Best Motorcycle Tents For Two Wheeled Adventure Touring

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Looking to get out in the wilderness for some two-wheeled adventure? The best motorcycle tents will keep you and your gear dry in any weather!
Best Motorcycle Tents - Introduction
The Nemo Dragonfly Osmo 2 Bikepack: Our favorite tent to-date for camping on two wheels.

When it comes to bang-for-your-buck, there’s nothing quite like traveling by motorcycle. Insanely fun to ride, dirt cheap to fill up, and able to cover more miles and access more areas than any other form of travel, we’d argue motorcycles may very well be the best way to get out and explore the world. 

Unfortunately the main expense of multiday motorcycle trips is almost always lodging, which is why motorcycle camping is such a widely appealing way to travel by two wheels. Of course camping requires a tent, but because motorcycles have much less storage capacity than automobiles (or even some backpacking packs), not just any tent will do. 

You’ll need a particularly light and compact shelter for best results, and with that in mind we’ve found the Nemo Dragonfly Osmo 2 Bikepack to be the best motorcycle tent overall for most riders. We love the Dragonfly because it’s small and light enough to fit into panniers of any kind, yet still delivers great livability, covered storage for gear, and bulletproof weather protection. 

The Dragonfly won’t be every rider’s first choice though, and there are a few reasons for that. Some folks will want a little more room to spread out, others will want something a little easier on the budget, and some won’t even want a traditional tent at all. Fear not, we’ve included alternatives in the list below for every kind of rider on every kind of budget, and if you’re not quite sure where you fall on that spectrum, we’ve even included an in-depth buyer’s guide down below on how to choose a tent. 

Ready to hit the road? Let’s saddle up.   

Nemo Dragonfly Osmo 2 Bikepack: Best Motorcycle Tent OverallA premium backpacking tent with proven weather protection that packs down easily into even the smallest saddlebags. See Review
Big Agnes Wyoming Trail 2: Highest Overall QualitySurprisingly packable two person camping tent that boasts a massive pole supported vestibule. Unmatched livability for two wheeled travel. See Review
Mountainsmith Morrison Evo 2: Best On A BudgetAn affordable camping tent that happens to benefit from shorter than average pole segments. Outstanding packability meets above-average living space and storage. See Review
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL3 Bikepack Tent: Best Three-Person Option Class leading living area that packs down smaller than most two person models. An excellent choice for riders traveling with a passenger. See Review
Kammok Mantis Hammock Tent: Best Hammock Tent For Motorcycle CampingAn all-in-one hammock camping option that’s comfortable, affordable, and built to last. Packs down into small saddlebags with ease. See Review

A Quick Word On Parking Your Motorcycle Inside Your Tent…

Unfortunately there’s been a lot of hype around motorcycle tents that feature an actual “garage” for you to store your motorcycle inside of while you camp. We’re not sure why anyone would consider this an important feature considering that motorcycles are “outside toys” that are meant to get wet and dirty, but we’d like to go on the record as saying that this feature is a waste of money and only adds unnecessary weight and bulk to your shelter. 

There’s definitely an argument to be made for tents with enough vestibule storage to keep riding gear out of the rain while you sleep. There’s also some utility in a tent like the Wolf Walker motorcycle tent which allows you to park your bike in a sheltered space for impromptu maintenance during poor weather, but we’ve found most tents advertised as having “motorcycle garages” lack the space needed to actually perform any serious work inside of. 

If you’re only looking to base camp with your motorcycle, this may be worth paying for, but for everyone else, we recommend forgetting about this feature, or just bringing along an additional tarp and some guy lines if you really feel the need to shelter your bike. 

Best Motorcycle Tents

Nemo Dragonfly Osmo 2P Bikepack: Best Overall

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– Weight: 4.1 lbs (1.9kg)
– Packed size: 14.5” x 6.5” x 6.5” (37cm x 17cm x 17cm)
– Floor size: 88” x 50”/45” (224cm x 127cm/114cm)
– Peak height: 41” (104cm)
– Number of compartments: 1
– Occupancy: 2 person (1 person also available)
– Shape: Dome
– Price: $$

While bikepacking tents are technically designed for use on pedal-powered adventures, their unique attributes made them a perfect candidate for motorcycle camping. The main appeal for us here are the shortened poles these tents employ, which allow the Nemo Dragonfly Bikepack to pack down to an impressively short 14.5” length that’s all but guaranteed to slide easily into even the smallest soft saddlebags out there.

