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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-26-2009, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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What Tools?

Question: Since my '89 VN750 didn't come with the tool set that they apparently come with, I have no idea what tools should be in it. So...what tools should I collect and put in the tail box to carry around?

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Analog Voltmeter
PFIII Windshield
RAM GPS Mount w/Garmin GPS
Cigarette Lighter Power Adapter
Saddlemen's Classic Explorer Seat
Pro-Tac Driver's Backrest
LED Tail Light
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I would at the very least make sure I had a socket to fit the spark plugs.
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You can buy the original set at cheapcycleparts.com

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i think you need a 10mm socket for the seat to get to the battery, a philipshead and a flat head screwdriver, socket for the spark plugs, rachet...... anything else you think you will need or want.... i also have 2 different tire gauges and a small continuity tester in there... i dont take many far trips so when i do i actually throw one of my tool kits in a book bag so i have more than the basics...
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i carry a 10 12 14mmand 18mm deep 3/8 drive 6,8,10mm 1/4 drive a ratchet that extends longer and a ratchet that has both 1/4 and 3/8... a couple 1/4 and 3/8 extensions the wobbly kind, a 8 10 12 14 17mm open box end wrenches i also carry a vom a couple screw drivers and a pair of vice grips and a crecent wrench it all fits in a little bag i keep in my saddle bag in that bag is also jb weld zip ties duct tape bugee cords and a couple wratchet straps i carry in the same saddle bag... with my spare helmet...



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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:
sparkplug wrench
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

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MF-AGM battery
Fiamm Freeway Blaster horns
F&S luggage rack and engine guard
Kury Offset Hiway pegs
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i also suggest putting some extra fuses and light bulbs in you tool kit/bag..you never know when they'll decide to blow.





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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:
sparkplug wrench
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 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 tubeing.)
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

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 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


with all that I think you could put my stator in on the side of the road!

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42,000 miles
Rick's stator and rr
Tuxedo stator cover mod
pickup coil mod
dampers replaced
agm m/f battery
Harley sportster exhaust, degoated
Hid conversion
splines lubed
custom "vn750.com" grill cover
NGK Iridium spark plugs


acct to mcct mod https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17917

rekeying locks, https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7309

stator replacement walkthrough, https://www.vn750.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11369
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Tools? You don need no steekeen tools.








(the only tool in the Kaw bag that was of any use was the spark plug wrench)

Do a search on Cruztools...they sell quality aftermarket tool pouches.

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I really like the booster cable idea.

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