I'm not rich, so I started off with some very basic gear, and over time have added newer and improved items. I used to stay in hotels while riding, and if you think of the cost of one night in a hotel compared to the cost of a decent sleeping pad which you can use over and over again, then spending a bit more on gear begins to make sense, and of course it has to perform for you. The gear I use is middle of the road in terms of expense, and it has all been tested by yours truly over and over starting in 2006 when I began moto camping for the first time.

Alps Mountaineering Lynx 2
Western Head, 
Nova Scotia, Canada


Alps Mountaineering Chaos 3
Meat Cove, Cape Breton Island,
 Nova Scotia, Canada



I've used this setup the entire 2020/21 riding season.
Love it for two people


  • OEM bike tool kit
  • tire pressure gauge
  • Gearwrench MicroDriver ratchet, socket and screwdriver set with Metric Hex bits added
  • 3" and 6" 1/4" drive extensions for above
  • Sockets deep, 8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 13mm, 14mm
  • adapter, 1/4" drive to 3/8" drive
  • adapter, 1/4" drive to hex bit
  • Wrench, combination, stubby, assorted
  • Socket, "Gator Grip" 7mm to 19mm
  • Pliers, needle nose, locking "Vise Grip"
  • Motion Pro spark plug socket and extension
  • Hex key set
  • rag, oil
  • Electrician's pouch to store the above
  • Wrench, Adjustable, 8" (handle cut to fit under the seat)  
A Gearwrench micro rachet
with 1/4" hex bits
1/4" drive extensions
Vise grips
a "gator grip" socket for oil changes etc

All of the above is stored under the seat, the items below are part of the touring load:
  • Endurostar TS2 trail stand/jack
  • Maxima chain wax
  • Wrench, combination. 12 mm for roadside chain tensioning. I keep this close to hand for daily chain inspection. Tank bag or top box. 
  • cable, bicycle spare
  • digital multi-meter
  • Quik Steel epoxy putty - not the liquid type, this is important.
  • Stop Leak - radiator leak repair
  • gloves, vinyl
  • rag oil
  • gauge, air pressure 
  • tape, electrical
  • fuses, assorted sizes
  • utility knife blades
  • Cable Repair kit - Oxford (I rode over 1,000km with a broken clutch cable)
Cable Repair kit by Oxford
Or use vise grips, zip ties and duct tape
as seen here

Motorcycle Gear

  • Mesh jacket
  • Leather jacket - (spring/fall)
  • Riding pants, "Cortech" cotton duck with aramid, water resistant 
  • Hydration backpack, 2L "Camel Back"
  • Gears heated jacket - (spring/fall)
  • Gears heated Vest
  • gloves summer
  • gloves leather gauntlet
  • gloves cold weather water resistant - (spring/fall)
  • balaclava snowmobile - (spring/fall)
  • neck tube light
  • neck tube knit acrylic - (spring/fall)
  • Overalls, insulated cotton duck - (spring/fall)
  • boots - Icon Super Duty
  • boots - Alpinestars Web Goretex - (spring/fall/wet weather forecasted)
  • Helmet - Arai XD4 with Cardo Scala G4
  • Sunglasses
  • MSR Hydroshell rain jacket - (wonderful, but of course they no longer make them)
  • Teknic rain pants - (horrible, can't wait to replace them)
  • Kimpex rain over boots


  • iPhone XRs
  • Power Bank 9600 mAh - Power Master (older 500 mA output, but no "Smart" circuitry that cuts off small loads like a helmet communicator)
  • Power Bank 10,000 mAh - (Getihu (2.4 A and 1A outputs)
  • 8000mAh Car Jump Start Starter Battery Charger Power Bank Booster Rescue Pack
  • Cardo Scala G4
  • USB Charger - 120VAC to 5VDC at 2A x 2 outputs - Walmart
  • Battery AA x 4 Rechargeable for GPS - Amazon Basics
  • Battery AAA x 12 for flashlight and headlamps - Amazon Basics
  • SAE to USB Charger - Battery Tender Jr
  • Headlamp - Petzl AAAx3
  • Headlamp small - Fenix AAAx1
  • flashlight  AAAx1


  • Aotu Camp Chair (ebay purchase) (left at home most days)
  • Rok Straps for securing loads
  • Reading glasses
  • Eye glass spray bottle - tiny
  • Eye glass microfibre cloth


  • jersey, motocross long sleeve or T-shirts
  • socks
  • underwear
  • pants - zip-off - (only for trips longer than a couple of days)
  • top, long sleeve polar fleece
  • thermal layer - summer weight
  • thermal layer - winter weight - (spring/fall) 
  • Stuff sacks and helmet bags for the above
  • Sandals, Keens, for camp shoes or a night on the town.
  • drybag, 5L, used for dirty laundry
For trips longer in duration, I will add more clothing as needed, and launder the clothes with what means I have to hand. 


  • Camp Suds soap (Ran out, refilled the bottle with Dawn dish washing liquid. Good enough for a duckling, good enough for me)
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste - travel size
  • nail clippers
  • dental floss
  • foam ear plugs (for when your tent mate snores to wake the dead)
  • shaving foam
  • razor, disposable
  • deodorant
  • insect repellent, 30% DEET
  • Sunscreen
  • MEC small toiletry bag to contain the above 
  • towel, small micro fibre with stuff sack attached to the toiletry bag
  • toilet paper (in a waterproof ziploc bag)


  • First Aid Kit - Coghlans's Trek, added extra band-aids, gauze and tape.
  • Diabetic kit
    • Insulin pens and needle tips
    • blood Glucometer
    • pill boxes for diabetic pills
  • Acetaminophen
  • Ibuprofen
  • pepto bismul
  • immodium 

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