Recreational vehicles transport us to adventure and fun. The travel in itself is an important part of the adventure. Russ and Lori did have a couple of travel adventures via motorcycle. Indeed, the motorcycle was our recreational vehicle for those moments. On an old Harley Ironhead, we participated in a “Harley’s for the Homeless” run back in the early 1990’s. This was sponsored by Harley-Davidson of Victorville.
Harley-Davidson of Victorville was once on Seventh Street. Cary and Marianne Fischer had a dream in the early 90’s to purchase the existing building and then create a showroom Harley Davidson Dealership in Victorville. This dream came to pass, and the new dealership on Valley Center Drive continues to thrive and serve motorcycle riders from all over the country.
Dennis Shields of Harley-Davidson of Victorville invited us to look around at the new Harley line that is great for some motorcycle travel. The new technology of motorcycles is amazing these days. Safety, features, navigation, and computerized amazement are what you will find. Motorcycles are pretty much turn-key these days.
Motorcycle travelers, campers, and adventurers are an RV family too. They enjoy the open road and riding in the wind. Planning ahead, motorcycle campers find campgrounds that are on their route. Rarely do you see a big campground that doesn’t have some motorcycle campers in it. The savings also adds up. Spending $100-$200 a night for a motel is expensive. Sleeping on the open ground or in a small tent makes you realize not what you are missing in the hotel, but what you would be missing IF in the hotel.
Sleeping is really comfortable under the stars or in your tent. Having your own sleeping bag each night is your own bed, the same bed, every night. It’s comforting. Sleeping bags are so intense these days, some lightweight ones can keep you warm in a tent, even if the temperature dips into the 30’s. These bags pack really tiny as well, taking very little space. For added cushion, get a 3 inch inflatable pad for under your sleeping bag.
Packing for motorcycle travel is easy. Figure about 150 liters of storage needs for two people. Quality of campground bathrooms and showers has steadily improved over the past few years. Russ and Lori find most of them very well maintained, clean, and operational. This seems to hold true for private, federal, and state campgrounds across the board.
As far as dollars spent for camping gear itself, motorcycle camping is relatively inexpensive. You only carry what you need and only need what you carry. It’s simple. Quite relaxing, less gear, and more focus on the travels and destinations. You could gear-up for about $500 on good gear.
Comfort has also evolved with motorcycles. Efficient and dependable motorcycles provide many creature comforts as well. Smooth ride, heated or even cooled road clothes, Satellite communications and sound systems, GPS, all available on current motorcycles. With these super helmet communication systems, you can speak with your passenger or even other riders in your group.
Two wheels, three wheels, four, or more; any vehicle that gets you to recreation is a recreational vehicle. Motorcycle camping is not for everyone, but the numbers are growing. Younger riders enjoy the technology, as much as we older riders enjoy the solid dependability of today’s motorcycles. This is truly an open road way to experience America. Be safe on our highways, God Bless America, and Let’s Get Rollin’!
To contact Russ and Lori, email them at Russ.Lori.Rollin@gmail.com