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Offline LongWayHome

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Maintenance on Road Trips
on: October 27, 2020, 12:58:02 PM
I've been enjoying some of the trip pics here.  Got the SW Moto bags and looking forward to such trips myself.
I'm wondering if any fellow riders can share tips on maintenance during multi-day trips, such as chain upkeep without a service stand.  Any pointers on tools/supplies to carry?  Things to look out for?

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Re: Maintenance on Road Trips
Reply #1 on: October 27, 2020, 03:15:15 PM
The only routine service I do on tour is to lube the chain.  I have the original version of this: 
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/tirox-snapjack-v2?sku_id=1788167

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Re: Maintenance on Road Trips
Reply #2 on: October 27, 2020, 03:17:16 PM
 I used to carry a ton of tools on my shovelhead, we all did. A breakdown on the side of the road and you would see all the tool rolls emerge from saddlebags.
 Modern motorcycles are much more reliable and they have the ability to tell you what is wrong. So the first item I would bring is my GS-911WIFI.
The amount of hand tools you bring depends on your mechanical aptitude but I canít see being able to fix much on the side of the road on these bikes.
Assortment of torx bits.
Tire plug kit
Tire pressure gauge
Multi tool
Extra fuses
Roll of electrical tape
Credit card
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Re: Maintenance on Road Trips
Reply #3 on: October 27, 2020, 04:19:05 PM
The best approach to multi-day trips is to make sure youíve done all the maintenance before you go and that nothing will become due whilst youíre away. Then youíre only looking at a bit of chain maintenance during your trip and the possibility of unexpected breakdowns - which should be reduced because your regular maintenance routine was up to date before you set off.

If youíre travelling with friends, you can pivot the rear wheel off the ground by lifting the rear of the bike when itís on the side stand. Then have one of your mates spin the rear wheel whilst squirting lube onto the chain. The snap jack recommended by miles makes this a one-man operation though.

To Zig Zagís emergency tool list, Iíd add duct tape and some tie wraps.

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Re: Maintenance on Road Trips
Reply #4 on: October 27, 2020, 06:57:23 PM
As its a BMW, a water pump (maybe 2), switchgear and maybe an ignition barrel..

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Re: Maintenance on Road Trips
Reply #5 on: October 27, 2020, 09:56:24 PM
Wow, thanks.  I didn't even know the Snapjack existed. 
Good list from Zig Zag... I'm thinking, maybe two credit cards...

You guys are awesome.

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Re: Maintenance on Road Trips
Reply #6 on: October 28, 2020, 03:05:04 AM
My first motorcycle was a 1972 750 Norton Commando, no electric start.
This may be slightly off topic....
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