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Ok, doing some searching for a decent quality tool roll (NOT looking for a kit with tools...I have quality tools already(...but looking for a decent fabric/canvas tool roll.

Something that will actually hold things like sockets without them going everywhere, as well as larger handle things like vise-grips (which the handles sometimes force you to use two pockets of a pouch to hold it...where I would prefer tight elastic to hold the tool).

If I can squeeze it under the seat, that's where it will be kept.

So that I don't end up ordering a multitude of rolls only to find out the quality sucks, what are you using?
 

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Ok, doing some searching for a decent quality tool roll (NOT looking for a kit with tools...I have quality tools already(...but looking for a decent fabric/canvas tool roll.

Something that will actually hold things like sockets without them going everywhere, as well as larger handle things like vise-grips (which the handles sometimes force you to use two pockets of a pouch to hold it...where I would prefer tight elastic to hold the tool).

If I can squeeze it under the seat, that's where it will be kept.

So that I don't end up ordering a multitude of rolls only to find out the quality sucks, what are you using?
I've got the Moose tool wrap. Reasonable price ($15-20) and pretty stout material. With the tools I carry, it JUST fits into a standard sized tool tube. It's secured by the velcro strap. It has a small zippered pocket inside where I keep my sockets and other bits & pieces, and another (large) pocket that I don't use, and probably just adds unnecessary bulk when rolled up. If I used the larger tool tube, or kept it somewhere else, I'm sure I could find all sorts of stuff for that other pocket. There's no way I could fit it under the seat of my Wee2, with my PC8 and stock tool kit already there.
 

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I use one of those heavy duty nylon zippered cash bags that they sell at office supply stores. It works pretty well, and is small enough to fit in the tool tray, or at least it was, until I put in a PC-8. For the small things like sockets, I put them in a zip lock freezer bag, wrapped in a rubber band.

It doesn't have individual pockets like a tool roll, but the tool rolls I found ended up being so bulky that they didn't fit easily either under the seat or in my tool tube.
 

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It doesn't have individual pockets like a tool roll, but the tool rolls I found ended up being so bulky that they didn't fit easily either under the seat or in my tool tube.
I understand that. I'm looking at options of things...moving my Blue Sea to somewhere besides the battery area...I've got a MSR 33 ounce bottle in my tool tube...trying to figure out how to carry tools when I don't have the side cases or the top case on the bike...

I feel like the Wee is a giant Rubik's Cube...moving things around trying to find the one perfect configuration for everything I want to carry (Blue Sea, MSR bottle, hand tools, air compressor, tire plug kit, etc.)
 

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I understand that. I'm looking at options of things...moving my Blue Sea to somewhere besides the battery area...I've got a MSR 33 ounce bottle in my tool tube...trying to figure out how to carry tools when I don't have the side cases or the top case on the bike...

I feel like the Wee is a giant Rubik's Cube...moving things around trying to find the one perfect configuration for everything I want to carry (Blue Sea, MSR bottle, hand tools, air compressor, tire plug kit, etc.)
I've found it's easier to break down the tools into different bags, so you're not trying to find a place for one giant tool roll. When I'm traveling I have stuff under the seat, in the tool tube, and maybe some items in the cases. I've been toying with the idea of redesigning my tool tube into a rectangular shape, so it has more efficient storage. I'm just stuck on the tube idea since it gives the bike more symmetry from the back.
 

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Canvas ammo pouch (or at least that's what it was labeled) which I stuff with a ratchet and selection of sockets, set of allen keys, some zipties, CO2 cartridges, tire plugging tools & plugs, my own screwdriver, small roll of electrical tape, etc. And it fits under the seat in the rear storage compartment.





There's actually room enough to shove it back towards the tail lights, another 4 inches, but it just settles in where it is right now and that's fine, I don't need anything else under the seat presently.
 

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I think some guys carry too much stuff. OP, you are in Indiana.... do you really need an MSR fuel bottle? Lose it and use the tube for storage of tools... although frankly I don't think you really need much more than the stock kit provides. In 100,000 miles on V Stroms I can't recall ever needing more than a multi tool, a tire kit, a 24mm wrench and allen (chain), and zip ties...
 

