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Old 11-08-2006, 04:26 PM
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Is that still a legal requirement on a bike? Where were those spanish muppets in their flip flops carrying their first aid kits on the gixxer 1000's?? I couldn't fit a decent first aid kit under my seat, and certainly not one that conforms with the german requirements.
Strictly speaking it depends on the country you're going through, some are more paranoid than others. I heard stories of overseas plod generating revenue by blitzing foreign travellers with on-the-spot fines. Certainly a mate got done for 350 euros last year, he was Speeding but would have been less if he had the right gear and docs. e.g. the Triangle I used when my mate dyked his Aprila Futura, it was more to ward off local Plod interest than do any real good.

As it happened we travelled highly illegal speeds there and back and saw maybe 4 cop cars en route... (lots at Faro though.but NO Traffic Cameras... Bliss!)

Here's where I did research for my own trip overseas, meant mainly for cars but I found it helpful
http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice...t_june2006.doc
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Old 11-08-2006, 04:54 PM
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Problem with the 1500 is it is a 14 amp battery and it could use a bigger one, just no room to fit it. I have completely redone my electric system replacing the lot, but there is one fix (if someone has a suzuki 1500, it may help).
dunno about comparing the physical size issues there Tease (no lockker room humour intended) , but you might look at BMW gel batteries... standard for sports and GS oliheads is 14amp but they do a 19amp for the rest... and my R1150RS battery don't look as large as the one I had on my RoadKing. Loads of these advertised on ebay as Gel is standard for later model Beemers. I'm working on it tomorrow so I'll measure it up for a point of reference if you like.

PS Actually I dont need to measure it .. it's LxBxH = 7,32" x 3,22" x 6,85", (I assume that's inches rather than centimeters) from an advert on ebay selling Varta Gel replacements... here
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Old 11-08-2006, 05:16 PM
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Just got me'sen a leatherman - I had to last weekend because one of my mandolin strings got twisted to hell after I'd broken it (playing with a tad too much exuberance in the middle of Eastbourne while on a morris stand).

Normally I carry a toolroll on't front of the bike with a couple of ring spanners, pliers, a plug spanner with 17mm socket on the end (attached to a 3/8ths drive) - GTs are awkward with getting to the inside two plugs, though nowhere near bad as a CX; and loads of tape, a stanley knife and spare wire for bridgeing my lights if they get shredded (they have before now - on't way home from't Pissed Indian last year when my bike's suspension was a bit too low with all the gear on't back).

Mrs R has usually got her AA/RAC card and her mobile to help her out - and me on the end of another phone.
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Old 11-08-2006, 05:23 PM
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Did there not used to be someone selling helmet bags with a reflective warning triangle on 'em?The idea being if you broke down you put yer lid in the bag and stuck it down the road a bit,and when not in use it takes up next to no space.Mind you,won't stop any light-fingered wee scrotes from nickin' yer lid.........
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AHA!Quick Google (ooer!) and.......
http://www.getgeared.co.uk/acatalog/..._Triangle.html
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gaffer tape and cable ties, and a R.A.C. Card ..............
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I find a buell-assist card an' a mobile is all I need, beats trailin' a magnet from the rear guard on the bonnie
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Something else I thought I should say about "Get you home" strategies.

Have some good friends along when you dyke your pride and joy....

En route to Faro (sorry to go on about it, it was a memorable trip for me) a mate misjudged a curve and went off road, stripped the front wheel off the rim, pushed in his front end and bars, broke his controls, the usual. Oh and he cracked a few ribs. Didn't we just tease him about that, the twit.

In about 40 minutes between us we got the bars corrected, the tyre back on the rim, bodged up a replacement clutch lever from a tyre iron, made sure that traffic knew we were there and generally got the bike in a reasonable state to ride the 50 miles down to Faro... Which my mate was really in no state to do. He was duly given another mate's bike to get to Faro and the medical centre, while we nursed the bike there.

Turned out eventually that the Bike was an insurance writeoff, but if he had been riding alone he would have been in a very bad place.
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Good thread this.

It made me go and check what I've got under my seat. (You know what I mean!)

The standard kit's there, apart from the bits I replaced with superior tools.
Plenty of cable ties.
Penknife's missing!
Torch batteries dead!
Long nosed pliers had migrated!

So I've had a bit of a tidy-up, added a plug, a few heat shrink connector thingies, found a better bag to contain it all.

Feeling righteous now. (What's that about pride before a fall?)
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just carry the pikey manufacturers kit...and rac card
And my fercking phone number....
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Did there not used to be someone selling helmet bags with a reflective warning triangle on 'em?The idea being if you broke down you put yer lid in the bag and stuck it down the road a bit,and when not in use it takes up next to no space.Mind you,won't stop any light-fingered wee scrotes from nickin' yer lid.........
I think Gypsy and Doro may have some of these, if not try www.louis.de


Whats in the bag mister :

Long nose pliers
Small mole grips
Various spanners
A set of Allen keys
Cable ties
Electrical tape
Small screwdriver multi tool thingy
an' a few odd nuts an' bolts
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