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today we’re going to talk about the
tools I carry on my motorcycle welcome to my day job
this is classroom for Puget Sound safety by day I’m an instructor by night I’m a
YouTube sensation I’m gonna share with you what I carry in my toolkit on my
2008 1200 GS BMW so this one’s built specifically for my bike if I need
repairs on that bike on the road this is just a Personals back for
toothbrush and so here we go inside the tool bag I have everything in Ziploc
bags this tool kit resides underneath the seat of my bike which means it does
get wet and it gets moisture and I keep it on the bike all the time so this just
helps keep from rust and decay on the tools voila my magic toolkit so here’s the way
I built this what I did was I went to my motorcycle I went to my toolkit and I
would find things like a wrench and go to the bike find all the nuts all the
screws all the bolts and I would put a wrench on it and I would take that
number and I’d write it down on a piece of paper so I know exactly if I needed a
Phillips or flathead how many sockets I needed and that’s how
I actually chose the tools that are sitting on this table your particular
bike will probably be somewhat different if you take a look at these you’ll
notice all of my tools have red stripes on them this bike has two red stripes
one of my other bikes has single red stripes and my wife’s bike has white
stripes and what that helps us do is if we put all the tools out on the ground
especially for sharing tools or if I’m helping somebody else when it’s time to
clean up the mass I know exactly which tools belong to me and which tools
belong to the other bike each bike has its own special tool kit the first time
I start carrying a hammer was when we had bent a rim down in Mexico we had to
go purchase a hammer so we could actually bend the rim back to straight
every time I bend something metal a skid plate or an aluminum pannier this helps
straighten it out this one is a lightweight Stanley and it has a very
small steel shank that goes through the handle which makes it very lightweight
but it opens up very large and that allows me to use it for the back axle
nuts and because it’s adjustable I can use it as secondary tool if I need an
additional I also carry a smaller one this allows me to get down to the
smaller sizes that may not be typical metric or for some reason I have a piece
of kit that uses standard that’s an adorable little wrench this is for the
spark plug so this spark plug required a special spark plug socket to get into
the heads to pull that out so this one I’ve actually shaved the outside off
with a grinder I’m pretty well known for adapting tools to my bike rather than
hunting around to always find the perfect tool
this is a one of those really inexpensive cheap factory toolkit plug
socket for a Yamaha TW 200 the outside edges of this fit my front axle nut
perfectly when I do service or maintenance on my bike
you know locally I pull out the toolkit that I carry with me and that way if I
find myself having to go to my big toolbox to get additional tools then I
need to figure out do I need to add that that particular tool to my toolkit or am
I just doing that because the tools of my big tool kit are nicer than the tools
that carry with me so I want to make sure I can make all the repairs needed
while I’m actually I’ve probably I do carry extra light in case I need to do
some kind of repair or a fix a flat tire on the side of the road after dark
this one here allows me to check for voltage so if I have any kind of
electrical system problem but also for troubleshooting if my electric gear goes
out any of my charging items go off for charging my computer and the allen keys
I select the same way I select the wrenches I just go around the bike I
have a Leatherman that I keep in the tool kit on the bike and then I also
have one they keep in my jacket in my riding suit so it’s actually kind of a
backup but I want to make sure that if I forget want to lose the one that’s on me
I always have one for the kit so this has the needlenose it has wire Clippers
it has you’ll notice there’s no screwdriver in this particular setup so
right now I’m relying on this tool for the Philips and for the flat heads this
here is a box cutter it’s small it’s thin it’s light and just having this to
trim if I need to make repairs and trim off wire ties and it just weighs nothing
so there’s no reason not to just alright so the tape measure this allows me to
just make sure I don’t get too fat white Ravel seriously though the the tape
measure I use for setting suspension so I can check sag on the bike the other
reason I started having this is when I’m traveling sometimes I have to make
repairs and I don’t have everything with me so I need to go to a hardware store I
need to fabricate something having a tape measure allows me to get more
precise measurements for either buying materials or to
your things on the valve stem I always keep a core tool for removing the valve
stem but I always also keep a higher quality one in the tool kit here so that
it doesn’t spin off or damaged so this is for doing flat tire the inevitable
flat tire calling AAA or calling for help
isn’t going to work if you’re up in the mountains and you have no cell service
and most of those places carried a set of tools to break the beat to pull the
tire off and a set of tire irons is pretty critical for me I carry the
motion Pro bead Pro not an inexpensive tool but worth every single penny this
is one of the best tools I’ve seen on the market in a very long time this side
slides underneath this slides in so this slides between the tire and the rim
itself this goes in and sandwiches and then all you do is squeeze them together
and it pops it off the rim the backside of these are set of tire irons knowing
how to pull a tire off even if you have a tubeless tire
I carry a tool for pouchy tubeless tires if I happen to pick up a nail on the
pavement this tool allows me to punch through the hole and plug it as an
adventure rider this usually isn’t what I need if you end up with a flat is
because you’ve hit something and you’ve either cut a tube if you have a tubeless
tire or you may have actually sliced the tire itself so having a tool that you
can remove the tire so you can put a tube inside is something you need to
know how to do and have the right tools for to air it up I have a regular air
compressor this is a Slime pump it was inexpensive I removed all of the casings
on it there’s lots of different moving parts so you need to be very careful
also these pumps can get very hot but most importantly the modification is the
power supply I have got my bike wired in all over the place so I’ve got this SAE
plug let’s me plug into any one of those points these are the tools oh oh oh wait
wait wait this is a magnet and drop the screw we’re not down inside the motor
somewhere or where it slipped down between absolute gold
so this toolkit is for my shaft drive 1200 but if you have a bike with a chain
there’s a couple other items that you need now I don’t recommend using this
once you’ve used it on the chain but if you really need to I suppose you could
multi-purpose it but I take a tooth brush and this allows me to clean the
chain if you have a chain failure or a bad link you may have to cut out that
link and splice the chain back together or to actually splice in another section
of chain I always carry a little section of chain to do that I have a chain
removal this actually pushes the the pin all the way out so it’s a chain breaker
and I also have a chain press and make sure you have a wrench that you can
adjust your spokes with this is almost everything I carry whether I travel
local or whether I travel international the only difference is really the other
items I carry for repairs these tools because they’re always with me and under
the bike and they’re going to be damaged these are pretty much a low end to
mid-range the wrenches work pretty well but these were maybe eight dollars for
the set of wrenches dollar ninety-nine or two from about six dollars there’s a
couple items that I would make sure you have good quality I wouldn’t go too
cheap on a cruddy ratchet that breaks is gonna make for a bad day if you got to
carry a multi-tool go with something that’s a high end but the rest of these
every time you do service take the toolkit out of the bike and do the
service with the tools you carry I’ll put a list of these tools in the show
notes below and some of the links or some of the nicer tools like the motion
Pro if you enjoyed this video click like and let me know what you think in the
comments below

