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What do you pack with you on your bike?

I just picked up my new k1200r, and I realized riding home from the tags office that I'm not prepared for a flat. What do you guys keep on the bike? Just a standard tire plug kit? What do you do for air?

I was thinking about getting a slime compressor - anyone have experience with one of these?

I'm thinking I should get a LED flashlight and throw it in the toolkit.

Anything else I should have?
 

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Congrats on your new bike!

I move around a lot so I've had time to put this stuff together.

I recently bought a 3 AA battery LED flashlite to put in my bag, its bright and lite.

I've not had good luck with fancy tire plugging kits. I use the standard tire plugs you can buy cheap and they work the best in my opinion. I made a believer out of my riding bud some time ago with those, around 7 bucks for the kit (w/the plug tools).

I also carry a number of CO2 cartridges. I don't really like that idea but overall, I think they take up less space and they "fit" easy, since I just toss all that stuff in a small soft bag/sack. Make sure you have the valve adapter for tire/fill valve.

water water water always...at least out here! you could die out in the desert heat if you don't carry this stuff if you get stranded for awhile.

I also carry food for the times i'm too tired or too late to get dinner, consists of chocolate (of course :)) pop-top cans of tuna, peanuts (in a bag) and wheat crackers, doesnt' take much room to store.

oh, and don't forget your fav cigars, they come in handy when waiting for a tow :)

Visa and a cell phone (used to carry a gun instead but I can't call a for a tow with a glock 21)...you'll also cause no harm to your machine when it breaks if you happen to be a type A, when you leave the glock at home :teeth

something to clean your visor/glasses with, any important meds, stowed away from the main bottle in case you forget em (ie, always in the bike bag).

Only a couple tools on board, can't carry everything! For risk mitigation, I ensure my tire treads are always a good distance from the wear bars, even if I replace them sooner than needed (easy since I do my own tires).

Most of this stuff stays in the bike bag so it is not forgotten, food being the exception.

I also carry at least a bikers rain coat (bmw), it is good for sun protection as well as rain & cold and its light wt.
 

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Idbikin;
I applaud your very complete list. My only added elements would be to include several different sized machine screws and a can of Flat Fix-it. The screws would be inserted into the puncture and the aerosol goop injected into the tire. This enables one to travel a substantial distance to obtain professional repair or replacement. Works quick with minimum effort and has never failed.
One last suggestion is a siphon (manual) pump, just in case you or your buddy forgot to fill up completely.
Ride safe and enjoy the trip.
EJ
 

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I have a Slime compressor. I think it's a great piece of workmanship. It look and works like it was designed by a motorcyclist. It's slim, has no pressure gauge, no flashlight and just a good air pump! The air hose does pack separately, just so you know. I pack one in my tailbag side pocket along with a Slime $10.00 plug kit. The stock one is only good in a pinch.

A 2-cell LED flashlight in the tankbag with a spacer between the batteries or one cell turned around, so there is no drain on the batteries.
 

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I'm a minimalist.. this is the complete list of what I keep on any bike I'm riding...

1. Extra ear plugs
2. Kit to clean my visor
3. Wet wipes ( 2-3 singles)
4. gum or mints
5. hat
6. air gauge

I leave all tools (except for the gauge) at home..
 

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Berretta FS 9mm, w/full jkt hollow points. Never leave home w/o it.
 

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What, no Visa card????

I thought visa gave the best exchange rates on doublins :rotf:


Pirate said:
I'm a minimalist.. this is the complete list of what I keep on any bike I'm riding...

1. Extra ear plugs
2. Kit to clean my visor
3. Wet wipes ( 2-3 singles)
4. gum or mints
5. hat
6. air gauge

I leave all tools (except for the gauge) at home..
 

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Visa card
Cell phone
Rain gear
BMW tool kit just because it's already under the seat
Chapstick
Water
Face shield cleaner
Snack food like clif bars or some such
LED light
iPod
Ball cap to hide helmet hair

That's about it. All you really need are the top two on the list unless you're headed out on a long trip.
 

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I agree fully with you, except the CO2 cartridges. You FUBAR the plug, or have another, somewhat hidden, hole and it's cellphone time. I carry a small Thompson compressor I bought off of Ebay. It was used to air a tractor trailer cab seat. Or, you can buy one at Wally World, take the plastic off and mate the hose back on. Both need the BMW plug.

I believe in a higher power- .40 S&W, or above.

Absolute must on the ceegars.


ldbikin said:
Congrats on your new bike!

I move around a lot so I've had time to put this stuff together.

I recently bought a 3 AA battery LED flashlite to put in my bag, its bright and lite.

I've not had good luck with fancy tire plugging kits. I use the standard tire plugs you can buy cheap and they work the best in my opinion. I made a believer out of my riding bud some time ago with those, around 7 bucks for the kit (w/the plug tools).

I also carry a number of CO2 cartridges. I don't really like that idea but overall, I think they take up less space and they "fit" easy, since I just toss all that stuff in a small soft bag/sack. Make sure you have the valve adapter for tire/fill valve.

water water water always...at least out here! you could die out in the desert heat if you don't carry this stuff if you get stranded for awhile.

