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Just wondering what you guys keep in your saddle bags to keep you from getting stranded or, get you back going if your bike should fail you out on the road. Can be any item or part, ie. Trire plugs, fuses, tools, bike parts etc.. If you want, just list your favorite gizmo that you like having with you. What makes you more comfortable having with you on those long trips (saftey items too) out on the old road?

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myself not just on the road but all the time basic tool kit wrenches, 3/8" drive sockets and ratchet, inexpensive electrical meter. fuses, electrical tape, assroted cable ties. duct tape, screwdrivers, and of course the most important thing toilet paper never know when you may need it.

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Some guys like to carry a cell phone and a credit card.
I'm sort of the opposite of that. Although I have them too, I hate to have to use either of them and be unprepared.

So I carry a wide array of small things from fuses to first aid kit from extra relays and even a set of alternator brushes for someone else (I have a Compufire). I carry tire repair tools and a self created small kit of tools.

I like my comforts and sitting beside the road or sitting in some dealership while someone who knows less than I do about my bike works on it is not something I welcome.




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i like an spare engine on the trailer
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I take a different tack. I believe my bike to be flawless and never worry about it.

Why ain't we ridin'?
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In all seriousness, I keep a quart of oil, some spare fuses, a booster cable, some 550 cord, a small roll of duct tape, a small roll of electricians tape, a small piece of baling wire (3 feet), the honda tool kit supplemented with some ratchets/sockets, a tire plug kit and a small air compressor - this plus my trusty swiss army knife and multi-plier that go everywhere with me.

The goal is not to be able to do a complete teardown/rebuild, but rather to be able to effect temporary repairs if something happens, i.e. throttle cable breaking, bolt vibrating loose and out, fuse blowing, fuse needing to be bypassed etc - or to provide assistance if I find someone that needs it. the largest/bulkiest thing is the quart of oil - everything else fits in nooks/crannies out of the way. I know it's there, just in case, and I keep it for the same reason that I have insurance. I may never need it, but I'd rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.

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just about everything I worry about has been covered.

I am going to install a special "Hot Start" mod on my bike. From battery, to fuse, to switch, to ECM. That way, if it refuses to start and the kickstand is up, and the handlebar Stop Switch is ON. Flip that emergency switch and see if you are good to go.

If so, go home when you want, on your terms. Then fix what ails it when you get home.

If it don't, then you most likely got fuel problems. Dead pump or ???

I'm debating about carrying a spare fuel pump. those are horrifically expensive OEM sources, and hard to find in a lurch. An inline pump just to use until you get home, might not be a bad idea.

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The only thing I wished I had of taken on my last trip I did, is a pair of brake pads. The bike ran flawless, but Northern Arizona is no place to find brake pads on a Sunday. I checked the front before the trip, and ASSUMED the back ones were fine. Not.

Had to have my dear Mom in Mesa send some brake pads onto to Durango so I could install them there.

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