The Ultimate Adventure Bike Tool Kit

The Ultimate Adventure Bike Tool Kit

Dakar Racer, Simon Pavey once showed me the tool kit he uses on the Dakar Rally.... and it’s tiny.

Pavey once fitted a new engine with his kit and can fix anything on the bike with it because he has already done so. He’s practised with it, taken his bike apart and put it back together, and anything he didn’t use he didn’t take. His other bit of invaluable advice was not to tighten anything up on your bike using a tool that isn’t in your kit, there’s no point tightening the rear axle spindle up with a huge bar if you’ve only got a ¾ inch driver in your tool kit to undo it with.

Ultimate adventure bike tool kit
The complete tool kit we use to travel the world

Adventure Bike Tool Kit

Remembering those pearls of wisdom will really help when packing your kit as knowing what tools to take can be daunting, and if you’re not careful you can end up pulling a mini workshop on a trailer.

How to build your own motorcycle tool kit

Here’s how to build your tool kit. Take your adventure bike to pieces (as close to pieces as you can). Take everything off that you think is likely to go wrong with your bike within reason, there’s no point taking the engine apart as you won’t be taking it apart on a Namibian hard shoulder. Then put your bike back together, putting only the tools you use into one box. By the time you’ve finished you should have all the tools needed to put your bike back together in one container. Now go through that pile and condense even further. You can do this by swapping out attachments, buying 2-in-1 parts and so on.

By doing this, not only will you build a solid and lightweight tool kit, the process will also build your confidence in using those tools and fixing anything that breaks.

Our motorcycle tool kit

Here’s a complete list of all our tools, accessories and spares. Have fun building your own!

Accessories
Ultimate adventure bike tool kit

Adventure bike tools

  1. 38-inch ratchet with sockets and extension used to remove any bolt on the bike
  2. Socket and 12-inch adapter for front spindle
  3. Set of spanners
  4. Pin punch to remove brake pin
  5. Phillips and flat head screwdriver
  6. Tweezers
  7. Hex head bits
  8. Rear axle bolt spanner (should come with your bike)
  9. Attachments to remove header pipe
  10. Multi tool (with pliers, file, knife, saw and tin opener)
  11. Chain split link breaker
  12. Spark plug remover (should come with your bike)
  13. Cut piece of measuring tape for chain tension

The tool roll itself is made by Kriega. You can find it online here.

Ultimate adventure bike tool kit

How to Choose the Right Adventure Riding Gear

Accessories

  1. Mr. Funnel. This funnel is a water and dirt filter with no changeable or serviceable parts. It filters out water and debris which can contaminate fuel in areas with poor petrol or when buying fuel stored in Coke bottles on the side of the road in Uzbekistan.
  2. Large, medium and small cable ties
  3. Duct and electrical tape
  4. Ratchet tie down (used for ferries, towing, strapping broken stuff together – our most used and loved bit of kit – couldn’t live without it!)
  5. Jump cables
Ultimate adventure bike tool kit

Spares

  1. Bulbs
  2. O-rings and washers for oil filter changing/ nuts, bolts and washers
  3. Clutch and brake levers
  4. Parts for Scottoiler 
  5. Universal cable repair kit
  6. Spark plug
  7. Front inner tube. We don’t carry a rear as tubes are heavy and we have a repair kit. The spare front tube can always be put in the rear tyre so we could hobble to a garage
Ultimate adventure bike tool kit

Tyres

  1. Rocky Creek light weight tyre pump – compact, light and cheap at around £30
  2. Three tyre levers and one rim protector
  3. Puncture repair kit (tubed or tubeless kit depending on your bike)
  4. Tyre pressure gauge
Ultimate adventure bike tool kit

Lubes

  1. Silicone grease for air filter sealing
  2. Standard grease, Loctite and copper grease
  3. Air filter grease (although standard grease will do)
  4. Metal epoxy (cheap one from Halfords, but very effective at sticking metal together)
  5. 3-In-One multi-purpose lubrication
  6. We also carry a small amount of two consumables – engine oil and WD40 (we don’t carry spare Scott Oil as the reservoir carries 10,000 miles worth of oil)

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Resources

START HERE: Planning a motorcycle trip but don’t know where to start? Start Here!

BIKE: Get your bike ready for adventure by checking out our Motorcycle Preparation guides.

KIT: Take a look at our Motorcycle Clothing and Equipment Reviews and How to choose your Adventure Riding Gear Guide.

DESTINATIONS: Check out our comprehensive Destination Guides for Overlanders and motorcycle travellers. 

INSPIRATION: Grab a coffee and have a read of the new Stories section and our monthly Blog.

OVERLANDERS’ DATABASE: Find everything you need to motorcycle the world in our new easy access resource Here.

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