Originally Posted by DanDiver
This question came up on a thread about the few tools that come with a K1600 and as I was getting ready to hijack the thread, I stopped and started this one.
Thinking back to my last K1200LT with about 50,00 miles in 8 years, I don't think that I ever used the tool kit that came with the bike or the few tools or compressor that I added, on the highway. I did use the lug wrench each time to remove the rear tire for a replacement.
I have NEVER used any of the tools for highway repair. In fact, since I've been riding, and that's from the age of 16, I've never had a highway breakdown on a motorcycle, except for once running out of gas on a Honda many years ago. I wonder if I have any company if my luck will come to an end?
I bought the extra toolkit for my K1200GT. See this thread (I re-posted the photos in post #20):
I have used that toolkit at home for wheel removal and for replacing the spark plugs during the valve check. I didn't have the right tools for the job otherwise. See this discussion about tools for the spark plugs on the KGTs, including my lengthy post #4:
But you asked about using tools on the road. I have used tools on the road (mostly multi-day long distance rides) for the following:
* Portable air compressor to fill tires to the correct pressure.
* Tire repair kit to fix flats. Interestingly, I have used it several times on friends' bikes, but not on my own (over 30 years). The one time I took a nail (actually, a screw), I was close to the dealer, who replaced the tire.
* 10 mm combination wrench to adjust the gear shift lever. After I remove or install the peg extenders, I have to adjust the gear shift lever. When riding on a trip, I usually need to tweak it once or twice to get the setting to "perfect".
* Assorted tools (especially the T-25) to do the following:
-- Removing the windscreen to take it into the motel shower with me. Really.
-- Getting into the battery compartment to access the connector for the compressor, to get out the heattroller for the heated jacket liner, etc.
-- Adjusting the handlebars.
A good air compressor is worth carrying on a long trip. Meese recommended a Thomas 215 (model 215ADC38/12). They are quite durable and powerful for their size. You may be able to find them used - they are popular for motor home levelers.
Meese carries a more complete tool set. He performs basic maintenance operations on the road including oil changes and wheel removal for tire changes.