Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
The tools in the Kawi set are notoriously cheap. I`m looking at the set that came with my `91 vn a year ago. It contains the following:
1/4" drive ratchet wrench with a 2", and 4" long extensions, and a 10mm regular socket
1 pair of 5 3/8" long, slip joint pliers
2 open end wrenches: a 14 mm/17 mm, and a 10 mm/12 mm combination
a 3 1/2" long #3 Philips head screwdriver bit, (with no handle. I`m not sure if I ever found a use for this bit on the bike last summer or not??)
I`m adding a few tools as I go along, namely:
a 6" adjustable crescent wrench
5 1/2" visegrip pliers
5 or 6" set of wire sidecutter pliers
a better set of 6", insulated, slip joint pliers
an accurate tire pressure gauge
4" flat blade, and 4" Philips #2 blade screwdrivers
small skinny flat blade screwdriver for scrapeing, cleaning, poking etc.
a washer thick enough to fit the groove on the side cover screws. Grind one edge flat to use as a screwdriver blade on same.
10' of 16 gauge automotive wire
two or three electrical tape roll ends. (10' or so on each roll, easier to use and can flatten roll for more compact storage.)
a set of homemade motorcycle booster cables. (8-10' of 14 or 16 gauge lamp/extension cord, two sets of 3" long battery charger clamps, four-3" long pieces of heat shrink tubing.)
6' of clear plastic siphon hose, 5/16" ID
one or two pieces of small diameter rope or cord, 10-15' long.
(I think we have some 5 or 6 mm allen head bolts on the vn too. I`ll eventually throw in some allen wrenches to match.)
Swiss army knife
pencil and paper
I`m still adding things, and both bigrep and seebeeare`s kits mention items that I will eventually carry too.
If you don`t have a Kawi sparkplug wrench, you will want a thinwall Craftsman 18mm, deepset socket to remove sparkplugs from the tube. A regular deepset or sparkplug socket is usually too thick to fit in the tube. I suggest you take a plug and tube with you to check fit, when you buy socket.
I suggest using the tools you carry on the bike to do your regular maintenance. You are then familiar with what you have, and how to use them. You can add tools as you identify a need, and also learn what to do, and how to do it. There is no reason to carry a bunch of tools that you don`t know how to use.
If your tools won`t get you home, then it`s time to reach for the cell phone. Hope this helps. Hoss
Last edited by OlHossCanada; 09-20-2009 at 03:17 PM.