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    I'm planning on a South America tour, putting together a tool kit and wondering what would be the perfect kit to bring. I'd like to keep it light but I would also like to have everything I need.
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    I'm no expert on toolkits, but what I CAN advise is:

    take 2 tire levers, of which one really long, for good leverage, and one short one, for getting under the tire.
    Wrap each tire lever in a racing bicycle-sized tube offcut (pull it over the lever like yo would a con.., well just pull it over - ZERO rattles!)
    Then attach the LONG tire lever to the crossbar of your engine guards/protectors, which is usally roughly in front of, and below, the radiator.
    Then put the SHORT tire lever down one side of your frame that runs just under the seat, attached with cable ties.

    I have had good success with the cans that fix a puncure AND pump up the tire, at least for an emergency, get-me-to-the-next-town-fix, and there are two sizes; regular car size, which is sufficient, and the larger '4x4' can, which may do TWO punctures. Well worth it, IMHO.

    A mini-torch is useful; the best type being an ultra-bright mini-LED.

    I pack a fair sized toolkit in the space at the very back under my seat AFTER I moved the 'terminating plug' which just sits in the middle of this useful resceptacle, taking up space!

    Finally, I put my towing straps in the 'secret' cubbyhole that sits under the rear mudguard, in front of the number plate. Quite secure, and just a single Torx screw, and it's open (especially as towing straps seldom used, UNLESS you don't have them...!)

    Good luck
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    anyone else got ideas on optimum tire-lever storage on an 800GS?
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    By tool kit, I also mean stuff like what size Torx wrenches, etc....
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    There's been plenty written on this very topic, planethopper - a quick search should come up with all the relevant information.

    I bought odds and sods - a Torx kit, much like a set of Allen keys, a 24mm ring spanner, then hauled the tyre levers out of my old BM toolkit, wrapped them in bits of cloth and stuffed them in zip-loc bags to keep them dry and stuffed them wherever I could fit them under the seat with a few sections of bicycle tube to stop them rattling their way off the bike. Oh, and a handful of cable ties and a flat pack of duct tape. And a very small flat-headed screwdriver - mostly because I use one all the time in the shed. It's not comprehensive, and only time will tell what I'm missing - but have a look at the other postings for the full kits.
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    A lot of users of UK`gs`ers use a tool tube.This is actually a John Deere handbook holder and is ideal for carrying a fair amount of stuff.

    http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthr...ight=tool+tube
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    A proper tool kit will include all tools necessary to tear the bike down completely.

    THIS IS NO MEANS TO BE A PERFECT POST - SO STOP RIGHT THERE

    I use the adventure design kit and the Proxxon 36 piece kit as my base set

    in addition you MIGHT need a few things like: Pliers, vice grips, Wire Cutters, voltage meter, a 17MM socket for removing the front sprocket, tire irons, lubricants (for chain, axle ect), tire patch kit, chain tool, hack saw w extra blades, files, an extra 13 mm box wrench for adjusting chain tension, steel wool, sand paper, adjustable spanner wrench, zip ties, safety wire, lock tight, Manual bicycle pump (as a back up; electric only works if there is battery), leatherman, feeler gauges, JB Weld, Superglue, small hammer or mallet, tape (electrical, duct).

    Spares: ignition ring antenna, tubes, clutch cable (run along existing one), assorted nuts & bolts, washers, spokes, fork seals, chain link, light bulbs, Fuses for any extra electric gizmos, fuel pump (maybe)

    Most of my tools fit here:

    The rest go in the panniers.
    All in all it takes up a good 20-25% of my packable space.

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    Blimey - I felt quite light-headed after reading that little lot. I think you might have taken your time in the Boy Scouts a little too seriously, what with 'Be Prepared' and all that.

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    It's really not all that bad. Better to have it than to be stranded in the middle of the Bolivian highlands. You might not be to far from civilization, but you might be days away from help.

    If I were to stick to the well traveled highways, I might go less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by planethopper View Post
    What's the perfect toolkit to take on a long trip?
    The one you never need to use
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    Quote Originally Posted by maddaddy View Post
    ... hack saw w extra blades....
    Uh oh. For an ectomy of some sort? How about a mini acetylene torch to round it out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddaddy View Post
    A proper tool kit will include all tools necessary to tear the bike down completely.
    While the intent may be different, as written that is completely incorrect.

    A proper tool kit will include all of the things that you might use to repair your bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bxr140 View Post
    While the intent may be different, as written that is completely incorrect.

    A proper tool kit will include all of the things that you might use to repair your bike.
    potato / potato.
    If i was just to think 'what I might need to repair', then I might overlook something. If I am in the mind set that covers every reasonable contingency, then I am less likely to miss something.