98 thoughts on “Bret’s Adventure Motorcycle Tool Kit

  1. Hey Brett. Thanks again for the videos. You mentioned putting in a tube if you slice a tubeless tire. What tube do you carry? I normally just carry a 21" since it can also be used in the back. I also lean towards a Kenda since they are much more resilient. But they are really bulky and take up space. What do you use and where do you store it? Also, you have room under your seat for all those tools?! I think on my 1090 I would need to get rid of the fuel scavenging box to have any room at all under there (on my to do list BTW).

  2. Great video Brett. I am almost 66 years old and have been riding since I was roughly 13-14. My toolkit has constantly evolved over that time. I will be adding a telescopic magnet and the bead breaking irons you have just shown. Thanks again and safe riding. (Aussie fan)

  3. Back in the old days….BMW R1100GS….it came with a complete tool kit, all I had to add is a 30 mm socket and a 14 mm allen key and I could remove the gearbox to change the clutch, since the 1100 GS BMW have basically not provided tools for their motorcycles.
    Good hint of using the same travel tool kit for servicing the bike at home that you take with you when you travel.

  4. You did the much the same as I did. I went thru the factory tool kit and replaced the cheap wrenches with better ones. Of course a flash light, wire ties and adjustable end wrenches are a good idea also. When I go on a long trip, I even carry a 12 volt air compressor and tire plug kit (ya never know) I ride Hondas, so I've never had to use any of my tools on my bikes, but I have helped other riders with some of my tools. I guess I'd rather have it and not need it, then to need it and not have it!

  5. I have 1aid kit. some screws, (if you lose some)some tools, some straps (if something gets lose or need towing)fuel hose (if empty) and tire repair kit (co2, manometer and tire plugs).
    If something is missing I call tow truck 😉

  6. Zip ties. JB weld. Bic lighter with a segment of friction tape and a segment of electric tape wrapped around it. Section of tygon for syphoning. A few dollars for the country you're traveling in (it's money, it's paper, it's an insulator, it's a shim) Tube patch kit. Felt tipped pen. Length of common wire size for the bike. Couple of spare fuses. Small thing of lube. Everything I just listed is worth gold in a pinch and would add negligible weight/size to your kit

  7. Really great tips, I need to update my tool kit (I haven't done so since I traded bikes…….10 1/2 months and 6,000 miles ago 🤣). Great video and topic! 😁and BTW, with over 71,000 Subs currently, I guess you ARE a "Youtube sensation bby night" 😜🤣

  8. can you please tell us wich are the parts you would carry into a trip to Africa fro ex? thanks 😉

  9. I also like to carry a small roll of .032" Safety wire…I wish my bikes tires were tubeless…easy to repair with a plug kit if it's just a normal size puncture..AND I didn't see any zip ties….can't leave the house without zip ties! 🙂

  10. I always carry Duct Tape. Peel a 10ft (3M) length from the roll and wrap it around a spark plug box and stash in a zip lock bag under the seat.

