I don't sleep well in strange places and any motel room qualifies for that. So I wake up at 2:00 am and can't go back to sleep. So my day starts at 2:00 am when staying in motels.
When I sleep in my tent, it is very familiar and I can go back to sleep after taking a pee. (I bring a liquid laundry soap bottle into the tent for that middle of the night pee break.) I just empty it out in the morning.
I agree with Rail. I connect with people really well in and around the camp fire, but don't do so well sitting in my motel room watching Judge Judge reruns.
As Rail said, anyone who has been doing this for awhile has good gear that was replaced or added to for one reason or another. I have 4 different tents and always adding and sub-tracting gear. Hanging out with other motorcyclists who are camping will allow you to review how they outfit themselves.
It ranges as to what a person wants to do. I sometimes fish when I camp. I sometimes bring my inflatable kayak when the mission calls for it. Myself, I like to cook and I will surprise those who have not camped with me before the quality of food I prepare while camping. That being said, I am not opposed to using Mountain House freeze dried meals on a trip. As it depends.
Motor campers website has many equipment reviews and ideas on motorcycle camping. http://www.motocampers.com/
I don't do without creature comforts.
Sometimes it is bare bones camping. Here I am setup for the night in New Mexico in Dec. I was on my way from Seattle to Mission Tx.
The cot tent setup at the Grand Canyon: