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post #1 of 5 Old 06-27-2014, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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Tools to carry on bike

Anything special a guy can carry on his bike that would be good to have?
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-27-2014, 10:03 PM
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Factory tool kit (if Generation 2, add socket to remove/replace side panels), tire-changing and inflating means, patches and/or spare tube(s) (front, if carrying only one tube).

The list can go on infinitely from there, depending upon the level of maintenance one expects to perform while on the road/trail.
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Adding the obvious, I know, but just in case:
There are far better quality tools than the original ones so I recommend replacing the tools with better stuff. The time to round off a fastener is not during an emergency back woods repair, IMO.

Another is to do each service operation at least once using only the tools carried. I've been wrenching professionally for going on 55 years and still face palm over how I can forget or overlook some critical aspect.

Adding a small tube of valve lapping compound can make all the difference in removing a rounded or slipping fastener.

A small triangular file can be handy as it will do for larger filing given time. One can file two or three slots into the threads of a screw to make a thread chaser to straighten out threads damaged during backing out of a loose screw.

A hackswaw blade can also be very handy, if only for shortening a too long replacement screw. A voltmeter can be useful but bulky. One can pull a dash mounted meter or add some wire to use as a hand held tester. I do like to carry a #194 bulb and socket as a test light because the bulb can also be used in the dash. A "12 volt" LED with lead wires can be handy for quick testing & polarity while taking almost zero space.

This is a subject which can occupy hours over pie and coffee.
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Anything special a guy can carry on his bike that would be good to have?
Based on my failures so far, I'd at least take enough to change a tube and take the tank off (to get at the electrical).

But I'm one of those guys that pretty much carries my entire working-on-the-bike toolkit with me.
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