let's see a picture of your camping setup and how it all fits on your bike... please

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by ClearwaterBMW, Jun 8, 2007.

  1. sebnad

    sebnad Adventurer

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    Ok so from what I understand this thread is only to put some picture of our camping setup on our bike and not to discuss about the actual equipment. If that is the case, maybe the thread isn't in the good section; maybe it should be placed in the picture section 'cause I don't see the purpose of being in the equipment section if we're not suppose to talk about equipment. It would be less confusing that way for newbie like me. Right now, from what I understand there's a lot of way that this thread can go and have been going (and from my point of view none is wrong): could be only picture, discussion about bags, luggage, rack and also every piece of equipment.
  2. marchyman

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    How about if I post a picture of my pillow set-up on my bike? :poser

    Posted elsewhere on the forum but repeated here to get back on topic for those that find pillow talk upsetting. :evil

    this is "on the bike" including food and beer for the first night.

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    and this is partially set up. Didn't feel the need to set up the tarp this trip and it was too early to set up for dinner.

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  3. marchyman

    marchyman Cam Killer

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    I don't remember if I posted this on this thread or not. If its a dup skip on by to the next post.

    Time lapse of setting up camp on my previous bike.

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  4. Ladybug0048

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    What are you using for tank panniers?
  5. marchyman

    marchyman Cam Killer

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  6. rbrhsv

    rbrhsv AR Adventure Rider

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    The photo below shows my touring setup for the eastern section of the Trans-America Trail on my DL650.

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    I have the "factory" TraX boxes that were part of the "Adventure" package.
    To this I have added a "Trial" tank bag with Quick-Lock from Twisted Throttle.
    Normally I have a hard box on the rear rack. But for camping (and off-road) I remove the hard box and substitute a dry bag (also from Twisted Throttle.)
    In the dry bag I have my sleeping bag and pad, tent fly, tent, poles and stakes, an 8 x 10 nylon tarp, and my rain gear. I pack the gear in that exact order so I can get at my rain gear and so I can set up camp efficiently without having to dig under anything.

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    As an added advantage, I don't touch anything in this duffel if/when I stop in a motel for the night. The TraX boxes are locked to the bike. I also loop a cable through the dry bag straps and lock it to the bike. Then everything is hidden by a bike cover overnight. Makes repacking in the morning a lot faster.:clap

    PS. Here is the link to the eastern TAT ride report.
  7. rbrhsv

    rbrhsv AR Adventure Rider

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    I should also add how I packed my gear:

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    My theory with the top duffel bag also emphasizes keeping the weight as low as possible. All the stuff in my top duffel is pretty light (sleeping bag, tent, etc.)
    The heavy stuff goes in the BOTTOM of the side panniers: extra quart of oil, stove, and tool bag. On top of these items goes my extra clothes and food bag. The food and tools are on one side; the stove and clothes on the other so there is NO chance of gas fumes contacting my food.
    PS. My stove is an old Coleman that uses unleaded gas = extra bike fuel in an emergency. I don't waste space or weight with disposable fuel canisters.
    PPS. The "tool tube" inside my left pannier holds my tire plug kit, siphon hose, gloves, shop rags, and a 1-liter fuel bottle. The tie down straps around the side boxes are "belt and suspenders" insurance. Why waste space storing these straps inside the boxes? (Also very helpful in case you get sideswiped - see below!)

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  8. Rango

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    My ideal is to pack stuff in a blanket and sling that around my back. I'm still far from there.
    The horsie needs spares and tools; the monkey needs something for cold and wet. But it remains simple and economic, nothing special.

    To see how people can pack an ample amount of civilization on a bike is awesome on occasion and mighty educational. No harm there.
    :freaky
  9. drdubb

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    Each of us gas our own level of needs. When I was a young man, I could get by with little, but as my bones age and ache, I prefer a little more comfort.

    It's not so much what we carry when we go, it's just that we go.

    Still trying to figure out where to put the tea service.
  10. marchyman

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    :norton

    You pack the way you like and we'll pack the way we like.

    The "need" question is bogus. Do I need to take a tarp. Nope. Half the time it's not deployed, but when it is I'm happy to have it. Do I need to take a water filtering system? Nope, but it is nice to to have an unlimited water supply when camped next to a stream. Sure, I could just boil the water, but then I run into an actual need... fuel to run the stove.

    In short... STFU. It's not like we're making you carry our stuff.
  11. MKJ

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    Why do you feel I'm talking to you? Are you the one with the picnic table? Angry? Oh, I guess I forgot to put my smiley face on my post. How offensive that must be for some.
  12. marchyman

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    Who you're talking to is irrelevant. Why do you feel the "need" to judge what other people take? :ear

    Take what you want for your ride. Don't judge what others take for their ride.
  13. MKJ

    MKJ Married w/ Children

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    You were the only person to respond to my comment, so I assumed there was some association. I feel in a free country on an open forum, I may express myself as I choose, just as others are here. I'm judging no one, simply stating an opinion. Do you have a problem with me exercising that freedom?
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    jspringator Been here awhile

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    I love that Bigdog utube. I never take anything made out of cotton anymore!
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    mouthfulloflake Not afraid

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    a real man would only take a loin cloth, and a knife made of stone, and make everything else he needed.


    :rofl
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    Yep, life is much better on the bike without the cotton, and I also got that from his vid lol.
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    I can't seem to find it. Does BigDog have a you tube channel? I love his travels and web page.
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    If you needed someone else to verify that your comment was condescending then I'll be happy to oblige you. You have the right to your opinion, just don't be surprised when your demeaning opinions create a kickback from the crowd.