The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
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So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
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I Have the 150piece kit (not sure if its still available but the same gear), best toolkit i have ever bought!! Used the 3/8 ratchet to undo cylinder bolts with a 2foot bar on the end.. Very good quality and tuff
I tend to keep the older bikes, for some reason Im stuck in the 80's so I try to standardise nuts and bolts so i can take minimun tools and all good quality. But you cant go past fencing wire and baling twine for tempory fixes, just ask any cocky and now keep some of each attached to the bike somewhere.
Halfords Professional Mini socket set, top quality, small, compact, bullet proof and comes with a lifetime guarantee! Plus you will be able to ditch half of your standard tool kit. Supplement that with a pair of mole grips and decent puncture repair kit and you will be ready for almost anything.
The secret is not to take take useless heavy tools you will never use.
I know people who have ridden around the world using nothing more than the standard tool kit! Tools are available in most countries!!!!
Stainless lockwire is crucial, takes up zero space. I lost the clip on a split link fitted to the chain on my GSX-R1100 in the south of France. I wrapped a length of wire around the grove in one link pin, twisted it along its length, wrapped it around the other pin, few more twists & rode home to Oxford.
Personally I'm all for taking decent tools but only the ones applicable to the bike in question. I try to replace as many fasteners as possible with the same type to reduce the number of tools.
My girlfriend's currently in Chile on her DRZ, I made a puller for the front spindle & welded it in place. It can't be lost & reduces the size of the toolroll.
For a long trip you need to carry tools for servicing and more major repairs that you can do yourself as well as tools and materials for makeshift repairs at the side of the road.
You don't need a complete socket set, just the sockets that fit your bike, usually 10,13 and 17mm suffice and 3/8 drive ratchet is heavy duty enough. Torx and allen keys can also be sockets spanners. I find a double ended ratchet ring spanner with 8, 10, 12 & 13 mm on it is very useful and lightweight.
For roadside, get you home repairs, obviously you have to carry everything you need to change and re-inflate a tube or tyre. Also carry a puncture repair kit as a back up or to repair punctured tubes when you have the time. Lockwire (and pliers) plus soft iron wire are very useful. Duct tape is multi purpose and much stronger than insulating tape which isn't very useful. Super glue (can be used as threadlock if the threads are clean) and epoxy are handy. Jubilee clips and various bits of radiator hose are good for patching burst hoses. A chain link extractor and a section of new chain with 2 split links is also a good idea although I would rely on replacing the chain before it is knackered.
For electrical repairs a bulb with two wires soldered to it for testing for bad connections and earths and a torch can easily be adapted to make a continuity tester and still serve as a torch. A selection of chocolate block screw connectors and a good length of insulated wire. Don't clutter things up with any of these if you don't understand electrics.
Yep don't wast money on Snap on, might look good in a big red shiny tool box, unless a bike mech you will still carry too many tools.
I would suggest you do the following get your tool role off your bike check the sizes then replace them with 1's from your tool box older 1s so if you do loose 1 or 2 don't it matter, would also suggest u take a couple adjustable spanners 10 or 12 ich I prefer to use open ended spanners, as I know the sizes i carry if not sure then a few ring spanners & metal glue of course the 2 must have are cable ties & some masking tape
I’m planning a RTW for a couple years time, lots of saving to do so, if your life depended on it, what make tools would you carry. I know most of you will all shout SNAP ON at me. And yes, you’re all right. But what if I’m on a budget? Recon my tool money will be about £300
I have a 1200GS Adv. I only carry the tools that fit something on the bike. I have made the tool pouches out of thin silver nylon stuff, when opened & rolled out it also acts as a big"table cloth" so you don't loose things. One under the seat and the other in the pannier. Instead of a hammer I have a small axe fitted on the right side in front of the pannier. This serves as a hammer, anvil or a "Axe". I have also made two holders for 5 ltr plastic canister that slides over the rear foot pegs on both sides, one for 5 lt. water & one for 5 lt. fuel.
I only carry the tools that fit something on the bike.
This. Very much so.
Do your pre-trip servicing/prep with the tools you'll be taking. If you can't do something, you might need to add to your kit. If there's something in your kit that doesn't fit anything you are realistically going to fix yourself, then leave it behind.
Halfords Pro stuff is great. However the massive hundreds-of-pieces kits, unless they're on an extremely good discount, are a bit of a false economy - they will contain an enormous pile of stuff you will never use - all the stuff in imperial sizes for a start. I've bought quite a bit of Halfords Pro stuff, but most of it has been individual tools, or rails of sockets, etc. Not much of it is in my travel toolkit these days though.
After years of raiding my garage toolkit when I went away, a couple of years ago I sat down and built a proper dedicated one for the Tenere. The core of it is:
- Motion Pro spanner/tyre levers in 22 and 27mm (Tenere with a KTM front end)
- 3/8 drive adapter for the 27mm lever
- Motion Pro 'Trail tool'
- Gerber Suspension multitool (Cheap leatherman-type thing).
The Motion Pro stuff isn't cheap, but it is *really* good. They boast that with the 'Trail Tool' and a Leatherman-type multitool you can take most of your bike apart, and it's true.
I then added to that anything I found I couldn't do with the above while working on the bike. It's a surprisingly small pile - a few open-ended spanners for things like the chain adjusters, plug spanner, valve core extractor, pressure gauge, small bicycle pump, and a few other bits and bobs.
My toolkit, along with a spare front tube, fits in a Kriega US-5. I'd have a few extra spares for a long trip, but not a huge amount.
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