But before I continue about which motorcycle hand tools to have handy when traveling, let me stress this obvious point.
You're better off taking care of any cycle maintenance or repairs in your driveway or garage or at your local cycle shop rather than on the road during a trip.
Roadside repairs are, at best, a nuisance. And they can be dangerous.
So before head out on your bike, take care of any routine maintenance. Check your motorcycle for potential problems and fix any you find.…
Look for oil leaks
Tighten loose nuts and bolts
Check the pressure and tread condition of your tires
Spin each wheel to see if you've picked up any nails that haven't penetrated deep enough -- yet -- to flatten a tire
Make sure all lights are working
Even though I've been riding motorcycles for many years and can handle minor repairs and periodic servicing with the proper motorcycle tools...my mechanical and electrical troubleshooting capabilities are limited.
If the cause of a problem isn't obvious, I'm in trouble.
The best backup to my motorcycle hand tools and spares are my...
Emergency roadside service number for my insurance company and the American Motorcyclist Association
Choosing the most useful motorcycle hand tools to pack
Handtools can be heavy and take up space on your bike. That's why compact, high quality tools are most beneficial and practical to pack.
The first thing I did after buying my (then) new bike was supplement its wimpy OEM tools with a compact, high quality tool kit. Then I added a few more items to that kit to increase my comfort level and repair capabilities.
I made sure I had a selection of wrenches that fit all of my bike's nuts and bolts.
The tool kit that came with your machine may include a few tools specific to your bike that you can't get anywhere else. It could also contain a few wrenches or tools that will enable you to omit some of the items listed here.
Tire repair tool Having this tool -- and knowing how to use it -- to plug a flat tire, then pump in the enough air can mean the difference between sitting stranded on the road or getting up and running in a few minutes.
You might never need to use you spare brake or clutch lever -- let's hope you don't. But if you have an accident or your bike simply falls over, you could snap or bend either lever. Having a spare will keep you riding. And they don’t take up much storage space.
Spare timing belt
I carry an old timing belt that had been on my motorcycle and is still in reasonably good shape.
Here's your most important emergency "accessory"
Above and beyond the motorcycle hand tools and spare parts you carry, the most important thing you can possess to fix your bike or otherwise keep moving in an emergency is your ingenuity and your knowledge of your motorcycle.
You don't have to be a motorcycle repair expert. Few of us are. But you'll be a happier, more confident rider when you're familiar with your motorcycle's basic operation.
Simply having the right motorcycle hand tools aboard and knowing how to use them to manage simple repairs will increase your peace of mind when traveling and make motorcycle riding all the more enjoyable for you.
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