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FreeLanceing

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I am seriously concidering a motorcycle trip to Alaska. If I can't do Alaska then a Smokie Mnt run as a tune up for Alaska next year. Either way I would prefer to camp along the way. I have Harley classic so a tent could ride on the luggage rack 22wide by 6 or so would be ideal. I am looking for a tent that sets up easily with 1 person. Enough hieght to sit up, plenty of floor space to dry out gear. I am thinking a 3 or 4 person tent. I checked the old posts and those tent models are no longer availible. I don't need a 4 season. I dont plan to ride in the snow. An invisible bear shield would be a nice feature. I want quality but yet would like to stay around $200. This is very limited use 1 trip per summer. I have a lance camper and trailer as well. I just want to do a few long bike trips while I can still ride all day. Any suggestions are welcome. I will need a good sleeping pad and bag as well.

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I think you will do better asking on a motorcycle forum.


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Anyone up for a bike ride to Big Bear Mountain this morning at 8:00 AM . . .

Head over to Circle K off the 215 & Ethanac for fuel around 9 ?

Meet at Starbucks @ 31800 Grape St, Lake Elsinore.

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Meet with us down the road later on ?

Take Newport road to Goetz road.

To the Circle K on Ethanac ?

The 74 to Juniper Flats !

Hit up Bridge street ?

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And Big Bear .

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I do an annual 2 week bike ride in July. I carry a 7 ft circular tent with the two long fold up rods that cross at the top and a detachable fly. You can get one at wally world for about $25. I don't know the brand or model #, bought it years ago. Plenty of room for me and my gear. It packs well in a duffle/sports bag with the sleeping bag that straps to the back seat.


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You might check out the motocamping site at:
Motocampers

for motorcycle tent camping type info. Also try the motorcycle towing site if you are interested in towing a small trailer with your Harley:
Motorcycle Trailer towing site

I towed a Timeout camper for for several years with my Ultra Classic and loved it.

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harley-dave wrote:

You might check out the motocamping site at:
Motocampers

for motorcycle tent camping type info. Also try the motorcycle towing site if you are interested in towing a small trailer with your Harley:
Motorcycle Trailer towing site

I towed a Timeout camper for for several years with my Ultra Classic and loved it.

Dave


A camper is also my suggestion, we used a camper on our 5 week trip the Alaska. Truly enjoyed it.
You can always sell it later.


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I'm with Skip. For a generous sampling of what's available, visit REI.com. Better deals still at their REI Outlet site. Unequalled customer service, too.

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ya, we spent 5 weeks in the Timeout 3 years ago and had the best time. We always take the dog with us so between the dog on the motorcycle and the popup camper we always had visitors when we were camped.

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My advice (having done a LOT of motorcycle touring and camping) is forget about the stand up height and look at backpacking equipment. All of the same criteria apply as to weight and space of everything you take. I always take MOSTLY the same equipment for both backpacking and motorcycle touring. There are HUNDREDS of great camp sites along the roads to and through Alaska. We used many of them for our 35 foot trailer but some are much better suited to a bike. Out of the 60 days for our trip we spent less than a dozen in organized campgrounds.
Good luck / Skip


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Thanks for the replies. I have checked out rei, and another my backpacking son suggested. I went to our new to GR MI Cabelas last night (big mistake unless you like crowds) and checked out there gear. I just like to touch and feel it before i buy. They have everything I would need except the tent I am looking for. There was a guy on here that did a nice evaluation of tents last year. I am traveling alone dont need no trailer to drag around. I have a real nice 2 man tent i have used. I just always wished i had a little more room. I dont need a lot of comfort stuff. Ive been a batchler for 20 years. Give me a cup of coffee and a couple granola bars or apples, and im good all day. I have plenty of room on this classic. I normaly leave that tour pac in the garage. I plan to take it along on trips so now I have all this extra space.

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