Skip to main content

The Manual may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

Pitch up in the best motorcycle tents for camping with your two-wheeler

There's nothing like cruising a backcountry road at sunset, wind in your hair, George Thorogood in your ear, and a few bugs in your teeth.

Wingman-of-the-Road Toucan Motorcycle Camping System pitched up by a mountain lake.

After a few long years of pandemic-fueled “lockup,” more and more of us are finally getting back to road-tripping. For some, that means camping across the country in an RV; for others, adventure awaits on the back of a two-wheeler (be it pedal or gas-powered). If you fall into the latter camp, we get it. There’s nothing like the excitement of cruising down some backcountry road at sunset with the wind in your hair, George Thorogood in your ear, and a few bugs in your teeth.

If you’re planning an extended trip, then you’ll be looking to overnight along the way. If an ordinary roadside motel just won’t do, maybe you need a more adventurous alternative. Here are our picks for the best motorcycle tents for camping with your two-wheeler along the way in 2023.

Lone Rider MotoTent V2

Best motorcycle tent overall

Motorcycle parked inside a Lone Rider MotoTent Motorcycle Camping Tent on a white background.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Lone Rider’s MotoTent is the closest thing to a gold standard in two-wheel tents. The best-in-class motorcycle tent features a large sleep area roomy enough for two riders and their gear, with an integrated vestibule that is wide enough for one adventure motorcycle with panniers. High-quality materials all around, including a fire-retardant ripstop nylon shell, waterproof zippers, and aircraft-grade aluminum stakes, make it damn-near-bulletproof. Yet, the entire affair weighs just 12 pounds. The downside is that you’ll pay handsomely for the privilege of owning the best. At roughly $600, it’s one of the more premium moto tents on the market.

Redverz Atacama Expedition Motorcycle Tent

Best motorcycle tent for adventures

Adventure bike parked inside a Redverz Atacama Expedition Motorcycle Tent, isolated on a white studio background.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Like Lone Rider, Redverz is well-respected in the world of adventure biking and two-wheel camping. Its Atacama Expedition Tent is the company’s flagship motorcycle tent, over-engineered with a 4000mm hydrostatic head on the outer fly, so it’ll stand up to driving rain and hard winds. The vestibule can accommodate any full-sized touring adventure bike with panniers, allowing riders to park straight inside. Twin garage doors roll down on either side to keep your bike dry and protected.

Inside, the oversized footprint is large enough to accommodate a queen airbed or two camp sleeping pads, plus a pair of your best camp chairs. The ceiling boasts a peak height of 77 inches, more than enough for all but the tallest riders to stand comfortably.

Wingman-of-the-Road Toucan Motorcycle Camping System

Best all-in-one motorcycle tent system

Two people sleeping inside a Wingman-of-the-Road Toucan Motorcycle Camping System beside a lake.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

The Toucan is the larger version of Wingman-of-the-Road’s Goose, and it’s unlike any other motorcycle tent we’ve seen. It eschews the modern, freestanding nylon tent set up for a unique design that’s part vintage, part military-inspired, and all utilitarian. The entire system — including the canvas tent, thick foam mattress, sleeping bag, and blanket (which doubles as a cover for the whole kit) — is an all-in-one solution for weekend adventure cyclists.

Simply strap the Toucan on the back of your bike, and you’re prepared to overnight just about anywhere. When you’re ready to make camp, the tent sets up with a flap that extends over the seat and gas can of your two-wheeler. The space between also serves as a vestibule for your gear or a trip mate who doesn’t mind getting a little wet in their sleep.

Coleman Hooligan 2-Person Backpacking Tent

Best budget-friendly motorcycle tent

Coleman Hooligan 2-Person Backpacking Tent covered with a rainfly against a plain white background.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Coleman best camping gear always strikes a balance between durability and affordability. Their products are rarely the best on the market, but they do offer great value for the money. The Hooligan 2-Person Backpacking Tent is no exception.

