The Best Tents for Motorbikes

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The Best Tents for Motorbikes
Motorbike tents must be compact. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Motorbike camping is a popular pastime and several tents are constructed specifically for motorcycles. The best tents for motorbikes are lightweight and easy to pack. The tents must be small enough to fit on the back of the bike without using all of the available space for other camping gear.

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Nomad tent

The Nomad tent is designed specifically for motorbikes. The tent has a large sleeping area for two people and it has a covered parking space for your motorbike. The indoor storage area keeps your bike and gear dry and creates a workspace during bad weather. The tent is capable of three-season use and packs down into a compact stuff sack that easily fits on the back of a bike. The tent only weighs 5.9 kg (13 lb) and it is one of the best because of the portability and motorbike-specific design.

Biker tent

The Biker tent is also designed specifically for motorbike camping. The tent has a ventilated window system and the sleeping area fits two people. The tent also has a covered motorbike port that protects your bike and gear from bad weather. The port is connected to the sleeping area by a door and it provides standing room for a 1.8 m (6 foot) tall person. The tent fits into a round stuff sack that is designed to fit on the back of a motorcycle. The tent is much heavier than the Nomad model at nearly 12.2 kg (27 lb), but it is one of the few bike portal tents available.

REI Kingdom 4

The REI Kingdom 4 tent is not designed for motorbike camping, but it has a vestibule that will fit a motorbike. You must manoeuvre the bike in sideways and the tent is best suited for small bikes. The tent is much lighter than the Biker tent at 7.71 kg (17 lb). The tent sleeps four people total or two with the motorbikes. It also has a rain fly that creates extra space for gear. The tent fits into a backpack with shoulder straps for easy transportation. The pack fits on the back of a bike and it has a wide base that allows extra gear to stack on top.

MSR Hubba Hubba

The MSR Hubba Hubba tent is available in one- and two-person designs that are ideal for lightweight motorbike camping. The backpacking tent does not have a cover for the motorcycle but packs down small and weighs a mere 1.81 kg (4 lb). The size of the tent leaves room for other camping gear that is necessary on long trips. The tent is highly rated by Backpacker Magazine and it is a top model because the length is adequate for people over 1.8 m (6 feet) tall.

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