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05-10-2010 12:24 PM
artemis_f0wl More great input! Thanks to all! I especially like the idea of the extra bottle of scotch

I made the trip without incident, except for the disappointing gas mileage. I had a small kit with me just in case but there was no need at all. She rode like a dream!

I like the thought of "trusting the bike". That's great, and makes a good argument for minimizing an emergency kit. However, defecation occurs and I'd rather be prepared to handle minimal issues, so I think a small list of essentials is a wise choice. And with the size of the bags I got on this thing, the small tool kit was barely noticeable.

Great stuff. I'll post again with my updated kit shortly.
05-09-2010 09:22 PM
Ron_G One thing I might add is a roll of Silicone tape. Unlike duct tape (or other conventional tape for that matter) is that it fuses to itself rather than using adhesive so it can tape up a busted radiator hose and be used to fuse bare wires.

05-08-2010 12:41 PM
hyperbuzzin I also keep a couple small pairs of vise-grips.
These came in handy when my shift lever bolt fell out.....

Something else to consider is a tube of (powdered) radiator repair (for emergency use only!!) and some fast curing 2 part epoxy putty.
05-08-2010 12:41 PM
Originally Posted by KIMMERLING View Post
Always trust the bike.


Now that is deep. Simplicity ..in a world thats complicated...overinformed..and easily distracting. I dig it man.
My motorcycling motto.

The real issue with taking loads of tools with you on a long trip is you really do not know what might go wrong so you end up packing 20 pounds of metal you may not ever use.

And after a lifetime of riding, I can safely say the likelyhood that the one thing you will end up needing is the one thing you either never thought of, or the one thing you forgot.
You can get lost in "what ifs" ...perhaps the clutch cable might break, better pack a spare. Better take extra levers, or perhpas an extra throttle tube. what if the headlight burns out...gotta take and extra bulb... So where does it end?

If you have been maintaining the bike properly it should not need any assistance, your just taking up space with heavy tools that you could have used for more clothes or that extra bottle of scotch.

Trust the bike.

Keep in mind that the members of this group are scattered accross the whole country, so realisticly it makes more sence to post your route and get names and phone numbers of members along the way if you feel you might need some kind of insisitance. The FJR group I belong to has a downloadable list of members names and locations who volunteered to be on "The Help List" if some other member finds himself stranded somewhere.

A cell phone with internet connection would be the best tool you could own as it can be used to post your cry for help right on the forum. A pair of vice grips can't do that.

05-08-2010 12:37 AM
OlHossCanada It is too late for this trip, but here is a list of stuff gYpSy Michelle takes when camping.
Not many tools, per se, but things to consider.

edit: link didn`t work the first time, or I forgot to post it. My bad.
05-07-2010 05:08 PM
KIMMERLING Always trust the bike.


Now that is deep. Simplicity ..in a world thats complicated...overinformed..and easily distracting. I dig it man.
05-07-2010 04:27 PM
Knifemaker Tools? We don need no steeking tools.

Actually the stock tool kit is really all you need, (if you have one)... plus... A credit card, cell phone, and Ride On in the tires is all I carried tool wise. If the bike is good repair it should make the trip without stuff breaking or falling off......If it is not in good repair, you likely should not be riding it that far in the first place.

Always trust the bike.

05-07-2010 10:09 AM
LibertyPilot Your wits! Keep them about you the WHOLE time!!!

Be safe and have fun brother. Try to get some pics along the way....
05-07-2010 09:09 AM
artemis_f0wl 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.
05-07-2010 03:00 AM
rubyrick 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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