MOTO GLAMP­ING

WHY LUX­URY CAMP­ING IS STILL AT­TAIN­ABLE ON TWO WHEELS

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I’m kind of a diva when it comes to overnight lodg­ing. I know what you’re think­ing, but I am what I am. Be­cause I travel so much, I am al­ways on the look­out for posh ac­com­mo­da­tions wher­ever I lay my head at night, even when camp­ing. Which got me think­ing: Is mo­tor­cy­cle “glamp­ing” pos­si­ble? It sure is.

We looked at some great new prod­ucts from Big Agnes, a Colorado-based out­door-gear man­u­fac­turer, for some help in ac­com­mo­dat­ing our spe­cial needs. The whole goal was to ac­quire a great setup for rid­ing to a re­mote lo­ca­tion and park­ing it for a few days with my wife. So I had to stuff ev­ery­thing into one large duf­fel that we could strap to the back of the bike with ease. Thanks to Wolf­man’s ex­tremely ca­pa­ble and wa­ter­proof duf­fel bag, we were able to do just that.

[1] I have tons of tents I’ve col­lected over the years, and even when solo camp­ing, I tend to reach for at least a two-per­son shel­ter. I have is­sues with con­fined spa­ces, so a lit­tle wig­gle room is al­ways bet­ter for me come bed­time. The Titan 4 mt­n­glo tent ($399.95) is an in­cred­i­bly durable four-per­son car camp­ing tent, but it packs down small enough to fit in the Wolf­man duf­fel for moto camp­ing too. It fea­tures an ex­ter­nal-pole de­sign, which means it can be set up with just the fly as a group shade/shel­ter, or you can clip in the tent body for a more tra­di­tional zip-up camp tent. The pole sys­tem is strong, of­fers gen­er­ous liv­ing space, and is big enough for four but great for long-term trips for two.

[ 2] I strung up the mt­n­glo To-go tent light ($29.95) on the in­side at night for am­ple light­ing with­out be­ing too bright.

I also added the ac­ces­sory vestibule for use as a mo­tor­cy­cle garage be­cause you al­ways want to keep an eye on your prized pos­ses­sions.

[3] I al­ways like to bring a chair if I’m do­ing longer camp ses­sions. The large Chair One ($119.95) is big enough to sit com­fort­ably but packs down to noth­ing, which is per­fect for a mo­tor­cy­cle camp­ing trip.

[4] For sleep­ing ar­range­ments, you def­i­nitely want to make the in­vest­ment in a good sleep­ing pad. The AXL Air ($139.95–$189.95) is an ul­tra­light warm-weather pad that com­bines a high-tenac­ity patent­pend­ing ny­lon rip-stop shell with in­ter­nal min­i­mal­ist con­struc­tion for sta­bil­ity and com­fort. With larger outer tubes, this pad keeps you cra­dled on top, while the built-in ad­vanced heat-re­flec­tive tech­nol­ogy helps main­tain an op­ti­mal tem­per­a­ture while you sleep.

[5] A proper sleep­ing bag is also a must. The Bolten SL 20 ($289.95–$299.95) is a mummy-style bag that fea­tures Pri­maloft Gold In­su­la­tion Ac­tive tech­nol­ogy with stretch fab­ric side pan­els so you can move more freely, bend your knees, and sleep on your side while the in­su­lat­ing prop­er­ties still do their job.

[6] For stor­age, I stuffed all the afore­men­tioned com­po­nents into the Wolf­man Ex­pe­di­tion Dry Duf­fel ($169.99) with ease. The Ex­pe­di­tion Dry Duf­fel is wa­ter­proof thanks to its heavy-duty vinyl con­struc­tion with fully sealed ra­dio-fre­quency-welded seams to help pro­tect your gear, and stay sta­ble on the bike. The roll-top de­sign makes load­ing and un­load­ing eas­ier than tra­di­tional duf­fel bags. And with three sizes avail­able, there’s a size best for any pur­pose. For our ef­forts, we went with the large bag. Four com­pres­sion straps and two mount­ing straps keep things tight on the bike. Eas­ily strap it to your lug­gage rack for two-up moto camp­ing, or on the rear pas­sen­ger seat for a nice back­rest when camp­ing solo. The dual car­ry­ing han­dle and re­mov­able shoul­der strap make off-bike trans­port easy. HB

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