This article is part of a series devoted to advice for people who want to take their motorcycle on an adventurous camping trip. This is the fourth installment. If you haven't read the first three parts I suggest you do by clicking on my face. We already discussed bikes, tents, sleeping equipment, cooking equipment and knives. Now it’s time to discuss which non-motorcycle related clothes you should take with you.

Just like in the previous installments I’ll kick off with a passionate plea not to take too much stuff… This may be especially true for clothes as I’ve seen many…


This article is the third in a series of articles intended for aspiring motorcycle riders who want to take their bike on an adventure and camp off the bike. It’s best to read parts I and II first to get in to the groove… But it’s not strictly necessary. Just a reminder: In part I we discussed adventure bike choice and in part II we discussed tents, sleeping mats and sleeping bags. This part is all about cooking gear.

Cooking gear consists of two major categories of tools which will be discussed in the following sections. I’ve also thrown in…


This is the second part of a series of articles directed at aspiring riders who want to take their bike on an adventure in 2021. This part focuses on the gear you need to take in order to camp off your bike, specifically the tent, sleeping mat and sleeping bag.

I ended the last part with a warning that too much luggage capacity on a bike can make you take too much stuff. So even when your adventure is on the back of a large capacity motorcycle it’s important to keep your pack as light as possible and this guide…


This article is meant for aspiring motorcycle adventurers who want to take their bike camping in 2021.

The first part of this guide I dedicated to what may be the most important asset for your moto adventure: The bike itself. This is a good subject to begin with because I think this is where many aspiring motorcycle adventurers, young and old, have completely the wrong idea. Let’s start with a simple truth: If you have a bike in your garage you already have an adventure bike. Period. Please don’t think that only fully loaded big trail bikes are worthy of…


Some story about single hood popped up in my recommendations…Something about a 35 year old woman in yoga pants watching Netflix with her dog and her cat. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing; I hasten to add. But for some reason it inspired me to write this because I have been thinking about the singles phenomenon for some time.

I am 30 and single too. Living in Europe, so I might have a slightly different perspective then most of you who are Americans. But let me tell you what I’ve learned.

The typical 1950’s style feminist nightmare family model…


I was half peer pressured into some kind of e-mail game at work in which people were expected to “share their favorite recipes”. As my colleagues are great people I hastily engaged myself to partake in this modern, positive and social interaction. But then I realized I can’t cook… Nevertheless I made a recipe.

I am afraid many of the cliches associated with perpetual bachelors like myself seem to be accurate. Including the one in which bachelors don’t always eat as healthy and organised as they should. These are pointers I use in order to evaluate my home cooked meals:


Not many photo’s today. Leider nicht. I had to make swift progress. But the soaking I received the day before had taken its toll. I woke up relatively late at 8:00 and first I had to deal with wet gear. EVERYTHING was soaking wet. The sun was out but the mountain range flanking the campsite impeded it. I decide to wash my clothes first. I do a hand wash and by the time I started hanging my clothes on the fence as if on a clothesline the most amazing sunshine poured over the mountains. I reveled in it and I…


Sunshine as I left camp

That day was the last day I could ride freely. After that I would need to head home. At the campsite I get up relatively late because of the party the night before. I manage to be quite efficient and I do not leave too late. Plenty to do today! As I leave the campsite I get out of the ‘dead’ valley using the imaginatively named “Strada delle Dolomiti”. It did not disappoint.


Leaving the campsite I head up the Jaufenpass for instant satisfaction. The first stretch of road I rode the day before until I was forced back by the rain. And sure enough, when I neared the fabled bus stop where I hid the day before it started to rain again! Is this the universe trying to send me a message? Fortunately it was just a drizzle and I was able to keep on riding. The Jaufenpass does not wait long to provide me stunning vista’s.

Getting higher…

The campsite where I was staying might have been the best campsite I visited ever. It was really good. For my health too. Because I woke up feeling very well. The evening before a friendly German man on his Kawasaki Z1000SX joined me and in the morning, he provided some company.

As I was packing my stuff I discussed possible motorcycle routes with him. I decided to go up the Stelvio once again. But I would descend on the Italian side instead of the west. And after that I would make my way through Northern Italy to the Dolomites. He…

Dennis Van Eecke

Tech enthusiast and motorcycle traveler

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