Motorcycle Tool Kit

Revision: 10/01/2004
Revision: 04/15/2006

Introduction:

When I bought my wing I was disappointed with the tool kit that came with it. I looked for a replacement tool kit, but did not find one that caught my attention, so I decided to make my own.

Details:

This was a simple and inexpensive project. I bought some thin reflectors at Wal-Mart for $1.99 and trimmed them down to a smaller size. I used some weather striping glue that I had in my tool box and glued the reflectors on the inside of the fender.

I decided to remove the fender to do the job, but I suppose I could have done it without removing the fender, but I wanted to clean the inside of the fender, so the glue would hold better. I glued one reflector first waited for the glue to set then glued the other side. While I waited for the glue to set I cleaned the tire and wheel.

 

The OEM tool pouch is too small for the tool kit that I had in mind. I found a roll tool pouch on the internet that would work better.

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The first tool I added to my tool kit was a Leatherman. The primary functions that I was looking for, were the needle nose pliers, knife, and wire cutters. There are many manufactures that make a variations of this tool. The price can range from $10 to $60. I happen to gave a Leatherman in my closet that was just colleting dust.

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Wrenches come in all shapes, sizes, and prices. I decided to replace the OEM Honda wrenches an inexpensive set of metric wrenches from Harbor Freight and added the10mm, 12mm, 13mm, 14mm, and 17mm to the tool kit.

After doing a little maintenance on my bike I realized that a set of 1/4 inch sockets, a couple of extensions, and a ratchet for be a great addition.

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You all ways need a screw drive for something. To keep space to a minimum I did not use standard type screw drivers. I put together a set of screw driver and metric Allen tips and an extension. I found a ratcheting pocket screw driver tool to use with the tips.

The only tool that I used from the original Honda Tool Kit was the spark plug socket wrench. I also through in a small assortment of nylon wire ties, a flash light, and electrical tape

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This should give you an idea what my tool kit looks like and how it is organized in the roll tool pouch.

 

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Suggestions:

I have seen tool kits that as great for overhauling an engine, these tool kits are too large, heavy, and take too much space in the trunk. At the other end I have also seen tools kits that do not have enough tools to replace a burnt stop light. To determine, if you have an effective and efficient tool kit I suggest to do the following at least until you have had a chance to fine-tune you tool kit.

  1. Use the tools, in your tool kit, to install all the accessories that you buy for your bike.
  2. Use the tools, in your tool kit, for routine maintenance like oil changes and tune-ups.

If you can do the above installations and maintenance then you have and effective tool kit, and if your tool kit is small and not to heavy, then you have and efficient tool kit.

NOTE:

I added one more thing to my tool kit. I bought at Sears a telescopic magnet. It is the one that looks like a ink pen and extends out about 24 inches.

 

Revision: 04/15/2006

I found another roll tool pouch. This is what it looks like.

roll tool pouch. This is what it looks like.

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