last updated April 19, 2007
I'm a person who measures the conveniences provided by manufacturers
against my own needs.
In my lifetime, I have yet to find any motorcycle tool kit provided
with a bike begins to approach what I consider minimal functional
usefulness. It's understandable since they have to do it cheaply
but that doesn't necessarily help me when I 'm broke down somewhere.
I have also never seen one of them much smaller than the approach I
have taken with the tools I carry that would still actually allow me to
repair my bike or someone elses while on the road.
The best way I have found to build a functional yet small tool kit is
to assemble the tools I have used during my own work on the bike from
my shop tool kit.
I simply don't put them back, instead I accumulate them in the box I
have chosen to be the carry box. Then to ensure that I have only
tools I need, I continue to work only from the carry box adding any
aditional tools only when needed for other work on the bike but that
not yet in my carry box. Then when I've settled in on what I use
normally for the vast majority of the work, I decide which of these are
small enough to carry, or find a smaller version of it, or decide not
carry it unless I'm doing a major trip. For example, a 3/8"
Later I buy whole kit replacements of these items to replenish the shop
and move the remnants to a spare misc tool area in the shop.
To this end I have 4 categories of tools I carry plus long-trip
items. The 4 categories are:
1. Electrical testing and repair
tools and supplies consiting of:
A VOM meter, typically a
cheap HF unit or an old small Microanta analog VOM.
Dykes (wire cutters)
Assortment of crimp
terminals (tool kept in the mini tool box)
Fuses of all types and sizes
(generally multiples of each)
2. Adhesives and tapes (all
unopened) These are stored in an identical sealed plastic box as
the tools and kept in the right side box across the bike from the mini
JB Weld Putty
JB Weld 5 minute
3M brand Duct Tape (stored in a
3M brand Electrical Tape
3. Other general stuff
Ride-On flat tire sealant (not
installed) 2 bottlles (two additional bottles stored in the
trailer for it if needed)
Tire valve removal tool
3' length of 3/8" vinyl tubing
Wally World Air Compressor
Tire plug kit
Flares (trailer has emergency
triangles and fire extinguisher)
A few spare grommets
A kenetic LED flashlight
2 Sealed garden kneeling pads (double
as seat cushions)
16 oz bottle of water
4. Finally... The mini tool box
(See next picture for image of tools
Starting at the bottom half and going
Sealed box lid
Honda toolkit 27mm wrench
Honda toolkit spark plug socket (fits 17mm deepwell socket shown
Honda toolkit 22mm wrench with extenender handle
Craftsman multi-tip magnetic screwdriver
HF right-angle ratcheting phillips screwdriver
Stubby # 2 phillips
Magnetic Can/Bottle opener (magnet can be used to hold screws)
1/4" Craftsman ratchet handle
1/4" 6 inch extension
3/8" 6 inch extension
3/8" 3 inch extension
3/8" ratchet handle
6mm - 8mm gooseneck box wrench
7mm - 9mm gooseneck box wrench
10mm - 11mm gooseneck box wrench
12mm - 14mm gooseneck box wrench
12mm box./ open end wrench
A ty-wrap :)
Basting brush from $10 basing syringe kit
Sealable plastic box
Starting at the top half and going
Complete metric allen wrench set (Advance Auto)
1/4" 3 inch extension
1/4" 11mm socket (all sockets are 6 point only)
1/4" 10mm socket
1/4" 8mm socket
3/8" 6mm allen socket
3/8" 22mm socket
3/8" to 1/4" socket adapter
3/8" to 1/2" socket adapter
Misc allen wrenches that came with things added to the bike
3/8" 14mm deepwell socket
3/8" 13mm socket
3/8" 12mm socket
3/8" and 1/4" mini ratchet handle
Xcelite 8mm handle nut driver
Oil filter wrench (Big Bike)
Invasion style electrical terminal crimper/wire cutter/stripper (Vaco
Clean shop rags
Misc screws, nuts terminals, leftovers.
Not shown, a 6" Crescent Wrench (adjustable spanner), to cover anything
I store it low in the bike and spread the weight and movement using
spongy rigid packing material from a Dell PC shipping container.
This helps protect the box and reduces noise when riding.
As you can see, I also carry a spare oil filter and a new Honda fuel
filter as well, plus one old spark plug for diagnostics.
When I travel far, I add my HF 3/8" torque wrench and several large
deepwell sockets (at least a 30mm and my modified 32mm socket with 4
key stocks and two 2" hose clamps in case I need to torque steering
head bearings), or to change the bars, positioin, change a tire and
re-torque the axel and clamps, etc.
I ,may also carry a butane soldering iron/mini-torch and solder along
with a lighter and some wire.
Hope this helps somebody out there. It is fairly complete if you
repair your own stuff.
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