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Old 03-30-2016, 11:07 PM   #1
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camping on a non adv bike?

when i get some time in a month or two, i plan to take a trip to enchanted rock for a few days of camping, hiking, and some rock climbing. this will be done on the ninja 250, ideally. anyone have any good moto camping stories/wisdom to share? pics are also welcome
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Old 03-31-2016, 06:12 AM   #2
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Some kind of pad between your sleeping bag and the ground is a good idea.
You didn't say if you are going by yourself but if so, food is a logistic problem when camping. You should give some thought to what you are gonna eat and how you are gonna carry it.
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That picture is funny, but rough as . You can strap as much on a sports bike, as you would on a DP. There are plenty of saddle bags, tank bags, and fender racks available online. Pack lite, most importantly bring a sturdy 'just big enough for you' tent, and plenty of rations. I've read many threads recently of MH members doing the same. Search for those threads and read on. Good luck!

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That picture is funny, but rough as . You can strap as much on a sports bike, as you would on a DP. There are plenty of saddle bags, tank bags, and fender racks available online. Pack lite, most importantly bring a sturdy 'just big enough for you' tent, and plenty of rations. I've read many threads recently of MH members doing the same. Search for those threads and read on. Good luck!

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holy , a canoe on a bike?
and that other pic of a motorcycle encroaching on some trucker's business..
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Just a quick piece of advice as I just ventured up to Enchanted Rock over spring break. It gets so busy up there now that they close the park by 9 am (at least that's the way it was on spring break). You have to call a company called Majesty Wine Tour Expeditions in Fredericksburg which puts you on a van and grants you access to the park. I don't know if it is the same if you go camping there but just plan ahead so you are not screwed.
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whaaaat?! that sounds fairly crappy! thanks for the heads up though.

i'm planning on going either later this month or next month. hopefully this tour bus thing is just for the spring break rush.
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Awww. Niiiice. Super cool to have the memory of camping with only the stuff ur motorcycle can carry.

With that being said...my friend packed an 8person tent while the rest of us had solo tents. It fits!
My sleeping bag crumpled up super small. .like..smaller than a gallon of water.
Bungee, cargo net, packpack- very useful.
My old bike, an 07 zzr, was able to utilize saddle bags so that helped a lot. Funny to have a sportbike with saddle bags, hehe. My zx6 doesnt fit..passenger seat wouldn't shut.
I even had a folding tripod chair.
Dont forget a tire patch kit. We also had a manual airpump n a mini gallon of gas just in case.

I dont think theyll cut the time at 9a on non-holidays. That should be very easy to determine with a call to their office.
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Just strap your on and go man. Here are my last 2 bikes on trips ranging from 3k-6k miles camping the entire way.

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Impressive! And no windscreen.
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Rode out to the hill country this past weekend and the one thing I miss on my Sprint is my tank bag (magnetic mount, I have a plastic tank). If I can get that figured out I'll be set.

I will say that First Gear makes an inexpensive and very decent dry duffel bag that's more than enough for me packing for a full week (which really doesn't need to be any more stuff than a couple of days, especially when camping). Pack the sleeping bag, pad, and pillow (if you want) in a dry compression sack, and the tent roll and sleeping gear come out to about the same width as the duffel. Instead of bungies I like to use lashing straps, but whatever works will be fine. I usually top it all off with a cargo net to hold my rain/cold weather gear right on top, easily accessible.
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when i get some time in a month or two, i plan to take a trip to enchanted rock for a few days of camping, hiking, and some rock climbing. this will be done on the ninja 250, ideally. anyone have any good moto camping stories/wisdom to share? pics are also welcome
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i dont know how a person can live like that. does he live off of retirement and just screw around on his bike as the checks keep coming in? if so, that is awesome.

jae, first gear is ok by me. i got a really nice all weather jacket from them a long time ago. i rode through some of the nastiest and it kept my torso and arms dry and warm. my legs, not so much, lol. i dont remember how much i paid for it, but i know it was cheap.
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Just get a cheap kayaking dry bag from Bass Pro or something. Stuff that full, strap it down, and go. Lightweight backpacking gear is preferable. Steepandcheap.com and campsaver.com always have stuff available at deep discounts. Just need a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and a light source like a headlamp. From there it just depends on how comfortable you want to be and how long you are going to be gone.
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i dont know how a person can live like that. does he live off of retirement and just screw around on his bike as the checks keep coming in? if so, that is awesome.

jae, first gear is ok by me. i got a really nice all weather jacket from them a long time ago. i rode through some of the nastiest and it kept my torso and arms dry and warm. my legs, not so much, lol. i dont remember how much i paid for it, but i know it was cheap.
I thought the same thing when I met him about 5yrs ago. Basically you'd be amazed how little money you need when everything you own fits onto your bike. No debt, no payments other than a cell phone he has and of course bike insurance. He actually makes money working bike rallies at the tire change and tshirt stands. A single week at Lonestar Galveston can easily net 5k and that alone can last him for months. Follow him and read his posts on philosophy. He's an interesting guy who is adamant about NOT begging. A lot of people that first hear of this think this is some druggie who panhandles for a living. He's not at all. No drink, no drugs, no smoke even. Drinks primarily water and occasionally a tea. When he's in TX, I've went and spent about a week traveling with him. It's a really simple life.
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He actually makes money working bike rallies at the tire change and tshirt stands. A single week at Lonestar Galveston can easily net 5k and that alone can last him for months.
So he works for a T-shirt vendor or he IS the T-shirt vendor?

Cuz if a T-shirt vendor will pay me $5,000/wk I may get a new job.

If he IS the vendor then he has more bills/possesions than you indicated.
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So he works for a T-shirt vendor or he IS the T-shirt vendor?

Cuz if a T-shirt vendor will pay me $5,000/wk I may get a new job.

If he IS the vendor then he has more bills/possesions than you indicated.
works FOR the various vendors. When working one rally, often a vendor will ask "hey man, are you goind to be at XYZ, want to help me out there?" If he's there then he will. If not its not a problem. I should also mention this generally includes setup days and takedown days as well as working 14hrs during the rally itself. Still, its surprising how much you can make for a week's work just doing that stuff. Also to mention, sometimes part of the payment will be a new tire(s), parts needed, etc.
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