7 Best Tents for Adventure Motorcycle Camping

Best Tent For Adventure Motorcycle Camping

With the popularity of Adventure Motorcycle Camping on the rise, there are now tents designed specifically with the motorcyclist in mind.

Parking your motorcycle in the tent in a designated garage area is now a reality, although it’s not for everyone.

Here is a look at 7 of the Best Tents for Adventure Motorcycle camping, both with and without the garage vestibule. Two person to six person.

When choosing camping gear for your adventure motorcycle camping trip, having the right tent for your needs goes a long way to ensuring your ride is enjoyable.

Quick summary

1. Vuz Moto 12 Foot Waterproof Motorcycle Tent – Best Value for Money Motorcycle Tent

2. Lone Rider Moto Tent – Best Of The Best Motorcycle Tent

3. NTK Indy GT XL 6 Person Outdoor Dome Tent – Best Budget Allrounder Tent

4. Redverz Atacama Tent

5. Harley Davidson Dome Tent

6. MSR Elixir 2 Tent

7. Coleman Sundome 2 Person Dome Tent

How to choose a Motorcycle Camping Tent

Deciding on your budget is the first step and this will help narrow down your choices out of the huge range available.

Most tents designed for motorcycle camping are compact, light and easy to strap to your bike.

A big decision that narrows the choice down even further is to decide if you want to also park your bike in the tent, out of sight of prying eyes, and out of the weather.

Not all riders want this option, but let’s face it, sleeping with your bike – you know you want to!

But seriously, even if you don’t park your bike in the tent overnight, there are definite advantages to having that garage space:

  • Just sit and chill with your mates
  • Work on your bike out of the weather
  • Store and hang your riding gear and muddy boots to dry
  • Cook out of the weather

Top 3 Things To Consider:

Now that you’ve decided on your budget and whether you want to park your bike in the tent, there are some important things to also consider:

1. Size: Motorcycle camping tents are generally 1 or 2 person tents, but even if you are riding alone many riders go for the 2 person tent to give you room to store your gear.

So a 3 person tent is really good for 2, a 4 person tent is really good for 3, and so on.

The packed size is also a major consideration depending on the type of bike you have, and the type of panniers you have. A packed size of 18-24″ long and about 4-7″ wide is good for carrying on a bike.

Tip: Packing the poles separately allows you to get the tent bag down smaller, and the poles can be easily strapped to the bike.

2. Weight: This is a consideration when carrying it on your bike. The load on your bike affects the places you can get to and the trails you can negotiate because your bikes handling is seriously affected.

3. Ease of Assembly: The last thing you want after a long days ride is to have to fumble around, maybe even after dark, to set up your tent. Quick easy assembly is essential.

Some other factors to consider when choosing your tent are:

  • Seasons: Most tents are 3 season – Spring/Summer/Fall. You really don’t need a 4 season tent unless you intend to use it for mountaineering or use it in the snow. They are also heavier, which is not so suitable for carrying on a motorcycle
  • Good quality zippers: YKK zippers are the way to go. They should be nice and smooth and not prone to snagging.
  • The number of doors: At least 2 doors is definitely an advantage, it means you don’t have to climb over anyone if you have to get up in the night.
  • Heavier duty fabric: Look for a higher Denier rating, these are more rugged and durable. This is especially important on the floor. A seamless ‘bathtub’ style floor is also a feature to look for.
  • Taped seams: After the joint is sewn, if the seam is taped it provides less chance of it being a leak point.
  • A Vestibule: Even if the tent does not have a garage for your bike, a vestibule is great for storing gear that you don’t want in the tent with you.
  • Airflow: Large mesh ventilation panels are important especially if you are camping in warm areas.
  • Freestanding Design: The big advantage of a freestanding tent is that you can just pick it up and move it if you decide to change position. You can also pick it up to shake out any dirt and dust that’s got in there.
  • Guy out loops: These are loops or panels attached to the fly that provide extra tie-down points for the guy ropes. Great for windy exposed areas.

