Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Beer Collins, CO
I'm a maintenance freak & usually spend quite a bit of time going over the bike before shoving off-haven't had any show stoppers other than flat tires and that only stopped me for 10-15 minutes before I was rolling again. I went 20+ years with no flats and then had two last touring season and after the second one I added a Slime compressor into the kit-cans of Fix-a-Flat and CO2 cylinders will only get so much air in a tire-it's nice to have just in case.
I have spare fuses duct taped to the inside of covers, a couple of cable stops that I've drilled out and beveled the hole for easing a frayed cable into if needed. A small 1st aid kit with an eye cup & eye wash.
A good multi-tool (mine's a SOG) & a roll of electrical tape has helped me & a lot of folks on the side of the road get goin' again.
I used to carry a whole mechanics bag with little jumper cables I made, 4-5 feet of clear plastic tubing for siphoning gas, tire irons & patch kit, spare bulbs, master links & chain tool, spare spark plugs, a lighter with solder wrapped around it for fixing wires-and that was for just around town! Those were different bikes and the with the Vics you don't need much.
Last edited by ByteN2it; 03-12-2014 at 04:12 PM.