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Am planning on taking some long rides out into remote areas of Nevada next month, and would like to have as many of the crucial tools as possible.

So, what tools and sizes will fit all of the most common nuts/bolts on my 2005 XR650L?

Thanks!

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tire repair stuff only ... Hondas don't require tools ... "tools ?, we dont need no steenking tools !" ....... :banana: (but it is considerate to carry tools along, just to help out the other brands that are broken down) ... :ride:

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tire repair stuff only ... Hondas don't require tools ... "tools ?, we dont need no steenking tools !" ....... :banana: (but it is considerate to carry tools along, just to help out the other brands that are broken down) ... :ride:
SO TRUE!! I was about to say the same thing! It's an "L", just ride!

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SO TRUE!! I was about to say the same thing! It's an "L", just ride!

I concur, 18,000 miles on my 04, never once a mechanical problem. Get a bolt/nut kit if you're worried, some big zip ties, some duct tape. The factory tool kit has everything you need, not the best quality, but it'll do, and as said tire repair tools.

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Am planning on taking some long rides out into remote areas of Nevada next month, and would like to have as many of the crucial tools as possible.

So, what tools and sizes will fit all of the most common nuts/bolts on my 2005 XR650L?

Thanks!

for me?

band aids, beer, gauze, impact enabled GPS locator beacon linked to local search and rescue, beer, bactine, a bag of O-neg blood, beer, snake bite kit, assorted splint & tourniquet supplies... etc. :ride:

no specific order.

oh yeah, dont forget beer.

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actually, other than the fact that the quality bites monkey dung, the tool kit that comes with it is relatively comprehensive if you toss in a tire patch kit of some sort.

and first aid supplies...

and beer. :ride:

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for me?

band aids, beer, gauze, impact enabled GPS locator beacon linked to local search and rescue, beer, bactine, a bag of O-neg blood, beer, snake bite kit, assorted splint & tourniquet supplies... etc. :ride:

no specific order.

oh yeah, dont forget beer.

Do you have one of those beer can rigs for your helmet?

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This little sucker is great -http://www.rockymountainatv.com/productDetail.do?prodFamilyId=3162&navTitle=Tools%2FShop&webCatId=22&pageLinkUri=&vehicleType=&webTypeId=140&navType=type

Oops - guess you gotta copy & paste - excuse my poor computer skills.

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My list for remote areas: There's nothing worse than being out there, knowing the problem and no way to repair. I've never used any of this, the bike is bullet proof but adding 8 lbs of insurance is a no brainer for me.

Tire irons, tube repair patches

Fuses

Valve and tool to remove/replace

tiny flashlight

small hose clamp

first aide kit (for me) include needle and thread, pills (alergy, achs pains), antibiotic use as a lubricant too (tire changes)

air pump, and small inflator can with sealant

crescent wrench 8" the only real full size tool I carry

Rear axle nut wrench (comes in the factory kit with extender handle)

allen wrenches

socket set 4,6,8,10,12mm 3/8" drive, 4" drive extender

multi tool (leatherman for me)

vice grip

mult tip screw driver

spark plug and wrench (comes in factory kit)

zip ties, duct tape, electric tape (not whole roles obviously, just 3-4 foot pieces)

epoxy puddy, the metal repair stuff that you kneed together (1/2 container)

a 2 foot piece of wire, a couple of wire crimp connectors

adjustable slot pliers

Think that's about it. Water in camel pack (or beer/wine/cooler better yet leave that behind) ,

Optional but nice in a pinch energy bars, lighter, magnifying glass, compass, whistle, thermometer.

Excluding water you should be able to carry it all in a rear fender pack (not including the water) and add 8-10 pounds. I removed more than 10 pounds through fender mods, remove the wings, removing rear foot pegs, removing smog, after market pipe and plastic tank.

Anyway the only time I ever used any of this was to work on a buddies Kawa 650 and had everything I needed. Also had to straighten out a shift lever for a son and had to adjust a brush guard after a fairly serious fall. Like I said it's more insurance and not much added weight. I've never been close to any bike induced problems but hate to think about not having the right (or any) tool for a minor repair that would otherwise force you to walk. Bending my sons shift lever without tools.......impossible and the bike would have been a no go without getting it straight.

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Maybe you can get away without tools but you should have epoxy (any tipover in the left side is a potential crack in the crankcase by the shift lever )tie wraps,steel wire(wich can double up as a missing bolt,etc)tire kit and a FIRST AID KIT,the bike you can always left behind.And how remote is remote?basic survival gear(fire,water treatment and something to cover from the elements;Big Trash Bag,jacket.The thing is when this bikes break its because of a very nasty tipover or some kind of catastrophic engine failure wich no amount of backpack tools can fix.BUT then it's up to you.Happy roosting.

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I carry a bunch of tools.. but like the some have said, its only to fix other peoples bikes.

1/4 drive ratchet and sockets 5mm-14 with a 3" extension

4-in-1 short screw driver

spark plug wrench ( my stock one didn't fit my bike)

3M self-adhesive tube patches

3 tire irons

small alligator pliers (like channel locks only better and smaller)

Feeler gauges ( its so sad to see a Euro bike owner kick, and kick and kick cause his valves are out of spec.)

Axle sockets (for my bike, i seem to be the designated rusty nail finder)

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oops, forgot to mention,bring a few buddies,I mean dont ride alone I know what can happen.....

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I got a small plastic pistol case mounted to my rack for a tool kit:

http://rokklym.smugmug.com/photos/70832699-S.jpg

In it I have:

Tire Irons 8"

21" tube - Patch kit - c02 and pump

Quick Steel and Quick Almuminum ( saved my but at least once! )

Zip ties ( I also have zip ties attached to the bottom tube that runs below the battery box, Ironicly with zip ties - nice to have them where you can reach one or two quick )

Flashlight

Tool roll with your average tool assortment.

8-10-12 & 14 mm - have these in sockets and wrenches

My bike has broke down on me a few times. I am not going to be stranded unless there is no hope.

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I can carry every thing I need to strip and rebuild except for two wrenches in the pouch behind the seat, I'll send the list later.

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My tip and trust me I speak from experience is to carry some of the JB weld quik drying putty. Comes in a tube and you knead it together. Called waterweld or something. Learned lesson the hard way in Moab several weeks ago. If you dump your bike it is possible to jamb your shifter into your side case. I did it on the Moab rim trail and lost a bunch of oil. Created a dime size hole.This stuff rocks and I now know where they sell it in Moab. Also a t-handle type 1/4" drive tool to remove the 8mm bolts on the side cases makes a difficult job real easy on the side of the trail...

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