Motorcycle Tools & Cleaners
We don’t claim to be, nor do we want to be motorcycle mechanics. However, there are some situations in which you would rather be able to save yourself than sit by the road waiting for a tow. We carry just a few motorcycle tools & cleaners along on every ride. The entire list of what to take on a motorcycle ride can be found here.
We started with CO2, but now have a compressor. That decision was made mostly because we don’t have a compressor at home and it was a real pain to go find a gas station with air….remember when all stations had free air? So before riding, when you check your tires….with a gauge….you DO check your tires before you ride don’t you?
So you’re a few pounds low and now your first destination is the nearest station with air. We were tired of that so we bought a Cycle Pump MADE IN THE USA compressor, now we can top off the tires before we ride.. The storage bag is big enough to carry some other emergency tools.
Again, some things are to make us feel better, but may never be used and that is the case with our tools. The tool kit that is probably under your seat, the one that came from the factory is really limited.
We choose just a couple of simple, “Multi-Tools.” I used to have to remember to get the Leatherman tool, which is in my jeans pocket 365 days a year…… every day we rode, I put it in my riding pants and then back to my jeans after the ride. Inevitably it gets forgotten and I need it at work and it’s in the riding pants or vice versa, enter second Leatherman.
I put velcro on it and on the inside of a saddle bag way back in a corner. It’s always there, but it’s out of the way. I tend to use a Leatherman fairly often for one reason or another. Now, if it’s needed I just reach back in there and peel it off the wall.
No multi-tool is as good as regular wrenches or a rachet. However, for space saving and an emergency tool, we like the Cruz Tools Outbacker. Ours is Metric, they come in SAE as well.
You’ll get 14 tools – four hex keys (3, 4, 5, and 6mm), two screwdrivers, a socket driver with 8, 10, and 12mm sockets, 13 and 14mm open-end wrenches, and three spoke wrenches – all in a nine ounce unit that’s only 3.5” long. We have Vlecro sticking this onto a saddlebag wall as well.
Bikes get dirty and no one wants to ride a dirty bike! How about those bugs that cover your windshield and faceshield on every ride? We have tried many products and have found the best cleaners. A clean bike deserves it’s photo taken, we talk about photography here.
Windshield & Helmet
Bugslide is an amazing product. I wish I would have tried it years ago. There is nothing I have found that will take bugs off the bike like Bugslide.
It is a detailing spray and using it, you almost never need to wash your bike. If you’re not covered in heavy dirt, but just need to get the bugs and road spray off…..this is it. Yes, it’s cheaper to wet a towel and let it sit on the bike while the bugs soften. But this stuff is just as it says, “Spray it on and wipe the bugs off.”
It’s also a polish. I wipe down after every ride and I am no longer washing the bike every weekend.