Who doesn’t like a peek into someone else’s tool roll?
After many miles, I think I’ve dialed in a field kit arrangement that’s portable and can handle all the regular maintenance jobs on the GTS, and then some.
If I empty out the glovebox, topcase, and underseat, these are pretty much all the items I carry for the GTS for touring and general preparedness. The only things missing are a tiny collapsible silicone funnel like this or this and some spare oil (they’re oily and live in a ziplock separate from my tools), and a roll of clear Gorilla tape (useful for a bike with plastic parts).
Items #3-16 live in the glovebox. #2 is at the bottom of the under seat storage. #1 is usually kicking around the topcase or with spare parts, depending on whether I’m carrying sidebags (hence dry bag).
Let’s get into more detail:
Red bag for variator tools. They are separate because their shape is awkward for a roll, and mostly for CVT jobs. More below.
Main tool roll. More below.
Plastic container the perfect size for holding a spare exhaust bushing, and extra O-rings for oil changes. A short piece of PVC pipe and some tape also works, whatever protects your graphite bushing from being crushed.
Self fusing silicone tape. This stuff is handy for so many things, it’ll work like electrical tape, or just make whatever you wrap anti-slip and water resistant.
Velcro strap roll. Double-sided, reusable, cut to length. Use to hold your brake lever closed for working solo, attach small things to bike, etc.
Worm style tubeless tire repair kit and factory suspension adjuster. These live behind the plastic cover where Piaggio factory tools usually go. I ditched the cheap screwdriver and seem to have lost the spark plug wrench, but the suspension adjuster stays.
More comfortable reamer. Not sure where this came from, haven’t had to test.
Spare fuses, cotter pins, speed clips, odds and ends, and zip ties in various sizes.
Tool roll to hold it all, from CORSette Vintage Smallframe race 2014.
I’ve painted a blue stripe on most of my tools with leftover Serenity Blue automotive paint, in case of working in a shared garage.
I only have one large 3/8-inch drive extendable ratchet, and one 1/4-inch drive mini ratchet. It’s entirely for space and weight savings, and the mini-ratchet is useful for small spaces on the bike. With drive adapters and the extension bar, you should be able to swap for everything in between. For a fixed-location garage, I’d get fullsize everything.
6 inch extension bar. The 1/4 inch drive bar is slender enough to reach around the brake disc, otherwise you need a wobble head.
1/4-inch drive to hex bit adapter.
6mm hex bit.
The tiniest funnel (Harbor Freight sells a set for $1, I took the tiniest one), or a syringe if you have one.
Empty bottle with top cut off an angle, for catching oil.
6-inch #2 Philips power bit. This slender bit is exclusively for reaching that annoying middle screw under the headlight. I picked mine up at a flea market for cheap, and it goes in either my 6-in-1 screwdriver or Mini ratchet.
6-in-1 screwdriver, for the rest of the screws.
2.5mm hex bit, to remove brake reservoir covers. I think the new GTSes have integrated covers, so you won’t need this anymore.