How do you hide your bike?

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Rev, Oct 10, 2013.

  1. Rev

    Rev Asshole

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    So I've been wondering: To those of you who like to camp off the beaten path, what do you do to make the bike less obvious? I have a blue/silver KLR and while Id like to repaint it a more stealth color, I really like the paint as is.

    Ive been thinking of taking with me a small camo net but even the smallest are pretty bulky to pack. I hammock camp and to a point, I can get the bike under the tarp but theres plenty of times I wont have the tarp up or just dont want the bike under it.

    For fun, heres me camping (car camping at a big camping event I host every year) im on the right

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    my other tarp (no door ends on this one)

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    I know a lot of people just camp way out of the way where no one would look, but times youre near where people can see and you'd rather not be noticed.

    Ideas?
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  2. Walterxr650l

    Walterxr650l Long timer

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    I try to pick my spot as close to dark as practicable. I pick a spot where passing vehicles headlights won't hit me. Once it is dark, if no light hits me , and I show no light, I'm not likely to be seen. At first light I'm gone.

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  3. Rev

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    thats what i do when i camp in the woods on an off ramp...lol
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  4. fredgreen

    fredgreen Proud Canoodian

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    push it over in the long grass.


    Just kidding, but seriously, why hide it, you have a hammock that is obvious to see, just camp as if you are supposed to be there. If confronted, plead ignorance and beg for forgiveness.
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  5. Rev

    Rev Asshole

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    oh thats rule #1....

    the hammock is surprisingly invisible

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    unless its this one...

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    not so stealth!:rofl
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  6. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    Why hide it, put a disk lock on or cable through the wheels and I seriously doubt you'd sleep through someone trying to make off with it. Like others mentioned, if you're on a busy road, don't put it out where every passing car can see it but I doubt you'll be camping (or at least sleeping) on a busy road.
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  7. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Don't worry about it.

    The glow of your IPad gives you away anyway :deal
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  8. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    I sometimes carry a small surplus camo poncho, that I use a quick shelter, a work area and have been known to hide the bike when I'm someplace I shouldn't be. Oh, and I've actually used it as a Poncho as well. With a bunch or paracord with it, It all packs up to about the size of a Fosters Beer can.
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  9. Motopapillon

    Motopapillon Eppur si muove

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    Don't worry about the flashy paintjob on your KLR -- at night what gives it away are the reflective lenses on the lights. When I stealthcamp on my KLR I bring along a 6 x 8 cheapo plastic tarp, in forest green or poop brown, a couple of dollars from any bigbox discount department store. I roll this up tight, wrap it with a rubber strip cut from an inner tube, and since it's about the size of a D battery flashlight I can always find a place to stow it. I use it to tarp the bike if I get rained in for a day or two, as a sacrificial sunscreen on my collapsed tent in the desert, and to drape over the bike to shield. it from passing lights when I prefer my presence go unnoticed.

    As a KLRista, I can sometimes get two, even three seasons out of a singe tarp.
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  10. Rev

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    not the issue here. im saying when you dont want to be seen for....privacy....reasons, how do you hide it?
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  11. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    It seems that many here just don't get what the OP is asking. Hint: It's in the thread title... :lol3

    When I'm stealth camping, I generally find a place that is far enough from any roads that I could even build a camp fire if I need to. I usually find a country dirt/gravel road, and then find small trails that lead off from that. Then I go back plenty far away so that hiding my bike is a non-issue.

    This, however, doesn't always work, since you can't be guaranteed to find just what you're looking for. In this case, I try to find a place that has some natural cover like a briar patch or some other thick vegetation to park behind. Or if there is a small hill or depression that can hide my bike, that works too. I have my bike covered in reflective tape so that other drivers can see me. Unfortunately, when I'm trying to hide my bike, the reflective tape isn't my friend. I always keep a tan kelty tarp in with my tent bag. I've only had to use it to cover my bike once, but it worked very well... Just make sure to let your bike cool before putting the tarp over it! :lol3 I have the smallest size (9 foot) Kelty tarp, and it packs reasonably small.
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  12. eakins

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    good advice, just keep riding deeper but...
    sometimes you just can't be completely hidden. and then who are you hiding from? i guess he could throw a camo tarp over the bike, but in the end if someone is in that area they are gonna see ya. short of laying the bike sideways and doing a military style cover for you and the bike you're still there.

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  13. woodentoy

    woodentoy Been here awhile

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    I think you did a great job hiding it!:evil
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  14. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    You'd be amazed at what people don't see that is right in front of them if they're not looking.
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  15. dutchjohn

    dutchjohn Adventure Touring

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    this is more to keep the rain from puddling in my seat then to hide the bike[​IMG]
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  16. Sniperinhisname

    Sniperinhisname Two Wheeled Coastie

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    3D camo netting is boss, bad picture but it gets the point across

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  17. sweetwater

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    This is exactly how we "stealth camped" off the yellow GS for several seasons. The missus and I usually camped off USFS fire roads, but not always in "designated areas". My goal wasn't to hide, but more to be invisible to the casual passerby. Never got hassled, never any problems. The blue Sierra Designs wasn't very stealthy, but we liked covering the bike with poncho.
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  18. L.B.S.

    L.B.S. Long timer

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    This is a classic: "If you have to ask why, you'll never understand" thing if I've ever seen one, lol.

    Just last week I got a cheap ebay camo bike cover. Not any cool realistic hightech pattern or anything, just your average old fashioned woodland-like deal.

    Who knows why I want it? Still playing army like a kid, I'm loopy, I don't know. People can pick any label that fits their own outlook-I'm ok with that.

    Not for any nefarious purpose or to do illegal things or pretend to be something I'm not. *shrug* I just like it. :D

    The fact that Dad painted the house camoflage when I was a kid, has no bearing on the matter, I'm sure. :rofl

    Thanks for being loopy, Pops :freaky
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  19. tuna101

    tuna101 Been here awhile

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    Here's my bike in full stealth camo, never been hasseled, sometimes I have trouble finding it in the morning.....
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  20. Bbasso

    Bbasso my name is Rob

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    Dark color or even came plastic dip paint the bike. Easy on / off and almost any scheme you desire.
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