To start with two up on a 400 is pushing it. Although in 1977 I did the 75 CB400F Cafe racer style from Chicago to Alaska SOLO. No other riders and no passenger. Loaded I figure the bike was about 20lbs over max. GVWR. 7000 miles in 20 days about 5 days were on board the Alaska Ferry System. Chicago to Prince Rupert BC, ferry up the Inside passage to Haines, AK and Skagway, AK than back down to Port Hardy, Vancouver Isl BC - riding south to Victoria BC and ferry across to Port Angles, WA south to Columbia River to a cousin's wedding spent less than 1/2 day there and back on the road... to Chicago in <2.5 days. Tired Yet?
Check the gross vehicle weight rating vs. the wet weight of the bike to see what it will hold. You may have less than 300 Lbs to work with.
How comfortable are you at 70mph till the tank is 1/4 full? And on the open back 2 lanes with 40mph off camber sweeping curves If you are cool, try progressively longer trips with the wife she may not be cool with it.
As far as what to take with... I suspect that with wife, hammocks, sleeping bags, & rain suits the bike is full. What about a change of clothes and 1-2 sets of under ware each, shorts to wear when off the bike. You will need some kind of saddlebags, cloth will be easier than leather and wont interfere with the passenger, They are made that way. Cooking gear? There are people that just go with the clothes on their back rain gear and a sleeping bag and eat at restaurants. I also take too many tools, tire plug kit, and a can of "Fix a Flat" or air. Sometimes an inner-tube smaller of the 2 tires for in a pinch you can stretch it to the larger tire and get to town. Plan your route and file a flight plan with... got more specific questions? One more thing... Don't Look... I pack as if riding naked so I have some extra space just in case.
Arye P. Rubenstein
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It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education... Albert Einstein
----- Original Message ----
From: teleric2004 <jimatthews@...
Sent: Friday, May 30, 2008 9:09:24 PM
Subject: Re: [Hammock Camping] Camping while scooting around the country
I've had a Suzuki Burgman 400 for about 10 months and 10K miles so
far, and my wife and I love to camp. Haven't had the opportunity to
go camping on the scooter yet, but certainly looking forward to trying
when we can (right now with 2 daughters at home, not feasible). We
all hammock camp, but so far have not been able to combine the two. I
have thought about it though, and guess you have to really pack very
light to do this. Do you think it is doable for the two of us using
one bike (under seat storage and a top box on back)?
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