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Thumbs up What's in your tool kit? :-)

Hello Fellow Versyians!
Until now, all I've carried on my rides is the Kawi provided toolkit...Planning a couple of day long / 2 day trips in the near future. The questions are:

1. What tools do you carry?

2. What sort of toolkit/bag do you carry them in?

As always, appreciate your help!
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-09-2009, 04:15 PM
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Credit card and cellphone with AAA RV (includes motorcycles) roadside assistance!!!!
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The cell phone and debit card are pretty important. I took a 200 mile ride today on my cruiser and this is what was in my 6 X 10 Craftsman canvas zipper bag, in no particular order:

small metric socket set in an old microphone zipper pouch
12 and 14 metric combination wrenches
metric allen wrench tool
gerber multi-tool
multi-tip screw driver
cap visor light
pocket knife
2 glow sticks
compas/loud whistle
electrical tape
2 bungee cords
3 rags
tire pressure gauge
extra assorted fuses
hand sanitizer
quarters, deck of cards, dice in a pouch

I also take a med kit, but I don't keep it in my tool bag. This may not be the best list, but it's easy to grab and take along, and it's kept me out of the service garage for 5 years and 35,000 miles. I'm sure others will have more complete/beneficial lists. I've also seen websites that suggest what to take on longer trips. Fortunately, the most used items in that bag are the tire pressure gauge and the hand sanitizer (don't like my gloves to smell like gas after a fill-up). The only unused items in the bag are the 2 glow sticks and the fuses. Best wishes!!
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My old tool kit from my last bike, which has pretty much remained unchanged. The things X'ed out I no longer carry (replaced the larger red multimeter with a mini pocket version). All the tools fit in one Pelican 1120 case and the air compressor and tire plugger kit fit in another Pelican 1120 case. Mounted on the inside of Givi racks.





Not pictured is a mini first aid kit, mini chain lube spray and Leatherman Charge Ti multitool.
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Great Pic, XoOom!

I forgot tie-wraps too...
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Good thread here on ADVrider.com:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=262998
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Credit card and cellphone with AAA RV (includes motorcycles) roadside assistance!!!!
Mine too! I knew there were others like me...

What's actually in my tool kit? Dunno, never looked...

'Course now, on the KLR I do carry zip ties and electrical tape...

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Small compressor and string type patch kit (include a small razor knife for cutting the excess away) Slime makes a very small one for 10 or 15 bucks available at Auto Zone which can be made smaller by taking the plastic case off.
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Carry a dyna plug tire plugger and three co2 cartridges with one in the mini pump and small pliers to pull nail out. All fits under the seat. Used the dyna plug for years and all you do is inflate the tire and pull the nail or screw out and insert the brass bullet point into the hole after wetting the rubber strands and pull the tool back out. Rode all over the US and used it once but used it several times on my truck in an emergency and ran it for months that way. Good product. You don't have to ream the hole bigger like some kits. No sense makeing a bigger hole in my opinion.

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XoOom, Versysraider, - great info for me to act on! Xo0om, this question partly arose after seeing the pics of your setup on your thread, that's just brilliant!

Blipco, Deano - thanks for the tire repair advice.

Thanks all, keep it coming! I'm sure there are many people benefitting from this advice
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I carry the factory toolkit and a Stop&Go tire plugger. It has a hydraulic plug injector and will seal a bigger hole than the rope type units.

BMW has its own plug kit, made by Rema in Germany. It comes with 3 CO2 cartridges, all in a nice plastic pouch. I've used these a couple of times, and they work very well.

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40 years ago it was essential to carry lots of tools! Bike's were fun but relatively unreliable. Many of us got much of our mechanical experience late at night on the shoulder of a highway, a long way from home too. Bikes today are as reliable as cars and are a pleasure to travel with. My tool kit? It's under the seat of my Versys and opened it once when I first got the bike to use the rear shock adj. tool. Haven't had it out since!
I will only have a bike with tubeless tires now and carry a tire plug kit and elec. tire pump I can run off the bike. Used this set-up a number of times now and don't leave home without it.
I rode BMW's for many years and the Versys is a pleasure to have without having to spend many $$$ in maintenance like I did on my beemers.
Bikes have really come along well and we are very lucky these days to have such great equipment to choose from.
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Plug in air pump, long cord
Tire plugs
Ratchet strap
Allen wrenches, Metric and SAE
Siphon hose
Lots of zip ties, wire, and black tape
WD40
LocTite
Gerber
nuts and bolts
Fuse, minis and full size
Jumper cables
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+10 to all the above and:-
Here are some hints on touring, when youíre finally on the road:

1) Stay hydrated

2) Donít try to substitute stimulants for sleep

3) Know your limits and the limits of your machine

4) Eat smaller meals that wonít slow you down

5) Be willing to change your plans in the event of bad weather

6) Take your time to get to know the land youíre travelling in, but go fast enough to see as much as you can.

Motorcycle touring will bring you closer to the world and illustrate your self-sufficient, but be cautious and use common sense.

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