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
multi-tip screw driver
cap visor light
2 glow sticks
2 bungee cords
tire pressure gauge
extra assorted fuses
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!!
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.
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.
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.
Yamaha Secca II
Life is not a practice run. Enjoy each and every day.
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.
Plug in air pump, long cord
Allen wrenches, Metric and SAE
Lots of zip ties, wire, and black tape
nuts and bolts
Fuse, minis and full size
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2009 Kaw Versys
40 years riding, 2 years MX racing
20 bikes owned over time, 3 MC shops worked at
Couldn't live without 2 wheels and a motor