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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-04-2016, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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Help a noob: Tool kit for 2010

What are the must-have tools to carry? Is there a HD or aftermarket kit generally accepted as the one to buy?
I've got a 2010 'Glide that didn't come with a tool kit. I do not plan on doing major surgery on the side of the road. Just want to be able to keep something minor from ruining a trip.

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Start with a Tire plug repair kit and a hand pump, a tire gauge, torx bits and some allen keys, a small vise grip, zip ties, a few bungee cords, a good knife, small flashlight, first aid kit... should all fit in the bottom 1" of a saddlebag. Also a few Micro Cloths and a pack of hand wipes.

or there is always the ever popular... Credit Card approach
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Start with a Tire plug repair kit and a hand pump, a tire gauge, torx bits and some allen keys, a small vise grip, zip ties, a few bungee cords, a good knife, small flashlight, first aid kit... should all fit in the bottom 1" of a saddlebag. Also a few Micro Cloths and a pack of hand wipes.

or there is always the ever popular... Credit Card approach
Funny. I've got tire plugs already but didn't think about needing to air up after patching. Thanks!

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Get a tool roll from your local hardware store & fill it with your basic sized sae wrenches, anything from 3/8" to 9/16", a crescent wrench, pliers, a ratchet and corresponding socket for your spark plugs, tire repair kit, zip ties, electrical tape, allen wrenches and torx heads. It doesn't hurt to carry some blue loctite either. I know it sounds like a lot, but if you place them all in a tool roll properly, it's pretty compact and easy to carry in a saddlebag.
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Get a tool roll from your local hardware store & fill it with your basic sized sae wrenches, anything from 3/8" to 9/16", a crescent wrench, pliers, a ratchet and corresponding socket for your spark plugs, tire repair kit, zip ties, electrical tape, allen wrenches and torx heads. It doesn't hurt to carry some blue loctite either. I know it sounds like a lot, but if you place them all in a tool roll properly, it's pretty compact and easy to carry in a saddlebag.
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I have carried a 10 mm open and box combination wrench with me over the years and used it many times on tours when someones battery cables loosened up, always your first plce to look on no cranks.
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All the above is good. I carry mine in a couple of zip lock freezer bags so I can see what I am looking for without taking it all out.

For me a good rule of thumb, if I touched it-carry something to tighten it.
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i have the roll up tool kit that came with the bike....and the one that I had accumulated over the years on my Kawasaki 2 stroke H2....the smaller one has some items that are probably most useful. Zip Ties, Duct tape, electrical tester, etc. But I just threw it in the saddle bag when I sold the H2.
But honestly, mostly, my credit card.

I'm smart enough to know my limitations and with a HD they are pretty high. Minor issues? Like fuse or electrical glitch or nail in tire? No problem. But much beyond that and on a HD I'm calling it in. But I also carry a decent little set in case someone else needs a tool.









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I've got these bags: Innovative Storage Solutions

they look small but hold a surprising number of tools and take up virtually no usable space in the saddlebags.

the way that I built a toolkit is to use my bike's toolkit for all the routine maintenance on the bike. if I need a tool, I add it. if I think it's something that I could conceivably do on the side of the road, I add it. if it isn't, then I don't worry about adding that specific tool. pretty much mirrors chief's list.

I have the stop and go mushroom tire repair kit. its a good kit. but instead of the hand pump, I took one of those mini air compressors that you plug into your cigarette lighter and removed the guts to save even more space. plug in, air up. much easier than pumping it up by hand.
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I got this CruzTools Econokit (made for H-D) when I bought my ride - it's good quality made in the good ol' USA, and all you need on the road!

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