The 6 areas to prepare for when planning your next Adventure Motorcycle trip.

. . . plus download a great free motorcycle checklist for your next adventure.

 

Planning for and adventure motorcycle camping trip, takes a little preparation, but is well worth the effort, for the experience you will receive in return. So getting a good grasp on what you need and how to plan for your next, or first, ADV motorcycle adventure is very useful to some riders who have yet to venture on multi-day trips. so we hope this info is informative and helpful to make you motorcycle camping trip a wonderful experience.

Well, adventure motorcycle riding is getting off the highways and exploring the less traveled back roads. For many the more remote and backroads and trails makes it all the more appealing. This obviously means hitting some dirt roads, even trails and of course, some challenges along the way to your camp. So when traveling adventure style on your motorcycle, you need to be smart, efficient, light and practical. Motorcycle camping is more on the basic side and definitely not glamping– if you don’t know what glamping is – please google it. : )

I like to think of adventure motorcycle traveling like backpacking on your motorcycle. The objective when backpacking is to keep things ultra light, so you can obviously carry more, go further, be less fatigued. This is similar with motorcycle camping too, but you do have an iron horse to carry your kit so you can be a little more liberal with your kit, or what you take on your trip. So with all things in life, balance is key. You may not want to spend an additional $150 on your tent to save an ounce. But I do keep things as light as possible while not going to the extreme. For example, I used to use a self inflating sleeping pad in my hammock tent – it was one of cheapest ones and was not that small rolled up. After a few trips, I decided a non self-inflating pad was much better choice- rolls up to size of large grapefruit and is about third the size of old one.

So here are some basics to consider before heading out on your bike. It is also useful to download or PDF “Pack List” which is a comprehensive pack list specifically for Adventure and overland motorcycle travelers. There just may be a few items, you wish you would have thought of and put in your MC travel kit.

You need to be prepared so here are the 7 segments in which I break my packing down.

Motorcycle Kit:
This includes everything from your jacket, gloves and helmet to your wrenches and sockets to do basic repairs on the side of the road.

Electronics Kit:
This means your GPS, with route loaded, if you roll that way, Your bluetooth headset and smart phone – you know you need tunes at some point. , camera equipment, if you like to take pics, and not just selfies with your phone.

Cooking and Food:
On the pavement you can eat out at your favorite eateries. But once to backroads and camp, you will need to be prepared and have the food, snacks, cookware one needs to eat well. Depending on how many of you are riding together or if solo venture, this will help figure out what you need, with a small group you can consolidate and  use economy of scale and share the food hauling and chores. We want you to enjoy your experience with a full belly especially if hiking around camp or mountains.

Personal:
This segment includes personal hygiene, toiletries, lightweight clothes– always think layers, and other personal items you may need when on your journey. Some things such as your headlamp, bug spray are key for enjoyable experience.

Camp Kit: 
Personally I think the best choice for Adventure riders is to pack like you are going on a a multi-day hike- light compact quality gear. (doesn’t mean expensive) a hammock tent, in my opinion is the best and I’ve had a lot. Well my popup is a little nicer but a pain to pull with my Yamaha, : )  an inflatable sleeping pad, sleeping bag, cook set and utensils. JetBoil or similar stove with fuel, and of course food and beer. * whiskey if its cold . . . ahhh who am I kidding, whiskey in any weather! I bring an ultralight camp chair too – love it – see review here. 

Miscellaneous Additional Gear:
This section depends on individual needs and things you will be doing on your trip. Some thing in my Miscellaneous section are secret money stash, a book, notepad and pen, etc. But you can fill in this section with your individual gear.

 

Remember to pack for the weather/season, even on questionable temperature days, I throw my heated vest in my kit. As I rather have it and not use it then be freezing and not enjoy my ride. Please take a look at my motorcycle camping checklist and see if you have anything that you would add or edit — please make sure you let me know in comments below so I can improve on my checklist.

 

Explore

2018 KLX 250S in Camo Gray

 

KLX®250S Camo

Kawasaki is releasing the KLX 250 in Matrix Camo Gray for 2018. A great lightweight 4 stroke dual sport adventure bike for all you ADV riders out there!
It looks great with the gray matix camo digital pattern and the badass black wheels. You can get Kawa standard green color for $200 less, if interested. But for the cool camo design/color and black wheels I think it is well worth the extra couple bills.

Check out Kawasaki’s page on KLX250S.

Trans Euro Trail – TET

The Trans Euro Trail is an incredible GPS track that circumvents Europe. This amazing dirt road/trail goes through so many European countries and provides motorcycle adventure riders a true taste for ADV riding in Europe. The scope of scenery is literally all over the map. Some riders will do specific legs of the TET and others venture out to complete the entire route. The TET is over 21,000 miles long, over 4 times longer than the TAT.

