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    Tool Kit recommendations?

    I'm looking to pick up a decent tool set for general maintenance on my 2016 RT, it could be broken up into a travel kit and supplementary shop tools.

    I've run across the following on the inter-webs and was wondering if anyone could recommend either one, or suggest an alternative.


    http://www.beemershop.com/Merchant5/..._Code=MTT00014
    http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/c...h-bmw-tool-kit

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    Outside of your shop very little can be accomplished on newer bikes
    My tool kit is very basic
    Snubby snap on ratchet screw driver with the common torx bits, a Phillips and flat blade all stored in the handle
    Leatherman tool
    Mini air pump/with flat repair kit
    1/2 dozen 12 inch zip ties
    Combo socket to remove front axel
    Spare spark plugs along with the thin walled socket
    Most of the tools fit in a small zip pouch stored under rear seat

    In real life, have only had to use the air pump, and that was for a buddies bike

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    Another option: http://www.advdesigns.com/ulcobmwr1gsg.html

    Add a small compressor and a sticky rope patch kit for flats.
    Larry
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkraus View Post
    Another option: http://www.advdesigns.com/ulcobmwr1gsg.html

    Add a small compressor and a sticky rope patch kit for flats.
    Dido, this is what I carry. The kit is pricey but the tools are good and complete.

    Jay

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    ...and do you plug the compressor into the accessory jack or do I have to install a jack directly off the battery terminals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by watermelon View Post
    ...and do you plug the compressor into the accessory jack or do I have to install a jack directly off the battery terminals?
    It will draw a fair amount, so a fused direct connection would be best.

    The 2 dealers I have bought bikes from here in Canada both supplied the bike with an ASA dongle on them. 2011, 2015 but different dealers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by watermelon View Post
    ...and do you plug the compressor into the accessory jack or do I have to install a jack directly off the battery terminals?
    Best to wire a fused powerlet connector direct to battery, on my 15RT I placed it behind the battery on right side. A better place would be next to the current outlet on upper right side
    Two additional advantages to a direct wired outlet 1 no issues with canbus when on charger 2 your heated gear won't trip the canbus

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    Quote Originally Posted by watermelon View Post
    ...and do you plug the compressor into the accessory jack or do I have to install a jack directly off the battery terminals?
    I plug it in the standard BMW outlet with no issue. That's not the same on a GS, the Can Bus will shut down. I carry the Aerostich compressor. The bike has to be on (it's running) for the outlet to work but that's not an issue since I don't want to draw from the battery alone. I do have the ability to direct connect to the battery, it's how I connect my Battery Tender. You never know how it's going to be used when helping others, good to have options.

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    My Slime pump is labeled as 7 amps. With power plug adapters, it works fine from my RT's 5 amp accessory socket, at least at the tire pressures I use (<44psi). It might trip the ZFE breaker if I tried to use it's full 300psi capability.
    Larry
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    All of the above tool kits look good - but expensive. You can assemble a kit from a good hardware or big box store cheaper. The kit bags are nice. I am hauling lots more tools in a travel ditty bag. Roadgear also (at the rally) will have nice tool roll-up bags.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkraus View Post
    My Slime pump is labeled as 7 amps. With power plug adapters, it works fine from my RT's 5 amp accessory socket, at least at the tire pressures I use (<44psi). It might trip the ZFE breaker if I tried to use it's full 300psi capability.
    The RT is 10 amp total, the GS, GSA, R,RS is 5 amp (source Haynes Manual) Like I mention in my above post, my air pump shut down a GS canbus while works fine on my RT.

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    Sorry, forgot where I was.

    Early R1200RT sockets are 5 amp. I think the boost to 10 amp occurred with the Camhead introduction in the 2010 model year.
    Larry
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkraus View Post
    Another option: http://www.advdesigns.com/ulcobmwr1gsg.html

    Add a small compressor and a sticky rope patch kit for flats.

    I purchased this kit for my KLR but carry it with me on my RT for longer trips. Great quality and only &=$100 bucks right now

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4JV...em-subs_digest

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    Quote Originally Posted by reg26 View Post
    I purchased this kit for my KLR but carry it with me on my RT for longer trips. Great quality and only &=$100 bucks right now

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4JV...em-subs_digest
    That's a nice kit, with some ingenious tools. Can that little ratchet provide the torque needed for the T-50 wheel bolts?
    Larry
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    No definitely not. I believe he states in the video 25ftlb max or something like that. Still got to carry tools for tire removal

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