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    Senior Member domromer's Avatar
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    Time to finally get my s*** together

    This weekend I went on a motorcycle camping trip. I had just purchased tent camping gear for my wife and I. She tried hammocking but could never get comfortable and didn't mind tenting. So I purchased the ground camping supplies thinking it would be easier than bringing two different set ups on the bike. Well this trip was solo so I figured I'd bring the tent, and all that to try it out. Last minute I thew in my double nest thinking it would make a good camp lounge. So I get there and set it all up, MSR Hubba Hubba, Big Agnes air core insulated sleeping pad, and a big agnes lost ranger bag. I had ridden 400 miles so I figured I'd fall asleep pretty easy.

    That and two sleeping pills helped. I crashed after an hour of reading but true to form I woke up about an hour later tossing and turning. This continued all night until 2am. This time I had to answer the call of nature. So after walking the 15 minutes to the bathroom I knew I wasn't going back in the tent.
    Luckily I hung the double nest when I arrived. I knew I'd be cold as I had no underquilt and the air temp was in the low 50s. But I needed sleep so I put on my down jacket, and tried to line the hammock with the deflated sleeping pad.
    The big agnes only has insulation on one side so I opened it up so I could drape it over me better.

    It was a chilly night and I missed the sleeping pad completely, but I slept like a baby. in the morning I woke up relaxed and refreshed. I just stayed in the hammock and watched the birds and squirrels play in the tree canopy above me.

    So the hammock literally saved the trip. If I had to sleep in the tent I would have been exhausted. Not a good thing when I had another 400 mile day ahead on the bike. So what did this teach me..Well that I need to get serious with my hammock gear. Which means a top quilt and uderquilt. No more fooling around with sleeping on the ground. Luckily all the camping gear I bough was used so I'm going to put it on my local craigs list. Just thought I'd share this story with you guys.






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    sometimes its the real world experiences that actually pushes the decisions over the edge. Welcome to the dark side!
    The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering. - St. Augustine

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    Back to back 400 mile days... That's a love for riding! How does that bike handle on such a long ride?

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    You'll be so much more comfortable, and better off....so will your wife.

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    Its really all about the hang...

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    Never slept in a tent, but I have stayed in a few shelters. Never again! Hammock all the way.

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    Senior Member domromer's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbeauchamp View Post
    Back to back 400 mile days... That's a love for riding! How does that bike handle on such a long ride?
    It's actually very comfortable. I usually ride my vstrom 650, but since I was going solo I thought it would be fun to take the scooter. It's 600cc so it makes plenty of power. The wind protection is great. I rode through multiple rain storms and as long as I kept moving I stayed nice and dry. If I had any complaints is the rear suspension is pretty basic so you feel every bump and it's a little small. If I was 5'6" it would fit perfect. But at 6ft the cockpit is a little confined. But nothing too bad. I'd have no qualms about riding this bike coast to coast.

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    Senior Member domromer's Avatar
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    Glad you found the true comfort of a hammock! Silver Wing looks nice too -- I've been dreaming of one of the Suzuki Burgmans myself.
    "Can't we all just live in trees and hammocks?"
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    Nice pics! Thanks for posting.


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