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Thursday, 01 May 2014 06:00

What tools do I need in a tool kit on the bike?

columnist David PocockI often get asked,”What tools do I need in a tool kit on the bike?”

My answer.

What kind of riding are you doing, just in town or do you plan on going on long trips?

If you’re going to be staying in town with maybe short trip just outside the city limits then might be you don’t “really” need to have a kit at all.  If you feel you want to have a kit then a basic set of sockets, a screwdriver, a Spark plug socket for the size of spark plug in YOUR bike and maybe a pair of pliers.  Yes, there are basically three different sizes of spark plug used in bikes today also be aware that on many bikes there is limited room between the outside of the plug and the space in the top of the cylinder head to get a socket so bear that in mind and buy a GOOD quality thin wall socket.

Now, if you are going to be going on extended trips to the above add;

A set of tire spoons (these are the tools to help you get your tire off and on to the rim when you need ot repair a flat) with these, also make sure you have the appropriate tools to remove and replace the wheel on the bike.  And OH YEAH how about a real tire patching kit, which will contain patches, glue, a roughing tool that you will also use to seat the patch.  The roughing tool is used to rough up the area around a hole to give the glue, and your patch, a little extra rough surface to bond to.  Also remember that an air pump of some variety will be required, (personally I’ve got a little hand pump that is good to 45 psi).

A set of emergency reflectors is not a bad idea and there are some now that pack very small, made of fabric with spring steel stiffeners in the outer edges.

The real key is to have a reasonable basic working knowledge of your bike.  Things like; how to remove and replace the wheels on your bike, where are the spark plugs and what kind are they, if you are fortunate enough to have onboard diagnostics, a basic list of what the codes are and what they mean, not to mention how do you access them, where is the fuse panel and are there other fuses in the system and where they are, what kind of oil does your bike use, have a spare litre packed just in case, what kind of bulbs do the various signal and other lights use.  I am sure that you will, over time be able to add to this list.  Of course there is the space limitations that a motorcycle has so remember that packing light is a virtue however the other axiom is also true,” Better to have “it” and not need “it” than to need “it” and not have “it”.”  But be reasonable and think on where you are going and what you are doing, it might would be reasonable to expect that you will not need some things and instead need other things.

Ride safe!  We would rather talk to you than about you.

Last modified on Thursday, 29 May 2014 17:43

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