There are plenty of tools and toolkits out there so where does someone start? Basic tools to start off include wrenches, ratchets, sockets and pliers. There’s two ways to go about it: build your own toolkit over time by figuring which ones are needed and then purchasing those as part of a basic general toolkit or motorcycle specific toolkits that have already been curated as per the specifications of what sizes of bolts and nuts etc are there on your bike. These are definitely easier to use and more convenient.
Why do you need motorcycle specific tools in the first place?
If you’ve been stuck on the road not having tools you know what a pain it can be. Manufacturers tend to not give a complete toolkit for cost reasons. Simple sockets that are required to open your wheel can be missing from these toolsets. We surely recommend carrying a proper toolset while you’re on the road, be it a short trip or a multi day one. It could be for repairing your bike at home or needing the right tools when on the road.
The three benefits we see from a motorcycle toolkit are
What makes a good Motorcycle Toolkit then?
Quality matters when it comes to tools that are used more often. For example some motorcycles have an abundance of 10mm hex bolts, over time you would be using the same socket to tighten and loosen them. Sub par quality sockets start to show signs of wear and tear and tend to start having an increase in gaps between the socket and the head of the bolt or a nut which over time will chew off the heads of these bolts. Tools should be durable and reliable. Well known brands have multiple checks during the production process to make sure quality standards are followed.
-socket wrench set
You can additionally include these to your toolkit
-tire repair kits
Finally, what should you get?
We say motorcycle toolkits should serve your purpose, be innovative with the tools they have included, be capable, be well packaged so you don’t have to carry a big box of tools, save weight and last long.