Motorcycles require a lot of care and attention. But some simple and not too expensive maintenance items can save you a lot of money in the long run.
The four must-have maintenance items that I recommend are:
Let’s break down why…
Why do you need a torque wrench?
One of the most significant things to consider when working on a motorcycle is if the bolts are being tightened with just enough force. To prevent over-tightening or stripping parts, use a torque wrench! Trust me, you don’t want to make that mistake.
A torque wrench allows you to input how tight you want it and gives an audible signal when it has been achieved. The average torque range for tightening bolts on motorcycles is between 3-15 ft-lbs.
A standard mechanics socket wrench set should have up to 30 ft-lbs, which can be used for nuts and bolts that require a good amount of force (i.e., wheel sprocket). But there are also sockets created only for torque wrenches called “click-type” wrenches which click after reaching proper tension or torque like this one from Amazon
A torque wrench is one of those tools you need in your shop to keep things running smoothly and prevent future damage.
What about a motorcycle stand?
Motorcycle stands are great for not only repairing your bike but even performing standard maintenance like oil changes or checking the air filter. This saves you time and money cause you don’t have to take it into a shop when all you want to do is change your brake pads… By using a motorcycle stand you can actually work on your bike yourself and save time as well as money.
It’s very sturdy, easy to put together (took me less than 10 minutes), and makes working on my bike a breeze because it holds it up without having to hold on to it yourself.
This brings me to my next must-have item: T-Handle Hex Keys.
I would argue that having a good T-Handle Hex key set is one of the most important items on this list. It will save you so many headaches!
What are T-handle hex keys? They are small tools used to tighten or loosen bolts and screws by hand with just enough force without stripping anything (again, trust me). If there’s ever a stripped bolt in your life, you know how painful it is. These make it possible to get those bolts out without destroying them or your hands…
A standard 17mm wrench for example has plenty of torque to not strip Allen screws and smaller bolts but once you get into larger sized wrenches, they may strip before being able to loosen them especially if they’ve been tightened
This is why I would recommend getting a set like this one.
A lot of the allen screws on motorcycles are 6mm, 5mm, or 4mm so having T-handle hex keys (in those sizes) comes in pretty handy and saves you from making that trip to the bike shop because you can’t remove your rear axle.
This brings me to my next must-have: A Solid Screw Driver Set.
Having different screwdrivers for different needs is important whether it be electrician screwdrivers for electrical work or pilot bits for drilling, etc. But when working on your motorcycle, being able to handle bolts of various types and sizes with just one screwdriver is super convenient especially if you don’t have to go running into the house to find a different-sized screwdriver every time.
This set for example includes flat head, Phillips head, Torx bit, and square drives which are incredibly common in motorcycle repair. You could easily avoid having a toolbox full of screwdrivers that accomplish the same thing if you just get one good solid screwdriver.