A Tent for Adventure Motorcycles

08/05/2011 @ 3:10 pm, by Jensen Beeler9 COMMENTS

For those who don’t know, I’m an Eagle Scout. And with a lifetime of scouting, comes the duty to do some good in the world, a general inclination for thriftiness, honesty, & loyalty, as well as the occasional desire to start an imprudently large fire (rumors that I once started a campfire that the national weather service recorded as a forest fire might be true, and probably aren’t exaggerated). Hiking all over the higher altitudes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Grizzly Adams and I could compare notes on how to shit in the woods, as well as our constant five o’clock shadows.

When I turned 18, I bought a motorcycle against threats from my mother on disowning me, and was off to college. Becoming a complete petrolhead, I was relieved when some guys went the long way around, and essentially launched the adventure motorcycle segment. The happy merger between camping and motorcyles, virtually every OEM has some sort of offering that can be wedged into this ambiguous market, which means an option for every flavor of ADVrider. With an predisposition for “needing” stuff that rivals a woman’s desire for another pair of shoes (or purses for that matter), hiking/camping and motorcycles are certainly gear oriented pastimes. With that long-winded intro, A&R presents to you the purpose-built motorcycle tent for adventure motorcyclists by Redverz.

The Redverz Tenere Expedition tent, and the larger Series II Expedition tent, are not perhaps the first motorcycle-in-a-tent ideas, though they catches us as some of the most well thought-out offerings in this space. These three-season tent sleeps three people (read: two normal-sized humans) and one motorcycle, have a rain fly, and are generally packable into your typical motorcycle pannier mess of kit (13 lbs of tent according to Redverz). The motorcycle bay can be ridden into, is tall enough for you to stand in, and zips into the area where you sleep, making it convenient for on-the-trail repairs, coverings, etc.

Pricing is $399 for the Ténéré Expedition tent, while the Series II Expedition tent runs $449. Note, an Adventure motorcycle is not included in the purchase price. Thanks for the tip cousin Chris! First camping spot: your backyard!

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  • scottdc

    This seems ridiculously large for any kind of serious motorcycle travel. 13lbs? I currently use and swear by my NEMO tent that packs to about the size of a grapefruit. My bike doesn’t mind being left outside nor do I feel the need to tuck it in at night like the buyers of this tent must…

  • which NEMO do you have?

  • scottdc

    I have two actually, the Morpho 2P for trips with my wife and I also have the little GoGo bivvy for trips on my own. Both pack really small and set up quick!

  • Shaitan

    Me likey, though 13 lbs seems a bit much.

  • GeddyT

    I imagine the only advantage of this tent would be the heat from the bike. On a cold night you might get enough latent heat in the tent to fall asleep to before it gets uncomfortably cold.

  • JonC

    Yes, but why would you want to sleep with your bike? Certainly if you ride it the rain, it can sleep outside your tent and keep watch while you snooze inside.

  • Shaitan

    I see the real value of this type of tent: (1) when you’re camping in a place where your motorcycle might draw too much attention, hiding it makes you seem like just a basic camper; (2) in high-wind/sandy areas keeping some of that crap out of the little nooks and crannies might prove good for the mechanical bits; (3) if you get lonely, your motorcycle can always comfort you. :P

  • Giles

    I agree with Shaitan – this would be extremely useful in those areas where you want to keep potentially unfriendly eyes off your bike. People arent tempted to mess with/nick what they cant see.

  • BikePilot

    Its also really nice to be able to park out of the snow/rain when on tour. I agree its too big/heavy for a lot of purposes, but in some instances I’d tote the extra weight and bulk for the convenience factor, especially if I were on a touring-ish machine. People ride VFRs and all sorts of heavy bikes for a little extra comfort, often toting hundreds of lbs more than necessary. what’s another 10lbs to be able to park indoors?