Valve Party

Preparation – Tools

My companion on this trip will be a mechanical assembly of complex parts (my bike!) and will probably need a little bit of TLC, a lot of maintenance and some repairs in the coming months.

I’m not a mechanic, but I want to be as autonomous as possible in order to reduce costs and allow me to manage problems in remote areas.

I have done the basic maintenance of my motorcycle for the past 10 years so I am able to these tasks without much difficulty:

  • Engine Oil Change
  • Final Drive Oil Change
  • Gearbox oil change
  • Brake fluid change
  • Final drive lubrification
  • Changing brake pads
  • Puncture Repair
  • Tire change (not always easy, however!)
  • Changing the alternator belt
  • Changing spark plugs
  • Adjusting valves
  • Air Filter Cleaning

I’ll also have a GS911 to connect to the onboard computer to allow me to read the error codes if present.

A few tools to help me get to Patagonia!
Tools Comments Price
Toolboxes 12″X9″ Doskogill 50,00
Screw drivers 2X 5,00
Tire iron bars 8″ 3X 30,00
Oil filter tool BMW 30,00
Multi-function knife Victorinox 50,00
Pressure Gage (tires) 10,00
Wise Grip 6” 10,00
Kit Allen Key (Hex) 1.27mm, 1.5mm, 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm 25,00
Ratchet key 5/8 8” 10,00
Ratchet key 1/4 (Screw driver style) 6mm 5,00
Torx 5,00
Torx socket 1/4 T7, T8, T9, T10, T15, T20, T25, T27, T30, E7, E8 25,00
Torx socket 5/8 T25, T30, T40, T45, T50, T55, E7, E10, E12 25,00
Ratchet adaptor 2,00
Extenters 2″and 6″ ( 5/8″) 5,00
Hex adaptor for front wheel removal 25,00
Sockets 1/4″ 5mm, 5,5mm, 6mm, 7mm, 8mm, 9mm, 10mm, 11mm 25,00
Sockets 5/8″ 12mm, 13mm, 14mm, 15mm, 5/8, 17mm, 3/4 25,00
Hex socket 5/16, 6mm 5,00
Mini screw drivers  6 sizes 10,00
Valve stem remover 10,00
Small hammer 10,00
Spark plug cap remover BMW 10,00
Spark plug socket 14mm 10,00
Brake oil cap remover BMW 20,00
Tire puncture kit Genuine Innovations, tools, plugs 10,00
Electrical pliers 25,00
GS911 300,00
Tire pump CyclePump 100,00
Multi use screw driver kit 25,00
Cutters 25,00
Long-nose pliers 5,00
Broken screw remover 10,00
Feeler gauges 10,00
Wrench set 12 X (6mm to 17mm) 75,00
BeadPro Tire Bead Breaker 100,00

I will also carry various small replacement parts and maintenance supplies. This will be the topic of my next post!


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Adventurer at heart. Travelling on 2 wheels to South America soon!

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