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Old 04-18-2008, 04:53 AM   #1
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You're going on a remote trip on your airhead...what spares do you take?

Heading to do Colorado, Utah, and Nevada TAT, then Baja and Mexico mainland, then up through New Mexico on the Shadow of the Rockies trail this summer. I'll be on the road for a month. Aside from lots and lots of water I plan on bringing along:
  • spare clutch and throttle cables
  • spare air filter
  • fuel filters
  • spark plugs
  • one spark plug wire
  • inner tubes and patches
  • full tool kit
  • spare headlight bulb/indicator bulbs
  • pump
  • ???
What would you add to this list for bike related repairs/maintenance? The bike is an 84 R80g/s, the one in the "Unholy Union" thread, and it has the Omega charging system, fyi.

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Old 04-18-2008, 05:11 AM   #2
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Alternator rotor, removal tool, and diode board.
Carrying these parts will almost guarantee that you won't need them and that, I think, is the point.
I carried a spare rotor and tool for years on my 90s. Never used it on my bike but fixed a few others by the side of the road.
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Old 04-18-2008, 05:14 AM   #3
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If it's really remote I'd take an extra liquor bottle.

I'm not sure I would waste the space with an air filter.

small tire levers?
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Old 04-18-2008, 05:19 AM   #4
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I mostly am concerned about charging system failures, so carry a spare rotor, regulator, diode board, and brushes along with Rick Jones book and a little meter. I often do carry a clutch cable and plugs. The spare plug wire sounds like a good idea. A spare air filter I'd plan on buying along the way. The spare I've used the most is fuel line, though only once on my bike but at least twice on other folks. Have fun.
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Old 04-18-2008, 05:23 AM   #5
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If it's really remote I'd take an extra liquor bottle.

I'm not sure I would waste the space with an air filter.

small tire levers?
I have three tire levers, two long ones and one short one, and have practiced taking off my tires, so that's covered.

I was wondering about the air filter, too. Ive never ridden through so much dust and stuff, so I thought it might be a good thing to take along. Anyone have a lot of experience in this area?

And the liquor bottle? I will be carrying the small flask my wife gave me, to be refilled with single malt at regular intervals, Oban if available
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Old 04-18-2008, 05:25 AM   #6
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I mostly am concerned about charging system failures, so carry a spare rotor, regulator, diode board, and brushes along with Rick Jones book and a little meter. I often do carry a clutch cable and plugs. The spare plug wire sounds like a good idea. A spare air filter I'd plan on buying along the way. The spare I've used the most is fuel line, though only once on my bike but at least twice on other folks. Have fun.
Fuel line...yes.

As for the charging system, I'm embarassed to say I dont know much about it. Since the PO installed the omega system, Ive never had any issues (part of that system is the updated diode board), or bothered to learn about it. Duh...
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Old 04-18-2008, 05:25 AM   #7
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I've had a few X -country trips myself on a /5.
Air filters and fuel filters, probably safe to leave those at home.
One thing that come up for me was center and side stand springs. Lot of up and down on the stands over the course of trip like that. DuctTape and super glue is always a good thing to have. Motoelectic has a full spare bulb kit with fuses that comes in handy. Also a pair of small vice grips in the tool kit always comes in handy.
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Old 04-18-2008, 05:40 AM   #8
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You could take spare indicators, but 1157's are ubiquitous and less than $2 a pop. They wont stop your trip if one blows.

throttle springs, or something to fake them with.

A collection of nuts and bolts that are likely to rattle off.

bailing wire.

Malindi's got a great list.
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Old 04-18-2008, 06:22 AM   #9
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Hi,

Hey, didn't we have that topic before ... ?

Your list:
spare clutch and throttle cables - Yes.
spare air filter - No. It's paper: Just clean it from time to time when your're in dusty areas. See http://jhau.maliwi.de/mot/2007tun/20070324T172120-j.jpg

fuel filters - No. When in doubt, change them before the trip.
spark plugs - Yes. Make sure they are working (i.e. no brandnew ones)
one spark plug wire - maybe. Maybe not
inner tubes and patches - yes. Make sure the patches are fresh. The tire levers will fit in the central tube of the frame
full tool kit - yes. Don't forget the tool to adjust head bearings.
spare headlight bulb/indicator bulbs - Headlight and tail/brake light, yes! They won't stop you if they fail, but they are lightweight (hint: some people store the spares in the cockpit shell). Indicator bulbs - optional, since you can always take the least important one (front right in countries where you drive on the right side of the road) to replace another one, until you find a spare.
pump - yes, and/or CO2 cartridges. And a small-sized tire pressure metering device.

I'd add:
- carburetor bowl seal (the cork ones)
- carburetor membranes (old ones are OK)
- spare lever for clutch & brake
- spare fuses
- one fork seal
- spare "idiot light" bulb - 12V, 3W (!!), it's small and light, but not easy to find ;-)
- electric test lamp
- pocket multimeter ... provided you know how to handle it
- spokes?
- a set of rubber rings (can be cut from old tubes). They can fit Stagehand's requirements for spare springs :-)
- a set of "miscellaneous" nuts'n'bolts
- Some epoxy stuff for repairing unwanted holes
- duct tape
- zip ties in various sizes (the solid ones please)
- pocket knife or similar tool

NOT to add:
- Heavy stuff that rarely fails, e.g. alternator rotor. It's too heavy to take along - just make sure that you have a spare at home and someone can send it out quickly on demand (same for the driveshaft on Paralever GS!)
- brake liners - just check & replace before the trip
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Old 04-18-2008, 06:44 AM   #10
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+1 on Joerg's list, one addition...

SPARE VALVE COVE!!!
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your bike is suitably dirty. Well done.
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SPARE VALVE COVE!!!
No. Or, only if you have the thin-walled round covers. Otherwise that is covered by "some epoxy stuff for repairing unwanted holes"

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Old 04-18-2008, 07:27 AM   #12
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Hey, didn't we have that topic before ... ?

Yeah, or at least something very similar to it .

I was thinking that the inclusion of "remote" in the thread title might elicit some alternate responses.

Thanks for all the ideas (where is Malindi's list? I did a search in his threads and didnt see it )

Any special recommendations for so much off-road travel as I expect to do?
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:09 AM   #13
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where is Malindi's list? I did a search in his threads and didnt see it
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:17 AM   #14
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Thanks...I'd seen that list, didnt know that was Malinidi...
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:21 AM   #15
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You could take spare indicators, but 1157's are ubiquitous and less than $2 a pop. They wont stop your trip if one blows.

throttle springs, or something to fake them with.

A collection of nuts and bolts that are likely to rattle off.

bailing wire.

Malindi's got a great list.

i changed all my traditional 1157's to LEDs. that way, you'll never have to worry about replacing them on the road.

I had a brake light go out on my oilhead without my knowledge, after i had replaced it 3 months earlier. the result was that i was almost hit from behind by an SUV. after that ordeal, i spent the extra money, pulled all the old filament bulbs and replaced them with huge LED's that have a much longer life (manufacturers claim they can be on for 11 years constant, and never burn out), and shine 5x brighter than the old 1157's.

i think its worth it in the long run. i'll admit they cost 5x what a traditional bulb costs. i guess it all depends on how frugal you are. for me, its about safety and the aggravation of finding an auto parts store in the middle of your trip. plus, its one less thing to pack.

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