Other things worth carrying:

  • A Tarp: Putting a tarp down under your tent gives an extra layer of protection, especially on the rocky ground, and increases the life of your tent.
  • A tent repair kit: A handy thing to carry if you need to carry out an emergency repair.
  • Heavy duty tent pegs: Often the pegs that come with a tent are pretty flimsy and bend easily. Aluminium ‘Y’ section pegs are the way to go especially if you a trying to get them into rocky ground.

Here are 7 of the Best Adventure Motorcycle Camping Tents available today:

1. Vuz Moto 12 Foot Waterproof Motorcycle Tent

Vuz Moto Tent

If you love the Lone Rider or the Redverz style motorcycle tents (at nos. 2 & 4 below) with the motorcycle garage, the Vuz Moto offers you all the same benefits, but at about half the price.

It offers shelter for the bike and rider with a dedicated garage for your bike and sleeping for up to three people, plus your bike.

It is made of completely waterproof materials, which is priority number one since it always seems to rain when you put a tent up.

There is a large vestibule area at the front for storing gear like muddy boots that you don’t want in the sleeping area.

When the bike is not in there it is an ideal area for just sitting and relaxing, or storing gear like jackets, pants, and boots that you want to dry.

It has four access points to allow you to enter and exit from any direction without having to climb over your buddies.

The outer fly can stand alone and be separated from the inner tent. This gives you the option of using it as a large garage for working on your bike.

The inner tent has a bathtub style floor, and there’s even a small patch of fabric attached outside the door to put your wet shoes on.

Vuz Moto Tent with bike

Features:

  • Tent size: 12ft/3.66m long, 7ft/2.13m  tall, 8ft/2.44m wide. Inner sleeping area: 9ft 6in/2.89m long x 8ft wide
  • Packed size: 14.1″ x 10.9″ x 8.8″/36cm x 27cm x 22cm
  • Sleeps: up to 3 people & 1 motorcycle
  • Seasons: 3 Season Tent
  • Fabric Material: 190T polyester and B3 mesh
  • Weight: 13.7 pounds/6.2kg
  • Floor: Bathtub style floor 10 000mm waterproof coating

Pros:

  • Good price
  • Very roomy

Cons:

  • Stakes and guy lines are green. Not the best color for finding them in the grass.

2. Lone Rider Moto Tent V2

Lone Rider Moto Tent

The Lone Rider Moto Tent is a moto camping tent that allows you to keep your bike under cover, which is great peace of mind for security. If you have had a lot of rain overnight, your bike is still dry, which is always good.

The garage area is tall enough to stand in, and get a fully loaded adventure bike with panniers in. If you leave the bike outside there is room for 2 or 3 adults to sit in camp chairs out of the elements. A large vestibule also gives you extra gear storage space.

The bedroom area is suitable for two people plus your luggage and has access front and back which gives you good airflow. There are 3 mesh windows.

The tent bag has built-in straps which allow you to fasten it to your bike without the need for bungee straps.

Erecting it is very quick and easy with only 3 poles which are color-coded to make them easy to locate and insert. Lone rider has a video that demonstrates set-up, and once you have done it a few times, it can be put up in less than 10 minutes.

There is a light hanging point in the garage, but not in the bedroom, which does seem a bit strange, but ideal for hanging gear to dry.

Both the bedroom and garage pods have pockets (4) for storing things like keys and phone etc.

The inner tent is detachable which allows you to use the tent as a huge garage when working on your bike.

