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post #1 of 11 Old 07-24-2007, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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All I had was bubble gum and a match!

I had a little adventure today while I was out riding. Up in the mountains outside of Colorado Springs, I came upon a guy and girl and their Jeep, sitting by the side of the road. They had been out there all night, and were waiting for someone to come along and take them back to town, I guess. I asked what happened.

The day before, they had splashed through some deep water, and sucked the water into the intake. Some other people had tried to help them when the battery went dead after repeatedly cranking the engine over, but the last advice they were given was to let the engine dry out and it would probably start. They had little or no tools to speak of, so I took out my OEM toolkit from my DR and proceeded to pull the spark plugs and the air filter, etc. to actually get the engine dried out. I lucked out that my spark plug wrench fit the plugs on the jeep, but if I had just had a crescent wrench, my life would have been much easier.

Long story short, I got the jeep running eventually after another guy in a Subaru came by and helped us by jumping the battery.

All this brings me to my question: What do you carry in your toolkits? Are there any tools that you just can't leave home without (crescent wrench anyone)? And what do you use to carry your tools, if you bring any?

-Joe
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-24-2007, 12:34 PM
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When on one of the bikes the Honda OEM toolkit works really well in a pinch.

If touring I always carry a tire plug kit and a wind up flashlight.

In one of the vehicles I just make sure I have a cell phone, but I don't usually off road, or I'd take some tools with me. I do have a toolbag and jumper cables that stay in my truck at all times. Lots of hand tools, plus a flashlight, duct and electrical tape.

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I took the toolkit out of the bike when I bought it... I wonder where that thing is now-a-days?

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Plus tire patch kit and Honda oem tool kit
when on the bike anyway

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Maybe you should change your name to MacGyver? It's cool that you stopped to help them out. You probably changed their opinions of people who ride in a positive way.

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Between Alaska and Montana, I've been stuck out in the woods too many times to not try to help out. What goes around comes around, I always figured.

I looked at a few tool kits, one from Cruz tools, and another from Aerostich. I just don't want to end up carrying a tool box around with me, but I am definitely going to upgrade what I have after today.

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If I lived out in the middle of nowhere, or at least visited nowhere on a regular basis, I would buy a satellite phone:

http://www.globalcomsatphone.com/

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If I lived out in the middle of nowhere, or at least visited nowhere on a regular basis, I would buy a satellite phone:

http://www.globalcomsatphone.com/
Now where's the adventure in that?

I had my cell phone, but the funny part was, they had called a "friend" who left them out there all night. Good friend, huh?

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You forgot 1 HUGE detail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What did she look like?

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I cannot in good faith respond to that question, but let's just say my fiance would have been much more fun to rescue...

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The Honda tool kit isn't bad. I always carry:
- tank bag on the sport bikes
- a bit of duct tape
- zip ties
- leatherman
- a few towel and wet wipes
- folding metric/SAE allen wrench set
- air gage
- pig snot
- lube
- a few other items

It all takes up very little room.

With the H-D ... absolutely nothing. It's bullet proof.

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