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Old 23-03-2011, 08:18 PM
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OK, im curious...
If you do ride a bike, on a regular basis, do you have / carry a tool kit with you? and if so whats in it...

Reason fer asking, im currently putting a kit together fer the wee Bandit,
The following are included:

A multi tool
roll of insulating tape
a dozen or so cable ties
some lengths of wire
a joining link fer the chain
8, 10, 11,12,13 & 14mm spanners
small pair vice grips
a tea towel (wrap up all the above/ wipe hands)
Small set allen keys
a small ratchet driver with assorted ends (screw drivers & sockets!)

THink i will be prepared fer most eventualities

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Old 23-03-2011, 08:45 PM
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That little lot should get you out of most bother you might encounter, Ron.
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Old 23-03-2011, 08:48 PM
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Pretty much that with a hammer head for fine tuning.
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Old 23-03-2011, 08:49 PM
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I would add a cheapo multi meter with 2 lengths of wire with croc clips either end, some fuses and a coupla crimp connections, a small square of emery cloth, and a puncture repair kit. I'd also stash a pencil and some waterproof paper somewhere. Maybe a small LED torch also.
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Old 23-03-2011, 09:10 PM
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Have a read through this lot.

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Old 23-03-2011, 09:19 PM
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To save space wrap some insulating tape round a screw driver or socket extension, cos you won't need a whole roll.

A small can of WD40 if you can fit it in.

For roadside I prefer a test lamp to a multimeter, cos it's easier to use in the dark when it's p!ssing down with rain. A bright one doubles as a torch. Mine is a bulb holder with a stop tail bulb in it. In an emergency it makes an excellent stop tail lamp bulb.

Adjustable spanners are for bodgers and roadside repairs and double as a hammer.

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Old 23-03-2011, 09:20 PM
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dont forget some spare spark plugs n a spark plug wrench...
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Old 23-03-2011, 09:28 PM
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I work on the principle that if you carry enough tools to cope with a problem you won't have one. I can hope!
I carry a some 1 and 50p coins, and a five pound note. In addition to the tools listed previously - solderless nipples or spare throttle and clutch cables, bulbs, fuses and hose clips for cooling system and fuel pipes. A few idiot notes about the electrical system are welcome on a dark and stormy night.
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Old 23-03-2011, 09:41 PM
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dont forget some spare spark plugs n a spark plug wrench...
Yes if you gotta a single.

Maybe if you gotta twin.

But if you got a 4 cyl bike the chances of more than one plug going at the same time is slim.
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Old 23-03-2011, 10:04 PM
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A plug with a croc clip attached to check sparks.
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Old 23-03-2011, 11:41 PM
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for me it's a small can of WD40 mostly for the cables, sometimes I buy it where I need it..and a fully charged mobile phone and an RAC card..

The world has moved on from the little garage in every town that had a mechanic that could get your bike back on the road for less than 10/- (50p)

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Old 23-03-2011, 11:44 PM
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I carry a tool roll and a breakdown assistance card from my insurance.

Your list looks good....but I need AF.

Not forgetting the AF/Metric mole grips.
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Old 24-03-2011, 12:03 AM
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Your bike looks pretty fresh Ron but mine are around 25 years old and most of the nuts, bolts and screws won't come out with ordinary tools on the road..I seem to be the bloke who needs the one tool I didn't bring, or I have all the tools in the bag that I put there when I bought the bike and I only ever use them at home..

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Old 24-03-2011, 12:55 AM
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I also have fuses.
Swiss army...multifunction knife. Cutting elec tape.
Tiny wind up torch.
Tie wraps.
Pack of painkillers !
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Old 24-03-2011, 08:19 AM
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never thought of carrying a puncture repair kit, then last year on a run with the kat club a guy had a flat coming out of a motorway service station, we stopped on the hard shoulder, found a small nail in his tyre, and using a tubeless kit that one of the other guys had, repaired and re inflated the tyre and got us on our way again in under 10 minutes. first thing i did on my return was buy one!
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Old 24-03-2011, 08:27 AM
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It'd be sometime back in the 80's and I used to carry most of everything toolwise with me, it was an old Tiger 100, so you know why....

when:

late afternoon somewhere in back lane hampshire it stopped, no spark no nothin'

She got off & sulked with a smoke somewhere & I got to pulling things apart, a bit later she decides she wants to help

I say 'pass me a screwdriver'

'the plus or minus type?' she says....

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Old 24-03-2011, 08:40 AM
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Cool guys..:-)

Im sticking in a mini maglite...
and i will get a puncture repair kit...(where will i get this? bike shop? tyrefitters?)

I also have my RAC card..

Never was a boy scout, just learned living in the wilderness of Galloway that you had to be able to look after yourself.

Thanks fer the info....oh n knuckle, i have an imperial kit to on the Buell

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Old 24-03-2011, 08:45 AM
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Jees my mates dont let me carry tools ..... as previously mentioned engines have committed suicide rather than let me tinker....so for me its a mobile phone and a list of phone numbers.
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Old 24-03-2011, 10:18 AM
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I carry fags, lighter, painkillers, sweets, fully charged mobile phone and RAC card.

I work on the basis that if the bike is properly maintained, as it is, nothing SHOULD go wrong.

On a break down I need a fag. You can guarantee that if you have no fags, that is when you will break down. No telling when my metal bits are going to start hurting, hence painkillers. Always carry some sweets, being diabetic no telling when my blood sugar is going to go haywire. I pay about 1.60 per week for RAC cover and have been very glad of thier help a few times. Worth every penny to know that at least my bike will not be stuck on the side of the road.

One of our guys is a highly qualified resussitation medic. He carries a first aid kit. Most of us can do most mechanical jobs and two of our guys are mechanics. Between us we carry enough tools to sort most things. We never leave a man behind.

Thing is, bikes and trikes are man made objects. A woman got in on the act somewhere along the line so sooner or later they all go wrong and have a hissy fit. Nomatter how well prepared you are there will always be something you cannot fix on the side of the road.

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Old 24-03-2011, 10:28 AM
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I bought one of those small tins with clutch cable and throttle cable (without sleeve) and assorted solderless nipples - about the size of a germaline tin- from a Heine Gerricke shop years ago and it has come in handy at least twice.
I also carry fuse wire as opposed to fuses, 1 small monkey wrench, 10/12 spanner, allen keys, double ended screw driver (you get with new bike tool kit) and pliers. Then some insulation tape, electric screwdriver with an attachment with a crocodile clip for testing and about a meter of wire. A single spark plug that I know that works and a spark plug spanner
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Old 24-03-2011, 03:37 PM
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Cool guys..:-)

Im sticking in a mini maglite...
and i will get a puncture repair kit...(where will i get this? bike shop? tyrefitters?)

I also have my RAC card..

Never was a boy scout, just learned living in the wilderness of Galloway that you had to be able to look after yourself.

Thanks fer the info....oh n knuckle, i have an imperial kit to on the Buell

Later
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Old 24-03-2011, 04:15 PM
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Wd40 has been the most used the last 5 years, followed by Rac card + mobile. A set / roll of box spanners from Salisbury markett and a random assortment of allen keys / spanners and A first aid kit also live in my tankbag. For the 2 stroke a plug spanner and 2 as a minimum for spare plugs
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Old 24-03-2011, 06:51 PM
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i always carry a small selection of 5/6/8mm allen head set screws as you never know when a clutch lever retaining bolt etc will work its way loose! (unless your me and ended up crashing gears all the way home!)
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