With under four months to go before the Alaska trip, I am now into my active to-do schedule from a custom calendar I created to start making sure everything is ready to go. Each week for the next 14, I have things that need to be accomplished. Today’s project was to ensure that all the tools I want to take are gathered together, checked, cleaned, and placed on the bike. Most of these things I carry normally, but it is always a good idea to make sure that rust or any damages are not affecting them by doing an annual inspection.
First, a list of the tools that I carry:
- Complete Craftsman 3/8″ socket set, with normal sockets, torx, star, allen, screwdriver, extensions, and other related items
- Craftsman screwdriver ratchet, along with 30 bits of different shapes
- Small folding hex (in SAE and metric) and allen wrenches
- Windzone multi-tool and pouch (came with my Windzone EK1-HD tool set, which I pillaged to make my custom tool set)
- 2 normal length and 2 micro sized screwdrivers (and a large thick screwdriver for prying, etc)
- 2 different sized spark plug wrenches and a spark plug gap tool
- Small flashlight (I have three others stored elsewhere on Harley)
- Large adjustable wrench
- Vise-grips, one small on large
- Needle-nose pliers with side cutters
- Small portable 3/8 & 1/4″ socket wrench
- 4 combination wrenches matching the bolts needs on my Ultra (except for axle)
- Slime air compressor, cabling to work off bike’s cigarette lighter, or the battery tender plug
- Tire plugger kit
- EMGO motorcycle jumper cables
- Extra shift linkage (have helped 3 other people on the road carrying an extra one of these)
- Gorilla tape, electrical tape, tie-wraps (not all pictured below)
- Mini-fuses ranging from 1A to 40A, several extra 40A maxi-fuses (wait to you blow one of these out in the middle of nowhere…they cost under $5 each, and almost nobody ever carries an extra)…I carry these in my tour pak though.
All laid out…takes a lot of room on the bike as is
The four bags that are shown are made by a company called Innovative Storage Solutions. They made custom bags for Harley’s that allow people to use every inch of available space to carry things on their trips. These bags are custom made to fit the molding at the bottom of a Harley hard-shell saddlebag. You see, Harley’s have a saddlebag support running under the bag itself, and the bag is molded to straddle this support. The problem with this is the support runs the length of the bag, and is right in the middle. As the saddlebag is packed, a lot of wasted space sits on each side of the molding. Most people carry a tool roll bag of some kind, and this takes up valuable space.
To utilize all of this wasted space, I bought these four bags from Innovative Storage Solutions. The cost was $59.95 plus shipping for the four-piece set (they call it their In the Bag set). I had put off buying these for a while due to the high cost, but eventually purchased them to find a better way to carry my tools. Every since I have had these, I have much appreciated them. It gave back a ton of room in one saddlebag…enough to carry my leather coat and leather chaps in the same amount of regained space. That is saying a lot about how practical these expensive, but very well made bags with length-long zippers, work for the bike. If interested, you can find this product and other space savers on their website at http://www.storagepouches.com.