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Pre Planning for another Motorcycle Trip – A Lot of Snacks!

Posted in Camping, Camping Gear, Energy, Food, Harley-Davidson, Harley-Davidson Dealers, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Camping, Motorcycle Cargo Trailer, Motorcycle Rides, Motorcycles, Trip Planning with tags , , , , , , on May 5, 2014 by DRF

It will be a few months before my next (9 day) motorcycle trip, but that’s not stopping me from getting prepaired!  After all, part of the enjoyment (at least for me) is the preparation, planning, figuring out the route I want to take, etc…

I’ve decided NOT to put a hitch on my new Tri-Glide and pull the Bushtec cargo trailer like I did with the Ultra Classic.  After talking to the person at my local Harley-Davidson dealer that deals with warranty issues, I’ve decided to wait on installing a hitch.  He told me when a Harley-Davidson comes in for service and they notice a hitch has been installed, they have the ability to tag the motorcycles VIN number in Harley-Davidsons computer system effectively voiding the warranty.  This “tag” would be in the H-D system for all dealers to see.  If if you’ve purchased an extended warranty, it will be voided as well.  For those who’ve purchased the extended warranty, you know it wasn’t cheap.  He said some dealers may do it, and others may not.  I got the impression this dealership would do it if it was noticed. He wouldn’t say one way or another.  I don’t want to risk looking my warranty right now, so I’ll just keep the trailer in storage for now.

Anyway, I said all that to say I need to reduce the amount of things I’ll take on my next trip and reduce the size of some of the items I want to take.


I’ve made a few purchases in the last few weeks for my next motorcycle trip.  I think I purchased most of these items at REI.  They have a good selection of quality items and an excellent return policy if you’re not satisfied.  I’m not affiliated with REI, I just like the store.  Some items are a little expensive, but if your a member you get a 10% rebate each year which helps.


A Kelty Trailogic 2 Person, 3 Season Tent.  This tent complete with the poles weighs 4 lbs 13 oz and packs down to 14″ x 11″ x 3″ in the included bag.



Marmot Maverics 40F/4C sleeping bag that weighs 2 lbs 3 oz.  It opens up to 6 ft in length and packs down in the included bag to about the size of a 1 litter soda bottle.



Big Agnes Insulated Air Core (sleeping pad).  In the bag it measures 8″ x 4 1/2″ and folds open to 20″ x 72″ x 2.5″.  Weight is 1 lb 10 oz.


Cocoon UltraLight Air-Core Hood/Camp Pillow with premium synthetic fill.  Ultra small, 4″ x 2 1/2″ in the included bag and weighs 3.5 oz.


REI Flexlite Chair.  Size folded up in the bag is 14″ x 3″ and weighs 1 lb 11 oz.


SeaToSummit Drylite MicroTowel.  Size folded in the bag is 5″ x 5″ and opens to 36″ x 19″.  Weight is 4 oz.


An of course a motorcycle trip wouldn’t be complete without taking along a few snacks!  Some Electrolyte drink tabs to put in my water bottle to stay hydrated, and various snack bars, etc…  for my trips.  These all have expiration dates good for several months and will be good for my next trip.  I’m not sure if they’ll all make it that long, I may need to sample a few of them!

My old tent, sleeping bag, sleeping bad, pillow and chair are still perfectely fine, the new ones are just smaller in size and easier to carry on the motorcycle since I won’t be pulling the trailer.


Arches National Park in Utah Part 1

Posted in Arches National Park, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Camping, Motorcycle Cargo Trailer, Motorcycle Trailer, Mountains, National Parks, Utah with tags on October 6, 2013 by DRF










IMG_5090Here’s a few photos my first day in Arches National Park.  The entrance in just North of Maob, UT.  A very scenic drive into the park.  I’ll be posting many more photos during the coming weeks of my 12 day trip.  Please come back for more!

