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Old 08-26-2013, 02:00 PM   #1
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Motorcycle tool kit

I'm considering putting together a no-nonsense, bare-bones motorcycle tool kit. One capable of most repairs on the trail.
However, I also reviewed some kits on motorcycle superstore that give you many of the tools one requires for outback repairs.

What do people think of the complete kits that are available?
Any advice for putting together my own kit?
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:12 PM   #2
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:22 PM   #3
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I put my own kit together from a lot of extras I already had.

Wrenches and sockets only in the sizes the bike needs.
One of the screw driver handles that takes bits w/ bits
Spark plug socket
A 2 and 4 inch socket extension
small pair of locking needlenose visegrips
tire irons are dual purpose - one end the iron the other is the large socket for axle nuts (Made by MotionPro)
Multi-meter (freebie from HF - I have SEVERAL)
couple feet of electrical wire
electrical tape
spare tubes
mini aircompressor
couple feet of safety wire
tube patch kit
extra master link and short length of extra chain

And I keep a small flashlight and Gerber Multi-Tool in my tankbag
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:19 PM   #4
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:10 AM   #5
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Duct tape, zip ties, tie wire, & a hammer, what more do you need?
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Old 09-01-2013, 01:30 PM   #6
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I think, I'll just rip this post from Dirt Riders of Colorado:

Recreational Rider to Racer Series:
Packing for the Long Haul

Motocrossers may laugh at us of packing everything including the kitchen sink with us when we go riding. But then we can laugh when we can ride our bikes back to camp after fixing it on the trail. So one may ask what the hell does a rider pack in their fanny pack.

The first kit is the basic Race Pack. The aim of the kit is to provide tools to fix a minor problem on the race course. Usually help is nearby and so is the pits, The aim here when equipping the kit is to provide the most tools of the least weight. So when you can find tools that have multiple purposes. I listed a breaker bar for sockets. The breaker bar is a simple bar with a sliding part where the sockets attach. The bar can be combined with a extension and socket to make a functional T-handle. Some people take an existing T-handle cut down the handle so it fits then weld on other sockets. The finished product has three different sockets on three different ends. So play around with the contents of your personal kit.

The Race Pack

Spark plug tool
Allen wrench
6-in-1 Screwdriver
12 14mm combination wrench
8 10mm combination wrench
Vise grips with wire cutter
8, 10, 12, 14mm sockets
Breaker bar for sockets
Extension bar
Spare spark plug
Master link
Zip ties
Small coil of bailing wire
Utility tool (i.e.: Leatherman or Gerber MultiTool)
The Trail Pack is a little more complicated. The aim of this kit is to provide tools and supplies to fix problems when you're out in the middle of nowhere.
The Trail Pack

The stuff in the race pack plus;

10mm combination wrench
12mm combination wrench
14mm combination wrench
17 x 19mm open end combination wrench
Set of metric allen keys 4, 5, 6, and 8mm
8 inch crescent wrench
Energy bar
Two part epoxy for repairs
A small selection of common nuts and bolts
The Ultimate Pack is the mother of all packs. It's meant for multiday rides out in the back of beyond. The aim is here is to get the sorriest of bikes out of the boonies. You may note that the kit lists a spare front tube. The thing is that a front tube can be installed in the rear tire, but the rear tube can't be installed in the front tire. I would also suggest equipping yourself with a small survival kit as well for the true wilderness excursions.
The Ultimate Pack

The contents of the Race and Trail Packs plus;

Buddy tow strap
More water or possibly a water purifier
More energy bars
Tire irons
CO2 tire inflation kit and spare cartridges
Tube patches
Spare front tube
Matches or lighter
Best topographical map you can get
Short piece of fuel line
More nuts and bolts
Oil for two stroke mix
Spare lever
Small first aid kit
Small flashlight
Wire saw
Survival Kit
Collapsible stove with solid fuel pellets
Emergency blanket
Orange garbage bag
Pen flares and launcher
Waterproof matches
Triangle bandage
Antiseptic pads
Surgical blades
Water purifying tablets
50ft of parachute cord
Button compass
Needle and thread
Tin box for kit
The key to packing for each one of the kits is to plan. Assess what kind of riding that you do and what kind of trouble you can expect to get into. Then equip the kit with items to remedy each problem. The ideal kit for you is as personal as you are. The packs listed here should be a good guideline. Personally I can remember a few times that I have been very thankful that I have packed tools. So if you take anything from this article, it's the idea that you at least be prepared this way you can laugh in the face of adversity.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:48 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by tuna101 View Post
Duct tape, zip ties, tie wire, & a hammer, what more do you need?

8mm combination wrench

In case your brakes get too hot and lock up like mine did yesterday. Of course I didn't have one. the smallest I had with me was a 10mm

I guess it didn't like having new/clean brake fluid.
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