Best Motorcycle Camping Tips & Hacks 2019

Best Motorcycle Camping Tips & Hacks 2019

Hello, Today I’m going to share with
you my top tips and hacks when it comes to motorcycle camping. Now I’ve been
riding motorbikes for over a decade, and I ride about 350 days a year, so I’ve
picked up some good practical tips, and I’m gonna share them with you. So here they are,
and all I ask in return is that you put a like on this video so it ranks higher
in the YouTube search engine, and we can spread these tips to other bikers. Thank
you for watching! So my first tip is if you have a large
spanner available, you can lock it on your rear crash bung bolt, and use it to
raise the rear wheel of the bike, then you’ll be able to move your chain easily.
This is very helpful if you don’t have a centre stand, and it saves using
the paddock stand. If you’ve got an inflatable air bed when you’re camping,
you can take with you a bin bag and use it as your set of lungs. Simply fill it
up with air, clip it onto the bed and squeeze the air into it (saves you a lot of
energy). You’ve probably all heard of using a crushed soda can to make an
emergency side stand plate, but a thing that I found that works a lot better and
looks more more appealing to the eye, is using an old tobacco tin or an old tin
of mints. It happens to have the edge around it so it stops your side stand
sliding off. Next, always carry dental floss with you! You can use it as an
emergency sewing kit to sew up split bags. In this case I used fishing braid
because I know it’s a lot stronger. If you’re unfortunate enough to be in a car
park where you have to pay for a parking ticket, then you can use your old tax
disc holder to display your ticket in. In this case I’ve modified it so I can
padlock it to the front of my bike, and also don’t forget to write your number
plate on the ticket (puts people off stealing it). If you want to give this a
try you can actually cook meat on the rear of your exhaust, simply wrap it up
in tin foil wrap it around the hot part of the exhaust, or you can put it on your
down-pipes. Just leave it for the approximate cooking
time that it recommends on the packet, it genuinely works! If you’re into a bit of
recycling or you don’t want to carry a stove with you, then turn an old coke can into
a little makeshift wood powered stove. they’re absolutely brilliant! If you’re worried about scuffing your
shoes on the gearshift lever, then you should probably consider motorcycle
boots, but in my case I’m quite happy with a piece of duct tape over the front
of my shoe, protects it every time! It’s always a good idea to carry gas with you,
but if you’re looking to save money and do a bit of recycling again, go to
the recycling centre at the campsite (where you can throw away your gas stoves) and you’re more than likely gonna find a few full cans in there. Next, always carry
spare key rings with you. These are incredibly helpful when a tag snaps
off your zip, then you can literally just thread it through where the broken tag
is and use it for your tank bag, coat, and everything else you might need to
use it for. If you want to save money on using the
tumble dryer, or you’re out in the middle of nowhere where there’s no electric, then
a good way to dry your clothes is tying a piece of string between the tent and
the motorbike, it makes an excellent clothes line. If you’ve spent a night in the rain
when camping and the grass is completely wet in the morning. Sometimes you can’t get any
traction with your rear tyre. Try putting bungee cords around your
tyre, it will cause external grip which helps you to get off the field easier.
It’s a good idea to always carry some duct tape
(I personally carry mine on a pen), and it’s also a good idea to carry gorilla
tape. Gorilla Tape once held on my indicator in a 60 mile an hour collision,
and the duct tape also makes a good sun visor. A good cheap alternative to fog
proof spray is to use Gillette shaving gel. Spray some on the inside of your
visor, buff it off and that will create an anti-fog layer. It actually works! and
you can check out the full video in the description. I always carry glasses wipes
in my bag because they’re great for wiping the visor from dead flies, and
they’re good just after a long day of riding. For everything else there’s
jungle wipes, just a little bit better than wet wipes!
I recommend carrying a head torch because if you need to use your hands
for anything you got both available. Better than using torch on your phone. I
recommend putting all your personal details in as many places as you can on
yourself and the bike. If you do have an accident, the emergency services know who
you are quicker! Running a can of petrol additive through your engine before a
big tour will blast out any carbon deposits, and also any little bits of water
that might have built up inside. After this your bike will run much smoother.
I recommend always carrying these little military-style tin openers, but in the
event that you do forget your tin opener, you can always use a piece of flat
ground and scrape the tin on the ground to break the seal. If you collect the fluff out of your
tumble dryer filter, you can use it as a fire starter. It’s a great little recycling
tip for a completely waste product, and these things burn for a long time! Carrying Ziploc bags with you will allow
you to waterproof anything that you’re carrying that’s valuable. Always a great
thing to carry! You can now get very tiny GPS trackers that link with your phone. I
personally keep one in my bike and set it to Perimeter, if the bike leaves my
perimeter it will set an alarm off on my phone. If you’re concerned about your zip
splitting, or your seams splitting on your side bags, you can always wrap a
bungee cord around them just to ensure that it doesn’t break. If it does split
it’s gonna hold it in place. In one of my older videos you would have
seen that I used a bin bag as a makeshift poncho to protect me from the
rain, but nowadays I carry these pocket waterproofs. These are absolutely
brilliant and have a 5000 millimetre hydro-static head, perfectly waterproof! If you’re using a disk lock on your bike
I recommend leaving an elastic band on your handlebar! It will jog your memory
in case you try to drive off with it on. Old and worn coats, and even good coats
can sometimes create areas where they collect puddles, then leak through
the zip. A good way to avoid this is take a strip of tape ,and just tape down that
flap. That’ll stop any water trying to penetrate through the zip, and any
little weak sections around it. Carrying a little electrical setup under
your bike seat is a great idea. They run directly off the battery, and you can use
it to charge your phone camera and any other devices. And finally after a long
day’s riding you have a lot of crispy flies on your visor. The best way to take
them off is put a wet cloth and leave it on for 10 minutes. After all the flies
bodies have re-moisturised, they’ll wipe off easily. So thanks for watching, I’ll
put some links in the description for more details on some of the tips I
did mention, and I’ll leave a few other links for if you’re interested in taking
a look, and of course if you enjoyed this video please share it and get the
information out there! One more thing I’m going to share (and
it’s always good to confuse a non biker), tell a non biker that if you’re going
along at 10 miles an hour and you turn the steering to the left, the bike will
go left. But if you do 30 miles an hour and turn the steering to the left, you
will go right. It’s to do with counter-steering, gravity and
centrifugal force, so it’s always good to confuse someone. have a great day
I’ll see you next time!