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Spacious, saddlebag-friendly, and loaded with convenient features, the Dragonfly is a moto-camper’s dream come true.

While those shorter poles are a boon for motorcycling, they aren’t the only “bikepack” specific feature we love for motorcycle use. We’re also big fans of the Dragonfly’s compact and waterproof stuffsack, which is built extra tough because it’s designed to be lashed to the frame of a bicycle and exposed to the elements 24/7. 

The other major highlight of the Dragonfly Bikeback for us is its outstanding storage, which includes two sizable vestibules sporting 10 square feet of covered space each for stashing wet boots or muddy gear out of the elements. Aside from that, the most important thing is that all the bedrock shelter essentials are all here including a high-quality aluminum frame that’s great at shedding wind as well as Nemo’s proven OSMO fabric rainfly, which has served us well in the past during all night downpours. 

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We’ve spent many a night sheltered under Nemo’s OSMO fabric through pouring rain, and the bikepack version comes in low-profile colors for stealth camping.

So what’s not to love about the Dragonfly? Well, for us the main issue is price, as this tent typically retails for just under $600. The overall quality and outstanding packability will be worth the asking price for many, but there’s just no ignoring the fact that there are options out there that will “get the job done” for about half as much cash. We’ll also note that as is often the case with ultralight tents, the Dragonfly’s tapered floor plan may feel a bit cramped if you actually plan to share it with another person. 

– Lightweight and packable enough for even the smallest soft bags
– Premium materials, features, and construction throughout
– Bulletproof weather protection
– Expensive
– May be a bit cramped if you’re sharing it with another person

Big Agnes Wyoming Trail 2: Highest Overall Quality

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– Weight: 11.1 lbs (5 kg)
– Packed size: 20.5” x 11.5” x 8” (52cm x 29cm x 20cm)
– Floor size: 90” x 54” (229cm x 137cm)
– Peak height: 54”/137cm (68”/173cm under vestibule)
– Number of compartments: 2
– Occupancy: 2 person (4 person also available)
– Shape: Dome
– Price: $$$

If you don’t mind toting a slightly larger shelter, the Big Agnes Wyoming Trail 2 is arguably the most versatile and comfortable motorcycle camping tent currently available. Like many of our favorite options, the Wyoming was built with cyclists in mind, albeit as a larger “basecamping” model designed to cover two bikes and their riders. Because motorcyclists have more space and are less burdened by a few extra pounds, this makes the Wyoming Trail uniquely well suited to moto camping. 

Best Motorcycle Tents - Big Agnes Wyoming Trail 2
The Wyoming Trail was designed to shelter multiple bicycles, but it’s got enough room to shelter a mid-sized adventure bike if you really need it to.

Hands down our favorite feature of the Wyoming Trail 2 is its massive pole supported vestibule, which is essentially a second room that’s both larger and taller than the sleeping quarters themselves. This sheltered space can be fully enclosed in bad weather, but also features two separate pole supported awnings which can be staked out for tons of shady hangout space. We’ll also note that while we still believe parking your motorcycle inside your tent is unnecessary, the awning space is technically large enough to squeeze in a dual sport or middleweight adventure bike like the Yamaha T7 or Aprilia Tuareg 660. 

We also appreciate that while most riders will opt to carry the Wyoming Trail separately/lashed to a rear rack, the tent pole segments are just 19” in length, which allows the tent to be broken down and split between two or more saddlebags if desired. Aside from that we love that the Wyoming Trail 2 sports a full-coverage vestibule that’s built to handle serious rain and wind, tons of covered exterior storage, a waterproof floor, rock solid guyout points, and the premium materials and construction we’ve come to expect from Big Agnes. 

