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Auxiliary Toolkit

Postby bernyboy » Sat Jul 30, 2016 11:46 pm



Just a quick question for the experienced touring riders out there. What do you recommend carrying with you on the bike in terms of a travelling toolkit? What are the absolute essentials? What are some important extras? Why these particular items? I want to put together a kit for myself and would appreciate wise input. I ride an old (1984) Goldwing Standard without a lot of storage space onboard. Thanks.



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Re: toolkit

Postby roadwanderer2 » Sun Jul 31, 2016 7:31 am

unfortunately you don't have a lot of storage space, but for me, i never leave home without my tools and spare electrical parts. i have an 83 and an 86 aspy and i always have these items in my saddlebags. if you have a luggage rack you could bungee these down onto it. below are pics of what i carry everywhere i go. 99% of the time if i were to get stuck on the side of the road i'm able to fix almost any minor problem i encounter. also not pictured is a tire repair kit and a 12v mini air compressor.

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Re: toolkit

Postby dingdong » Sun Jul 31, 2016 7:56 am

Extras other than the common tools.
Multimeter.
Tire plug kit. (I use Stop and Go)
Small Air compressor.
Air gauge.
Electrical tape.
Duct tape.
Wire ties.
Spare bulbs.
Micro fiber cloths
Cleaner for windshield (and the tupperware for all you guys who clean the entire bike every morning).
First aid kit. Specific to motorcycling.
Paper map (For when the GPS leads you 20 miles down the wrong road). Never leave home without one.

That's all I can think of at the moment. Any more and I'll have to hook up the trailer. :lol:
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Re: toolkit

Postby NVSB4 » Sun Jul 31, 2016 8:18 am

Any tool that you would use for regular maintenance should go into the toolkit.
Add on some items for electrical repair (shown above).
Also extra fuses and relays.
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Re: toolkit

Postby OldZX11Rider » Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:16 am

I carry a small selection of box/open end wrenches, a little 3/8" drive socket set and my factory Honda tool kit. I also carry a tire plug kit and a small air gauge.

A bag of zip ties, assorted size fuses, electrical tape and, although not specifically for the cycle, I always carry a pocketknife, or two.
That's it, I think. ;)
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Re: toolkit

Postby FM-USA » Sun Jul 31, 2016 8:02 pm

In my magic kit of tools for the bike is 2 pairs of mini Vise-Grips.
One I leave as is the other I grind off the two faces so not to mar any surfaces.
IF i'm hauling the trailer... WELL THEN I'll also take a large pair of Vise-Grips. (space splurging :D )
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Re: toolkit

Postby Monsignore » Sat Aug 06, 2016 8:40 pm

I, too, am interested in replies to this question. I just added a '83 GL110I/sidecar rig to my stable, but it has no lockable storage at the moment, so figuring out where to keep a tool kit is second to What that tool kit should hold. Being a Beemer pilot ('05 R1200GS) I'm used to having to carry that one weird Torx bit for that single bolt which will eventually go out on you as you're pulling into the Starbucks parking lot.

So, I'm wondering about the need for those weird tools specific to GoldWings, and my '83 GL Interstate specifically. So far, I've been impressed with how normal everything seems to be on the bike.

If you had to build a tool kit to take with you, keeping in mind the random break downs we all have, what would that kit hold?

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Re: toolkit

Postby FM-USA » Sat Aug 06, 2016 9:53 pm

Monsignore wrote:I, too, am interested in replies to this question. ...
So, I'm wondering about the need for those weird tools specific to GoldWings, and my '83 GL Interstate specifically. So far, I've been impressed with how normal everything seems to be on the bike.
If you had to build a tool kit to take with you, keeping in mind the random break downs we all have, what would that kit hold?

