- Motocamping is perfect for minimalist backpacking gear...
too much gear is a no-no! A Beginner's Guide to Motocamping
- Motorcycling is simply backpacking on wheels. If you're on a bike, you need backpacking gear, and if you're backpacking, you need a bike. Of course, there's a lot to add and subtract when combining the two, but that's the gist of it. Let's take a look at the most basic things to get you started.
(The allure of motorcycle travel and camping)
- TThe first step to motorcycle camping is choosing a motorcycle. There's no right answer. If you already have a bike, you don't have to buy a new motorcycle. You can also start with a scooter. If you're in the market for a new bike, think about how far you want to go and whether you want to go on paved or unpaved roads.
If you're looking for something more extreme, you'll want to choose a tourer or cruiser bike with a displacement of 1,300cc or more, or a mountain bike that can handle off-road trails. We recommend joining a club, gathering information, or getting advice from a professional to make sure you choose the right bike for your needs, rather than just making an educated guess.
(Any motorcycle can be used for motocamping accordingly)
- Whether you want to go motocamping or backpacking, the most essential accessory is your backpack. We don"t have to tell you about backpacking, but a backpack is a must for motocamping. This is because you have to carry your most essential items and valuables separately, and you can leave your motorcycle and campsite to go deeper into the mountains or hike for a few hours. I'm a big fan of bushcraft camping combined with motocamping, so I recommend the Builford Wax Canvas Bushcraft Backpack. Their bags are so well-designed and functional that many men use them as daily backpacks.
(Builford Waxed Canvas Bushcraft Backpack)
- The backpack features 10zo-11oz US matexin original waxed canvas and cowhide oiled leather specially crafted in S.Korea. It's lightweight and durable enough to carry a lot of gear, and it benefits from all the features and details that have been in the Builford bags since 2006.
(The original design that Billford has been using since 2006)
- The basis of camping is the living space, or tent. Like backpacking, motorcycling requires a tent that"s lightweight, compact, and quick to set up. Self-supporting alpine tents are portable and easy to set up. They don't require pegs to be driven into the ground, so you don't have to worry about covering the ground with wooden decking or rocks.
Tunnel tents have the advantage of having a full room for cooking and staying dry in the rain. When you go to bed, you can put your bike inside and it makes a great parking spot. The downside is that you have to set up pegs, which limits your space and makes them heavy.
(Small tents for motocamping and bushcraft camping)
- In recent years, inflatable tents have become increasingly popular. They have the advantage of being able to inflate the tent without the need for metal poles, but at around 20 kilograms for one to three people, they are a bit heavy.
- Your choice of sleeping bag should depend on the season you'll be motorcycling in. In summer, a sleeping bag with around 250 grams of filling is enough. However, it"s best to buy a three-season sleeping bag. A three-season sleeping bag can usually be used from March to November, and it's designed to withstand temperatures between -2 and 6 degrees Celsius. The filling should be around 500 grams. If you're going to be motorcycling in winter, it's best to buy a separate winter sleeping bag, but you can also layer a summer sleeping bag over a 3-season sleeping bag, or use a hot pack or sleeping bag liner for extra warmth.
In recent years, synthetic materials such as primaloft have been used as fillers. Compared to natural fillings like duck down or goose down, it's more water-repellent, so it resists water and is cheaper. However, they are heavier than natural fillings with the same cold resistance.
Sleeping bags come in two shapes: square and mummy, but mummy sleeping bags are better for backpacking because they minimize heat loss. Rectangular sleeping bags have the advantage of being able to be unzipped and used as a blanket.
- We recommend mats and self-contained mats. In the cooler months, a self-inflating mat will keep the cold off the ground, while in the summer, a foam mat will do the trick. They're cheaper and much lighter in weight. It's also easy to use on gravelly ground. Best of all, they're easy to roll up and store when you're done, which saves time.
We don't recommend inflatable mats for motorcamping because they're heavy and require you to carry a separate inflator.
- You can use a side-rear bag for your bike that attaches to the back seat, or if your bike comes with a rear carrier by default, you can pack your gear in a rolling bag and secure it with straps. You can also use a bag made of waterproof material. Bulky tents, sleeping bags, etc. can be placed in their own waterproof case and strapped on. Just make sure it's securely fastened so it doesn't fall off the bike. Touring bikes have pannier cases (hard boxes) on either side of the wheels and on the back for a better "stance".
- Since you can only carry so much gear on your bike, you'll want to keep your cooking gear to a minimum. Stoves come in two flavors: liquid-fueled and gas. If you're looking for portability, isobutane stoves are the way to go. If you don't plan on making a big meal, a gas stove that's about the size of your thumb will be the most useful. It's important to consider that the base of the stove is not too small for the size of the coffel.
(Cute gear for emotional camping)
- A two- to three-person koppel made of hard aluminum is fine. If you're traveling alone or are weight conscious, you can opt for a more expensive and lighter titanium one. The choice depends on what kind of food you'll be cooking and eating.
You'll also need a chair and a table. Nowadays, there are a lot of folding options for backpacking, so you just have to find the right one at the right price. A miniature fire pit for staring at the fire is also a good idea. Many of them are detachable or foldable. It's better to use it as a prop for 'emotional camping' rather than a cooking tool.
(Small fire pit for motocamping)
- However, I recommend not carrying too much gear. It's not fun to travel with a lot of stuff. Remember, the less time you spend setting up and taking down your gear, the more time you have to explore and enjoy your bike ride.