I remember my first motorcycle trip, on the back of a questionable bike with a little 150cc engine, traveling from Chiang Mai to a sleepy little village called Pai in Thailand.
After ducking and weaving our way out of the busy roads of Chiang Mai, I finally began to relax and take in the wonderful sights surrounding the road. As we worked our way up through the mountain paths, the scenery became even more stunning. We stopped for a little while to take in the sights, but pretty soon we were off again – we had to make it to our next stop before it got dark.
I will always remember that trip, and I will always remember wishing we could have spent longer up on the mountain top. If only we’d had a motorcycle tent back then – the world would have been our oyster.
Well, better late than never, and eventually I did invest in a motorcycle tent, and I can honestly say that I’ve never looked back. Taking a tent with you on your motorcycle adventures opens the door to another realm of trips. Multi-day trips mean you can cover longer stretches, so more routes become possible, or you can simply take your time and break down shorter routes.
Tents that are good for motorcycle adventures range from ones you can actually store your tent in overnight to tents that are ultra-lightweight and compact nice and small. We’ve included a mix here in our review of the best tents for motorcycle camping to help you decide which tent is right for you.
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Introducing the first tent on our list of the best motorcycle camping tents… the Harley-Davidson Dome Tent.
Harley-Davidson is one of the most renowned motorcycle manufacturers in the world. They’ve been producing high-quality bikes for years, so it comes as no surprise that they’ve branched out to other bike-related gear too.
You can rest assured that this tent was designed with bikers in mind, and this is clear from the large 40 x 40-inch doors that let you pop your bike into the large vestibule for storage. But if you do fancy a camping trip without your bike and want to cut down on weight, this area can be removed, leaving you with a smaller tent that can sleep up to four people.
This tent is well-ventilated, thanks to the mesh roof panels, and the inside zipper storm flap, rainfall, and reinforced floor seams will stand up to the test of bad weather. Just make sure you peg it nice and tight, or else you might get some drooping from the roof.
Despite the large capacity, this tent is surprisingly light and packs down to a fairly small size, so it shouldn’t be too cumbersome to have with you on the road.
This tent is spacious, not too heavy, and looks pretty cool too – what’s not to love?
Okay, so it doesn’t have space for storing a motorbike… but apart from that, the ALPS Mountaineering 2-Person Tent has everything you’d want in a tent for bike trips.
It’s simple two-pole design not only makes setting up the tent a breeze, but it also cuts down on unnecessary weight, bringing the minimum weight down to just 4.11 lbs.
The dual vestibules provide ample space for gear storage, and there are mesh side pockets and a gear loft on the interior so that you can keep things organized.
The tent is also pretty weatherproof thanks to sealed seams, the water- (1500mm) and UV-resistant polyester rainfall, and the durable water-resistant (3000mm) flooring. And don’t worry about overheating when the weather improves, the all-mesh walls will keep you cool while keeping out those pesky insects.
This really does make a great tent to sling on your back and head out into the wilderness with.
Here’s another tent designed specifically for bikers… the TeePee Motorcycle Tent.
This tent fits two people plus a bike, making it the perfect companion for a double-trouble biking adventure. With one compartment for sleeping, one for your bike, and another to stow your gear, there really is a place for everything.
We love that there are four entry points to the tent, which makes getting in and out super convenient, and that two of them are mesh-covered so that you can keep yourself cool. This is a 3-season tent that can resist 3000-5000mm of rainfall, which is more than enough for camping outside of rainy seasons.
It isn’t the lightest tent around, and there are no instructions included so we’d definitely recommend practicing your set-up at home first, but other than that this a great motorcycle camping tent.
If you’re looking for a family-sized tent that you can slip a bike into, then look no further than the Coleman Evanston Tent.
The spacious sleeping area can accommodate up to six people, and there’s also a vestibule at the front for bike storage. We love that the vestibule floor has holes to stop any water from building up, but bear in mind the large mesh panels won’t fully protect your bike against showers.
As to be expected for a tent this size, it weighs quite a lot, so it’s probably best suited to a trip that involves a car or van as well as your bike – and you’ll need another vehicle anyway if there are six of you!
As well as the mesh panels at the front, there are large windows with in-built awnings so you won’t overheat during those summer months. During the rainier months, welded corners, inverted seams, zipper covers, waterproof flooring, and the included rainfly will keep you nice and dry. On top of that, the frame is designed to withstand strong winds. And if you do find that your tent doesn’t hold out, it comes with a 1-year limited warranty too.
All in all, this is a great option for anyone that’s looking to take their motorcycle with them on a family or group trip.
The CATOMA 64598F Switchback has to be one of the best motorcycle camping tents out there. We just can’t believe it hasn’t been reviewed much yet… but surely it won’t take long for the word to get out.
This spacious tent can not only sleep two people, but it also has two vestibules and you can create an additional porch-like feature using just a single aluminum pole – simple! The set-up of the tent itself is a breeze too, and shouldn’t take you longer than 60 seconds, which is great when you’ve been on the road all day and can’t wait to crash out (or the weather takes a sudden turn for the worse!).
On top of that, there are two doors, side pockets, and a loft gear compartment, so you won’t have to clamber around over pies of clothes and other gear.
You’ll stay nice and dry too thanks to the water-resistant (2000mm) coating, taped seams, and bathtub-style floor. But you won’t overheat either because of the vents built into the fly and the breathable inner tent.
While it isn’t ultra-light, this tent isn’t super heavy either, and we love that it comes with a purpose-built motorcycle carry bag that rolls shut on one side so you can make a quick getaway.
The main drawback of this one is the price… it certainly isn’t cheap. But then again, there is something behind the saying ‘you get what you pay for’.
