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Old 11-06-2005, 12:43 AM   #1
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Need extra space for spares/tools on the 950?

Not wanting to fill up my luggage with tools and spares, I have been looking to fit all spares and tools on the bike. Things like spare tubes in the front fairing, air compressor without housing etc...

When a new cpmputer was delivered to the office with some very nice closed cell foam, I finally had what I needed to use that spare 20mm space under the seat.

In my case I have managed to fit 8/10/12/14mm spanners, original pliers, folding 'T' handle ratchet screwdriver, pocket knife & a pair of 32/22mm combination tire lever/spanners...


When the seat is fitted, it sits flat and secure across the top and holds everything in place, even on my frequent plants in the dirt nothing has moved.

TIP: Used close cell foam as it will absorb less water when it rains or when washing the bike. The MK1 was open cell foam and a pain in the ass to dry out each time.

In the original tool box I can now fit the balance of the original toolkit, binding wire, several 0.5ml capsules of loctite, mini WD40 can & refillable can of chain lube**, 12v compressor sans housing and guage, tire repair kit, epoxy putty, selection of nuts, screws, washers, fuses etc, tire guage, electrical wire, duct & insulating tapes, needle nose locking pliers, spare s/plug, cable ties and other stuff that I can't remember...

I have also got three, 3 way 'Y' handled sockets with 8,9,10,11,12,13,14,17,19 tied to the frame behind the airbox where the excess plumbing used to live, I figure I should not need these often so they are tied with wire to keep them secure (I figure cable ties would probably melt from exhaust heat.

Anyone found any other useful p[laces on the 950 to hide stuff?

**I made up two robust caps from Delrin (hard plastic) off cuts as I had already had one can empty itself into the toolbox after the original cap collapsed, these can be seen as the 2 white round things at forefront of picture.
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Old 11-06-2005, 07:29 AM   #2
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Sweeet!

I think I've got some closed cell foam out in the garage- I'll to give it a shot- grat idea, thanks!
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Old 11-06-2005, 11:48 AM   #3
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Old 11-06-2005, 12:02 PM   #4
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Old 11-06-2005, 12:03 PM   #5
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Great! I did not know it was so much space there - must be almost an inch or? how did you carve out wholes for the tools – only a knife or?
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Old 11-06-2005, 01:09 PM   #6
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carving closed cell foam...

For the first couple of prototypes I used a very sharp hobby knife. This foam is sort of layered and you could just cut through about 5mm and peel a layer out.

For the version you see I used a butane powered soldering iron with a nylon rope cutting tip (a wedge shape) and simply melted the shape in with lots of patience.

For those that are not metricated 1" = 25.4mm, so there is about 4/5 of an inch space to play with...it does taper slightly with the front being a tad thicker than the rear area, but the foam is 20mm and fits (quite snug at the rear, seat takes a bit of a push to latch down)
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Old 11-06-2005, 01:24 PM   #7
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You... are a gotdamn genius. This is one of the best tips I've seen here.
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Old 12-02-2006, 04:16 AM   #8
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Another place to store tools...

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Anyone found any other useful places on the 950 to hide stuff?
Behind the plastic side panels at the back of the motorbike, there is a narrow long space, adequate for levers and long spanners, on either side of the bike!! Beware of high temperatures though!!
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Old 12-02-2006, 05:38 AM   #9
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Thanks, Gefr

For finding a way to get the underseat tool foam photo back to the top of the forum
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Old 12-02-2006, 09:28 AM   #10
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quick question

as a newbie, i got questions, where are you stashing spare tubes in the farring, just in behind headlight?? got any pics of this?? nice job on the seat stash hole!!
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Old 12-02-2006, 11:39 AM   #11
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as a newbie, i got questions, where are you stashing spare tubes in the farring, just in behind headlight?? got any pics of this?? nice job on the seat stash hole!!
You remove the fairings (L & R ) that sit on top of the fuel tanks and place the tubes, ect inside them. The left fairing is where the canister is located (until you remove it)
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Old 12-02-2006, 04:55 PM   #12
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Great idea! Thanks for the post!
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Old 12-03-2006, 09:20 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Autostream
Not wanting to fill up my luggage with tools and spares, I have been looking to fit all spares and tools on the bike. Things like spare tubes in the front fairing, air compressor without housing etc...

When a new cpmputer was delivered to the office with some very nice closed cell foam, I finally had what I needed to use that spare 20mm space under the seat.

In my case I have managed to fit 8/10/12/14mm spanners, original pliers, folding 'T' handle ratchet screwdriver, pocket knife & a pair of 32/22mm combination tire lever/spanners...


When the seat is fitted, it sits flat and secure across the top and holds everything in place, even on my frequent plants in the dirt nothing has moved.

TIP: Used close cell foam as it will absorb less water when it rains or when washing the bike. The MK1 was open cell foam and a pain in the ass to dry out each time.

In the original tool box I can now fit the balance of the original toolkit, binding wire, several 0.5ml capsules of loctite, mini WD40 can & refillable can of chain lube**, 12v compressor sans housing and guage, tire repair kit, epoxy putty, selection of nuts, screws, washers, fuses etc, tire guage, electrical wire, duct & insulating tapes, needle nose locking pliers, spare s/plug, cable ties and other stuff that I can't remember...

I have also got three, 3 way 'Y' handled sockets with 8,9,10,11,12,13,14,17,19 tied to the frame behind the airbox where the excess plumbing used to live, I figure I should not need these often so they are tied with wire to keep them secure (I figure cable ties would probably melt from exhaust heat.

Anyone found any other useful p[laces on the 950 to hide stuff?


**I made up two robust caps from Delrin (hard plastic) off cuts as I had already had one can empty itself into the toolbox after the original cap collapsed, these can be seen as the 2 white round things at forefront of picture.

Great idea, I am going to do the same. I have a tow rope, two spare tubes and some rags hidden in the upper fairing sections (with the indicators mounted on them). the black plastic sections hold the tubes in place when screwed back down. A bit of a pain to get to, but as I said these are just my back up ones...
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Where Did The Pics Go?

I sure would like to see what everyone is talking about. where did the pix go?
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