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Camping with your Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle

22 March 2019

Camping with your Harley-Davidson® Motorcycle

Why bring a bulky car to a campsite when you can ride your Harley-Davidson® motorcycle there? Combine your love of riding with your love of camping to enjoy a wonderful vacation away. But before you jump out on the road, you'll want to take a few proactive steps to ensure a smooth camping experience. We've gathered up our favorite tips below. If you have any questions or want to look at Harley bikes for sale, visit Abernathy's Harley-Davidson®. We are located in Union City, Tennessee near Jackson, Paducah, and Cape Girardeau.

Pre-Ride Inspection

Don't let your camping trip get derailed by a preventable maintenance issue. You should always inspect your Harley motorcycle before a long road trip. This lets you catch problems early on so you can fix them before your journey.

Start with the tires. Do they have enough air pressure and tread? Next, ensure your gas tank is full and your brake fluid levels are high enough. Then, test your lights to make sure they are all visible and bright. If you haven't ridden recently, go for a quick test ride around your neighborhood to ensure your vehicle brakes, turns, and accelerates as normal. If anything on your Harley motorcycle seems out of the ordinary, get it checked out.

Planning Your Trip

To help your trip go smoothly, you'll want to coordinate some details in advance. First, where do you want to go? Some people start by picking the campsite and then finding attractions nearby. Others start with the spots they want to hit during the day and then find a campsite nearby to spend the night. Either way, you'll want to book your campsite in advance. The best ones get full quickly and you'll want to reserve your spot. Plus, you can sometimes get an early bird discount by booking in advance, which can save you money.

Don't forget to account for the weather. Harley bikes are sturdy enough to power through some rain or cold, but they certainly aren't made for traveling through a thunderstorm! You'll want to ensure your intended travel days aren't riddled with extreme weather such as hail, intense heat, storms, and so on.

Packing Your Gear

Harley bikes offer plenty of storage options for you to pack what you need, such as saddlebags, a top side box, and a cargo rack. If you need more space than this, you can always buy storage upgrades.

One common upgrade option is leather cargo bags. While they are functional in holding items, their main appeal is their aesthetic. They look great on any Harley motorcycles, but especially ones with a more vintage style. It's important to note, though, that they do require tailored care. Road salt, rain, and other substances can easily damage them if you are not careful.

To help fit everything on your Harley bike, you can use a few strategies. One is to use travel-size versions of all your toiletries. There's no need to bring a big bottle of shampoo if you only need a few squirts. Another is to invest in backpacking gear since these items are designed to take up as little space as possible. Finally, try to pack minimally. Odds are, you don't need as many items as you think you do. Stick with the basics such as a first aid kit, water, food, a mini tool-kit, clothing, and tools to start a fire.

We hope you found these tips helpful! If you have any questions or want to look at Harley motorcycles for sale, visit Abernathy's Harley-Davidson®. We are located in Union City, Tennessee near Jackson, Paducah, and Cape Girardeau.