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Chuckle chuckle, I was going to suggest that Jean but then I thought I should wait till I tried it again myself. :(

I remember it being awfully hard on the fingers when manipulating the tube.
 
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We regularly chnage tyres at the circuit...maybe 3 times a day, using only short levers.....both Avon and Dunlop tyres depending on the day and track, never had any problems!! As for tools....yeah, they're all in the van parked in the paddock....lots of them!! :)
 
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Seeley920 said:
We regularly chnage tyres at the circuit...maybe 3 times a day, using only short levers.....both Avon and Dunlop tyres depending on the day and track, never had any problems!! :)
Now that's what I like to hear!
 
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if you place 8 cargo straps, equally spaced around the circumference of the unmounted tire and tighten them until the beads touch each other the tire practically slips on by itself.

i mounted 2 avon 26's this way. searched online to find the easiest way to mount mc tires. the local guy wanted 50 each to mount and balance and when he found out they were tubed he wouldn't touch them.
 
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rgrigutis said:
if you place 8 cargo straps, equally spaced around the circumference of the unmounted tire and tighten them until the beads touch each other the tire practically slips on by itself.
I think I get the picture but a picture would be great. I think I'll have to buy some new cargo straps.
rgrigutis said:
i mounted 2 avon 26's this way. searched online to find the easiest way to mount mc tires. the local guy wanted 50 each to mount and balance and when he found out they were tubed he wouldn't touch them.
The last time I changed a mc tire it was for a damsel in distress. Her bike was a 750 metric type with tubeless tires (which I'd never heard of at the time) It was too easy. I was surprised how easy it was compared to what I'd been used to. Of coarse I wouldn't even think of charging her for my service.
 
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RennieK said:
rgrigutis said:
if you place 8 cargo straps, equally spaced around the circumference of the unmounted tire and tighten them until the beads touch each other the tire practically slips on by itself.
I think I get the picture but a picture would be great. I think I'll have to buy some new cargo straps.

Works well.
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I recall that Ron Bacon's book has a photograph of the original tool kit and its contents, if anyone is concerned about maintaining originality.
 
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ludwig said:
It's the Col du parpaillon . A 40 km dirt road in the French Alps .
Just Google ' Parpaillon ' and ' Parpaillon tunnel ' on Youtube .
Some nice footage here but it doesn't really do it justice :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJpshMJL ... re=related

Very cool. Did you ride your Norton through that tunnel, ludwig? I don't think I would want to! I think I would become claustrophobic if I went into that tunnel.

I see some people like to do this as a mountain bike ride. Quite a workout!

Debby
 
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I think I would become claustrophobic if I went into that tunnel.

Me too! I even hate to ride through the tunnel at Daytona Speedway. Between the tunnel and the moronic security it's quite an ordeal to attend the Daytona 200. Even though I live fifty miles from the speedway, I no longer attend. Can't seem to justify spending my money to get jerked around. Not to mention the severely diminished racing.
 
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Hey there guys. I'm assembling a toolkit to take along with the bike and wonder what you guys would suggest as the bare minimum or a good array of tools to take with me on the road. I know there's a toolkit available for sale, but I have most of the tools already and just want to take what I have now.

cheers,
Rob
 
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Bottom line for me is what jobs do I really want to be doing at the side of the road??? I do ride a pushbike off road, so puncture repair is a regular job, but ONLY in the comfort of my own home after I've pushed it back. Would I do the Norton at roadside?? No thank you.
If you're touring in the wilderness, then fair play, but for me a couple of small screwdrivers, allen keys, mole wrench, plug spanner, locking wire and siphon hose cover it, though I do have breakdown recovery :)
Be realistic and plan accordingly....
 

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I still carry the factory tool kit, +/- a few items. I don't carry tire irons any more. The OEM wrenches are double ended, which saves space. Double ended screwdriver, too, Philips on one end flat blade on the other. It fits inside the spark plug socket for storage. Clever. I also carry a small adjustable wrench, jack knife, some electrical tape and slip joint pliers. Spare fuses. For a long trip I'll bring a cheap DMM. Having an exhaust nut wrench has saved my bacon a number of times, but it's too big for the kit so I keep it in my tail bag.
 

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To minimize the bits needed, I take adjustable "cresent" wrenches in two sizes (I believe they are both Whitworth though ;-). Seizing wire, zap straps, spark plug box tube wrench with L-bar, E tape, plug gapper tool, fuse, allen keys, multi-driver.
 
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double ended screwdriver 5" vice grips plug socket and extra plug a couple of fuses a foot of bailing wire 2 zip ties all rolled up in sock and squeezed into side panel 'pouch'
proper pre-flight goes a long way in keeping these implements in the sock where they belong
 

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Maybe I can change a tyre with tyre irons, but with the invention of Air operated tyre changers why bother!!!! Along the road here in USA someone (non motorcyclist) would run you over rather then stop and help!
 
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Gents! This is great information. Thank you! I've made a list of all the suggestions and now getting it all together. No plans to do work on the side of the road on my Norton, but I feel better knowing that I have some of the tools in case I'm stuck.
 

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I carry an aftermarket (I think Cruz) AF tool roll in a leather pouch that straps to the passenger grab rail. Through trial and error I also carry a cable repair kit (with solderless nipples), fuses, a throttle cable ferrule, a clutch/brake cable adjuster (both of which fall out and disappear if the cable breaks), an Amal float bowl drain and a joining link. Basically all small things that allow you to avoid being stranded or trying to get home with no clutch, brake or throttle etc. On a recent club ride two other riders dipped into my stock, so that was two bikes that didn't need to ride home in a trailer.
 
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My kit contains similar tools to those mentioned here. A couple of things that I bring that I didn't see in the posts above are a small wire brush for cleaning spark plugs, and a Leatherman multi-tool. The multi-tool is like bringing a toolbox along. Wire strippers on there and everything :).

Oh, one other thing that I bring sometimes is the master switch back plate with the pins on it. Once or twice I've had annoying master switch issues while on the road (totally fixed now), and I was able to sort myself out in 5 seconds with that plate in hand.
 
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