There is no need to spend an exorbitant amount, as already mentioned with the tool kit supplied you can disassemble, repair and maintain a large part of the motorcycle.
The problem with the tool kit is that very often they are small tools that take up little space, so in some cases they are a bit inconvenient to use.
One thing to keep in mind is that the smaller the nut or the head of the screw, the more the tool must be precise and of good quality in order not to ruin them.
When you buy the tools you don’t buy the boxes or the ready-made sets, first because usually the quality is lower for the same price and secondly because you will have the keys that are useless and that you will leave there to get dust. Another tip for beginners is to start buying only the tools you need and that you know how to use (if you want to change the oil and filter, buy only the tools you need) and buy them as you have to do the work.
I want to divide the list into two categories: the basic ones (indispensable) that are used to make small interventions and that are needed to start, the workshop ones that are used to perform more complex interventions.
Basic tools for motorcycle maintenance
To carry out small repairs or ordinary maintenance.
- A set of fixed keys to not always use the ones supplied, I recommend buying the small sizes first because as mentioned above they must be of quality (at least 8-10-12).
- Good quality star and flat screwdrivers of different sizes, preferably with a magnetic tip, also retrieve a screwdriver with a clutch that allows you to leverage and easily disassemble even the hardest screws.
- Hexes of various sizes of excellent quality, if possible long workshop ones, also here the rule is that the smaller the Allen bolt the more precise and quality the key must be.
- Filter wrench to remove the filter during the service.
- A rubber mallet
- Insulating tape, duct tape
- Electrician scissors to fix the electrical system.
- Electrical clamps of different sizes. (they are used to do various things, it is better to always have plenty of them)
- Svitol and reactivating for electrical systems are used to disassemble the hard and rusty bolts and remove oxidation from the electrical parts.
- Grease / chain oil.
- A toothbrush to clean the chain or encrusted parts, you can also use a used one.
- Workshop manual of your motorbike, if it has not been given as equipment you can find it on the internet.
- Pressure gauge, there are economic ones that can always be taken on the go. Tire pressure is very important.
- Tester to check the battery charge or to check the operation of the electrical system.
- Emergency cables, in case the motorcycle remains with the battery on the ground so you can connect it to another motorcycle or to any 4-wheeler.
- Latex gloves, they are especially useful if you have to work with oil or other substances.
- Rags, of different sizes and try to never be without.
- A basin to be able to drain the oil when making the coupon on the market they also sell special basins and canisters but if you want to save money just use an old canister by cutting it.
- Pliers set, I suggest to take first the Parrot Pliers and the Beak Pliers which are the most important then, also the Electrician Pliers and the Self-Locking Pliers
Workshop tools for motorcycles:
In addition to the basic ones, we must add:
- Workshop rear stand that will greatly simplify your work, such as cleaning and greasing the chain, but will also allow you to work with the motorcycle perpendicular to the ground and not tilted.
- Front workshop stand (almost all jobs can be done by owning only the rear one so I recommend buying the rear one first).
- Torque wrench, useful to tighten the bolts to the right torque, in fact the tendency, without this wrench is to tighten the bolts too much and this can create in the worst cases even the breaking of the bolt. Look for one of good quality and that is suitable for your needs.
- Battery charger / maintainer of the battery (if you often use the motorcycle you may never need it, if you unplug the battery when the motorcycle is stationary for long periods you can only have the charger).
- Manual tire inflator / compressor with pressure gauge to check and inflate tires.
- A ratchet compass set for easier disassembly of nuts and bolts.
- Set of T-wrenches for removing screws that are deep or in uncomfortable places.
- Impact screwdriver, it is used to disassemble those screws that don’t really want to be disassembled.
I put aside the following tools because they are used only for particular interventions and that require a certain commitment and knowledge:
- Tools for re-threading the screws.
- Caliber for precision interventions.
- Stretch mark chain.
- Tire disassembly set.
- Brake oil change kit.
For me these are the tools that are used to practice work on the bike, obviously the more one has tools available, the easier and faster it will be to solve the problem, but it does not mean that only a mega equipped workshop can do ordinary and extraordinary maintenance on your bike.
If you are a beginner do not try long and difficult jobs because you would only risk getting angry and demoralized, start with simple and fast jobs and above all go by degrees. Do not start multiple jobs at the same time and try never to advance any piece.
If you are afraid of not being able to reassemble what you want to disassemble, take photos so as toreal evidence of how the individual components are mounted. Before starting a job you don’t know, consult the workshop manual, sites, forums or friends with more experience than you.
BE CAREFUL and try to do a job well done if you think you have done something wrong or after the motorcycle problems arise, contact your mechanic.