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We found the Wyoming makes a great option for two to share, with ample elbow room for two full sized sleeping pads and bags.

Price is our biggest complaint here as the Wyoming Trail retails for even more than your typical ultralight bikepacking tent, although to be fair you’re also getting a pretty impressive car camping tent for your money as well. We’ll also note that while the inner tent is by no means cramped, it does only take up a fraction of the tent’s total footprint area, so there are definitely alternatives out there if you want more room to spread out at night. 

– Outstanding exterior space and livability
– Shorter 19” poles are easier to pack on the bike
– A packable tent with room to shelter your bike
– Expensive
– Larger/bulkier than most bikepacking tents
– Storage sack isn’t particularly tough
– Vestibule isn’t large enough to fully enclose most motorcycles

Mountainsmith Morrison Evo 2: Best Motorcycle Camping Tent On A Budget 

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– Weight: 6.5 lbs (2.9kg)
– Packed size: 17” x 8” (43cm x 20cm)
– Floor size: 93” x 56” (236cm x 142xm)
– Peak height: 45” (114cm)
– Number of compartments: 1
– Occupancy: 2 person
– Shape: Dome
– Price: $

While the Mountainsmith Morrison Evo 2 isn’t advertised as a backpacking tent unlike our other favorite picks, our editors quickly singled in on one important detail of this shelter: Its pole segments break down into ultra-packable 17” sections, making the Morrison just as well suited for motorcycle luggage as many tents double its asking price. 

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The Morrison’s plus-sized dimensions include two sizeable vestibules, which we’ve found to be plenty large enough to stash wet boots, socks, and any other gear you don’t want getting rained on overnight.

Speaking of which there’s no denying that the Morrison’s price is a major appeal for us, as this freestanding tent retails for under $250 despite its outstanding packability. This is likely due to the fact that the Morrison weighs significantly more than our average ultralight tent at a hefty 6.5 pounds, but that won’t be an issue unless you actually plan on using it on your bicycle as well. We’ll also note that this weight can be shaved down considerably by removing the included tent floor and adding some ultralight stakes, but chances are you’ll never notice the difference while riding. 

The other major perk we love with the Mountainsmith is that it’s more of a traditional dome camping tent than a backpacking tent, which means you get extra large dimensions compared to a dedicated bikepacking model. A full 36 square feet of floor space marks a notable upgrade to the tapered designs of ultralight alternatives, and a 45” peak height also outclasses just about everything in the segment. 

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A full-sized camping tent that packs down smaller than most backpacking tents. The Morrison is a great moto-camping tent, especially when storage space is at a premium.

Apart from the aforementioned weight, the main shortcoming we found with the Mountainsmith Morrison Evo 2 is that its generous vestibules don’t tension out quite as well as we’d like. This leaves them a bit flappy in heavier wind and a little droopy in heavier rain, which isn’t a deal breaker but would definitely benefit from one additional guy line on each door. All things considered, you’re still getting the ideal set of features and packed dimensions you’d normally have to spend 2-3 times as much for, so this tent is an outstanding option for riders on a budget. 

– Saddlebag-friendly packability on a budget
– Tons of interior space
– Plenty of vestibule storage
– Heavier than most
– Droopy vestibules could use an extra guyline

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL3 Bikepack Tent: Best Three-Person Option 

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– Weight: 4.3lbs (1.9 kg)
– Packed size: 13.5” x 7” (34cm x 18cm)
– Floor size: 90” x 70/62” (229cm x 178cm/157cm)
– Peak height: 43” (109cm)
– Number of compartments: 1
– Occupancy: 3 person (1 and 2 person also available)
– Shape: Dome
– Price: $$$

If you’re looking to take full advantage of your available saddlebag space for as much sleeping area as possible, the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 Bikepack is our tent of choice for discerning motorcyclists. We love the Copper Spur because it sports a plus-sized floor plan without sacrificing packability, delivering best-in-class livability for riders who want to stretch out at the end of the day. 

