The Tools Every Motorcyclist Should Own

The Tools Every Motorcyclist Should Own

by Cliff John July 30, 2020

There is no greater satisfaction than performing maintenance on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Riders of all ages look forward to tinkering in the garage so that their bike rides according to preference. All motorcycles require routine checkups and service, so it's important to have the correct tools within reach for a job well done.

At Fat Head Cycles, we want you to get the most out of your favorite ride. We've put together a list of the top tools and devices you'll want in your toolbox for repairs and upgrades.

The Tools Every Motorcyclist Should Own


1. Tire Pressure Gauge

A tire pressure gauge should be the first thing you put in your basic motorcycle tool kit. Having enough air in your tires contributes to ride quality, control and your entire experience from behind the handlebars. Harley tires enable you to get from point A to point B, so it's crucial to monitor psi.

Always keeps a tire pressure gauge in your toolbox to promote better handling, braking and traction.

2. Torque Wrench

Harley-Davidson motorcycles contain hundreds of nuts and bolts. Do yourself a favor and invest in a high-quality torque wrench to loosen and fasten efficiently. Torque wrenches eliminate the guesswork behind tightening components with the ability to pre-set stopping points.

Harley enthusiasts commonly use these tools for maintenance in the following areas: 

  • Brakes and brake calipers
  • Chain adjustments
  • Engine bolts
  • Clutch bolts
  • Cylinder heads

3. Ratchet and Sockets

Manual tools are excellent for smaller jobs and hard-to-reach places. Picking up a ratchet and socket set gives you the freedom to create a motorcycle toolbox based on your projects and budget. Find kits with a dozen socket attachments, or splurge for a bundle that comes with more pieces than you'll ever need.

Regardless of the route you choose, make sure you are equipped with standard and metric sockets.

4. Screwdrivers

Flathead and Phillips head screwdrivers are useful for fine-tuning the connections on your Harley. Include a screwdriver set featuring multiple-size tips for flexibility. If possible, search for screwdrivers with magnetic tips so that hardware does not go missing.

5. Pliers and Wire Strippers

Needlenose and slip-joint pliers are great for gripping parts of your Harley. You never know when you might need to hold hardware in place or bend a material. If you're performing electrical work, Fat Head Cycles can introduce you to an automatic wire stripper to keep projects right on schedule.

6. Flashlight

It can be difficult to see all of the fasteners on your Harley from front-end to back-end. Think about adding a compact LED mini light to your basic motorcycle tool kit. Perform maintenance on your bike at any time of day with a battery-powered device offering up to 250 lumens.

7. Multimeter

Experiencing a sudden loss of power? Test the strength of your motorcycle battery with a multimeter. These devices are small and attach in seconds to find electrical shorts.

8. Harley-Davidson Service Manual

Having a copy of your owner's manual will ensure that your projects go according to plan. Reference this catalog for step-by-step instructions when disassembling any part of your Harley. The owner's manual will provide you with hardware sizes, fastener locations and recommended tools for maintenance.

Contact Fat Head Cycles for Motorcycle Tools and In-Shop Services

Fat Head Cycles helps you customize your Harley-Davidson with tools, aftermarket stereos and accessories online. If you live in the Frederick, MD, area, we open our shop for repairs, maintenance and installations, and we provide outstanding results. View our in-shop services today, and complete our contact form for more information.

Cliff John
Cliff John


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