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I carry the 1/4" drive ratchet and 10/12 mm sockets from the Halfords range. It's not great quality, but you never have to use lots of force with those sizes. And it makes life much easier, and they are small/light/cheap.
IMO, you can't travel well without a good tool kit. And certainly need a complete set of sockets, not just 10mm & 12mm. Lots of my fasteners are
8mm. And what about 13mm, 14mm, and 17mm? Japanese bikes are full of
these sizes.

I learn what's appropriate for a bike after stripping it for a complete service.
This done in the garage of course. Once you've done this a couple times you'll know what tools are important.

But when something new and unexpected breaks you always end up needing
more specific tools. I bring as much as I can fit.

Mostly my kit ends up being lent to riding partners.....and my nut and bolt kit is forever being pilfered by broken down buddies who've lost a nut or bolt. What goes around, comes around. Good Karma!

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10 and 12 are the most common, so I take ratchet and sockets to make the majority of jobs easier/quicker. other sizes I use spanners because they are less frequent and there's no point in duplication. For example an oil change needs a 17, 13 and 12 plus an allen key. it's a 12 to get the seat off. a 12 to get the tank off. For me sockets are a luxury.

true, I can't do major surgery to the bike with these tools. But I wouldn't want to do that at the road side. I'd get to a large-ish town and find a bike/car shop to use. I've found they are fine about lending the odd spanner if you buy the parts/oils from them.

It's like your clothing luggage. Do you carry a tux, just incase you're asked out to a dinner/dance?

when reducing my old over-weight toolkit I just put it down next to the bike, changed the oil, adjusted the chain, removed the wheels and replaced the brake pads. Every tool I used made it into my toolkit, the rest I left behind. That's realistically as far as my knowledge extends for now. When I learn to use a multi-meter over a test-lamp then I'd probably carry one.

Probably going to need some exotic tool I left at home when I'm away over the next few weeks. I'll feel a right fool then...

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