3. Flat Repair Kit

 

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I’ve kept a flat repair kit under the seat on my personal bike for years. The ones with compressed CO2 give you the most bang for the buck. However, you’ve only got one shot to fill the tire. If you have two punctures, like we did on our Sport-Adventure-Touring shootout you’ll be out of luck unless you’re carrying extra CO2 cartridges or a pump, too. John Burns recently reviewed a pair of plug kits (see here), and I’ve been quite happy with my MotoPumps Mini. (Review here).

One word of warning, if your tire kit uses vulcanizing cement, be sure to check your plug kit every year or so. Otherwise, you may find yourself on the side of the road with a tube of pre-vulcanized cement, rendering your kit useless. (Don’t ask me how I know this.)

  • 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.