For some people, motorcycle maintenance is a chore that must be done in order to keep your bike in good condition. For others, motorcycle maintenance is a fun hobby.
Whether you love it or hate it, routine motorcycle maintenance is one part of owning a motorcycle, which is why it’s important for all motorcycle owners to invest in at least a basic tool set.
Even if you don’t plan to work on your bike yourself, there may be times when you need to make a quick repair or adjustment. These 6 basic hand tools are essential for any motorcycle owner.
Motorcycle Maintenance Tools Everyone Should Have
Start by stocking up on basic supplies you may need anytime you maintain your bike. These supplies include things like rubber gloves, zip ties, electrical tape, WD-40, and brake fluid. It’s also a good idea to keep a basic set of nuts and bolts available as replacements. Screwdrivers, pliers, and a small funnel are also basic tools you should have.
Sockets and Wrenches
You’ll need a basic socket and wrench set in multiple sizes. Look for wrench sets with 8-14mm, 17mm, and 19mm sizes, or larger. Make sure the set you own includes a torque wrench and an allen wrench set. Combination wrenches are easier to handle and resize, which will save you space in your toolbox. You’re welcome!
For sockets, have a ⅜” set handy. Larger fasteners may need a half-inch drive. It’s also a good idea to have extensions or adjustable sockets and wrenches for hard to reach areas.
Keep track of your bike’s condition with a set of basic measuring tools. This includes a tire gauge to check air pressure, a spark-plug tool, feeler gauges, and an electrical continuity tester. These tools will help you narrow down potential problems and keep your motorcycle working in top condition.
String-Type Tire Plugs
Tires should always be replaced when they’re punctured, but in an emergency they can be plugged as a temporary fix. String plugs work on small holes ( 3/16” or smaller). Use the plug tool to repair the hole, then reinflate the tire.
Keep your bike in place when you’re working on it. Most motorcycles today don’t have a center stand, which means you’ll need to supply a stand whenever the wheels are coming off. Keep a front and rear stand available to make motorcycle maintenance quick and easy.
- Oil drain container
- Wire strippers
- Vacuum brake bleeder
- Brass punches
- Ball-peen hammer
- Gasket scraper