Here's a photo of my GS tool kit. It weighs 10 pounds, including the tire pump repair kit, which seems like a lot. It includes a front axle nut, spark plug cap remover, shop rags, nitrile gloves, tie wraps, tape, etc. I put all those loose pieces in the Craftsman bag and the bag to the left of it is the tire pump kit. I'm thinking about ditching the vise locks, maybe the adjustable wrench. But after reading some of this feedback I'm thinking that I might be okay with this stuff on the GS. But it might be too much for the smaller RT cases so that's why I started this thread.
Thanks to everybody for the excellent feedback!
2014 BMW R1200GS Racing Red
Dear Apexel, (real name?)
Per: http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?46055 - I've added the year/model to your thread title. As you realized, what works for your GS might not work for the RT - so hopefully more RT owners who have sorted this question out will open the thread.
My tool kit for my R12R consists of the factory non-kit, plus a few folding torx driver sets from Harbor Freight. I'm sure there is some other stuff in there I've forgotten - but the reason I've forgotten is I have never needed it on the road (67,000 miles) - knock on wood. Most things that can't be fixed with the sparse tools on hand are going to need a shop of some sort to fix, so I have VISA for that, and figure they'll have the tools. If you take the bike off on Rt 50 in Nevada, even there, a vehicle does pass by every hour or so.. I also have two roadside assistance policies on the bike, so flatbedding it to help isn't impossible. And as the MOA often points out - a copy of the Anonymous Book is very likely to be the most important tool on the bike. Plus there are over 300 Harbor Freight Stores coast to coast now, so I'm never too far away from a source of tools (some of questionable value, but they are better then nothing - sometimes.) On a real long trip where I'm taking my Netbook, I also toss my GS-911 into the tank bag. Have never needed it - but it's there. I also carry an Airman air-pump and a few different flat-tire fix kits. Also never needed them (for my bike, used them on other people's.)
I've gotten to the point where I try not to obsess over these sort of things. For a while I carried a spare EWS ring on my bike when it still had the original. Now that it was replaced by BMW, I have the EWS ring in the cabinet at home. I do carry a spare alternator belt, just because it's small and fits well into the bottom of my tankbag, and it IS something I could replace using the tools I have on the bike. That means it will never fail since Eilenberger's Law of Spares comes into effect. (You never need what you have..)
Side note - at the Square Route Rally this past weekend, there was a very funny and enlightening talk by a chap who went from Oregon to the tip of South America. His tool kit was also fairly minimal - the only "special tool" he had along (besides the stock tools) was a rotor puller. His only real "special" failure turned out to be his rotor, someplace in the real back areas of South America. He pulled the rotor, a chap came along - and by sign language convinced him to hand the rotor over. Two days later the chap returned with the rotor rewound and ready to go.. and he motored on. This was on an Airhead GS (heavily modified by him for his needs.) If the chap hadn't wandered along, it might have taken him another day or two, but he had a rotor ready to go from Motorrad Electric - and with air shipping likely would have it within a week or so. He had his rear subframe crack about 5 times, but he found every village, even tiny ones, in South America had one guy who could weld it up. He found them by following his nose tracking down the ozone smell from welding.
Enjoy your ride.. and "Don't panic!"
BTW - afterthought.. you could try following Paul Glaves around, he carries a most excellent tool kit at all times (made use of it once at a national rally, along with making use of Paul.. made a good friend that way )
Tie wraps and tape come in handy! I'll add that my buddy crashed his Speed Triple and we used duct tape and tie wraps to fix the broken sub frame. Sure, it was dodgy, but it got him home 200 miles later before we could weld it.
Rob C. , Raleigh, NC
'10 R12RT, R90/6
2007 CBR600RR & 09 V-Star
Suzuki DR 350
I guess I cheated - I just bought a full kit from Touratech. Oh well ...
Duragloss, Sidi, Russell, Olympia, Arai
Sonor Signature Series (no longer made thanks to AMF buying Sonor)
These are a few of my favorite things ...
If we take the F800S I add the 45mm socket for the rear belt drive too. The 1-13/16" wrench was too big to carry conveniently.
Not shown is a Cycle Pump and gauge, a small multimeter, and a set of small jumper cables.
I carry a few "supplies" as well. Electrical tape, Posilock connectors, wire ties, Gorilla tape, fuses, etc.
Last edited by PGlaves; 06-06-2013 at 03:28 AM.
Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
"The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution." - Bertrand Russell
Real name is Al. I love mountains (definition of apex is "the highest point; vertex; summit"), therefore "apexal"
I do carry the Anonymous Book, one on each bike, in fact.
My two BMWs are pretty new and I think that they are extremely reliable so I certainly don't worry. Maybe I've read too much by Ted Simon or Ewan & Charley, but I think that carrying tools is a carryover from the past when I rode British bikes or used to ride dirt bikes in New England enduros and hare scrambles. I expect my number one problem would be flat tires and/or removing wheels, and maybe tightening loose stuff on the bike. But if I have room to carry extra tools (within reason) then why not do so?
2014 BMW R1200GS Racing Red
Cruz Tools Roadtech B1 toolkit Fits under seat.
Stop & go Tire plugger kit.
"The Older I Get, the Faster I Was"
'09 Black Metallic Sapphire "Fully Farkled" RT
Question: What size is the spark plug socket? 14 MM?
2014 BMW R1200GS Racing Red