TET ADV Motorcycle Trail – Trans Euro Trail

Countries the Trans Euro Trail will traverse:

  • Albania
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • UK
  • Ukraine

Check out the TET ADV riders website for more information on each country and they also have a forum as well. On their site you can download the GPS/X file for free. It i s 2.5Gb file, so have an SD card for it.

The TET project is supported by Adventure Spec, a great ADV resource for your riding needs in Europe.

This is a must for your bucket list and we are sincerely grateful for the selfless “linesman” (see website) who volunteered their time and put this great TET track together.

Now get out a ride the TET!

US National Park Entrance Fees are Increasing – May 2018

Acadia National Park, Maine (Bar Harbor)


There are a few things certain in this world, and one of those are prices are always going up. Sorry for the pessimistic view, but there are 17 National parks where the entrance fees are increasing in 2018 during peak seasons. It will now be $50 per motorcycle, $70 for cars, and $30 on bicycle or on foot. This is still a proposal but looks as if it will be going to happen. The funds will be used to improve the parks.

“The infrastructure of our national parks is aging and in need of renovation and restoration,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. Some will get the increase in May 2018 and others in June and Joshua Tree is still undecided. 

The parks that are getting the increase are:

  1. Arches
  2. Bryce Canyon
  3. Canyonlands
  4. Denali
  5. Glacier
  6. Grand Canyon
  7. Grand Teton
  8. Olympic
  9. Sequoia & Kings Canyon
  10. Yellowstone
  11. Yosemite
  12. Zion National Parks
  13. Acadia
  14. Mount Rainier
  15. Rocky Mountain
  16. Shenandoah National Parks 
  17. Joshua Tree National Park

Riding your adventure motorcycle through the National Parks here in the US is a great joy to be had. Stay on designated legal dirt roads and enjoy all these great parks have to offer.

How do I find Adventure Motorcycle Riding Buddies?

dual sport bike in Pine Barrens

Find a group Adventure and Dual Sport motorcycle Riders to explore the trails.

It is great to ride motorcycles with your like minded group of friends, for not only companionship but also for safety reasons. If a motorcycle breaks down or if person hurts themselves, having a buddy will really come in handy. If you don’t have a steady ADV riding group, finding riding buddies shouldn’t be too difficult. Riding the local trails and fire roads, state parks, and other cool roads usually get the ball rolling. So one of the best things to do is simply invest some saddle time and get out on your bike and ride, you are sure to have another enthusiast start chatting when you are fueling up, taking a lunch break or making a stop. My opinion is that the ADV/dual sport riders are simply an amazing quality group of great people.

But just in case that isn’t panning out, here are a few other ideas for finding riding buddies:

  1. A top suggestion would be advrider.com and go into your geographic forum. Riders are always posting rides and would be happy to have you along. Make sure to read the post or ask what type of riding they are doing– as you don’t want to be taking your 1200 beast down single track with some light agile small cc KTM’s, or vice versa.
  2. Another is checking meetup.com for riders and “meet ups” in your area for dual sport or adventure riders
  3. Going to adventure or overland events or meets are also a great idea. Like horizonsunlimited.com or overlandexpo.com to name a couple.
  4. Check out our WorldCrosser event calendar for adventure and dual sport rides and events that you may want to attend.
  5. Check out social networks like Facebook for adventure motorcycle riding groups, join a group that is built around your bike – like the KLR 650 for example.
  6. Speak with your local dealership for events, rides, manufacture days.
  7. Register for a motorcycling training course, obviously an off-road or “adventure” centric course like PSSOR.
  8. Go on an organized professional adventure riding tour you will be sure to meet some like minded individuals, but some of these tours can cost a lot of money. i.e. RawHyde, RideADV, and Ayres Adventures to name a few.
  9. Phone apps, well there are a few like WeRide, Rider, Rever and others.
  10. If you are riding more off road dual sport type of riding, which can fade into adventure riding at times, a great place to start are enduros and hare scrambles. Check AMA, American Motorcycle Association, site for many of these sanctioned events. Remember these are dual sport rides, so be prepared with light nimble bike and motocross gear, no big GS1200 and flip flops. ; )

Hope this is helpful advice and you find a good group to ride with on regular basis. Also WorldCrosser has a number of members that ride together here in NJ and will be integrating clubs into our site, in terms of forum or social app aspect down the road- still in beta.   Anyway, sign up as WC member on our site and be part of the inception of this club aspect that will bring ADV riders together!

Enjoy, and as always, ride safe and have fun out there!

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