Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Eastern Alberta
A dumb question about the tool kit
So the other day I rides up to a red light and my engine decelerates past idle and just keeps on decel'ing and foo foo's to a stop. My quick mind figgers out there is no electrical pressure in the system. I pushes the KLR over the curb and across the lawn to a shady back service lane behind the strip mall ( try THAT with your 1800 Gold Wing...) ...
I do my maintenance in the shop at home with the shop tools. I try to avoid doing maintenance on the road side after stuff quits or breaks... but batteries... "we never own too many engines, we only own too many batteries" (Peter Egan writing in Cycle World)
I unlimber my tool kit...planning to check the battery connections, clean them up, hopefully bump start and be on my way in true overland adventure fashion. Now the KLR tools aren't quite the quality of the kit that came with my Gold Wing, but they should be generally sufficient for emergency use...but wasn't I surprised to find there is no 8mm tool that fits the side cover bolts...huh?
I find that stupid little squared off double ended wrench. It's "8mm" end must be US 8mm or something (just kidding) because it isn't 8 mm until I grind it open to 8mm ...and it would be stupid to try to use to remove the side covers...but might have worked...
Did I manage to lose the 8mm socket tool that would be the logical tool to remove the side covers?
Or is this another marketing mystery of the current times... ship a bike without a tool to remove a standard maintenance panel...?