Many standard tents have unwieldy poles and aren’t pack down enough to be suited for wind resistance. You want something that’s not only light, but strong, waterproof, and easy to assemble.
Much of the criteria needed for choosing a motorcycle tent is the same as a good backpacking tent, especially if you’re an ultra-light enthusiast.
Your tent gives you privacy and protects you (and possibly even your bike) from the weather. The best tent for motorcycle camping goes where you go, and that means anywhere!
The Top 3 Best Motorcycle Camping Tent Reviews
These are the top choices we have for motorcycle camping tent.
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 – $XXX.xx
At 1lb 10oz this is conveniently light and it rolls down into a 4×17” space that will fit perfectly between your handlebars or into a saddlebag.
It’s got a large D shaped door and is made of a waterproof nylon.
The guylines are reflective (ideal for night time when the olive green exterior might be hard to spot).
It also has gear loops and interior mesh bags as well as the optional add on for a gear hammock or entertainment loft. It’s a three season tend that is free standing with an area of 90”x43”.
The floor is a lightweight silicone nylon Ripstop coated with polyeurethane.
The single hub poles are are light aluminum and attach to the body with plastic clips. Also includes footprint.
- Ripstop Nylon
- Single Hub Aluminum poles
With all the seams being sealed with seam tape and a storm flap to add to the waterproof nylon fabric this will definitely keep you dry. It’s a minimalist shelter design that is light yet strong so it’s ideal for bike travel.
It’s slim and easy to set up an you get maximum interior space from the design, it’s even big enough to fit two slim people if you’re cozy.
It’s missing a floorpad of any sort so you’ll have to add that in weight and packing space unless you want to sleep on unpadded ground.
There’s also no wind protection and the fly doesn’t fit well in the tent. This requires a lot of stake points to stand and that can also be an issue on rocky ground.
Certainly a budget option this is a simple classic design that has skylights and door mesh to deal with mosquitoes.
It weighs a scant 2.6lb and measures 6.5×3.3×3.3 which makes it a good comfortable size.
The 6.9mm fiber glass poles are light and sturdy and it fits into a portable bag for easy travel.
The floor is made of 210 denier Oxford Polyester and though it doesn’t fold down to quite as small as the Seedhouse it’s not far off.
It will fit between handlebars with a little over but it’s too big for most saddlebags.
- Carry Bag
- Fiber Glass and Polyester
While technically rated for two people it’s pretty small and basic so it’s more suited for one. It’s a basic and budget friendly design so don’t expect a lot.
It’s enough to keep you out of the elements and light enough to carry without any problems.
It doesn’t fold down as small as it could, and it’s definitely not wind-proof.
The waterproofing is less than perfect as the seams are taped rather than welded or sealed so it won’t stand up to hard weather. There’s no footprint included and the floor isn’t reinforced or padded.
MSR Elixir 3-Person Tent – $XXX.xx
If you’re traveling with friends the Elixir comes in 2,3, and 4 person sizes and is comfortable too. It’s suitable for storms and heavier weather and is rated for three seasons.
It’s got pre-attached guidelines and an attic for gear. There’s an included rainfly and it has a 2 pole construction that holds up the 68D PU Coated Ripstop polyester shell.
It folds down into 7’x7”x20′ which isn’t tiny but if you’re sleeping 4 people it’s still reasonable, however it does weigh a hefty 5lb, though you can trim it down to as little as 3.9lb in Fast and Light mode.
There’s a vestibule and it’s a freestanding design, two dry doors and everything is color coded for easy set up. It’s taped seam construction with a solid canopy and a bathtub style floor. Also includes ground sheet/footprint.
- 3 person
- Color Coded parts
With a sturdy polyester construction, attic and porch area its perfect for wet weather. It’s not as quick to put up as the Baiter but since you’ll have help it’s not that much different.
It’s a durable and sturdy tent that can hold up to nasty weather much better than either of the others. It will keep you warm in freezing temperatures and it’s quick enough to put up that you won’t be stuck in them long.
It doesn’t fit into panniers which means you’ll have to either have it on your back or on the handlebars which isn’t ideal.
While it’s three seasons it’s well insulated which means it can get rather hot in summer months since there’s no way to make air flow through the tent. It’s a little short too so there’s not a lot of head space which can be claustrophobic.
Motorcycle camping is a convenient way to travel, but finding tents that fold down small enough is difficult, especially if you’ve got multiple people.
The main focus is the weight which is where the Seedhouse really wins, in fact it’s lighter than if you divided the MSR into the same number for the amount of people it holds. While there’s no pad and it’s missing a few features like a vestibule when it comes to being ultra light and ultra packable this is really the best.
There’s no way you can’t fit this in. It’s clearly the best tent for motorcycle camping, and if you’ve got more than one person they can easily have their own tent at such little weight.