We started a thread like this on my other regular forum, so I was curious about this readership.
What's your best roadside repair?
I'll start it off:
(All this happened on the first two road trips of my life! haha)
1) While camping in BC, the bike fell over, breaking the clutch lever. We scrounged together some tools, and some plastic, found some rivets, and then made a make shift clutch lever. It was the saturday of a long weekend, so all the shops were closed, and the closest bike shop was about 200kms away AT LEAST (the closest "town" - population 1000 - was 40 kms away). The local tow truck driver had a spare dirt bike clutch lever. 25 minutes with a die grinder and I had a shorty clutch lever.
2) A couple hours outside of thunder bay (on my trip across half of Canada) I saw a stranded biker on an intruder (I think - big suzuki cruiser) with a flat tyre. He had no tools, and no way of fixing it. Again, saturday of a long weekend (labour day). I pulled over, and assessed the situation. I had a tyre repair kit, but he didn't have a center stand. A quick trip into the woods yielded some logs and dead branches. Leaned the bike all the way over one way, shimmed the log underneath. Broke up the branch, leaned the bike over on the log and put a stack of branches (a la cribbing) to support the weight. Next, couldn't find the leak. Used my compressor to pump up the tire, and then listened for hissing. I found the leak, and then walked the guy through repairing his own tire. Pumped it up, made a list of the tools I used and told him to stop by at the next canadian
tyre and pick up the tools because he'll probably never need them again.
My favourite was when I was laying out the sticks as dunnage and the guy asked: "what are you, some kind of boy scout?" to which i replied: "worse, i'm an engineer who grew up watching macgyver"
2*) nothing special or ingenious, just also happened on my ride to ontario:
Harley guy ran out of fuel outside of town and I saw him pushing his big cruiser (one of them electra glide types). I use a multi fuel stove, and use the stove's fuel bottle as spare gas container. It was less than a litre, but it was more than enough to get him to the station.