    It's just something I've adopted from people who have been riding around the world for the last 7 years. But hey, what do they know. not they have replaced final drives in the Mauritania desert or spliced a wiring harness in the Amazon

    ride what ever your comfort level is. I hope I never have to use a single tool in my kit.

    Blimey - I felt quite light-headed after reading that little lot. I think you might have taken your time in the Boy Scouts a little too seriously, what with 'Be Prepared' and all that.
    Oh I almost for the all important GS911. When your bike won't start this will reset any 'faults' on the computer and tell you what is going on.

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    I have been putting together a tool kit as well.
    I just found this locally today,

    http://cgi.ebay.com/TITAN-13-PIECE-T...-/310221147771

    I think it will fit perfectly with the rest of my kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddaddy View Post
    potato / potato.
    If i was just to think 'what I might need to repair', then I might overlook something. If I am in the mind set that covers every reasonable contingency, then I am less likely to miss something.

    It's just something I've adopted from people who have been riding around the world for the last 7 years. But hey, what do they know. not they have replaced final drives in the Mauritania desert or spliced a wiring harness in the Amazon.
    I guess my point is that its best to pack smarter, not harder...and those RTW people you've learned from would agree. If you take too much, its almost like a self fulfilling prophecy.

    Improvisation works.

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    Open-end/box wrenches 6mm-22mm
    Socket wrenches 6mm-22mm w/rachet and ext.
    1/4" - 3/8" adaptor 3/8 to 3/4 for the one socket that fits the wheels
    Hex Sockets - 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14mm
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    Torx Bits - T10, T15, T20, T25, T27, T30, T40, T45
    Pliers/wire cutter
    Tire lever ( 2 irons)
    Valve core remover & repair tool
    Tire repair kit; rubber cement, scuffer & patches
    Feeler gauge
    Phillips bits #1, #3
    Slotted Bits - 4, 7mm
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    Multi Tool (leatherman type) Contains
    Hand pump
    Electric pump
    Tire Gauge-Standard Pressure
    Dental floss and needle (for big holes in tubes, sew then patch over)
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    Amazon sells this for $107



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    Quote Originally Posted by soph9 View Post
    Amazon sells this for $107


    I got something similar, but bought an empty roll-up pouch and put the tool set together myself. Contains what is in that picture, plus a few more odds and ends.
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    how much did you spend on the tools and does it weigh a lot? This one does but it has quality tools in it and they added a hex bolt for the forks...not that we would use it...Raod Assistance would be called at that time I think!

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    Quote Originally Posted by soph9 View Post
    how much did you spend on the tools and does it weigh a lot? This one does but it has quality tools in it and they added a hex bolt for the forks...not that we would use it...Raod Assistance would be called at that time I think!
    It don't weigh too much. I'll take a pic of it when I get home. A couple of more things I need to add are spoke wrenches. Anyone know the spoke wrench size for the 800GS? I think the size is different on front and rear rims.
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    we can't buy from Amazon.com because we have Canadian credit cards and address...since Amazon has the Canadian version we are not privy to the US version. Amazon.ca sux though!

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    Only things not in there is a tube patch kit, 2 tire irons and spoke wrench. Stored elsewhere.
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    I have the tools. I just need a new tool roll with a zippered pouch for the small bits - in a week! Help me save time. TIA

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    we can't buy from Amazon.com because we have Canadian credit cards and address...since Amazon has the Canadian version we are not privy to the US version. Amazon.ca sux though!
    That's weird... I can buy from Amazon.co.uk with US cards and address, why couldn't you buy from Amazon.com with Canadian stuff? Seems like it doesn't makes sense, to me... Have you actually attempted it?

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    That's weird... I can buy from Amazon.co.uk with US cards and address, why couldn't you buy from Amazon.com with Canadian stuff? Seems like it doesn't makes sense, to me... Have you actually attempted it?
    yes I have tried....same goes for Costco.com because we have Costco.ca as well as Apple.com and our version Apple.ca.....

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    I need a new tool roll with a zippered pouch for the small bits - in a week! Help me save time. TIA

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    I bought E8 and E10 Craftsman torx sockets two years ago for my R1200R. Yesterday, I went to Sears to buy an E12, but they only offered it as part of a set. [expletive deleted]

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    I bought E8 and E10 Craftsman torx sockets two years ago for my R1200R. Yesterday, I went to Sears to buy an E12, but they only offered it as part of a set. [expletive deleted]

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    you can get the E8, E10 and E12 sockets from Advanced Autoparts. I picked up all 3 from them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soph9 View Post
    yes I have tried....same goes for Costco.com because we have Costco.ca as well as Apple.com and our version Apple.ca.....
    Unless it's just a BC issue, I have been ordering from amazon.com for ages and I am using Canadian shipping address/credit card/ etc..

