The LoneRider Motorcycle Tent

July 15, 2012 in Equipment

If you are thinking about a tent for your next motorcycle trip, we suggest that you take a closer look at the LoneRider Motorcycle tent. We have tested this tent, and we really liked it.

The tent was developed by a group of experienced long time motorcycle travelers, and they have tried to put all their experience into the development of the tent. For all the technical details you better visit the website, we do not want to repeat them here.

We rather want to focus on what we really liked: it is the size. When build up, the LoneRider tent is huge! And it has two parts: one for sleeping (for two persons), and one that can be used as garage for the motorcycle, as storage room for the luggage, or simply also as a shelter from sun or rain, and it even allows cooking inside during bad weather.

Filippo with his 1.96 meters height is able to almost stand normally inside the tent, and the length of the sleeping compartment is also more than long enough for him, which is a major benefit in our eyes. Despite the size it packs up into a relatively small bag that is not much bigger than the one of our old Vaudee igloo-tent and can easily be carried on every motorcycle.

The quality is also outstanding, and it seems that only very good materials have been used. With some practice (i.e. after 2 or 3 times), it is easy to build it up within a very short time, which already saved us from getting soaked by a nearing rain storm.

A small box for such a big tent!

And it is quite simple to build it up, even though Heike looks a bit sceptical in the beginning...

And only few minutes later it is standing .... it looks big!

However, we also have to mention some downsides, which are a direct consequence of the main advantage of the tent: the size. During a storm with heavy winds the tent might not be strong enough, because of its height and because it is only held upright by the cords and pegs. In the mountains in eastern Turkey we experience relatively strong winds during the night, and in the morning 2 pegs were completely torn out of the ground even though we had fixed the tent with additional strings and straps.

That it is mainly held upright by the cords and pegs, is also the reason why you can’t build it up on rocks or on very hard ground, because it is indispensable to put the pegs for the cords into the soil.

It may not be the right tent for every trip – I definitely wouldn’t take it to Patagonia with its strong winds – but for many other destinations it is really a very interesting option that you should consider.