61 thoughts on “Best Motorcycle Camping Tips & Hacks 2019

  1. Fair play Frazer some good tip reminders. Always entertaining ?
    Keep it up mate, a compilation of your cooking would make a great video mate ?

  2. Happy New Year Frazer.
    Let's hope there's plenty riding videos keep me occupied when I'm camping this year .
    Great refresher video with a couple of new tips in there ?

  3. 6:40 stylish ?. I use the key ring trick zip trick, most of my jackets and hold all’s, back packs etc are covered with them. Happy new year mate.

  4. Some good tips there Frazer, but I'd be reluctant to leave personal details on the bike (there are already examples of scrotes tagging bikes to find out where they're kept). What I would suggest though, is ensuring you've got your partner's mobile phone number tagged on your keys in the event you lose them (like I did in Scotland last year only to find one of the lost keys was going to cost over £440 to replace). HNY.

  5. Great video with some good tips I personally wouldn't of thought of. I've enjoyed your other videos but this one seems to be better put together, the beginning looked very professional. Thank you.

  6. A lot of brilliant hacks & new information obtained, Im about to take my 1st real long road trip from Atlanta to Denver round trip, im still a lil over a year from this reality, but trying to obtain all information and need to knows from various views to do my best to get this trip absolutely right well in advance!!! Good Riding Days All… ??? D~

  7. Aww man, I loved this!!!! I recently took my motorbike license and I'm so looking forward to starting camping around UK/Scotland/Ireland. These tips are gold!! Cheers!

  8. Stupid question.

    When going motorcycle camping, if you want to go out for the day where do you leave all of your bike gear and other valuables that you can't really take with you. I am planning on doing the 3 peaks later on in the year as a bike camping holiday but I was wondering where I could safely leave my helmet and other gear while doing the hikes?

  9. I seem to have missed so many of your videos! Been subscribed for while but YT doesn't seem to give me updates which include them?! Anyway, I just watched the protective clothing vid, and then the Man who lives under the bridge (which was a superb peice of film making by the way) and you should be rrally proud of the exposure you've given him. It sounds like he's doing well now!

    Anyway, really enjoying your content and looking forward to a lazy Saturday catching up! Cheers!

  10. Got my first motorbike on Monday will be going camping when the weather warms up, this is really helpful thanks

  11. Awesome tips, there's so much in this video I'll have to watch it a couple more times. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Great tips, another little tip regarding empty gas canisters, the Campinggaz CV300 quick release canister (shown in the video near the tent with the green plastic cap) can be refilled using a can of lighter gas, simply press the nozzle into the top of the CV canister and fill. Saved me a few quid!! 🙂

  13. Thanks Frazer im going camping on my bike for the first time at weekend many great tips much appreciated….

  14. Hi Frazer you have inspired me sooooo much to just get on my brand new cb500x and just GO. Also those tips are genius PLEASE do more vids im hooked. Although i suffer with M/E [its getting better] i think some time aloan with nature will do me the world of good keep the vids coming pal you have a very good chanel and your giving Excellent advice SCOOBS UK.

  15. Simple… strap your gear, food and drinks on your bike and go camping. I don't need to hack anything. Camping is hacking ALL things.

  16. I'm happy to see a dude make videos without monetization about the topic camping on your bike! It's literally the first thing I did within a month of becoming a rider. You got a few I never did. Thanks!

  17. Hi I was wondering what GPS tracker you showed and is it any good? Also how much is it to keep working (subscription) and does it work all over the world or only in UK/euro? Thanks

  18. Another person here who's just found your channel and is loving all your clever tips and hacks. Subbed! Thanks man, keep up the good work.

  19. Some top ideas in this video where did you get the little water proof coat from or what brand is it very good idea cheers

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