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Old 04-05-2016, 01:24 PM   #21
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Sweet. I couldn't live that way but it does have a certain appeal.

I just like having toys too much. Things like TV, air conditioning, guns and motorcycles are worth getting out of bed every morning to me.
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and the little things, like having an actual bed
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and the little things, like having an actual bed
ohh yeah! And a warm place to take a !!
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A camping hammock tent works great. They take up little room and keep you off the ground. You only need two trees within a reasonable distance.
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A camping hammock tent works great. They take up little room and keep you off the ground. You only need two trees within a reasonable distance.
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agreed. I haven't tried hammock camping yet, but one thing I did was to make sure my lashing straps (with which I secure my gear to my bike) will double as tree straps. I've read (and watched on youtube) how to make a rain fly out of plastic painter's drop cloth and duct tape, which means you can make effective rain protection for under $5. Unfortunately, the only times I've tried actually sleeping out in the hammock (in my back yard) it was down in the 40's overnight and I definitely missed the thermal protection the ground offered. I think it would be really easy to get a pair of extra long sleeping bags and zip them together such that one could be used as an under-quilt with the other over you, providing pretty decent thermal protection. The other option I've seen is to use that lightweight foil-backed air-bubble stuff under your sleeping bag inside the tent to act as a barrier. Seems the downside to this is that it's slippery and makes it difficult to actually stay in a comfortable position.
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... He's not at all. No drink, no drugs, no smoke even. Drinks primarily water and occasionally a tea...
yep, alcohol and smokes get surprisingly expensive, and would completely change the amount of money one would require.
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agreed. I haven't tried hammock camping yet, but one thing I did was to make sure my lashing straps (with which I secure my gear to my bike) will double as tree straps. I've read (and watched on youtube) how to make a rain fly out of plastic painter's drop cloth and duct tape, which means you can make effective rain protection for under $5. Unfortunately, the only times I've tried actually sleeping out in the hammock (in my back yard) it was down in the 40's overnight and I definitely missed the thermal protection the ground offered. I think it would be really easy to get a pair of extra long sleeping bags and zip them together such that one could be used as an under-quilt with the other over you, providing pretty decent thermal protection. The other option I've seen is to use that lightweight foil-backed air-bubble stuff under your sleeping bag inside the tent to act as a barrier. Seems the downside to this is that it's slippery and makes it difficult to actually stay in a comfortable position.
Personally I would have trouble sleeping on my back all night. I can nap in a hammock on a cool summer day after a few beers but getting a solid nights sleep is another story. Also with this you're kind of limited as to where you can sleep. Surprisingly enough, two trees/poles a certain distance apart isn't always available.
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Personally I would have trouble sleeping on my back all night. I can nap in a hammock on a cool summer day after a few beers but getting a solid nights sleep is another story. Also with this you're kind of limited as to where you can sleep. Surprisingly enough, two trees/poles a certain distance apart isn't always available.
True, but one is usually available and it's not usually too hard to improvise a second... at least if you ride a Ural you've always got the second one. But I've seen a guy successfully set one up using a couple of 5' poles with a section of rope and 6 tent pegs, but he was using a net thing with the pegs he specifically designed for that purpose. All comes down to experimenting before-hand so that you're ready when you hit the road.
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Another problem with hammock camping is bugs. They do make mosquito nets but that doesn't stop creepy crawlers from getting into your gear or shoes if they are on the ground. By the time you set up a hammock, tarp, and mosquito net you might as well have brought a tent. Hammocks are good backup in my opinion. If it is a nice night without too many skeeters you can't beat how easy packing one up in the morning is. Never underestimate how much packing and unpacking your bike everyday sucks. Using a hammock will save a bunch of time.
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I have a one man backpack tent that will hold me and my gear. Takes about 3 minutes to set up and take down. Keeps the rain and bugs out.
Just gotta have some sort of cushion cuz the ground is seldom flat or soft enough to sleep well.
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Just throw a tent in your backpack man lol it'll fit. :P
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lol. i have a little one person tent that packs down to about the size of a 1980's cell phone.
it will definitely bungee to the bike, but i dont know about fitting in the backpack. my sleeping back packs down to the size of a cornish game hen. i will need to carry some food in the backpack and water. i think i'll want to get some panniers and stuff some water in there. a washed out gallon milk jug makes a great collapseable water jug, as long as you get the screw on lid.

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I got a camelback brand backpack at one point on sale that I use if I need one on the bike. It's got a side pocket specifically for a 1.5L (or so) water pack and the hose routes through the pack to come out down one of the straps. It's also got a waist belt and the clips that hold the straps together across your chest. Camel back (or similar) is a life saver if doing any long distance riding in the warmer months.
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lol. i have a little one person tent that packs down to about the size of a 1980's cell phone.
it will definitely bungee to the bike, but i dont know about fitting in the backpack. my sleeping back packs down to the size of a cornish game hen. i will need to carry some food in the backpack and water. i think i'll want to get some panniers and stuff some water in there. a washed out gallon milk jug makes a great collapseable water jug, as long as you get the screw on lid.
If you're inside of a tent you really don't "need" a sleeping bag. At least not in TX during any time other than winter. Just trying to help you lighten your load. That's one thing Scotty taught me is that you really don't need as much as you initially think.
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So this means you now have a running motorcycle? If so congrats it was tough seeing all the builds go south.
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Just go browse ride reports over on ADV.....there is a camping thread or 900 too
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