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What does it take to keep on the move when your bike throws a mechanical in the middle of nowhere? That breakdown recovery card might be OK if you're near an easy access road, but what if you're half way up a mountain?

Trail riders are pretty handy with a spanner and clutch of cable ties. Here's what four TRF members carry in their tool rolls. What's in yours and do you know how to use it?

James Higgs - Honda CRF 250L

Tools to remove my wheels, spark plug, seat and plastics

Motion Pro trail tool with additional sockets

Spare gear lever

Jump leads

Four way socket spanner

Gripseal bags to for my wallet & phone

Bahco Laplander folding saw

DID 520 VX2 split link

Spare phone battery


Anti-inflammatory tablets

TRF membership card, breakdown card & credit card

Wire saw

Folding multi-tool with pliers


Not shown:


Laminated list of important phone numbers

Phone with secondary GPS (ViewRanger)

Jon Lawton - Suzuki DRZ 400s

Inner tubes front and rear

Tyre levers

Wheel spanner

Assorted spanners for bike

Spark plug tool

Spark plug

Allen key multi tool

Leather man

Chain split link

Philips and flat head screwdriver

Cable ties



First aid kit



Greg Villalobos - KTM 450EXC

Kriega US 5 Tail Pack

Motion Pro Chain Breaker

Motion Pro Trail Tool

Motion Pro Tyre Levers combo spanners


Spanners that fit my bike’s bolts

Small Molegrip

Spark Plug removal tool

Spare Spark Plug

Spare wheel bearings + seals

Zip ties

Gorilla Tape

Giant Loop Pronghorn Straps

Spare chain split link

Spoke tool

Tyre patches

Spare 21" front tyre


First Aid Kit

Noel Thom - Honda XR650L

Spanner’s 8mm-19mm

Dual screw driver(flat/pozi)

Cable ties

Spark plug/plug spanner

Allen keys

Various spindle spanner’s inc. spanner/levers

19” tube

Puncture kit



Insulation tape (in my van not the photo)



Small grease tubes


I’ve never had a chain break in thirty six years (I keep a nice chain) so don’t bother with chain breaker stuff.

I carry the 19” because it fits front and back.

Agree? Disagree? What did they leave out? What didn't they need? No two toolkits are the same. What's in yours?


  1. Edward Evans says:

    In addition to the items listed above I also carry a tow rope or strap.
    The tugger wraps the strap twice around the Left foot rest and puts their foot on it. The towed wraps twice around the right footrest and puts their foot on it. The tugger tries to stay near the centre of the road and not cut in on corners. If either rider is not happy just lift their foot off the peg.

    • Andy Tasker says:

      Yes this works well. With a lump 525MXC I usually get the job of towing and this is a safe way to do it. Left foot peg for the tower on UK Drive on the left and towed uses their right peg. However I only lay the tow rope, usually blue nylon rope, over the top of the peg then under and back over. Depending on the type of footpeg (standard KTM EXC) this is just right for foot pressure to keep it on and when the foot is lifted off the peg the rope pulls off freely backwards by the drag of the towed bike. It DOES NOT work with after market footpegs with screwed in grip” teeth” as these will pierce the rope and dig in making it potentially remain stuck to the foot peg.
      ALSO you need to have an eye to eye pre start brief with the towed person, keep the line reasonably taught and to stay to the left of the tow bike and the tow bike will stay to the right , anticipate slowing down with light rear brake ONLY. Get them to repeat back to you what the “rules” are so you know they understand and agree that if they sound the horn you will let your end of the rope go.

  2. Archie Smith says:

    Ktm exc-f 250

    genuine ktm tool roll in addition .

    spark plug tool , leather man , pipe grips

    tubliss repair kit


    zip ties

    roll off pvc tape

    fuses , home made lightweight jump leads

    assorted selected nuts and bolts, split link

    spark plug

    air filter

    front and rear wheel nuts

    front sprocket bolt

    clutch lever, gear change lever

    tow rope

    condom ( water carrier)

  3. Wheel bearings and seals? Where do you stow the 20t press to get the old ones out?

  4. Spare Clutch and Brake levers – learnt the hard way having snapped a clutch lever on a rocky climb (whilst on my own – never ride solo?). They don’t weigh much and are an easy fit if required.

  5. Motion Pro Trail Tool.
    Leatherman Crunch.
    Motion Pro tyre lever/axle wrench
    10+13mm open ended spanner x1
    KTM OEM plug spanner (box wrench that turns with 10mm spanner)
    Spare fuses
    Radiator seal – with duct tape wrapped around it.
    Self amalgamting tape.
    Chemical metal – with thin aluminium wrapped around the container, followed by lockwire and finally some tape.
    Cable ties.
    Motion Pro chain tool and spare chain link
    Head torch that has red filter to double up as emergency tail light.

    Stashed on the bike:

    Spare brake/clutch/gear levers
    More cable ties
    Headlight bulb.
    Spark plug
    Tow strap – nylon webbing that packs flat
    Electrical wire and crimps
    Space blanket and dyneema cord.
    Wheel bearing x1 F+R.
    Toggle switch
    Hose clips


    The little 5w bulb on EXC/TE/690 can be modded to have spade connectors. It can then be easily removed and used as a test light.


    Have some lengths of wire stashed on the bike that are already fitted with spade connectors – this save crimping them on when you are doing repairs on the trail. If you’ve crimped on a male connector then put a spare female connector on it and cover with self amalgamating tape – convenient way to carry spare connectors/crimps/toggle switch.
    Set the battery up with wires coming off the terminals that have spade connectors fitted – they are then ready to go when you want to run a feed into something (e.g. for a fan – and you have the toggle switch to turn it on/off)
    Spare hose clips can be kept on the bikes hoses!

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