The compact dome sleeps two comfortably with room for two camp pads, and the exterior holds up to wind and rain equally well. When the weather allows, the rain fly can be removed to reveal an all-mesh interior for better ventilation and stargazing. A small front vestibule provides extra dry storage for gear or a two-wheeler. While bulkier than most on this list, it still weighs less than nine pounds, making it an ideal choice for motorcycle and bicycle campers.

Big Agnes Blacktail 2 Hotel Bikepack

Best easy-setup motorcycle tent

Big Agnes Blacktail 2 Hotel Bikepack tent on a plain white studio background.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Keep your two-wheeler safe in a storm with the Big Agnes Blacktail 2 Hotel Bikepack. This ultra-lightweight motorcycle tent weighs less than seven pounds with enough room for storing your small two-wheeler (whether pedal- or gas-powered) and gear while making a pit stop. It also comes with an extended vestibule to ensure the safe coverage of your items no matter what the weather. The low-vent feature of this tent allows constant airflow without compromising the vestibule’s coverage area.

Wolf Walker Motorcycle Tent

Best waterproof motorcycle tent

Motorcycle parked inside the Wolf Walker Motorcycle Tent among a stand of trees.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

If you’re looking for something that can stand up to heavy winds and rain, then the Wolf Walker Motorcycle Tent might be the one for you. This spacious, waterproof tent has enough room for three people to sleep in and a separate area for a motorcycle. It also features four convenient entryways, four quick and easy set-up aluminum poles, and a motorcycle bag or carrier. This will surely give you all the comfort you need after a campfire with your friends or family. The best part? At just over $200, it’s also one of the most affordable motorcycle tents.

Editors' Recommendations

Mike Richard
Mike Richard has traveled the world since 2008. He's kayaked in Antarctica, tracked endangered African wild dogs in South…
BMW Motorrad launches three new, more powerful F-series on and off-road adventure motorcycles
New BMW Motorrad set to take the world by storm
Three versions of the 2024 BMW F 900 GS motorcycle.

BMW Motorrad's F Series adventure motorcycles include three great choices for riders who want one bike that will pretty much do it all without the extra weight and higher price tags of the brand's larger adventure touring bikes, such as the BMW R1300 GS. For 2024, BMW upgraded the F 800 GS, F 900 GS, and F 900 GS Adventure with new 895cc inline twin engines, "Rain" and "Road" riding modes, dynamic traction control, and more.

All three new BMW F Series GS adventure touring bikes will be available at BMW Motorrad dealerships in Q2 2024. Starting prices will be $10,495 for the F 800 GS, $13,495 for the F 900 GS, and $14,195 for the F 900 GS Adventure.

Read more
From Arai to Shoei: The 10 best motorcycle helmet brands
Shark motorcycle helmets on rider

If you're riding a motorcycle, you want a helmet, period. It protects your head, face, and brain during a potential collision but also keeps you sheltered from the elements like rain or wind. Ever had rain slap you in the face going over 60 miles per hour? It does not feel good, and that's before you even factor in the discomfort from the cold temperatures. The right helmet will protect you from this, especially if it's equipped with a face shield or visor. From Bluetooth-enabled motorcycle helmets to cool and stylish helmets, there is a lot to consider. But what are the best motorcycle helmet brands out there? Which brands are worth shopping for and, generally, have the best-made gear? That's precisely what this guide is going to explore. Do note that these brands are not listed in any particular order.

This Italian manufacturer, established in 1947, offers high-end racing-quality helmets. Premium materials, amazing graphics, and a range of prices make this one of the good brands to seek out if you need a new helmet. In MotoGP, the brand is used by a host of riders like Valentino Rossi.

Read more
For $100, you can preorder this incredible new electric motorcycle
Now you can commute with an e-motorcycle
Rider on a Ryvid Anthem electric motorcycle stopped on a street, overlooking a city.

If you've been waiting for the best electric motorcycle with the right combination of range, speed, comfort, and price, the new Ryvid Anthem may be the answer. The Anthem can travel up to 75 miles on a charge, and its 75+ mph maximum speed means you won't have to avoid highways.

The Anthem's seat height adjusts from 30 to 34 inches to accommodate a wide range of riders, and its competitive $8,995 price looks even better when you can reserve an Anthem in your choice of four colors for just $100.

Read more