  11. Mini can WD40, disposable gloves, cable ties, fuses, bulbs, lighter, electric/duct tape…first aid kit?

  12. Concerning the magnet – a stick and chewing gum does the trick, too ;o) maybe not as elegant but … well … :o)

  13. What do you carry to ingest massive amounts of air needed to seat the beads on the tubeless tires? That small compressor wont do it as I own one.

  14. I would add a mini mole wrench for easyish brake /clutch/gear/rear brake clip it on to get you home. I also take a bit of wire and some strip connectors.(saved me 200 miles from home when a corroded really hard to find connector to the ignition caused a no electrics to anything breakdown) And always puncture kit and gas.

  15. Smart to color-code your tools. Firefighters have multiple companies training or scene of call. Thier tools are painted to designate the engine or station.

  16. Great subject matter that never gets old. I’ve sorted through and narrowed down my tool kit the as you have. My GSA is a 2011 and my tiny kit can take me just short of removing the frame and my pannier rack attached tool box isn’t compIetely full. I keep a Leatheman and GS 911 in my tank bag and I keep my air compressor, oil filter removal tool, oil cap tool and spark plug wire thing-a-ma-jig under my seat. I gotten so used to using my on the bike tools for everything I do that even while in the shop I seldom visit my tool box. Oddly enough when I am using my regular toolbox tools it’s become a strange and not so comfortable feeling.

  17. On my recent 2200+ miles trip from Oregon to Texas on Honda CB500X, I carried tire plug kit and credit card. I figured, if shit happened and I'm still alive and well, all I needed was to somehow get to nearest U-Haul station. Load bike on the truck and finish trip. The other option was to wait at nearest hotel/motel for wife to show up with truck and hitch carrier or trailer.

  18. Even if I have better tools in my garage I try to do all my normal maintenance tasks, from mounting a new tire to an oil/filter change, with the tool kit I carry on my bike. It may be annoying at times but it gives me way more confidence that I can fix my or another riders bike on the side of the road if need be..I also always carry a spare tube or plug kit (depending on the type of wheel) and a a manual or electric air pump in case of a flat.

  19. I agree with the duct tape and wire. I would add JB Weld too. I’m new to your channel but it’s pretty awesome, some might say, “sensational” 🙂

  20. I just did the Dempster on my 1200GS and changed tires in the wild with the Motion Pro bead breaker like yours. You do the same as me by working on your bike with just the tools you carry. I had to replace an exhaust rocked on my KTM 690 in the Atacoma desert and had all the tools I needed.

  21. I think you shouldn't remove the casing of the tire inflator.

    Two things that haven't been mentioned: duct tape, and a Micro Start if your bike won't start.

    Not in the same category, but I carry a Garmin inReach mini (for 2 way satellite texting, weather and SOS) , hand sanitizer and cash.

  22. Once you might let your bike fall into the water while crossing a river in the outback, carrying 1L of engine oil might not be wrong.
    Water is heavier than oil, therefore after letting the engine rest for a while, you´ll be able to drain it, filling up the amount of lubricant needed. Once you get back to inhabitated areas don´t wait too much to change the oil!

  23. I noticed you showed the tyre levers to take off a tyre, but didnt show any inner tubes ? im guessing you carry 2 sets for front and rear ?

  24. Modern Japanese bikes have fuel injection. The ECU controls spark and fuel and cooling fan etc. If the engine needs anything it needs coolant, oil and a scan tool and probably some unique part. Fortuately they are very reliable. I carry some gasket cement to plug a crack in a casing or cover in an emergency. I carry metal zip ties- more robust than plastic and can be used on hot things like exhausts. A can of tyre inflator/sealant and some tubeless tyre repair inserts. Tubeless tyres are a bitch to break the bead on but the upside of that is they can be fixed without removal most of the time. When that wont fix it the tyre is needing replacement in which case riding it flat at walking pace will do no harm. Tubeless tyres stay on the bead so well I've seen people limp to the next town with the side walls in tatters but the tyre stayed on the rim. So tyre irons hammers and pumps are too much bulk and weight. Allen keys are light so replace bolts on things like front sproket covers with allen head bolts as it saves carrying deep 8mm sockets and socket tools etc. 250mls of oil in a narrow necked bottle is enough to top up somewhere on a trip to save buying oil which may not match the synthetic stuff you run. If you just can't keep the weight down and start carrying spare leathermans incase you loose your one on your belt then I guess you need to save up for a gs1200 to carry the weight.

