While it is just plain impractical to ride around pulling a rollaway full of tools, there are certain essential tools that a ride just simply cannot be without. Many companies are now offering nice motorcycle specific kits that are affordable and come with their own containers making it easier now more than ever to have the right tool for the job. After much roadside trial and error, we wrangled up a few of our favorite tools that we keep in our saddlebags, and thought we would show them off.
H-D Snap-On Toolkit
Developed for Harley-Davidson by Snap-On, this smartly designed kit provides very high-quality tools that perform the most functions with the least amount of tools. The tools also come in a tidy roll-up and feature a lifetime warranty.
Essential Toolkit EK-1HD
We have found this toolkit to be the best bang for the buck. With more than 20 tools included as well as zip ties, mechanic's wire, a shop towel, and a siphon hose, one can have a way to fix even the most unpleasant roadside breakdowns.
A great kit with many high-quality tools for the money, the H3 includes five different combination wrenches, an 5-inch adjustable wrench, locking pliers, flashlight, tire gauge, hex and Torx keys, all wrapped up in a double-panel 600-denier polyester pouch.
The Smart SpAir kit is a great kit that will get those flattened tires aired up and on the road in no time. Featuring a very compact 12V, 300psi air compressor with interchangeable connections, an 8-ounce bottle of Slime tubeless tire sealant, and tire pressure gauge all wrapped up in a rugged carrying case.
Suspension Air Pump
Being able to properly adjust the suspension due to weight and load changes while on the road is a key factor in making any bike ride safely. The H-D suspension pump features a micro-bleed valve and a swiveling air hose to allow safe and simple adjustment of the front and rear air suspension.
Stop & Go
Pocket Tire Plugger plus C02 inflator
With the Pocket Tire Plugger, you can easily plug unwanted holes in tubeless tires while they are still on the bike. Specially designed rubber plugs and insertion tools make fixing tires on the road easy. The included high-velocity C02 gas cartridges and valve adapter make getting air in them just as simple.
Oil Filter Wrench
If you have ever had an oil filter come loose on a ride then you know why we included this. The H-D slip-resistant wrench is constructed of stainless steel and properly torques the filter to factory specs.