, meaning a larger lift is necessary, while a Honda Monkey weighs barely 200. Although saddlebags can be installed without a lift, it can make the process easier.
2. A Motorcycle Lock
Although it’s unlikely that someone will try to steal your bike while you’re camping, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Motorcycle locks are compact motorcycle accessories and they will fit easily into your backpack. A simple disc lock is all you’ll really need, and it can give you peace of mind when you park your bike to set up camp.
3. A Compact Tent and Sleeping Bag
Believe it or not, there are some saddlebag friendly tents that can collapse easily for hassle-free transport. Although you’re not going to be transporting a family-sized tent, a two-person tent is usually all you will need, and you’ll want to make sure it is rated for the climate you’ll be camping in. Additionally, you’ll also want a small sleeping bag that is able to be rolled up and fastened to a backpack or stowed in a saddlebag.
4. Helmet Bluetooth Speakers
Whether you want to jam out or talk to buddies you’re riding with, Bluetooth helmet speakers can be great when heading out on a camping trip. Speakers like this can allow you to control everything hands-free, which isn’t just convenient, but it can make your ride a lot safer. If you’re using GPS on your phone, it can also allow you to hear directions without needing to look at your phone, which can make your ride a lot easier.
If you are an avid motorcyclist and you want to take your bike with you on a camping trip, these are just some of the essentials and motorcycle accessories that you’ll need. While it may require a bit more planning than loading up an RV, camping on your motorcycle can make for an unforgettable trip that you’ll want to take again and again.