Lone Rider Moto Tent with bike

Features:

  • Tent size: 13’8″/4.15m long, 6’7″/2.0m tall at garage, 7’11″/2.4m wide
  • Packed size: 24″ x 8″/60cm x 20cm
  • Sleeps: up to 2 people & 1 motorcycle
  • Seasons: 3 Season Tent
  • Fabric Material: CPAI84 fire-retardant fabric
  • Fly: UV resistant Rip-stop, 10 000mm waterproof coating, 210T Nylon
  • Floor fabric: Rip-stop, 10 000mm waterproof coating, 190T Nylon
  • Inner Tent fabric: Breathable polyester
  • Weight: 12 pounds/5.4kg
  • Doors: 2
  • Pegs: Aircraft grade aluminum 7001-T6 to accommodate a wide range of soil conditions
  • Poles: Aircraft grade aluminum 7001-T6
  • Reflective guy ropes

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Quick easy erecting
  • Quality construction

Cons:

  • Larger packed size
  • Pricey

3. NTK Indy GT XL 6 Person Outdoor Dome TentNTK Indy GT XL 6 Person Outdoor Dome Tent

The NTK Indy GT XL 6 Person Tent is a lightweight 3 season 2 door tent.

While not specifically designed for motorcycle riders, it has all the features you’re looking for if you do not want to store your bike in the tent.

It has a large front canopy area which is great for gear storage and has a clear window on each side. The unique European design front vestibule has an awning and side door with a detachable PE tarp floor.

The aerodynamic dome shape is good for resisting strong winds and rain.

A great feature is the waterproof rainfly which has a double layer 190T polyester laminated with polyurethane, heat welded PU seam sealed and UV protected.

The inner tent has a large 2-way zipper D-style door with full mosquito mesh protection which gives full ventilation. There is a roomy utility pocket and a gear loft for storage, and mesh ventilation to the roof.

The frame features extra thick Nano-Flex technology fiberglass poles which are interconnected with a high performance elastic and double gold chrome plated ferrule hardware. NTK claim to be the only company that developed its own fiberglass compound and has been tested over the decades.

The anti-fungus seamless polyethylene floor is a bathtub style construction.

The freestanding design is easy to set up and take down. Just pick it up and relocate it if you don’t like your spot.

NTK is the international brand of Nautika, a leading Camping and Outdoor company founded in Brazil in 1974. They have a 44-year reputation in over 27 countries for building quality tents and outdoor lifestyle equipment.

NTK Indy GT XL tent

Features:

  • Tent size: 14ft/4.27m long, 6ft/1.90m center height, 8ft/2.45m wide. (Sleep area 8ft x 8ft)
  • Packed size: 14.1″ x 10.9″ x 8.8″/36cm x 27cm x 22cm
  • Sleeps: up to 6 people
  • Seasons: 3 Season Tent
  • Design Type: Freestanding
  • Floor Material: Seamless heavy duty anti-fungal polyethylene
  • Rainfly: 100% waterproof 190T Polyester laminated with polyurethane 2500mm water column
  • Inner Material: 100% breathable polyester
  • Mosquito Mesh: Breathable Ultra Thin NO-SEE-UM polyester to let the air in and keep the bugs out
  • Weight: 17 pounds/7.7kg
  • Doors: 2
  • Security: Meets CPAI-84 flammability requirements

Pros:

  • Good price
  • Freestanding design
  • Extendable porch

Cons:

  • Instructions are in Portuguese and Spanish, but the pictures are a big help

4. Redverz Atacama Tent

Redverz Atacama Tent

The Redverz Atacama Tent is another tent specifically designed with the motorcyclist in mind. Their garage design started an entirely new tent genre back in 2008.

The garage area is big enough to get a fully loaded adventure bike with panniers into comfortably and there is a full standing height, even if you’re 6’4″.

It is accessed by 2 full height doors front and back, so your motorcycle can easily be parked inside.

The sleeping area easily fits 3 people and their all gear and is accessed by 2 large J doors from the garage which have both privacy screens and mosquito nets. There is another door at the back, so there is no climbing over your bunkmates in the night.

The bathtub style floor is 190T Rip-stop Nylon waterproofed to 10 000mm, which is as good as any tent you can get.

The whole thing folds down to a manageable 21″ x 10″ bundle, and weighs in at 14 pounds, not the lightest in this list, but with extra space and features comes a bit extra weight.

It can be set up and taken down in about 10 minutes once you’ve done it a few times.

Redverz Atacama Tent top view

Features:

  • Tent size: 195″/4.95m long, 77″/1.95m peak height, 102″/2.59m wide. (Sleep area 92″/2.36m x 95″/2.4m) Garage Vestibule: 100″/2.54m x 36″/91cm
  • Packed size: 21″/53cm x 10″/25cm
  • Sleeps: up to 3 people & 1 motorcycle
  • Season: 3 Season Tent
  • Fly Fabric: Coated Rip-stop polyester, 68D 210T 4000mm
  • Floor fabric: Rip-stop Nylon 70D, 190T 10,000mm waterproofing
  • Inner Tent fabric: 75D 190T/P Breathable
  • Mosquito Mesh: Breathable Mesh B3
  • Weight: 14 pounds/6.3kg
  • Doors: 4
  • Poles: Aluminum, Diameter 11mm (2), 9.5mm (1), shock cord
  • Groundsheet: sold separately and recommended

Pros:

  • Quality construction
  • Excellent ventilation

Cons:

  • Not Freestanding
  • Pricey

5. Harley Davidson Dome Tent

Harley Davidson Dome Tent

The Harley Davidson Dome Tent isn’t designed specifically for adventure bikes, but if you can get a Harley Davidson cruiser in there, you will certainly get an adventure bike in.

In fact, you can actually get three bikes in the garage, as proven in a reviewer pictures.

It also makes this list because of its sheer cool factor. Harley Davidson is a legendary name, so it follows that equipment bearing their name is quality stuff.

The sleeping area measures 8′ x 7′ and is classed as a four-person tent, but you had better be very good friends because it is really more comfortable with 2 or 3 people.

This tent features 40″x 40″ (1m x 1m) front and rear doors with insect mesh and inside zipper storm flaps, so there’s plenty of ventilation going through the tent. There’s also breathable mesh panels in the roof.

The rainfly features ‘Clearview’ windows to let some extra light in and is really easy to attach with side release buckles for tension adjustment.

I really like that the motorcycle vestibule is detachable, so if you are camping without your bike, you can simply pack just the dome tent. The vestibule is such a great private sitting area, it’s good to have even without your bike.

The tent is packaged in its own bag with a separate smaller bag for the 14 tent stakes, and a bag for the shock-corded fiberglass frame. This is a great idea and makes it easier to pack to your bike.

The tent is quick and easy to set up once you’re familiar with the instructions and easy to repack.

Features:

  • Tent size: Sleep area: 8’/2.4m x 7’/2.1m Center Height: 4’4″/1.3m Vestibule: 8’4″/2.54m x 8’7″/2.6m Center Height: 5’6″/1.7m
  • Packed size: 24″L x 10″W x 10″H
  • Sleeps: up to 4 people
  • Seasons: 3 Season Tent
  • Floor: Reinforced seams for weather resistance
  • Rainfly: Features ‘Clearview’ windows for extra light
  • Weight: 12 pounds/5.4kg
  • Doors: 2 x 40″ x 40″ (1m x 1m)

Pros:

  • Easy to put up
  • Good Price
  • Removable motorcycle vestibule

Cons:

  • No bathtub style floor, although seams are still reinforced
  • Head height too low to stand in

6. MSR Elixir 2 Tent

MSR Elixir 2 Tent

The MSR Elixir 2 Tent is a freestanding lightweight two-person tent.

While not designed specifically for motorcyclists, it is great if there is just one or two of you, and light enough to be used for backpacking.

It weighs in at just under six pounds and packs down to a 7″ x 20″ so its easy to pack onto your bike.

It features two doors and two vestibules, so you don’t have to climb over your companion to get in and out during the night. What a great idea for a two-person tent.

The bathtub style floor and taped-seam rainfly mean you don’t have to worry about staying dry if it rains in the night.

Putting it up is made easier with the use of color-coded poles, clips, and webbing.

There’s even glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls to make it easy to find the zippers in the dark, and built-in gear lofts to put your small items in for finding quickly.

It even includes an additional groundsheet.