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Here you can see the difference between Big Agnes’ “Shortstik” poles and their traditional bikepacking poles. This is what allows the Copper Spur to ride in a saddle bag despite its plus-sized floor plan.

We like to think of the UL3 as the ideal motorcycle camping tent for anyone riding with a passenger. It’s no secret that ultralight two-person tents can be a squeeze for two sleepers when push comes to shove, but the UL3’s sizable 70” of shoulder space leaves plenty of room for two to relax on larger sleeping pads. 

Our other favorite feature of the UL3 is that it retains the dual convertible awnings of its backpacking cousin, which adds serious livability around camp on extra hot days or in a light drizzle. Apart from that the main draw for us are the typical list of bikepacking-specific features, which in this case include shorter 12” pole segments for easy packability, ample interior storage and organization for stashing gear or drying out socks, and a tough-as-nails stuff sack that’ll protect your investment from abrasion while you ride. 

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The Copper Spur Bikepack shares the same handy awnings as its backpacking cousin, which we thoroughly enjoyed during a recent field test.

As far as drawbacks go, the largest and most obvious is the Copper Spur’s asking price, as the HV UL models are already expensive before having the “bikepacking” premium added on. Our other major complaint is that although the UL3 offers more interior space than the popular UL1 or UL2 versions, it doesn’t offer any additional vestibule storage area. 

– Short and packable pole set
– Great interior space and exterior storage
– Premium construction and features throughout
– Very expensive
– Heavier than a 2P model
– No additional vestibule space

Kammok Mantis Hammock Tent: Best Hammock Tent For Motorcycle Camping

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– Weight: 2.9 lbs (1.2 kg)
– Packed size: 10” x 6” x 6” (25cm x 15cm x 15cm)
– Floor size: NA
– Peak height: NA
– Number of compartments: 1
– Occupancy: 1 person
– Shape: Hammock
– Price: $

There are plenty of reasons to consider a hammock tent for motorcycle camping rather than a traditional backpacking or camping shelter. They weigh less, take up less space in your luggage, and provide a uniquely free and easy sleeping experience unlike anything else we’ve experienced. The Kammok Mantis is our favorite hammock for motorcycle use, and there are a few good reasons for that. 

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We’ve found hammock camping makes a smart alternative on our moto journeys, combining comfort, packability, and a price that’s tough to beat compared to the alternatives.

The first is that the Mantis is among the toughest options out there, sporting a best-in-class weight capacity of 500lbs as well as an extra durable 40D diamond nylon ripstop body. The Mantis is also one of the more spacious hammock tent options out there, and is plenty long enough for sleepers up to 7 feet tall. 

We also love that although the Kammok Mantis costs about as much as a budget camping or backpacking tent, it’s arguably the most packable option in our list, measuring in at just 10” x 6” (and yes, that includes straps, stakes, fly, etc.) and weighing just under 3 lbs. Aside from a sleeping bag and pad (or underquilt, if that’s your jam), everything you need to dive into hammock camping is included for well under $300, and it’s all small enough to fit any bike from the humble Grom to the globetrotting BMW GSA.  

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We particularly appreciate that Kammok includes everything you need to get started including solid stakes and wide straps that won’t damage tree bark.

All things considered, we believe a hammock camping setup is one of the smartest options out there for motorcycle campers, but the main issue here is simply that hammock camping isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Some folks find the setup process a little too involved, while others just don’t like the sensation of sleeping up off the ground. We’ll also note that because trees are required to use this setup effectively, there are some places (desert trips especially) that may not be a good match for a hammock system. 

– Affordable
– Light and super compact
– Class leading weight capacity
– More complex setup
– Trees required
– Not everyone loves sleeping in a hammock
– Gear storage can be tricky

Buyer’s Guide: Choosing A Tent For Motorcycle Camping

So what makes a camping tent ideal for motorcycles? Chances are you’ve already noticed a few common themes in our picks above, but let’s touch on each of the most important points we look for when choosing tents for our own two-wheeled adventures. 

