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. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    Nice.
    I rode for a week with UlyBrad who runs a dirt bike school. I really learned a lot. I'd like to take a class or two.
  2. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie Supporter

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    Two real good ones:

    https://jimmylewisoffroad.com/

    https://motoventures.com/

    JLR is in Pahrump, usually has a one or two days class during the ADV Pahrump rally in November.

    Motoventures, we used their bikes and gear.

    I've said it many times, I learned so much at each school I attended.

    I also did a MSF dirt bike school at the Honda Training Center.

    One of the most amazing results of training was the JLR adventure bike school on my 1150 Adventure. I went out there using my low saddle. When I got home from that school I sold the low saddle and went back to the OEM saddle that was much more comfy.
    That was due to the confidence I gained in riding that big, heavy and tall bike in training.

    Learning the correct techniques and drills on a smaller bike is great to begin. Then learning them on the big bike you actually ride is nothing short of amazing.
    It is a lot of work. When I was really into it, I would go out to a dry lakebed about a hundred miles from where I lived about twice a month and practice all day.
    It is hot, tedious, boring and I was always sore after. Much like practicing blues licks on a guitar. You practice until you are too tired to continue.

    Next time I do the JLR school, I'll ride out there on my 990, but rent one of his EXC's. :deal
    I'm old enough to appreciate the lighter weight. And cheap enough not to buy a little bike and truck to haul it around. Plus I have no space for such things anymore.
    Every time I have taken the JLR school I have learned more and gotten better. I still hate sand and likely always will. But, I can ride it with the bike loaded up with camping gear on worn out Tourances and not fall, so I count that as a big win.

    Both schools operate in winter, so a good way to go. Drive or fly/drive down and rent a bike.
    Best money I ever spent on training of any sort.
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  3. nixter

    nixter Adventurer

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    My camping setup on the new bike. Tent, cot, pad, sleeping bag, pillow, chair, hatchet, speaker, all in the North Face bag. Clothes, toiletries, jetboil, food packs, etc in the upper bag. Held down with Rok straps. IMG_20190501_230943.jpg IMG_20190504_200624.jpg
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  4. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    Good post. All except the riding 100 miles to the practice area. :lol3

    I play guitar most every day, but sometimes I'll play for 10 or 12 hours at a stretch, and yeah I can feel it!
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  5. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie Supporter

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    I live a half mile walk from the beach, so it is a give and take. The dry lake feels and looks like a landfill. The beach?
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  6. Siorc

    Siorc Tiger Shark Supporter

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    I've seen you do a wheelie on a fully loaded bike in the middle of a camping trip! :rofl
  7. Tall Man

    Tall Man Priest, Temple of Syrinx

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    Not the best pic, but: Wolfman Expedition dry saddlebags, and a generic dry duffel on top that is secured with Rok straps. The bags are mounted on Tom's superlative Moto-Racks. (Sadly unavailable since his accident in Sept. 2016.)

    Also used on this trip were Wolfie's accessory bottle holsters. Each saddlebag can accept two holsters, thus giving the rider the ability to carry four spare quarts (~4 liters) of Go Juice.

    Just tested in day-long wet. If only my "waterproof" textile pants worked as well as the bags...

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    Free bonus mention: the new Metzler Karoo 3 tires. Some road noise, but they do tractor nicely on gravel.
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  8. Kinsman

    Kinsman Ribs....for her pleasure

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    :uhoh
    :lol3
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    houlster Been here awhile Supporter

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    How'd that go with the big bike, in general? I was really thinking about booking a session there, but it seemed every other paragraph on their website kept saying that while you *could* bring your big, heavy adventure bike, you really should consider something smaller to get the most out of it. Kinda put me off going there.

    Edit: Wait, JLR? Is that Jimmy Lewis? Maybe I'm confusing classes. I don't remember seeing an "adventure bike school" specifically for Jimmy Lewis. Just offroad with the disclaimers I mentioned.
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  10. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    I live a couple hundred yards from the beach:lol3
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  11. a2zworks

    a2zworks Trust me, I'm Pablo

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    Dual side stands, interesting concept.
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  12. 2 SPOT

    2 SPOT bring the rape whistle

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    Sidestand and center stand
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    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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  14. Elderber

    Elderber Adventurer

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    ECEC952E-83F7-48EE-B6F3-20E1A8DD70AD.jpeg Loaded up for a week plus of traveling. The best part of the setup is the $8 soft-sided cooler I have strapped on there that I will fill with beer and ice just before we are getting ready to stop for the day. Especially if we are stopping to camp on a 100 degree, dry lake bed!
  15. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way...

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    Who knew!
  16. dstutz

    dstutz Been here awhile

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    Just retrofitted a new tent with the setup I wrote about above and I took a few pics to explain a little better.

    Here's how my tent corners came. I already have a little loop of cord here. If you don't, add one. For the fly, I just had tabs so I added the loops to all those guy-out points:
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    Attach the Line-Loc3 with a lark's head:
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    Attach a length of cord with a loop on the end (for stake), thread it up through the rear hole and down the front hole. You can see here how even just a 12" or 18" length of cord gives you a ton of areas to drive a stake both distance and angle, then just tug the line tight. This is where you can also use rocks and logs or such instead of stakes at all if the terrain is that bad (good?)
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    And here's a closer shot of the Line-Loc from the bottom. The rear cord holds the tension and forces the 'adjusting' end up into the V to hold it tight. To loosen these, you just lift up a little on that tab and it starts to slide. Suuuuper quick and easy.
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  17. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way...

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    Thanks. Going to set up my tent like this.
    :-)
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  18. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie Supporter

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    He had an adventure bike school back when I had my 1150 Adventure in 2005 or so. The last time I took the class at Pahrump rally was just a training class. Nothing in that class couldn't have been done on the 990. I just was really tired having still been working so not much training time prior.
    Smaller bike will be vastly easier for sure.
    But, my logic is that I ride the 990 and travel on it, so why not learn on it.
    I learned basics on smaller bikes in classes. The big bike requires being exacting at the technique. Smaller bike you can be sloppy.

    I equate this with skiing as I once was an instructor. Short skies are easier to use because you can slop the technique and not get bit.
    Long skis? Nope.
    The big bike can tip easier, hence balance is key. And that is exactly what Jimmy stresses; Balance and Control.

    Balance front to back and side to side. Control, brakes, throttle and clutch.
    All that at very low speeds. Just idling and moving. That speed forces control and balance. The larger bike emphasises those. I think balance being the primary component.
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  20. Sir Denis Eton-Hogg

    Sir Denis Eton-Hogg Tap into America

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    DSC09475_zps779fee8b.JPG 7 days on the COBDR, camping gear and bare minimum of everything, shared some of the camping and cooking stuff with my mate on an XL650 who was loaded similarly. Waterproof duffel, medium Givi box, tankbag and a tent on top of the duffel. Bought our food and beer every evening.

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