As we become seasoned riders and experience all that the road has to offer, we find ourselves understanding just what we need to pack with us. For instance, for the most of us, we rarely pack rain gear in August because experience tells us if it does rain, it won’t hang out long. On the flip-side, as we rack up the miles, we also become aware of the the constant need for emergency supplies, whether it be for us or a fellow rider. Wisdom dictates the tool bag contents have to be customized to meet the needs of problems we have encountered while riding and to ease certain paranoia.
*First Aid Kit
*Extra Bungee Cord
*Tire Plug Kit-straight handled variety.(T-handle types demand too much room. By adding a section of fuel line over the pointed ends you protect the tool and everything in the bag.)
*Motorcycle size can of emergency tire sealant “air compressor in a can”.
*Small standard and needle nose vice grips
*Set of boot strings. Convenient for emergency zipper repairs or for tying things to the bike.
*Set of new spark plugs pre-gapped
*Half roll of black electrical tape. If a leg zipper gives way on a set of rain gear during a heavy rain storm, half dozen wraps of black tape with the rain gear fabric overlapped to shed water and you should be able to stay reasonably dry until repairs can be made.
*Two headlight relays. There is nothing more important than having lighting on your motorcycle. Between the spare fuses and spare relays any most electrical glitches can be given a band-aid and allow you to reach a good stopping point.
*Replacement headlight bulb. A container made out of a cut down plastic shampoo bottle and a paint can lid to protect the bulb. Inside is foam with an opening for the bulb. This prevents the other items in the bag from breaking the spare bulb.
Everything is packaged in zip lock bags to keep it dry. You may not end up using these emergency parts, but won’t you feel pretty good when you can help a stranded motorcyclist back on the road? If you need to stock up, call the guys at K and G Cycles (www.kandgcycles.com) and they can help you with all your motorcycling supplies.