Perhaps the most versatile piece of m/c camping gear that I have is a tarp. The one that I have is old REI model called a 10' Wing. A catenary tarp is easier to set up but just about any kind of tarp can do the same thing. In preparation for my Alaska trip this June, I set the tarp up in my front yard to try out a mosquito netting that I had just bought and took some pictures to share. The tarp (4.5 lbs) and the netting (1 lb) Setting up a tarp the first time requires a little trial and error, but once you have the peg placements and initial guyline lengths, it's much easier from then on. Stake the tarp out on the ground... Place a pole at one end... Place the other pole and adjust the guys... Figure 9 tensioners make adjusting easy... Add a mosquito netting and you have a nice skeeter-free area to cook and relax... This tarp is just big enough to park my bike under, good for setting up camp in the rain... It was getting late so I haven't shown my tent but you just erect your tent with the opening under the tarp for the ultimate vestibule. Lot's of setup scenarios using your tent, bike, trees as anchor points. Set the tarp up over a picnic table. Love my tarp.