Chief2
Hi all,  I’m interested as to what people carry for their long trips into the more remote areas. I know these bikes are ultra reliable but I’ve never toured without enough tools to let me do everything but strip down the engine. There’s not much in the tool kit that came with the Vintage.  I’m a little concerned about flats also (especially rear) as the Vintage is tubed. 😬. I just toook it for granted that a modern bike would be tubeless. I have a few spare fuses.  Nothing more at this stage
All advice welcome
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V-Twin
Although I’ve never had a single puncture in 50,000kms on my two Vintages, I do worry about the possibility of picking up a nail.  Only because our bikes can’t be patched up on the side of the road... at least, not with my skill level.  I have always wanted to fit a set of aftermarket alloys so I could fit tubeless tyres but I never got around to it.

If I was making up a tool kit, I would carry an emergency clutch cable as Indian (and Victory) clutch cables are more prone to breaking than many other brands I have ridden in the past.  I carry Sav-Ur-Ride spare clutch cable.

Not sure how you can carry a spare battery but if there was a small and light battery that could get you going and keep you going, I would pack one.  Broken clutch cables and faulty batteries are the most common causes of stranded Indians.  

As you’ve said, Thunder Stroke 111 are very reliable and I agree.  I don’t think you need full kit of tools to work on your bike.  Just carry the little kit that came with the bike (enough hex keys inside to take the seat off).  Add couple of extra tools to be able to change the clutch cable and that might do?
Let's be kind to one another.
Melbourne, Victoria
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CHF10
Puncture repair kit. Other than that, nothing. I have full coverage road side assistance (not just the Indian Coverage).
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faceonahead
Long trips and multi day trips, I carry

  • Full set of alen and torx keys
  • Spare clutch cable (not an emergency one) and a couple of litres of engine oil
  • Good mix of socket and spanners
  • Torch cause I bet I have an issue at dusk without it
  • Tyre repair kit
  • Battery pack jump starter kit
  • Headlight globe and some fuses
  • Water (for me)

Whilst i might have full roadside assist like Chf10 that is beyond Indian, carrying this stuff means I can fix something overnight, rather than waiting overnight for a mech to look at something.  If I am still at a loss, then I havent lost any time when I call it in next morning bright and early
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faceonahead
PS, all of it (bar the oil) fits in the base of this so its easily accessible and then I load up my gear in the top half.

https://www.kuryakyn.com/products/5158/momentum-freeloader-duffle 

Oh and I also carry things like zip ties and gaffa tape but now I am getting a bit too detailed
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V-Twin
faceonahead wrote:
  • Full set of alen and torx keys
  • Spare clutch cable (not an emergency one) and a couple of litres of engine oil
  • Good mix of socket and spanners
  • Torch cause I bet I have an issue at dusk without it
  • Tyre repair kit
  • Battery pack jump starter kit
  • Headlight globe and some fuses
Where you in a boy scout?  😜   I will ride with you anywhere with this list of goodies. 😀
Let's be kind to one another.
Melbourne, Victoria
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faceonahead
V-Twin wrote:
Where you in a boy scout?  😜   I will ride with you anywhere with this list of goodies. 😀
no just used to doing long rides solo and you need to be self sufficient
2020 Challenger Dark Horse, stage 1 pipes and air and a stack of minor mostly cosmetic mods
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Chief2
Thanks Guys.  The clutch cable is one I haven’t carried. That’s the kind of kit I normally tour with. Though can’t see how I’ll repair a puncture if I get one. Wish they were tubeless. Jumping the battery is also a worry. Its not that accessible under the ecu. I have a great little jump pump from Rocky Creek Designs
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faceonahead
Don't they have a can of foam you can fill tubes with when punctured?
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V-Twin
faceonahead wrote:
Don't they have a can of foam you can fill tubes with when punctured?
Not for tubed tyres on spoke wheels. 
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Melbourne, Victoria
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Matt01
Ive had several punches of the years on different rides.
The majority being the rear tyre.

