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Old 11-08-2012, 02:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What's in your motorcycle tool bag?

T I'm curious as to what tools you guys carry in your tool bags in the event of having to do a little roadside maintenance/repair, especially those of you with the older bikes. What has come in most handy in a pinch?
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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In my back pack I have a Leatherman Super Tool 300, imo are well worth it 19 in 1
Mag lite mini with led bulb
Zip ties in various sizes and duct tape not really a first thing you would consider but it does help in a roadside emergency half the time , a small rachet with an extension and a small tool set of sockets.
And a few tire plugs (not the smartest idea for a motorcycle but if it will get you off the shoulder from interstate to the nearest exit, I think it'll be ok at low speed for a mile or two or to just get home)

Short of carying your full toolbox what I keep on me will fix.9/10 of the issues you might encounter
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I carry: multi tool,sockets 8mm,10mm,12mm,13mm, foldable Allen wrenches,flashlight, ductape, zipties,screwdriver with multiple tips,extra eyeglasses, advil, alcohol swabs,cable lock for my helmetand a few shoptowels.

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Old 11-08-2012, 08:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My cellphone, Maglight, Electrical tape and Rosary Beads......you just never know.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:53 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Leatherman Wave and a bit kit (screwdrivers, torx and alan bits) on my belt. Tyre plug kit. Bits of wire, Scotchlock connectors and fuses - most roadside problems tend to be electrical. Clip link as a get you home for a broken chain (never broke one). A solderless nipple for throttle and clutch cables (never used) A small 1/4 drive socket set and set of small open ended spanners. Mole grips. Insulating tape. Spare headlight bulb. Ty-wraps. Pair of surgical gloves. That all goes easily under the seat.

Cell 'phone and wallet with credit card in my jacket pocket.

On a longer trip (more than 200 miles from home and/or overnight) I'll usually have my laptop in my gear (with TuneECU cable and service manual PDF), WD40 and duct tape. That usually drops in the top box. Never needed the laptop and as I have the service manual on my Kindle I carry it mainly because I need it for work. Never go anywhere without the Kindle (nothing to do with the bike), so I may as well put manuals and documents I might need on to it.

Small Maglite type torch lives permanently in the top box.

For the record, I did break a chain in 1970, a clutch cable in 1979, and I had a puncture in 1982 and another 3 days after getting my Street Triple R brand new last March.

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Old 12-25-2012, 08:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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For longer trips, in addition to a tyre plug kit, I take a CyclePump. Not a toy, they are quality 12 volt air pumps.
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Duct tape is always handy, I also have a small screwdriver that is flat and phillips, a gerber multitool, and a couple sockets. The fuse idea is a good one, I might have to start doing that too. I thought about trying to make one of those little leather backs on the front forks for long trips so it's not weighing down my backpack.
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Old 01-19-2013, 03:28 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Duluth trading has some amazing tape that can be used to fix almost anything, it is small and extremely handy. A small amount of safety wire with or without the pliers can be a life saver as well.
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:22 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Re: What's in your motorcycle tool bag?

All the above except I use a CO2 pump, the reason being it gives a very powerful blast which can seat beads on the rim, I carry a dozen capsules two do several tyres if needed.

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Old 01-20-2013, 01:58 AM   #10 (permalink)
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All the above except I use a CO2 pump, the reason being it gives a very powerful blast which can seat beads on the rim, I carry a dozen capsules two do several tyres if needed.
Just curious; under what circumstances would seating a bead be something you'd do on the side of the road?

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