What tools do you carry on your motorcycle?

When I recently bought my used Kawasaki Vulcan through a private sale, I was amazed to find out the previous owner wasn’t aware of the tool kit located on the bike. These tools can save you from a tight spot, from ruining a day, and quite possibly from an expensive towing bill. Many bikes come with a set of tools but they are often incomplete and need to be supplemented.

For mine, the essentials include a multi-head/swivel screwdriver, a compact set of wrenches, a crescent wrench, a spark plug remover, wheel removal tool, and a flashlight. Depending on the ride, I might take more with me, including a tire plug kit (remember to exercise extreme caution while riding with a patched tire – stay under 40km/h), an assortment of nuts and bolts, motorcycle jumper cables, and some extra fuel line.

Different drivers and different bikes require different tools.

What tools find themselves in your service kit?

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4 Responses to What tools do you carry on your motorcycle?

  1. Stacy says:

    Honestly? A credit card.

    I know my bike well enough to know what kinds of repairs I could handle on the side of the road, and that list is rather small. For instance, while the OEM tool kit contains a spark plug tool, it doesn’t contain the 3″ and 6″ extensions required to reach the plugs down in the cylinder heads. If the FI system borks, that’s not something I have the expertise to fix. Modern bikes are an ever increasing array of electronic and specialized assemblies, and I don’t think I could make a tool kit to cover it all.

    I do carry a Doc Allen’s Versatool (http://www.docallensversatool.com/) and a small collection of allen bits to supplement the OEM kit. (Necessary if I want to have access to the battery compartment, which requires removing the seat!)

    I dread the day I experience a breakdown on a modern bike. So the credit card and a towing membership will have to do.

  2. Bruce says:

    good point depends on the bike old school that are fixable and the ever increasing use of computers as used in cars making it virtually impossible for a self fix so yes the card helps too but remember you cant eat it either

  3. Bucko says:

    My bike actually didn’t come with a tool kit. What I’ve been carrying around for a while is a socket wrench kit (which comes with various screwdriver attachments), spark plug socket, needle nose pliers (I ended up getting that later after being in a tight spot where my regular pliers couldn’t fit), and of course the multi-purpose duct tape, plastic ties, and my handy leatherman multi-tool! I also find it’s good to carry around some sort of charger (I’ve got a trickle charger) if you’ve got the attachment on already in case you get into some problems with your battery.

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