10 of the best tents on the market for adventure bikers

You may be on a RTW adventure or camping in the magnificent grounds of the Ragley Hall Estate at the ABR Festival 2024, but there comes a time in many a biker’s life when they strap a tent on the back of their bike.

Whether you’ll use it or not is an entirely different matter as hotels tend to seem more appealing after a long day in the saddle. But trust me when I say a night under canvas is far more appealing when you’ve got the right tent that easy to put and has plenty of space for your needs.

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In this group test, you’ll find small tents ideal for those travelling solo, spacious tents for those riding two-up with plenty of gear, and even tents that you can park your bike in.

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Read on to discover our reviews of 10 tents for motorcyclists below…

Easycamp Magnetar 200 

www.easycamp.com 

£99.00 

Easy Camp is a Danish outdoor brand owned by Oase Outdoors (the same folks who run Robens) which is aimed at people looking for affordable camping gear. 

 And while Easycamp’s entry into this group test, the Go Range Magnetar 200, doesn’t offer the same quality of some of the more expensive tents we’ve looked at, it still provides good value for money and is perfect for the occasional weekend away. 

 Weighing in at a lightweight 2.9kg, the Magnetar 200 packs down relatively small although it the length of the poles meant it was a squeeze to fit into our Touratech Zega Pro pannier. The tent was quick and easy to set up thanks to a simple three-hoop tunnel design that pitched with the inner and outer together using colour-coded poles.  

 You climb in through a single side door into a good amount of porch space which has room for panniers and riding gear, and the side entry means you don’t have to climb over your kit to enter the sleeping area. Inside there’s enough room for two people, although it is on the snug side, and there’s not quite enough headroom to sit up comfortably inside.  

 It was good to see vents on the front and back of the tent to provide airflow, however their functionality was lessened by the fact there was no midge netting on the inside door. At £99.99, it’s clear Easycamp needed to save money somewhere and this can be seen in the likes of the fibreglass poles and thin metal pegs that can be bent by hand.  

 Despite this, if you’re an occasional camper, the Magnetar 200 represents a functional and affordable tent that packs down small and is simple to pitch. And at less than £100, it’s perfect for strapping to your bike for those nights on tour when you can’t find a hotel or you fancy an evening under the stars.   

In a line: A budget tent yet lightweight tent that offers good value for money. 

 ABR Rating: 6/10 

Outwell Earth 2 

£140 

www.outwell.com 

 

If you’ve ever spent a family holiday at a UK campsite, then chances are you’ve come across one of Outwell’s mega tents that sleep up to eight people and feature enough creature comforts to make camping an indulgent experience. 

 Sadly, for us bikers, such luxury is limited by our need to pack our belongings onto two wheels, but handily Outwell also makes a range of smaller tents including the Earth 2, it’s entry into this group test.  

 The tunnel-style tent packs down to a reasonable 3.6kg, but despite the fact the stuff sack compresses down to a small size, the length of the poles meant it was too long to fit into our Touratech pannier so you’ll need to strap it down to your bike. The two-hoop design features budget-friendly fibreglass poles and was quick and easy to put up in a few minutes, although the subtle grey and black pole colour coding took me a few moments to identify.  

 Inside, the sleeping area isn’t the most spacious on test, but there’s room enough for two and I could just about sit upright. I liked the dark colours used on the inner tent which will keep the morning sun at bay, and it was good to see handy stash pockets for night time essentials, as well as an adjustable rear vent to control airflow. 

 Upfront there’s a porch area accessed by a single main door, with a zip that features a storm flap to keep the rain out. The porch isn’t overly spacious but there’s enough room to store your riding gear, and Outwell has included a bucket-style ground sheet so it’ll all stay nice and dry.  

 At £124.99, Earth 2 may not quite match the quality or space offered by some of the more expensive tents on test, but it certainly provides good value for money. 

 In a line: A solid option for campers on a budget 

 ABR rating: 7/10 

 

Regatta Kivu 2 V3 

www.regatta.com 

£165.00 

 

Regatta is a British brand that makes a wide range of affordable outdoor gear, including a large selection of tents. We selected the Kivu 2 for this test, which is a classic dome-style design that has many of the hallmarks of an entry level tent. 

