Intro to Gear


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Intro to Gear


Equipment

 

Everyone wants to know what gear is best....

     But for many things, there's never really a 'best' thing out there. There are many brands that excel in their fields. You may find that there are cheaper versions of the same thing that can get you just as far.  There's some gear that gets better the more expensive it is.

     The gear I've put here for everyone is just what I have personal experience with. I'll admit, I'm pretty frugal. Much of the equipment here is the cheapest version I could find. If it broke or didn't do the job I purchased one step up.  Some of these items were bought with Credit Card points I earned over the years.

     I'll post everything I've bought, low quality or not. Some things I also wouldn't recommend you buy online (such as helmets or jackets) but I'll post them here anyways.

Each link will bring you to an Amazon page where you can purchase them right then and there! 

 

Happy hunting!

 

Categories of Gear


CATEGORIES

Categories of Gear


CATEGORIES

Electronics   Here is a list of electronics I use to record the action, my thoughts, or keep my batteries full on either my phone, cameras, or any gagets. The gear here is also what I use to transfer and save energy from my motorcycle battery for my devices.

Electronics

Here is a list of electronics I use to record the action, my thoughts, or keep my batteries full on either my phone, cameras, or any gagets. The gear here is also what I use to transfer and save energy from my motorcycle battery for my devices.

Luggage   My Kawasaki Vulcan has a luggage rack and a backrest, so keep that in mind when looking at this section. Ideally there's many ways these bags can be strapped on to a bike but it's good to keep in mind  where  you'll strap it on once you have it.

Luggage

My Kawasaki Vulcan has a luggage rack and a backrest, so keep that in mind when looking at this section. Ideally there's many ways these bags can be strapped on to a bike but it's good to keep in mind where you'll strap it on once you have it.

Camping Gear   Here's the stuff that makes it all happen. Even if motocamping isn't your thing it won't matter here, this is the gear I use once settled at a site. All of it is meant to be light weight and compact so it can all fit on a vehicle as small as a motorcycle.

Camping Gear

Here's the stuff that makes it all happen. Even if motocamping isn't your thing it won't matter here, this is the gear I use once settled at a site. All of it is meant to be light weight and compact so it can all fit on a vehicle as small as a motorcycle.

 
Toiletries   Here are some extra items that might make your trip either more comfortable or more manageable. 

Toiletries

Here are some extra items that might make your trip either more comfortable or more manageable. 

Books / Movies   These are some media on motorcycles, camping, motocamping, whatever. Good reads and watches for those looking to get into these hobbies.

Books / Movies

These are some media on motorcycles, camping, motocamping, whatever. Good reads and watches for those looking to get into these hobbies.

Misc.   All the other items you may (or may not) need are here.

Misc.

All the other items you may (or may not) need are here.

Gear- Electronics


ELECTRONICS

Gear- Electronics


ELECTRONICS

V oice Recorder  More for Vlogging and Blogging purposes, this little guy helps me take notes and record my thoughts much easier.

Voice Recorder

More for Vlogging and Blogging purposes, this little guy helps me take notes and record my thoughts much easier.

Helmet Mic  If stuffed into the padding of the helmet the right way it can act as a way for me to record my verbal thoughts while riding. Compatible with my helmet cam.

Helmet Mic

If stuffed into the padding of the helmet the right way it can act as a way for me to record my verbal thoughts while riding. Compatible with my helmet cam.

4TB External Hard Drive  ALWAYS back your stuff up. I store footage to edit later and completed episodes on here.

4TB External Hard Drive

ALWAYS back your stuff up. I store footage to edit later and completed episodes on here.

Microphone  Consistency is key in narration. This has recorded everything I've narrated for from season 2 onward.

Microphone

Consistency is key in narration. This has recorded everything I've narrated for from season 2 onward.

Helmet Cam (Sony Action Shot)  Complete with HD Image Stabilization, this little bad boy makes shots much smoother than any GoPro.

Helmet Cam (Sony Action Shot)

Complete with HD Image Stabilization, this little bad boy makes shots much smoother than any GoPro.

Helmet Cam 2  Another version of my former Helmet Cam. My current one is discontinued. Waterproof, heavy-duty, HD, no image stabilization.