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I've found it's easier to break down the tools into different bags, so you're not trying to find a place for one giant tool roll.
That's the way I've been leaning, and just putting them together like a puzzle into the available space.

Canvas ammo pouch (or at least that's what it was labeled) which I stuff with a ratchet and selection of sockets, set of allen keys, some zipties, CO2 cartridges, tire plugging tools & plugs, my own screwdriver, small roll of electrical tape, etc. And it fits under the seat in the rear storage compartment.
I like that idea...probably easy to find and cheap at one of the local surplus stores.

I think some guys carry too much stuff. OP, you are in Indiana.... do you really need an MSR fuel bottle? Lose it and use the tube for storage of tools...
I understand the thought. I plan to do a lot of remote riding...I like getting lost...Alaska, Utah, Arizona, Nevada...etc. Sometimes my brain doesn't trigger the need to look at the fuel gauge periodically even when in proximity to many gas stations :mrgreen:

But yes, when around town, it makes more sense to haul tools in the tool tube as you mention...but I don't have poor quality tools that I don't mind being stolen either from a twist and open case. I'd prefer to put tools under seat if possible (and I don't always ride with the top case or the side cases on either, so tool tube and under seat are the two locations to work with).
 

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Bought two of these bags from my favorite riding glove manufacturer. I split the tools into the two bags and store them in my side bags.
When I'm not using the side bags I put them in the top box on either side it to balance the load.

The bags are a tad too long to store under the seat. Quite flexible, they hold a ton of tools. Size 3"H x 4"W x 9"L ...

I actually bought three bags. Two blue one's for the tools and a red one to hold the first aid gear.

https://shop.helimot.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=59
 

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I have some free advice for anyone using a canvas pouch for their tools; to keep the tools from chafing and eventually wearing a hole in the bottom, take a 2L bottle of soda and cut a piece of plastic out of it which will fit in the bottom of the bag and curve slightly up the sides. This takes the abuse and keeps the bag from getting holy.
 

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Yup to chafing on an old canvas tool bag.
I solved the tool tube security problem, I put an inexpensive hasp and lock in the cap.
Tool rolls take up too much real estate with all that fabric. A shop rag can mitigate the chafing and wear.
 

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I use an Ogio 450 Tool Pack to keep my tools and other riding items in. If you don't over load it the weight is not that noticeable. Plus it gives me a spot to put a water bottle in that is secure and easy to get to.
 

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I solved the tool tube security problem, I put an inexpensive hasp and lock in the cap.
Tool rolls take up too much real estate with all that fabric. A shop rag can mitigate the chafing and wear.

notacop... Can you upload a pic of the hasp and lock on your tool tube? I'm thinking about doing the same thing.
 

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Ok, doing some searching for a decent quality tool roll ...but looking for a decent fabric/canvas tool roll.

So that I don't end up ordering a multitude of rolls only to find out the quality sucks, what are you using?
Well, I suppose we need to define a "decent quality tool roll". My tool roll (of decent quality) is that piece of white bed-sheet. Because all that you see fits into my ubiquitous tractor manual cylinder, this is fine. The shop towel shown at the top of the picture is wrapped around the 35mm film can which has the duct tape wrapped around it, and fits into the cap. The tool roll is thin, takes very little space, has no individual pockets for tools not to fit into, is cheap, is replaceable (I have the makings of a dozen more under my toolbench, or is available in any motel room - just kidding), and tool selection can be varied with no real fitting problems.

In short, for my set-up, any nice sturdy and thick roll would only take up valuable space and cause compartmentalizational anxiety. Your set-up will vary, of course.

Oh, edit: under the seat space is taken up with an eight circuit fuse block and associated wiring, my tire plug kit and a modified (cut-down) el-cheapo compressor for tire inflation. Chain oil has no permanent location, but I could fit a smaller can also under the seat. Take this fwiw, as it doesn't really address your particular needs. It's my take on the common problem.

 
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