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I've always liked to be as self sufficient as possible and I'm putting together my emergency kit to live in my saddlebag. Contents so far: military grade compact IFAK style first aid kit, rain gear, tool kit (to be assembled, definitely open to suggestions there), cable lock for helmets, chapstick, knife and flashlight, and of course insurance and registration. Bear in mind I'm a daily bike commuter.

What lives on your bike for the unforeseen? Any suggestions for tools or gear that may not be so obvious to some? Spare parts? Special tools? Good luck charms?
 

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Metro Commuters would carry less / different items.
Colledge Students might/would carry different items.
As a rural / twistee back road rider, I carry the following:
My put together kit includes:

Hand Gun often in Vest
Spare Ignition Key (hidden)
Spare Fuses in Junction/Fuse Box
A Cheap Multi-Meter w/Test Leads
Riding Gloves
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Tire Plug Kit
Leatherman
A compact LED Flashlight w/Fresh Batteries
Long Nose pliers
#2 Phillips Screw Driver
Med. Tip Flat Screwdriver
Razor Knife
Electrical Tape
After Market (Purchased) MC Toolkit ...which includes:
8, 10, 11, 12, & 14 mm six point sockets - 1/4" Drive with(new design) universal breaker bar...added Double Open End 8/9mm, 10/11mm, 12/14mm Wrenches, plus a 13mm Box/Open end wrench.
Cargo Net (Walmart Bicycle dept.)
Couple of Bungie cords
Ink Pen & Marker w/ Notepad
Tampax (survival Fire starter) with Waterproof Matches/Matchbox
Extra cig. Lighter (Bic)
Couple Bottles of Water
Scrap Electrical Wire ? 36" ?
I need to add a roll of Duct Tape !
I need to add Tire Inflation equipment !
No RainGear as of yet

This once pretty much filled my Tank Bag...now carried in one SaddleBag. When needed, I also have a backpack which I strap onto SissyBar.
Oh yeah, I have added my old (chipped tooth) Damper/Balance Gear for a kickstand plate (Is that what are they called ? ?)
 

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With all that shoved into your saddlebags, I doubt there's room for anything else. Might as well call them safety bags or the bags with emergency gear I hope I never have to use but wish I had room for other stuff bags. ;)

Guess I should add that I don't carry anything more than the tool kit and manual with me. If the bike breaks down, then roadside assistance will take care of the rest.
 

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Yeah, I carry a AAA card as well.

Might as well call them safety bags or the bags with emergency gear I hope I never have to use but wish I had room for other stuff bags.
My MY, aren't you fired up tonite !

Note: List may appear long, but actual space needed is minimal....and the weight < /= your twelve pack.

Also, I have not had the need to carry anything else ! (other stuff)

What "other" stuff might you need to carry ? Coats, Jackets, Work Clothes ?

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With all that shoved into your saddlebags, I doubt there's room for anything else. Might as well call them safety bags or the bags with emergency gear I hope I never have to use but wish I had room for other stuff bags. ;)

Guess I should add that I don't carry anything more than the tool kit and manual with me. If the bike breaks down, then roadside assistance will take care of the rest.
LOL well I have some pretty big saddlebags. So far I'm just missing the tool kit and one bag is still completely empty. I also have a tank bag and a riding backpack as luggage options, so if I want to be I can be quite the pack mule. I'm hoping to piece together a tool kit small enough to fit in the sissy bar compartment.

Size and weight constraints are definitely a biggie, but since I ride every day stuff like the rain gear is nice to have on hand. As far as the "other" category goes I'm just curious what interesting thing find themselves in people's packs that may not be so obvious to the rest of us. For example some people carry weapons (which I wish was available to me here in Maryland, but nope...) and doing so on a motorcycle has its own set of gear-related concerns.
 

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I've got the usual tool kit, knife, duct tape, tire plugs, insurance and manual, 2 flares, etc. etc. However, I do have a jump start pack that also has an air compressor on it, electrical plug in, cig battery plug in, flashlight, jumper cables, etc. I will take it with me on longer trips.
 

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Baling wire
Duct tape
ViseGrips
BIG flat screwdriver
Churchkey
Condom
Hammer
Orange surveyors ribbon
8 oz of quality hooch (for the engine, natch)
Metric dogbone wrench

And yes, I AM serious....
 

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Baling wire
Duct tape
ViseGrips
BIG flat screwdriver
Churchkey
Condom
Hammer
Orange surveyors ribbon
8 oz of quality hooch (for the engine, natch)
Metric dogbone wrench

And yes, I AM serious....
Ok, gotta ask about a couple of those. By hooch I assume you mean whiskey. Forgive my ignorance, but what in the heck does that do for the your motor?

Also, is there a mechanical use for a condom I'm unaware of or is that for personal use? Same kinda goes for the churchkey...
 

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By hooch, I mean any high alcohol booze/shine...it can be used to disinfect a wound, and does wonders in the gas tank for contaminated fuel (a good part of SeaFoam is alcohol)...it binds with water and can help with a bad tankful from Bumfuk, USA when you get stuck in Upper Bumfuk...

A condom can be used to wrap a broken low pressure line...also, can be used for first aid...cut the tip off and its a great sheath for a badly cut finger.

