Touring on a Royal Enfield – Tools and Spares to Carry

My round-up of the tools and spares that you need to take along when touring on  a Royal Enfield.

One of the things that every person who has ridden a Royal Enfield over long distances (sometimes even short distances) is aware of, is that there is a high likelihood that you will have some trouble with the bike. One needs to be prepared to try and deal with issues whenever they arise. In this post I’ve set out a list of the tools and spares that I like to carry when I’m touring on my Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500

I’ve divided each list into categories to differentiate between the stuff I carry on a normal tour and the additional things that I take when I’m doing a more adventurous ride or riding to remote places. In respect of spares, I’ve also got a separate category of “Extras” which are things that I don’t think are absolutely necessary but can be taken along as a matter of abundant caution.

TOOLS

Mandatory (no matter where I go)

  • Cutting Pliers
  • Nose Pliers
  • Screw Driver (+) and (-)
  • Allen Keys (full set)  
  • Spanners – Sizes 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 24 and 30 (or adjustable spanner for larger sizes)
  • Spark Plug Spanner
  • Zip Ties
  • Insulation Tape
  • Duct Tape
  • Knife/Scissors
  • Chain Lubricant
  • WD 40
  • Fevi-Kwik
  • M-Seal (Quick Dry)
  • Tester
Add-ons for more adventurous tours

  • Tyre Levers (to remove the tube)
  • Air Pump (I use a cycle pump)

SPARES

Mandatory (no matter where I go)

  • Spare fuses (10 amp and 15 amp)
  • Breather Pipe (this wears out pretty quickly on my Thunderbird)

 

 

Add-ons for more adventurous tours

  • Accelerator Cable
  • Clutch Cable
  • Spark Plug
  • Spare wire – to replace any electrical connection
  • Spare Tubes (front and rear tyres)
  • Spare nuts and bolts (different sizes)

 

Extras

  • Spare headlight bulb
  • Brake Pads
  • Spark Plug Kit

This is only an indicative list and is entirely based on my own personal preferences, and things I’ve learnt through experience. There may be others who would recommend taking along additional things and several who might think that even this much is not necessary. It depends on how you like to travel. I tend to be a bit cautious, so I don’t mind the additional weight that these things add. I’m all for learning and sharing though, so if you would like to add something to this list please do leave a comment below.

6 thoughts on “Touring on a Royal Enfield – Tools and Spares to Carry

  1. Hi, good to have this list handy for someone who is new to long distance touring. I too own a TB500. I can carry these stuffs, but I really don’t know how to use them if ever stuck in such situations. It would be helpful, given your experience, if you could list down the list of DIY stuff (like changing tube, changing clutch cable) which a rider should acquaint themselves with. And if possible give suggestions on how to learn about them . I have seen your couple of DIY videos, but how to acquaint oneself with all the basic skillsets.

    Thanks,
    Rohit

    1. That’s definitely something that I intend to do in the future. I had started making a series of DIY videos on my YouTube channel (Toll Free Traveller), but haven’t yet had a chance to see that project through. Maybe I will do some more work on that after I finish my current road trip.

  2. Hi Rohith

    It would be great if you could you tell me the size of spanners (in the picture / or as per your use) apart from the toolkit which RE provides,, there are a few nuts and bolts which need a different size of spanner. Tyre for instance need 24 no. Pls share. I have RE Electra 350, but i guess most of the nut-bolt etc. sizes would be common and identical to all REs

    Thanks a bunch 🙂

    1. Hi Dhiraj – my spanner kit usually consists of the following sizes – 10, 11, 12, 13, 24 and 30.I also carry a full set of allen keys + spark plug spanners.

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