  25. I have a small tool kit for dirt/enduro riding. I have tools for simple jobs and replacement levers, but not tools for bigger jobs, size and weight is important for my style of riding. Some issues like flats are just too hard to do in the bush. It's too much, carrying a tube + axel tools + pump, sometimes you gotta sacrifice for benifits. I've seen guys carrying everything they need, never used half of it. I know a guy who doesn't carry tools in the bush because, quote "everyone else does" – camo

  26. Very useful…. one thing to add is that I always carry spare clutch and brake levers as well as rear brake and gear selector levers. Thanks for a great channel….

  27. I've put green goo in my tires and I carry a small bicycle hand pump. If I pick up a nail, the goo slows down or stops the leak. The bike pump tops up the air, and I can get to a shop. So far so good.

  28. Great ideas & tool kit , in the past I`ve dropped small items in the dirt or grass , & while I can`t see it I get the magnet do the finding . Worked for me.

  29. Enjoy your videos! One comment – I might have missed this but – when being towed the strap should be placed as near the center of the bike as possible. Doing this will keep the bars from being turned if there is a jerk on the strap.

  30. Great to know that I am not the only biker to carry one of those magnet wands!! The number of times that I have retrieved a nut or washer from some inaccessible area on my bike is countless. Never leave home without it.

  31. …plus one subscriber…I just got into riding motorcycles and it is an absolute blast I was lucky enough to get set up with a dual sport for my first and I am enjoying both worlds! I was watching you video and saw that you said pudget sound safety It tripped me out because I live in Port orchard and went to pudget sound safety for my msf…at Cheney stadium…shout-out from Port orchard!!!

  32. One other trick I use on my KLR650 is that I bought a set of stainless steel allen screws for my bike on eBay (I think). Not that I am particularly interested in dressing up my bike with them, I mostly carry them because I have a pretty complete set of screws to replace any that I lose on the trail. Haven't needed it often, but when I have, it was good to have them.

  33. I'd like to say that in the past I've used a Gerber multitool straight screwdriver bit on a stubborn screw and because the bit is so thin and the metal quality the bit snapped in a corner making it useless for use. I suggest real, quality, screwdrivers or a kit with interchangeable bits and a driver handle.

  34. Hello Bret, thank you very much for your advice about the tire breaker tool. My question about what tool you use ist fulfilled 😀

    Having a nice video about tire repair on the trip is done wisely would be very welcome. 🏍

    Uli with KTM Enduro 690R 2010,
    Ladenburg, Germany, Earth. 🦅

  35. Would be great if You should do a video to show us what basic tools to carry for any motorbike. With the tools mentioned on this video, most of us can imagine which tools can select, but as always we can be missing an important one or simply to improve

  36. Bret, I see a few driver bits there. I'd like to recommend against carrying the "security" Torx bits with the hole in the center. They're weak and will shatter under load, especially on brake rotors or lug bolts. I like the multi-tool for extracting objects from the tire tread and for trimming a tubeless patch. But instead of a second one I carry a 6-inch long-nose Vicegrip. On my last off-road adventure the Vicegrip with an extension (like your Yamaha socket) on the butt end straightened a shift and brake pedal that seemed hopelessly bent. It makes an emergency shift lever too. Who changes plugs on a ride? No 4-stroke rider, but you may have to de-water a bike. The BMW oe tubeless tire tool combines a reamer and an inserter on the same shaft with a flat loop handle that takes no space. Some people combine a tube snake with the core extractor.

  37. Great video, thanks for sharing! I have tubeless tyres but am considering carrying (qty)one spare tube for either tyre… just in case! Quick Q: With a 17" rear and a 21" front, what size tube would suit both? I'm thinking either 18"R or 21"F but not entirely sure which end of the scale I need to be. (I'm a new subscriber and tellin' my mates you're awesome!)

  38. Thanks. I carry a simple tool kit On my bike. I like the idea of marking the tools. I also carry survival kit too. Mostly basic stuff. I carry a spare pair of glasses that fold into a small case. I don’t need them when I ride but if I broke my good pair I have something to get me by. I carry a bike pump that is double action. It’s surprisingly how quickly you can fill a motorcycle tire.

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