Why No Tool Bags?

Discussion in 'Whizzer Motorized Bicycles' started by Hal the Elder, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. Hal the Elder

    Hal the Elder Member


    We have 3 motorcycle dealers and 2 bicycle shops up here and nobody has any small tool bags! Incredible!

    Even the gigantic Chapparal Motorsports Emporium, with a store the size of Macy's featuring hundreds of Motorcycles, Quads, Seadoos, and Fishing Boats, with a sprawling accessories department, has no small tool bags!

    What I need is a bag about the size of a large Burrito, about 8" wide and 4" diameter, that I can strap to my handlebars or fork tubes in place of the Whizzer medallion plate.

    I need just enough capacity for a Screwdriver, Pliers, small Crescent Wrench, a few Allen Wrenches, my Bill of Sale, and my Cellular Telephone.

    What do you guys use, and what is your source, please?




    Here is the bag I use. It is made buy the same manufacture as the saddle bags Whizzer sells. I can not remember the name off hand.

    Newport Beach Whizzer

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  3. Hal the Elder

    Hal the Elder Member


    That's a nice bag, but way too large for my needs. My cruising is within a 5mile radius of home on desert backroads, and I'm only gone for 30 minutes at a time on these local 10-mile trips.

    That's a beautiful bike it's mounted on...I like those fender tips!

  4. KilroyCD

    KilroyCD Active Member

    Hal, here's the one I have hanging on the handlebars of my Whizzer: http://www.bikeworldusa.com/product_info.php/cPath/124_25_112/products_id/628
    It works well as a toolbag for carrying a few things, but being leatherette it's not really heavy-duty.
    Here's a similar one, but in brown (and it looks like it might be leather): http://www.bikeworldusa.com/product_info.php/cPath/124_25_112/products_id/1566
    Here's a heavy-duty leather one: http://www.jcwhitney.com/RAIDER-TOOL-ROLL-AND-BAG/GP_2011875_N_111+10211+600014597_10111.jcw
    Attached is a photo of the first bag on the handlebars of "Thumper".

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    Last edited: Apr 14, 2009
  5. lordoflightaz

    lordoflightaz Member

    I go to Goodwill. Check out the fanny packs and/or zippered appointment books. Just rip the calendar stuff out of the appointment book.

    I have a set of sockets and spark plug wrench, tube patches loctite in an altoid box, stubby cresent wrench, leatherman, 3 metric wrenches (for 6 sizes the kind that they used to put in plastic rolls on motorcycles) a pawn shop item, a set of allen wrenches screwdriver with multiple heads, bike tire "irons". I am trying to think what else. All this fits in the appointment book, I sort of gutted it so that it did not have one of the thick covers, sewed it back together. It also has a pocket on the outside for a cell phone. I paid $.50 for it at a garage sale. If I only wanted the appointment book I probably would rivet/sew/whatver a strap on with quick disconnects, velcro, or buckles. to lash it to the handlebars. I have it in a fanny pack the casino gave me that is under my seat. This holds the "kit" plus a spare tube, 2.5 oz of oil, clear safety googles, a set of open finger gloves, with room for other stuff. I put some rings loops on the pack and ran some latigo from the seat with buckles.

    My other bike has a "nose cone" one of those under the tube things that I mounted to stick out in the front on the head tube. It is just velcroed on. Same stuff in it. I am thinking about making my own for under the tube out of leather.

    All of the tools are cheapo stuff I am willing to "lose"
  6. Hal the Elder

    Hal the Elder Member


    That Whitney bag looks great, but I only have a 5" section of straight handlebar for attaching, and my fork tubes are only 4-1/2" apart. A tool bag that has mounting straps not exceeding 5" apart will work.


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  7. KilroyCD

    KilroyCD Active Member

    Hal, the one from Whitney would be too long. I estimate the straps being around eight inches apart. The ones from BikeWorldUSA.com should fit though. They appear to be 4 to 4 1/2 inches apart.
  8. Hal the Elder

    Hal the Elder Member


    I was referring to the Whitney tool BAG, not the tool ROLL.

    The straps on the bag look much closer together than 8"...what do you think?

  9. Tool Bags

    I sell some nice leather Tool Bags. IF I don't get too busy at the Whiz-in this weekend I will try to get some pics and measurements.

  10. Hal the Elder

    Hal the Elder Member

    HEY LORDxxxxxxx

    I'll also check Salvation Army & other thrift stores...Thanks!

  11. jg767

    jg767 Member

    I have a wald folding rear basket and a walmart small cooler with a velcro lid, hols all my tools nicely. Fits perfectly for $9.88,
  12. Hal the Elder

    Hal the Elder Member

    HEY ALL:

    How about a small tool bag to strap on to my rear rack, which is 11" long and 5-1/2" wide?

    I've seen some pictures of rack bags, but they're too tall...I would bash 'em every time I swung my leg over to mount the bike!


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  13. AussieJester

    AussieJester Member

    The Smaller tool bags from a motorcycle as per used on road and trail type motorcycles might be a better fit something like this perhaps-->


    Would fit nicely on the rack :)

  14. Hal the Elder

    Hal the Elder Member

    HEY...I KNOW!

    I did this once before on a bicycle:

    I built a wooden box, stained it, and bolted it to the rear rack...it worked great!

    Maybe I can find a wood, metal, or plastic box at Lowes or a Craft Shop.

  15. lordoflightaz

    lordoflightaz Member

    I just said "Goodwill" cause there are 3 within 3 miles, but other thrift stores work too. I am also lucky because I live close to a Tandy leather store, too.

    I got a Bontrager rim for $2 the other day.

    I also found a laptop bag that is going to be the second pannier for my bike. It is not exactly the same as my first one but a pretty good match. Should look nice with both on the bike and add some symetry and balance.
  16. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    hi Hal

    in the old bike shop days my wife made our customers tool bags from leather
    any leather worker should be able to set you up with exactly what you need

    have a good day as you ride that motor bike THING
  17. Hal the Elder

    Hal the Elder Member


    Got me a "River Road" genuine Imitation Leather tool bag from CruiserCustomizing for $19.76. It straps onto my bars and has a Velcro closing flap.

    It's just the right size for a few hand tools, Oscar's Bill of Sale, and my Cell Phone. Here's a picture:


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  18. KilroyCD

    KilroyCD Active Member

    That's a good looking bag Hal. Also looks to be a real useful size. :2thumbsup:
  19. Hal the Elder

    Hal the Elder Member

    Thanx, Chris!

    Poor Thumper...:icon_cry:

  20. KilroyCD

    KilroyCD Active Member

    Thumper will be up and running again soon, and he'll have a new set of Worksman wheels on him as well!