Actually, David, the Ural is a Russian-made bike based on a BMW model, but it is not a "modern" bike like a touring Gold Wing or a modern BMW would be. There is no 12 volt, it would have to be wired in, and my boyfriend is reluctant to do that. it's about 750 cc, and because it has the side car, its horsepower is "busy"--not a lot of extra capacity in terms of weight hauling.
See, it *seems* like it should be more like car camping, but it still requires restraint in terms of weight and volume. We've done a little car camping, but not a lot, so I'm feeling my way between our backpacking kit, and the Cabela's/Coleman front country pack-the-car-to-the-gills gear extravaganza that most people seem to feel is necessary for car camping. We won't be hauling a screen house, nor a "camping kitchen", and for chairs I'm looking at REI's Flex Lite chair, which is 2 pounds, but collapses to 4" x 14"--gets you off the ground somewhat, but isn't a full-on chair that has to be strapped on.
Bill and I are discussing whether we think we could take a cooler. He thinks it will take up way too much space. If there's a cooler, he can't fill it up with beer! If there isn't a cooler, though, that limits what fresh food you can carry, and you might as well be eating backpacking food and taking a much smaller cooking kit. I am going to insist on bowls and plates, though, rather than eating out of zip-lock bags. Otherwise, I'd just as soon use the same kit we use while backpacking, to limit how much we have to keep track of in camp.
Thanks for the heads up on the Oasis blog, Eugene, I'll take a look at that and see what he does. Looks like his bike is pretty well loaded down.