A 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
The 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 PackThe 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.
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
Here 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…