The Vuz Moto Motorcycle Tent really was designed with bikers in mind.
There’s enough room for two people to sprawl or three people to sleep comfortably alongside a spacious motorbike compartment. In fact, there’s so much space you can even whip your toolkit out and use it as a garage if you need to do any mid-trip repairs, a feature that we absolutely love.
Despite its impressive size (18 ft long when assembled!), it packs down pretty small, and it isn’t too heavy either. We also love that there are four entry points so you can slip in and out without causing chaos.
This is a 3-season tent that can withstand a fair amount of rain thanks to the rainfly and water-resistant (10000mm) floor. One minor gripe is that the green pegs and guy ropes are green so blend in with the grass easily… so try and keep your eyes peeled!
Overall, this bike has a lot of high-end features but lacks a high-end price tag – we think it’s a great find!
If you’re after a lightweight, compact option for a solo biking trip then look no further than the High Peak Biker Tent.
The compact size when packed and the super lightweight – just 5 lbs! – makes this a great companion for motorcycle trips. The large vestibule makes a great place for bike or gear storage, although, unfortunately, you might not fit a large bike in there.
This 3-3.5 season tent has been tried and tested in winds as strong as 60MPH and comes with a rainfly that can withstand a fair amount of rain – although there’s never any harm in adding an extra lick of waterproofing yourself, especially at this end of the price spectrum. The bathtub floor is a great addition too and is usually reserved for more expensive tents.
Don’t sweat it if things heat up either, there are enough mesh panels to keep you cool. We also love the range of inner storage – there are two side pockets and you also have the option of attaching an extra four hooks to the center ceiling hook if you like.
Although you might be able to squeeze two people inside, we’d recommend this as a 1-person tent unless you’re very comfortable with one another and don’t need to spread out.
This tent is a fantastic, affordable option that’s lightweight and includes a bike storage area – what more could a solo biker ask for?
Okay, so strictly speaking the Coleman Hooligan Backpacking Tent was designed for backpacking rather than biking… but a bunch of the features that make it great for backpacking make it great for biking too!
It’s nice and light and boasts a full-length fly and large vestibule. Sadly, the vestibule will only fir your gear (not your bike), but if you don’t mind leaving your bike outside then this is a great little tent.
The frame has been designed to stand up to the test of strong winds, and the rainfly will keep you dry in a storm – even if you open your windows to peek at the sky! This is a great little feature for any of you that like to stargaze. The seams and zippers are protected too, and the floor is a bathtub style to reduce dampness.
One potential issue with this tent is the fact it doesn’t stand alone – this can make it a little tricky to set up solo so you might want to practice before you head out on a trip. We wish that it packed down a little smaller too… However, this tent really does embody the phrase ‘cheap and cheerful’ and we think it’s good value for money overall.
Okay, so there’s clearly a huge range of motorcycle camping tents out there. They come in all shapes and sizes, and they all seem to have different pros and cons. But what are the main things you should keep your eye on when you’re shopping around?
How important this is will depend if your tip is going to be entirely motorcycle-based, or whether you’ll have people in other vehicles tagging along. For instance, if you and a friend are on your bike, but you’re hooking up with another pair that are coming by car, then they can easily chuck in a large tent for you all that also has space for your bike. However, you might not want to have to strap this kind of tent to your bike if you know you’re going to be carrying it.
If you’ll be taking it with you on the bike, it’s not only weight you want to think about but also how well it compresses – you don’t want something super bulky throwing you off on those sharp corners. If you really want to cut down on weight you can opt for a backpacking-style tent as these tend to be the lightest – but you might have to accept there won’t be room for your bike too.
Storage areas vary massively amongst tents used by bikers. You’ll find some options out there with ample room for several people plus extra vestibules for bikes and gear – one that we looked at even have two vestibules plus a porch!
Some vestibules will store your bike while others won’t, and it’s really up to you how much this means to you. If you plan on mainly fair weather camping, your bike will likely be fine outside with a sheet over it. At least one vestibule area for your smelly gear is generally nice to have though. On the other hand, if it’s likely to be drizzly and you’d prefer your tent indoors, you’re going to want a large vestibule – it’s probably worth checking that the height accommodates your bike too. Bear in mind that as the number of compartments increases, so will the price.
If you’re the super-organized type, keep your eyes open for storage spaces in the inner tent too – some tents have plenty of hooks and pockets while others only have a token side pocket.
Last but by no means least is size. We all like to have a bit of wiggle room, but some people take this more to the extreme than others.
We figured that when it comes to choosing the best tent for your motorcycle camping trip, the decision will largely depend on how many of you will be camping out. That’s why this time we’ve broken down our top three into best for groups, couples, and solo campers.
Our top pick for motorcycle camping group trips is the Coleman Evanston Tent. This tent can squeeze in 6 people, or sleep less than that with room to spare. The vestibule at the front will keep your bike close, just pop a sheet over it to protect side-rain through the mesh windows, and it will even drain any water that sneaks in with you. It’s great in both hot and cold weather and comes with a 1-year warranty, oh, and it’s an absolute bargain too.
The Vuz Moto Motorcycle Tent has taken the top spot for couples’ biking trips, although you can squidge a third person in if you need to. It’s spacy with tonnes of entry points and we absolutely love that it comes with a space big enough to use as a garage – say goodbye to damp seats in the morning and repairs in the rain!
Our best tent for anyone on a solo bike mission has to be the High Peak Biker Tent. It weighs so little and compresses down so nicely that you’ll hardly know it’s there, but it still boasts a bike vestibule and tonnes of pockets and hooks. For us, it’s a winner thanks to the perfect compromise of price, portability, and practicality.