Building Your Motorcycle Toolkit

February 18th, 2019 by

Proper maintenance of your motorcycle helps it run better, last longer, and limit the number of service appointment you need to make. But before you can take care of your bike, you need the proper tools. Here at Redwood Harley-Davidson, we strive to make your life easier. That’s why we gathered up a list of essential tools for maintaining your Harley-Davidson® bike. When you encounter something that’s beyond your ability to fix, come visit our service department. We proudly serve those in Eureka, Ukiah, and Redding, California as well as Medford, Oregon.

Battery Cables
Common battery problems can sometimes be solved with battery cables. With a little research, you can find lightweight options that can be rolled up tight as to not take up too much space.

Spare Fuses
It’s always strategic to pack along extra fuses so you can make a quick replacement on the road. Look at your motorcycle owner’s manual to find out what size you should buy.

A Flat Head Screwdriver
Look for something that is as thin and narrow as you can find, which will help you better move around in your bike’s tight spaces. Try to find a model that comes with a magnet on one end. This feature comes in handy if you drop any fasteners and can’t seem to find them!

A Fold-Up Allen Wrench
This tool helps give you extra oomph to tighten or remove any fasteners on your motorcycle. Since it comes in a wide range of sizes, you’ll want to ensure it’s compatible with your bike’s unique parts size. Test it out before you hit the road to avoid an unfortunate surprise that it won’t work for your situation!

A Multipurpose Pocket Knife
This handy tool can be a lifesaver in a range of situations. It’s something you likely bring along while camping and hiking, why not your motorcycle ride? It takes up barely any space, making it a compact and powerful item to bring.

Pliers
Improve your grip with pliers to be better able to straighten, loosen, or tighten your bike’s parts and fasteners. This can become a big help when it’s cold or rainy and your hands struggle to grip properly.

A Flashlight
There are many cases where you will want some extra light. Maybe you need to inspect your bike when the sun has already begun to set. Maybe you need to get into a certain part of your motorcycle that is covered with shadows. Whatever the situation, you’ll be grateful for the extra visibility a flashlight offers.

Packing Your Toolkit
Once you’ve gathered up all your maintenance tools, your final step is deciding what to bring along on each ride. This is dictated by the amount of space you have to store the different items. When you use a vehicle to transport your motorcycle somewhere, then you can bring along anything and everything in the trunk. When you go on a group ride, see what others are packing. There’s no need for everyone to bring along the same tool.

We hope you found these suggestions helpful! Eventually, you will run into maintenance issues that are beyond your experience to fix. That’s when you can head over to Redwood Harley-Davidson. We offer parts replacement and a service department ready to fix up your motorcycle in no time. If you are looking to buy, we also carry a range of Harley motorcycles for sale. Whatever you need, you’ll find it with us! We proudly serve those in Eureka, Ukiah, and Redding, California as well as Medford, Oregon. Stop by and visit us today!

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