I finally got off my behind and made up a PVC tool tube for my F650GS. I have these on both of my XT225s and love them.
Here’s the write up for the XT225— the only difference with the F650GS was that I drilled two small holes in the skid plate to mount the angle bracket. I also installed two screw caps instead of a screw cap and a plug cap, so that I can open the tool tube from either end.
There are no problems with clearance with the front tire (stock size Tourance).
Sorry for the weird lighting effects; this picture was way backlit.
In the tool tube, I keep:
* 5-14 mm sockets
* 1/4″ socket wrench
* Extension for the 1/4″ drive sockets
* Folding hex keys
* Folding torx keys
* 13-in-1 ratcheting screwdriver
* Small vice grip
* Cable ties
* Roll of electrical tape
* Roll of Rescue Tape
* 1 pair of vinyl gloves
I’ll also be putting 3 tire irons in once they arrive in the mail (my extra ones went to Seattle with the white XT225).