Dual Sport & Adventure Motorcycle Tool Essentials

Dual Sport & Adventure Motorcycle Tool Essentials


Hey, everybody. This is Justin with rockymountainatvmc.com,
and in this video, we’re going to talk about tool essentials for your adventure ride. All right everybody, you all know how fun
adventure riding can be, and if you’ve done it very much you’ll also know that breakdowns
are going to happen, whether it’s a flat tire or broken engine case, broken lever, whatever,
things are going to happen on the trail. And it’s important to be able to get your bike
fixed so you can get back on your adventure. So, in this video I kind of want to breakdown
my toolkit that I carry with me, and kind of hopefully give you some ideas on what you
should be carrying your next adventure ride. Keep in mind that everybody’s bikes are different.
Make sure you know your bike. Make sure you know which tools are important for you to
be carrying. Another thing to keep in mind is when you go on an adventure ride, you and
your buddies are all packing a bunch of tools, take the time to see what everybody’s packing
and distribute them so you’re not carrying a ton of weight on your bike. So let’s break down my tool pack. First of
all I’m using a Fox Deluxe Tool Pack. Mine’s an older one so the color’s different. Here’s
a new one here. It’s actually made to go around your waist. Because I throw this in my panniers
in my luggage, I cut the straps off. So, whether or not you want to do that, it may be a good
idea to cut the straps off here if you’re going to do that and use the pockets on the
waist strap. But anyway, that’s what I’m using. A lot of guys like using tool rolls. Wolfman
has a good tool roll. There’s several out there. So, let’s open my tool bag up. We’ll go through
each compartment and talk about the different tools that I pack. So starting from my left,
we’re just going to work our way through my tool pack. So first of all, duct tape. Everybody
needs duct tape. You can use it for all sorts of things. Here I have some matches. It’s
kind of emergency use, if I ever need matches. I have some matches in a dry container. In
this little container here, I actually keep some five-minute epoxy. And I just threw it
in some little container that I found. I don’t even remember where I got the container. But
I have my epoxy in here. And that has come in extremely handy in a lot of cases. I’ve
glued KLR Radiator Fans with that, I’ve fixed cases. Having some epoxy is very important,
which takes me to the other epoxy I have. I have this quick aluminum epoxy. It’s kind
of like a clay. You mix it together and it forms a really hard epoxy really quick. And
it’s good for fixing radiators, broken cases, different things like that. So, I always pack
epoxy. The next thing I have in here is my T-handle.
And this is just our Tusk T-handle set. It’s got different sockets on the end. And I carry
extra sockets, other sizes in one of the pockets that I’ll show later. But I use that almost
every trip on somebody’s bike. Allen wrenches, this is just our Tusk multi-purpose tool.
It’s also got some Phillips, flat blade screwdrivers on it. I carry a razor blade. Just a little
knife that comes in handy for all sorts of things, whether it’s cutting tape or zip ties
or whatever. Moving on, I have a screwdriver. This is a Tusk six-way screwdriver. So I’ve
got my different bits in the end, the large flat blade, large Phillips. On the other side,
I have the smaller ones. Also very handy. I use that about every ride. And then I have
a spark plug wrench. This one actually works on my KLR. We sell these in Tusk. We have
several different spark plug wrenches for lots of motorcycles, but I always carry that.
It’s pretty rare to have a spark plug go bad on the four-stroke but, it does happen from
time to time. And I’m always worried about water crossing. So if I’ve ever dump the bike
in water, I want to be able to pull the plug out and get the water out of it…out of an
engine if I have to. Moving on to the middle of my pack, I have
my basic wrenches. All the way from an 8 millimeter up to a 17. I’m packing these motion-pro titanium
wrenches. They weigh nothing. They’re amazing and they work well. So, wrenches are very
important. I’m packing, I have some old levers in here. This is my old broken lever off my
KLR. I throw that in here. I don’t know if my tool pack is the best place for these levers
but that’s where I have them right now. You’ll never know when somebody’s going to need a
lever. Right here I have some radiator stop leak. If you ever get a small hole on your
radiator, it’s definitely not a permanent fix. But if you’re out in the middle of nowhere
and you have a small leak in your radiator, this stuff works really well. You just dump
a little bit in your radiator and it, as it cycles through, it actually stops the leak.
I’ve had to use that on a few bikes at different times. Then I have my little spark plug caddy
here with my spark plug inside. In this little pouch here in the middle, I keep just a lot
of hardware, nuts, bolts, washers. And again, I’m picking bolts and washers, that I know
are pretty common on my bike. So, that’s that. In this pocket over here,
I always pack a piece of fuel line. It’s come in handy on several trips. You’ll never know
when a fuel line has a problem or it could be used as a vent hose on a gas tank. There’s
just a lot of things you can do some a fuel lines, so I always pack that. Of course a
tire gauge. I always like to air down when I go off-road and air back up when I hit the…if
I know I’m going to do a lot of miles on the street. You’ve got to have electrical tape.
