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    Building a tool kit for my R1200RT

    I did a search and only found one thread for tool kits and it was for air-heads but wanted more info. I am putting together a tool kit to carry onboard. I am not 100% sure of what to put together so I figured I would ask.

    For those of you with wet-heads, what tools do you carry and how?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Lots of tool kit threads. Have a look at the bottom of the page to get you started.
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    Since you have bags, the one thing I would include (and do on my 1250) is a tire pump. I expect it will be much better than CO2 cartridges although I'll be happy to never find out. Having been an airhead rider, I pretty much carry what was in that kit minus the specialty tools and plus torx/allen heads, tire repair tools and plugs. In the past 20 yrs or so, I've mostly gotten my kit(s) out to tighten battery connections and the occasional turn signal or switch that's come loose. And most of those on other people's bikes. Oh, and the fuel injector body that blew off a rental R1100R in Austria when it backfired through the injector on start up (don't open the throttle when starting an FI bike). That I fixed with my Swiss Army knife.
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    I only carry a torx for taking off plastic and Tire plugging/inflating items, tape and a knife + anonymous app. Due to the lack of space (none that I can find) on the 2014 on RT I only carry when traveling out of town. I doubt much more can be fixed on the road without bringing along a tool box.

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    The anonymous book, a credit card, a phone with a National carrier, and a tire plug kit and some form of inflator.

    You should have a oil cap wrench and a torx under the seat to get to the battery compartment. After that your through on the side of the road at O dark thirty, in BF Egypt.

    The sophistication of these bikes do not lend themselves to road side repairs. I carry my GS911 and a computer when we travel distance as that is the only way to get a code (other then the MotoScan App) to even know what the bike thinks is wrong with it's self.

    The Anonymous Book/App is the best help you can have in hopes of getting a repair done on the road next to a dealer of course.
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    Agreed, carry was you need to fix a flat at the minimum.
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    I put this tool kit together to allow me to take care of tire problems while traveling.

    I've made a list of the tools required to remove the wheels on a R1200RTLC. My 2018 RT will be my first bike that does not have a functional tool kit so I put this list together so I could at least remove the wheels if needed.


    Front wheel
    1. T30 torx bit --- To remove ABS sensor
    2. T45 torx bit --- To remove axle pinch bolts
    3. 13mm deep socket --- To remove brake caliper --- Deep socket not needed for front but can used for front and rear if deep
    4. 17mm standard socket --- To remove bolt on left side of shaft


    Rear wheel
    1. T25 torx bit --- To remove muffler guard
    2. T40 torx bit --- To remove rear bolt on muffler
    3. T50 torx bit --- To remove lug bolts
    4. 13mm deep socket --- To loosen muffler clamp -- Deep socket needed for rear, standard socket will work for front.


    Both wheels
    1. 3/8" ratchet
    2. 3/8" X 4" to 6" extension


    I'm going to put together the above set and keep it on the bike at all times. My biggest problem while traveling is usually tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by motor10 View Post
    I did a search and only found one thread for tool kits and it was for air-heads but wanted more info. I am putting together a tool kit to carry onboard. I am not 100% sure of what to put together so I figured I would ask.

    For those of you with wet-heads, what tools do you carry and how?

    Thanks in advance.

    Jay
    Here's a thread

    https://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread...light=tool+kit
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    Ensure you carry a spare key and just make sure you can.....
    Fix a flat
    Remove some body panels
    Remove wheels
    Replace brake shoes
    Tighten any stuff that might come loose
    Carry Cable Ties and Filament Tape

    I was told before a three month lap of Australia to lay out everything I planned on taking where I could see it, put half of it back in the cupboard, and double the funds that I could access.

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    Tire plugger, cheap compressor, and a credit card.

    I carried tools for years. 200,000 miles and never needed a thing. When I did have a break down I wasn't going to fix it in the motel parking lot anyway, and I would have needed a shop full of tools.
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    First I’d like to say thank you those who answered and to those who provided a link to other threads. Maybe I just don’t know how to use the search function properly.

    I am a destination rider and generally stay local. I am also a commuter riding from Fredericksburg area to inside DC, which is 128 miles a day. I carry a IFAK for medical and am doing the same for mechanical issues. I’m just asking to see what others carry and why. Any information you all can province is greatly appreciated.

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    Whatever you decide to carry, don’t skimp on quality if you’re able (especially a tyre inflator). Trying to bodge a fix that’ll get you to the next town for a proper repair still demands decent kit IMHO.

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    I found a set of fold up Torx drivers at Northern Tools. These are made by Bondhus, who make a set which looks identical to something you could get from Snap-On, but is considerably cheaper, and just as good. This would cover most sizes that you would potentially need to access on a trip, if something came loose. Other than that, I have a Snap-on screwdriver with 1/4” bits in the handle https://shop.snapon.com/product/Stan...ange)/SSDMR4BO and some wrenches 10mm and 13mm. The GS-911WIFI is also good tool to have.


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    I do my own maintenance and what I've done over time was collect all the tools I use for the 6k and 12k service items, plus a few more to cover possible emergencies, into a kits I carry secreted into the bike's various unused cavities. Most of the tools are stuffed into two Aerostich zippered pouches, each in a gallon-sized baggie under the seats on either side of the preload adjuster. The tire kit (patch kit, CO2 cartridges for inflation), Anonymous book, registration & insurance card are in a couple of quart-size baggies in the bodywork cavity in front of the tail light. I obviously don't carry a torque wrench but the general idea is that almost any tool I need I keep in the bike plus a small lunch bag with a spare headlight bulb, headlight, and GS-911 in one of the side cases.

    You would be amazed at how many tools that turns out to be and what I can repair with them. Yesterday, to install new new horns and wire up my Garmin's power supply, I completely stripped the front fairing, did the installations, and used only the tools I have stashed on the bike, not once having to pull something out of my shop tool box (soldering was the one exception).

    Writing that all out, it seems kind of silly, but it works for me and I've got enough practical use of this system that I don't have to think about it. When the day comes that I need to do a repair in the field, I won't be fumbling around with unfamiliar tools.
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    Duplicate.
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