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post #1 of 26 Old 01-20-2016, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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Didn't see a post that encompassed all of what I'm going to ask, so here it is.

What do you pack in your "emergency kit." What I mean by this kit is in ANY emergency. Whether it be a blown tire or a blown appendage of the body.

I am looking at tire repair kits and I think this BikeMaster Tire and Tube Flat Repair Kit - Motorcycle Superstore will work nicely. What do you think? Any experience with it or something better? I haven't changed a tubed tire since I was a kid riding my BMX bike everywhere... I assume it is the same just on a larger tire.

Also, when I ride either of my bikes I ALWAYS carry a trauma kit. Well trained on field trauma and how to handle it and I always have a tourniquet as well as some trauma dressings and blood clot items. Then there is the basic first aid kit for scratches and boo-boos.

Then there is of course a small amount of food and water just in case I get stranded and have to hike my arse out somewhere. The food is something dried and with a lot of calories. Not to mention I have a ton of MRE's from deployments and TDY's/DFT's. Probably throw one of those in the saddle bag just in case.

Anywhere I go I carry a few weapons and lights but we wont go into that. Gotta prepare for worst case scenario!

Anything else you guys and gals carry with you? Anything I should add regarding specifics for the KLR?

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post #2 of 26 Old 01-20-2016, 08:53 PM
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Survival?

I get it!



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Just kidding; survival gear selection and provisioning remain serious issues.

One survival tool I strongly recommend: MINIATURE jump-starter. Here's one I have from Cycle Gear: POD - POD-X4 Jump Starter - Battery Chargers - Batteries - Parts - Cycle Gear

Amazing little device; about the size of a deck of cards, can start a V-8.
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What you have sounds good. Do you have signaling equipment? The tire repair pack looks ok, I would rather have a small compressor of some sort, like the slime one. Not sure those co2 things would put out enough pressure to re-seat a tire. And what if you have a flat and use them all up and then, by chance, have another flat? Just my .02
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The BikeMaster kit has stuff you don't need for a tube type tire and takes up space that you could use for ammunition. I carry a very small little kit you can get at bicycle shops or Walmart. It has four or five patches, a scraper and a small tube of glue. I add a valve core to it.

I don't like the idea of having four co2 cartridges and needing five or a 12 volt pump that can burn out, so I carry a small bicycle pump. Once you open a glue tube they are only good for a few days before they dry out, so I restock at the next town. I usually find room to carry spare tubes because the patches don't seem to last more than a month to a year on the butyl rubber tubes. So, I will replace the tube in the long run anyway and would rather not do it twice.

I carry a short piece of 1" PVC pipe to prop the bike up while the wheel is off, but you can just lay it on its side if necessary. My tire tools fit in the pipe. It was handy to have that pipe in a spot that I could get to for use as a pry bar when my foot was trapped under the bike miles from civilization.

When riding off the beaten path your tool kit, a LED head lamp and a small multimeter could be considered emergency items. A personal locator beacon is also a good idea.
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If you haven't worked on a tubed tire since BMX bikes as a kid, you might want to get some practice with that.

If not, you may well be using your first-aid kit to repair your damaged and bleeding hands in order to turn your weapon on yourself out of frustration.

Working on tires is relatively easy if you have the experience and proper, quality tools for the job. Without either of those, it can be a nightmare in your garage, let alone out in the boonies.

My usual recommendation is to try to find a cheap Chinese tubed dirt bike wheel and rim on eBay or somewhere that approximates the size of the rear tire of the KLR and use it to practice your techniques and to find the tools that work for you. You can practice at your leisure, keeping your KLR ready to bug out and not worrying about scratching up your rims.



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First aid. I usually have bandaids and bandanas so I can cover smaller or larger cuts and abrasions. My first aid training has been updated a few times since Scouting in the '60s but Scouting emphasized working with available materials instead of carrying splints and such.

I usually have water in my tank bag but not usually food. I can find food.

This tool kit is for longer trips. I omit some of it for just riding around but I always have the basics.

1) Repair prop. Hooks on the swingarm for rear wheel removal or on bash plate for front wheel.

2) Zippered pouch slides into tool tube. Shows both sizes of inner-tubes plus zip ties.

3) Bicycle pump. Goes in tool tube. I sometimes carry a 12V pump but prefer the quiet of the hand pump even if it is dirty work.

4) Tire Irons. Go in tool tube. I really like the Motion Pro Bead Pro irons. I'm ready to stop carrying the longer one shown under the Bead Pros but still find it handy with Heidenau K60 tires.

5) Patches, glue, sandpaper. Go in tool tube.

6) Cordura pouch with compression strap plus zippered net pouch. The little tools all go into the net pouch. The net pouch plus the big wrenches and pliers go into the bigger pouch.

