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TOOLKITS and SPARE PARTS
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Sponge
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November 6, 2019 - 9:17 am
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Hi Forum, 

I am fast approaching the time in my life when I will have the time-space to do some long expeditions on my Bantams. My D1 is ready to go, the B175 needs its wiring completed,   but I am now considering what I need to carry with me by way of tools and spares when I go out on a long run.   The aim here is to have the right stuff with me to do a 'get you home' roadside repair or better still a 'crack-on' repair to complete the journey.  Coming home on a tow-truck for something I can fix myself does not 'fire my rockets' and the Honda riders around here would give me hard time if they saw a Bantam on the back of a tow-truck.  

So, I am asking what other members think are the essential items you need in your bike toolkit and in your bike spares kit for peace of mind on long reliable trips.  I am aware that this threat may fragment into 3 speed and 4 speed bikes but lets see what happens. 

I am hoping to get some useful responses and, if it is possible to compile the results/responses I will write a short article for 'The Banter' to outline what the findings are for a definitive Bantam Toolkit.   ( I am aware that spanner sizes are different as we approach 1970 UNF threads ).  All printable respondents will be credited. 

Looking forward to your responses               

Sponge

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3 things to start with...I always carry a length of balling wire to strap things up with.

And tools to get at and adjust the points...also a spare condenser.

Nick.

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Every 2 stroke I've ever owned I've carried spare spark plug and wrench, something to clean a plug with (little bit of emery wrapped round the plug), flat blade and phillips screwdriver. 

Cheers Col

BSA Bantam D10 so so near, and moved up the list again. FB Falcon 87 reg number applied for. Ariel Arrow now on the go! MZ125 running, Royal Enfield Classic love it, campervan done to tow some of the above! 1.5 Velo LE in bits!

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Hi,

I’ve put a number of tools together in my tank bag.  The main issue I thought about was how to get a the rear wheel out in the event of a puncture, I need the garage I use a long spanner but it’s not practical to carry on the bike.  I’ve ended up with one of those BSA spanners which has a number of sizes, it is just about possible to undo the wheel nuts with it.

It also occurred to me that I should try doing routine maintenance using only the tools in the bag.  I came unstuck at the first hurdle as I hadn’t included an Allen key for the points cover bolts!  In the garage I’m now only using my tool kit and adding to it as the need arises.

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D7/14 hybrid (4 speed with D7 crank etc.) on the road, D10 Bushman awaiting rebuilding.

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Hi Guys, 

Many thanks for excellent responses so far, this is very positive.  I am making a list and will feedback my findings on a definitive toolkit and spares pack in early December once all the info is in.  Keep it coming please.

Regards

 

Sponge

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I take loads of things; too many, really. I guess, though, that most problems that could cause a breakdown would be ignition or puncture related so I'd take the tools for those jobs and one or two inner tubes and sparking plugs, some hand cleaner and cloth - at least.

two B175s and a CB360

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Add a high vis vest so other road users can see you at the side of the road, and a small LED torch.

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Someone with an entrepreneurial streak offers this....

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'52 D1 direct lighting plunger; '58 Square Four (project); '55 D3 Battery; '59 D1 direct lighting plunger;  '59 Tiger Cub; '60 5TA;  '76 FS1-E '97 Honda Sky SGX50.

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Stoo63 said
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Nice but "genuine and original"? Unless it's been in a hermetically sealed environment for 50 years I somehow doubt it.Bet theres a "made in china" label somewhere 😆

What's 7/16 in mm again?

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As a slight adjunct to this topic - I have a 1969 D14 Sport - my knowledgeable older mate says definitely Whitworth fasteners. Is he right as I have struggled with a number of nuts and wonder if they are in fact UNF ? I bought a set of Whitworth sockets and "BSA" spanners at an autojumble, but if they changed over the years are these likely to be wrong? I even got some metric to fit thinking they had been re-threaded. Anyone clarify for me?

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My 1968 D14 has a variety of different sized fixings. I think BSA used what ever they had around that time as Whitworth was being phased out.

A lot of the nuts and bolts on the frame are whitworth. 

I carry in a small pouch in the toolkit cover :

Small plug spanner ( box spanner type with a hole in it)

Cross head and flat reversible screwdriver.

Small electrical screwdriver

One double ended whitworth spanner ( cant remember the size  of the top of my head)

One adjustable spanner

A few cable ties.

 

If I get a puncture, it is either push home or get recovered.

I don't bother with feelers - if the points close a rough adjustment will get the engine running.

I don't carry spares - if I did I would get paranoid and carry just about everything that could fail!

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Screenshot_20191202-170624_Gallery.jpgSams Dad said
As a slight adjunct to this topic - I have a 1969 D14 Sport - my knowledgeable older mate says definitely Whitworth fasteners. Is he right as I have struggled with a number of nuts and wonder if they are in fact UNF ? I bought a set of Whitworth sockets and "BSA" spanners at an autojumble, but if they changed over the years are these likely to be wrong? I even got some metric to fit thinking they had been re-threaded. Anyone clarify for me?  

I think the cylinder head studs are whitworth one end and bsf at the other.the carb studs are the same but I think they are cycle threads at the other bcei??? As for spanners whitworth spanners will fit other standards it's just whitworth standard refers to the width of the threaded part of the bolt and bsf etc. Refer to the bolt head size if I'm correct.a 1/4 whitworth spanner would fit a 5/16bsf bolt so dont worry about that they'll come in handy

As for the rest of the bolts on my 1968 most are either 1/4 or 5/16 bsf.pretty sure they're original.Earlier models may well be different. 

You can use metric spanners on certain bolts 11mm,15mm,and 19mm should come in handy

What's 7/16 in mm again?

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