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  • Tools for the road

    Posted by John on October 22, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    I’m about to embark on an 1800 mile ride on my 2008 Kingpin in couple days. This will be, by far, the longest ride I’ve taken this bike on. I’m wondering if anyone has some suggestions on tools that I might want to take. I’m not looking to take the entire garage, maybe a small set of box-end wrenches, set of Allen wrenches, and some electrical repair items. Any thoughts?

    Barry replied 1 year, 4 months ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Andrew

    October 23, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    For a Vic it’s all mostly tools you’ll need to help someone else but, fuses, needle nose vise grips, tire pressure gauge, tire repair kit with a small 12v compressor, flashlight, packets of hand wipes, socket and extension for removing the seat, small multimeter, zip ties, etc. I used to carry quite a bit of miscellaneous stuff in the bags but in all the years riding the only thing I’ve every used was the 1/4″ siphon hose. Biker guy sitting on the side of the road ran out of gas. I had just filled up and two plastic water bottles of fuel got him to the next station.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 8 months ago by  Andrew.
  • John

    October 24, 2022 at 7:52 am

    Thanks, Andrew. I loaded her up with some tools yesterday in anticipation of the ride. I don’t want to carry too much as I have no intention of diving into the bike too deep in a parking lot or on the side of the road. Chances are, all will be just fine. Reading all of the successful road trip stories out there certainly instills confidence.

  • B

    January 22, 2023 at 9:59 am

    Something I recently added to both my Vic’s tool bags is a copy of their service manuals downloaded on a jump drive. Sealed in a baggie it doesn’t take any room & could come in handy if you end up at an independent shop willing to do repairs but no Vic knowledge. Figured it couldn’t hurt. I have extra fuses taped in the bikes & some soldering wire wrapped around a bic lighter that I’ve used to fix wires on the road too-small & light, easy to pack.

  • Barry

    February 20, 2023 at 1:29 pm

    I’d take a Sav-U-Ride cable and the tools needed to use it. Seems like a broken clutch cable is the usual problem we see on these bikes. Not a lot of other common stuff that you can fix on the side of the road but the clutch cable seems to be the most common.