Camping or motels? Camping via motorcycle has the benefit of never needing a reservation; freedom to just find a spot for the night. It is the same with motels and hotels. One downside of tent camping is all the gear which must be carried on the bike. The downside of motel touring is missing out on the experience of spending the night out in the woods. And as I have learned, motel walls can be very thin; you may hear more of what’s going on in the next room than you would like.
A nice middle ground is cabin camping. There’s no need to pack a tent and many cabins have wood-burning stoves which are a comfort camping in the colder months. Cool-weather touring is preferable to this rider as I like to gear up in full leather and armor. It’s also a time of less traffic and congestion in the parks and mountain roads.
Being based in Southern California, my favorite cabin spots are Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, Santa Margarita Lake KOA, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, and the Fernwood Resort cabins at Big Sur.