|06-25-2014, 03:10 PM||#317|
Joined: Jan 2014
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
T9 left/right controls housingTorx Socket
E8 gear shifter lever.Wrench
8mm Brake/Clutch Levers, air boxAllen Head
2mm Lever Bite point adjustOther
Tire Irons TiresScrewDriver
Philips Turn signal, licence plate blub covers, barkbusters
Thus my on the bike toolkit:
BMW Underseat 17mm Wrench(All the above crams into a little bag that just barely fits under the rear of the seat where the alarm would be)
If I'm actually going somewhere with bags I also have with me the bulky stuff:
Tire Iron 11 Inch, Set of 2About the only thing I think I'm really missing is a spark-plug socket. While I think it would be good to have if I going to attempt water crossings (which I haven't even come across yet in BC), its seems like a serious PITA to get at the plugs anyways.
|06-26-2014, 06:26 AM||#318|
Joined: Feb 2014
Location: Moncton, NB
Wow - nice, thanks!
Just went and picked up a tool pouch, so will start going through my tools/sockets and assemble myself a set! (got and MOD skid plate and the toolbox that attaches to it).
Thanks again - appreciate it!
2014 BMW F800GS
|08-28-2014, 05:10 PM||#319|
Joined: May 2014
|08-28-2014, 07:04 PM||#320|
Joined: Dec 2012
Location: San Diego
|08-29-2014, 06:36 AM||#321|
Joined: Feb 2009
As far as torx goes, pick up a set of the correct driver bits and a conventional socket which the driver bits fit into. You can easily eliminate 1lb. of useless metal, at least. This will also allow you to properly torque any fittings whenever you get a chance, later, to have access to a torque wrench. A folding single tool with various torx keys is not going to allow you to do this.
Make sure you have a PDF of your manual on your phone. That copy of your manual weighs nothing.
Learn how to bypass both your sidestand switch and your fuel pump controller. Carry those instructions as a PDF on your smartphone. You can make a plug and play fuel pump bypass very easily.
Depending on the type of portable air pump you have, a set of bike battery jumper cables (easy to make) can do double duty as the power source for the air pump. I gutted a cheapo Chinese plastic covered air pump from a grocery store, took off the useless pressure guage and sealed that opening, and presto! For less than 10 bucks a pump that will inflate a tire in less than 5 mins. Takes up next to no room and hangs off the footpeg.
Alcohol base hand cleaner can be used for both clean up and to "wash" your hands after visiting the convenient shttr behind the cactus or a Pemex with no soap.
Don't forget the best tool for you body is fresh water, make sure you are carrying at least a liter, in the aforementioned Camelback set up or in any other container.
|09-23-2014, 04:59 PM||#322|
Joined: Feb 2013
Location: NOVA, not by choice.
This is what I carry
Mine is based off of others recommendations in this and other threads. I have all hex and torx bits because it came as a kit. I use 3/8 sockets because I like full size tools, along with the wrenches. List is incomplete and always changing.
T8, Left control housing
T15, Grip pins
T20, Throttle assembly
T25, Fairings, Control, Body work
T30, Muffler mount, Signals, Motor chassis, Rotor
T40, Triple clamp, Brake pivot, Rear rotor, Brake line
T40S, Ignition antenna
T45, Body, Exhaust mount, Fork axle pinch bolts, Controls
T50, Chassis bolts, Kickstand
T55, Upper Shock Bolt, Engine mount bolts
2.5mm, Wunderlich adjustable shifter
3mm, Pezzo levers, Wunderlich adjustable shifter
4mm, Alt Rider engine guard, Wunderlich adjustable shifter
5mm, HDB, Alt Rider engine guard
6mm, Wolfman racks
10mm, Oil plug
3/8" Sliding T-handle
Socket 6 pt
16mm or 5/8" thin wall, Spark plug
10mm, Wunderlich adjustable shifter
13mm, Bash plate
17mm, Front axle
24mm, Rear axle
E8, Gear shift lever
E10, Handlebar clamps
E12, Front Caliper brakes
Wrench, combo 12pt
8mm, Brake/Clutch Levers, Air box
11mm, Brake nipples, Ram mount
12mm, Valve stem
13mm, Chain tension
17mm, Mirrors, Front axle
JB Weld Steel Stick
JB Weld Plastic Weld
Tire levers x 2
Valve stem core tool fish
2oz Hand cleaner
Brilliance is simply the art of planning ahead.
She's meanness set to music and the bitch is born to run!
I'm a fuel injected suicide machine.
70East screwed with this post 11-24-2014 at 09:59 PM Reason: Adjusted, work in process.
|11-24-2014, 08:56 PM||#323|
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: The great state of confusion
Nice list .............
I found out the other day that a 1/4" extension is required to remove the Idle Air Control Solenoid...
Prior to that discovery I'd just been carrying a 3/8" extension and a 1/4" - 3/8" adapter but that doesn't work for the IAC solinoid as there is not enough clearance between solenoid housing and centerline of torq fasteners to allow the 3/8" adapter to fit ...
|11-25-2014, 10:12 PM||#324|
Joined: Sep 2005
Location: Sunny PDX
Could you post up pics of these tool kits and how you carry them? I bought one of those plastic tubes that quickly broke off when I went off-road.
|11-26-2014, 08:33 AM||#325|
Joined: Feb 2009
The tool tube is overrated other than as some kind of attention getter in a Starbuck's parking lot.
As you noted, yours broke.
If they don't do that, somebody somewhere outside of the USA will definitely be curious about it and find a way to open it before you can return from taking a leak at a Pemex.
Besides, you are likely to overload it and carry more weight up high.
Some people even find a way to strap on two of them! The same people that used to paint their name and their girlfriends name on the rear axle of their jacked up Camaro back in high school.
There are some carriers on the market that integrate into the skid pan and offer some more protection for the vulnerable oil filter and heat exchanger right beside it.
But be realistic in the tools you really need and can really use for a roadside repair. How much work can you seriously handle on your own? How are you carrying your manual? Or are you going to play the odds of having a decent mechanic stroll past while you are broken down and he just doesn't have his own tools with him?
A decent tool kit can be put together that takes up no more space than half liter bottle of water. That will get you home or to civilization, through in a tire tube if you are an 800 rider.
But all the tools in the world are not going to get you anywhere unless you know how to do some simple bypasses that can be done with a pocket knife.
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