tool thread >>>ADVANCED - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
General V-Strom Discussion Talk about all things V-Strom not limited to just one of the above models

 19Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 18 Old 01-11-2018, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
slipstream's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: NewYorkistan
Posts: 433
tool thread >>>ADVANCED

I have read a few tool threads as I'm trying to get a well thought out minimalist tool set up with one for local and one for mission critical remote riding.

I came upon this thread and it is very well thought out and I only made it through page 1 so far. Maybe it has been linked here before but worth checking out.

The Toolkit Thread | Adventure Rider
chicago, Solo Moto and gspy4u like this.

BOYCOTT Photobucket!
slipstream is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 18 Old 01-14-2018, 10:30 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Pasadna area
Posts: 13,800
A well thought out effort.
Actually, it helps to carry only the tools you know how to use in a disaster.
Lots of folks are best suited with a credit card and a satellite cell phone for when they break down out of range of a cell tower.
thirdofthree, Spec and dammitdave like this.
notacop is offline  
post #3 of 18 Old 01-14-2018, 11:08 AM
FORUM GODFATHER.....R.I.P. PAT
 
greywolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Evanston IL USA
Posts: 38,049
Garage
Consider what kind of riding you do and what kind of breakdown you can deal with on site. I wouldn't carry tire changing tools but I would carry an air pump and a good tubeless tire plug kit. I wouldn't carry chain tools but I would make sure the chain was in good shape before taking a trip. Do some work on the bike in trip preparation and see what jobs require tools not in the kit. I found a front axle hex tool was needed, 12mm on 650s and 19mm on 1000s at the time. I added a small ratchet set to get the front sprocket cover off as well as making some jobs easier. I replaced the engine cover bolts on one bike with socket head cap bolts.

Electrical issues are fairly common, especially on bikes with added wiring. I carried some wire, wire nuts (temporary use only), fuses and electrical tape.
ommoran and MAZ4ME like this.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...nicknames.html

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...-you-have.html
greywolf is offline  
 
post #4 of 18 Old 01-14-2018, 11:38 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
ommoran's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Posts: 301
Garage
So Greywolf - are you suggesting that we add your list (above) to the toolkit that was supplied? I'm looking to replace the tool kit with proper tools that will last, and including some sockets for the various wrench sizes as well. I know that some recommend finding the size of every nut and bolt on your bike, but perhaps your way is more logical?

2011 Wee-strom and loving it.
ommoran is offline  
post #5 of 18 Old 01-14-2018, 12:02 PM
FORUM GODFATHER.....R.I.P. PAT
 
greywolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Evanston IL USA
Posts: 38,049
Garage
I don't have a problem with the stock kit tools. They aren't the best finished but they will do the job they were designed to do. The spark plug tool allows removing the front plug without removing the radiator and I know of no other tool that can do that. The axle tools in the 650 kits will do the job with the extensions added along with an occasional foot and use less space than any other tool I've seen. I've not seen anyone report breaking a kit tool. A few additions are needed but there isn't anything in there that requires replacement that I have found. Sure, they don't look good and open end wrenches like to round off nuts but a little care for occasional use along with a socket set and they are okay.
Spec and ommoran like this.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...nicknames.html

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...-you-have.html
greywolf is offline  
post #6 of 18 Old 01-14-2018, 12:18 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
marcham's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Vancouver Island
Posts: 657
Garage
As mentioned above stock tool kit won't allow you to remove the front wheel. I added an axle nut tool, 1/4" ratchet set and tire wrench/rear axle nut wrench combo. I also carry 2 types of plugs. Mushrooms for clean round holes and string with a fresh tube of glue for small tears. I practiced with both before replacing a worn tire.

I used to carry a co2 inflator but after having seen plugs fail on the Top of the World Hwy, I now carry a motopressor. I have a small assortment of zip ties, extra screws, 2' electrical tape, 2' 14 gauge wire, 3 wire nuts, extra fuses, blue lock tite, mini voltmeter, self fusing silicone tape and spare chain link with clips. All fits under the seat in a tool roll.

If I got off highway then i carry a spare clutch lever.

Sent from my SM-T700 using Tapatalk

2015 VSTROM 650 X ABS EXP
Previous rides: 2012 KLX250S, 2006 VT1100C2, 2002 KX125, 1999 SV650, 1987 GPZ305
Bikes I wish I had: Ducati 916, Harley Road King, KTM 500 EXC, BMW R1200RT, Honda CRF1000L, BMW R75
marcham is offline  
post #7 of 18 Old 01-14-2018, 09:36 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Pasadna area
Posts: 13,800
" some wire, wire nuts (temporary use only)"

Oh, man. Some of the connectors in my house have had these devices for more than 50 years. What's a feller to do?

Guilty of having the CO2 cartridges along with a pump too. Lordy, all that extra weight under the seat. Heaven forbid I'm ready for tire armageddon!
notacop is offline  
post #8 of 18 Old 01-14-2018, 10:00 PM
FORUM GODFATHER.....R.I.P. PAT
 
greywolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Evanston IL USA
Posts: 38,049
Garage
Wire nuts work fine in the house but not so well on motorcycles. House wiring doesn't get wet or subject to vibration unless the house has bigger problems than any bike.
K9 Wee likes this.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...nicknames.html

Please vote in the poll on what Strom(s) you have at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...-you-have.html
greywolf is offline  
post #9 of 18 Old 01-15-2018, 04:48 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
bwringer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Indy
Posts: 3,273
Quote:
Originally Posted by greywolf View Post
Wire nuts work fine in the house but not so well on motorcycles. House wiring doesn't get wet or subject to vibration unless the house has bigger problems than any bike.
Yep. Houses don't usually move or vibrate.

But a few small wire nuts and some electrical tape can make an decent TEMPORARY repair or splice, and they're cheap, light, and re-usable. Carry a bit of wire, too.

A better solution is a few Posi-Lock connectors and a Posi-Tap. Posi-Locks and Posi-Taps actually can be used on a permanent basis on motorcycles (but they're re-usable, too).

The only issue is that connectors not in use tend to lose the little screw-in caps on the end after rattling around in a tool pack for a few years. Put them in a tiny bag or bundle a few up with tape or something like that so they're ready when needed.

These things work great; the one downside is that they are a little bulky, so can be awkward in tight situations.




A second point I'd like to make is that even if you don't know which end of a screwdriver is the turny bit, it's still a good idea to carry a few basics. Odds are decent that someone who DOES know what they are doing might stop to help. Or maybe you can call someone to coach you through it, but with no tools or supplies at all, you're just plain stuck with any minor problem.


I've learned the hard way that CO2 cartridges are fairly useless for motorcycle tires -- it takes more cartridge than you'd think to get enough pressure to ride on, and if you have a second leak, or the bead is unseated, you're completely SOL. A small electric pump is the best solution by far. If you're really headed to the wilds, a small bicycle pump can act as backup to the electric pump. Takes a while, but it'll do the job.

2002 Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom, Dark Metallic Space Blue
1983 Suzuki GS850G, Cosmic Blue
2005 KLR685, Aztec Red - Turd II.2, the ReReTurdening
bwringer is offline  
post #10 of 18 Old 01-15-2018, 06:21 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Pasadna area
Posts: 13,800
I got a Slime pump at the Ace Hardware a few years. Got a 12 dollar rebate on a 12 dollar pump. After tossing the case it's rolled up in a shop rag under the seat back by the tail light. And it do work!
notacop is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome