Predaredness kit - for the motorcycle?

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  1. CaliforniaCanuck

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    Aside from the basic factory tool kit, what do you keep on your motorcycle?

    Let's say it's an adventure bike!
     
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    Rack with water and fuel. Beyond that, what's your plan and environment.
     
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    When I am doing true adventure riding and some will be gravel and fire roads I carry a tubeless repair kit and either a hand pump, CO2, or a spark plug adapter. We were in Alaska on the Dalton Highway in 2016 and my friend had a flat that we had no choice but to repair on the side of the road. Also, if you have chain drive, a chain tool, two master links, and about six links of chain, which gives you options.

    And +1 on spare gas if you are in an area like Alaska, although I don't carry excessive extra water, I am usually camping and have a water filter anyhow so I find and filter water if needed.
     
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    I haven't taken any long (500+) mile motorcycle trips in the last couple of years, but I used to do it more frequently.

    Can't remember one of those trips when there wasn't some level of trail-side or road side repairs.

    This is my general motorcycle kit.

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    It gets adjusted depending on the bike (Harley vs Dual Sport).

    It has a mix of mechanical and electrical fix options, spare nuts and bolts (in tin), specialty sockets / torx heads, 2 part epoxy putty, tape, zip ties, tie wire...

    It all fits in a 12"×4"x4" bag

    Missing from photo:
    -2 spare tubes and tire spoons (dual sport)
    -tire inflator
    - folding saw (trail /dual sport)
    - sometimes a small 19" axe
    -30' 1" tubular climbing webbing
    - a couple of extra bungee straps
    - spare gas

    In my backpack or bags would be the normal camping gear / emergency survival gear depending on area and length of trip and area. Extra water in the desert or mountains.
     
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    ANF, that’s a lot of tools! I have to ask, do you have every fastener size covered?

    I’m “looking” for my next bike and I’d like it to have a tool kit that has the tools to cover most of the common field repairs but excluding the redundant sizes. As in, if there’s no 13mm it won’t have that socket or wrench.

    Not even narrowed the bike down so its just an idea, but I like the kit you put together!
     
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    I carry a 6" 1/4" extension and pull bar. A few common sockets and torx / allen bits will cure a lot of little problems and some big ones. joe
     
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    Tire plug kit maybe???Also a nice looking female mechanic that specializes in tune ups...
     
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    I take some long rides. My kit looks extremely close to @ANFwoodsman 's kit. Right down to the Loctite.
     
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    I love looking at the ultra-compact, specialty motorcycle tools that are commercially available these days. Some of them super pricey but many are, surprisingly not.

    Take a look at this “bit kit”, for example:

    http://uniongaragenyc.com/shop/motorcycle-accessories/union-garage-bit-kit

    I think I just convinced myself to get it :D

    Just to add, I would bring some JB Weld stick and maybe some West System G/Flex transferred over to sone tiny little squeeze bottles.
     
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    The kit was set up to have every size for your most common fixes and any specialty sizes / fittings. There is some overlap in the tools where one tool won't work because of location or angle. Not two of everything though.

    It looks like a ton of tools, until you actually need to use them.
     
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    it is good to think ahead and plan

    "PPPPP"

    over the years i found several systems methods and customized tool packs to be quite helpful

    when a new skoot arrived on the scene JOB ONE was to take a rollaround stool out on the drive way w/ a small ice chest w/ a sheet of plywood on it for a table

    AND a big yellow pad n pencil(knot pen because many of the answers i write down are subject to change as the kit developes)

    starting on one end and circling the skoot several times i identify every tool that MIGHT be needed to affect repairs within my abilities

    as the list grows i lay the tools out on the ice chest table

    when i can find no more instances i can imagine that would need tools the BIG JOB begins

    MAKING SPECIAL TOOLS as needed for each skoot

    some wrenches get cut apart when the odd end isn't on THE LIST

    one tool that comes to mind is my 10x13 box end wrench and the corresponding 10x13 open end wrench

    that combination is knot available on the market and it doesn't come in any factory tool kits

    so i welded a set together

    SOCKETS... 6 point 3/8" drive in the sizes needed get nested/strung on a 1/4" drive extension of the needed length stopped w/ a 1/4">3/8" adapter w/ a 3/8 drive 10mm socket on it

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    a 1/4" sliding T handle turns the sockets

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    seldom is there a worthy axle wrench in any factory kit

    and seldom is there ever a worthy tyre tool or set of tools

    SO when the axle nut sizes are determined off to the HF tool rack for their LONG combination wrenches in the needed sizes(frequently the front axle and rear axle have different sized nuts which means 2 wrenches and sometimes 3

    i cut the open end off the axle nut wrenches leaving them as long as will fit in my kit(bag box or tube)

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    once cut i grind the end to the shape of a tyre spoon

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    a bag w/ a long over flap made out of the back of an old blue jean leg holds my assortment and provides a clean place to dump 'em out

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    a 4" NAME BRAND crescent and a 5" pair of both needle nose and std VISE-GRIPS come in handy

    all these tools end up riding under the tail rack(home made if no after market ones are to be had)

    the tail rack and side racks on my DR-350 were home made w/ the help of a friend

    the design included a pair of "document tubes" from AGRI SUPPLY

    https://www.agrisupply.com/manual-canister-large/p/67670/

    mounted under the tail rack

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    one side for tools( the muffler side )

    the other side for a spare litre of fuel in an MSR or Primus bottle

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    a spare front inner tube and patch kit live in the front fender bag

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    a front tube WILL work in the rear for long enough to get you back to civilization

    i've run outa pic space

    be back shortly
     
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    see that didn't take long

    another piece of home made kit is a JACK STAND made from the lower/adjustable section of an aluminium crutch ( can be had at flea mkts for $3-$5/pr )

    drill out the rivets holding the lower center section and you're left w/ a telescoping set of tubes w/ a push button adjuster

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    grind a notch in the top of the outer tube

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    don't discard the rubber plug

    the jack stand will hold your wheel off the ground for chain service or patching a tubeless tyre

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    i got a 12v circuit test light from HF that slides right in the end of the jack stand and the rubber plug keeps it from escaping

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    i carried a LOT of extraneous stuff on the KLR

    cowboy bedroll and waterproof bags w/ atv pack on the back

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    and even more on the DL-650

    Ortlieb waterproof saddle bags large duffel and the atv pack + + +...

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    butt managed to pare the load down on the DR-350 substantially for spring n summer ADV tripping

    GIANT LOOP(quality gear!) saddle bags(food n cook kit in one side and personal items on the other side) and a smaller Ortlieb duffel(shelter sleeping system and water) along w/ the Giant Loop tank bag (incidentals)

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    btw, thatsa FAK above the headlight

    ¿ HAVE I STIRRED THE POT SUFFICIENTLY ?

    more later if i rememberize it
     
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    I'm not a motorcyclist, but I know Nutnfancy has some in depth videos on the topic on Youtube. The one thing I know he carries is a fairly substantial First Aid and Trauma kit. Wreck on a bike, or someone with you wrecks, a good trauma kit may be the only help available for awhile, depending on your location when it happens.
     
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    Being a cyclist as well,
    I carried a lot of extra weight wishing I had a small trailer .
    There are several issues one need to address .
    What kind of preparedness is your goal ?
    There are events which require abandoning the bike and walking out .
    Fixing bike is too vague , too many things can go wrong . I carried tools enough to take care of most major break downs and only tools applicable to that bike alone. But I have had events that the tire was so damaged "60 d nail though and through" a new tire was the only fix. not having one required a utility trailer and my truck.

    Several things can be avoided by thorough inspections and careful driving habits .
    Every bit of load adds to wear even driving techniques can shorten the life of spokes and chain ,gears, and forks.
    As a bug out vehicle there is only so much you want to be wearing because all of it adds to your center of gravity . not good especially off road.
    Hence the trailer .
    A trailer can bear the weight that you don't want to add to the suspension,, but it still adds some to the load of pulling and stopping, but not much.
    The problem with a trailer is , some off road trails are not accommodating .
    How much do you value of being prepared?
    Personally I have a truck/camper and shop trailer for bugging out.
    But for a simple cross country trip , a trailer behind the bike is absolutely necessary.
     
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    Man if I dumped my tool kit on the floor you would think we were cousins.
     
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