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post #1 of 15 Old Oct 4th, 2006, 10:29 pm Thread Starter
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What's in your toolkit??

On Sept. 23rd the wife and I went on a BMW Charity Ride visiting as many of the 9 Dealers in the SoCal area as possible. We made it to the 6th one, BMW of Ventura County, about 1PM and they had an '06 metallic gray LT sitting in the showroom. I made the mistake of asking "Just for the hell of it how much out the door." The wife tells me "I don't think I can make it home (95 miles) on the back of the 1150GS." Well we left the dealer about 6:30PM on the new LT. Man is there a lot of paperwork to fill out!!!

So I get home and look in the tool kit, if you can call it that. There was one double ended screwdriver, four mini blade fuses, a fuse puller, and the wire to lock the helmets (I read that in the manual!!). Is that it???? Did anyone get more than that without buying the "enhanced" tool kit?? I'm just wondering....

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Sorry Bill, BMW has gotten a bit tight on the tool kits. I'm sure if you had known you could have had them throw one in to close the deal. Check here http://www.sierrabmw.bigstep.com/item.jhtml;$sessionid$C2E15EQAAAKJ5TZENUGHBMWPERWR JPX0?UCIDs=820323%7C820415&PRID=1081475 for a good allround kit. My 02 came with a great kit. Have only had to add a few extra items. Left side case holds a sixpack with ease.......

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Up until model '05 the LT came with a full tool kit. Somewhere during the year 2005 BMW reduced the kit to what you've seen. But honestly, up to my last bike ('04 EU LT = '05 US model) I had complete toolkits. Never used them....

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I have a Helen twowheels tool bag and every time I work on the bike in the garage I use it................if the tool I need isn't in there, I add it. All fits nicely in the bag.
Adding tools from my collection at home or buying them from wherever is a lot cheaper than buying a BMW tool kit.............
I once had shocks fail on the RT while 1000 miles from home and was glad I carried the kit.

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billr, I had a similar astonishment. When picking up the bike (about 150 miles from home) the dealer was great as far as going over the whole bike. The tool kit was mentioned and I thought about looking in it but did not until a few days later.

Well at least there is a pouch to put tools in. Now I have to go thru what I have in metric and find out what BMW 'specials' are needed.

Any one have any suggestions?

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I have a Helen twowheels tool bag and every time I work on the bike in the garage I use it................if the tool I need isn't in there, I add it. All fits nicely in the bag.
Adding tools from my collection at home or buying them from wherever is a lot cheaper than buying a BMW tool kit.............
I once had shocks fail on the RT while 1000 miles from home and was glad I carried the kit.
Another endorsement for the H2W tool roll; enough room for the BMW (full) kit, plus ~25% more room of other essentials, all without the roll growing to obnoxious proportions.

One thought re: the now-must-separately-purchase BMW tool kit -- there's no question that you can buy most of the stuff in that kit cheaper. The main things you're paying for if you pop for the BMW kit are (i) knowledge that the tools are pretty good quality (not pot/scrap metal stuff), (ii) tools that you know are sized to fit the tool roll/saddlebag, and (iii) in one easy motion buying a pretty complete kit, thereby avoiding having to invest the time/effort to determine what you need and then go out and find/assemble everything. For some folks these reasons are *no* reason to buy the BMW kit, however, for others, the convenience is well worth the cost premium -- to each their own.

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After 30 odd years of bikes, (mostly old British ones, where the tools I took with me nearly outweighed the bike), I have come to the opinion, that on a long trip, the only tools you will need are the ones you don't have with you - for example - I have always carried a puncture repair kit, and (touch wood) have never yet had a puncture (I'll have ruined that now ).

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What's in your Toolkit?

I made my own kit. However you can go to E-bay item # 300034133260 may be of interest to you!

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Another endorsement for the H2W tool roll; enough room for the BMW (full) kit, plus ~25% more room of other essentials, all without the roll growing to obnoxious proportions.

One thought re: the now-must-separately-purchase BMW tool kit -- there's no question that you can buy most of the stuff in that kit cheaper. The main things you're paying for if you pop for the BMW kit are (i) knowledge that the tools are pretty good quality (not pot/scrap metal stuff), (ii) tools that you know are sized to fit the tool roll/saddlebag, and (iii) in one easy motion buying a pretty complete kit, thereby avoiding having to invest the time/effort to determine what you need and then go out and find/assemble everything. For some folks these reasons are *no* reason to buy the BMW kit, however, for others, the convenience is well worth the cost premium -- to each their own.
Mark, if you insist on posting responses like this -- which include excellent tips, good observations, and extra servings of common sense -- I'll have to start paying more attention to you!

Bill, my '05 LT came with what I assume is the "full-size" toolkit. The roll-up pouch was full-to-overflowing with stuff; I don't even know what some of the things are . Maybe I got some of the bits intended for your bike's toolkit! The only things I've added have been odds and ends like tape, extra fuses, and a better tire repair kit. I'm sure I don't carry a lot of what many of you do, but I reeeeeelly don't see myself changing the shocks or rotating the flux capacitor by the side of the road!

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I have a Helen twowheels tool bag and every time I work on the bike in the garage I use it................if the tool I need isn't in there, I add it. All fits nicely in the bag.
Adding tools from my collection at home or buying them from wherever is a lot cheaper than buying a BMW tool kit.............
I once had shocks fail on the RT while 1000 miles from home and was glad I carried the kit.
As in listing what you carry.

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As in listing what you carry.
Even better, check out Don Arthur's photographic contribution!

http://www.bmwlt.net/ubbthreads/show...e=&view=&sb=&o=

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Even better, check out Don Arthur's photographic contribution!

http://www.bmwlt.net/ubbthreads/show...=&view=&sb=&o=
Maybe Dr. Don can get all of us some used forceps. I know they'd come in handy.

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Maybe Dr. Don can get all of us some used forceps. I know they'd come in handy.
What?? You all can't just walk into your wife's surgery to pick up a set and a box of exam gloves?

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I have the bmw kit, it sits in my toolbox at home, I P/U an army surplus canvas tool bag and put together a toolkit of my own. a small tip I use is I have a large key ring about 2" in Dia that I have all of my open/box wrenches on so when I grab one I have all off them and just select which one I want and remove it from the ring, cause the one you need is always lost in the botom of the bag. I am not at home at the present or I would show a pic of the kit. I also have some small socket clips that I have my sockets clipped to so they are handy, I have two of them one for torx sockets, and one for allen sockets. If you ask at the local parts store sometimes shoplifters will remove sockets from these and they put them in a bin in the back, you can ask for them, most of the time the employes buy them at a discount. shhhh it is a secret.

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Toolkit Minimalism

I was as dissappointed as a kid on Christmas morning when I opened my "stocking" and all I found was a wire with two eyes (?) a small yellow crappy screwdriver and some fuses. Oh, and a reversible screwdriver - that's about it. My 03 GT tool kit had everything except a hydraulic jack! Some of the things I had no idea what they where for - looked good though!

I have since added the 3 gas bottle puncture repair kit and some torx keys. The best tool in the kit however is the BMW on-call phone number under your seat. It works!


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