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Old 04-23-2012, 09:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Essential tool kit

I'm curious what tools riders are carrying with them for weekend runs, say one or two nights out and maybe a 400 or 500 mile jaunt. I know the Bonnes' are reliable but still....thanks, Kito.
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1. 5mm Allen key
2. Cell phone
3. AAA card
4. Dry martini to drink while waiting for the tow truck to arrive
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Yes, lefty, I can see you now, under that shade tree, sipping from your glass whilst reading "zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance", waiting for that truck....

I take it the 5mm allen key is for the seat?
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Check out the Roadside Toolkit from Aerostich. You may be able to find this or a similar kit on ebay for cheap.
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Yes, lefty, I can see you now, under that shade tree, sipping from your glass whilst reading "zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance", waiting for that truck....

I take it the 5mm allen key is for the seat?
I got these great quick release screws and through out my allen key!

http://www.british-customs.com/quick...at-screws.html
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Yes, lefty, I can see you now, under that shade tree, sipping from your glass whilst reading "zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance", waiting for that truck....

I take it the 5mm allen key is for the seat?
Yes, the 5mm key is from Triumph's supplied tool kit. I guess you can dismantle the whole bike with just the 5mm Allen.

And I like to emphasize the zen.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm currently addressing this issue now. I'm looking not from the weekend jaunt perspective, but from the multi-week several thousand mile perspective. What do I need to fix my Triumph in BFE? I'm not 100% sure since it has only failed me twice, both being battery related issues.

So here is what I'm starting with. I found a set of Kobalt Xtreme Access sockets on sale for $20 earlier this week. These eliminate the need for deep well, and work on all sizes. I see them as great space savers.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_379762-22328...RL=&facetInfo=



I found a mini ratcheting screwdriver at Norther Tool for $2. It is similar to this



I can throw in the necessary bits, like a 5mm allen, for this one and save some space. Plus ratcheting is nice in the cold.

Tire irons are a must. A small Crescent wrench and a multi-tool. Now to fill in the bits and pieces. Any thoughts?
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When my crank position sensor went bad at the Crater Lake National Park primitive campground, I sure wanted my computer with its diagnostic software. Since I didn't have it, I had to pay a kid $200 to haul us and the bike to Medford, Oregon where a Triumph shop had the software.

Normally, I carry tire irons, a pump, patches, a few sockets (8, 10, 12, 14 mm), a few allen wrenches, a #30 torx bit, a valve core tool, a six inch adjustable wrench. I also scanned my owners manual and carry that on a thumb drive, but without the computer that's not much good either. I do carry color copies of the wiring diagrams with my maps. We make some pretty ambitious trips and I take my oil filter wrench and my tire balancing bearings on those.

I think most of the pre-assembled tool kits have too much you don't need.

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