Any Tent Recommendations for the Burgman Rider ? Packing tips for transport ?
I misread the title of the thread.
But other than that, it is a good topic anyway. I am in the market for a new tent. Trying to decide a two or three person. Like a lot of others, I recall the GP tiny we used to carry so many years ago in the Army. Trying to avoid anything that reminds of those tents in any way.
Thanks Burgermiester ,DarisParkar finding hammock suspension points is not always a problem, take them with you...
Your timing could not have been better, my friend. I have been giving serious thought to motocamping starting with this riding season. I already bought a lightweight sleeping bag and pad, and needed to start figuring out the rest, starting with the tent. THANK YOU for all the time you put into writing up this post!I've seen others use a hammock or cot tent setup. That is true that you really need to have a few trees situated just right to use the hammock. And all cots I've seen pack large.
I use an Alps Mountaineering 2 person tent. I very much prefer any tent that has 2 cross points for the main poles at least. Much more secure in windy/stormy weather than the more common Dome tents. Not that I want to go through that kind of weather but if you camp you will at some point. Mine is a 2 person tent but there is a 3 person version as well as an outfitter 3 person that is heavier duty construction. My tent packs down to 6 inches x 20 inches. Mine has enough room for just me in my sleeping bag on a 2.75 inch self inflating mattress (Teton Sports, 25 inch wide x 72 inch long). With my mattress I don't feel the ground at all and it is well insulated. Getting older I don't get up or down as easily as I used to but I find I have no problem when I roll onto my knees and stand from there.
On Amazon the price is a bit high right now. I bought mine for $112.
The 3 person tent:
And the outfitter version:
Here are a few photos as well of my setup and how I pack it. I did also buy the "footprint" for this tent since it has a NON-rectangular floor. And that 3rd pole across the middle really increases the interior space a lot. I have not used the tarp in the last few years unless I expect some rain. Oh, and how do you like my "clothesline"?
I use 3 dry bags held on with Rox straps (better than bungee cords). Under the seat are food, tools, extra shoes, and misc stuff that I have found comes in handy. In the big yellow dry bag goes almost all things that go inside my tent (clothes, sleeping bag, bath kit, etc). I have a long skinny blue/black dry bag (top rear on the scoot) that holds my sleeping pad. And a smaller black dry bag for my tent and tarp and poles. I keep my tent and tarp separate from anything else since if it does rain I don't get anything else wet. Plus when I set up if it happens to be raining I can get the tarp out first without exposing anything else to the rain. Did that once in the last 18 years of camping, set up the tarp first in the rain and then set up the tent under the tarp and put everything else into it keeping it all dry thanks to the dry bags. Oh, and the white dry bag in the step through is for rain suit and extra riding gear (liners and gloves, etc).
BTW - NEVER keep any food/snacks/smelly stuff (other than your feet) in or very near your tent/hammock/cot tent. I did once have a raccoon try to make off with my food supply kept in a durable plastic container. It didn't want to give up trying to open it until I poked my head out of my tent and yelled at it. If that was even inside the vestibule of my tent that coon would have been in there trying for it. I'd rather not cozy up to close to a coon. So I now keep my food under the seat of my Burgman where there is a seal that (mostly) prevents it from attracting the wrong kind of tent-mates.