2. Multi-Tool

Multi-Tool

A multi-tool (a.k.a. Leatherman) is so useful when traveling that you shouldn’t keep it in your tool kit. It deserves a place of honor in your tank bag. Good multi-tools will have a healthy combination of pliers, a knife, a can opener, a bottle opener, a corkscrew, a leather punch, a screw driver, wire cutters, scissors, nail file, a saw, a masseuse, and a lawyer (to help negotiate those speeding tickets). I’ve even eaten a meal using just a screwdriver and the multi-tool’s knife when I discovered I had lost my utensils.

  • DAVID

    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.
    http://www.rescuetape.com/ 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 http://www.rescuetape.com 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.