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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-31-2016, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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Tool kit sponge

What the heck is it for anyway? I didn't find the helmet lock strap in my kit either, 2016F model. Was the helmet locking strap for the earlier models. All I got was the sponge and allen key.

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Guess the sponge is to wipe your tears... when you really need some tools.

I bought some chain and a small padlock to chain my helmet to the handlebar clamp or the foot peg mount.
Works well. I did find some plastic tubing to cover the chain to protect the paint.

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Not sure why the American models don't get the tools. That just makes no sense. Here in Canada my kit includes everything but the kitchen sink. Do the folks in the USA at least get the shock adjustment wrench?

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Not sure why the American models don't get the tools. That just makes no sense. Here in Canada my kit includes everything but the kitchen sink. Do the folks in the USA at least get the shock adjustment wrench?

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Nope. Had to buy the shock tool for my 2013 F.
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Helmet strap and allen key is all we get in the US. No HISS either

I got a braided wire lock from the dollar store. Has plastic tubing and a spare key. Works great!

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Not sure why the American models don't get the tools. That just makes no sense. Here in Canada my kit includes everything but the kitchen sink. Do the folks in the USA at least get the shock adjustment wrench?

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Honda are probably scared to provide Americans with tools, because if they use those tools to adjust or fix something and they do it wrong and get killed, they will sue Honda for enabling them to make those repairs without being qualified to do so.....


other countries who dont sue everyone for everything get to have tools....
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My theory is this. I think the sponge is in there to give the appearance that you are getting tools. Kinda like when you buy a carry bag or backpack, they stuff it with paper so it looks like something on the store's shelf.

I removed the about useless helmet cable but kept the sponge so my hex wrench and fuse puller doesn't rattle out.

You guys did notice the fuse puller, right?
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The sponge must be to keep the fuse puller and hex wrench from falling out.

I remember on the old Honda bikes they gave you a darn nice little tool kit, which I always found very useful. You had everything to at least adjust the rear shocks, adjust the chain, tighten up anything that would get loose along the way

I can't imagine those cheap tools would cost very much at all when spread out across a bunch of bikes. Probably more to do with some CEO's multi million dollar bonus plan if anything.
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I contacted Honda AU re the tool kit anomaly and here is their reply:

"Why Certain products vary from country to country.

There are a number of factors involved in determining our model line-up and accessories, such as production costs, product availability, exchange rates and modification requirements for our market and most importantly meeting the Australian Design Compliance (ADR).

We also review feedback from our future and existing customer base and also market trends obtained from our dealer network."

So that certainly clears that one up...
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I can use the sponge to clean up my leaky water pump.
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