Gypsy Biker Bed Rolls - Page 3 - Harley Davidson Forums

Go Back   Harley Davidson Forums > General Harley Davidson Forums > General Harley Davidson Chat
Log In 

General Harley Davidson Chat Forum to discuss general Harley Davidson issues, topics, and experiences.
Sponsored by: J&P Cycles

Gypsy Biker Bed Rolls

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-16-2012, 11:57 PM
CaptJIM's Avatar
CaptJIM CaptJIM is offline
Road Master
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Southeast WI
Posts: 1,100

I don't know guys...I have been researching tents for a few months and I am not seeing any I like better than the Catoma Lone Rider:
Check out the video on the "videos" tab. This thing sets up in 30 seconds, has an integral rain fly and poles, and you can leave the ground cloth attached if you want. Gets great reviews too. The ease of setup/takedown is big for me as I do not want to be fumbling around in the dark trying to setup a tent after a long day of riding.

Anybody use this tent? How do you like it?

And to the OP - I went on the gypsy bed roll site to check it out and couldn't really find much information or even photos - not good, I would stay away.

1988 Softail Custom
Andrews EV-46 Cam / S&S Super E / V&H Big Radius / ProgSusp 413's / Custom paint by Will Christman
2013 Road Glide Custom
Boom Audio / V&H Hi-Output slip-ons / Security / Cruise / LED Accent Lighting
Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2012, 01:50 AM
Vins's Avatar
Vins Vins is offline
Club Member
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Anchorage, AK
Posts: 500

Have an older Eureka two man tent. Packs fairly well and light. I recommend a two man tent and bag depending the areas and seasons you are camping in. Two man if you want to get your gear inside. If you're doing summer camping in the southern part of the country, a bed roll might work for you. A heavy downpour is still gonna' ruin your night. Have thrown a sleeping bag on a picnic table at many a rest stops. You can pull the bike under the the covering if it's raining and everything stays dry. Have also curled up in the raingear undera building overhang and taken a nap.

"You can fall many times in life, but you're never a failure as long as you try to get up." ~ Evel Knievel
Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2012, 05:23 AM
cdemarse cdemarse is offline
Senior Rider
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: IL
Posts: 478

I personally just take a military poncho, and a poncho liner. On some occasions i will use a pocket hammock too. But I can be a bit hardcore when it comes to camping.
Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2012, 05:38 AM
DTDK DTDK is offline
Road Captain
Join Date: May 2011
Location: minnesota
Posts: 594

if going solo, the xpg tents pack down way smaller, and offers way more room. I have used the micro lite ultra small one man tents, and dont see any advantage over a bivy sack. if you want to keep any of your stuff inside, get at least a 2 man tent.

Packed size is always a big concern for me when campin on the bike, and 26 inches is just way to long for me, for a tent that is only that size.
Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2012, 05:46 AM
DTDK DTDK is offline
Road Captain
Join Date: May 2011
Location: minnesota
Posts: 594

I do like the look of those x3 stakes on catomas page
Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2012, 12:01 PM
smokinfromshootin's Avatar
smokinfromshootin smokinfromshootin is offline
Senior Rider
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Norwood, OH
Posts: 390
matt smith

i appreciate everyones input. i decided to go with the kelty grand mesa 2 tent ( a buddy of mine is a backpacker and he said its a great tent for the price and it had some pretty good reviews, quick set up and tear down. can't wait to put it to use.

Boozefighters Motorcycle Club Ch 26
2015 Road Glide Special w/Dragos Dragula 2, S&S 551 Cams, Fuel Moto Pro Billet Stage 1 A/C, 13" Road 6 Custom Standard Apes
Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2012, 12:35 PM
lo-rider's Avatar
lo-rider lo-rider is offline
Elite HDF Member
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Marina del Rey
Posts: 4,975

Originally Posted by bmorebhoy View Post
...lo-rider's rig looks pretty good and compact but you're still on the ground, hard and/or wet...
Not at all. The bivy sack is eVent w/ a waterproof bottom. The Neoair pad inside keeps you suspended on a cushion of insulating air, well off the ground, and also provides a reflective surface similar to a space blanket, which reflects body heat.
'89 FXRS
'09 FXDC
'06 XL883C(1200)
"Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about."
Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2012, 12:59 PM
wahlumsurfer's Avatar
wahlumsurfer wahlumsurfer is offline
Road Master
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central FL
Posts: 1,039

I wouldn't have room for it, but always liked this one!
Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2012, 01:15 PM
zeus33's Avatar
zeus33 zeus33 is offline
Big Kahuna HDF Member
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Calgary eh
Posts: 35,355

Well, you know real bikers don't have saddle bags, or so I've read on this forum. So you won't have the space to pack a tent and a sleeping bag. I suppose real bikers just have an old piece of canvas tarp they throw down in the ditch when they want to sleep.

Personally I've accepted that I'm not a real biker because I have a windshield and hard bags on my RoadGlide. But that's good, I carry a 2 man mountaineering tent, it's two piece tent and fly. Completely waterproof even in torrential downpours, it's been tested many times. I carry two air mattresses, pillows, sleeping bags that zip togther and me an my Ol are comfy as bugs in a rug, weather be damned. But that's just us, not real bikers, So the gypsy roll looks good, seriously, it's probably alright.
Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2012, 12:42 AM
Larry the Landlord Larry the Landlord is offline
Senior Rider
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Tulsa Ok
Posts: 302

I think you will like the Kelty. It is very similar to mine.
Good luck and have fun.
Reply With Quote

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
bed roll teflon Want To Buy Motorcycles/Parts/Accessories 1 04-17-2015 03:23 PM
So how was Wildwood NJ this weekend Iron lHorse General Harley Davidson Chat 2 09-08-2014 10:37 AM
East Coast Gypsy Run Masshole Bobber General Harley Davidson Chat 8 01-16-2011 10:41 AM

air, badass, bean, bed, bedroll, bedrolls, beds, biker, customer, davidson, gypsy, harley, ll, mattress, motorcycle, powered, reviews, roll, rollsharley, vbulletin

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:28 PM.