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About to take my CBR250R on it's first longish, inter island, 3 day tour. Anyone who has done this have any advice on what tools other than the standard pliers/adjustable wrench (also bringing a multi tool thingey), screw driver set would be good to have for this particular bike?
 

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I have a tubeless tire repair kit i carry in my tank bag along with 4 Co2 cartridges with adapter to air up the tire...instructions told me 2 Co2's would fill a tire to 30lbs..but i have read elsewhere that 3 or even 4 would be needed to fully inflate an entirely flat tire
 

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As above, but make sure you have a 5mm as well as a 4.5mm allen key (the mirrors are mounted with the smaller allen keys, which is not part of the toolkit for Indian bikes, at least), and they have a habit of working loose sometimes.
If you plan to do bigger distances, 20/24 spanners would be useful (rear axle).
 

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As above, but make sure you have a 5mm as well as a 4.5mm allen key (the mirrors are mounted with the smaller allen keys, which is not part of the toolkit for Indian bikes, at least), and they have a habit of working loose sometimes.
If you plan to do bigger distances, 20/24 spanners would be useful (rear axle).

Thanks. As this bike is new to all of us I especially appreciate input from those who have done tours on it and discovered 'special needs'.

I got my bike off a guy who had only had it for two months, he sold it on because his business went belly up. I didn't get a tool kit, and I think he might have modified a couple of small things.
 

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My tool kit is a BCAA Premier membership and a cell phone :) Compare Membership Options | BCAA 2 tows @ up to 320km 4 tows @ up to 160km since this covers the farthest i will ever ride i have no worrys
wow...premier costs just as much as my liability with comprehensive/uninsured motorist insurance for a full year does..for another hundred I could upgrade to full coverage with roadside assistance......I'll pass, but i guess if money wasn't an issue for me it would be worth it for the peace of mind if nothing else. :)
 

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those who have done tours on it and discovered 'special needs'.

I got my bike off a guy who had only had it for two months, he sold it on because his business went belly up. I didn't get a tool kit, and I think he might have modified a couple of small things.
Didn't know that you had no kit at all. 8, 10, 12, 14 combo spanners, adjustable clamp, screwdriver, spare fuses, electrical wire + tape, a test bulb, WD40, duct tape and you are more or less done as far as the average 3-4 days ride goes, in addition to the allen keys and rear axle bolt/nut, and some means of repairing punctures and inflating tyres.

After that you can start adding stuff (no11 spanners for the brakes in India, box spanners, spare bolts etc) as per what you think necessary. Over 12000 km nothing has really required wrenching except the chain. Apart from a loose spark plug adapter which caused the ignition to die, courtesy poor assembly in the first place by a mechanic at the Honda Service centre who, at that point of time was not very familiar with the bike.
 

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wow...premier costs just as much as my liability with comprehensive/uninsured motorist insurance for a full year does..for another hundred I could upgrade to full coverage with roadside assistance......I'll pass, but i guess if money wasn't an issue for me it would be worth it for the peace of mind if nothing else. :)
nice to have inexpensive insurance. Here its mandatory government insurance. (ICBC = Insurance Corporation of BC) you can get extras from
a third party (like BCAA) for things like collision/comprehensive. My ICBC is 500/yr and 3rd party (Beacon Underwriting) is 300. Insurance renewal is Jan 19 so i will look to see what BCAA offers compared to Beacon.

As for the BCAA. yes it is a bit pricey but covers alot. and just one tow job will cover the cost. Few yrs ago i had to have my then 150cc scooter towed. was just for a distance of ~5km and it was 100bux. Dont want to know what it would be to be towed 100km but it might be cheaper to just sell the bike on the side of the road :)
 

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Thanks all for the tips. As is I am on day three of my trip, am staying over with friends for a day and half of "no-biking" but will be heading home in two days. So far (touch wood) I haven't needed to pull the kit out but am going to look into a couple of additional things taht you guys mentoned for my kit when i get home. I actually don't have any pressurized cans with me as it gets really hot here in Java (a bar of chocolate in my panniers was literally liquid!!!). Need to source some non-pressurized chain lube (lubricated it before leaving, but loads of rain, dust etc in the last 500 km)
 

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nice to have inexpensive insurance. Here its mandatory government insurance. (ICBC = Insurance Corporation of BC) you can get extras from a third party (like BCAA) for things like collision/comprehensive. My ICBC is 500/yr and 3rd party (Beacon Underwriting) is 300.
Holy Crap! I pay $240. Add the insult of outrageous booze prices and prissy gun laws to that and I've cancelled my plan to immigrate to Canada. :D
 

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Pressurized cans are not available everywhere.

I prefer to use a battery powered pump. Beware of cheap pumps, with dodgy castings, though - they have a habit of breaking in a manner such that repairs are impossible when you need them most. I'm using the "slime" pump at present, seems to be fairly decent for the price.
 
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