Howdy. If you found your way to my page, welcome, you must be planning a motorcycle tour. Motorcycle touring and adventure riding has become a hobby of mine that has helped me a lot in my pursuit to escape the hamster wheel we call modern day life. At the end of this post you will find my motorcycle tour checklist but first I want to share how I came about developing my checklist.
I have been camping ever since I was a kid and I always thought I have a good handle on it. I have also been riding motorcycle since I was a teenagers and thought I have a good handle on that too. Then I found myself in a part of my life where I decided to consolidate and do both at the same time. Very different kettle of fish.
If you enjoy motorcycle touring and you want to prolong your trip but don’t want to stay in expensive motels with all those snotty family groups you
really need to consider getting into motorcycle camping. It is also a good choice for a midlife crisis if you are overdue for one.
Motorcycle Camping Made Easy Book
This book is in its second edition (2010) now and written by Bob Woofter. First edition was published back in 2002.
Bob camps mostly with a BMW K75 through the eastern US and conducts camping seminars at motorcycle rallies.
Nested within this book are very detailed checklists for just about every aspect of motorcycle touring you could imagine. For example – toolkit checklist, clothing checklist, kitchen checklist, tank bag checklist)
Who is the intended audience for this book
This book is targeted towards anyone already into motorcycle touring, maybe even tried motorcycle camping before, but wants that boost in knowledge and experience that (until now) only decade of experimentation could bring.
What will it provide beyond just a checklist
This book is about a lot more than just a few checklists. I have shown the table of contents page but believe me Bob has poured decades worth of experience into this book.
- Camping Destinations
- Help and advice with the planning stages
- Help and advice on choosing the right motorcycle
- camping gear lists and reviews
- camp clothing lists and reviews
- motorcycle trailer reviews
- camping skills advice
- camping cooking advice and a few recipes
- Lists of equipment suppliers and travel bureaus
- lists of camping rallies and motorcycle friendly camping resorts.
- 100 or so little bits of advice for you trip. (learn to solve all those problems before they become a problem). For example: Use a flattened or crushed can under your side stand to stop it from digging into the soft soil and toppling over your motorcycle.
Where can you buy it from
Amazon is probably the easier place for most people to buy it from. Also, cheapest. Click this link if you want to go to the relevant Amazon Page.
[FYI No I will not make a sales commission by linking you to this site, I am just trying to help you out]
Why can’t you work it all out for yourself
You probably could if you had a spare couple of years and several hundred dollars to experiment with. As I promote over and over again on my website here; age brings with it experience and knowledge, don’t waste your youth (or any time you have) walking the dead end path that plenty of other people have already trodden. Us older blokes (or even more experienced) will happily tell you the outcome so you can move onto a more fertile path.
When is too much planning a bad thing?
Don’t spend three months planning a four days trip on the tarmac into populated areas. That is just overkill. Here is a lot better way of planning an upcoming trip.
If you are not sure whether you have got everything you need, do a dry run, but remember that you can’t bring everything and you can’t foresee every scenario that is going to pop up.
In some respects that best way to plan is to do and build that experience. What you can do though is you can do smaller overnight trips on the weekend (dry runs for the big trip) to test out your gear and your set up.
I have also been known to set pack the bike up on a Thursday night, ride to work on a Friday, drop into the supermarket Friday afternoon and get my meals then ride around the block to my back yard (or mates), set up camp and settle in with a scotch for the weekend of suburban camping.
Remy’s Tried and Tested Motorcycle Tour Checklist
- toolkit (dozens of items within)
- wd40 & workshop cloth
- chain lube if you don’t have a scottoiler
- change of clothes
- wet weather gear
- spare gloves
- camp stove with windbreak & butane
- torch or lantern
- tent with flysheet
- air mattress & pump
- inflatable pillow
- sleeping bag
- Tyre repair kit with air compressor
- hat & sunscreen
- can cooler (aka beer hugger or stubby cooler depending on where you are from)
- collapsible (soft) cooler bag with flat ice packs
- survival knife with a flint
- leatherman pocket knife
- mobile phone & charger
- spare keys
- spare glasses
- water bottle
- first aid kit
- para chord & cable ties (aka zip ties)
- mini hatchet/hammer
- foldable saw
- nesting cookware & utensils (aka mess kit)
- bandanna or two
- food tins and ration packs (aka MREs)
- hip flask (purely medicinal)
- coffee mug and instant coffee
I hope you enjoyed the article. Do yourself a favour and get yourself a copy of the book. The checklists alone are worth the spend.