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Camping weekends - Bonneville + pillion?

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I don't own a Triumph currently, but love all of the current Bonneville range. I'm really tempted by the Street Twin and the T100. One thing holding me back is my desire to do some weekend camping trips with my wife. We're not experienced on the bike or with lightweight camping, but I think we can get there. My biggest question is whether the bike will have space to handle all that luggage with a pillion too.

Gear-wise it'll be a fairly compact tent, sleeping mats and sleeping bags, mini gas stove and pans, spare cloths, wash gear, and hiking boots perhaps.

If any of you have photos of your set up I'd be really keen to see them. I don't personally like some of the luggage racks that create a shelf at the rear - I think they spoil the look of the bike when there's no luggage on them. So, if anybody knows one which is more sleek or even quick to remove, I'd love to hear your suggestions.

However, I'm so tempted by the bike I may well just get one anyway and have to find an approach that works for us.


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You can tour on anything. This is my 2014, loaded up for a camping trip. Was a blast on the twin

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Yep, the Bonneville is an extremely capable motorcycle to take long haul extended roads trips on... as importantly, a lot of fun too!!!



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But ...

Camping gear *and* pillion? (meaning, two set of cloths, two bags, two pads, etc).

And, not experienced on bike or with camping. The camping part isn't such a big deal, it just takes a couple outings to figure out what you brought and didn't need, and what you needed and didn't bring. But, for an inexperienced rider especially, you're looking at managing a pretty heavy load on the bike, and probably a top-heavy load.


Not saying "don't do it!", just pointing out the issues. I figure a motorcycle "adventure" means having some fun, but also running into some hardship and handling it well. With the attitude that anything that results in a good story is worth doing. You may be signing up for more adventure than fun

I'd consider a small trailer. That's been done before on a Bonnie with success. Actually, that's my second choice. First I'd consider a second bike for wife. That solves several problems, you can gear up comfortably without worrying about overloading.

I'm heading out Wednesday for a 9 day trip with wife. Each on our own Bonnie. It works out quite well that way, I assure you
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I'm heading out Wednesday for a 9 day trip with wife. Each on our own Bonnie. It works out quite well that way, I assure you
If a major disagreement should occur, each having your own motorcycle allows you to go your separate ways...

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Before I answer, let me say I no longer have my beloved bonnie which I camped with. RIP. The bonnie is a good platform to camp with, with a few conditions. It is not a big high powered touring bike, so getting out and running at speed with a heavy load is asking a lot of it. It is a great city bike, an acceptable road trip bike and a marginal, at best, two up camping bike. That being said, people do it and have fun. It's not GS or and Electra Glide, so don't expect that and you may get along. Before you buy one, test ride one two up and see if you can deal with the weight knowing it will get worse with gear. More weight on the back means rear suspension compression, wiggle and a lighter front end if you load behind the rear wheel. I did a fair bit of solo plus gear and loved it. Two bikes sounds like the best advice for many reasons.
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Wife refuses to use communicators.
She is one smart lady... My kind of gal...

Personally I despise communicators. I see no purpose for them and it is no different, in my opinion, than being a distracted driver on their damn smartphone. I have never had a problem communicating with hand signals to a fellow rider what I want or need to do. We all know people that are engaged in conversation with their fellow riders or taking Bluetoothed cell phone calls. Just a distraction that you don't need while riding your motorcycle... Again, in my opinion.

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My Dad (80yo) and I have taken many trips and always use communicators. It is a comfort and safety asset. We may go for an hour or more without saying a word, but when you need to coordinate in traffic or for directions, you can't beat it. Not to mention it is really easy to initiate a stop for some reason. Or, say "Watch that guy to your left, he's drifting into your lane." To keep this on topic... I was on my bonnie and we were roadtripping. 😉😉
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