Anyone ride motorcycles? (1 Viewer)

Hudson

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Got myself an old 2006 1100cc honda shadow with low miles on it. Ive put about 3,000 miles on it this year.

I'm looking for advice on camping out on a motorcycle if anyone has any.
 
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Hudson

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I tend to stay away from traffic, its hard in northern California area but very doable.

The one thing I'm taught as a commercial driver I always try to follow is the 5 keys of the Smith driving system.

Truth be told though about 70% of motorcycle accidents are just the rider and the bike not any outside parties. Sure I ride like a psychopath sometimes but not all the time.
 

James Meadowlark

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My current ride is an eleven year-old Triumph Bonneville 865cc that I mostly use for commuting. Way better on gas than a car, and far easier to find parking around town. In the last five years, I've camped (short term) for different motorcycle events/festivals around FLA- Just pop my gear in a backpack and go.
 

Groundscore

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Pack light and tight, and make sure you have the ability to keep things dry. - That includes yourself.

Take a few short trips first, to get the feel of what you need/don't need and see how things ride. You'll quickly learn better ways of packing stuff from experience.

Bungee cords are your friend, just don't count on a single one, and don't lose an eye to one, and I will add if you have the money, ROK straps are much better.

Watch out for vehicles, as trust me, they won't be watching for you, ever.

Keep the rubber on the road and the shiny side up.
 
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Bad ass man. I got the same bike as you. Except mine is older. Mines a 98. I've lived in vans. I've lived in houses. I've bicycle toured thru Utah, Oregon and Arizona. And the motorcycle really is the way to go. You don't need much money, insurance is cheap... When I was younger, I travelled 14 different states on a rebel 250... That bike had no balls... I could barely keep up with the cars on the freeways... I didn't care man it had 2 wheels and a motor, so I rode that thing all over the country... I remember coming back from Arkansas one time and the wind was blowing really hard the other direction... I had to find the slowest semi on i40 and ride as close behind it as I could to block the wind...

Anyways, I'm starting crl training litterally next Monday... I'm getting to old to live like a motorcycle hobo... I'm gonna be driving semi trucks pretty soon... And riding my bike on my days off... I can't wait to get my license and start the new job... I'm so excited!!!

Anyways, I wish you the best man! Keep us posted on your travels! I'd love to see pictures...
 
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I got given a 82 Yamaha maxim 650 ratbike, thing was a shrieking metal suicide machine, and a flying greaseball, but I rode it to sturgis from Austin Texas in a straight shot then up to Seattle, and across all the way to Detroit where it finally broke down. At that point it wasn’t worth the gas it had in the tank, so I just left it on the side of the road, and told a motorcycle shop down the street, gave em the keys and the title and snuck on the greyhound across the road, didn’t look back. All in all I had the time of my life, the plates were wrong, the inspection was out of date, I gas jugged the thing the whole entire way (easiest gas jugging of my life on a motorcycle btw) valve cover gasket was shot so I fed her stolen gas the whole time, I had no drivers license or insurance and I was drunk I think the whole damn way. It was the fucking best.
 
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I got given a 82 Yamaha maxim 650 ratbike, thing was a shrieking metal suicide machine, and a flying greaseball, but I rode it to sturgis from Austin Texas in a straight shot then up to Seattle, and across all the way to Detroit where it finally broke down. At that point it wasn’t worth the gas it had in the tank, so I just left it on the side of the road, and told a motorcycle shop down the street, gave em the keys and the title and snuck on the greyhound across the road, didn’t look back. All in all I had the time of my life, the plates were wrong, the inspection was out of date, I gas jugged the thing the whole entire way (easiest gas jugging of my life on a motorcycle btw) valve cover gasket was shot so I fed her stolen gas the whole time, I had no drivers license or insurance and I was drunk I think the whole damn way. It was the fucking best.
I've left m share of bikes on the side of the road too. Shit happens.. In fact, just last year I was in California on an old 86 honda, and the motor threw a rod and blew a big hole out the front of the motor. I left it right there on the side of the highway and started walking...
 

starpurple

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i ride a ktm 525 (basically a dirt bike) and go camping a bit with it, but nothing long term usually like a night. I pack a backpack like I would go on a hiking trip, with ultra light equipment. crazy what you can fit in a backpack now days. of course your bike and my bike are very different, but for your bike id get saddle bags.
 
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That’s cool man. Those are bad ass bikes. Are you stationary or traveling? Having the consistency of stable living arrangements is such an advantage for so many things... but there’s nothing quite like being on the road... Scooter trash, rubber tramp, motorcycle hobo, whatever the hell you wanna call it... There’s nothing like it... When everything you own fits on a motorcycle, and your just working up enough money to get to the next town... Them were the days... them were the best days and the worst days all at the same time... hahaha
 

Hopper87

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Plan this summer is to ship motorcycle to Spokane and trainhop to pick it up and continue trip back through Montana returning home.
 
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I got a 2000 Dyna convertable that I did all up, I have been thinking of doing some sort of camping but you don't have much room on a Dyna for gear. Truthfully I should look into a Enduro and do some proper offroad camping.
 

Hopper87

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I have a Yamaha Raider cruiser and it was fun to hit the open road. Took it on east coast tour from ND to Maine, NYC, Washington DC, and other trips to Montana, Colorado, etc., but I was always passing by interesting unpaved roads up into mountains and such. Broke down and bought KLR650 dual sport and have never looked back. Great decision. I prefer riding the KLR over the Raider now by far for its ease of riding, maneuvering, and functionality hauling stuff. Raider looks cooler, but KLR is like trusty swiss knife and can do it all. Cheap, dependable, good times.
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