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Tool & gear storage on the bike

What ideas you guys got for permanent tool & gear storage on bikes? Little hidey spots, tips ect
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Depends if you mean hidey spots for tidiness or discretion.

On my Transalp, I have a "tooltube" bolted under the top-box plate. In there are all the tools I need for most jobs. Circlipped to the pannier rack is a length of drainpipe with end plates where I keep a can of puncture repair spray. In the top-box is a puncture repair kit and circlipped to the rack, under the top-box but behind the pillion are two tyre levers.

None of these are hidden, but they keep stuff out of the way yet accessible.

On my TDM, as it has a key-released seat, I tucked a smaller, but quite comprehensive tool kit under the seat, along with a tubeless repair kit.

That of course is entirely out of sight and also hard to access without my key.

Alternatively, just carry a well-fed credit card!
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  • Drainage pipe as a tool box on the bash plate with the heavier tools
  • Drainage pipe underneath the rear subframe, opposite the exhaust for tent poles, tape and other small stuff
  • tractor manual tube on the inside of the luggage rack at both side for spares and fuel stove canister
  • various sizes tie wraps tied to the front forks
  • spare front sprocket, shift pedal, ... tied to the frame in various places.
  • small hein gericke handle bar bag strapped to the side of top luggage plate with fuel siphon hose, tie wraps, baby wipes and a bottle of chainsaw oil for topping up the chain oiler
  • spark plugs, metal putty, collection of bolts and nuts, spare oil filter, spare bearings, tyre repair patches... in Kriega US5 bags on the crash bars
  • front fender bag with spare tubes
  • GS911 underneath the seat

basically whatever wherever
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The CB500X has a couple of nice spaces down the front of the tank, especially if you encourage the carbon filter to fall off.

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The CB500X has a couple of nice spaces down the front of the tank, especially if you encourage the carbon filter to fall off.

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Just for tidiness, was thinking about drilling holes in the end of a few of the heavier tools & bolting / attaching to parts of the bike down low & using zip ties to attach a few items inside the airbox, behind the screen...

& also was thinking where I could store some cash & a cut down spare key, I’m thinking inside the handle bars in a rag maybe, just need to ensure it can be retrieved once the hand guards are removed


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Depends if you mean hidey spots for tidiness or discretion.

On my Transalp, I have a "tooltube" bolted under the top-box plate. In there are all the tools I need for most jobs. Circlipped to the pannier rack is a length of drainpipe with end plates where I keep a can of puncture repair spray. In the top-box is a puncture repair kit and circlipped to the rack, under the top-box but behind the pillion are two tyre levers.

None of these are hidden, but they keep stuff out of the way yet accessible.

On my TDM, as it has a key-released seat, I tucked a smaller, but quite comprehensive tool kit under the seat, along with a tubeless repair kit.

That of course is entirely out of sight and also hard to access without my key.

Alternatively, just carry a well-fed credit card!
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The CB500X has a couple of nice spaces down the front of the tank, especially if you encourage the carbon filter to fall off.

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Aye ;o)

Plenty of room under the seat too - especially if you trim a few of the ribs with a Dremel:



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