 However, it weighs in at a hefty 4kg, which is heavier than some of the larger tents on test. This isn’t necessarily an issue when it’s strapped to a powerful motorbike, but worth considering if you’re on a lightweight machine.  

 When pitching the tent, the fibreglass poles cross over one another in the middle to create the dome shape, but we found the connection for each section of pole quite loose. This meant they often camp apart while threading them through the pole sleeves which proved annoying.  

 Being a dome tent, the inner living area is pitched first and is freestanding. You then need to cover it with the rain fly and peg it down to keep out the weather. Once set up, the inner provided a decent amount of living space for two people and enough headroom to sit up with room to spare.  

 Upfront there’s a minimal porch area with just about enough room to store boots and jackets, but any more would be a squeeze. It was good to see an integrated groundsheet for the porch area which will help keep your kit dry. The inclusion of the three vents and an integrated mosquito mesh on the inner door meant the tent was also relatively well ventilated. 

 Overall, Regatta’s Kivu 3 is a decent offering for the occasional weekend camper, but it’s limited porch space means you might need to sleep with some of your gear and it was more of a faff to put up then the other Dome tents on test from the likes of Kelty.  

 In a line: A functional tent that will serve the occasional camper well. 

 ABR Rating: 7/10 

 

Sierra Designs Meteor 3000 

www.wildbounds.com 

£259.99 

 

Sierra Designs has been around since 1965, with the Californian brand building a reputation for innovative jackets, sleeping bags, and tents. So, while the Meteor looks like a standard dome tent from the outside, it’s got a few neat features which separate it from the pack.  

 To begin with, it only weights about 2kg, and it easily packs into a pannier or even a rucksack. This makes it a great choice for those who want a tent not just for their motorcycling adventures, but who like to spot of hiking to. 

 Pitching was straightforward, with the pre-bent aluminium poles fitting into a circular ring that holds them in place at the top, making it simple to set up for one person. Designed with Californian weather in mind, the inner is freestanding and can be used on its own, although you’ll want to peg down the rainfly for adventures here in the UK. 

 The living space is generous, with plenty of room for two people to sleep and sit up. In fact, it’s great for two people, since each side of the tent has its own door, you can your better half have your own entry and small porch area to store your gear. 

 However, that storage space is limited, with each porch just big enough for boots and a jacket or pannier, but with no room left over for anything else. There are two pockets inside for keeping your phone, wallet and other essentials in, and there are loops to hang your torch or wet socks from.  

 The components are of high quality, with robust guy lines, sturdy and lightweight aluminium poles, and good stakes to peg out the tent. The tent is also very easy to pack down, with the bag designed to cinch around the tent to reduce the volume. 

 ABR rating: 7/10 

In a line: A super lightweight and well-made Dome style tent but with limited storage. 

 

Robens Pioneer 2EX 

£295 

www.robens.de 

In 1973, Klaus Robens began making outdoor gear from the basement of his home in Germany, using his front garden to display his tents. Today, Robens has grown to become an international brand known for producing quality kit at reasonable prices. 

 This trend continues with the Pioneer 2EX, a new three-hoop tunnel-style tent in Robens’ 2023 line up. This lightweight offering weighs in at 2.9kg and just about squeezed into our Touratech Zega Pro pannier when packed down. 

 The tent was one of the easiest tunnel designs on test to put up, taking little over five minutes using the colour-coded aluminium poles. The fact the pole sleeves were closed at one end was a nice touch and made inserting them easy.  

 That inner tent is a cosy fit for two people but there’s enough headroom to sit upright. Inside you’ll find storage pockets, lantern hooks, and a pouch to tuck the inner door neatly away for ease of access. That door also features a mesh panel to let air in but keep bugs out. 

This porch area is nice and roomy with enough space to tuck a jacket, boots, and panniers away without having to clamber over them when you go for a pee in the night. It didn’t come with a groundsheet though, which you’ll need to buy extra.  

 Outside, the single-sided door has a good size opening with a storm flap covering the zip, and either end of the tent you’ll find covered vents to promote airflow. It’s clear the Pioneer 2EX is a quality piece of kit, the fly being made from a hardwearing 75 denier polyester with double-stitched taped seams and good quality guy lines and adjusters.   

