As Benjamin Franklin once said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." The same goes for taking care of your bike. Regular maintenance is essential for keeping you up and running and enjoying the open road.
Let's get into it. These 5 tools are the absolute must-haves for your tool box:
Obviously. But there's more. Quality ought to be considered when choosing a screwdriver. When doing repairs, removing cases or panels is commonplace, so you want a quality driver that won't damage your casing. Be sure to have a small, flat head screwdriver for simple and easy fix-ups. For more difficult tasks, you'll need a solid set of screwdrivers in varying sizes. Cross head screwdrivers with replaceable tips are an excellent choice for the beginner and the professional alike.
2.) Wrench set
Don't get it twisted. Owning a full set of wrenches of different sizes is a necessity. You never know what a particular issue might require. Keep a standard multipurpose wrench with you when you are traveling, for tightening or loosening fasteners, as well as other small issues that may come up on the road. Maintain a minimalist set for road trips, and a more complete set to keep in your garage.
3.) Tire pressure gauge
You know. You'll likely want to avoid putting your life and personal safety in danger, so it's critical that the pressure in your tires is at the correct PSI. Your tires are often the most important part of your motorcycle, and running on proper tire pressure is clutch. All motorcyclists should invest in a good quality tire pressure gauge. In order to prevent over and/or under-inflation of the tires, regularly monitor your wheels. This one's non-negotiable.
Needle Nose pliers, conventional pliers, and locking pliers are all relevant. Keep a variety on hand for the gamut of different tasks that will arise. Get a grip. Pliers help riders to gain a proper hold on key components of their bikes.
5.) Motorcycle stands
To make working on your bike easier, motorcycle stands are wildly helpful. In the past, almost all bikes were built with a center stand. But these days that's far less common. If you don’t have one, it's best that you buy it separately. These stands hold your bike upright and at different angles, facilitating maximum exposure for repairs and your safety as the repairer.
And don't forget!:
Read the damn manual before doing any work on your bike. Don't underestimate the wisdom of the written word when it comes to knowing your machine.
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