When it comes to adventure motorcycle gear, some things are worth paying more for: your helmet, boots, and riding gear isn’t something you want to be cheap about. On the other hand, stuff like your camping and cooking gear, clothing, and some farkles, do not need to be high-end.
Here is some cheap ADV gear that works.
Tents and Sleeping Pads
It’s totally understandable if you don’t want to part with $900 for a Hilleberg tent: that stuff is cool, but if you’re not riding to the North Pole or Everest Base Camp, you’ll be just fine with something more economical. This Big Agnes tent costs four times less but works just as well!
The same goes for sleeping pads. Sure, getting the best and the lightest will provide more comfort and take up less space, but something like this $39 ultralight sleeping pad is actually more than enough for most motorcycle camping trips.
Preparing your own meals is a great way to save costs and make sure you’re eating healthy. Kylie’s article on assembling a solid cooking kit is a great way to start putting your own together. However, you don’t need to shell out hundreds of dollars for this.
I have had this basic camping stove for years now, and it still works great. Gas canisters for it are usually cheap and easy to find both domestically and abroad. Some people may prefer fuel or multi-fuel stoves, though, but even then, you can get a multi-fuel burner for less than $60.
There is a wide variety of camping pots, plates, and utensils available, and it’s up to you to pick what you need most. However, this basic kit is a great option to start out with.
Base Layers, Socks, and Gloves
Base layers are amazing at wicking moisture and keeping your body temperature optimal, regardless of weather. But this stuff doesn’t have to be expensive: this Under Armor base layer works very well in any climate conditions.
When it comes to socks, moisture wicking is the most important factor, especially if you are wearing motocross boots. If you aren’t competing in the Dakar rally, something like this is usually more than enough!