Space and Comfort

Depending on where and how you ride, a full day on a motorcycle can be just as exhausting as a full day on foot. This holds especially true if you’re riding a fair amount of off-road terrain on a dual sport or adventure bike, as riding in the dirt means lots of standing, sitting, and moving around on the bike. 

For this reason, we recommend shopping for a tent with as much interior space as possible while still being small enough to pack into your on-bike luggage. Having a little extra room to stretch out is a godsend after a full day on the bike, especially if you’ve had a cold or wet day out on the road. 

Best Motorcycle Tents - Space and Comfort
What motorcycles are somewhat limited by storage constraints, you can get away with a much heavier tent (and a lot more interior space) than you’d normally consider for traditional backpacking duty.

Generally speaking, we prefer a two-person backpacking tent for this reason, as two person models generally include more headroom and shoulder space as well as more room for stashing extra gear out of the weather (more on that below). If you’re out riding with a passenger you’ll likely want to step up to three person model for less cramped sleeping quarters, but just be mindful of staying within the capacity of your on-bike storage space. 

Of course if you’re looking to base camp rather than pack up and travel each day, there’s no reason to limit yourself to a simple backpacking tent. If you’re hauling your bike out to camp with a truck or trailer, we recommend bringing along a large multi-person camping tent for maximum space, comfort, and storage. Some of these larger tents even include enough vestibule space to stash your whole motorcycle underneath, which can be nice for repairs and maintenance in less-than-ideal weather. 

Gear Storage

Again, what you’re looking for here will largely come down to the type of motorcycle camping you’re planning to do. Vehicle supported base-campers will have all the storage they need inside their vehicles, and can also benefit from the larger vestibules and interior space of a full-sized camping tent. 

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While large vestibules are you best bet for bulky riding gear, small details like these daisy chain loops help to dry wet gear like gloves and socks overnight as well.

If you plan to do any sort of unsupported moto camping, however, you’ll want to pay particularly close attention to your tent’s vestibule space as well as the organizational features inside the tent itself. Your non-essential items can be left in your waterproof saddlebags (extra clothes, water filters, tools, etc.), but you’ll want space to stash your riding gear, boots, camp shoes, etc. to give them a chance to dry out overnight. 

Most of this comes down to vestibule space, so we recommend prioritizing as much exterior storage under your rainfly as possible. Yet another reason to opt for a two-person tent rather than a single person, as 2P models typically include extra storage space outside of each door of the tent. 


If your moto-camping is entirely vehicle-supported you can ignore this one, but for everyone else, this is likely the most important aspect of any motorcycle camping tent to pay attention to. You want your tent to fit inside your saddlebags to keep it protected from weather and the occasional crash, and there’s typically one thing that’ll make or break your tent: the poles. 

Your average backpacking tent pole is a little over 20” long, which pushes the limits of what most saddlebags can accommodate. This is particularly true of the soft luggage that most adventure and dual sport campers utilize, because these bags need to rolled down multiple times to seal out rain, mud, and dust. 

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Depending on how you outfit your bike, you may actually have even less space than you normally would with a large backpacking pack. Smaller soft bags like these are where compact shelters really earn their keep.

This is why the best tents for motorcycle camping tents are what are called “bikepacking tents.” Bikepacking tents are specifically designed to fit on the frames and/or handlebars of long-distance bicycles (endurance bikes, gravel bikes, adventure bikes, etc.), and as such, their manufacturers design them with much shorter pole segments. 

These shorter pole segments make for a much more packable tent overall, typically measuring in at 12” or less per segment while still providing the same overall shape and interior dimensions as a traditional backpacking tent. This will give you much more flexibility on how and where you distribute your gear across your motorcycle luggage, and will make it much easier to properly close and seal your saddlebags or waterproof bag liners as well.  

Weather Resistance

Moto tents are no different than a normal tent in this regard. That means you need them to be reliably waterproof in an all-night downpour as well as strong enough to stay upright during heavy gusts of wind. 

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A reliably weather proof shelter is often the only thing that keeps us sane after riding through hours of rain on the way to camp. A full coverage rainfly is always a smart choice.