That's basically what the OP stated/asked.
So far we have a couple folks chime in on tools. As for me in ALL my travels (bicycle, boat,car, M-Cycle, trucks and tow trucks) has been vise-grips, 2 screw drivers, pair of gloves. YUP, that's it until I started cross country touring on motorcycles THEN it's a small arsenal.
BUT let's let the others chime in so we can get more thoughts.
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Re: toolkit

Postby dingdong » Sun Aug 07, 2016 8:01 am

Something else that I carry is a Swiss Army knife. Eat lunch with it, open a bottle, open a can, open a wine bottle (wife likes wine), cut some cheese and bread to go with the wine, etc. Sees more use than any of the other tools.
Leatherman Multi-tool comes in handy.
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Re: toolkit

Postby themainviking » Sun Aug 07, 2016 8:10 am

Some zip ties, a pair of side cutters to trim the zip ties, the tool kit that Honda gave me with the bike, a couple of bungee cords, the GWRRA Gold Book, and a cell phone. If I cain't fix it with that, then someone on the other end of the cell phone can. I used to fix my Harleys on the side of the road. I try not to do that stuff any more. Rescue Plus will get me there, someone who has tools I can borrow, or maybe a bike shop, will get me going again.
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Re: toolkit

Postby minimac » Sun Aug 07, 2016 8:41 am

Don't forget your phone, credit card, and the number for a towing service. My Insurance policy includes "free" towing, which I did have to use once. I got flatbedded to a shop when I was out of town and in two hours was back underway!

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Re: toolkit

Postby Monsignore » Sun Aug 07, 2016 9:39 pm

<sigh>
So far, the most concrete, useful answer has been: vise-grips and a coupla screwdrivers. I, and I think the OP, were hoping for an inventory of your tool kit. My GL came with zero tools. Yes, I could drag my tool chest down the three flights of stairs to the street and fit every wrench & socket & bit to every nut, bolt & screw and catalog what fits & doesn't.
I'm hoping someone with more 'Wing experience has already done so and could send me their kit, or post a link. Like, "A 10mm, 14 mm & 22mm socket, .6 shim & a left-handed framulator are all you need!"
Not all of us are able to, or want to, just call someone to pick us up on the side of the road when something goes wrong. And I've been burned by tow trucks not wanting to get motorcycles multiple times. If I can fix it myself, I'd prefer to do so.

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Re: toolkit

Postby FM-USA » Sun Aug 07, 2016 9:53 pm

I was working up an inventory of necessary tools to be on the bike at all times.. BUT that list is long and variable.

There's 2 types of riders, local and long haul and in all basics there's two different sets of tools one should take.
So what I've come to fig'r is 2 tool boxes, one for the local riding and the other all the other tools for long hauls.

IF this makes sense, lets make an inventory list of these 2 boxes.
NO DOUBLING UP on tools, we're trying to conserve space and weight.
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Re: toolkit

Postby Monsignore » Sun Aug 07, 2016 10:43 pm

FM-USA,
I owe you a bottle of whiskey! Throw down your list of tools!

I think the list for long-haul Wingers will satisfy the requirements of this thread.

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Re: toolkit

Postby FM-USA » Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:44 am

THANKS but everyone here needs a bottle. :twisted:

It's looking like there should be a 3 tool boxes. Local, long distance and one electrical. Some will touch it others not.

Here's a partial list of tools. Some will have a need for slightly different styles.
Electrical items listed above but many people have no clue to it's workings. Those who have lots of electronics on-board may want someone who knows what's going on. STILL there's a need for elec. tape.
To house said list of items I have a socket set metal box that fits nicely on the bottom of one saddlebag. A rag on the bottom, then tools, another rag on top, all to keep them from moving around.
Compact spray bottle of nut buster? It's also an emergency lube like, throttle and speedo cables.

This weekends Flea Market find, a roll of my bikes color in Duct Tape. :P

ADD TO this list or suggest better item{s}.
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Panel Keepers are great,...
but I'm also finding "Crystal Clear" packing tape on panels I simply DO NOT want to loose.
FENDER COVERS are excruciatingly expensive.
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Re: toolkit

Postby Bugmerc » Tue Aug 09, 2016 2:46 pm

That looks like a pretty good list. I am paying close attention to this thread as a new winger and I have only done a tiny bit of wrenching on it. But isn't that a lot of wrenches? Can't most of that be accomplished with the sockets? Please explain the need for both to the noob... :?

