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I hope this is not a duplicate, I ran a search for tools.

I plan to ride my VX300 off road a fair amount. I would like to be prepared. I would love to know what tools you guys carry with you and why? I would like to be able to repair a flat at a minimum. Are there any VX300 Specific tools someone might not think about?

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Depend on how far I ride , i carry a air pump, some common spanners and some spare fuse, wires and a first aid kit. if i am crossing boarders than I will carry a used chain as spare and tire kit for puncture.

Done 60K Km mostly on long rides only once i had a problem of the front fork leaking, otherwise no problem with the V.
 

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I carry the OEM tool-kit, PLUS an adjustable (crescent) wrench for the axle-nut, two 12mm wrenches (adjust the chain), and a tire-plug kit (includes a 12v compressor).

When I had a KLR (BEFORE I converted the KLR wheels to tubeless!!!) I also carried tire-irons, patching stuff, AND two spare inner-tubes [in the rear trunk in this pic].

 

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Off road I carry air pump, tire plugs, factory tool kit, leatherman, a better set of pliers and a set of vise grips. Lithium jump box that is also used to charge my phone and stuff. Some duct tape, a few extra wiring connectors and length of wire, few extra fuses. The tools for adjusting the chain (my bike is 2 12mm wenches and the axle nut socket)

Thats about it. I kinda figure if I cant get it done with minimal tools Im probably going to have to tow it home/repair place anyway. But I'm a minimal mechanic and don't see myself doing a engine teardown in a camp site, let alone my home garage.
 

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I found an old, faux leather folding shower/travel kit. Emptied the contents and have a case that I can fit:

fuses
small pliers
zip ties
surgical gloves
small screw driver
small Walmart tire pump
tire plugs
rubber cement
tire threader tool
shoe strings
...and anything else that will fit!

It takes up very little space.
 

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I carry the OEM tool-kit, PLUS an adjustable (crescent) wrench for the axle-nut, two 12mm wrenches (adjust the chain), and a tire-plug kit (includes a 12v compressor).

When I had a KLR (BEFORE I converted the KLR wheels to tubeless!!!) I also carried tire-irons, patching stuff, AND two spare inner-tubes [in the rear trunk in this pic].
It just occurred to me I didn't know if the versys x had tubes or not. My google search tells me it does have tubes. Is this correct? I think tubeless would have been nice, but being an off roader most of my life, I am used to tubes.

I am guessing the question now is how many of you converted to tubeless? I have converted some big tires to tubeless before with mixed results. A few replies on here didn't list tubes. You did not list tubes for your Versys? Are you running the stock tires? I was considering the Shinko 804/805 and maybe a size up.

What do you think? Edit. I see you have a Versys 650 not an x300 that makes sense. Very cool bike!
 

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The X300 definitely has tubed tyres. I would not bother with a patch kit. On a trip I carry spare tubes - and in a pinch use just a 19" as you can jam the larger tube into the rear tyre to get you to a shop.
As well as the OEM toolkit I always carry zip ties, tie wire, a mini socket set, duct tape, a pump, a few spare various nuts and bolts, and even a short length of #10 fencing wire. And three tyre levers as I always struggle with only two.

Either bikes have become more reliable or I no longer ride broken down junk as I have not broken down on the side of the road for decades.
The secret, I believe, is to do your maintenance and prep at home and enjoy a trouble-free ride. I also keep my tyres good and my tyre pressures up - no matter what the terrain. I have not had a puncture on the road, or on a dirt bike- since the 1970's.
Riding across broken rock? Keep up on the pegs at a steady speed and watch your line.
 

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The X300 definitely has tubed tyres. I would not bother with a patch kit. On a trip I carry spare tubes - and in a pinch use just a 19" as you can jam the larger tube into the rear tyre to get you to a shop.
As well as the OEM toolkit I always carry zip ties, tie wire, a mini socket set, duct tape, a pump, a few spare various nuts and bolts, and even a short length of #10 fencing wire. And three tyre levers as I always struggle with only two.

Either bikes have become more reliable or I no longer ride broken down junk as I have not broken down on the side of the road for decades.
The secret, I believe, is to do your maintenance and prep at home and enjoy a trouble-free ride. I also keep my tyres good and my tyre pressures up - no matter what the terrain. I have not had a puncture on the road, or on a dirt bike- since the 1970's.
Riding across broken rock? Keep up on the pegs at a steady speed and watch your line.
Thanks.

I also have not had many flats that I recall. I always have strong desert tires and heavy duty tubes. I have helped others with flats but not too many myself. I have had mountain bike flats even with tubeless from sharp rocks. Sharp rocks are just part of the desert here, so they usually are part of my line! LOL I might be more careful with the Versys tires.
 

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Thanks.

I also have not had many flats that I recall. I always have strong desert tires and heavy duty tubes. I have helped others with flats but not too many myself. I have had mountain bike flats even with tubeless from sharp rocks. Sharp rocks are just part of the desert here, so they usually are part of my line! LOL I might be more careful with the Versys tires.
Many people talk of dropping tyre pressures off road and it does work most of the time.
However, you do risk pinch punctures. I would rather have a more twitchy ride than run the risk of trailside repairs.
 

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It just occurred to me I didn't know if the versys x had tubes or not. My google search tells me it does have tubes. Is this correct? I think tubeless would have been nice, but being an off roader most of my life, I am used to tubes.

I am guessing the question now is how many of you converted to tubeless? I have converted some big tires to tubeless before with mixed results. A few replies on here didn't list tubes. You did not list tubes for your Versys? Are you running the stock tires? I was considering the Shinko 804/805 and maybe a size up.

What do you think? Edit. I see you have a Versys 650 not an x300 that makes sense. Very cool bike!
I converted the wheels (similar to those on the V300s) on my '04 KLR650 to tubeless, and here is a thread I started w/ PICS to show HOW I did it:

https://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums/74-how-forum/217165-converting-spoked-wheels-tubeless.html

I was very pleased w/ the results.
 
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