Motorcycle Camping Gear

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Most overland motorcyling trips can propably be done without any camping gear. And since taking camping gear on the bike means more weight and valuable space, this is not to be neglected. Taking a tent, sleeping mat & stove means more independance and the ability to roam freely – especially in the more remote locations, and in case of a breakdown.

Sleeping Mat:

Exped DownMat short. Compared to Thermarests, Exped's DownMat is smaller in pack-size, more comfortable and insulates better.
Trip update: I started out with a SynMat, which had problems with one of the seams after about 6 months. Straight-forward replacement from Exped Importer in Sydney/Australia. The second mat had another problem with the seams. Again, I got it replaced without problems – this time for a DownMat short.
The problem with these relatively thick mats might be air expansion due to a change of temperature between late night and a lie-in in a warm tent. As soon as it gets warm in the morning, I now deflate the mat a little bit.

 

Tent

I wanted a tent with tent-poles that fit inside the panniers. For motorcycle travelling I wanted a 2-person-tent in order to accomodate for tankbag, helmet, biking clothes and boots when it rains.
"Venus II Extreme" from Exped: 2 entrances, large vestibules on both sides, free-standing. I manage to squeeze it into 40 x 20 x 15 cm
Trip-Update: The tent is quick to set up and spacious (maybe a bit too spacious, but I don't mind that as long as the pack-size is small enough). It was OK in windy conditions (Patagonia). But I'm really disappointed with the quality of the zippers: both zippers don't close properly anymore – that's after propably about 60 nights in the tent.

Cooking Gear / Camping Stove:

Cooking Gear for my around the world motorbike tripSmall stove? Check this out ;)

Camping Gas? No thanks – 10 years ago, when I was in Kathmandu/Nepal, I remember running around for hours just to find a single gas cartridge. (I still remember the shop owner's smile when he told me the price, since he knew they're hard to find).
Then I bought a Coleman Sportster. Good stove, burns standard petrol, but the burner is permanently connected to the bottle and the whole lot takes up a fair bit of space & didin't fit inside my small cooking pots either.

 

 


Stove for my around the world motorbike tripThe MSR Dragonfly is smaller & does a similar job. It runs on petrol & it's easy to clean the fuel-jets if they clog up from dirty petrol.

For pots & pans, I carry a small one-person set of 2 pots & 1 pan with me (the Vango 101). Stainless steel, but very small, yet big enough to make a decent meal.

Cooking gear, pots and stove for my around the world motorbike tripTrip-Update: I've been using the MSR Dragonfly extensively, with varying petrol qualities down to leaded 70 octane in Tajikistan. It's clogged up once, but was really easy to clean. In Australia, the stove broke off from the cage/arms. I made up a new "potholder" from 3 motorcycle spokes, folded into a U shape and connected with some rollers. Much smaller in packsize than the original cage/potholder arms.