Helmet Cam 2

Another version of my former Helmet Cam. My current one is discontinued. Waterproof, heavy-duty, HD, no image stabilization.

Handlebar GoPro Mount  You can keep your GoPro on a swivel this way as you film your ride!

Handlebar GoPro Mount

You can keep your GoPro on a swivel this way as you film your ride!

Flexible Tripod  Each of the little balls can bend so you can latch a camera to awkward surfaces. Isn't only compatable with GoPros, either.

Flexible Tripod

Each of the little balls can bend so you can latch a camera to awkward surfaces. Isn't only compatable with GoPros, either.

GoPro Hero 4: Silver  I've had this camera longer than any. Good for strapping to a helmet, handlebars, setting up action shots or putting through tough terrain. Can also be controlled by remote or cellphone app.

GoPro Hero 4: Silver

I've had this camera longer than any. Good for strapping to a helmet, handlebars, setting up action shots or putting through tough terrain. Can also be controlled by remote or cellphone app.

Monopod (Selfie Stick)  Good for any narration shots, reaching the camera into tough places, or annoying your friends.  Warning: Typically banned in cave tours nowadays.

Monopod (Selfie Stick)

Good for any narration shots, reaching the camera into tough places, or annoying your friends.

Warning: Typically banned in cave tours nowadays.

Gear- Electronics2


ELECTRONICS

Gear- Electronics2


ELECTRONICS

GoPro Suction Cup Mount  Good for attaching to any flat surface such as a window or wind screen. I use it to typically get another angle on narration shots.

GoPro Suction Cup Mount

Good for attaching to any flat surface such as a window or wind screen. I use it to typically get another angle on narration shots.

64 Gig MicroSD  Highest storage amount compatible with GoPros and Sony Action Cams, it's good to buy many of these and have extras just in case. 128 Gigs are made but won't work in many cameras.

64 Gig MicroSD

Highest storage amount compatible with GoPros and Sony Action Cams, it's good to buy many of these and have extras just in case. 128 Gigs are made but won't work in many cameras.

Open GoPro Housing  Good for keeping my GoPro protected from the elements but still able to plug in for charging, recording voice etc.

Open GoPro Housing

Good for keeping my GoPro protected from the elements but still able to plug in for charging, recording voice etc.

SD Card Holder  One of my favorites. Perfect for keeping all of your SD cards in one place in an organizer the size of a credit card. Girth of 2 credit cards, obviously.

SD Card Holder

One of my favorites. Perfect for keeping all of your SD cards in one place in an organizer the size of a credit card. Girth of 2 credit cards, obviously.

GoPro Smart Remote  Good for recording multiple action shots from a distance without having to walk back and forth from camera. Can pair with multiple GoPros.

GoPro Smart Remote

Good for recording multiple action shots from a distance without having to walk back and forth from camera. Can pair with multiple GoPros.

GoPro Accessory Kit  From a chest harness to extra mounts and extensions, this will help make your GoPro more 'useful' in many ways, guaranteed.

GoPro Accessory Kit

From a chest harness to extra mounts and extensions, this will help make your GoPro more 'useful' in many ways, guaranteed.

Portable Power Bank  You're not going to be next to your motorcycle / car every time your batteries need juice when camping. Bringing this on a long hike may also save your life. There are many uses for this.

Portable Power Bank

You're not going to be next to your motorcycle / car every time your batteries need juice when camping. Bringing this on a long hike may also save your life. There are many uses for this.

12V USB Charger  Perfect for getting the most out of your battery. I can charge my Portable Battery, Phone, and Camera batteries all at once on a long ride.

12V USB Charger

Perfect for getting the most out of your battery. I can charge my Portable Battery, Phone, and Camera batteries all at once on a long ride.

Lifestraw Water Bottle  An integrated filter straw helps clean your water out while you’re hiking, backpacking, or any kind of travel.

Lifestraw Water Bottle

An integrated filter straw helps clean your water out while you’re hiking, backpacking, or any kind of travel.

