When the pleasures of a good bike ride and a restorative camping trip unite, there is definitely magic in the air!
Each activity on its own gets your emotions flowing, so when they are combined it is something to be treasured. But this can only be true when everything goes as it should and we are here to tell you the secret to ensuring a smooth motorcycle-camping adventure.
It is all in the planning.
Camping and Cooking Basics
It’ll do you good to learn the essentials when it comes to cooking on the trail with limited appliances.
Certain foods, like pasta, are light to carry and require very little preparation. And you can pile on the flavour with dehydrated sauces which also pack away very easily. Aluminium foil is a must, too, because it allows you to cook fresh food. Think hassle-free freshly caught fish, hotdogs, and potatoes rather than fancy snacks.
Get to Know Your Bike
You’ll need to learn at least the basics of maintenance before you set out on your trip. Start at the tires and work your way up, checking their pressure before moving on to brake and clutch fluids and oil levels. Know your way around the adjustment of all controls, too.
Learn to work on your motorbike so that you can change a tire tube or plug your tire on your own if you have to.
Invest in Good Bike and Camping Gear
Don’t skimp on quality when it comes to your gear, whether it’s what you will be using on your bike or when you settle in for the night. Think of this element of your journey in the same way you decide on where to play real money online games, for example. You want guarantees in terms of safety and trustworthiness.
Don’t compromise when it comes to good base layers for your riding gear and protective paraphernalia like boots, jackets, and pants. These should be waterproof and provide good ventilation.
And when you’re ready to get off your machine, make sure you’re going into a top-of-the-range sleeping bag and tent. The more comfortable you are now, the better you’ll ride tomorrow.
Whether you’re using hard or soft bags, aim to get the heaviest items nearest the centre of gravity and ensure they’re balanced evenly in weight. Keep similar things together and always have an extra bungee cargo net. They’re ideal for holding anything down and help save you time when you need to secure an area quickly.
When you start packing for your trip, it’s helpful to imagine your way through a typical day. Start with waking up, then proceed to riding, setting up your campsite, and eventually going to sleep. Make the list of what you’ll need as you travel through your daydream.
Your list should include cooking utensils, food, hygiene products, solar chargers, shorts, shoes, and toilet paper. And focus your utilitarian needs. A first-aid kit, ground cloth, hand-sanitiser, headlight lamp, and Leatherman or Swiss Army knife will be sorely missed if forgotten!
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