During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, we were told to distance ourselves and none of the race tracks were open... so I decided to get a dual sport. I've never even ridden a motorcycle off road (like gravel or dirt) before and thought this would be a good time to start exploring.
If you know me and/or looked around my website - you know I'm not too good at leaving anything stock... so let the modifications begin.
I gathered up everything that I've bought for the bike, gear, and camping so far and put it in a single list with photos and prices. In addition to current accessory photos and prices, see the link to the video of the Top 25 accessories ranked.
It isn't very often that I have two brands of something, but in this case I had both the IMS tank on my 2019 CRF250L and the Acerbis tank on my 2014 CRF250L. In my video comparison I point out the advantages I discovered that clearly made the IMS tank worth the extra money. The IMS tank included ALL the necessary hardware, didn't require me to make modifications, had a more secure front mount method, and best of all they offered the option to use the OEM gas cap!
IMS Tank Comparison 4:34 minutes
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Before identifying the best brand, I read everything I could find on the internet and looked at all of the photos. PMR stuff is the best quality I could find and they stand behind their USA made in America products with a lifetime warranty (that should be reason enough for anybody). My focus was on a rack since the CRF250L has zero storage and the fuel capacity SUCKS, so I knew I was going to get a rack that would work with a RotoPax 1 gal fuel cell. The PMR rack has holes made to accept the RP, but the other thing that was appealing to me was the ability to attach side racks to it (even if you don't plan on getting side racks now, you may later and it is good to have a rear rack that is made for side racks). PMR does a great job in instruction videos of ALL of their products, and the installation was a breeze... I wish everything from the aftermarket installed like their stuff. I also opted for their expansion plate to give me more mounting options with tail bags and whatever else I'm not aware of.
PMR on CRF250L Video 3:20 minutes
While waiting for my custom wheel decals, I decided I should freshen up my sprockets and chain to complete the look. As usual, I searched all over the web to find the best sprocket setups and found Supersprox. This is another company that I had never heard of before, so was anxious to put their best sprocket setup in a color scheme that should look nice on the bike and better yet look like they will be excellent performance. They minimize weight by combining an aluminum center with steel outer sprocket, and they combine them in a much better way than their competitors. If they are as good as I think, I plan on putting them on all my bikes. I went with 13T front 42T rear.
Supersprox and RK Chain Installation 10:34 minutes
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I didn't like the look of the silver wheels on my 2014 bike... at all... so much that I bought a 2019 to have black wheels. When looking for solutions, I stumbled upon this company that does wheel decals for spoked wheels. I'd never seen anything like this, and was pleasantly surprised when I found that the company creating these is less than 30 minutes from me! If you look closely, you will see the custom RDR racing logo on them.
RimWrapz Installation 7:09 minutes
See closeup photos and video of the T-Rex Racing crash cage on the 2019 CRF250L. Great quality cage that mounts solid and looks good. Watch a bike hit the pavement via a wind gust... which is one of the reasons to consider a crash cage.
Crash Cage Preview 2:14 minutes
|October 2020 - IMS Tank|
|September 2020 - Upgraded the Bike|
In September 2020, I bought a beautiful 2019 and have been migrating the accessories from the 2014 and adding stuff that would not work on the newer year.
This bike has never been off the street, and it is so nice I kinda hate to do it... kinda.
|9/04/2020 - Labor Day Overnight Adventure|
Labor Day weekend in 2020 was my first for many things... all wrapped into one great adventure: