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Lots of variables to what a person should take along

It would help if we knew where in the world you are riding (desert, mountains, swamps, forests) .

How far away is help from you where you want to ride?

How many miles do you plan on riding?

Cell Service?

Do you ride with a buddy?

Paved roads, logging roads, single track, make your own path?

How much space are you willing to make for supplies? (Tool tubes. ammo box, milk crate)

When I go exploring within 50 miles from my house I take minimal supplies (two tool tubes stuffed with gear). When I take my 100+ mile jaunts into the cascades I bring tire irons and 2 tubes, tube patch kit, rope and tackle, small axe or chain saw, spot gps messenger,

Here are a couple of my normal rides that take me to some logging roads.

I take lots of gear for this one


I take just my tool tubes and spare gas for this one.


If I break something up a mountain road and need the wife to bring a trailer to get me, I can plan on a cold reception. So I bring lot's of extra stuff to fix things.

Edit: 9-26-12

Did I ask too many questions?

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The stock tools are extra weight, toss em. I carry a 10mm, 12mm, 13mm, 17mm wrenches, vise grips, 10" cresent wrench, wire cutters, set of allen wrenches, needle nose pliers, phillips and flad screw drivers, extra H4 bulb, nylon tow strap, 10' 14 guage wire, electrical tape, bailing wire, 1st aid kit, a couple candy bars, a throw away rain poncho, patch kit and small pump. That should cover just about anything you can fix on the trail.

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Your lool rquirements in the boonies will almost always be at least three times the bulk of the stock tool kit, but there are a number of ways to minimize it.

There are no 13mm fasteners on a TW. Or at least none that you would typically need to access in the field or during routine maintenence. Reduce typical wrench or socket sets to only the sizes your bike uses.

I always recomend that over time you do all your routine service work using only the tool kit you intend to carry in the field. Add/subtract as things reveal themselves. If you don't use it, chuck it.

Accessories sometimes come with non-metric fasteners or oddball bolt head sizes such as 15mm. Consider replacing such hardware with Allen head bolts or trying to find relacement bolts with 9/16" heads for accessories which use Standard bolts, which can be wrenched with a 14mm. A folding Allen key set fits in the palm of your hand and reduces your tool load substantially.

"Stubby" Crescent wrenches open further for a given length than their standard counterparts. Beats carrying two wrenches for things like the axle nuts because they're the only things on the bike which require that size wrench. Make sure the stubby you choose covers the largest bolt heads on the bike and you can reduce your tool load as well.

Japanese bikes use J.I.S. Phillips head screws. These have a slightly different profile than "normal" Phillips. Regular Phillips head screwdrivers will work but will often strip the heads of particularly stubborn J.I.S. Phillips screws. Use the ones that came in your tool kit until you can find higher quality replacements.

Keep the plug wrench from the stock kit, as well. You won't find anything lighter and it's perfectly adequate.

Etc., etc. You'll work it out to your own comfort level over time.
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