BMW motorcycle tool kits and tire patch kits
This page is about toolkits and other contents of the toolbox for the BMW motorcycle models R26, R27, R50, R60, R69, R50/2, R60/2, R50S, R69S, R50/US, R60/US, R69US, R50/5, R60/5, R75/5, R50/6, R60/6, R75/6, R90/6, R90S, R60/7, R75/7, R80/7, R100/7, R100S, R100RS, R80GS, and R80ST.
R80GS and R80ST
This BMW tool kit photo provided by Ken. It probably applies to other BMW motorcycle models of similar years.
A new tool kit
This is a brand new BMW tool kit purchased recently from a BMW dealer. It isn’t quite the same as one from 30 years ago. It can be purchased for about $90. Photo courtesy of Albion Baucom
These are the same BMW tools as above. Photo courtesy of Albion Baucom.
It might be good to include a list of the tools that come with the toolkits. Here’s what the Huggett “original toolkit ” (BMW part number 71 11 0 005 317) includes:
The above list is from Allan Atherton, thanks. The bikes had 14 mm fasteners up until about 63 or 64. As they ran out of them, they began using 13 mm. I don’t remember when they changed the tool kits to comply. By 1965 there were no 14 mm fasteners left that I can remember. The popular stainless steel fastener kits available use the newer 13 mm fasteners. If you have changed over, be sure to include the proper wrench.
This is a rolled up tool kit from the early 70s.
Here is the unrolled toolkit for BMW motorcycles.
Here are the tools laid out in about the same order as the current tool kit above. One of the tools isn’t BMW, but a replacement. It has two 17 mm wrenches to remove the shock. The feeler gauges on the far left are original and in all kits from the mid 50s to late 70s or later. The tire irons on the right are original and will work well for tires of that era. I haven’t tried them on a later stiff wall tire. If you have no tools for a kit and would have to buy them retail, you are better off with the current BMW tool kit. The tools are short and will fit in the space provided. A standard 22 mm wrench is too long to fit and also so long that owners can easily over tighten the axle nuts with it.
This shows another example of a tool kit that is still available and the grease rag. Photo by Allan Atherton
Photo by Allan Atherton
The same BMW motorcycle tools laid out on the rag. The tool on the lower right is a screwdriver made from wire. I have no idea where that came from. I can say that of all of the /2 BMWs that I have owned, maybe 75-100, none had that tool. They did have a normal looking small plastic slot screwdriver. On the upper right is a 5 part feeler gauge. They all had only 4 parts; (.15mm).006,” (.2mm) .008″ for valves, (.4mm) .016″ for points and (.6mm) .025″ for plugs.
A “factory tool kit”, thanks Steve
Attached is the photo of the factory tool kit. All Heyco where appropriate and looks virtually unused.
Size of tool roll: 24″ x 12″. Weight: 5 Pounds and 7 ounces
BMW hand wipe rag
In all about 37 pieces. You may have seen this kit before. If so, is there anything missing? If not, can you suggest anything to add to it? The only thing I can think of is a 4mm Allen key and a 8mm socket.
Note, I suspect that this wonderful tool kit is the one that I asked for below. Duane
Other items in the tool box
A very nice grease rag was included, the fabric of which was soft, fluffy and embroidered with “BMW” across it. These were provided in a couple of colors over the years, but the most common was red on unbleached cotton. In 1972 the factory assembly line was using a similar rag that was mostly red on unbleached cotton.
The BMW tool kit rag available today, photo by Allan Atherton, thanks.
The BMW rag from a 1968, photo by Mike Spradlin, thanks.
You can see a figure 8 on the left of BMW and what looks like a key on the right side.
The BMW motorcycle tire patch kit
A tire patch kit in a metal box was standard and at least two types were used. This metal box was oval shaped and had a top that just snapped on and off. They tended to get rusted on and then get tossed out. It was generally yellow on a black background. A couple of different brands were used. In about 72 the metal boxes were replaced with a blue/green plastic one.
A picture of the front and back of an original /2 patch kit provided by Mark Lewis, thanks.
One of the other brands of tire patch kit used during the /2 days. Thanks Chuck S.
One of the later (71-72) tire patch kits provided for on the road repairs. The plastic box didn’t rust like the earlier metal one. The contents are assorted patches, glue, a “scratcher” and directions.
BMW motorcycle toolbox paper work
One or two pieces of paper work, such as a battery warranty, were included. Again, the photos are by Allan Atherton. By now I owe him big time, I better pick a fight with him before I see him or I will have to pay.
Front of the BMW motorcycle warranty Back of the BMW motorcycle warranty
BMW /5 motorcycle cover for the owner’s manual
This shows the front of a /5, /6 and /7 (I think) owner’s manual protective plastic cover. It is 7″ X 9″ (17.7 X 22.8 cm) in size. The top part is clear and you can read my R27 manual through it. The proper manuals are a bit larger though. I don’t have one to show.
This shows the back side of the cover with a pocket to hold a business card.
The super BMW motorcycle tool kit
A larger and more comprehensive tool kit has been available from BMW since the late 70s. If someone would email me a .jpg of it, I would add it and give credit. The two below are from the parts book and were donated by John R, known as “J” to us.
Parts book sketch of the large BMW tool kit.
Inventory of the large BMW tool kit.
Additional information on BMW motorcycle tools
Supplied by Allan Atherton, thanks Allan
Tools needed to add to the original toolkit
Marco Hyman, /2 List, 10 Feb. 2002