Another thing I always pack is master links. And I’m carrying more than one. Again, just
in case my buddy isn’t prepared, I’ve got a few options if somebody has a chain problem.
So, I pack master links. High-temp Permatex silicone, this one’s pretty beat up. It’s
done a lot of miles with me but with silicone, you can do a lot of things with silicone.
I use that quite often whether it’s to fix a leak, or fix a gas kit, whatever. But I
love having silicone with me. Of course, you have to have safety wire and along with the
safety wire, you’ve got to have zip ties. So, I keep a few different sizes of zip ties
in here. And then I keep some rags and some hand cleaner. Then going out to this outer
pocket, this kind of where I keep my heavier tools. I actually have some nitro tape in
here. This is from Motion Pro. This one’s kind of beat up. Again, it’s done some miles.
But this is that real rubbery, stretchy tape. It’s really good if you ever have to patch
up a radiator hose. It stretches around the radiator hose really well and it actually
works. It’ll seal a hole on the radiator hose. So, I’ve actually had to use this once before.
This roll hasn’t been used yet but it’s another nice thing to keep in the pack. If you’re a BMW or KTM guy, you definitely
need some Torx bit wrenches. So, that’s always nice. Going to my tire irons, the biggest
repair that we do on our adventure rides is flat tires. People are always getting flat
tires. We pick up screws, nails, all sorts of weird stuff on the trail. I always pack
tubes and I’ll get into that in a minute. But the tire irons I like to take are these
Motion Pro, Bead Pro tire irons. The spoons on the ends are awesome. And on some of the
bigger adventure bikes, if you have to break the bead, the tool works awesome to break
the bead, so, and they’re light-weight, they’re aluminum. So I really like packing those and
I’ve used them a lot. I have some bailing wire in here just in case, you’ll never know.
And my extra sockets and bits that I talked about that fit on my T-handle. I like packing
these little vise-grips. The needle nose work okay, but they also have a wire cutter on
them so I can cut my safety wire or bailing wire. So those are pretty nice. And some pliers,
you never know where you’re going to need pliers. Well my last tool, I’m kind of embarrassed
to get to show you that I carry, but I carry it mostly because I ride with so many other
people and I don’t know what axle wrench they’re going to need, so I carry a big heavy Chrysler
wrench. When I’m packing just for myself and I know what my axle takes, I usually take…I’ll
take a Motion Pro tire iron axle tool. They’re really lightweight and they work well or I’ll
pack a Tusk Racing Axle wrench. It fits the front and rear axle. It’s a lot lighter than
packing around the Chrysler wrench. So going back to flat tires, it’s important
that you have the right tools for your bike. It’s a good idea to pack tubes regardless
of whether you’re running a tubeless tire or a tube type tire because a tube can easily
fix both types. On our last ride, we had a tubeless tire with a bent rim. There was no
way to fix that tire from leaking air without putting a tube in. So I always recommend packing
tubes. We usually pack one of these Tusk Tire Repair Kit. It’s got CO2s in it. It’s got
plugs, all the tools that you need. It’s even got some patches some patches for tubes. So,
it’s important to be packing those tubes and those plugs. Okay. Now that we have the tool part taken
care of, I want to show you some other essential items that I carry on my adventure rides.
First of all, it’s oil. You never know when somebody’s going to break a case or lose some
oil. So, make sure somebody in the group is carrying oil. If you’re carrying the tools,
make your buddy carry the oil. This one’s a little beat up because it did go on my last
adventure ride. Next is my pump. Now this looks pretty ghetto but it works really well.
Inside these two old oil bottles that I cut apart, I keep my little Slime electrical pump.
And this thing has fixed a lot of flat tires. I use it all the time. The wiring I keep in
the bottom, but I just plug this in to my battery tender lead that I have coming off
my battery. And then the air chuck is also in there with the hose. So, awesome little
compact pump kit right here. And this Slime one has been great. I use it all the time.
Next, a tow strap. It’s just a good idea if you can’t fix the bike, to be able to tow
it out. So, I always have a tow strap in there. And then of course, tubes. I carry a front
and a rear. So, I always pack my tubes. If I’m going on a big ride, I always pack an
air filter. I oil it, have it ready to go and then put it in a zip lock and we can squeeze
it down to about nothing, so, air filter. And then, extra rags and rubber gloves. I
throw that in with my toolkit. This stuff here, my filter, tow strap, tubes, I usually
just throw that in a dry bag and squeeze it together real tight so it doesn’t take up
a lot of room. Anyway, I hope these tips help you on your
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