As usual, prior to starting my trek into adventure riding I read in forums, watch lots of videos, and talk to riders with experience to identify the list of things I would want and need. I try to create a full list, along with the estimate cost of each item on the list... and then I prioritize the list. The purchase order frequently changes when I find good prices that make sense to by them at a time I can get the best deal... and of course dependent on how much liquid cash I have available at the time.
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I ranked the top 25 accessories for the CRF250L based on beginning entry level riding (as of 11/20/2020) - Top 25 Accessories 12:17 minutes
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The following random lists show my purchases grouped by Bike Accessories, Gear, and Camping
The OEM tank is WAY too small, and a larger tank is a MUST have on this bike. Stay tuned when we show you why we went with the IMS 3.5 tank 112251-N2 on our 2019... spoiler: OEM cap compatible, largest we could find, moulded body parts with matching included hardware.
|Rear Luggage Rack||$94|
|Side Luggage Racks||$124|
|Alumirack Expansion Plate||$57|
|RK X-Ring Chain||$89|
|Custom Rim Decals||$199|
You might fall, or maybe the wind will blow your bike over (I saw that happen this year)... a crash cage is an excellent option to help protect your parts. T-Rex Racing makes super strong stuff that mounts solid and works. .
I looked all over the web for the largest pegs I could find. Fastway's Adventure pegs are the largest, and probably the most expensive... but I plan to keep them forever and just always move them to whatever bike needs them (you buy the fit kits separate).
|GPS specifically for motorcycles||TomTom||$200|
|Slip On Exhaust
|Reserve Fuel Tank
This one gallon add on gives me peace of mind when I'm on rides. I never want to be that guy that doesn't have the capacity or eats the most gas... your group's range is only as good as the range of your lowest range bike.
|Handguards with Signals
I haven't wired these in yet... still trying to decide if I want extra driving lights, alternating signals, or both if I remove my OEM fronts.
I bought cheap imitation mirrors (good vision, not sure how well they will hold up to offroad).
|Rear Fender Eliminator
This is a must have accessory for fair weather street riders, and include offroad if you don't expect much muddin.
|Tri-Bag Luggage 24L expandable tailbag ($125) and the super 2.0 saddlebags ($180) that expand to 50L total... that is 74L capacity for the tribag setup.||Cortech||$305|
They increase flex and impact absorption over conventional handlebars, offering improved comfort and reduced fatigue.
|Pro Taper EVO||$90|
|Braided Brake Lines
If you have ever had a bike that has braided lines, you already know the huge advantage these offer by giving you much better feel at the levers.
I tapped for two RAM mount 1 inch balls.
I have several 1 inch ball mount setups to be able to move cameras and other accessories as needed.
|Large Kickstand Footprint (not including mods)
JC got one for his Ducati and the screws loosened on the first ride (and he used loctite)... so I added a center screw that I tapped through both the add-on and the kickstand
|Foot Shifter Lever
Rotating shift tip provides 6 different positions, offer more sensitive shift position adjustment
|Foot Brake Pedal Kit
comes with a brake saver
|Shorter Pivot Brake and Clutch Levers
on my road racing bikes I prefer OEM length, but when using the hand guards on this bike I like the shorter ones better to give a little more room - plus I tend to two finger both clutch and brake more off road.
The OEM guard is plastic and does not offer enough protection.
|Tools - flat kit, tire inflator||Misc|
|Skid Plate (Coming Soon)|
|Seat (Coming Soon)|
|Tires (Coming Soon)|
In my opinion the NEXX XWED2 is the best helmet for adventure riding on the market. See my helmet video for details.
|XCOM Integrated Communication System
Not having to wait until a stop sign and then yelling to your buddy is reason enough to have a com system, but being able to chat about everything while riding is a blast. The NEXX XCOM by Sena mounts flush, so looks cool too.
|NEXX / SENA||$300|
|Gloves||BILT (planning to upgrade)||$39|
|Two Person Tent, Footprint, Sleeping Bag, Pad, Pillow, Chair, Stuff Bag||REI|