ST1100 Tools

Every new ST1100 was provided with a set of tools in a plastic pouch. However, if you purchased your ST1100 second-hand, you may not be fortunate enough to still have this.

This is the original tool roll:

  1. Toolbag
  2. Grip
  3. Screwdriver
  4. Hex wrench 5mm
  5. Pin spanner
  6. Eye wrench 14mm
  7. Spark plug wrench
  8. Allen key 6mm
  9. Eye wrench 10 x 12
  10. Spanner 8mm
  11. Spanner 10 x 12
  12. Spanner 14 x 17
  13. Pliers 150mm
  14. Eye wrench 24mm
  15. Eye wrench 27mm
  16. Handle 12mm

(The toolkit for ABS models also contains a feeler gauge).

Although I keep this tool roll on the bike, I tend not to use it. Instead I have my own motorcycle toolkit:

  1. Fabric tool roll
  2. Water pump pliers
  3. Bahco shifting spanner (Crescent wrench)
  4. Pliers 200mm
  5. Magnetic bit driver with 6 bits
  6. Ring/flat spanner 12mm
  7. Socket wrench 3/8" drive
  8. Sockets: 8/9/11/12/13/14/17 on a velcro tape
  9. 10mm socket on long extension bar
  10. Spark plug socket on universal joint
  11. Short extension bar
  12. Puncture repair reamer
  13. Puncture repair plugger
  14. Set of Allen keys

In addition to these tools, I also carry a tyre repair kit, tyre inflator, a set of jumper cables (in the top box), a set of spare bulbs, and a roll of duct tape (amazing stuff, that).

In my garage I also have various power tools including a mig welder (which came in very useful for repairing the swing arm). Now obviously, a mig welder is a very useful bit of kit; if you already have one of these and can weld, fine. But don't feel you need to rush out and buy one.

A Dremel is a useful tool as well. There are various dremel parts available including miniature cutting discs which are invaluable for cutting through seized bolts.

As far as other power tools, I've found that my DeWalt drill is probably used the most.

Which make of tools should you buy? As long as they're of good quality it shouldn't matter. Tools like Snap-On have a lifetime guarantee, but are rather expensive. Buy the best you can afford; cheap tools will let you down when you least expect it.

Always work on the bike with the tools which you carry on the bike (as far as it is practically possible). That way you'll soon discover if you need to add to the toolkit which you carry. The reason for this is simple; if you get into the habit of always using a certain tool in the comfort of your garage, you could well be stuck if you break down and don't have that tool with you!

When routing the wiring for the Autocom, I thought that an electrician's fish tape would be a handy item for pulling the wires through without having to remove too many panels, but I found that the end was too large. It later came in handy for unblocking a drain though!

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