Exactly how much protection you need will depend on where you plan to ride, and someone looking to ride through Alaska in the snow will need both a warmer and stronger tent than your average rider. With that being said, we will note that in our experience any three-season tent from a well-known and reliable outdoors manufacturer will typically get the job done. Highly water-resistant fabrics, fully sealed seams, and a full coverage rain fly are what you’re after here, and anything less is just playing with fire. 

Ease of Use/Set-up

Most of the tents we would recommend for motorcycle camping are essentially just repurposed backpacking or bikepacking tents, and as such, ease of use shouldn’t be an issue. If you can pitch a camping tent, you’ll have no problems here, although we will say some backpacking tents can be a little easier to pitch than others depending on their design. 

Best Motorcycle Tents - Ease of Use
One of our favorite things about using a high quality backpacking/bikepacking tent for motorcycle travel is that they’re among the fastest and easiest tents to pitch in the world.

The exception to the rule here would be minimalist tents like tarp shelters or teepees, which typically require a little extra knowledge and skill to pitch correctly, as well as a little more mindfulness about the weather conditions like wind speed and direction. If you have any doubts about your own survival skills/bushcraft, we recommend sticking with traditional double-wall tents or backpacking tents for best results. 


One place where motorcycle tents may differ slightly from their backpacking cousins is durability. Because these tents are being carried by a motorized vehicle rather than traditional man power, you can get away with a little extra weight in exchange for more robust fabrics and poles. 

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Tents go through some rough stuff both on the bike and off. For this reason we prefer tents made from tougher materials rather than thinner, ultralight fabrics whenever possible.

There are a few moto-specific brands out there that take full advantage of this fact, but again, we believe most riders will be better served with a traditional backpacking or bikepacking tent, as most of your durability concerns happen around camp rather than on the road. With that being said, we will note that you’ll want to pay close attention to how and where your tent is packed inside your saddlebags: The constant bumps and vibrations of riding can cause accelerated wear and tear to your tent from abrasion, so be mindful of what you pack around your tent (no velcro or sharp objects) and remove as much extra space inside your bags as possible to minimize shifting while riding. 


This can be a tough one for motorcyclists. While motorcycle camping can be one of the most affordable and enjoyable ways to get out and explore, both motorcycling and camping can be expensive hobbies. Bikepacking tents in particular tend to be more expensive than most traditional backpacking or camping tents due to their specialization, so while they remain our favorite option for two-wheeled travel, they may be a tough pill to swallow when it comes to price. 

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Don’t let price keep you from getting out there. At the end of the day, if it fits on your bike and keeps you dry, you’re gonna have a great time.

At the end of the day, you shouldn’t let cost keep you from getting out there and enjoying a little two-wheeled camping. With a little care and some creative packing/strapping, chances are you can find a way to secure free standing tents to your bike, and when push comes to shove, you can always ride with a backpack if need be. Cost savings is also the main argument for simpler shelters like tarp tents and hammock camping setups as well, so if you’ve got the know-how to use a minimalist shelter like these, either can be a serious value-added proposition. 

The Wise Adventurer’s Verdict on Motorcycle Tents

Taking all the above factors into consideration, we found the Nemo Dragonfly Osmo 2P Bikepack to be the best tent overall for motorcycle camping of any kind. The Dragonfly’s combination of packablity, durability, protection, and overall quality are tough to beat at any price, although there are definitely cheaper tents out there. 

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Nemo’s Dragonfly Bikepack takes our top pick as the best motorcycle tent overall.

The Mountainsmith Morrison Evo and Kammock Mantis are both great examples of this, and while they don’t quite have the premium feel and features of the Dragonfly Bikepack, they’ll both get the job done while leaving more cash in your wallet for tires, maintenance, and meals on the road. 

If you’re looking for a larger shelter with maximum space both inside and out, we believe the Big Agnes Wyoming Trail 2 is the definition of two-wheeled luxury while still remaining relatively packable. Big Agnes’ Copper Spur UL3 Bikepack is another great candidate here, delivering the best combination of packability and all-around living space we’ve found to date. 

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