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post #1 of 8 Old 06-02-2008, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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How many of you guys camp on motorcycle?
What's your favorite tent/sleeping bag/campfire beverage?
Any campfire cooks out there??
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-02-2008, 09:46 PM
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This is my usual setup. I love to cook and will set camp early so I can relax, cook a "one pot" wonder and settle back with a cool one as the sun sets and the fire warms.
One of my breakfast tricks is to combine oatmeal, sugar, salt and non-dairy creamer in individual serving ziplocks. Boil up some water, dump one bag in and simmer 5 minutes. Of course fresh brewed coffee follows.


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post #3 of 8 Old 06-02-2008, 10:01 PM
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I do a fair amount of camping of off my bikes. kay comes along most of the time and sometimes I'm solo.
When I'm solo I use the Exponent tent by coleman


When Kays along we use an XPG fron Cabellas

when I'm solo I usually fix backpacking meals,coffee,and make hot water on an MSR Pocket stove

I carry a Katadin water purifier with replacable filters (good for 200gallons each) and some Nalgien water bottles.

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Fantastic!!
Last year I discovered camping while not in a campground, taking it as primative on a bike as I can.. I first tried it at a buddy's property, just pulling in and setting up.. I'd been on the bike for a couple days and actually cleaned up with hot water from my campstove, while making a nice fire from a bunch of dead branches..
I made cowboy coffee in the morning, too!!

I had my buddy's dead VW MicroCamper for company and woke to the sound of deer snorting (I guess they didn't like me camping there)




Since I didn't haul much in, I didn't have much to clean up.. I had a blast, too!!!

This year I'm planning on wandering and stopping in the middle of nowhere and asking a local landowner for permission to camp.. Double A and I, and a few others are headed to the U.P. of Michigan to do some wilderness camping this summer, too..

Campgrounds are fun, but I'm trying to find that perfect spot that doesn't involve a campground.
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post #5 of 8 Old 06-02-2008, 10:26 PM
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Looking at your photo's makes me want to get out and camp...

I "never" use campgrounds. Personal choice for me... if I wanted to be outside and listen to other folks carry-on, I'd just stay in my backyard and save the gas. That's mainly why I have the KLR... it gets me away from the crowds and into areas like this to set camp.


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One of the things I like about motorcycle camping is the availability of sites.AKA stealth camping.Here are a couple pics of stealth camps
Along an edge of a mountain field in Maryland

Sunset that evening

This site was a grown up right of way for a power line.just jumped up off of the road out of site of a very rural highway

I couldn't find the one where I camped along a small river in Maine.I had jumped of the road and over the bank down to the river about 200 yds and camped for the night.around 2am I had a visitor that wouldn't go away without some persuasion.Couldn't see very well with my headlamp,but it was either an otter or weasel raising hell that I was in his territory.After about 2 to 3 minutes he finally went over the bank and back into the river. Stealth camping always adds that frontier element

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Looks like we all have the same attitude.
I don't mind small campgrounds in the middle of the week, when nobody's there, but I really enjoy "steath camping", and plan to do more and more of it in the future.. I've been camping since I was a kid, and I progressed into motorcycle camping as soon as I got a bike at 16.. Now at 42, I'm enjoying it more than ever!!!

Please feel free to toss as many pics and suggestions (and stories, too) onto the pages.. I have a hunch this topic will grow all summer long.
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Yeah, campgrounds suck! Actually, campgrounds are kick ass... it's the people that frequent campgrounds that I can't stand. Most are loud obnoxious people who don't have any camping ethics. Notice I said "Most" not all, I don't want to start any war with those who aren't this way.

It's actually quite the irony... the people who frequent campgrounds are the people who should really be seeking out their own solitude locations because nobody else wants to deal with them, their noise or their garbage. And the people who seek out solitude are usually the people you'd want in a campground. They are usually quiet, respectful of others and the environment, friendly and clean up their trash and others.

I've migrated to hammock camping. Hennessy makes one hell of a camping hammock and it's just as though you are sleeping on air. Once you go hammock, you don't go back.

http://hennessyhammock.com/
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