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post #1 of 18 Old 07-14-2012, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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Going Camping!

Loading up the KLR and going capming! Its going to be about 2 hours of pavement and 3 hours of dirt/fire roads... possibly rutted. Does 20 psi front and rear sound ok for the dirt portion? Recommendations on tire pressure for this type of riding? They are the factory Dunlap's.

Also, any advice on the camping trip is welcome...cool gear, packing ideas, etc. I've camped plenty, but this is the first time on a bike. I've been picking up backpacker type gear to stay light and compact.

Going Tuesday and Wednesday... I'll try to get some pics.
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post #2 of 18 Old 07-14-2012, 07:53 PM
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Take a tube and irons. Lol. I say that because my last camping trip I shredded the rear tube on the way.


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post #3 of 18 Old 07-14-2012, 08:15 PM
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I'd start a little higher than that in the rear, especially with some load on the bike from the camping gear.
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post #4 of 18 Old 07-15-2012, 12:00 AM
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how long you camping for? first aid kit. cell phone. compass map / gps. spare tube AND patches, tire irons. water purification. agree on the tire - just leave it at 30psi if u r loaded up. knife, stove, food, lighter/matches
Im packing too. 17 days with wife in a tent. see how that goes! i have different challanges ...bears, bugs, rain and cool.

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post #5 of 18 Old 07-15-2012, 10:21 AM
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I use a small duffel bag and got a tiny backpacker tent. Make all of that plus a sleeping bag and I tie it up with a bunch of bungees to the stock tail rack and back seat, just enough room to sit but it works and I've been on some pretty rutted/bumpy USFS roads and haven't lost anything yet. I have an expandable tank bag on the front with maps, snacks, camera, etc. too.

I keep the pressure at around 20 psi in the rear and a little less on the front. So far so good.

Here's a pic of how it ends up.
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post #6 of 18 Old 07-15-2012, 03:33 PM
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Don't pack clothes for yourself-wear them.

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post #7 of 18 Old 07-17-2012, 01:50 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice. I head out in the morning. Just one night for the first trip. I put on the giant action packer so I can load lots of stuff. I'll let you know how it goes!
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post #8 of 18 Old 07-17-2012, 09:12 AM
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Good luck.

The more I go, the less I carry, but if I carry huge bags, I'm guaranteed to fill them with stuff I don't need.
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post #9 of 18 Old 07-18-2012, 10:29 AM
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Good luck.

The more I go, the less I carry, but if I carry huge bags, I'm guaranteed to fill them with stuff I don't need.
Ditto! My first couple trips I carried way too much stuff, much of it went unused. Each succeeding roadtrip I carry less and less.
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post #10 of 18 Old 07-18-2012, 04:14 PM
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I agree, on my last two trips I've camped for 4 nights in the high Sierras. It would be in the 90s during the day and down into the 40s at night. Plus things can get a bit ripe on the road so a change of clothes is nice to have.
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