The elephant in the room – Hondas new CRF 450 L

The adventure bike crowd is foaming over the new 450 L and rightly so. My first thought was “oh shit, I bought the wrong bike“. There are a lot of threads running on multiple sites over the bike and based on what we know I’m now bit on the fence regarding the 450. Based on…

Crash II

Went out to test the new tires. They worked really well, but were no match for icy tire tracks and down I went again. I lost the plastic tabs from the left front fairing that connect the fairing to the bash plate. The bash plate also is now missing a tab. The crash also bent…

Honda CRF 250 Rally tire choices – help out and submit yours!

I’ve been battling with which tires to choose to replace the OEM set. There is a huge selection of different options out there and many different outside the factory spec sizes will fit and work. The problem is to know which ones will fit, as tire dimensions differ greatly, even if the specs are the…

Pirelli MT21 tires for Honda 250 Rally

My OEM IRC tires were not quite done yet, but I wanted to try something else. Some of the options (like Kenda K270s) that were recommended by Rally and 250 L riders were not easily available in my neck of the woods so I opted for the Pirellis. I almost went for the Heidenau K60s…

Recommended modifications for the CRF 250 Rally

Before anyone goes off the chain, the following are MY recommendations based on MY riding style and riding conditions. There is no right or wrong. This list is comprised simply because I often get asked what the “recommended” or “must do mods” are. MODIFICATION WHY LINKS Proper hand guards DO Saves you a lot of…

Aux light project for Honda 250 Rally

Foreword This is going to be a long winded post so bear with me. As for aux lights, the easiest solution would be to go with something like the Denali mounts and mount separate lights to the fork tubes. I wanted something different for 3 reasons. I wanted the light(s) to be as crash proof…

MY tool kit

I usually try to travel as light as possible. With that in mind, I try to keep with me a selection of tools that can get me out of minor trouble such as flats and small crashes. I usually don’t prepare for every possible scenario. I feel, that if something goes really wrong technically or…

Bash plate for Honda 250 Rally

Many people seem to be looking for bash plates to replace the plastic OEM version, so I though I would share the options that are out there. The Chris Barnes Carbon fibre / kevlar add-on bash plate Chris Barnes is making a carbon fibre add-on type plate that bolts on to the existing OEM plate….

DRC Edge 2 tail tidy for Honda 250 Rally

Foreword I really did not feel compelled to install a tail tidy for this bike. The OEM version, while not pretty, is quite acceptable in my opinion. That said, one needs something to tinker with during the winter… Installation method I wanted to do a non destructive install, meaning that I want to be able…

Winter riding

Today was a beautiful sunny winter day and while temperature was a crisp -10C there was enough snow to take the bike out. The bike worked flawlessly while I personally struggled a bit. Riding the unplowed forest roads was a bit like trying to stay on a rodeo horse. Staying on the tractor track was…

CRF 250 Rally winter test

Finally there is at least a tiny bit of snow. Too little, but enough to justify doing the first test run. The paved roads were super slippery. They were frozen, but there was no snow on the road. The spikes were a life saver, but traction was still minimal. It was like pulling a rake…

Yet another pair of levers

Santa was considerate enough to bring something for me too in the form of new pair of levers. The levers look exactly like the first pair that did, not fit with the exception, that now the pivot bolt holes and thickness are correct. Oh, and they are red. These levers have no branding and are…