My family has always been big into the outdoors so I've done a lot of year round camping and tested a lot of gear
-- in 3 continents over the last 46 years.
About 10 years ago I switched from a tent to a hammock/tarp set up and it's literally changed the way I camp.
I carry one of these shelter systems in every vehicle I have, and have a few spares for unprepared friends, emergencies etc.
Besides having to keep up with, or constantly having to make new tent poles -- I don't like tents for a variety of reasons.
IMHO a hammock/tarp provides a superior sleep and a good set up has many additional benefits to camping from a bike that a traditional tent doesn't offer.
I can literally set up my shelter system in less than two minutes, and that's not rushing.
(I've won lots of free cheeseburgers over the years with that bet!)
I personally like to keep my hammock & tarp together in the same bag so that all I have to do is tie off one side to a support structure & then walk to the secondary support structure with my shelter coming out of the stuff sack over my shoulder, and then tie off to that secondary support.
I say secondary support because your options are only limited to the structural strength of your tie out point.
Warning! You want to make sure
your tie off point will support the forces being exerted by both your weight and the pull of the hammock, which surprisingly, is a lot of force.
I've hung off of street signs, the back of my truck, over the river at the Applegate dam with my a$$ in the water, and right now I'm inside my office hanging from a cedar beam, typing this post on an iPad.
I even hung off the Pappadeaux's billboard sign on I35 in Dallas one night.
So you have a lot of camping location options not available with ground dwelling structures.
Speaking of ground dwelling...I'm 46 now. My back appreciates not laying on a hard surface all night, and now I get out of "bed" feeling refreshed, no soreness from pressure points associated with a flat surface.
Being up off the ground I don't have to worry about trying to locate level ground or tree roots or rocks digging into my back & waking me up at 3:00 AM, or water from rainfall or bugs, poisonous snakes etc.
Although last month I did wake up to find a skunk standing right next to my hammy. (Yes I got sprayed -- No the skunk didn't survive the encounter.)
I also like being able to look out at my surroundings while I'm laying down. (Helps you see those damn pesky skunks)
You can even cook beside your hammock while laying down if you wanted to.
I know a lot of ladies (some men too) who were initially scared of being so "exposed" and missed the supposed "security" of a tent.
Usually, once I explain that anything worth being scared of in the woods will just use your tent to wipe his mouth with after eating the occupants because those 4 walls offer no true protection; and that I'd rather be able to see what's coming so I can rapidly exit my shelter, most come to prefer that option.
Especially when they see the way I sleep...which is either with a pistol/shotgun or rifle over my head on quick release parachute buckles, depending on where I am or if I'm hunting or not.
It's nice to know your firearm is so close, secure and can be deployed so rapidly if needed in an outdoor/camping situation.
The necessary winter insulation does adds some girth to your gear bag but even then it's no more volume than you would have with any good quality tent & poles.
There's a ton of options out there as far as camping hammocks & suspension packages.
I personally prefer a Single Line Suspension set up over a Dual Line Suspension because it allows me to hang all of my gear from the Ridgeline and offers support while getting in/out of your hammock.
It also offers some protection from falling limbs & branches.
The downside to a SLS set up is lugging around all that extra climbing rope -- although you could use a suitable substitute like 1/8" Amsteel that is much lighter & will compact more than climbing rope.
All that gear fit into the right saddlebag on my old HD, leaving the left bag for my mess kit & items I might use throughout the day.
Anyway, if you've never tried it, it's a nice piece of gear to keep in your saddlebag for those times when you pull over in the country and need a place to park your a$$ and rest, or as an emergency summer shelter.
I can't wait to be hammock camping from a Kingpin!