Features:

  • Tent size: 110″/2.79m long, 40″/1.02m peak height, 84″/2.13m wide.
  • Sleep area: 84″/2.13m x 50″/1.27m
  • Packed size: 20″/50cm x 7″/18cm
  • Sleeps: up to 2 people
  • Seasons: 3 Season Tent
  • Design Type: Freestanding
  • Rainfly Fabric: 68D Rip-stop polyester, 1500mm polyurethane & DWR
  • Floor fabric: 70 Taffeta nylon, 3000mm Durashield polyurethane & DWR Bathtub style
  • Canopy fabric: 40D Rip-stop nylon
  • Mosquito Mesh: 20D Nylon micromesh
  • Weight: 5 pounds 13 ounces/2.64kg
  • Doors: 2
  • Poles: 2 – 7000 series Aluminum
  • Groundsheet: included

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to put up
  • Bathtub style floor

Cons:

  • 2 person suitable but not much room for additional gear

7. Coleman Sundome 2-Person Dome Tent

Coleman 2 person Sundome Tent

The Coleman Sundome 2-Person Dome Tent is the smallest and cheapest tent in this review. While not designed specifically for motorcyclists, it is suitable for any type of camping where you want to travel light with minimal bulk.

It is a 2 season tent, so really only suitable for warmer weather.

The ‘half-flysheet’ combines with large weather protected mesh vent panels in the roof, and a floor level vent which gives good ventilation. Further cross ventilation is provided by the large hooded rear window

The peak of the flysheet provides some shade and rain protection over the door and the rear window.

Inside there are storage pockets to keep your small items organized, and the heavy duty Polyethylene bathtub style floor with welded seams guards against a leaky floor.

Setup is quick and easy and can be done in under 10 minutes by one person using the Instaclip pole attachments and continuous pole sleeves. It is designed to withstand up to 35+mph winds.

The Coleman 2 person tent is excellent value for money in the under $50 price range. It is an extremely popular tent with literally thousands of positive reviews from users.

Coleman 2 person Sundome Tent

Features:

  • Tent size: 7’/2.13m long, 4’/1.22m center height, 5’/1.52m wide.
  • Sleeping Area: 6’7″x 4″7″/2.0m x 1.4m
  • Packed size: 24″x 5.5″/61cm x 14cm
  • Sleeps: up to 2 people
  • Season: 2 Season Tent
  • Fabric Material: 68D Polyester
  • Fly: Coated Polyester (450mm coating)
  • Floor fabric: 1000D Polyethylene bathtub floor with welded seams
  • Inner Tent fabric: Polyester
  • Weight: 7.5 pounds/3.4kg
  • Doors: 1 Large ‘D’ style entry
  • E port to bring electricity into your tent
  • Warranty: 1 year

Pros:

  • Good price
  • Bathtub style floor
  • Freestanding design

Cons:

  • No vestibule
  • Only 2 season tent
  • One access door only

Final Thoughts

The increase in popularity of adventure bikes has led to some great tents designed specifically for the adventure motorcycle rider.

Although the ability to park your bike out of the weather and away from prying eyes is a huge bonus, not everyone needs this feature. Some prefer to travel extra light leave the bike in the open.

Personally, I think that even if you don’t put the bike in the tent at night, having that extra space for just chilling with your riding buddies, cooking a meal, drying your wet riding gear, or working on the bike out of the weather is a huge benefit.

In this review, I’ve looked at the two most popular garage type tents, the Lone rider Moto Tent, and the Redverz Atacama, both top of the line in quality, but also top of the price range.

If that style of tent is what you want, but the budget is a factor, all those features can be found for about half the price in the Vuz Moto Tent.

The NTK Indy GT XL 6 Person Tent makes my list as a great allrounder tent, suitable for the adventure motorcycle rider who doesn’t want to get the bike in the tent, but also a great family tent, big enough for the whole family.

All of the tents in this review have overwhelmingly positive reviews from users. Just click the links to read what others say about them.

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