7) quarter-inch-drive ratchet with extensions, universal-joint, and 3/8 adapter. The sockets are 1/4", 8, 10, 12, 14, and 17mm. The 17mm socket required the 3/8 adapter.

8) Open wrenches. 17/14, 12/10, & 13/8. I have taken better wrenches in the past, but usually take these small ones .

9) Spark-plug wrench, pliers and wrench.

10) Allen wrenches

11) Quarter-inch hex screwdriver and ratchet and lots of bits including Allen bits and torqs.

12) Nuts & bolts.

Not shown is a extra-small multimeter that goes in the stock toolbox along with items 13, 14, and 15.

13) Fuses, bullet connectors, Posi-lok repair connectors, wire. This wire is so that if all my added wiring fails I can still power the electric jacket. This went in the stock toolbox. Not shown: little roll of electrical tape in there too.

There are also 3 pieces of wire in the handlebar. They are as long as I could get into the handlebar and still get the handguards on.

14) Headlight in pipe insulation. Goes in stock toolbox.

15) Taillight in film can. Stock toolbox.

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Idaho?

Survival?

I get it!



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Just kidding; survival gear selection and provisioning remain serious issues.

One survival tool I strongly recommend: MINIATURE jump-starter. Here's one I have from Cycle Gear: POD - POD-X4 Jump Starter - Battery Chargers - Batteries - Parts - Cycle Gear

Amazing little device; about the size of a deck of cards, can start a V-8.
Hahah, we have some superb trails and mountains up here. Let me know when you want to partake! Definitely need a trauma pack for some of the mountains we have here... Hike a ton of it and it can be pretty rough and deceiving.

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If you haven't worked on a tubed tire since BMX bikes as a kid, you might want to get some practice with that.

If not, you may well be using your first-aid kit to repair your damaged and bleeding hands in order to turn your weapon on yourself out of frustration.

Working on tires is relatively easy if you have the experience and proper, quality tools for the job. Without either of those, it can be a nightmare in your garage, let alone out in the boonies.

My usual recommendation is to try to find a cheap Chinese tubed dirt bike wheel and rim on eBay or somewhere that approximates the size of the rear tire of the KLR and use it to practice your techniques and to find the tools that work for you. You can practice at your leisure, keeping your KLR ready to bug out and not worrying about scratching up your rims.
Pretty solid recommendation. I'll see what I can find. Have a bunch of buddies that ride strictly dirt bike so I'll see about working on their tires if/when they get a flat too.

Great info from each of the posters so far! I wasn't sure about the CO2 cannisters but I will definitely look for a hand pump as a backup or a small compressor. As far as adding tools to my stock tool bag, that is already in the works. There will be a trip to Lowe's for some additional tools as to not take any from my garage. As far as lights/signalling lights, I ALWAYS carry lights on me. My profession, if you don't have a flashlight on you then you may as well go home.

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One of the emergency devices I used to carry was a SPOT Satellite Messenger. I got it for a long trip up to Canada and Alaska. There were a million places where, if you went off the road, no one would ever find you. Everything went well on that trip. However, I actually got to trigger the emergency signal on the Cherohala Skyway in North Carolina a number of years ago. There's no cell service up there. One of the guys in our group had a head-on with another motorcyclist and they both needed some help. First a Ranger showed up in about 30 minutes and then he called other emergency responders. So it worked. Otherwise, you can let people track your location and progress and send predetermined messages. On my long trip, I had one message that simply told my family I was done riding and off the road for the day. I still have the unit but havenít renewed the subscription in several years. Still, I think its a good emergency tool and helpful if your family wants to keep track of you when on trips.

SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger
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One of the emergency devices I used to carry was a SPOT Satellite Messenger. I got it for a long trip up to Canada and Alaska. There were a million places where, if you went off the road, no one would ever find you. Everything went well on that trip. However, I actually got to trigger the emergency signal on the Cherohala Skyway in North Carolina a number of years ago. There's no cell service up there. One of the guys in our group had a head-on with another motorcyclist and they both needed some help. First a Ranger showed up in about 30 minutes and then he called other emergency responders. So it worked. Otherwise, you can let people track your location and progress and send predetermined messages. On my long trip, I had one message that simply told my family I was done riding and off the road for the day. I still have the unit but havenít renewed the subscription in several years. Still, I think its a good emergency tool and helpful if your family wants to keep track of you when on trips.

SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger
I've been wanting one of these actually. I almost bought one on a 45mi hike trip my buddy and I did a couple years ago but for some reason didn't pull the trigger. I think the membership was like $50 a year or something.

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This is what I carry. Along with a shitload of tools, pump, spare tubes, etc. etc........ No wonder I only get about 45mpg. "It makes me feel better, tho."





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