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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-06-2010, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Travel tool kit...

Hello again!

I'm riding from Columbus, Ohio to Louisville, Ky tomorrow to spend the weekend working and with some friends. This is a nice preliminary run for my ride to D.C. at the end of this month and I'm super excited (and worried about the POOG issue that I still haven't resolved).

However, as all good riders should, I'm re-evaluating my travel tool kit before I go and I was hoping some of you with more experience with our bike can advise me. So far, I have the following:

Flat & Phillip's head screw drivers
Rachet
10 mm socket
10 mm wrench
Gator Grip socket
Adjustable wrench
Zip Ties

These have served me well since I started riding this bike and I have found very little I can't do with this kit. Can anyone think of anything I'm overlooking or suggest any alternatives or better options? I really appreciate all your input.

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1995 VN 750 (bought as 2nd owner 11/2008)
26,440 miles
MF Battery
Stator replaced (55 Days!)
V&H Cruisers
Relocate rear turn signals
Highwayman Saddlemen bags
Wingerline Highway bars
Ear Shave
Rejet carbs
R/R relocate
Coastered
Kuryakin ISO Duallys all around
HD Heritage seat
12" ape hangers

To Do:
Some sort of new grips
Mirrors
Paint Job- should I do it myself?
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You never know when you might need some duct tape.
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mechanics wire, to tie stuff up. I had to tie my heat shield up. It finally fell off I then tied to the tent with bungie strap. Oh yeah, bungie straps of different sizes.

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Both good suggestions. I don't have mechanic's wire, but I will shortly. And the duct tape.. how could I forget?! Added

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"Vanessa"
1995 VN 750 (bought as 2nd owner 11/2008)
26,440 miles
MF Battery
Stator replaced (55 Days!)
V&H Cruisers
Relocate rear turn signals
Highwayman Saddlemen bags
Wingerline Highway bars
Ear Shave
Rejet carbs
R/R relocate
Coastered
Kuryakin ISO Duallys all around
HD Heritage seat
12" ape hangers

To Do:
Some sort of new grips
Mirrors
Paint Job- should I do it myself?
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I had to use a piece of fence wire.

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Just a few things I can think of for self rescue.

Spare fuses and light bulbs.
AA minimag flashlight with spare batteries.
slip joint pliers with a couple of feet of electrical tape wrapped around each handle.

Tire repair plugs, (Think outside the box in an emergency. A friend had to scrounge up a wood screw from locals down in southern Utah, to screw into a leaking puncture, then had to ride 200 miles before finding an open tire repair shop. He now carries a few screws with him when riding.)

1 or 2 tire inflation methods, ie. 12V pump and CO2 cartridges
8' of 16 or 18 gauge wire.
5 or 6" wire cutting pliers
spark plug wrench
2-3 pair of latex gloves. (don`t want to put greasy hands back into leather riding gloves.)
Paper towels,
wet wipes
Swiss Army knife
15' light rope or parachute cord.
small magnet on collapsible handle.
mechanics mirror on handle
Moly60 for rear spline lube in case of tire repair or replacement.
Multimeter

What you carry will be determined to a great extent by what experience you have and what repairs you feel competent to carry out on the road.

Some here will say all you need to have is a membership card for a towing service and a cell phone.

Previous thread link: https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9045

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Relocated R/R
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Fiamm Freeway Blaster horns
F&S luggage rack and engine guard
Kury Offset Hiway pegs
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I plan on bringing two LED flare lights and two orange safety triangles that are folding once i get my hard bags on. They wont take up much space and if I am on the side of the rode..i want the daytime illumination of triangles and night time led illumination.
I like the Duct tape idea...i once duct taped an audi clutch shift linkage when it broke and rode for weeks like that until saved up the money.

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Ventura guards
MadStadt mount
Givi windshield/Heated grips
Backoff
Riderbeads
Givi 52 topcase
Pat Walsh Crash bars skid plate
OEM centerstand
Headlight modulator
Battery tender
Aquarium thermometer with forward probe mount
Admore LED Lighting/Givi E36N panniers

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OlHoss mentioned a tire repair kit. I suggest you buy the Stop & Go Pocket Tire Plugger plus CO2 Inflation kit, available HERE (second one down). I've used this and it's EASY! And effective.

Better yet, might I suggest you fill your tires with Ride-On tire protector. This will help prevent flats in the first place, and will keep your tires balanced. Of all the problems you can have riding long distance, a flat tire is perhaps the most frequent and possibly the most dangerous.

The second most frequent potential problem riding long distance is running out of gas. I take a small empty bottle of STP fuel treatment and fill it with gas. This is enough to make it a couple of miles to the next gas station if you were unfortunate enough to run out of gas. Yet it's not enough to be really dangerous storing in a zip-lock freezer bag inside your luggage.

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Great suggestions and definitely some additions that I'll make to my kit. Unfortunately, not before my Louisville trip this morning

Thanks to all for the input. Giving me some great insight.

NIL ILLEGITIMUS CARBORUNDUM

Phil aka Art
"Vanessa"
1995 VN 750 (bought as 2nd owner 11/2008)
26,440 miles
MF Battery
Stator replaced (55 Days!)
V&H Cruisers
Relocate rear turn signals
Highwayman Saddlemen bags
Wingerline Highway bars
Ear Shave
Rejet carbs
R/R relocate
Coastered
Kuryakin ISO Duallys all around
HD Heritage seat
12" ape hangers

To Do:
Some sort of new grips
Mirrors
Paint Job- should I do it myself?
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Your wits! Keep them about you the WHOLE time!!!

Be safe and have fun brother. Try to get some pics along the way....
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