Why dont you just get a set of sportbike style saddle bags.
This temporary solution cost me less than $20 for the straps.Why dont you just get a set of sportbike style saddle bags.
Looks a practical solution to a design that more or less ignores everyday reality:I will be carrying a large heavy laptop around. To secure it I've looped a nylon strap under the passenger seat supports and will add to that (at least) 2 bungee cords, one at the passenger peg mounts and one at the grab rail. There is clear plastic film protecting the Silver painted tailsection from contact wear from the bungee cord.
This'll probably do until I try the Givi topcase solution that someone else posted.
If I wanted to carry all that stuff AND a passenger, then a trailer would probably be in order for sureWow thats a lotta stuff. Looks like you need a Goldwing with a trailer.
The red paint on the 250 tank is so jewel-like that I just can't bring myself to mar it up with a tank bag, pads or protectors don't keep the finish pristine.. Looking at the bike for the first time today in bright light, Honda really pulled out the stops on the finish of this bike. It's really first class..Looks a practical solution to a design that more or less ignores everyday reality:
Riders don't just ride; we need to carry things.
I once had a bike with a top box. It was certainly convenient, but not ideal. If I carried much it put weight in the wrong place, high and towards the rear. I disliked the aerodynamic feel too.
I have come to prefer the tank as the first choice for carrying things (still high, but central) then the pillion seat.
I have only once toured on a bike with saddle-boxes, a BMW K series. They were great, but it was quite a big bike. I don't know how they would affect the dynamics of a small bike like the CBR250R.
The most practical solution I have seen was on a version of the BMW F650, which has the fuel tank under the seat. The mock fuel tank in front of the seat had a depression in it and a rail to hook bungy cords to. Sensible design.
There are times when I commute by bicycle and I needed to find a backpack to carry the computer. The laptop is so darned heavy (I think it's more than 15 pounds) that a regular backpack would KILL my back hauling that + other gear around. For that I ended up getting the smallest internal frame (steel) backpackers pack that would fit it. It works, I can hump that thing around all day without any distress.. not practical to lash to a motorcycle though...Laptop Backpack maybe? Thats what I use. Then you got some extra room for another shield and possibly rain gear....
Yeah..... I admit that keeping a bike looking pristine has never mattered for me. I just like to keep 'em running and use 'em. My formative years on farm bikes are probably responsible for that. I'd had my MB100 for more than 10 years without doing anything other than necessary maintenance. My nieces wanted to make some money, so they offered to wash it.... for the first time.The red paint on the 250 tank is so jewel-like that I just can't bring myself to mar it up with a tank bag, pads or protectors don't keep the finish pristine.. Looking at the bike for the first time today in bright light, Honda really pulled out the stops on the finish of this bike. It's really first class..
About a top box, one good thing about the Givi TopBox solution is that it sits were the passenger would sit so the weight is more centralized (but not as good as being on the tank). Hopefully, being right behind the rider will help with the air stream as the fairing and rider will channel a lot of airflow around the box..
I've admired the F650 design.. I've seen people locking their helmets in that 'tank' depression using the rails that you mentioned as lock points.. very nicely done.
My feelings about a bike's finish are 180Yeah..... I admit that keeping a bike looking pristine has never mattered for me. I just like to keep 'em running and use 'em. My formative years on farm bikes are probably responsible for that. I'd had my MB100 for more than 10 years without doing anything other than necessary maintenance. ...
Re using a backpack: I discovered long ago that it is better to have the vehicle carry the load, not myself, even if it is only a small backpack. I know it looks dicky, but it works; I have a basket on the front of my bicycle (which doesn't have suspension), as well as a carrier on the back.
In hi-tech Japan there are millions of "sensible" bikes just like that. I worked there for a couple of years.
I cycle for everyday commuting, and a bit more. I use my motorcycle for high days and holidays. When riding, it always carries my backpack, not me....
I just did a bit of research. Pak Rak is now a system for loading a motorcycle on to a pick-up truck.
The luggage system I was thinking of is still being made by Ventura based in Hamilton, New Zealand.... about 60 km from where I grew up! They have distributors in several countries. They don't have fitments for the CBR250R yet. It is is due to be released in NZ shortly so I guess they will have that sorted before too long. This is the link:
Motorcycle luggage, hard soft motorcycle luggage, racks, touring luggage | Ventura