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ST-1100 News, Issue #003 -- Tools and Toolkits

December 15, 2010

ST-1100 News - December 2010

Welcome to the December edition of the ST-1100 News.
In this issue:
Tools and Toolkits - what should you carry?

One day your life is going to flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching. - Unknown

Tools and Toolkits

The last thing you need is to be stuck on the side of the road with a breakdown which you know would be easily repairable if you had your toolkit with you. Now fortunately, the ST1100 has a lot of storage space, so carrying a small toolkit is not only possible, but in my view essential.

You can customize your pack of tools anyway you choose, but I'm just going to give you a good list of the basics that just about everyone is going to find handy in any situation.

Firstly (although not strictly a tool), it's advisable to carry a good cell phone with a carrier that gets some type of signal in the areas where you ride the most. The cell phone will be your best asset when it comes to summoning help in case of any emergencies that could arise. Don't forget to make sure it's kept fully charged.

Secondly - a reliable flashlight. (And I bet you thought I was going to leap straight in with the size and quantity of spanners you need! I'll get to those in a minute.) Well, there's nothing worse than for something to happen at night only to discover you don't have a torch. The word "reliable" here also refers to the batteries. A flashlight isn't any good if your batteries are dead! Of course you could get one which doesn't require batteries; just give it a shake, and like magic, you have light. But whichever type you choose, make sure it gives off a decent beam of light. These little key-fob LED light torches are almost useless.

Thirdly - some means of repairing and re-inflating tyres. Punctures happen when you least expect them. An electric tyre pump is exceedingly useful once you've repaired the puncture; for which one of these kits does the job.

It may also be worth considering a small first-aid kit that at least treats bleeding, abrasions, and maybe insect bites; you can decide exactly what you think you'll need in the kit.

You may still have the Honda tool-roll that originally came with the bike. This should be sufficient for any on-the-spot repairs that may be necessary. For a description of the tools contained in this roll, have a look at the ST1100 tools page

If you don't have the original tool-roll, you can of course customize your own list of tools.

It's advisable to always work on your bike with the tool-set that you carry with you. For example, if you get into the habit of always removing your spark plugs with your favourite spark-plug socket wrench in the comfort of your garage, and then find yourself having to do this next to the road, you'll probably be a bit stuck if the wrench isn't in your toolkit!

An example of the tools I carry is also shown on the ST1100 tools page.

Other useful items which don't take up much space are:

  • A roll of duct tape (you'll be amazed what you can fix with this)
  • A small assortment of nuts and bolts
  • Replacement fuses; one of each amperage should be sufficient
  • A small pair of jumper cables

December Tip:

Do you carry at least one spare headlight bulb? You should!

As this will be the last newsletter for this year, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Keep the shiny side up.


In the next issue: Spare Parts and where to get them!

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