Almost all motorcycles come with a standard emergency tool kit. Whether this works and if it’s sufficient you should test before your trip. We first put the tools of our two machines together. What we got twice was then sorted out again. In addition, we have stored for a long time all the tools we have used to work on our motorcycles separately. In this way, we were able to optimally compile our tools for the journey.
Where and how do I transport my tools?
You want to transport your tools in a dry spot (due to rust hazard) and if possible at a low point on the motorcycle. We carry about three kilograms of tools, to pack them all in your tank bag is probably not the smartest idea, because the center of gravity and handling is not ideal. So we finally came up with the idea of building a tube with a sewage pipe (Geberit pipe), which is installed in front of the engine. Since we also wanted to have our tire levers (big and heavy) down there, the tool-tube has to have 35cm inside dimensions.
In this post, you can find the information to our tool tube, in case you want to make your own.
So we have one tool tube per motorcycle. In one we transport our tool roll and the other contains the spare tubes, screws and a towline. We also carry a bag with all other spare parts, aids and our compressor stored in one of our panniers.
A gadget which we really love is the compressor “Airpower 115” by Touratech. This compressor is extremly light, sturdy and powerful, but not very cheap. We already met people with cheaper compressors though and they were not really happy with their choice, therefore we are glad that we decided to pay a little more.
The compressor is not only for a flat tyre, we more often use it in another situation. We ride a a lot of sand and soft gravel and therefore have to bleed the tubes. If you get back to the road you have to refill the tyre with air, but mostly there are no petrol stations with air service around. Of course you can pump by hand but if you have ever tried this, you know how exhausting this is, even if it is not 40 degrees.
Therefore we would never ever travel without this little companion. We have it with us on every trip since 2014 and he never failed us so far. Only thing you need is a 12V output on your motorbike to run it.