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Suzuki DR-Z

Motorcycle Tool Tube Storage

by Chris B. for



As I mentioned in my Motorcycle License Plate Stash Box review. there’s a serious lack of places to mount, store or hide things on my 2003 Suzuki DR-Z400S.

This is a big difference compared to my other adventure bike, the 2002 BMW R 1150 GS (report) .

One big question with the Suzuki is this: Where in the heck do I put the tools I’ll need for our next Trans America Trail ride ?

Being a retired Auto Tech (and traveling with my friend Glen) I have to take some tools along, but I’ll really have to pare down the amount to a minimum for this trip on the DR-Z400S.

The installation of the IMMIX Racing rear luggage rack (review) solved my luggage carrying dilemma, but for the life of me I couldn’t come up with a place to carry some basic tools.

The Motorcycle Tool or Stash Tube

During last year’s Trans America Trail ride, the left side case of the BMW was packed with tools. 99% of which we never used.

My buddy Glen carried more tools stuffed in a plastic tube that was bolted to the front down-tubes of the frame on his Kawasaki KLR650.

He had an extra one of these tubes kicking around in his man cave, so he gave to me to mount on the Suzuki for this year’s ride, but the exhaust passes in front of the frame on the bike so that location just doesn’t work.

Suzuki DR-Z
Suzuki DR-Z

Glen is a self proclaimed cheapskate. If there’s a cheaper or cheapest part or item out there, he’s bound to find it.

Now it’s fairly easy to find tool tubes designed specifically for a motorcycle for around $20 each (try the Tool Tube store ). Or, if you’d like to go crazy, you can also buy a chrome-plated metal stash tube designed for Harley-Davidson motorcycles for. $169.95!

But I have to hand it to Glen, because he found a pair at, of all things, Agri Supply. a farm equipment retailer, for 5 bucks each. They’re called Manual Canister, Large with Neoprene Seal.

Now to be fair, I should mention that if you buy the $20.00 motorcycle tool tube, you also get a drill bit and some mounting hardware. When you spend 5 bucks, you’re on your own.

The basic construction of the tool tube — no matter the price — is the same though. It’s made from High Density Polypropylene, according to the description. A tool tube is designed to hold documents or an owner’s manual or instructions for towed or PTO-powered implements or even planting instructions on tractors and farm equipment.

But at the bottom of the product description, there’s also a mention that the tool tube works great as a small tool carrier for motorcycles.

The $5.00 tool tube. Open, read, then close.

Suzuki DR-Z
Suzuki DR-Z
Suzuki DR-Z

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