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Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by tpoppa, Aug 8, 2017.
We all have tire repair kits, basic wrenches, zip ties, duct tape, etc.
What else do you have?
5 minute steel epoxy, 3 x 3 " piece of a plastic milk carton to mix on, mixing stick, drywall sandpaper (the mesh type) to clean area and use as a patch with epoxy and 1 x 3 " thicker piece of plastic to apply epoxy.
Spare brake, clutch and shift lever zip tied to frame, fuel filter, a couple of feet of stainless steel wire, headlamp with extra set of batteries and a spare axle nut (yeah, I lost one once...)
Also, an extra post for my steering damper (yup, I broke one of those too in Baja, with 5 days left on our trip.... talk about arm pump and fatigue!!)
Most of the time when I work on the bike at home, I use the tools I carry with me to verify I have the necessary tools for trail side repairs.
Tire plug kit and a CO2 inflator plus whatever is in the stock tool bag. I don't know.
I rigged up a new kit with better wrench's. But good plyers and screw drivers take up room so I cheated. Should of bit the bullet and done it right to start with. Guess I'll have two small rolls before its over.
Riding old bikes, I carry a lot of gear. Basic toolkit is a few wrenches, a plier, an adjustable wrench, spark plug socket which doubles as a flywheel puller. Wire brush... Electric wire, insulating tape, knife, allen keys, bits for screws, bolts...
Always carry few extra bolts. (they do shake loose), spare bulbs, plug, and before CDI time I did carry spare breaker and condenser too.
On longer trips I carry a multimeter, spare tube (both tires are 18"), a tube repair kit, superglue.
With really careful selection when using multipurpose stuff as much as possible, It takes surprisingly small place. Wrapped in a cloth it all fits into an old sock.
More to the list: 2 of each fuse type and rating for the bike, roll of industrial type of electricians tape, a bic lighter, a lightweight nylon tow-strap - 15' length to connect foot peg to opposite foot peg - wrapped around towed foot peg so the rider keeps it from unravelling with down pressure with his foot... this way he can quick release if shit starts to happen , and some basic first aid stuff (not tools, I know, but just a reminder that it's a pretty important kit to have along... as well as a bit of ass-wipe.....)
I carry a few long cotter keys as well... my bikes don't require any, but I've given a few away.
Tube of Alumaseal for the cooling system. Aluminum wire on a roll. Big Zipties - I slip them into the holes in bottom of my seat and thread between the plastic frame and foam. A bunch of fuses - often you can keep feeding the bike fuses to get back to camp or town. Take a few fuses of the size you don't use, standard vs. mini, give them to others. Enough filterskins to change every couple/three days to keep the foam filter fresh. Aerosol can of chain lube, maybe two if out in the bush for several hundred miles/days. I take a small empty spray bottle with a little dish soap in the bottom - that way I can add water and have lube to change a tire.
This thread is magic: http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/the-toolkit-thread.262998/
I really don't need much in the way of tools for my DR, but I have a nice set to fix any KTM's I come across
Like a lot of folks I've adjusted my carry along tool kit by using it for maintenance and repairs. Along with normal wrenches and spares I carry a tiny digital volt meter. I also carry a 3/8ths drive 26mm aluminum socket used for bicycle top caps for the axle nuts on the X Challenge.
Tire plug kit, alternator belt, clutch cable normal tool kit.
These are the tools I carry, they have gotten me through 48 countries so far... My emergency fix it stuff is not included
Awesome video! I watched the whole thing and agree with your methods and selections.
For me, I have four basic kits, that I think are essential. I carry them on every ride.
1- basic survival (good fixed blade, saw, fire starters, etc)
2- a small adventure medical kit
3- tool kit
4- recovery kit (homemade z-drag system that doubles as a tow strap)
If people are interested, I can spend some time detailing these and post some pictures. Let me know.
Also, might I suggest a 7" Knipex Pliers Wrench in place of Crescent wrenches. The 7" works outstanding for bolts and nuts that a Crescent wrench can reach. I've used mine to loosen the axle on a TTR125, a DRZ400S, a DRZ110, and an XR250R. Very, very versatile. It doesn't replace regular pliers though, so I'd also recommend a Leatherman or Swisstool. Personally, I have both, but carry the Swisstool while out riding mostly because it's more heavy duty.
And, you can avoid most flats with adequate air pressure (to prevent pinch flats) and Stans No Tube (prevents virtually all puncture flats and acts as a tire balancer as well). I tested this concept this past summer on 3 bikes riding the WABDR. After ~575 miles of off road and ~400 miles of road/freeway riding, no flats. We ran ~16psi in the front and ~12psi in the rear; D606s on two DRZs and Goldenboys on an XT225. I can post more info if anyone asks.