Motorcycle Tools & Tool Kits

toolsThere are a couple of main types of tools that are common for a person working on his or hers own motorcycle. Most of the tools sitting in the garage can be classified as either Power Tools or Hand Tools. Through a combination of both, an individual can have everything they could need to perform many general maintenance items without having to take the bike to a dealer or mechanic. Depending on where your motorcycle originates from (ie, Japan, Europe) will tell you whether you should have Metric sized tools (8mm, 10mm) or American Standard sized tools (5/8” or 15/16”).

Hand Tools:

Hand tools are the very fabric of the mechanics tool box. Many kinds of items belong in this group, from the socket wrench to the basic screwdriver. These tools make up a foundation that will allow you to do a variety of things to your bike from swapping out a dead battery to changing the oil. Basic things you should have are: Socket Wrench Set, Open-ended Wrench Set, Screwdriver Set, and Pliers.

Power Tools:

Most tools that fall in this category either plug into a wall, or have a battery attached to them to supply energy to it. Having a powered drill or socket wrench can make taking those two hundred screws off holding on the battery door a lot easier, but in most cases you’ll want to put the finishing touches on tightening bolts and screws by hand (especially if you need to get it to a specific torque). Air tools generally are labeled as power tools, though the power being used isn’t electricity but compressed air. These tend to out last the electric counterparts, but also can cost more up front. With air tools, you’ll need to have a compressor hooked up to it however, so make sure you have room for it in the garage.

Specialized Tools:

The tools that you have to go out and buy for one specific part of your bike, or that only have one main function fall into this sometimes annoying category. Tools like a Valve Stem Remover, or Tire Spoons don’t really have multiple purposes, and for most do-it-yourself-ers won’t need to be added to the shopping list until the time actually comes.

Rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty is something that most motorcyclists look forward to when it comes time to do some maintenance on your bike. Knowing what tools you have and need to get the job done before hand can save you a lot of stress, and trips, to the hardware store.

Read all of our Motorcycle Tools reviews below:


FlEXiT Hands Free Flashlight

Risk Racing Flexible Light Tool, Magnetic LED

FlEXiT Hands Free Flashlight | Risk Racing Flexible Light Tool, Magnetic LED

<img src="http://spotmotorcycles.zipgolfer.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/B00548MICQ.jpg" alt="FlEXiT Hands Free Flashlight " width="287" height="300" align="right" />When you're working in your garage, it always seems like light has a way of being everywhere except for the place you need it. Sure, having a flashlight can remedy that problem, but I find that a lot of the time using your hand to hold the light ...





LED Magnetic Flashlight, Hands Free

Risk Racing Light Mine, Flood & Night Vision

LED Magnetic Flashlight, Hands Free | Risk Racing Light Mine, Flood & Night Vision

It sucks trying to work in the dark. I'm sure bats don't mind doing it, but I don't have echolocation abilities... yet. So, until I master my gene splicing techniques, I think I'll stick to the good old 3-foot-long Maglite. Oh, wait. I forgot that those things are a ...





Vega Plexus Plastic Spray Cleaner

Motorcycle Polish & Protectant, 13 Oz Can

Vega Plexus Plastic Spray Cleaner | Motorcycle Polish & Protectant, 13 Oz Can

"Ha ha ha guys, very funny. I see what you did there. Taking my Kowie and running it through all the dirt over there. I'm sure it was a lot of fun, heck I bet if I wasn't laying in the tent with all of my limbs duct-taped together, ...





Beza Windzone Great Escape Tool Kit

Portable Motorcycle Repair Utility Tools Set

Beza Windzone Great Escape Tool Kit | Portable Motorcycle Repair Utility Tools Set

What would the world be like if MacGuyver never existed? Besides being completely boring, a world without that show could have kept the majority of Americans from ever realizing how important a pocket knife and a rubber band could be. There could also be a lack of ...





Powertye Fat Strap Motorcycle Tie Down Kit

Trailer or Truck Bed Bike Transport, Black

Powertye Fat Strap Motorcycle Tie Down Kit | Trailer or Truck Bed Bike Transport, Black

Your challenge, if you choose to except it, is to tie down your motorcycle in the back of the trailer or truck bed as best as you can. We'll be throwing all sorts of things at you while on the road, things that will cause you to slam on ...





Haynes Motorcycle Manual

Fuel Systems TechBook by John Robinson

Haynes Motorcycle Manual | Fuel Systems TechBook by John Robinson

Knowledge, not guns or knives, is by far the best weapon. We use it to out-think our other halves in an argument to try and turn the tide of war: "I know you told Stephanie, who told Janet and her husband Bill, that you wanted a divorce; well Buster, I've already ...





Motion Pro Finger Glove, Magnetic

Spandex & Leather Tip Grip for Garage Work

Motion Pro Finger Glove, Magnetic | Spandex & Leather Tip Grip for Garage Work

I could never be a doctor... not because I don't think I'm intelligent enough to go through medical school, or could deal with all of the blood and sick people. Mainly it's because I can't stand putting on latex gloves. It seems like they suck all of the moisture ...





Removable Motorcycle Wheel Chock

Stainless Steel & Rust Proof by Superior Supply

Removable Motorcycle Wheel Chock | Stainless Steel & Rust Proof by Superior Supply

I've been doing my fair share of hauling friends' bikes around for them when they need to get to the shop or break down on them. It kinda happens when you're the only one in the circle of friends that owns a truck (I'm just glad nobody is planning on ...





Motorcycle Bike Stand Review, Universal

Front & Rear Swingarm Lift Set by Sky Enterprise

Motorcycle Bike Stand Review, Universal | Front & Rear Swingarm Lift Set by Sky Enterprise

Changing your own tires can be quite the challenge; it doesn't really matter what motorcycle you have, either. I've had times where I've had to hang the front part of the bike up from the rafters in a garage with ropes just because I didn't have a stand to ...





ATV Tri-Fold Loading Ramp, Heavy Duty

For Motorcycle, Tractor or MX Sport Bike, Folding 60 Inch

ATV Tri-Fold Loading Ramp, Heavy Duty | For Motorcycle, Tractor or MX Sport Bike, Folding 60 Inch

For those of you out there in internet land who have a utility trailer that is used to carry your ATVs and dirt bikes out to the sand dunes, sometimes finding a ramp that is portable and strong enough isn't always an easy task. There are plenty of ...





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