Motorcycle emergency kit suggestions?
MY BIKE CHECKLIST: ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOUR BIKE IS IN TIP TOP CONDITION AND ENSURE YOU HAVE WHAT YOU NEED FOR A ROAD TRIP.
A Road trip can certainly be spoilt quickly if you have a breakdown. Unlike 4 wheel motorists, motorcyclists have limited space available, which means carrying a comprehensive tool kit is usually not an option unless you have a side car!!
That’s why it makes sense to put some time and thought into what you pack for any kind of emergency.
Hopefully you still have the original tool kit your bike came out with. This is at least a start. It will more than likely contain some handy tools such as a reversible screwdriver, a few Allen keys and an assortment of spanners to fit most nuts and bolts on your motorcycle.
Most motorcycle tool kits often do not include a pair of pliers, which can come in real handy in a breakdown.
Multi-tool would be your best option – Leatherman etc.
A great space-saving supplement for your tool kit is a multi-tool, especially one that contains pliers. Look for a multi-tool that also contains a saw blade, a file, and of course, a knife blade.
Perhaps the most likely breakdown is a flat tyre. Carry a tyre repair kit that contains the plugging tools, mushroom plug strips and solution. Once the tyre is repaired, you’ll need to inflate it, so make sure that you have some compressed air canisters as well an adapter to connect the canister to your tyre’s valve.
One of these canisters is usually sufficient to inflate your tyre enough to get you to the nearest filling station, where you can inflate the tyre to its normal pressure. These supplements usually last 50 km’s or more depending on the severity of the puncture.
The Tyre kit is probably the most important kit (for tubeless tires). This will help you out if you find yourself in the middle of nowhere with a flat tire, and your tire is not otherwise damaged. Practice on an old tire before setting out so you know what to do. Please note that you will have to assess your situation and determine if your tire is safe to ride on. Don’t take chances with your safety. If in doubt, opt for another solution.
A few more additional items to think about that you can take along on you ride include:
A small LED flash light
A pocket knife
The all-important cable ties
Power bank for your phone
Emergency Medical kit with the basics
12 Volt mini pump
Motorcyclist tow rope
Mini jumper cables
The MyBike Team