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Murphy’s Law says that if something can go wrong, it will. That’s true of motorcycles, and especially if you travel off the beaten path, you may have to make some repairs on your own. Let’s consider what tools you should carry with you to turn a disaster into a challenge you can meet.
A handy tool is Eagle Leather’s own Multi-Tool. It’s eight tools in one: pliers, bottle opener, Phillips and flat screwdrivers, knife, mini scissors, nail file, and flashlight. It’s made of stainless steel and folds down for safe storage. With this and a pocket knife you’ll be able to handle many problems. Remember to carry an extra set of batteries for the flashlight.
A compact tool kit like the Cruz Econo Kit includes a spark plug tool, a tire pressure gauge, hex and Torx keys, various wrenches, and a six-in-one screwdriver. Or, you can upgrade to the Cruz Roadtech H3 Tool Kit HD, which includes a flashlight, a mini ratchet, and socket set. Carry all the tools if you seem to end up fixing everyone’s bikes, or just strip down to the ones that fit your ride.
You could also include just the wrenches, sockets, ratchets, etc. that you need to fit the nuts and bolts of your bike. For example, a fold-up Allen wrench that is either metric or AMSE (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) should fit the fasteners on your bike. Some motorcycles have bolts you can only get at using sockets, so carry the right size socket wrench.
A small pair of pliers will come in handy as well. Lightweight battery cables can be worth their weight in gold when you need them. Zip ties and duct tape can be a trip-saving emergency fix for any number of problems. You should have an assortment of nuts, bolts, and screws. And don’t forget spare bulbs and fuses—just those that your bike needs.
Radiator link sealant will come in handy, as will JB Weld and strong glue like Gorilla glue. Carry some plastic or nitrile gloves and wipes or rags as well as Pledge or the like to clean windshields and face shields. Don’t forget a tube of hand cleaner.
One of the most common problems is a tire mishap. Carry whatever you like to use for a quick fix, whether plugs, or a pump, or just a can of Fix-a-Flat.
If you have a chain, carry the equipment you need to fix it, including any additional tools needed for press-in master links.
Now you need a compact, sturdy carrying case for your tool kit. Eagle Leather has a wide assortment of tool bags (just use the search function on the homepage). For example, the plain jane tool bag is waterproof, with straps on the front or back of most bikes, and sports two buckles. Or, you can get a leather or PVC tool bag with stylish touches like antiqued leather with laced detailing.
With these tools and supplies, you’ll only need the mechanical know-how to fix your roadside problems.
If you’ve found another tool or supply that’s served you well, let us know on the Eagle Leather Facebook page.