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Bryan Bosch

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Motorcycles break. Even the one's that we call "bullet proof". When it happens close to home, not that big of a deal. When it happens in the middle of nowhere, the fix lays with you, your buddies, and whatever you had packed for the ride. Having a comprehensive tool kit is a good idea, but how do you know what tools to pack, especially if you're an adventure rider newb like me?

I ended up crossing paths with Gordon East, the owner of RRR Tool Solutions. Not only is he an experienced adventure rider & long distance tourer, he's an entrepreneur and passionate tool designer. After speaking with him about how he methodically designed his Adventure Tool Roll Set based upon his own riding experiences, specifically for Japanese and European motorcycles, I figured that experience is the best teacher, so I'd likely end up with the right tools, should my trusty Triumph Tiger let me down or if I injured her.

If you want to know what's included with the Adventure Tool Roll Set, please click the "Description" tab. For the purposes of this review, I want to stick to writing about what I see are the highlights of the product.

The RRR Tool Solutions Adventure Tool Roll Set puts a lot of tools & options in a fairly small package. It weighs a tick over 4lbs. and when rolled, it's 10" long and just 3" high. This allows it to easily fit into most of the bags found on adventure bikes and dual sport machines. My 2013 Triumph Tiger 800XC has a keyed release pillion pad, where the factory tool roll is stowed. I was happy to see that the Adventure Tool Roll will stow under the locked seat. It's on the tight side, but always having it with the bike is a huge advantage, considering that my crystal ball to predict when I'll need them never seems to work.

The Adventure Tool Roll isn't compact because Gordon simply chose to include less tools. He looked for ways to include a complete solution by more intelligently stowing them so that they take up less space. For example, the three spark plug wrenches and rod are designed to stack one inside another, much in the same fashion as Russian Nesting Dolls.

Another example are the seven metric sockets. Since the common sizes won't nest, they are tightly stacked on a threaded, plastic rod and secured with a nut on each end. This creates a socket stack that is very narrow and less than 8" tall.

Lastly is the 6.35mm flat plate ratchet. It's just 5" long, lightweight and will operate all of the kit sockets, flat head, JIS & flat point, torx and allen bits. The ratchet head is dual sided, one side being a female, magnetic bit receptacle and the other side being a 1/4" male driver with a removable, ribbed plastic wheel. The magnetic bit holder is smart. Imagine a field repair when your hands are cold, you're tired, visibility is poor and you're working with small pieces. Few things brings on the expletives like a job taking 3x what it should because you're looking for the bit that you need in the sand! The ratcheting action is fine, making it well suited to working in tight spaces and the ribbed, plastic wheel on the back is helpful at getting fasteners started, using your fingers to turn the ratchet head.

The tools look like quality pieces and they feel good in the hand. The flat plate ratchet and T-handle both dawn the Vessel brand, a respected Japanese tool manufacturer, while the sockets and wrenches are custom manufactured for RRR Tool from Chrome Vanadium Steel. What was most impressive to me was that Gordon was up-front about a few bits in the kit (pliers, LED flashlight, and tire gauge). He wanted to keep the kit competitively priced, so a good chunk of the cost was providing the best quality that he could for the tools in the kit that he felt are the most important and likely to take the most abuse. None-the-less, the flashlight and tire gauge both work just fine and I like that the grips of the pliers have a slightly soft, grippy material on them. So, no real disappointments.

Regarding the tool wrap itself, you can choose from black or hi-viz yellow. Both are made from tough, nylon Cordura and sewn locally. The elastic pockets hold the tools just fine, but you do need to be mindful of what tools you stow where, as this determines how small the wrap rolls up. A nice feature of the wrap is a patch on the inside that has magnets sewn into it. This is where you stow hardware that you pull of your machine during a field repair, increasing the probability that it's where left it. If you want to go even further, these is a mesh, zippered enclosure that you can stow hardware in. For me, it's the perfect place to stow some extra zip ties, a small cloth and a couple of pairs of surgical gloves for greasy jobs.

The only trouble that I had with the tool wrap is keeping the nylon straps tight. When I cinch up the straps, they tend to loosen up a bit. I talked to Gordon about this and he said that on an earlier batch of wraps, the nylon webbing that they used was too glossy, not having enough friction against the buckle. This has since been corrected. And, this brings up another point. With the kit is a card. At the bottom is Gordon's name and direct phone number. He's not afraid to make himself accessible to his customers. So, that's either ballsy or that he's proud of what he puts out to fellow riders. Having talked to Gordon a few times, I know which.

Pros :)

  • Tool assortment select by an experienced rider.
  • Lots of tool options in a tidy package.
  • Magnetic storage for hardware during field repairs.
  • Good quality at a reasonable price.

Cons :(

  • Tool wrap strap won't hold tension.

Bottom-Line
The RRR Tool Solutions Adventure Tool Roll Set is an intelligently designed and well built product that will serve the needs of adventure and dual sport riders well. It's big on features, fairly small in size, not too heavy, and the guy offering the product is passionate about riding and creating tool solutions that work in the real world. Only you can decide if RRR Tool kits have the assortment of tools that you want, but at the very least, I think that you'd be well served to put the brand of your shortlist of consideration when shopping for an adventure type tool kit.
 
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