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    Tools on bike

    All you really need is a change of underwear on a trip. Having the right tool at the right time is the way to go. LOL. St.

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    That's insane! I'd have to put in stiffer springs to carry all that crap!
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    In the shop? All kinds of tools, but I don't separate btween motorcycle and everything else.

    On the motorcycle? Tire plugger, compressor, credit card and a cell phone.
    In 15 years of touring I broke down one time where I needed tools, but I wasn't going to tear down an engine in a parking lot. Rented a car to get home and went back out the next weekend with a trailer and hauled it back.
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    I carry far too many tools. Since I began riding on the street at age 16 I have replaced a couple of headlight bulbs, fixed one flat on the road with tools and used a screw driver of some sort to access a battery for jumping a few times. All other needed roadside repairs were made with duct tape or zip ties. But yet I shall continue to carry many tools.

    I have a dedicated tool box where the pillion seat once resided.

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    After a ten year career in auto mechanics and a lifetime since working on cars motorcycles and whatever else, my shop tool boxes (there are a few) hold one of almost everything and two (or more) of lots of them.

    My travel kit is way more limited to just the basics to fix tires and whatever trail damage or such might occur without the need for parts to complete a repair.
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    Three different range torque wrenches, all the various metric and English unit sockets and wrenches and now with a wethead, various Torx screwdrivers and bits. Cup and band wrenches for oil filters and of course metric hex wrenches including Tee-handle versions.

    And I have what no one has mentioned so far, a GS-911.



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    I manage to squeeze everything I need to service the bike, except a torque wrench, into four small Aerostich zippered pouches (which they no longer seem to stock unfortunately).

    One is for the flat repair gear (plugs, tools, CO2 cartridges, etc), two contain almost all the tools, and the forth has the GS-911, rock straps, and a few other miscellaneous things. Other than the aforementioned torque wrench, I can do the entire 24k service with only what I have on the bike.

    Altogether the whole kit weighs less than 15 pounds and I can stuff 3 out of four of them under the seat or in the area ahead of the tail light. The only special tool I have is a CDI torque wrench in newton-meters. A cheap torque wrench isn't worth it's weight in lead and having one in metric units just makes it easier to use.
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    There was a contest for best tool kit to carry on a trip at the Sherando Lake BMW rally many moons ago. Charlie said we'd have won if we had entered. We were on our way home from an 8000 mile cross country trip 2-up on a K75s. Our tool kit? A cell phone, credit card, and the title.
    "Have BMW. Will Travel"

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    Here is what I carry if on a trip:
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Here is what I carry if on a trip:
    That's nice but where's the duct tape?
    '13 R1200RT 90th Anniversary Edition

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    My tools

    I carry an adventure design tool kit.
    I added needle nose pliers and a small pair of vice grips.
    It has everything I've needed to do my service, and fits easily under the seat of my 06 R1200RT.
    Not inexpensive, but good quality and very complete.

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    Paul--what is the pin spanner wrench for?

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    Paul--what is the pin spanner wrench for?
    That spanner fits the early versions of the lens retainer on Motolights.
    Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
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    Quote Originally Posted by pappy35 View Post
    That's nice but where's the duct tape?
    Voni carries the red duct tape and some wire ties. I also didn't show the tire repair stuff (gauge, pump, plugs, plugging tools) or the battery jump pack.
    Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
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    If you desire to work deeper on the newer bikes (final drive, swing arm, etc..) you'll need some of the bigger metric wrenches/sockets and metric allen wrenches.
    But since you won't use them much I just got the Harbor Freight (one-use? ) type tools.

    I also have multiple allen bit drivers too (I used an electric screw driver to take off/on bodywork) and I'm constantly losing the Torx bits so I get the individual packaged Torx bits at my local Ace hardware. I don't have to buy a complete set to get the few popular sizes that way.

    Have fun!

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