I also carry food for the times i'm too tired or too late to get dinner, consists of chocolate (of course :)) pop-top cans of tuna, peanuts (in a bag) and wheat crackers, doesnt' take much room to store.

oh, and don't forget your fav cigars, they come in handy when waiting for a tow :)

Visa and a cell phone (used to carry a gun instead but I can't call a for a tow with a glock 21)...you'll also cause no harm to your machine when it breaks if you happen to be a type A, when you leave the glock at home :teeth

something to clean your visor/glasses with, any important meds, stowed away from the main bottle in case you forget em (ie, always in the bike bag).

Only a couple tools on board, can't carry everything! For risk mitigation, I ensure my tire treads are always a good distance from the wear bars, even if I replace them sooner than needed (easy since I do my own tires).

Most of this stuff stays in the bike bag so it is not forgotten, food being the exception.

I also carry at least a bikers rain coat (bmw), it is good for sun protection as well as rain & cold and its light wt.
 

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Under the seat:
* K1200GT User Manual in heavy duty ziploc bag
* Extended toolkit (BMW part # 71-60-7-704-086) also in heavy duty ziploc bag

In the glovebox:
* Extra foam earplugs
* Pressure gauge
* "L" shaped valve extender, to measure rear tire pressure
* Silk gloves
* Small cable for the under seat helmet lock
* Flat plastic disk for side stand on hot asphalt
* Pencil and small spiral notebook to record fill-ups, maintenance, thoughts, and notes

Commute (49 liter top case, no side cases):
* Small can of Plexus and two microfiber rags
* Sunglasses in hard shell case
* Backpack with large laptop computer, accessories, paperwork, etc.
* There is additional room for lunch, groceries, extra stuff as needed
Seasonal: Additional pair of gloves as needed, for temperature differences between morning and evening rides and a BMW silver function T-shirt for summer heat waves

Weekends (no top case):
* Extra water, snacks, change of clothes, sneakers, hat, camera, binoculars, etc. as needed.

I just bought an Engage tank bag, so I could carry a water bottle plus a few small items and leave the side cases home, but I haven't had a chance to try it yet.
 

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davidvthokie said:
I was thinking about getting a slime compressor - anyone have experience with one of these?
Anything else I should have?
I have one of these. It works fine, though it's a little slow, and if you don't have TPM there's no easy way to tell when you've added enough air, some kind of inline pressure gauge would be a nice addition. I added a BMW accessory plug to one of the connectors to make it easy to power. I also tossed in a needle for inflating balls, it's small and it's come in handy more than once.

Does anyone carry a hand pump instead? I've got a little one on my mountain bike that even has a crude pressure gauge built in, seems like it'd work fine. It's much smaller and lighter than the slime pump. I use a larger bicycle pump at home all the time for topping up the tire...

Other stuff I always have with me: registration, insurance, spare keys, flashlight, first aid kit, more complete tool set, tire plug kit, duct tape, plastic bags, cargo net, brake lock, cloth for visor, water, spare EWS antenna ring, spare accessory fuses.
 

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I've narrowed mine down to stock tool kit with ball end allen key set, fix a flat, assorted
wire ties, wipes, LED Light, and an extra clutch cable. Super glue also comes in handy.
I prefer the Colt .45 Goverment issue series 70, but I'm old fashioned.
 

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BMW K75 tool kit
NAPA pencil air guage ($3 tested and approved by Consumer Reports years ago)
Ear Plugs (the blue ones are awesome)
Cell Phone
Phone Number for Rob's Cycle Tow in El Paso (nice guy, good prices, used once when fuel pump died)

Outfitting a better/additional tool kit for road trips.
 

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Has anyone used Fix A Flat on your bike?

Anyone used this on your bike yet? I've thought of it but never (luckily) had to deal with a flat yet.

Always travel with Ipod, multi-tool, water, power bars, cellphone w/charger, light rain shell, tie wraps, electrical tape, mini maglight, anonyous book, bike manual, assorted maps and a big shit-eatin' grin.

T
 

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TJD said:
Anyone used [Fix a flat] on your bike yet? I've thought of it but never (luckily) had to deal with a flat yet.
You mean that spray-in stuff? I'd never use that. I've heard it's a pain to clean up when you get a new tire, and I think it'd mess up the TPM pretty badly. The plug kits aren't too hard to use.
 

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You mean that spray-in stuff? I'd never use that. I've heard it's a pain to clean up when you get a new tire, and I think it'd mess up the TPM pretty badly. The plug kits aren't too hard to use.
I don't remember where I read it, but somewhere there is a warning not to use the spray-in sealers if you have a TPM.
 

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Actually found a slime compressor at the local Wal*Mart. It's a little bigger than I expected. I'm not too keen on the slime solution itself for the reasons noted. I may buy a traditional tire plug kit to substitute.

I bought a little LED flashlight to go with it, but forgot to bring my "shopping list" with me, so I totally spaced out and forgot zip ties and visor wipes.

I'll throw my Kershaw chive in there when I get home.
 

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davidvthokie said:
Actually found a slime compressor at the local Wal*Mart. It's a little bigger than I expected. I'm not too keen on the slime solution itself for the reasons noted. I may buy a traditional tire plug kit to substitute.
You probably realize this already, but you need both. The plug kit patches the holes, and the slime kit puts the air back.

I guess no one has carried a manual pump -- maybe I'll give that a try. ...get a cheap one and try adding air at home and see how long it takes...
 
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