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    Check out this thread by Jenny Morgan on ADV. Scroll down to see the toolkit. She did the TAT on a 310.
    https://advrider.com/f/threads/beeme...eener.1294883/
    She did the same trip on a Honda CB500X.

    Traveling the USA, I believe in self sufficiency and the basic theory of only carrying what you need/can to get rolling again, to a better place, and fix the problem. Based on the length of your journey, longer trip = more tools. The variable of course is what shape your bike is in before you leave home. Needless to say, the size of the 310 dictates how much you can take with you.

    For me, having tools to remove wheels on a long journey is an absolute must, and carrying a puncture kit at all times makes too much sense (tubeless) YMMV.

    Iíve assembled two toolkits - one for each of my bikes, an RT and Honda CB500X - both toolkits are ready to go at any time, so I donít have to raid one for the other (except the CyclePump gets swapped).

    The bare minimum I carry is a puncture kit and BestRest Cycle Pump. My Honda CB500X toolkit that can fit under the seat - something sorely lacking with BMWs. I find it best not to pack every single tool in hard to reach places on the bike, eg. a Leatherman and a 14mm wrench is usually in the Hondaís tank bag.

    Check out Motion Pro, they make excellent items for a build it yourself toolkit.

    This is an old photo of my CB500X toolkit, this fits under the bike seat. Iíve added to this, but gives a general idea of how large a small bike toolkit looks.

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    Paul, I believe that you once mentioned having the KOA RV towing package in the past (I could be mistaken) and if so, what is the difference between it and the Allstate RV package?
    I think at least once we got the Allstate RV deal through the KOA affinity group. I think Good Sam had such a deal too a while back. But for a number of years we have just just renewed through Allstate Motor Club. My current card says Member since 06/2001.
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    Allstate now just states a maximum of up to $250 roadside assistance which includes towing. You are not going very far on $250. A few years ago I had a flatbed haul my car after a break down on the highway. 70 miles was $400. Now granted it was a car, but the truck is the same whether car or motorcycle so I don't think it would matter much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorUB View Post
    Allstate now just states a maximum of up to $250 roadside assistance which includes towing. You are not going very far on $250. A few years ago I had a flatbed haul my car after a break down on the highway. 70 miles was $400. Now granted it was a car, but the truck is the same whether car or motorcycle so I don't think it would matter much.
    There is a difference between Allstate Motor Club and Allstate RV.
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    My dual sport KTM's run tubes so your wheel is coming off to patch or swap them. This one was a finishing nail that pincushioned the tube at about 90 kmh and I went into full on tank slappers. I still don't know how I managed to stay upright.
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    And yes to Jenny Morgan's RR on her big long test ride around the country on her 310 GS. It's a really good RR where she does her best to push the bike to all of its limitations and writes it all down for you to check out. She's a very nice person who has a lot a lot of offroad experience and her threads tend to be a lot of fun. I threw some $$ to her when she went to the Dakar and have been following her for years.

    Sorry I didn't think to throw up her thread before ebell did, I must have been drunk.
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    I have- https://coach-net.com/
    Basically covers whatever your in/on/towing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    I have- https://coach-net.com/
    Basically covers whatever your in/on/towing.
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    That "unlimited towing" is the key to a good plan for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    There is a difference between Allstate Motor Club and Allstate RV.

    Help me out then, I can't find anything on Allstate that gives unlimited towing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
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    Many roadside assistance plans have a mileage limitation for a tow. 35 miles and 100 miles are the most typical. That may work for a Ford in Dallas but it may not work so well for a BMW motorcycle in west Texas, or most places west of the Mississippi for that matter. Allstate RV provides no-cost towing to "the nearest qualified service facility." If I need a tire that might be an all brands motorcycle shop. But if it is a BMW specific failures - HES, stator, switch gear, etc - it will be a tow to the nearest BMW dealership even if that is 400 or 500 miles away. Where I live a 35 mile tow won't get me to a grocery store, let alone a qualified repair facility. As with most things, the fine print matters.
    Progressive also offers a roadside assistance option with unlimited mileage towing to the nearest "qualified repair facility". I've not needed to test it, but for $15 a year, with trip interruption coverage for meals, alternate transportation and lodging, it's a pretty decent deal. It may not be available to residents of some states.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skibum69 View Post
    And yes to Jenny Morgan's RR on her big long test ride around the country on her 310 GS. It's a really good RR where she does her best to push the bike to all of its limitations and writes it all down for you to check out. She's a very nice person who has a lot a lot of offroad experience and her threads tend to be a lot of fun. I threw some $$ to her when she went to the Dakar and have been following her for years.

    Sorry I didn't think to throw up her thread before ebell did, I must have been drunk.
    I agree about Jenny, we shared a camp spot with her a couple of years ago at the Horizons Unlimited meeting in Nakusp. It was a pleasure to meet her. She had the Rally Raid GS 310 with her for her presentations.

    At risk of sounding negative, can we get this thread back on to the OPís topic about tools and not roadside assistance? Iím always looking for new-to-me ideas regarding road/trail-side repair.

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    A few lightweight tools to consider

    I have these.

    Metric toolkit, add some sockets of your own that fit your bike
    https://www.motionpro.com/product/08-0161

    Supplement the toolkit with a Torx set for Teutonic flavor.
    https://www.motionpro.com/product/08-0716

    T-handle wth sockets, add a few of your own sockets, also complements the small toolkit.
    https://www.motionpro.com/product/08-0389

    I prefer JIS bits, and use this T-handle, adding a few bits.
    Itís is a bit heavier than the alloy T handle, but I like it.
    https://www.motionpro.com/product/08-0557

    Iíve also had a lot of mileage out of Titan Toolsí stubby ratchets, sometimes used with extensions
    https://www.amazon.com/Titan-Tools-1.../dp/B0000AXFQ8

    And stubby wrenches save space, but full size ones are needed for wheel removal.

    YMMV

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorUB View Post
    Help me out then, I can't find anything on Allstate that gives unlimited towing.
    It is in the fine print for Allstate RV Roadhelp. Read everything and you will find no mileage limitation whatsoever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebell View Post

    At risk of sounding negative, can we get this thread back on to the OPís topic about tools and not roadside assistance? Iím always looking for new-to-me ideas regarding road/trail-side repair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
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