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Equipment For A Lengthy Ride

Come September, I'll be heading out for a one week, 2500 mile ride from Houston to the Smoky Mountain area.

What do you folks pack in the way of tools?
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Compact jack (home-built)
can of chain lube
tire repair kit
compact foot pump
multi tool
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multi head screw driver
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I bring exactly what ATYC brings, as well as an 8mm socket with 1/4 " drive, for the countershaft sprocket cover. I've always brought an extra clutch cable too but have yet to need it. You can get both wheels off using the tools that come with the bike.
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You can get both wheels off using the tools that come with the bike.
How do you get the front axle off?
(I think I know... I just want to see what you say... and have you actually done it?)
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Hey PW,

I just got back last Wednesday from a similar trip, 3,000 miles in 8 days. I lubed the chain every evening and adjusted it once but took basically what ATYC suggested.
I used one of these to lift the rear wheel off the ground http://www.motorcycleradar.com/quick_stand.htm and it worked great.

Don't know how yours will be geared but I took 3 teeth off the rear and it was perfect for the 500 interstate miles I had to do, gotta ride the clutch a little on take offs.

I live at the foot of the Smokies, PM me if you want my phone number in case you need help while in the area.

Ride safe,
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Finish Line's Wet Lubricant works great, and takes very little packing space:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Finish-Line-...item1e703b7724

http://www.finishlineusa.com/product...untry-lube.htm

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How do you get the front axle off?
(I think I know... I just want to see what you say... and have you actually done it?)
Do you mean how do you get the front wheel off the ground? After I've loosened everything I pull the bike over on the side stand. Usually the back wheel wants to come up but the front wheel can be forced by putting some body weight on the seat. Then I ask someone to jam my wheel brace (that I usually use with the swingarm spool) under the skid plate. I normally do my tire changing at home before I leave on a trip but I have used this method to get the front wheel off to do a tire change, using the tools under the seat so I was sure I had everything I needed to do a roadside repair.
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I carry everything ATYC mentioned plus a small set of jumper cables.

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Do you mean how do you get the front wheel off the ground? After I've loosened everything I pull the bike over on the side stand. Usually the back wheel wants to come up but the front wheel can be forced by putting some body weight on the seat. Then I ask someone to jam my wheel brace (that I usually use with the swingarm spool) under the skid plate. I normally do my tire changing at home before I leave on a trip but I have used this method to get the front wheel off to do a tire change, using the tools under the seat so I was sure I had everything I needed to do a roadside repair.
No, what do you use as an allen wrench in the original tool kit for the axle? and how do you get enough leverage? I haven't been able to do it with the oem tools, unless I leave the bolt well under spec torque.
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No, what do you use as an allen wrench in the original tool kit for the axle? and how do you get enough leverage? I haven't been able to do it with the oem tools, unless I leave the bolt well under spec torque.
For that you use the bottom of the spark plug wrench. For the axle I just snug it as much as I can, most likely under torque spec. The pinch bolt keeps the axle from backing out.
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Compact jack (home-built)
can of chain lube
tire repair kit
compact foot pump
multi tool
Allen keys
multi head screw driver
small flashlight
electrical tape
zip ties
Pretty much the same for me. (In fact - with me ALL the time!)

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For that you use the bottom of the spark plug wrench. For the axle I just snug it as much as I can, most likely under torque spec. The pinch bolt keeps the axle from backing out.
That's Cool! I did not know that!
I carry some JB Weld in addition to the above items. And like Ed, I keep the stuff on the bike all the time.
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For that you use the bottom of the spark plug wrench. For the axle I just snug it as much as I can, most likely under torque spec. The pinch bolt keeps the axle from backing out.
Yeah, that's what I've experimented with... you would hardly believe all the different combos of tools I have tried to get more leverage on that axle. I wasn't happy with the result, so I carry an appropriate allen socket and socket wrench. I just didn't trust it on rough roads...
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Yeah, your front axle nut should NOT be torqued under spec, pinch bolt or not.
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Well, I've got 100k kms on the bike doing it as I described, but of course everyone should do what they think is best. I think the main thing is to make sure whatever tools you choose to rely on work for you at home before you hit the road.
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- Tool kit that comes with the bike, it has allen keys and everything you need
- Tire repair kit
- road side assistance card
- cell phone
- duct tape/zip ties
- chain lube
- paper napkins picked up along the way to keep visor clean and provide shielding when spraying chain lube
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...- paper napkins picked up along the way to keep visor clean....
I would NOT do that: paper WILL scratch your visor. I carry a micro-fibre cloth, and use water (on short rides), or on longer ones I carry (generic) Lemon Pledge and a dedicated cloth to apply it. My visors are in VG shape...!

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I would NOT do that: paper WILL scratch your visor. I carry a micro-fibre cloth, and use water (on short rides), or on longer ones I carry (generic) Lemon Pledge and a dedicated cloth to apply it. My visors are in VG shape...!
+1, paper on visors is not recommended. M-f or cotton cloth is much better.
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