Moto Camping: What to Pack?

One of our favorite parts of any motorcycle adventure is figuring out what to bring to take care of any need we might have while keeping it as minimal as possible so that everything makes it in transit. This can be a difficult task depending on how your bike is set up, but for this exercise, we are going to assume that at minimum you have a luggage rack on the back of the bike. We’ve separated these lists into 3 different categories for convenience. If you’ve never camped off the bike, this is a solid guide for you to secure good times. Even if you are a seasoned road warrior, we highly suggest going through this list as we are constantly learning about new gear on moto trip we take.

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Just the Essentials: The bare minimum to ensure you’ll be safe from 3 season elements.

  • Tarp or Bivvy Sack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Headlamp
  • Tool Roll
  • Auxiliary Fuel Bottle
  • Matches
  • Multi-Charging Cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Sun Screen
Rufio is a master of the bare minimum.

Rufio is a master of the bare minimum.

Getting Fancy: Everything from the Just the Essentials list, but your portable home gets an upgrade.

  • Single Person Tent
  • Multi-tool
  • Folding Knife
  • Non-Inflatable Sleeping Pad
  • Microfiber Towel
  • Swimwear
  • Portable Power Bank
  • Stainless Steel Water Bottle
  • Flashlight
  • Disposable Rain Gear
  • Extra Bungee Cords
  • Spare Parts / Fluids
Jase's bike is set up nicely for packing gear and logging miles. Extra points for beverage holder behind the fairing.

Jase's bike is set up nicely for packing gear and logging miles. Extra points for beverage holder behind the fairing.

Glamper: All the items from the Just the Essentials & Getting Fancy list, and you add an addition to your home.

  • 2 Person Tent
  • Jet Boil / Portable Stove
  • Cookware and Utensils
  • Thicker Sleeping Pad
  • Pillow
  • Hatchet/Mini Axe
  • Camp Chair
  • Sandals
  • Blue Tooth Speaker
  • Tarp
  • Hanging LED Lamp for Tent
  • Solar Charging Equipment
  • Thermal Underwear
  • Hand Warmer Packs
  • More Spares & Fluids
A true glamper is resourceful and can make a rustic vessel for charcuterie out of items found at the campsite or along the road. It's not Otto's way, it's THE WAY.

A true glamper is resourceful and can make a rustic vessel for charcuterie out of items found at the campsite or along the road. It's not Otto's way, it's THE WAY.

Photos by @twofoursixer & @rambleonphoto 

Sierra Stake Out Proudly Welcomes Musician Shelby Cobra to the SSO2 Read About His Family Ties to the Donner Party, It Doesn't Get Much Tragic Than This...

It's not often you get a direct descendant from the Donner Party playing a show right in the location of where the ill fated journey ran into an act of God so severe, it made history that would jolt the new world and for generations to come. This year we have quite the surprise as Shelby Cobra from Shelby Cobra and the Mustangs will take the stage to open up Saturday night. It doesn't get anymore outlaw or solid country gold than Shelby Cobra

The Story

As we know approximately half of the Donner Party starved or were killed by cold in a stormy winter. The documentary of this event has produced a human saga of the ultimate in suffering, despair, and courage exceeding the extraordinary. Shelby's uncle was kind enough to give us some more of the story of their relative, William H Eddy, who saw what true hell was like and met the devil himself right here in these woods. Reader discretion is advised. 

William H. Eddy was identified by George R. Stewart in his book, Ordeal by Hunger, as a carriage maker from Illinois.  He was about 28 years of age in 1846 when he joined a wagon train from Springfield, Illinois bound for the Sacramento valley in California, the infamous Donner Party. Eddy was chronicled as a hero who demonstrated honesty in dealing with others, unselfishness in the face of inhuman callousness, courage beyond limit, and endurance greater than any man should ever be expected to demonstrate.  Stewart wrote, "He was... rough-and-ready, no man to be trifled with in a quarrel and for the same reason a man to be counted on in a pinch.  He was enterprising, straightforward, and much liked in the company.  Among them all he seems to have been the best hunter and the most skilled in the arts of the frontiersmen." 