A Few New Items For My Motorcycle Camping Trips

Posted in Bushtec, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Accessories, Motorcycle Camping, Motorcycle Cargo Trailer, Motorcycle Clothing, Motorcycle Rides, Motorcycle Trailer, Motorcycles with tags on September 10, 2013 by DRF

It seems like every time I plan another motorcycle camping trip, I find a few new items to take along. Some items need to be replaced as they wear out, and there’s always a few new things I’d like to try.

My next trip is in the planning stages, and I’ve already made a few purchases (Why should my next trip be any different that the last?).

I pull a small cargo trailer behind the motorcycle, so I have the luxury of taking quite a few extra things I wouldn’t normally have room for.

Here’s a few items I’ve purchased for my next adventure:

new camping items

– Big Agnes Insulated Air Core to put under the sleeping bag (I’m not getting any younger!).
– MSR Alpine 1.6L Stowaway Pot (replacing an old camp set).
– GSI Outdoors Plate, Bowl, Cup and Cutlery (replacing an old set).
– GSI Outdoors Stainless 6 Cup Percolator (replacing an old one).
– GSI Outdoors Java Press (I’ve never tried one of these. The reviews are positive and it seems easy to use).
– Thermarest Camp Pillow (Rolls up nice and small. My old one was several years old).
– Fixedblade Knife with Sheath and Fire Starter (Never have enough knives).
– LED Flashlight (Small and very bright).
– NALGENE 1 quart Water Bottle x 2 (trying not to use so many plastic throw-aways).
– Safety Whistle (just in case).
– Bear Spray (for tent camping in Yellowstone National Park).
– Pepper Spray (Small and can be attached to a belt or backpack).
– DryLite Towel (Compact and holds a lot of water).
– Waterproof Matches Holder (In case the lighter doesn’t work).
– Small Salt and Pepper Shaker (Very small design).
– Podsacs Stuff Sack (for dirty cloths).
– Hanes Men’s Thermal Pants (I could only find these in Red).
– Coghlan’s Camp shower (I’ve never tried this but the reviews are very positive).

Nothing extravagant, just some items to make the camping a little more enjoyable/comfortable/easier/safer… you get the idea.

These items were purchased at some of my favorite places for camping gear. Bass Pro Shops, Sportsman’s Warehouse, REI and Amazon.

Yosemite National Park – Post 1 of 7

Posted in California, Motorcycle Camping, Motorcycle Cargo Trailer, Yosemity National Park with tags , , on September 24, 2012 by DRF

Over the next 7 posts I’ll be putting some of my Yosemite National Park photos here.  These first few photos are of my camp site after setting it up.  Time to look at the map and decide what to do next!

Motorcycle Camping with a Honda Inverter/Generator

Posted in Bushtec, Motorcycle Camping, Motorcycle Cargo Trailer, Motorcycle Trailer with tags , , , on September 7, 2012 by DRF

A new addition for my next motorcycle camping trip.  A 1000 watt Honda inverter/generator.  Now I can keep the cell phone, camera battery, DVD player etc. charged up.  No more asking a waitress if I can plug in my cell phone when I stop for breakfast or lunch!  This thing is as quiet as a mouse and it fits nicely in the motorcycle trailer.  I’m not exactly roughing it when I go camping these days am I?

Red Honda Goldwing Trike with Trailer – Nice!

Posted in Arizona, Honda, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Cargo Trailer, Motorcycle Trailer on February 8, 2012 by DRF

This Honda Goldwing with motorcycle trailer and Florida plates, was parked in front of Target yesterday.  I’ve forgotten the brand of the trailer, the owner said they were made in Indiana.  Florida to Arizona is over 2,000 miles.  I wish I had enough time off to take a trip like that!

Sturgis South Dakota – A Few Random Photos – Bike Week

Posted in Custom Motorcycle, Motorcycle, Motorcycle Accessories, Motorcycle Cargo Trailer, Motorcycle Events, Motorcycle Parking, Motorcycle Rides, Motorcycle Trailer, Motorcycles, South Dakota, Sturgis SD on August 29, 2011 by DRF

Just a few random photos taken in South Dakota during the 71st annual bike week, August 2011.

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