Gear- Luggage


LUGGAGE

Gear- Luggage


LUGGAGE

Saddlemen - 3515-0075 - R1300LXE Deluxe Roll Bag

Saddlemen - 3515-0075 - R1300LXE Deluxe Roll Bag

Saddlemen 3515-0082 Deluxe Sissy Bar Bag

Saddlemen 3515-0082 Deluxe Sissy Bar Bag

GoPro Case  Perfect for lugging around your GoPro and GoPro accessories in a thin lightweight package

GoPro Case

Perfect for lugging around your GoPro and GoPro accessories in a thin lightweight package

Bungee Net  This will add an extra element of luggage security and will keep any attachments to your bike gear from bouncing around.

Bungee Net

This will add an extra element of luggage security and will keep any attachments to your bike gear from bouncing around.

Bungee Cord Pack  This will also help secure anything that has loops or latches that you'd like to tie down such as a folding chair or blow-up mattress

Bungee Cord Pack

This will also help secure anything that has loops or latches that you'd like to tie down such as a folding chair or blow-up mattress

GoPro Accessory Kit  From a chest harness to extra mounts and extensions, this will help make your GoPro more 'useful' in many ways, guaranteed. 

GoPro Accessory Kit

From a chest harness to extra mounts and extensions, this will help make your GoPro more 'useful' in many ways, guaranteed. 

Packable Backpack  This guy can pack into a small space for easy travel and can unpack into a full backpack perfect for hikes, finding places for a picnic, or carrying things on walks through town.

Packable Backpack

This guy can pack into a small space for easy travel and can unpack into a full backpack perfect for hikes, finding places for a picnic, or carrying things on walks through town.

Dry Sack Set  Some things can't afford to get wet. These dry sacks will keep any electronics, toiletries, or other supplies dry in your luggage. They also pack very small when not in use- a good alternative to zip-lock bags, which can puncture or tear.

Dry Sack Set

Some things can't afford to get wet. These dry sacks will keep any electronics, toiletries, or other supplies dry in your luggage. They also pack very small when not in use- a good alternative to zip-lock bags, which can puncture or tear.

Compression Sack  Clothes will probably take up the majority of your space. This air-tight bag will press your clothes into a more tight-fit manageable size.

Compression Sack

Clothes will probably take up the majority of your space. This air-tight bag will press your clothes into a more tight-fit manageable size.

Gear- Camping Gear


CAMPING GEAR

Gear- Camping Gear


CAMPING GEAR

2P Camping Tent  This is the important one. Wherever this is, you'll call it home. Lightweight and compact, this tent is also easy to set up and durable. I've also seen it at many campsites so believe me when I say: This is a good freakin' buy.

2P Camping Tent

This is the important one. Wherever this is, you'll call it home. Lightweight and compact, this tent is also easy to set up and durable. I've also seen it at many campsites so believe me when I say: This is a good freakin' buy.

Air Mattress  To keep  some  level of comfort it's important to keep yourself from losing heat at night.

Air Mattress

To keep some level of comfort it's important to keep yourself from losing heat at night.

Multitool  Once you have one of these you'll just be itching to find things you  can't  use it on.

Multitool

Once you have one of these you'll just be itching to find things you can't use it on.

Mini Camping Stove  This little guy is cheap, compact, light-weight, and just plain convenient! Sometimes you don't want to take the time to construct and put out a camp fire. Sometimes you can't legally  have  a campfire. This is perfect for such occasions.

Mini Camping Stove

This little guy is cheap, compact, light-weight, and just plain convenient! Sometimes you don't want to take the time to construct and put out a camp fire. Sometimes you can't legally have a campfire. This is perfect for such occasions.

White Gas Canister  Light weight fuel to power the mini camping stove.

White Gas Canister

Light weight fuel to power the mini camping stove.

Camping Cook Set  When it comes to boiling water, coffee, tea, or just mixing your drinks, this set does the trick

Camping Cook Set

When it comes to boiling water, coffee, tea, or just mixing your drinks, this set does the trick

Tarp  If you're expecting rain and you want to still stay dry outside your tent, you'll wish you had one of these. Great for blocking the sun and wind too.

Tarp

If you're expecting rain and you want to still stay dry outside your tent, you'll wish you had one of these. Great for blocking the sun and wind too.

Inflatable Pillow  Packs tight and works better than a pile of clothes, that's for sure.