William H. Eddy

William H. Eddy

Margaret Eddy

Margaret Eddy

After he and his family were trapped for some time, dying of starvation, Eddy, half dead as he was went looking for help. After days of wandering he came across Indians that helped him get to Ritter house at Johnson's Ranch in the Sacramento Valley.  His trail of blood in the snow was used by rescue parties to retrace his journey.  But Eddy wouldn't rest, he had to get back to save his wife and two children. Before he could recover he organized relief party attempting a rescue for his family and the other unfortunate settlers.  It must have been a bitter defeat upon arriving at the campsite to learn that his baby daughter had died of starvation, followed by his wife, and next his son who was neglected with no one left to care for him.  Even more devastating must have been the confession of one of the camp survivors, named Lewis Keseberg, that he had eaten the body of the young boy James P. Eddy.  Considerable evidence existed from hearsay that he might have killed the child first.  Other survivors accused him of killing and eating another child of the same age named Georgie Foster. Eddy was was a hero in a lost cause. He served his traveling companions with all he had, but received a most inhumanly callous reward in return.  

Eddy shown here in a painting was depicted as a hero by often bringing back meat and other sources of food for the camp in efforts to save everyone, not just his own family. 

Eddy shown here in a painting was depicted as a hero by often bringing back meat and other sources of food for the camp in efforts to save everyone, not just his own family. 

Legend has it that the ghost of evil that is Keseberg, roams this area to this day, luring children out of their tents at night to never be seen or heard from again.

Legend has it that the ghost of evil that is Keseberg, roams this area to this day, luring children out of their tents at night to never be seen or heard from again.

It was later claimed that Keseberg was the first member of the party to resort to cannibalism. Some people believed he was involved in the deaths of other children including George Foster and Tamsen Donner. After he was rescued Keseberg sued for slander but was only granted $1 and forced to pay the costs of the court. He was cursed for the rest of his life suffering countless tragedies until old age. Kenseberg died penniless and alone in Sacramento in 1895. 

In 1848 Eddy married again in Gilroy, California. The marriage was not a success and following a divorce he married for a third time in 1856. William Eddy died on 24th December, 1859 at the age of 43. 

As for the rest of the party, forty-two emigrants and two Indian guides had died. However, the remaining forty-seven travellers survived. 

After the thaw, the camp where the Donner Party was trapped claimed to have had 22 ft of snow. The tops of these trees would have been the ground, where they chopped wood for warmth. 

After the thaw, the camp where the Donner Party was trapped claimed to have had 22 ft of snow. The tops of these trees would have been the ground, where they chopped wood for warmth. 

Meet Buddy Pops and Cruise Their Offerings That Include Gluten Free, Vegan, and Other Fresh Made Breakfast Items and Snacks

BuddyPops offers mind-blowing popsicles, toasts, and treats made from farmers market ingredients. We're proud to be a small business dedicated to community and nourishment. Our local community in Los Angeles inspires us in terms of ingredients, menu choices, and laid-back vibe. We've worked hard to create a fun and versatile menu that everyone can enjoy...vegan or gluten-free? We've got you covered. Just want something delicious? Done. 

Payment: Cash or CC

Breakfast 7-12PM:

  • Team Toast (gluten-free and vegan options available for all toasts)

    • Avocado Toast: avocado, arugula, preserved lemon, black sesame seed, lemon juice, cayanne, edible flowers, radish (optional hard-boiled egg) - $10

    • Almond Hazelnut Butter Toast: with banana and raw honey and flake salt - $8

    • Cinnamon Toast: with butter and cinnamon sugar - $4

  • Steel-Cut Oatmeal Bar (gluten-free and vegan): Steel cut oats and DIY toppings bar with brown sugar, honey, pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes, berries, butter, milk (dairy and non-dairy) - $8

  • Grab and Go Baked Goods (gluten-free and vegan options available): muffins, scones, and hard boiled eggs - $2-$5

Snacks 12PM-8PM (gluten-free and vegan options available):

  • Pops and Frozen Bananas $4-$5

    • Chocolate Shell

    • Toppings: Coconut, nuts, rose petals, choc. cookie crumb

  • Brownies $4

  • Cookies $3

Sierra Stake Out
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Sierra Stake Out
Sierra Stake Out

Meet Up and Ride to the Sierra Stake Out 2 | San Francisco | Los Angeles | Reno

FREE Sierra Stake Out moto flags while supplies last at each of the (3) meet up locations. 

