Motorcycle essential tools


All motorcycle riders know that without putting in a little elbow grease, their bike might start playing up. This is why all riders have a tool kit or box with them at all times. Even though these machines use state of the art technology, they do need a bit of tinkering from time to time. From a carefully balanced bike falling off a makeshift stand to a stuck bolt getting stripped, these may be a nuisance for most, however there are some riders out there who actually enjoy getting their hands dirty.  

Here are ten of the most essential tools all motorcycle riders should have in their tool kit.

1. Screwdrivers Screwdrivers

Screwdrivers are used for a variety of different jobs. Ideally, you should have a small flat-head screw driver with you at all times for simple fix-ups. Having a magnet attached to the screw driver will also come in handy in case any fasteners drop into tight spots and you need to retrieve them.

For more serious jobs, you should have a set of screwdrivers of different sizes.




2. Motorcycle Stands Motorcycle Stands

Motorcycle stands make working on your bike much easier. These stands hold your bike upright and at different angles so you can access both sides of the bike easily, change tires, clean and maintain the chain, etc.

There are several different types of motorcycle stands, each specifically suited for different types of bikes and purposes. You’ll need to find out which stand is best for you. This will depend upon what bike you have and what you want to use the stand for.



3. Pliers Pliers

Pliers are a very handy tool. They help riders get a proper grip on different parts of the bike. You’ll find that trying to grip something with your bare hands can be quite frustrating. There are many different types of pliers, so do some research as to which one will be best for your needs.




4. Tire Pressure Gauge Tire Pressure Gauge

The pressure in your tires needs to be just right, otherwise you could be putting your life and safety in danger. Investing in a good quality tire pressure gauge is something all motorcyclists should do. Monitoring the pressure in your tires can help prevent over and under inflation and ensure that your tires are properly inflated at all times.

 Most riders prefer tire pressure gauges that come with a nozzle. It makes it easier for them to read the pressure.



5. Flashlight Flashlight

Having a flashlight is very important. It’ll help you see into those hard to reach spots especially when your bike breaks down at night. Keep a small flashlight and some batteries on you at all times when you’re riding.




6. A Wrench Set A Wrench Set

A wrench set is critical for maintenance and repair. Having a full set of wrenches of different sizes is very important, because you never know what a particular breakdown or job might require. When you’re out riding, keep one standard multi-purpose wrench with you for loosening or tightening fasteners and small problems that come up on the road.




7. Torque Wrench Torque Wrench

Having a torque wrench is extremely important when you’re tightening bolts and working with fasteners. Every time you remove a fastener or bolt, you’re going to have to put it back on. How tight they need to be is critical: if they’re too loose, they could spring off while you’re riding and if they’re too tight, they could strip.

To avoid these situations, you need a torque wrench to ensure that you tighten a bolt or fastener just right.




8. Battery cables battery cables

When you’re out riding and your battery is depleted, you can use your battery cables to charge up the battery and get yourself moving again. Having some lightweight cables on you at all times is highly recommended, these can be tightly rolled up and conveniently stored.





9. Cable Luber 

Many parts of a motorcycle need lubrication to ensure that they run smoothly. This includes the engine, clutch cables, and the throttle. While you can lubricate these cables manually, the task is often difficult and messy. A cable luber is a tool which does all the lubrication for you, without any of the hassle.



10. Impact Driver 

There are times when the fasteners on your bike will jam. No matter how hard you try, they just won’t budge. Instead of damaging your bike and the fastener by trying to strip it off, you can use an impact driver. An impact driver employs a shock to loosen the fastener. This way, the fastener will come loose easily without causing any unnecessary damage.

Not all motorcycle riders would prefer these tools. Reason being, every rider deals with a different bike which in turn has its own sets of issues. Do you think a tool is missing in this list? What tool you and your ride absolutely can’t live without? Let us know in the comments.