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    Good way to secure your bike while touring? Tent includes a "garage" for your rig

    Seeing this tent that has a "garage" section made for a motorcycle or bike made me wonder: how do most of you prefer to secure your bikes overnight?

    http://www.redverz.com/Tent-Tenere.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by reducedfatoreo View Post
    Seeing this tent that has a "garage" section made for a motorcycle or bike made me wonder: how do most of you prefer to secure your bikes overnight?

    Most of the places I stay are safe and secure anyway, being in the country, not crime infested cities or their nearby suburbs. If I feel like i want to put my bike 'out of sight' while I am gone for the day (say, a rest day when I go into a small town) I just take the wheels off, put the bike in upside down with the wheels next to it, and zip it shut.

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    I don't think bike theft is really a big issue outside of big cities, not enough to need to carry an extra tent for a bike.

    Just lock the bike up securely and you'll be fine.

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    Alternatively, you can just get a larger tent. Just roll the bike in and lay it down on its left side, with the wheels pointed to the wall. The bike helps to anchor down the tent in case it blows. If you need extra room, you can always throw the bike out.

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    I agree with the other posters, this thing is not necessary, and I wonder how one gets in and out of the tent with a motorcycle/bike in front of the door.


    Quote Originally Posted by ploeg View Post
    The bike helps to anchor down the tent in case it blows.
    Staking out your tent does wonders in case it blows...
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    "13 lbs. 6 oz.", they did say "3-person, 3 season tent dedicated to the adventure motorcycle traveler"..

    A flat Sil-nylon tarp, weighs a lot less , and you would lock the bike to something solid, then cover it,
    and sleep in a 5 pound tent..

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoltani View Post
    Staking out your tent does wonders in case it blows...
    Don't confuse me with your newfangled technology!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erick L View Post
    This is how...
    Bwahahaha
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    [QUOTE=reducedfatoreo;13052555]Seeing this tent that has a "garage" section made for a motorcycle or bike made me wonder: how do most of you prefer to secure your bikes overnight?

    I just lean it against a nearby tree or picnic table...
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    Quote Originally Posted by reducedfatoreo View Post
    Seeing this tent that has a "garage" section made for a motorcycle or bike made me wonder: how do most of you prefer to secure your bikes overnight?

    I just lean it against a nearby tree or picnic table...
    Yep, that is what I do. Sometimes I do lock it to said tree or picnic table though.

    Carrying a big enough tent to accommodate the bike too is definitely not something I want to do. I prefer a tent in the sub 3 pound range if possible and do not want to take a tarp. The Eureka Spitfire 1 fits the bill for me and can be found for under $100.

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    Thinking about hauling a 13 lb tent just to keep my bike happy makes my legs ache. We ride in the rain, the bike can sleep in the rain. Lock it to a table or tree if there's a risk of it wander off to graze at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam21fire View Post
    Thinking about hauling a 13 lb tent just to keep my bike happy makes my legs ache. We ride in the rain, the bike can sleep in the rain. Lock it to a table or tree if there's a risk of it wander off to graze at night.
    Yeah, I carried a 9+ pound tent across the US and despite the fact that it was used to house 3 of us I still cursed the weight of it every single day. I can't imagine someone willingly carrying additional 4 pounds of tent.

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    What kind of lock do you typically use on your tours? I personally wouldn't go for this "cycle tent" either, but I could see someone weighing the option of having a heavier tent instead of carrying a big chain lock...

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    Or this:
    You'll have room for your bike,your honey,inlaws and a pet or two!

    Whenever I'm not somewhere legit,your going to have to look pretty hard to find me,then uncover my bike and cut my lock without waking me up and chances are it's going to be so quiet I can hear a mouse fart at 100 yards......good luck!

    I use a piano wire cable lock,on tour and in the city.I like it because it is self coiling,not friendly to bolt cutters.It can easily be defeated,as all locks can,with a radiac wheel.My bike doesn't leave my sight much,so I'm comfortable with this lock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reducedfatoreo View Post
    What kind of lock do you typically use on your tours? I personally wouldn't go for this "cycle tent" either, but I could see someone weighing the option of having a heavier tent instead of carrying a big chain lock...
    I carry a rather beefy cable lock. It probably weighs around 1 or 1,5 pound, much less than an extra 8 pound for a tent. And a lock can be used in other places than the campsite. On some short tours, I didn't even bother with a lock.
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    I use a fairly cheap light weight cable lock. It was something like $15-20.