And you ALWAYS cary a churchkey....you can take the tops and bottoms off cans with it to patch an exhaust, use it as a pry tool or even a screwdriver. I have one on my main Keychain.
 

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A gun is a personal choice of course. I rarely take my gun on my commute to work and back.

The stock tool kit or something simular I just consider an item that always goes with the bike (as they sold the bike with one) but see no reason to carry more tools than that unless your are traveling great distances in rural areas.

Yes, I always carry a bottle/can/wine bottle opener too. Don't matter if its bike related, it's just proven a good idea for me to have one.

I always carry a knife....(duh) and the only other items I see a need for is my cell phone and credit card.

Flares,bailing wire, duct tape, multitesters, etc....that's stuff you take if you are touring the whole damn country.....not just going to work.

If you think you need that much stuff, you just have a much different look out on what riding a bike is about than I do.
 

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I think we all have tubeless tires, I picked up this lil ($10) Top Off Slime 12V pump at china-mart and have a tubeless repair kit in my saddlebag... It works great but just goes to 50 psi which is more than required for our bike tires... Just sayin...
Have a good one...Old Dog...
 

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Metro Commuters would carry less / different items.
Colledge Students might/would carry different items.
As a rural / twistee back road rider, I carry the following:
My put together kit includes:

Hand Gun often in Vest
Spare Ignition Key (hidden)
Spare Fuses in Junction/Fuse Box
A Cheap Multi-Meter w/Test Leads
Riding Gloves
____________________________
Tire Plug Kit
Leatherman
A compact LED Flashlight w/Fresh Batteries
Long Nose pliers
#2 Phillips Screw Driver
Med. Tip Flat Screwdriver
Razor Knife
Electrical Tape
After Market (Purchased) MC Toolkit ...which includes:
8, 10, 11, 12, & 14 mm six point sockets - 1/4" Drive with(new design) universal breaker bar...added Double Open End 8/9mm, 10/11mm, 12/14mm Wrenches, plus a 13mm Box/Open end wrench.
Cargo Net (Walmart Bicycle dept.)
Couple of Bungie cords
Ink Pen & Marker w/ Notepad
Tampax (survival Fire starter) with Waterproof Matches/Matchbox
Extra cig. Lighter (Bic)
Couple Bottles of Water
Scrap Electrical Wire ? 36" ?
I need to add a roll of Duct Tape !
I need to add Tire Inflation equipment !
No RainGear as of yet

This once pretty much filled my Tank Bag...now carried in one SaddleBag. When needed, I also have a backpack which I strap onto SissyBar.
Oh yeah, I have added my old (chipped tooth) Damper/Balance Gear for a kickstand plate (Is that what are they called ? ?)
Your toolkit seems pretty complete except for a few items, WT.
I have found that most of the JIS/Phillips screw heads on the bike are better fit with a #3 driver than a #2.

I don't see a 17 mm open/box end wrench. It fits two of the fork tube clinch bolts, and the mirrors. I know that because I needed to tighten my mirrors yesterday. ;)
 

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A gun is a personal choice of course. I rarely take my gun on my commute to work and back.

The stock tool kit or something simular I just consider an item that always goes with the bike (as they sold the bike with one) but see no reason to carry more tools than that unless your are traveling great distances in rural areas.

Yes, I always carry a bottle/can/wine bottle opener too. Don't matter if its bike related, it's just proven a good idea for me to have one.

I always carry a knife....(duh) and the only other items I see a need for is my cell phone and credit card.

Flares,bailing wire, duct tape, multitesters, etc....that's stuff you take if you are touring the whole damn country.....not just going to work.

If you think you need that much stuff, you just have a much different look out on what riding a bike is about than I do.
x2 :smiley_th!
 

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I ride pretty much dayly, eather back and forth to work or just for fun. If you keep up the matince on your bike you should have few problems on the road. All I carry is rain gear and a set of wrenches. I guess I should add a cupple of screw drivers and patch kit opon reading what outhers have posted. These bikes are built so simple that if something tears up on the road it will probably be a catrostrophic failure and you will need a tow home anyway.

Like I said though my main thing is prevention so matince, matince, matince
 

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now....this is older than The Dawg hisself....but....bring a .45 ACP....if all else fails.....



...nice to have a pint of shine (like the kind I gave KC) to ease the pain too....(cranberry)...NYS made...
 

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Don't think anyone mentioned – seems just about the first thing I make sure any of my vehicles has is a tire gauge. Maybe that one just goes without sayin’.
 

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I always have raingear in the saddlebag along with a bungee cord or two....the tool bag that came with the bike is always in the rear compartment with sunglasses and clear safety glasses for at night.
for my usual daily commute I carry.....money...and a cell phone.

I never needed more than that
 

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The most important tool to me is common sense. That'll getcha outta most any bind...
....i.e. if ya break down, send yer lady to get beer, then send her to get assistance/parts....find a nice shady spot on the shoulder, and relax...depending on where ya are, have her get takeout too...
 

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My main tools are a Leatherman, wire crimper/cutter, spare wire, electrical tape, FUSES, 10 and 12 mm wrenches, screwdrivers, spare bulbs and locking pliers.
 
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