How to Pack a Tent on a Motorcycle

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How to Pack a Tent on a Motorcycle
A tent can easily be fit on a motorcycle. (motorcycle image by Goran Bogicevic from Fotolia.com)

Motorcycles are popular for travelling long distances, but they do not allow much room for camping gear. However, there are several solutions that make it possible to pack a tent on your next road trip. The main issue is the amount of other gear you are packing and the number of passengers on the motorcycle. If you are packing other camping items and an extra passenger, you may have to only bring the bare necessities and practice minimalist camping.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Saddle bags
  • Bungee cords
  • Rope
  • Rack

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Pack the tent in a stuff sack and use bungee cords or rope to secure it to the back of motorcycle seat area.

  2. 2

    Pack the tent in a stuff sack and fit the entire sack in one of the saddle bags. Saddle bags are leather or fabric bags that are mounted on one or both sides of a motorcycle. They are commonly available at motorcycle speciality stores or online. Many motorcycles have saddle boxes that can easily fit a tent, too.

  3. 3

    Remove the tent from the stuff sack and place the fabric in one saddle bag and the stakes and poles in the other saddle bag.

  4. 4

    Pack the tent in a duffel bag or backpack and use bungee cords or rope to strap it to the back of the motorcycle seat.

  5. 5

    Add a gear rack to the front or back of the motorcycle. Gear racks are commonly available at motorcycle speciality shops or online. Place the tent on the rack and use rope or bungee cords to secure the tent.

Tips and warnings

  • Double-check that the tent is secure and will not come loose during travel.
  • Do not strap the motorcycle to the handlebars, as it may distract you while driving.

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