Inflatable Pillow

Packs tight and works better than a pile of clothes, that's for sure.

Dry Sack Set  Some things can't afford to get wet. These dry sacks will keep any electronics, toiletries, or other supplies dry in your luggage. They also pack very small when not in use- a good alternative to zip-lock bags, which can puncture or tear.

Dry Sack Set

Some things can't afford to get wet. These dry sacks will keep any electronics, toiletries, or other supplies dry in your luggage. They also pack very small when not in use- a good alternative to zip-lock bags, which can puncture or tear.

Camping Table  This table is perfect for preparing food, playing card games, holding drinks, or whatever you may need a trusted flat surface for. It rolls up into a cylinder-shaped bag for easy storage.

Camping Table

This table is perfect for preparing food, playing card games, holding drinks, or whatever you may need a trusted flat surface for. It rolls up into a cylinder-shaped bag for easy storage.

Lantern  This lantern packs up easy and can  really  illuminate an area with its LEDs. Perfect for getting a good visual on your surroundings.

Lantern

This lantern packs up easy and can really illuminate an area with its LEDs. Perfect for getting a good visual on your surroundings.

Head Lamp  Perfect for cleaning up at night, hiking or biking home past sunset, or reading yourself to sleep in your tent.

Head Lamp

Perfect for cleaning up at night, hiking or biking home past sunset, or reading yourself to sleep in your tent.

Gear- Camping Gear2


CAMPING GEAR

Gear- Camping Gear2


CAMPING GEAR

Picnic Cookware  Compact and light weight. Contains a pot, pan, sponge, wood spoon, and plastic bowls for serving.  The only thing missing is silverware. A great set for a backpacker.

Picnic Cookware

Compact and light weight. Contains a pot, pan, sponge, wood spoon, and plastic bowls for serving.  The only thing missing is silverware. A great set for a backpacker.

Silverware Set  Less is more!

Silverware Set

Less is more!

Compass  Get Lost.

Compass

Get Lost.

Spice Rack  One of my favorite additions- perfect for someone who likes to cook like I do. Space for 6 spices. I use salt, garlic salt, black pepper, red pepper, lemon pepper and cajun seasoning.

Spice Rack

One of my favorite additions- perfect for someone who likes to cook like I do. Space for 6 spices. I use salt, garlic salt, black pepper, red pepper, lemon pepper and cajun seasoning.

Fire Knife  Good for cutting up potatoes as well as starting a fire! (not recommended to do at the same time)

Fire Knife

Good for cutting up potatoes as well as starting a fire! (not recommended to do at the same time)

Mini-Machete  You never know when you'll have to clear through bush, cut up some tinder, or just feel defended when something big moves around outside your tent 40 miles from the nearest human...  ...I named mine Chopchop.

Mini-Machete

You never know when you'll have to clear through bush, cut up some tinder, or just feel defended when something big moves around outside your tent 40 miles from the nearest human...  ...I named mine Chopchop.

Whet Stone  Good for keeping your tools sharp. Dull knives are more prone to injure so practice your sharpening technique!

Whet Stone

Good for keeping your tools sharp. Dull knives are more prone to injure so practice your sharpening technique!

Shammy  A must-have. A shammy will keep your tent, tarp, and tools dry because we all know packing your gear wet leads to mold and rust. The cloth is full of chemicals to keep from molding and packs tight.

Shammy

A must-have. A shammy will keep your tent, tarp, and tools dry because we all know packing your gear wet leads to mold and rust. The cloth is full of chemicals to keep from molding and packs tight.

Insect Head Net  Sometimes you need a little extra focus in your tasks and slapping your face has gotten old.

Insect Head Net

Sometimes you need a little extra focus in your tasks and slapping your face has gotten old.

Tackle Kit  Compact basic tackle kit for fishing.

Tackle Kit

Compact basic tackle kit for fishing.

Telescopic Fishing Rod  A fishing rod that folds up like a telescope for easy packing.

Telescopic Fishing Rod

A fishing rod that folds up like a telescope for easy packing.

Packable Backpack  This guy can pack into a small space for easy travel and can unpack into a full backpack perfect for hikes, finding places for a picnic, or carrying things on walks through town.