    Have you registered on the .com address or just the .ca address?

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    I have posted this somewhere else on here but I have learned how to carry an entire tool kit for the bike including everything needed for wheel and tire removal / exchange in a small tool pouch carried under the seat and a discreet tool tube bolted out of the way on the crashbar.

    The toolkit under the seat contains everything I need to gain access to pretty much 90% of the bike. I use it as my primary tool kit, even when the bike is at home in the garage.

    The contents are as follows:

    13mm spanners (2) (one ratcheting style......very important)
    12mm spanner for tire tube removal
    8,10,11,14mm spanners
    3/8 T-Bar
    3/8 drive extension 2"
    front axle removal hex
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    and the thing that makes it all work so well, a 13mm gear wrench which when put in the end of a ratcheting 13mm spanner, becomes a 3/4" socket driver.











    Under the seat, in the pan, there were small plastic tabs to hold a useless bandaid kit which I removed to allow the tool pouch to be strapped in its' place








    The tool tube holds my tire irons (3) which are also part of the BeadBrakr from Bestrest, ( amazing tool! ) a pair of leather sailing gloves, ( very useful for protecting your palms from pressure against the tire irons when spooning a tire off ) camping soap, tire repair kit with spare valve stems, my hex wrenches, ( another Bestrest product which when combined with the tire irons allow articulation of the larger wheel nuts ) and half of my chain alignment tool. ( I use an alignment tool because I have found the markings on the rear swing arm to be not very accurate.The alignment tool is fast, simple and very accurate. ) The other half resides next to the rear brake light along with an elbow portion of the beadbrakr. Camping soap, or dish soap, provides multiple uses. It lubes the tire when spooning and does not readily evaporate like WD40. It can be used with water to locate the leak and then when all is back together again, you can wash up.





    Tool Tube located along the front of Givi crash bar





    The wheel alignment base and BeadBrakr elbow stored near tail light. The alignment bar that slides into the motionpro chain alignment tool is stored in tool tube.




    What I didn't take a picture of is a towing strap which is located inside the small panel located under and at the top of the rear fender.

    I can carry a small one armed bandit bicycle pump in the tool tube also but usually carry a small 12volt compressor which I made by modifying a cheap one from walmart. Removed all outer plastic housings and now have a small brushed motor driving a small piston in a cylinder.

    When I do tire changes at home, or work on my bike at all, I can easily accomplish all the tasks with the tools I have on my bike. The only additional tool I use in the garage and don't carry with me, is a torque wrench. I hope this helps give some ideas.

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    Bought the same kit as SlowRide 13 from Adventure Designs and love it! Need to supplement with tire irons and also add tools that may be specific to modifications...also bought a Slime flat fix kit because I don't want to fix a tube on the road if I can help it....only thing is the flat kit has to go in the panniers

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    That’s my tool kit I always use it while working on the bike at home. 3kg.



    That’s my choice for tyre repairs. 1.8kg.




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    Guy's, You don't need bead breakers. Just use your side stand.

    You don't necessarily need gloves either but some things make the job a little easier, especially on the front wheel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soph9 View Post
    we can't buy from Amazon.com because we have Canadian credit cards and address...since Amazon has the Canadian version we are not privy to the US version. Amazon.ca sux though!
    Next time you venture down to the US you might want to check out a US mailbox. I have one in Niagara Falls NY and even though it is around 2 hours away I use it often.
    At the border I usually don't have to pay any duty, just the luvly new HST 13% tax.
    If you do get one try to get a Suite # as apposed to a mailbox #, some places will not ship to a PO box.
    The other thing I have and recommend is the Nexus card...it makes the border crossings so much easier.

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    hey Mike...have the Nexus but doesn't work so well when the border crossing we use to get our stuff at our US address does not have Nexus lanes. We use Ship Happens in Sumas all the time and never pay duty as well but HST for sure on the amount claimed.

    Thanks for the input though....

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    Quote Originally Posted by soph9 View Post
    hey Mike...have the Nexus but doesn't work so well when the border crossing we use to get our stuff at our US address does not have Nexus lanes. We use Ship Happens in Sumas all the time and never pay duty as well but HST for sure on the amount claimed.

    Thanks for the input though....
    I actually got the Nexus a few years ago because my US Post Office is right beside a border crossing bridge in Niagara Falls that you can only use with a Nexus pass. When I first started using it I was usually the only vehicle on the bridge. Now I might have to wait for 1 or 2 cars...never takes more than a few minutes
    When I come back into Canada I have a booklet that I fill out with the importation details and I place a card in a drop box. They then bill my credit card...don't even have to stop.

    Some of the other border crossings have Nexus lanes as well.

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