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Wait a MINUTE!!!! Everyone knows you can't tour on a Sportster. A land pirate told me that a long time ago when I was hanging out at the dealership. You need to buy a bigger bike, every Harley salesman will agree with that!










I presume you do all your touring 2-up? That does restrict you a bit. I have a setup that I find ideal and have done a fair bit of camping/"touring", but it would not work for 2-up. I like the LeatherLykes, but have also found Pelican cases to be more utilitarian.
Right you are utilitarian, looks great!

My wife and I did a short 4 day tour last year as a test ride.

What system do you use to attach the cases to the bike?
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The "side cases" (Pelican 1430's) are via EasyBrackets. and the top case (Pelican 1560) is a HD Detachables Solo Tour-Pak Mounting Rack.
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Two tent options, the lone rider tent has a larger area for the bike where the Redverz Atacama Expedition Motorcycle Tent has a larger sleeping quarters. I plan to get the Redverz tent and I suspect it maybe just a little better. Although I have heard nothing but good news about both tents.



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Wow! Tents have come a long way! When I used to go to the Harley Rendezvous I'd throw a tarp over the bike and sleep (pass out) underneath.

That was a looong time ago though. Now, if I can't get a hotel, I ain't going!
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Wow! Tents have come a long way! When I used to go to the Harley Rendezvous I'd throw a tarp over the bike and sleep (pass out) underneath.

That was a looong time ago though. Now, if I can't get a hotel, I ain't going!
I would jokingly suggest you have gotten soft. Once I slept under the stars on a tarp, it was awesome laying on my back looking at the stars. It has been 15 years since my last camping experience and I remember my inflatable mattress was just as comfortable as a hotel room bed. However since I haven't been been camping recently maybe this is just a crazy idea. I feel I am still young enough, +60 so I am going to give it a try.
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I would jokingly suggest you have gotten soft. Once I slept under the stars on a tarp, it was awesome laying on my back looking at the stars. It has been 15 years since my last camping experience and I remember my inflatable mattress was just as comfortable as a hotel room bed. However since I haven't been been camping recently maybe this is just a crazy idea. I feel I am still young enough, +60 so I am going to give it a try.
Once I slept in a cold puddle shivering as the pounding rain seeped through the rain cover and dripped on my face or the already soaked sleeping bag as I tried to stay dry in my rain gear.

I like motels now, and I no longer have that tent.
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Once I slept in a cold puddle shivering as the pounding rain seeped through the rain cover and dripped on my face or the already soaked sleeping bag as I tried to stay dry in my rain gear.

I like motels now, and I no longer have that tent.
I like motels too, my adventure side says I can be out riding longer and going farther with a tent so I'm giving it a try.
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+1 for giving it a try.

The last two years I've ridden 900 miles to Sturgis in 25-30 hours and then pitched a tent. At 67, that's gotten more "interesting", but still doable.

Before I leave, I do practice putting up the tent to make sure I still can.

Full disclosure: On the way out and back, I do sleep 4-6 hours in a motel. Is that cheating?
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