Clyde’s New Accessories: CRF250L Rack, Tail Bag, and Gas Pack

CRF250L rack tail bag and gas packA dual sport motorcycle like the Honda CRF250L will happily take you far into the hills. But — and this is some big but (sorry Clyde) — you need be able to strap a bag with vital provisions onto your bike, and you need to have enough gas to get you safely back home.

Clyde and I have an almost infinite amount of high country and back roads to explore here in B.C. But we can’t just go into the hills without some survival gear. Stuff happens. You could break down, become ill or injured, run out of gas, or you could decide to spend the night out under the stars, just because it feels good.

So I purchased a rack made exclusively for the CRF250L, a tail bag to strap to that rack, and a gas pack that connects to the rack under the tail bag for those trips when I might need an extra 100 mile range. Without these basic accessories, Clyde, my CRF250L, would be an around-town-off-road-wonder.

Borrego Rack for the CRF250L

Borrego rack for crf250lThe CRF250L Borrego Rack is a well designed, solid, and attractive addition for your CRF250L.

The fit is perfectly matched to the existing hook bolt fittings, using the new bolts supplied. The rack is plenty wide without appearing cumbersome. I can strap whatever I need to this in combination with the tail bag and gas pack, as required.

The final look of the Borrego rack merges well with the style of the CRF250L. If it doesn’t look good, it’s always going to annoy me, so I am happy that the style and color match the bike.

MotoCentric Sport Tail Bag

I chose the MotoCentric Sport Tail Bag because I felt it is ruggedly and smartly designed, I liked the looks, and it fits to the Borrego rack easily, even when you have a gas pack attached to the rack beneath the bag.

The Sport Tail bag from MotoCentric is one well-put-together tail bag. It has a carry handle, several handy compartments, as well as expandable sides to increase capacity if required. A rain cover and shoulder strap is also included.

UPDATE: I can no longer recommend the MotoCentric Sport Tail Bag. I have replaced under warranty once already, and both bags have failed in the same way. The main zipper fails within a few months. The zipper fabric falls apart. It’s a shame because the bag is otherwise well constructed. Bottom line is, do not buy this bag.

Kolpin Gas Pack

Mounting gas pack on crf250l

Kolpin bracket installed on Borrego rack

The CRF250L’s small gas tank is a real limitation when going far out into the hills, or on a longer trip where gas stations are either absent or scarce.

An auxiliary gas container is absolutely necessary. Because I was ordering the Borrego rack from TCI products, it made sense to order their Kolpin gas pack, because they include a custom bracket to attach it to their rack. Once the bracket is installed on the rack, the gas pack is set on the quick-release mount and secured with a turn of the wrist, and released as easily.

Kolpin Gas Pack Mount

Kolpin Gas Pack mount installed

The container is self-venting when fueling up, and features a handy mechanism that stops the flow of gas when you lift it away from your gas tank.

My only criticism is that the bracket is fiddly to attach because it requires spacers that want to fall out as you install it. To fix that I’ll likely glue the spacers to the bracket so I won’t have to hold them in place while bolting the bracket to the rack.

All Accessories Installed

CRF250L accessories installedHere is a photo of the rack, tail bag, and the Fuel Pack, installed. Normally, I leave the gas pack off. I always have the tail bag mounted though. It comes in handy almost daily for quick shopping trips.

So Clyde and I are pretty pleased with the new accessories. If we need more storage room, I can always fabricate onto the rack to create a mount for side bags. Another option to add storage is to use the GiantLoop Saddlebag system. That’s a bit down the road, so I won’t worry about it yet.

How about you? What racks and accessories have you found useful? Comment below and tell us about it.

Over to you now…

4 thoughts on “Clyde’s New Accessories: CRF250L Rack, Tail Bag, and Gas Pack

  1. Matt Goodman

    Hey Scoot,

    FYI, the link to the MotoCentric bag on TCI’s site is obsolete. The link still points to a tailbag, but it is a different brand with a bold red “we are no longer selling Motocentric…” You may want to point the link on this page to a different vendor.

    Thanks for documenting your non-hyperventilating viewpoints on the items you’ve tried; I’ve found your YouTube channel helpful as well (subscribed today).

    Matt Goodman
    Columbus, OH, US

    1. ScootToots Post author

      Hey Matt,

      Thanks for the heads-up on the link issue. No wonder I got the bag for so cheap from TCI; they were probably clearing out. I’ve linked it now to the MotoCentric page for the bag. Also thanks for your feedback. I have been completely neglecting writing for this site. Not sure why. I have quite a bit I can add now that I have more experience with the bike, and more modifications. I’ll try and get my act in gear 🙂

      Cheers

      1. Matt Goodman

        Based on some of the content I’ve seen on your YouTube channel, yes, you’ve been slacking in this media lane. Helmet cams, sprockets, who knows what else you’ve missed?

        I’m kidding of course; keeping a media stream flowing takes quite a bit of effort. Your efforts have struck a brotherly cord with me; it seems we have a similar motorcycling aesthetic (I think I’m using the word correctly for the context). High functioning motorcycles with a high use cycle and little noise. Can’t say that iave anything approximating your offroad riding opportunities, but my “Clyde” finds it’s niche in exploring the seedier sides of town, especially where railroads (current or past) are concerned.

        Matt Goodman
        Columbus, OH

        1. ScootToots Post author

          Hi Matt,

          Yes, I’ll have lots of catch up on :-). The areas you explore on your bike sound ideal for a captivating motovlog. I have a familiarity with seedier sides of towns, and especially railways and such. I often hopped trains to get around town when I was in my teens. In the past, I spent some “memorable” times on rail lines. Even just walking down the lines to get from one part of town to another, was more interesting and peaceful than using the streets. Well, it seemed that way to me anyway.

          Cheers

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