Triumph Explorer XC

When setting out for a tour, be it extended or just a weekend jaunt, you need to plan for any hurdles you may encounter on the way. The best strategy to increase your odds of being able to continue your ride after a mishap or mechanical issue is to carry a tool kit that includes more than just the basics. While your bike probably came with a factory kit, you’d be foolish to count on it to serve as anything more than a paperweight. Read on to see what tools I think you should carry – at a bare minimum – on your next tour.


    So true I’ve done many 1,000 mile + trips solo with very little tools. I’ve gotten very lucky but I will never do that again way to dangerous, because the areas I go phones don’t work well and very little traffic-very nice. Always go with someone for safety and fun. thanks my take from experience……Be Safe…..

  • jose

    You missed the two most essential items in any motorcyclist emergency kit. Also known as the BMW or Gold Wing rider road emergency kit.

    A credit card with a large available balance and a cell phone.
    For adventure rides you can replace the cell phone with a satellite phone or messaging device.

    • Evans Brasfield

      I list the credit card under the food category of my packing list.

  • JMDonald

    I probably need to change my tire repair kit. I’ve been lugging it around for 10 years.

  • RevD

    I prefer to call electrical tape ‘Black Magic’

    • jimirod

      Muffler tape and Duct tape as well

      • RevD

        Yea, but those are typically silver…

  • SRMark

    Toilet paper

    • George

      By all means ‘ .

  • Old MOron

    A couple of years ago, I got this Rescue Tape at the Long Beach moto show. Seems to be more expensive than I remember, but it’s cool stuff.

  • RickyJoe

    I’d always suggest a Scottoiler for longer trips… or any trips really. It’s not a tool in the strictest sense, but will save you getting stranded on the side of the Road without a replacement chain once the first ones snapped!

  • jimirod

    All of these are great ideas and the posts are great too.

  • Peter Frampton

    Hi Evans, All great must have touring items but you missed one I would never go touring without, Rescue Tape. Go to their website at and you will see why. I’ve been using this stuff as a boater for years and now it’s a must have in my Gold Wing. You might have to change your article to the 11 most important things to take while touring.
    Ride safe.