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Hey all, been away for a while tending to business.

Anyway, I decided to add Sturgis to the bucket list this year. A friend of mine from Cali and I are going to meet up in Twin Falls, ID around the 4th of August, then ride on to Sturgis. We will be tent camping at Shade Valley.

It'll be my first time camping on a bike and first time in Sturgis. I have ordered a couple of goodies for the CC.

A Corbin Gunfighter seat and the Victory (Witchdoctors) hydraulic clutch kit.

A Kewlmetal luggage rack will be ordered soon.

The Corbin will take about a month (custom) and the hydraulic kit should ship out this week.

Needless to say, I am stoked. Any Sturgis and/or camping advice?

Thanks.
 

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If you go to sturgis don't sleep in get your ass on those great roads and once you go you;ll be hooked on going back.
get this map there free at all kinds of place.
Take some wrinkle cream for all the smiling you'll be doing.
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I am sure there are many more experienced biker campers than myself, but I recently did a trip to Alaska and this is some of what I learned; whatever clothes you are planning on bringing, cut it in half (if not more), you dont need them. Just make sure you do bring something warm and use your jackets for double duty, dont hesitate to just where the jacket liner (when needed) or use rain coat as windbreaker instead of bringing different assortments. Of course you will be wearing boots, but bring one pair of softshoes (sandal, flipflops, sneaker or something like that)Divy up things among the group for the ride(when you can), no reason for each person to carry the same items, ie, tools, pumps, duct tape, wire, wire ties, repair kits, stove , etc etc. definitely bring a roll pad (get a good one) for under your sleeping bag. Double check you have all your required charging adapters for electronics, bring extra memory for your phone or camera. get the smallest tent possible, I brought a big commercial grade tarp (costco) that saved me several times in bad storms for quick shelter, we used the bikes as posts and then set the tents up underneath it. i brought a small micro stove, this thing was excellent, and a soft cooler. I used the stove everyday for breakfast (usually oatmeal) and a couple of times for other small meals. Those small meals were typically purchased on the road, knowing it would be eaten that day (kept in small cooler). Always, I repeat ALWAYS have some water with you(at least a half a gallon). If you are going to be drinking booze, dont bring it with you, purchase it in the area you are staying, if you must bring it, then only one bottle, buy your beer and a "throw away" cooler there as well. Dont forget a towel and toiletries. Dont leave valuables at the camp site when you leave it unattended. If you are buying(everyone does) assorted crap, ie shirts, dont hesitate to mail stuff home. Lastly, packing is everything, this can not be stressed enough, ALL heavy stuff needs to be as low on the bike as possible and evenly spread out left and right and make sure your rain gear is always with you and easily accessed. I am sure there is a bunch of other stuff I am missing, but Good Luck.
 

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All great advice Rumr and Johnny! Thanks a lot.

I have been on a few long trips on bikes but never camping, only hotel stays. We plan to only sleep in the tents at night cause it'll be too hot to sleep in the daytime but we will definitely be seeking shelter from the heat in local "establishments" if you will. My buddy doesn't drink so I will have to pick up the slack!:crzy:

I am slowly accumulating necessary gear. A small backpack stove for heating water just for making coffee (I am a coffee snob and will not drink any other coffee than what I can make unless absolutely necessary), a self-inflating mattress pad, tarp, etc.

I plan to have everything I need by the end of June. Then its two months of waiting to go. Hell, I wanna go NOW!:(
 

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don't for get flip flops. There are plenty of walmart and k marts out there. Start looking now where you want to camp. The big sits are not cheap but they have big name bands playing all night. Plenty of laundry mates. One is spear fish you just drop off clothes and girls wash and fold them for around ten bucks.
Plenty of bars in keystone hill city spear fish dead wood heck every town has bars.
Be prepared for lots of bikes on the roads and watch out for newbies riders.
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