The $15 Tool Roll


Any new (to me) motorcycle that finds a home in the barn goes through a shake down; all fairings, panels and shrouds removed and all connecting hardware checked for proper torque. It’s through this process I assemble the tool kit for the bike. Every tool I use in the shake down goes into the kit which, with any luck, I can still stow under the seat.

Key to this and keeping things organized is a tool roll to replace that aging OEM plastic envelope. I’ve searched high and low to find a roll that would fit under the seat and still hold what’s needed for a roadside repair, and I found it in a Coleman stainless steel flatware set I had in my camping gear.

Stripped of its utensils, the roll is just the right length to fit both tools and the space beneath the seats in both the Triumph Tiger and the Explorer.


Above shows the compartment under the seat of the Explorer where I keep a multi-tool, a multi-bit screw driver, the Coleman roll, and the stock Triumph tool kit that’s been repurposed.

The Coleman roll is bound by a hook/loop adjustable strap I cannibalized from a post-surgical arm brace which I also use as a front parking brake for the bike when I need it stabilized.


Both the Tiger and the Explorer have similar tool rolls. The 800XC tools are marked with a single red stripe, where the 1200XC tools have two stripes. This keeps the tools organized when they all come out for a repair.


(I’ll include a partial listing of tools at the bottom of this thread, many of which are duplicated for each bike.)

You’ll notice a few other items included in the rolls such as a length of duct tape, electrical tape, zip ties, and baling wire.

The Explorer had an OEM pouch that held what few factory tools that originally shipped with the bike that’s been repurposed to hold dedicated Allen wrenches for the 1200XC.


It also holds a 3/8ths extension, JB Kwik Weld and thread locker. As cool as the Coleman roll is, more often than not I need just an Allen wrench, so this saves unrolling the main tool kit.


Each bike has a tire repair kit, both tube and tubeless, and each has its own air compressor, my favorite of which is this MotoPumps inflator that wraps up neatly into its own footprint and stows nicely with some hook and loop on the inside of a pannier.


Also not under the seat of either bike is a set of BeadPro tire irons that ride on the bottom of a pannier.


And speaking of what’s under the seat, I cut the U-Lock cradle tabs and any other intrusive plastic out of the compartment under the Tiger 800XC’s seat to better fit the tools. I used an oscillating angle cutting tool.


Tools included specific to both the ’13 Triumph Tiger 800XC and the ’14 Triumph Tiger 1200Xc Explorer:

  • 17mm Allen key (not pictured, for front axle)
  • Stock wheel nut wrench and extension for 800XC
  • 8mm Allen (handlebar pinch bolts)
  • 6mm Allen (fork pinch bolts and handlebar pinch bolts)
  • 4, 5, 5.5, 6, 7, 8mm Allen wrenches
  • 8, 10, 12mm box ratchet wrenches
  • 7, 8, 10mm 1/4 sockets
  • 12, 13, 14mm 3/8 sockets
  • Combo Ratchet
  • T-30 Torx bit
  • T-40 Torx bit
  • 1/4 T-Handle and extension
  • 3/8 T-Handle and extension
  • Combination screwdriver
  • Small Vice Grips
  • JB Weld
  • Thread lock
  • Silicon
  • Duct tape
  • Circuit tester
  • Spark plug wrench
  • Safety wire
  • Zip ties
  • WD-40
  • Chain lube
  • Work gloves

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