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    Luggage options for camping and commuting

    Hi all, I just got my first motorbike and am enjoying the freedom a lot.

    It's a Yamaha xt250.

    I'm now on the hunt for a simple luggage set up. I started reading about different set ups last night and was a little overwhelmed by the endless options (and potential for spending outrageous money).

    Can anyone advise me on a direction here?

    What I need is something to carry a good amount of *stuff* as I don't have a car, live rurally and it's about a 40min drive to get groceries or anything from the hardware store.

    I'd like it to be a relatively simple (cheapish) set up.

    Top boxes look a bit naff to me, though the ability to lock my helmet on the bike is quite appealing when walking around town...

    Any tips?

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    Options for an XT250 might be limited. Certainly the more expensive options are unlikely to be suitable. If there's a high level exhaust that could interfere with a throw over bag set up.

    My first luggage option was a back pack, not too big. If you put a top box on and fill it up you could upset the balance of the bike. You really want to keep as much weight between the wheels as possible. Ventura list a rack for one model of XT250. If you fit a Ventura rack, put the pack on back to front so that it sits on the pillion seat. It's that centralised weight thing again. IIRC that's actually in the instructions that come with the rack.

    A tank bag might be an option - if you can find one that will work with your tank. Later you might add a modest size Kriega tail pack which would have the advantage that you should be able to use it with your next bike. And the one after that.
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    Interesting that you say that the Top Box would mess with balance given how common they are (and relatively centered). Do most sit up and behind the back wheel?

    Re: Ventura rack. I thought about getting one and using rok straps to strap my backpack or duffle bag to it, but I also thought since I dont use the pillon seat, maybe I could just be strapping things in that position and skip the $350 rack? Does it do much other than give you more places to tie something down to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by absolutegator View Post
    Interesting that you say that the Top Box would mess with balance given how common they are (and relatively centered). Do most sit up and behind the back wheel?

    Re: Ventura rack. I thought about getting one and using rok straps to strap my backpack or duffle bag to it, but I also thought since I dont use the pillon seat, maybe I could just be strapping things in that position and skip the $350 rack? Does it do much other than give you more places to tie something down to?
    The XT is a very light bike relatively speaking. A top box on a Goldwing is one thing, it could completely upset the 250. The Ventura rack and a specially designed pack would be better. The pack doesnt need to be Ventura brand, there are options. I think mine was R Jays.

    To start with though, a pillion seat mounted bag would be fine. Camping might be a push with sleeping bag, tent, mattress etc etc. If you used cabins such as those at Top Ten parks though, youd just need a sleeping bag. You will necessarily be travelling light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pritch View Post
    The XT is a very light bike relatively speaking. A top box on a Goldwing is one thing, it could completely upset the 250. The Ventura rack and a specially designed pack would be better. The pack doesn’t need to be Ventura brand, there are options. I think mine was R Jays.

    To start with though, a pillion seat mounted bag would be fine. Camping might be a push with sleeping bag, tent, mattress etc etc. If you used cabins such as those at Top Ten parks though, you’d just need a sleeping bag. You will necessarily be travelling light.

    Damn! Is it wine o’ clock already?
    Gotcha, so basically a rack and specifically designed bag will just attached (and therefore balance) better?

    Yeah it's definitely a lightweight bike.

    Any suggestions on good straps to tie stuff down with? Rok straps seem popular but pricey.

    I did a 6 month bicycle ride last year and hitchhiked a lot over the last 5 or so before that so I'm quite used to travelling light, so camping will be all good. It's more when I head down to get groceries and stuff at the hardwear store I need a bit more bulky storage!

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    If you can reverse it over the back seat it will be fine. If it hangs over the back wheel it will be worse than dreadful.

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    Nah, young enough to be able to quit a low paying job and be relatively comfortable living on $5/day. Used a bike from the recycling centre I picked up for 100 or so (was living in Ireland then).

    No pictures, but when I discovered my patches and glue had fused together and spare tube perished by sun and sand on quiet road heading into west sahara, a trucker stopped to help, and eventually returned with a wrecked soccer ball he'd found somewhere and a tube of super glue. Held for another 200km or so until I came to a shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F5 Dave View Post
    So no tits?
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    Been here a few months. The town seems like its being gentrified, surprising population of rich retirees.

    It has its rough edges but Ive found it a friendlier town than areas in Wellington, Auckland and even Nelson I lived in. As with anywhere, the way you preconceive people affects your experience a lot.

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    Ok so my experience has been fleeting and quite a bit out of date.

    And go you. I moved to the hutt when it was shit. But things change. Be real. Tell everyone to fuk off with their preconceptions.
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