Packable Backpack

This guy can pack into a small space for easy travel and can unpack into a full backpack perfect for hikes, finding places for a picnic, or carrying things on walks through town.

Gear- Camping Gear3


CAMPING GEAR

Gear- Camping Gear3


CAMPING GEAR

Mg Fire Starter  Try your hand at some primitive fire starting!

Mg Fire Starter

Try your hand at some primitive fire starting!

First Aid Kit  Because you never know. A very comprehensive and affordable first aid kit here.

First Aid Kit

Because you never know. A very comprehensive and affordable first aid kit here.

Mylar Blankets  It's always good to have an extra layer of space blanket when it gets too cold. It can also be used as a signal if lost.

Mylar Blankets

It's always good to have an extra layer of space blanket when it gets too cold. It can also be used as a signal if lost.

Lifestraw Water Bottle  An integrated filter straw helps clean your water out while you’re hiking, backpacking, or any kind of travel.

Lifestraw Water Bottle

An integrated filter straw helps clean your water out while you’re hiking, backpacking, or any kind of travel.

Kermit Motocamping Chair  It's durable, lightweight, compact when packed, and comfy. Expensive.

Kermit Motocamping Chair

It's durable, lightweight, compact when packed, and comfy. Expensive.

Compression Sack  Clothes will probably take up the majority of your space. This air-tight bag will press your clothes into a more tight-fit manageable size.

Compression Sack

Clothes will probably take up the majority of your space. This air-tight bag will press your clothes into a more tight-fit manageable size.

Sleeping Bag  I tend to run more warm when I sleep and you can always add more layers. As a motocamper I tend not to camp in the winter so this sleeping bag has worked well for me for years. It practically takes up a whole saddlebag, however.

Sleeping Bag

I tend to run more warm when I sleep and you can always add more layers. As a motocamper I tend not to camp in the winter so this sleeping bag has worked well for me for years. It practically takes up a whole saddlebag, however.

Water Containers  Collapsible and foldable.

Water Containers

Collapsible and foldable.

Iodine Water Purification Tablets  Sometimes you have no time to boil water. This can do the trick as well.

Iodine Water Purification Tablets

Sometimes you have no time to boil water. This can do the trick as well.

Gear- Toletries


TOILETRIES

Gear- Toletries


TOILETRIES

Insect Repellent  The heavy duty stuff. I don't mess around.

Insect Repellent

The heavy duty stuff. I don't mess around.

Toiletry Bags  These lightweight compact bags can keep your bath wares all in one place.

Toiletry Bags

These lightweight compact bags can keep your bath wares all in one place.

Talcum Powder  Because friction.

Talcum Powder

Because friction.

Body Wipes  Sometimes you won't have the luxury of showering or jumping in a lake every day.

Body Wipes

Sometimes you won't have the luxury of showering or jumping in a lake every day.

Compact Toothbrush  Folds in half for easy storage.

Compact Toothbrush

Folds in half for easy storage.

Compact Liquid Containers  Good for body wash, shampoo, rubbing alcohol, shaving cream, etc.

Compact Liquid Containers

Good for body wash, shampoo, rubbing alcohol, shaving cream, etc.

Hand Sanitizer  For Sanitizing. Knives, hands, tools, etc.

Hand Sanitizer

For Sanitizing. Knives, hands, tools, etc.

Sun Screen  I'm an Irish white guy. I need to reapply every few hours. While much of me is covered on the road my face may take a bit of UV. Good to have this along no matter what you do.

Sun Screen

I'm an Irish white guy. I need to reapply every few hours. While much of me is covered on the road my face may take a bit of UV. Good to have this along no matter what you do.

Gear- Books / Movies


BOOKS / MOVIES

Gear- Books / Movies


BOOKS / MOVIES

Jupiter's Travels

-Ted Simon

The 'Moto Magellan' himself. In the 1970s, Ted Simon set out from London and rode all the way to South Africa, across the Atlantic to Brazil, Up to California, Across to Australia,up the Indonesian archipelago to India, through central Asia and back into Europe again.

He passed through warzones, countries with oppressive regimes, and had countless encounters with cultures beyond his imagination.

Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road

-Neal Peart

Neal Peart, is the drummer and lyricist of the progressive rock band Rush. In the mid 1990s, Neal was hit by tragedy when he had lost his daughter to a car crash and his wife to cancer.

Alone and now without a family, Neal lost joy in everything from meeting with friends and family to even drumming. Riding around on a motorcycle, however, seemed to give him peace.

He decided he would take his bike wherever he felt he could go. With no time or schedule constraints, Neal rides up the Pacific coast to Northern British Colombia and all the way South to Belize through Mexico.

His style of writing is very chummy yet sophisticated with a broad and descriptive vocabulary. It's a story of how a man who could 'have it all' deals with depression at the deepest level.

Motorcycle Camping Made Easy

-Bob Woofter

These kinds of books can stand the test of time.

This book comes complete with all of the different kinds of tents, gear, accessories, tricks, and recipes that will help you enjoy the great outdoors both in the bush and in the saddle.

I was already well-experienced in camping when I bought my motorcycle but this really seemed to be an all-encompassing way to prepare for anything and everything you'll run into when enjoying a hobby such as motocamping.

 

Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga

-Hunter S. Thompson

The late 1960s are when the Angels hit their prime. They would ride around on Harley Davidson motorcycles and harass the common taxpaying public with public drunkenness, fights, tripping on LSD, and roaring through the streets of small western towns.The national guard had to be involved whenever there was a known rally or meet.

Hunter S. Thompson, the father of Gonzo-style writing, lived among them as an outsider to get their story. He dove into this wild world head first giving vivid descriptions of the counter-culture that was the Angels.

This is one of Thompson's best pieces of immersed investigative journalism.

Long Way Round

This TV Series is the story of how Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman Travelled around the world from England to New York by passing through Asia.
The series goes into minute detail the preparation required for such a monumental trip such as basic physical, self defense, and bribery training, acquiring sponsors and visas, and preparation to document the entire trip.
The trip itself took 20,000-miles across 12 countries and 19 time zones in just 115 days.

The inspiration for this trip was from Ted Simon's "Jupiter's Travels" who they actually ran into in Mongolia.

Long Way Down

This is the 2nd TV Series of Ewen McGregor and Charlie Boorman- both of them traveled from Scotland to South Africa over the course of 85 days going through 18 countries.

With a bigger budget and a bigger ambition, the series goes into stranger territory.

Gear- Misc


MISC

Gear- Misc


MISC

Field Note Journals  These little books are very handy but for me they're mostly a thing of habit. I put directions in them as well as phone numbers and names of locations I know I'll need in areas without cellphone reception. I also jot down lists of attractions I want to visit in their order of proximity. I like to revisit them sometimes. I've kept all of them.

Field Note Journals

These little books are very handy but for me they're mostly a thing of habit. I put directions in them as well as phone numbers and names of locations I know I'll need in areas without cellphone reception. I also jot down lists of attractions I want to visit in their order of proximity. I like to revisit them sometimes. I've kept all of them.

Tire Puncture Kit  Luckilly I've never had to use my kit but you never know when it could push you a few more well-needed miles.

Tire Puncture Kit

Luckilly I've never had to use my kit but you never know when it could push you a few more well-needed miles.

Sewing Kit  Believe it or not I've used this bad boy to sow up travel bags and clothing whilst using the tools for some hard-to-reach maintenance. It's also good for practicing your knots and sewing in general.

Sewing Kit

Believe it or not I've used this bad boy to sow up travel bags and clothing whilst using the tools for some hard-to-reach maintenance. It's also good for practicing your knots and sewing in general.

Twine  Like they said about rope in The Boondock Saints, you'll never know if you need it.

Twine

Like they said about rope in The Boondock Saints, you'll never know if you need it.

Waterproof Matches  A good last-ditch effort if your other fire-starters fail you.  After being used up it could be a good container as well.

Waterproof Matches

A good last-ditch effort if your other fire-starters fail you.  After being used up it could be a good container as well.

Superglue  Cause sometimes things fall apart

Superglue

Cause sometimes things fall apart

Candles  In case you need to transport fire or electronic light is out of the question. Can also let off heat or mask smells.

Candles

In case you need to transport fire or electronic light is out of the question. Can also let off heat or mask smells.