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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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November 6, 2019 - 10:16 am
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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.

My Bantam video              https://www.you.....jpOFmzRZRI

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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, Reliant Scimitar GTE SE6a - wiring in bits. FB Falcon 87 wiring to do - still. Ariel Arrow now on the go! MZ125 running, Royal Enfield Classic love it, campervan done to tow some of the above!

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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 Sponge

Some of this has already been covered in the FAQ and various other sections and you may want to try and tie some of these together to make a more definitive and up to date thread.

These two below are a couple I found that may get you started.

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hope-that-helps

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Sponge
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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.

1956 D3 running, lights to sort. 7 other bikes in the Barn, including a Morini 250 now insured and on road testing.

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Someone with an entrepreneurial streak offers this....

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November 9, 2019 - 12:44 am
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Stoo63 said
Someone with an entrepreneurial streak offers this....

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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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