 In a line: A great example of a lightweight tunnel tent that’ll serve you well on tour.  

 ABR rating: 9/10 

 

Kelty Dirt Motel 3 

£320 

www.wildbounds.com 

 

The Dirt Motel 3 may be the best named tent on test, but would we recommend strapping it to the back of a bike and heading off on the trails? The simple answer is yes, as long as you don’t require much storage space.  

 Let’s take the positives first. Despite being a three-man tent, the Dirt Motel’s pack weight is just 2.46kg and it easily slipped inside our Touratech pannier thanks to its short pole segments.  

 Kelty has kept things simple by designing a Dome-style tent that’s quick to pitch and easy to live with. Simply hook the inner tent up to the pole system in a minute or so and you have a free-standing shelter with a mesh outer than can be slept in during good weather.  

 For UK camping, a rain fly is a must. Putting it on in the correct position proved a bit of a fiddle but once you’ve done it a couple of times, it’ll become second nature. That fly can be rolled back halfway and secured so you can stare up at the stars with your better half before drifting off to sleep. 

 Inside, there’s a good-sized sleeping space for two, although it’ll get very cosy with three people. There’s also plenty of headroom which helps give the Dirt Motel a spacious feel. The two oversized side doors also make climbing in and out as easy as getting on and off the floor can ever be.  

 You don’t get a porch with the Dirt Motel, but there is room for a pair of boots in the small area outside each inner door which is sheltered by the rainfly. So, if you’re willing to sacrifice on storage, then Kelty’s tent is a great lightweight set up for a night under the stars.  

 ABR rating: 8/10 

In a line: A lightweight tent with a spacious sleeping area but it lacks storage space. 

Naturehike Cloud Tourer 2  

www.mototents.co.uk  

£359.00 

Naturehike is a Chinese brand that has been around for over a decade, offering less expensive alternatives to popular tent designs.  

 The brand’s entry into this group test is similar in design to the offering from Redverz in the fact that the porch area is large enough to park a motorcycle inside. It’s also about half the price, a fact that is reflected in the materials and construction of this tent, most noticeably, the external fly which is of lesser quality in nylon density. 

 Stored in its roll-top style bag, the tent packs down decent size considering its size, although it was far to big to fit into our pannier. The bag itself is designed to be tied to your luggage rack, with thoughtful features such as reflective strips all the way around and loops to tie straps through. However, the bag itself isn’t fully waterproof, which is a shame for something designed to be stored on the back of your bike. 

 The three-hoop design uses aluminium poles which were nice and sturdy, and the supplied pegs were strong steel stakes. The tent was easy enough for two people to erect, but trickier with just one due to the large amount of material you’ll need to wrangle. It’s not freestanding, but the inner and outer can be put up together which makes the process easier.  

Once pitched, the porch was spacious and plenty big enough to park a bike in, with lots of room left over for gear and sitting. The standing room is limited though, and at 5’8, I was bending my neck.  

The sleeping area fits two people but for a tent of this size, it was surprisingly small. However, the fact that there are doors either side of the sleeping area means you don’t have to climb over your better half in the middle of the night to go for a pee.  

In a line: A wallet-friendly motorcycle tent but lacks a premium finish. 

ABR Rating: 7/10 

 

Vango Galaxy 300 

£380 

www.vango.co.uk 

I once spent two months living in a Vango tent while touring the USA, pitching up at new spots most nights, and it proved reliable, comfortable, and a pleasure to use throughout. So, I was intrigued to see how the Scottish brand’s entry into this group test, the Galaxy 300 would match up. 

 Being a three-man tent, the pack weighed in at a hefty 5.5kg and proved too large for our Touratech pannier, so it’s one for the backseat of your bike. The three-hoop tunnel design was simple to put up, particularly as the flysheet and inner pitch together, and it took two people about 10 minutes using the colour-coded alloy poles and the two support struts that help give the porch its shape.  

And it’s that porch that is the star of the show because it’s huge, providing enough room for my 6ft frame to stand up straight in. It’s not designed for park a bike in like the Redverz tent on test, but the extra living space makes the Galaxy 300 a great choice if you’re planning on staying in one place for a few nights. A handy ground sheet means all your gear will stay dry if the grass is wet too.