So after getting caught out with the tubed rear tyre on the Vintage I replaced the rear rim with a mag wheel that Im running a tubelss tyre on this will enable me to plug a puncher if the need should arrive.
Most people dont notice the rime because of the valance guard.
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CHF10
Tubeless whitewall, nice! I've often thought about this. But so hard to keep clean! (compared to normal tyres)
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Matt01
CHF10 wrote:
Tubeless whitewall, nice! I've often thought about this. But so hard to keep clean! (compared to normal tyres)

I little once over with "Spray n Wipe" does the job.
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crash
good list of items.  On a longer trip (out of the reach of normal carriers) I would be heading for these things.  I would be using the plugs and pump in preference to the can of rubber for inflating tyres.  I have seen the mess that the inflating cans make to the inside of the tyre.  One additional item that I carry with me all the time is a first aid kit (which reminds me, I have to get some panadol and antihistamines - my first aid kit was found lacking last weekend of these items). 
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crash
I saw this today and thought it may be useful for some people.

https://www.jaycar.com.au/12v-400a-glovebox-jump-starter-and-powerbank/p/MB3753?utm_source=MB3753&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=CFAUMay18

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CHF10
Yeah battery technology is amazing! And getting better day by day... Great piece of kit those.
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Dr.Shifty
I have a jump starter like that in the car. I've had to use it once on my Kawasaki and found it fiddly to hold the clamps to the battery as there was limited room.

Some makers have a harness that does away with the clamps and that bulky relay block. The harness is permanently wired to the battery like a tender connector, but the plug fits directly into the jump starter. I've been looking for a harness that fits my unit, but it seems there are several plugs so I have to find the right one.

For example:
Lil Lightning Jump Start Battery Harness - BikeBandit.com
Cheers, Kim.

From Woodrising (no, nobody else has heard of it either)
Rides a Springfield Dark Horse
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crash
Interesting - never gave it that much thought I guess.  Something to consider for sure.
Ulysses #30673
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Current: RoadMaster (ebony and ivory)
Highett Victoria Australia
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Dr.Shifty
When we (forum members) were on the Black Dog ride in Tassie we had one day of rain and sleet and snow while riding over the high country. We stopped at a lookout and one rider couldn't start his bike. He had to be trailered down the mountain to a bike shop and they replaced his battery. It chose to give up the ghost at the highest point of our ride and with snow patches still along the side of the road in November.

You never know when you need a jump starter. 🙄
Cheers, Kim.

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V-Twin
I recently purchased a little battery jump start kit from Costco.  They had a special on a unit that costs $99, down to $85.  I couldn't help myself.  At least these things can be used to charge ourphones and tablets on the go.

It got me started thinking.  Battery on my bike died suddenly few months ago.  It that happened on the side of the road, I don't know if this would have helped me that much.  Here is a scenario.  I would start the bike with one of these battery packs, but as soon I disconnect it from the battery, the bike will die as it doesn't have enough change to keep the fuel pump and injectors going... since the bike battery is dead.  Carrying around a spare bike battery seem silly.  Does anyone know if there is a portable battery that can substitue a bike battery for a few hours?
Let's be kind to one another.
Melbourne, Victoria
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Dr.Shifty
These jump starters are not a replacement battery and should not be left connected - most makers say 30 seconds max. Inside that little box is a LiPo battery and a powerful capacitor. It is not designed for the continuous load that a battery fulfills. It's also not designed to receive charging current. Among other things, that black box on the clamp leads prevents any current from flowing into the unit once the motor starts.

It's a shame that the Indians require the battery to be in good shape for the bike to run, even when the charging system should be able to handle all the bike's running needs.

There are (or once were) gadgets that plug into a cigarette lighter socket and keep the 12v power alive so you don't lose radio stations etc when you disconnect/change the battery in the car. Something like that which plugs into a battery tender connector to keep the bike running would be a good idea.
Cheers, Kim.

From Woodrising (no, nobody else has heard of it either)
Rides a Springfield Dark Horse
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Chief16
So if the Indians won't run with a dead battery seems it would be a waste of time carrying a mini jump starter. This said you couldn't use the old bump start either ???

Alen key set
small shifter
screw drivers flat and phillips
small set of pliers
puncture repair kit (my chief has tubeless)
small 12v air pump

The tools wrap up neatly the repair kit is still in the pack and is very flat ,the little 12v pump is still in its box and is also amazingly small. This gear doesn't take up much room in my saddle bag I wouldn't be without it. After reading some notes on this forum sounds like I need an emergency clutch cable as well and get versed on its replacement 👍
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RMNL
Some reasonable items listed in here, I added some spare fuses taped to the fuse box cover. Figure I wouldn't want to be stranded or just need a fuse to get the gages working again and wish I some spare fuses on hand.



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Portugal Cove, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada.
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