Tool Pouches

I've gotten away without a toolpouch for too long now. Mind you, there's been a few occasions where just having some allen keys and a 12mm spanner would have helped tightening or attaching something for a bit of peice of mind. Come to think of it, some tools would have helped on a few occasions...

1. My first muffler, a supersound exhaust had a pretty spectacular failure and I was left travelling the hume buying cigarettes from service stations in exchange for using what was left of a workshop out the back.

2. My second exhaust, the same model again, fell off at Kangaroo valley and with the help of a little Japanese fellow called Hiro, mounted it with a coat hanger after spending a while trying to find a screw driver as leverage.

3. Another time a mate of mine lost all power on his SR500 and we were missing just the right size allen key to have a look under the sprocket cover to see what had gone wrong. Turns out it had a stripped layshaft and it was fucked anyway but it would have passed a few hours if we'd been able to have a look, and given us a headstart on the problems that followed.

Now, I've looked at a number of different options and many of them that are sold look like they belong on a Harley, which isn't what I'm after...

Besides being a bit out of proportion it also looks a little like it'd hold something that'd buzz at a BDSM party.

Doing some thinking, I went back, as I do with everything, to small arms and ammunition pouches that could fit the bill. One was a Soviet SVT pouch, another the standard British and Commonwealth pattern '37 Bren pouch..

But thinking a bit more Japanese I remembered the 6.5 Arisaka Type 38 ammunition pouches (who wouldn't?) and realised it could work -

And Inside...

By my calculation the space for tools (with the divider removed) would be about 6" long and should be large enough to hold a few small spanners, a spark plug removal tool and some small allen keys. I'd also like to keep a wind-up light in there and some of that tyre sealing gunk but that'd be pushing it. However for short trips, it could mount along the bottom here. Bear in mind that plate is cut for a standard chain guard, and when It's redone it'll be cut a lot wider.

If anybody has any other ideas, feel free to make a comment below.


  1. Could you carry your screw drivers in your coat pockets?

  2. I could indeed! I've just heard some bad stories of people falling with phones on them and breaking ribs etc when they'd have otherwise been okay.