Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Mount Vernon, WA, USA
Re: Tool Kit for travel
You really can't do much on the road. At the motel, you can go to the hardware store and get what you need for tools or have it towed to the shop. Can you use the tools to accomplish anything???? Are you a mechanic? Do you have a GS-911 to tell you the story on more complicated issues? Have you lined up a dealer that will ship you parts over night with a phone call?
Take your flat repair hardware (including a small pump) and a volt meter if you know how to use it. Other wise, go riding and don't worry. A flat tire will probably be the worst if you keep your bike in good shape. There are people that carry spare final drive units for the older bikes. Put my thumb on a rock and hit it with a hammer. If the bike is that scary, I would not leave town on it. The most I do, is to carry a 60mm left side final drive seal for the new generation drives. And that is a waste of time since we have gone to 180 ml of oil back there. Even Porsche has given up on spare tires, just a flat fix it kit in my last one. And that is for the AAA guy to use. Unless your ready to get dirty and take part in the obsession we all have, machines. Preemptive maintenance is your friend. Stuff gets old. Things need maintenance and it is not all on the annual list from BMW. Did you replace the front wheel bearings at 75k miles? How are your rear final drive pivot bearings? Retorque the adjustable journal for the rear swing arm every two years to 9Nm? Go on that dream trip on a three year old battery, you would be surprised at what the heat in the SW will do to it? The list is a book long, right down to removing your center stand and greasing everything every two years.
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I change your tires $50, you buy them on the web.
K13S, S1000R (gone through a few GS's & RT's)
Last edited by beech; Apr 27th, 2018 at 1:27 am.