    If I were to tour more in higher theft areas I might consider more lock or I might just commit to not leaving the bike unattended in those areas.

    As far as "weighing the option of having a heavier tent instead of carrying a big chain lock... ", I'd think that you are much more likely to need the bigger stronger heavier lock places other than in camp. I would not even consider a heavy lock for camp. but maybe for high risk areas when in restaurants, attractions, stores or whatever. So far I have just tried to avoid those situations in higher risk areas.

    This September I'll be on the Pacific Coast highway and may have to adjust my habits a bit, but I'll play it by ear as I go. I am thinking I will most likely still use the cable lock and just not leave the bike unattended in bigger cities/towns.

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    we carry a small cable lock, and at night we lay bikes on top of each other and tie to the tent. often we put beverage cans on the spokes etc, so they would rattle / clank etc if someone tried to make off with the bikes.... even in higher risk camping areas in Louisiana and Hawaii , maybe we have been lucky...but seems to work for us....we never never leave bikes unattended...period

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    Quote Originally Posted by reducedfatoreo View Post
    First time a motorcycle falls over and brains a sleeping camper, they'll get a lawsuit.

    There's another tent that uses the bicycle as an anchor point, subject to the same fatal flaw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by graybeard View Post
    we never never leave bikes unattended...period
    Really? Did you mean you never leave them unattended or you never leave them unlocked and unattended?

    I can't imagine doing a multi-week or multi-month tour and never going for a side hike to a waterfall or vista, for a dip in a wild hot spring out in the middle of nowhere, or into a museum. Seems like you would miss a lot of what I have considered highlights of my tours. Also there are trips into stores, restaurants, or whatever where it would be a huge hassle to leave someone with the bikes at all times and impossible to do if traveling solo.

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    If I'm in the big city,the bike doesn't leave my sight,the bike goes inside with me while shopping,if not,I shop elsewhere.If in a small town,chances are good my bike will be there when I return.Not to many people are going to steal a loaded touring bike in the middle of nowhere,where are they planning on taking it? Short of getting put in a car or truck and driving away.....

    I'd venture to say that if someone that has never ridden a fully loaded bike and jumped on mine,they wouldn't make it out of the parking lot,you can't even see the front wheel.

    Somebody steals my bike in a town of a couple hundred people,the next town is 20 miles for there,getting "away" might be a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
    I can't imagine doing a multi-week or multi-month tour and never going for a side hike to a waterfall or vista, for a dip in a wild hot spring out in the middle of nowhere, or into a museum. Seems like you would miss a lot of what I have considered highlights of my tours. Also there are trips into stores, restaurants, or whatever where it would be a huge hassle to leave someone with the bikes at all times and impossible to do if traveling solo.
    Well, I just pitch my tent in the parking lot and throw my bike in it.

    ...Or I thread a couple of cable locks through the frame and wheels and around a reasonably immobile object, and call that good enough. One of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
    Really? Did you mean you never leave them unattended or you never leave them unlocked and unattended?

    I can't imagine doing a multi-week or multi-month tour and never going for a side hike to a waterfall or vista, for a dip in a wild hot spring out in the middle of nowhere, or into a museum. Seems like you would miss a lot of what I have considered highlights of my tours. Also there are trips into stores, restaurants, or whatever where it would be a huge hassle to leave someone with the bikes at all times and impossible to do if traveling solo.
    Securing the bike is one thing, but how do you secure your panniers and stuff in them?

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    When hiking or visiting hot springs I just left them on the bike.

    Yeah, my camping gear is expensive, but would someone really want a dirty sleeping bag that a sweaty bike tourer has been sleeping in? Dirty underwear?

    My valuables go with me in my handlebar bag.

    If at a campsite I just put my panniers in the vestibule and lock the bike if I want to hike or walk somewhere.
    Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoltani View Post
    When hiking or visiting hot springs I just left them on the bike.

    Yeah, my camping gear is expensive, but would someone really want a dirty sleeping bag that a sweaty bike tourer has been sleeping in? Dirty underwear?

    My valuables go with me in my handlebar bag.

    If at a campsite I just put my panniers in the vestibule and lock the bike if I want to hike or walk somewhere.
    Same here except my panniers stay on the bike for pretty much the whole trip and the stuff stays in them unless in use. Valuables in handlebar bag go with me. Also most of it is well used.

    I figure used camping gear and dirty clothes are not in great demand. A few items are kind of expensive but most of my gear was very reasonably priced.

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