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Old 12-08-2012, 12:34 AM   #58
Ken Fritz
Beastly Adventurer
Joined: Oct 2002
Location: Orangevale, CA
Oddometer: 1,025
Puke Why did I read all of this?

Shees! 3 pages of tool talk that looks like an oil thread.

Use what you need at home for common problems and haul what you may need for the journey, not everything you can carry.

If you can do the job at home with the kit, and you can take the kit with you, you are done. Are you really going around the world where neither parts nor tools are available? On every ride?

Who cares where the tools came from if they work when needed? (I avoid Chinese tools because that's my choice - your choice is OK with me.)

Some of my recent experience since 1962 (this is just BMW riding):
40,000+ miles on only 2 solo trips in USA without slabbing
20,000 miles in USA 2-up mostly off slab
20,000+ miles in Mexico solo and 2-up - no slab at all
5,000+ miles in Europe and eastern Europe 2-up off slab

2800 miles on a Honda Varadero in Europe 2-up with another 5,000 anticipated next summer 2-up (the bike has 51,000 miles on it now).

All with NO problems other than exhaust leaks (Honda), clutch cable adjustments (Honda), chain adjustments (Honda), fouled or fried plugs (Yamaha), flat tires, burned light bulbs (Yamaha), and some bad fuel problems (BMW and Yamaha) in all those miles with my own tool kits. All with less than $200 in tools and no FD failures.

Good luck to you. Go have fun. Or not. Your choice every day.

Ken Fritz screwed with this post 12-08-2012 at 12:36 AM Reason: spelling
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