Packing Gear Options on a 250XT?

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by john_h, May 26, 2013.

  1. john_h

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    Hey Gang,

    I'm renting a xr250 in Costa Rica for 2 weeks (first time dual-sporting out of the USA), and I'm trying to figure out what the functional limitations are for packing gear on this bike. I will be off road for a fair portion, but I'm not going to be super-aggressive.

    On the rear - Would a giant loop coyote bag be practical on a dirt bike like this, or just strap a duffel?

    Tank bag - based on pics I see of other riders of the smaller bikes, most do not have a tank bag. Are they impractical for some reason?

    Tank Panniers - I've got wolfman tank panniers - again, this is something I don't see used that often. Any reasons why I shouldn't strap them on to a xr250?

    Many thanks for your input
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  2. backroads jim

    backroads jim Been here awhile

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    John,

    Congratulations on a great trip!

    Your question results in even more questions.

    Are you riding solo? Two up? Do you stay at hotels?
    How much gear will you carry?

    How much gear do you already have? Can you adapt any of it to
    fit an XT250? For example: Do you have a tank bag that would
    fit an XT250? If so, bring it along.

    A dry bag and a set of Rok Straps is always a good start.

    Tell us more about how you travel.

    Good luck with your project.
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  3. john_h

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    Mant thanks for helping me sort through this Jim.

    I'm riding solo and staying at hotels/guesthouses. Extra clothing should be fairly basic, but packing light on a bike is not my strength :)

    I'm figuring to bring some basic tools/spares as well - haven't researched what is most commonly needed for a xr250. Wolfman panniers I figure would be handly for this, as well as distributing weight forward a bit..

    Rok straps - thx - on the todo list.

    Tank bag - thx - I have a small bag and can sew up straps to make it work.

    I have a waterproof duffel I can tie down on the back, but was thinking a wolfman coyote would be better - as long as it doesn't drape down and interfere with the muffler, etc.

    Thanks again!
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  4. john_h

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    This gives me a good template:

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  5. backroads jim

    backroads jim Been here awhile

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    I am not an "expert", but I do have a few touring miles.

    I have heard it said, "...take half the stuff you think you need and twice the
    money."

    You might want to look at the "Minimalist Touring Thread". Good info there
    on packing smaller bikes for lightweight touring.
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=201349&page=434&highlight=lightweight+touring

    The XT250 is a well made and low maintenance bike. I would take a basic
    tool kit and a basic tire repair kit.

    You are right. Make sure your luggage stays away from the exhaust and
    other moving parts. Waterproof bags come in different lengths/sizes.
    Pick one that meets your needs.

    I am sure others would appreciate a ride report and pictures.

    Ride safe.
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  6. john_h

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    Many thanks for the thread link and the info on the XR reliability - my 97' f650 requires a bit of backup goodies just in case.

    I think I'm going to acquire a GL coyote bag and call it good :) I've got the GoPro and will try and give a decent ride report!

    Onward!
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  7. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley Long timer

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    That set up looks a little messy for dirt road riding, if you can get it all in a single roll bag it should prevent things slipping or dropping off along they way. I have just looked up Coyote bags as I had never heard of them before and they look just the job as long as you can keep it off of the exhaust, one of those and a small tank bag should be all you need if you are not camping.

    The standard tool kit and something to repair punctures should be all you need in the tools department.

    Enjoy your trip but beware touring in other countries can be very addictive and change your entire life!
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  8. RandyM

    RandyM Less talk, More ride

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    I occasionally use a Wolfman enduro tank bag on my DR350. I think they call it the small expedition tank bag now. I have to mount the bag a little bit on the seat so it does not sit on the breather hose on the tank's gas cap. It gets in the way, a little, when standing on the pegs.

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    I have experienced a similar problem with tank panniers. They sit right between my knees and the tank which is uncomfortable to me.

    I would skip the tank panniers because they probably would not work very well on a small dual sport. For a tank bag, I recommend the smallest one that will hold whatever you need to get to while sitting on the bike, like camera and maps/guide book.
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  9. john_h

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    Many thanks for the replies. I ordered up a Giant loop Great Basin bag that was on sale - will work for my other bikes at home, and if its too big to the XR, the owner of the bike shop in Costa Rica has a duffel I can use.

    I also ordered up the small giant loop tank bag that will fit.

    Good to go!
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