Roadgear Motorcycle Tool Roll
Roadgear Sport Touring Tool Pouch
by "Mad Dog" Earle for webBikeWorld.com
Motorcycle Tool Reviews |
As regular webBikeWorld readers know, I'm a tool
fanatic, so any item or product that has to do with
tools has my immediate attention.
This definitely includes tool boxes, tool "rolls" or
anything else related to storing or displaying my tools.
In fact, I'm always searching for the "perfect"
toolbox and maybe someday I'll find it...
There are different sub-species in the toolbox
hierarchy, and the classic tool roll is probably the
most basic and most familiar to motorcyclists.
In fact, the classic leather tool roll or tool pouch
(or tool bag, in fact), prominently displayed on the
front of a 1950's Harley or Triumph, is as iconic as the
To this day, cruiser owners
will sometimes attach a nice leather tool bag to the
front of the bike, which is both useful and stylish in
its own way.
Roadgear Sport Touring Tool Pouch
The Roadgear Sport Touring Tool Pouch is but one of
many, many different types and choices for a motorcycle
tool roll or tool bag. I don't really have much
experience with other brands or types, except for the
cheap vinyl or cloth tool rolls that motorcycle
manufacturers stuff under the seat to hold the cheap
stamped tools they provide.
But the Roadgear Tool Pouch has a couple of things
going for it. It's made in the U.S.A. from genuine
DuPont Cordura Plus in 1,000 denier weight. It has
a couple of nice straps attached to the outside, which
close with those clip-together buckles that also allow
the straps to be adjustable for length. See our
video below for a quick demo of how it all works.
One nitpick is that the strap ends just hang loose if
the tool roll is only rolled to a small diameter.
It would have been better if they put some Velcro on the
straps to hold the loose ends when the roll isn't
stuffed to capacity.
But on the positive side, the tool roll has the nice
reflective Roadgear logo on top. Not sure when
you'd need a reflective logo on a tool pouch, but it's a
Another nice feature is the 10-year warranty Roadgear
provides on the Sport Touring Tool Pouch. There
aren't many moving parts here, so chances are that you
would never have to take advantage of the warranty, but
I think 10 years is a very generous warranty on
something like this that will take a lot of abuse.
Unfold the tool roll and it lays flat. The
dimensions are approximately 49.5 cm (19.5") long and 40
cm (15.5") wide when it's laid flat. It rolls up
into a package roughly 18 cm (7") wide, but the overall
thickness will, of course, depend on how many tools are
placed inside. See our video below for a rough
idea of the size and how it all works.
starting from the bottom, is a long divided pocket with
Velcro on top to hold it closed. The pocket is
divided about 80/20% across the length of the roll, with
a longer pocket taking up about 80% and a smaller pocket
taking up the remaining 20% or so.
Since these pockets can be closed and sealed, they're
good for holding small items like Allen wrenches, nuts
and bolts or gaskets. Just be careful how the
items are placed inside the pockets so that nothing gets
bent when the fabric is rolled up.
Above the bottom pockets are 9 vertical holders for
tools. They seem to be sewn at different widths,
to fit differently sized wrenches, screwdrivers or other
tools (see photos).
Then in back of all this is a large pocket behind the
black fabric. It's also divided 80/20 and can hold
larger tools or a flashlight (don't forget that!),
paperwork or maybe an owner's manual. Again, I
learned that tool and item placement is important
because everything eventually gets rolled up and
After all the tools are inside, the top flap folds
down over the pockets and the fabric can be either
rolled up in a tube form, or, if the tools have been
carefully packed, it can be folded three or four times
and secured with the straps in a slightly flatter
I don't think the Roadgear Tool Pouch will fit under
the seat of many (or any) motorcycles, but it's a good
tool holder that will fit into a tank bag or side bag.
It keeps the tools secure and tight so they don't rattle
around or get lost.
By the way, I'd suggest that if you're going to buy
one, get it in black. The yellow version shown
here instantly became dirty from the tools, and probably
the red and silver versions would do the same.
Black should do a good job at hiding the dirt and grime
that is surely associated with using tools on a
The Roadgear tool roll, or
"Sport Touring Tool Pouch", is a
handy device for holding a small
assortment of tools to carry on
a tour or elsewhere. It
also comes in handy as a general
tool bag for use in the house or
Review: Roadgear Sport Touring Tool Pouch
||List Price: $25.90
|Colors: Red, Yellow, Blue,
|Review Date: October
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From "R.G." (7/10): "I have this item and it is great!
It holds a fair amount of tools and does so quite efficiently and cheaply (a
great value for the money). I bought the yellow one, opting for
low-light visibility over the ability to hide dirt (understanding that
breakdowns usually happen in low-light or conditions that hide tools/small
items. The yellow flap gives a hi-visible work space for tools/items
From "S.S." (1/10): "Last May I was riding with two
friends, and the directions from Google took us across a short dirt "road"
that was more like a dry creek bed. Rather than ride the long way back
around, we decided to try it.
I went first on my Triumph Legend, followed by my buddy on his Honda 450
twin. Buddy #2 on the Harley Dyna chose a different puddle of water,
and hit a big rock and dumped the bike onto its left side.
Fortunately, with the Honda 450 factory toolkit and some softball sized
stones, we were able to pound the shifter out enough to continue our ride.
Since that experience, I always have my tools with me, and some sterile
bandages (don't ask). My buddy's Honda even has a small metal box on
it that the toolkit slips into. Pretty cool idea, and definitely saved
our (butts) on that trip."
From "J.L.W." (10/09): "I have been riding for a lot of
years and I have to say that the need for tools on the bike is way
overrated. The only tools you really need if you have a chain driven
bike and are going for a long ride is a torque wrench and socket to fit the
rear axle nut so you can adjust the chain if required and some kind of tire
plug kit and air pump.
Fasteners don't work loose anymore even on Harleys so what
are you going to use the tools for? Anything that disables the bike is
going to be beyond the ability of most riders to fix and beyond the scope of
the tools even if the rider had the ability.
Editor's Reply: Well, although I may
agree somewhat, tell that to a rider of a vintage or antique bike, a
long-distance tourer, a world adventure tourer, an on/off road desert rider
or a backwoods plonker and I'm not sure if they would agree! If only
motorcycles never failed no matter what, life would be sweet! Let's
ask: readers, what do you think?
From "B.C." (10/09): "I've had the same RoadGear tool
roll featured in the review for I think around thirteen years now & other
than being a little dirty (mine's red) it's holding up just fine. In fact,
it'll probably be around long after I'm gone.
I keep mine in my top box and
it's just the right size for my needs. As for the long, loose straps I just
shortened them some & hit the ends with a lighter to keep them from fraying."
From "G.M." (10/09): "This is indeed a nice tool roll, I
have owned it for several years, and it will hold an amazing amount of
tools, so long as you choose and pack carefully.
I did spend a while trying to straighten out the lip of the
cover that is sewn down at a angle, but I eventually figured out they did it
on purpose ;<).
Mine is packed with various tools including the flashlight,
a self-contained butane soldering iron (I'm into wiring projects, which
might go bad one day on the road), a shorty screw/nut driver, the obligatory
Allen wrenches which are a handy one-piece item from Wal-Mart (future
Going to Wal-Mart to pick up a couple of special shorty
tools to fit the bag is part of the fun. I totally agree on the color,
I bought the black one because I could tell the other colors would get
messed up quickly. I carry mine in a tail bag, at the bottom of
course, because fully loaded, it's heavy. It is a quality product,
well designed and reasonably priced."