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Re: toolkit

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Aug 09, 2016 4:07 pm

while its true that most of the bolts can be removed with sockets, but sometimes you need an open end or the box end of a wrench to get to what ever bolt or nut you might need to remove. in my little plastic tool box which i keep in my saddlebag contains a complete set of 1/4" and a set of 3/8" sockets from 4mm all the way up to 24mm as does my open end/box wrenches, plus 2 different size flat head and 2 different size Phillips screw drivers, a set of 3/8 drive hex sockets from 6mm up to 14mm, a container with fuses of different amperage, electrical tape, wire cutter/stripper, a few light bulbs for stop/turn/tail and dash light replacement if needed, and a new full safety/first aid supply box,(just in case), my full rain suite and water proof rain boots and my helmet face shield which i keep in my other saddlebag/trunk along with my 12v mini air compressor to air up a flat tire or putting air in my front forks and or rear shocks, and a tire plug kit.

it never hurts to be prepared to make an "onsite emergency" roadside repair. unless its a catastrophic failure, most roadside repairs can be made if your equipped with the right tools. oh yeah, one other thing, its always good to have towing insurance coverage on your bike just in case your roadside repairs aren't available to be made. i found that out when i had a major electrical failure last month and had to have my bike towed home on a flat bed. if you go almost to the top of this thread, you'll see what im talking about that i carry on my bike 98% of the time.

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Re: toolkit

Postby FM-USA » Tue Aug 09, 2016 6:28 pm

roadwanderer2 pretty much summed it up.

About the ONLY other thing I can add is, helping other stranded riders with your full set of wrenches.
Near priceless.

Then you have a myriad of socket boxes to
choose from to fit in that PARTICULAR spot...

Those socket racks keeps things neat, means NO FISHING. ;)


Having a few boxes keeps the boxes small and can be stored almost anywhere.
Did you know... there is a little untapped empty space under your passenger seat?

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Re: toolkit

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Aug 09, 2016 6:52 pm

FM, i always stop to help another motorcyclist that i see on the side of the road in hopes i can be of assistance to help fix whats wrong with his/her bike no matter what kind it may be.

and yes, socket rails do make it easier to pull out the correct socket without having to dig thru your tool box. BTW, where did you find those really old socket sets with boxes. omg, they look ancient like something my grandfather would have had. they have to be about 70-80 years old.

speaking of untapped space, you can also build a small compartment under your trunk rack just above the tail light to put a small tackle box of tools :).

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Re: toolkit

Postby FM-USA » Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:06 pm

Those boxes are from Goog-Search. Just showing the possibilities.

I gave up on Tupperware & Rubbermaid boxes, being so thin they crack easy.
Tho they are great for soft items.

I'm currently looking at tackle boxes... never know where you'll find that PURRfect box.
But it's not looking good, most are too tall or thick/deep. :|

Seems the metal socket boxes are the best.
I see Ebay sellers stick VINTAGE on there sales and that triples their asking price. :evil:
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Re: toolkit

Postby roadwanderer2 » Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:58 pm

Hey FM, try this on for size..............http://www.basspro.com/Plano-1001-Tackl ... uct/48482/ this is the one i have. its very handy to keep all your tools in and you can put it into your saddlebag with plenty of room to spare. i chose not to use the upper try so i can put more tools into it and the best thing is its only $11.00 plus tax ;).

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Re: toolkit

Postby FM-USA » Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:38 pm

Do you keep it upright or on end?
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Re: toolkit

Postby NVSB4 » Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:34 pm

I guess I'm in Harbor Freight more than Bass Pro, so I have one of these soft bags that I got on sale for $4.99.
Lots of room and pockets for small stuff.
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Re: toolkit

Postby FM-USA » Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:59 pm

NVSB4 wrote:I guess I'm in Harbor Freight more than Bass Pro, so I have one of these soft bags that I got on sale for $4.99.
Lots of room and pockets for small stuff.

LOL... I got that bag for my girls car. Barely anything in it but its in the back.
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Re: toolkit

Postby roadwanderer2 » Wed Aug 10, 2016 6:10 am

FM-USA wrote:Do you keep it upright or on end?


if you scroll up to my posting, look at the 4th photo. you'll see that it lays flat on the bottom of the saddlebag. the clear plastic container is from a frozen dinner meal that i washed out and saved because its a perfect fit for all my bulbs, fuses, electrical tape and other odds and ends. i also carry a spare starter solenoid, front brake light switch and a tire valve stem in it.

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