I’d probably take a handful of tools myself but no more than I can for example roll up in a kitchen towel and stuff under my seat - would really be limited to a puncture kit, what’s needed to lift off the tank to say “hmm that looks like a motorbike engine should”, and some cable ties
Important to consider that the mileage, while different miles, is about what I’d do in 2 months for commuting - and I’m sure is about what most London Bikers cover in 2-6 months depending on proximity to the Big Smoke. Now I don’t know about you but on my older, higher mileage bikes, I’m yet to be stranded for anything other than a puncture. This is why a wallet and RAC cover would be my absolute musts, and a small tool kit for this and that would be a nice to have
If you are to service (or have your bike serviced), don’t let this happen immediately before your trip. Even with my garage which I trust highly and do a good standard of work in the main, there have been niggles that have cropped up shortly after a service before and on one occassion quite a big problem. Would not be ideal to find anything just after you reach Calais.
I probably would be doing an oil and filter prior if it were me, even if I were not going to exceed the intervals. Just as important I think is to make sure everything is tight, having your day cut short because you realise you’ve lost a clutch lever bolt somewhere on a French motorway is far from ideal.
Even if you have goretex riding gear, I’d still be bringing a rainproof oversuit - much quicker to dry, better for the really heavy stuff
Have fun, don’t overthink it. I don’t know the status of EHIC anymore I have a feeling that stuff expired in January - could be wrong. Health Insurance for if you have a spill and carry proof with you somewhere easily found along with an ICE card - sorry to be morbid.
If you were to get stranded for any COVID related nightmare, what will you do with work? Are you able to bring a laptop with you to work just in case?
Fewer items than you’d expect for roughing it, a few smarter outfits for going out in - this is something I’ve learned
- Very basic tools, only a puncture repair kit an almost essential
- Health insurance etc
- High vis, breathaliser, anything else that might be a requirement for travelling on a French (or other) motorway
- Work arrangements just in case
- Smart clothes for off the bike, waterproofs for on it