FREE Sierra Stake Out moto flags while supplies last at each of the (3) meet up locations. 

Sometimes you feel like rolling solo, sometimes a group sounds fun too. Either way you roll is fine by us but if you are looking to meet up and have one hell of a ride to the SSO2, there are (3) meet up and rides lined up from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Reno. Each location offers some pretty rad stuff + each spot will be giving out a FREE Sierra Stake Out moto flag to riders to attach to the back of their bike while supplies last. Huge thank you to Lucky Wheels Garage LA, Iron and Resin SF, and See See Motorcycles Reno for hosting and providing a place to meet & ride. Read on and start making your plans, Sierra Stake Out 2 is only a few weeks away. 

Other routes can be found HERE if you are traveling light or coming from Portland, Boise, Vegas, Bay Area, LA/ Southern CA, or Salt Lake City Utah. As always, feel free to plan your own adventure if these routes don't meet your needs. 


Los Angeles | Lucky Wheels Garage 

Sierra Stake Out Meetup Spot Lucky Wheels Garage
  • Thursday August 2
  • Meet @ 6:30AM w/ full tank of gas
  • Address:Lucky Wheels Garage 255 N Mission Rd, Los Angeles CA 90033
  • Kickstands Up 7:30AM
  • Free 8 oz Drip Coffee & Sierra Stake Out moto flag to the first 30
  • Route from your location to SSO: LA To Emigrant Gap via HWY 395, Camp Thursday Night in Lone Pine
  • Distances per day: Day one 234 Miles, Day two 295 Miles 
  • Ride lead's name: Ty

San Francisco | Iron and Resin 

Photo by @apollopeepshow

Photo by @apollopeepshow

  • Friday August 3
  • Meet @ 9am w/ full tank of gas
  • Address: Iron and Resin SF 7 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
  • Kickstands Up 10am 
  • Free Kombucha, Coffee and Donuts + Sierra Stake Out moto flag to the first 30 riders
  • Route: Rider's choice
  • Lead: TBD

 


Reno | See See Motorcycles Reno 

Sierra Stake Out Meet Up See See Motorcycles Reno
  • Friday August 3rd
  • Meet @ 8am w/ full tank of gas
  • Address: See See Motorcycles Reno 131 Pine Street Reno NV 89501
  • Kickstands Up 10 am
  • Free cup of drip Coffee for ticket holders + 50% off all food items +30% off see see brand merchandise +10% off anything else in store + Sierra Stake Out moto flag to the first 15 riders
  • Route TBD
  • Ride lead's name: Jack Beisel

Introducing the Best of Sacramento, Award Winning Drewski's Hot Rod Kitchen

We are proud to introduce this year's food truck, 5 years in a row voted #1 Food Truck of Sacramento,  Drewski's Hot Rod Kitchen. This lean mean grilling machine will be serving dinner on Friday and Saturday night at Sierra Stake Out 2. So come hungry friends....you won't want to miss out on these incredible creations. Scroll down for prices and offerings...

  • Truck accepts cash and cards 
  • Food for purchase starts at 4pm and runs until 11pm
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FAQ

Can I bring my own food?

Sure but sadly no coal or fires are allowed due to the high fire dangers so we strongly suggest eating from the truck (plus you are supporting local business). Small camp stoves are permitted. 

Any vegetarian options / gluten free?

The menu is the menu but if you are worried, contact them directly and they'd be happy to answer your questions. If you have special needs, please plan ahead as many restaurants are close by and there is a camp store at the entrance of Cisco Grove for quick snacks etc. 

Biltwell Luggage for Radical Action

Biltwell has been making quality parts, accessories, and wearables for motorcycling for over 10 years now, but is relatively new to the luggage game. Initially rolling out their EXFIL-7 utility bag and then a few years later releasing their EXFIL-80 sissy bar bag. Each piece is designed out of rugged materials and with specific functionality to assist with anything from daily commutes to cross country road trips. Here's a quick summary of the various goods in their adventure quiver.

