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
next adventure ride. Be sure and check out our website. We have all the parts, accessories,
tools that you need for your adventure bike, your dirt bike, your ATV, UTV, whatever, we
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Thanks for watching.

53 thoughts on “Dual Sport & Adventure Motorcycle Tool Essentials

  1. Justin, great job. Excellent and down to earth. Nothing but the necessaries. Made me think of a few more items for my own kit. Thanks

  2. I'm just starting my tool bag. Do you have a list of everything in the bag? I could watch it and write it down. Just wondering if you already did that ?

  3. you can get rid of half of that by getting a air cooled motorcycle like the XR650, i live in arizona and have never had a over heating problem, that to me is a big problem with water cooled bikes and the XR's can handle the rough trails better than the KLR or BMW. but that is just me i do not trust water cooled bikes out in the middle of the desert

  4. Great info and brings up good options that I had not thought about. Is there a printable link of all these items? I would love to cross against my pack and order what I should get to be more complete. Again great job Justin!

  5. On the radiator stop leak, something like jb weld will do both cases and radiator leaks allowing you to cut down slightly on weight. Duct tape will work just fine as leccy tape in a pinch no need to carry both."
    bailing wire is better than "safety wire" which is pretty much similar to steel MIG wire.
    the no. 1 tool to carry is a leather man or similar multi tool.. worth their weight in gold..

  6. I find it useful to perform whatever the most intensive mechanical repair or fix would be out on the road. Do that in your garage… might be a valve adjustment. That usually requires a substantial tear down of the bike. Removing plastics, and the tank etc… Anyway, as you reach for tools one at a time to remove a fastener etc, set that tool aside. By the time you've buttoned everything back up, take stock of only the tools you've used, and those are the ones you should pack.

    Oddly enough, I've found it much easier to carry a small lithium powered impact wrench. The battery won't die the whole trip, unless you are the pit crew for everyone. But it weighs less than a large crescent wrench.

    Unless you really want to be Mr. Fix-It for everyone in your group, I find that's the best way to not only learn your bike but only take the tools you need, and nothing extra you don't. Save the extra weight for other essentials.

  7. Here is the list: Tool pack: (1) Duck tape, (2) Matches, (3) 5 minute epoxy, (4) Quick aluminum epoxy, (5) T-handle (6) Allen wrenches (have a 3/8 size is recommended), (7) Razor blade(s), (8) Screw driver (6-way type recommended), (9) Spark plug wrench or socket, (10) Wrenches 8mm-17mm, (11) Extra brake lever (shift lever), (12) Radiator stop leak, (13) Extra spark plug, (14) Various nuts and washers (bike specific), (15) Extra fuel line, (16) Tire gauge, (17) Electrical tape, (18) Extra chain master links, (19) Hi-temp silicone, (20) Safety wire, (21) Zip Ties, (22) Rags, (23) Hand cleaner (wipes), (24) Nitro tape (can repair radiator hose), (25) Torx bit wrenches, (26) Tire irons, (27) Bailing wire, (28) Sockets and bits (for t-handle), (29) Vise grips, (30) Needle nose Pliers, (31) slip-jaw pliers, (32) Cresent wrench, (33) Motion Pro Axle tire iron, (34) Tusk Racing axle wrench (with box 22mm and 27mm sockets), (35) Extra tubes (front and rear), (36) Tusk tire repair kit ($29.99/ebay), (37) Tire pump, (38) Tow-strap, (39) Extra air-filter, (40) Rubber gloves, (41) Oil.

    Not mentioned but worth considering:
    (42) WD40, (43) Paper funnel(s), (44) Light sticks (to work out in the dark, or head-flash light), (45) Turn-signal bulb(s) (or head light/brake light), (46) Channel-locks, (47) Spanner wrench (for shocks)

  8. Great video. Is a slime compressor that necessary if you have Tusk tire repair kit with a few co2 cartridges? I'm trying to carry just the necessities, not the niceties. Thanks for input!

  9. Great job Justin. Added JB Weld to kit. Just had first 'on road' flat on my 'tour bike'. Plug kit and pump now added to my tool kit too. Also, comment from 'TheBikerScout' is right on the money, that's how my kit got selected.

  10. Seems like a video for adventure bikes. If you're a dirtbiker, carry a flat screwdriver, small pliars, and a small adjustable wrench. Oil, sealants, and tape should be reserved for group rides 50mi +.

  11. Adv toolkit 

    Duct tape

    5 min epoxy 

    Matches

    Quick aluminum epoxy 

    Tusk t handle 

    Allen wrenches

    Razor blade

    Screwdriver 6 way

    Spark plug wrench 

    Wrenches 8 to 17

    Radiator stop leak 

    Spark plug

    Nuts bolts washes

    Fuel line 

    Tire gauge 

    Electrical tape 

    Master link

    Hi temperature silicone 

    Safety wire

    Zip ties 

    Rags 

    Hand cleaner 

    Nitrile tape

    Torx bits

    Tire irons 

    Bailing wire

    Extra sockets 

    Needle nose vice grips

    Pliers

    Crescent wrench 

    Tube

    Tire repair kit

    Oil

    Pump slime electrical 

    Tow strap 

    Air filter 

    Rags

    Rubber gloves

  12. I recommend looking at the German tool company Wera…they make some brilliant, hi quality tool kits with a small but super powerful zyklops ratchet that beats a t handle hands down, including the most common torx and socket sizes. Their kits are small, and take a much less space than most alternatives.

    I also pack a 6” torque wrench, to snug up all the torx on Euro bikes to the right specs (or close enough)

  13. Sweet video I noticed you have Tire irons and a pair of bead Breakers do I need both for a dirt bike tire I have a KTM thanks

  14. The container for the epoxy is from Mentos, even Happydent gum have the same containers, they are waterproof too.

  15. Good video, but man, in my opinion you have too many tools and they occupy too much space in a luggage and they weight too much. First, I would take only one type of epoxy. Second, i would take ratchet, extender, only certain type of sockets (8, 10, 12 mm), adapter for bits, hex bits (not all sizes as in your Allen wrench, but depending on bike), big and small flat bit and big and small PH bits. These are instead of screwdriver, T-handle, Allen wrenches. I would also take 8, 10, 12 mm wrenches (or maybe just one adjustable wrench). Third, multi-tool instead of your two pliers and razor blade. Fourth, two tire irons, first combined with front axle nut wrench (22 mm), second combined with rear axle nut wrench (27 mm). The rest of your stuff is ok to me. I'd like to mention just thats it's very important that you have clutch and throttle repair kit. Thanks for video!

  16. That’s a lot of stuff, adventure meaning more than 5 mile to a main road.. lol if bad things or luck don’t happen we wouldn’t have any good stories to tell lol

  17. Thats just way too much in tools. You could open a garage with that.
    Tell your buddies to bring their own tools and save a lot of weight

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