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(jhaura) - M

Locale: www.Trailability.com
Touring Motorcyclist Big 4 on 10/21/2009 18:52:16 MDT Print View

Here's the copy of a gear list I made for my uncle, who tours on his BMW motorcycle. He has wide shoulders and wanted to cook more than just water.

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The big 4 for you are going to be (1) Tent, (2) Sleeping Bag, (3) Sleeping Pad and (4) Cookset/Stove. I've chosen all the lightweight stuff. Each item below has a less expensive normal weight brother.

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Tent

- MSR Hubba Hubba
- $299.00 REI http://www.rei.com/product/781511
- Sale $239.96 Freeship Moosejaw
http://www.moosejaw.com/moosejaw/shop/product_MSR-Hubba-Hubba-Tent_10044781_10208_10000001_-1_

- Big Agnes Seed House
- $319.95 REI http://www.rei.com/product/734065
- $319.95 Freeship Backcountry.com
http://www.backcountry.com/outdoorgear/BAG0020/-- Jhaura Wachsman

Sleeping Bag

- Western Mountaineering Megalite for wider shoulders
- $354.95 Backcountry.com Freeship
http://www.backcountry.com/outdoorgear/WES0030M.html
- $355.00 MooseJaw.com Freeship
http://www.moosejaw.com/moosejaw/shop/product_Western-Mountaineering-MegaLite-30-Degree-Sleeping-Bag-%286-0%E2%80%9D%29_10079726_10208_10000001_-1_

- $299.00 Montbell Spiral Down Hugger #1 or #3
http://www.montbell.us/products/disp.php?cat_id=795&p_id=1121791

Sleeping Pad

- Thermarest NeoAir Size Regular
- $149.95 Backcountry.com Freeship
http://www.backcountry.com/outdoorgear/CAS0503M.html
- $149.95 Moosejaw.com Freeship
http://www.moosejaw.com/moosejaw/shop/product_Therm-A-Rest-NeoAir-Sleeping-Pad_10085792_10208_10000001_-1_

- Thermarest Prolite Plus Size Regular
- $99.95 Backcountry.com Freeship
http://www.backcountry.com/outdoorgear/CAS0506M.html
- $95.96 Moosejaw.com Freeship
http://www.moosejaw.com/moosejaw/shop/product_Therm-A-Rest-ProLite-Plus-Sleeping-Pad_10085793_10208_10000001_-1_

Cook Kit/Stove

Can go so many ways: Gas, Canister, Solid Fuel or Alcohol. Depends on whether you want to just boil water for boil in the bag meals or fry up fish and eggs. This post at BPL has some good info:

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=9996

I'll assume canister would be best for you. No fuel to spill, super easy setup. Refills can be found on the road or trail:

- Snow Peak Gigapower Canister Stove
- $74.90 Backcountry.com FreeShip
http://www.backcountry.com/outdoorgear/SNO0004M.html

- Snow Peak 700 Titanium Cookpot
- http://www.backcountry.com/outdoorgear/SNO0038M.html
- Snow Peak 900 Ti Cookpot with Lid
- $47.90 Backcountry.com
http://www.backcountry.com/outdoorgear/SNO0030M.html

Edited by jhaura on 10/21/2009 18:53:20 MDT.

Jack G
(NomadJack) - F

Locale: Midwest
Touring Motorcyclist Big 4 on 10/21/2009 19:01:50 MDT Print View

With wide shoulders, and where weight is not as much an issue, he would probably be better off with the large NeoAir. It is 25" wide compared to 20" for the regular.

Jeff Antig
(Antig)

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Touring Motorcyclist Big 4 on 10/21/2009 20:04:17 MDT Print View

I found that the Coleman Dual-Fuel stoves are better than anything else for motorcycle trips. Since weight is not too big of a factor, the capability of using gasoline as fuel is incredibly helpful.