EXFIL-7: The OG

This universal fit utility bag was designed with the daily commuter in mind. It's small size allows and MOLLE mounting system allow it to fit just about anywhere on any motorcycle. Built to hold your essentials, this bag is a great place to store sunscreen, tools, cell phone and other various personal items you might want to secure but keep easily accessible. The straps hanging off the front are often used for bed rolls, camping pads or for stripping off and storing a layer when the weather heats up. MSRP: $69.95

This universal fit utility bag was designed with the daily commuter in mind. It's small size allows and MOLLE mounting system allow it to fit just about anywhere on any motorcycle. Built to hold your essentials, this bag is a great place to store sunscreen, tools, cell phone and other various personal items you might want to secure but keep easily accessible. The straps hanging off the front are often used for bed rolls, camping pads or for stripping off and storing a layer when the weather heats up. MSRP: $69.95

EXFIL-80: Shit's Gettin' Real

This moto ruck is built for the adventurer in mind. The 3 strap mounting system offers a lot of various methods to lash this beast to a plethora of sissy bars and luggage rack. D-rings towards the base offer even more options for securing this hearty load. A handy tool compartment that is not obstructed by the strapping system doubles as a back rest with a built in pad on the exterior panel of the compartment. To top it off, a waterproof liner is included in a semi-hidden lower compartment for when things get wet. MSRP: $199.95

This moto ruck is built for the adventurer in mind. The 3 strap mounting system offers a lot of various methods to lash this beast to a plethora of sissy bars and luggage rack. D-rings towards the base offer even more options for securing this hearty load. A handy tool compartment that is not obstructed by the strapping system doubles as a back rest with a built in pad on the exterior panel of the compartment. To top it off, a waterproof liner is included in a semi-hidden lower compartment for when things get wet. MSRP: $199.95

EXFIL-11: Something for the Commuters

The EXFIL-11 is built with the daily rider in mind. It secures with 4 battle tested magnets and can easily be installed and removed from the motorcycle without any straps or bungees to fuss with. Built with H-Ds in mind, this bag has expanding baffles on the bottom sides to allow it to drape over dash panels found on many Dynas, FXRs & Softtails. A clear, touch friendly panel on the top of the bag acts as a good place for navigation via mobile phone. MSRP: $129.95

The EXFIL-11 is built with the daily rider in mind. It secures with 4 battle tested magnets and can easily be installed and removed from the motorcycle without any straps or bungees to fuss with. Built with H-Ds in mind, this bag has expanding baffles on the bottom sides to allow it to drape over dash panels found on many Dynas, FXRs & Softtails. A clear, touch friendly panel on the top of the bag acts as a good place for navigation via mobile phone. MSRP: $129.95

EXFIL-115: All Meat, No Potatoes

This waterproof roll top bag holds up to 115 of your favorite 12oz beverages or  everything you need to set up camp. It's no frills design is built to be extremely durable and keep your valuables from getting soaked in any sort of torrential downpour you may come upon. The strapping system is set up as a DIY operation. Lots of strong point to run whatever rope, tie downs, or bungees you choose to secure this unit to your freedom machine. MSRP: $149.95

This waterproof roll top bag holds up to 115 of your favorite 12oz beverages or  everything you need to set up camp. It's no frills design is built to be extremely durable and keep your valuables from getting soaked in any sort of torrential downpour you may come upon. The strapping system is set up as a DIY operation. Lots of strong point to run whatever rope, tie downs, or bungees you choose to secure this unit to your freedom machine. MSRP: $149.95

Sierra Stake Out 2's Karaoke Battle is Going Down Friday Night!

Friday night gets loose with karaoke! Last year we witnesses some solid gold and some pure shit and we can't wait to see what you guys & gals have got in store for us this year. We will have real judges for the last 30 min of the night to summon up Sierra Stake Out's finest. To sign up, make your way to the stage at 7:30 Friday night and cruise the song list. Make it a good one, know the words, stay sober enough to make it onto the stage, and get ready for your five minute of fame or total shame. Either way, you are a badass for getting up there and slaying the stage. 

Photo by @rambleonphoto

Photo by @rambleonphoto

 

 

 

Sierra Stake Out | Photo Feature by Geoff Kowalchuk

It's no secret that some of the best riding is located in the Sierra Nevadas hence why we decided to do an event up here. If you are headed to the Sierra Stake Out 2, rolling mountains, clear blue swimming holes, and endless roads await you. Take a scroll through last year's event to see what you just got yourself into if you are a first timer.