Gear and Product Reviews

Book Review: Lightweight Camping for Motorcycle Travel

Written by  July 31, 2009

This book by Frazier Douglass really hit home for me. I've been going on family camping trips as far back as I can remember, and I've been riding motorcycles since the age of eight. At age ten, my dad fabricated a makeshift luggage rack for my Honda SL70, and after packing our camping gear on our bikes we headed out to a local lake with about 15 other father and son riders.

That was my first, but certainly not my last motorcycle camping trip. Several thousand miles and 37 years later I'm still learning new things, and with the advent of cell phones, GPS, smaller and lighter weight tents and gear, motorcycle travel and camping has evolved; however, the basics haven't changed that much since the first rider came up with the idea of packing his bedroll on his bike and hitting the road. This book was updated in 2009 to ensure the information is up-to-date and accurate.

With high gas prices and the overinflated lodging rates often encountered at motorcycle rallies, more and more riders are choosing to camp rather than emptying their wallets in the gas tank of their RVs or on the check-in desk at the nearest hotel.

If you enjoy motorcycling, the great outdoors and saving money while traveling, this book is for you. If you're new to motorcycle camping, this book is your bible. If you're a veteran motorcycle camper this book is a great resource and guaranteed to teach you something new no matter how long you've been riding and camping.

The following chapters are included in this book and contains handy pre-trip checklists and invaluable tips for purchasing the proper gear, planning your trip, packing, setting up camp, cooking, staying comfortable and safe, first aid and making the most of your outdoor experience.

Essential Gear
Optional Gear
Chores and Activities

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Book review by Mike Schweder