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    Tool kits

    There was a time you went no where with out a well stocked tool kit. Be it a nicely packed roll up or a pouch. Stuffed in a bag or strapped on some where never leave home with out it. Biggest sin was to forget the plug wrench.
    Times have changed. It has been many years sense a Plug wrench was a major item. Even in the bike room most tools are for playing with the bike not repairing it. The last bike I carried a roll up kit was my 07. Used it once to help a lady tighten loose battery cables on her car. All I carry now is this simple all in one and a HOG premium membership card . Have never had to use either in many miles of riding. But you never know you may need to tighten something on a trip. And should things go bad HOG is there.
    Newer HD rider has been told he need a truck full of tools to ride his Harley. The above is how I explained it to him.
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    I have my tool kit from 1999 and carry it everywhere...Fortunately I have never had any real problems...

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    I have those tool bags that custom fit in the bottom of the saddlebags and because I spent the biggest part of my life as a mechanic I have to admit I carry more tools than I need but I have used them for myself and to help others.
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    I have a tool set, with what I think I may need, rolled in a converted vise grip holder.
    When I would take it, it was always the first item into the sadle bag. Only times I opened it up was to add something to it. This kit started when I got my 03 RKC, and each time I got a new bike the tool kit they came with had less and less. And now they give us a little fold up pocket type. Gone are the days of carrying tools to take the axle nut off, to all you may need to remove is a bulb.
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    We sure have come a long ways. Make a 5000 plus mile trip like it was nothing. Kind of why so called Iron but rides have become meaningless. You can ride 1000 miles in a day and still go out to dinner and a movie.
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    Same here. I also carry my tool kit package from the '07. I only carry it in the event someone needs tools. I hope I never have to use them on my '14. 'Cause I just wanna ride and have a fun filled day. I too have the 7 year warranty from HD. And the tire warranty. Again hoping not to have to use them. But if I do I know I am covered.
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    I carry a lot of the Basic Tools that can help me or others out , including a Stop & Go Tire Plug Kit ( Tubeless Tires ) and Slime Portable Compressor .. Used them a few times mostly helping someone else ..
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by santajim Click here to enlarge
    I have those tool bags that custom fit in the bottom of the saddlebags and because I spent the biggest part of my life as a mechanic I have to admit I carry more tools than I need but I have used them for myself and to help others.

    Amen brother! While I 100% totally agree with Smitty about how the reliability has greatly improved for HD. As someone who has spent his lifetime as a maintainer...I never go anywhere without at least a few basic tools...and gorilla tape (a new version of duct tape that is just incredible!). No matter if I'm riding my scoot, or driving my truck I keep something with me in case somebody else needs help.
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    Got my tool bag from my shovel . With all stuff added from poke king . Can pull brakes rear wheel lol . Tools get used on other folks rides . That is ok with me . Nice to help out
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