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Basic Gear for a Motorcycle Beginner - Part 2

By Walter F. Kern

Part 2: Tools, Miscellaneous & Accessories

  • Tools

  • Get a detailed owners manual or shop manual for your bike and see what types of tools are recommended for your model. If the bike comes with a tool kit, examine it and determine if you need more tools. At any rate, always take the toolkit with you on the bike. Here are some essential tools.

    • Screwdrivers

    • You'll need assorted regular and Phillips screwdrivers.
    • Pliers

    • You should have regular pliers, small ViseGrip pliers, and needlenose pliers.
    • Wrenches

    • Get Allen, Torx, sparkplug, open-end, adjustable, and combination in sizes needed for your model.
    • Loc-Tite

    • Keeps fasteners from loosening or falling off.

  • Miscellaneous Stuff

    • Kickstand Plate

    • Don't put your sidestand down in hot asphalt or grass. Use a thin metal plate, beer can, or other plate for protection.
    • Bungee Cords and Nets

    • Helmet Extender

    • This is a 3-4 inch extender that slips through the ring of your helmet and attaches to your regular helmet locking device. If you don't have any locking device on your bike, you may have to carry your helmet with you when you park.
    • Bike Cover

    • There are some very small covers that fit the windshield and pull over the bike to cover the seat.
    • Tire Gauge

    • Don't ride without checking the pressure in your tires.
    • Swiss Army Knife

    • Small Flashlight

    • Duct Tape

    • Electrical Tape

    • Rags

  • Accessories

    • Windshield

    • It may spoil the looks of your bike but on a trip of any length will keep you from tiring out. Also, a must for winter riding.
    • Saddlebags

    • Where else are you going to put all this stuff?

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