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Old 06-10-2012, 09:22 AM   #31
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The Jet Boil works beautifully. Bring two fuel cannisters and buy a new one when one runs out.

A motel/hotel stop in the middle of the trip will ensure she can clean up to her satisfaction, do her toenails, etc... Definitely improves morale.
Do you go with the smaller canisters?

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Old 06-10-2012, 10:12 AM   #32
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One last question....what kind of chairs do you pack?, especially those of you who've written that they fit in the side cases??

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We have Big Agnes sleeping bags, so we use the Big Agnes chair kit. It uses the Big Agnes sleep pad for the chair:
https://www.bigagnes.com/Products/De...igEasyChairKit

The chair kits fit into the dry bags, which hold all of our camping gear.

Kermit chairs get a lot of love from the inmates here. Haven't tried them myself, so I don't know if they fit into side cases or not:
http://www.kermitchair.com/
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Old 06-10-2012, 03:37 PM   #33
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Here is my setup for a four day camping trip riding two up.


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Left box has; tool kit, four season tent, tarp and other odds and ends
Left dry bag has ; two thermarest mats, tent pole's, two sets of rain gear (BMW pro rain 3, very good)
Right box has; bag for our clothes
Right dry bag has; two mummy sleeping bags
Top box has; food (dry/dehydrated), cooker, nesting pots, two water bottles, sundry cooking utensils
Tank bag; hygiene needs, camera, etc.
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Old 06-10-2012, 04:22 PM   #34
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I know its not a real popular option, but an alky stove, like shady rascal sells, is usually my carry choice if complex cooking isnt required.

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Great advice everyone! I love it. And the motel v camping thread rages on. My ex and I used to camp and motel it. There were several trips where we eventually just shipped all the camping gear home. This was because we were moving nearly every day, and it's a pain to pull up stakes, pack and re pack on a daily basis.

This trip will involve staying in two places, each for about 5-6 days. Should be better.

Lots of great advice, and I really appreciate the detailed thoughts you've posted. I think the only thing I actually need to purchase is a small camp stove-I'm thinking a Jet Boil (pricy but compact) for that necessary tea and coffee in the a.m..

One last question....what kind of chairs do you pack?, especially those of you who've written that they fit in the side cases??

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Old 06-10-2012, 07:39 PM   #35
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Do you go with the smaller canisters?

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Yes, typically. They last 3-4 days each.
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:56 PM   #36
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Many thanks!

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Old 06-11-2012, 06:10 AM   #37
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I love these tank panniers - all the soft stuff - cover - ground cloth - tent goes in - doubles as fall protection, wind protection and a radar mount. Have cup holders at the ready and add a lot of room. Enjoy your trip

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Old 06-11-2012, 06:22 AM   #38
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You def. have everything covered...I'd considered the saddlebags as well. BTW, where does your passenger sit?

Thanks for the photo!

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Old 06-11-2012, 06:28 AM   #39
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BTW, where does your passenger sit?
I pull a rear seat out of a hat and move the bag to the top of a pannier
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:51 AM   #40
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I really appreciate all the pics....this weekend I'll be pulling everything out, and practicing packing it all in. My experience with packing that it is a work in progress, and it changes every time!

The goal is to make this a safe, fun ride for a person who has never taken a camping trip from a motorcycle platform!


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Old 06-12-2012, 11:14 PM   #41
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If you two are still friends after this trip....marry her immediately.

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Old 06-18-2012, 09:42 AM   #42
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For two-up camping, as others have commented, I allocate one sidebag each to personal items. Left mine, right to passenger. The camping gear goes into a U-bag that fits over the saddlebags and across the rear rack. Very useful for bulky but light weight camping items. Easy to pack and access while stopped. And, it provides a comfortable combination backrest/armrest "chair" for the passenger.

Here's my daughter along for the ride on a 14-day camping trip around the western states:


We typically do 3-4 nights camping then one in a hotel.

Have a great ride!!
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:29 AM   #43
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i second the U-pack

great for holding gear and passenger
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:35 PM   #44
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You didn't mention where you were headed in your original post so I'm going to assume you're going to be in nice weather. The Western Mountaineering Mitylight Sleeping Bag with the Summer Coupler and Thermarest Ultralight pads packs down very,very small and allows you to sleep right next to each other. The Black Diamond Lighthouse tent packs down tiny and Breathes very well but may not be as waterproof as a double wall or laminated single wall but if there's a chance of rain I'd go with a cabin or motel as I'm sure you'd be uncomfortable no matter which tent. Those two items alone will save you quite a bit of space over most standard gear. Jetboil is good but I prefer the MSR Windpro stove because it's more stable and nesting it in a pot with some other stuff (bowls, lighter, utensils, rope) saves space. Campmor has the Byer tripod stool that also packs down pretty small. And I like the Ex Officio clothing for off the bike because it's light, packs small and is easy to care for. Other than that it's base layers and personal kit. Since you're going to be doing the KOA's and such you won't need backcountry gear so go as light as you can and enjoy the ride.
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:35 PM   #45
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camp chair

There is a pretty new camp chair out now called the Helinox , or something like that. Small, lightweight, strong, simple.
Looks really promising.
I saw them at the BMW RA Rally held in Copper Mountain, CO this last weekend.
The Full Throttle Camping guys had them displayed. They sold all of them that they brought!
Supposedly they are made by the guys that make all the tent poles for the BA tents.
I'm a Kermit Chair guy (6'5" 255) ........... but I think I'm going to get one of these for my birthday.
It would be worth a google search.

Be sure to use proper fitting compression bags for your sleeping bags, and use the smallest inflatable pads ( ExPed, Big Agnes, etc.) that you are comfortable on. (ABCs of packing ..... C = compression)

You two have a great trip!
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