With the spacious porch in mind, I was disappointed to find the sleeping area was a little cramped. Sure, there’ room for three bodies widthways, but it’s not overly long and you’ll find your head or legs brushing against the tent material if you’re over 6ft tall. 

Despite this, the Galaxy 300 is clearly well made with good fit and finish including taped double stitched seams, and a sturdy flysheet providing plenty of weather protection. And handy features like windows, a small skylight, pockets, and vents to prevent condensation make it a very liveable tent to camp with.   

In a line: A spacious porch make this a great tent to base yourself in for a few days. 

ABR Verdict: 8/10 

 

MSR Tindheim 2-Person Backpacking Tunnel Tent 

£450 

www.msrgear.com 

American brand MSR (Mountain Safety Research) has been making outdoor gear since 1969 with the mantra that functionality, simplicity, and reliability is key to designing great kit. 

This can clearly be seen in its entry into this group test, the three-season Tindheim 2 Person Backpacking Tunnel Tent. And while I’m not planning on swapping my GS for a backpack and an interrail ticket anytime soon, I was impressed by the combination of quality, ease of use, and handy features that MSR’s lightweight backpacking tent boasts.  

Weighing in at 3.2kg, it comes in a compressible stuff sack that was just about small enough to squeeze into our Touratech pannier lengthways. Unpack the Tindheim 2 and you’ll find a two-hoop tunnel tent that took less than 10 minutes to put up and holds its shape well (although it’s not freestanding). The inner living area and fly sheet come connected, so simply slip the two sets of aluminium poles through the flysheet, hammer in the pointed stake-style pegs, and you’re good to go.   

 Unzip the single D-shaped door and you’ll find enough room for two in the sleeping area. At 6ft I could sit upright with headroom to spare and it was good to see a selection of handy features like pockets for essentials, vents to promote airflow, and even a laundry line.  

The tunnel-style tent includes a porch with enough space to store your riding kit overnight, and a ground sheet so your gear and backside remains dry if the ground gets wet. And the Tindheim will stand up to the elements thanks to a rainfly made from a durable ripstop polyester with taped double-stitched seams and a DWR waterproof coating.  

Overall, MSR’s Tindheim is a good quality tunnel tent, but at £450, it may be difficult to justify the price unless you’re a dedicated motorcycle camper.  

 In a line: A quality and well-designed tent that’s perfect for lightweight motorcycle adventures. 

 ABR rating: 9/10 

 

Redverz Atacama Expedition Tent 

£579 

www.adventurebikeshop.co.uk 

If it’s space you’re looking for then Redverz’s tent is the one for you. With a porch large enough to park your bike in (in fact, it’s been designed to do just that), and a large sleeping area with plenty of space for two, the Atacama Expedition is the perfect tent to set up camp for a few days safe in the knowledge you have oodles of living space if the weather takes a turn for the worse.  

 Now, with a setup of this size, there’s no escaping the fact you’re going to have sacrifice some lightweight portability, with the Atacama’s hefty 6kg pack having no chance of squeezing into our Touratech pannier.  

 And once I got it out of the bag, the sheer size of the tent meant it wasn’t as swift to pitch as many of the smaller tents on test. However, two of us managed to put it up in around 10-15 minutes which is pretty good going, and I was impressed by the fit and finish of the aluminium poles and pegs, as well as the overall quality of the Atacama.  

 Once pitched, the star of the show is the huge porch/garage area which easily fits an adventure bike and had enough head room for me to stand up in at 6ft tall. There’s also plenty of space for your riding gear and panniers with room to spare.  

 Access is gained by two full-length side doors, as well as a huge twin-skinned front door which doubles as a midge net. The inner tent door is also twin skinned with a midge net, and combined with the tent’s built in vents, means there’s a huge amount of airflow on offer. 

 Also impressive was the large sleeping area which I could sit upright in and had plenty of room for two airbeds, as well as its own rear door. Overall, the Atacama is a hugely impressive tent that offers everything a travelling biker could need, as long as you’re happy to live with the large pack size and extra time required to pitch it. 

ABR Verdict: 9/10 

In a line: A hugely impressive tent designed to park your bike in with plenty of living space too. 

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