There are plenty of tools in the world that you can use to work on your BMW motorcycle. Ask any mechanic and they’ll tell you that you can never have too many. Any well-outfitted garage will have a myriad of things with names you can’t remember or things that only use to open that one thing with that one particular bolt. You could go on for days thinking of the all the BMW motorcycle tools you’d need to complete every service on your bike, but let’s face it; you don’t have the time or the budget to do that. Besides, by the time you acquire them all, you might as well open your own shop. If you don’t want to quit your day job but still want to be able to perform some basic service on your BMW motorcycle, but without the high price tag of a professional, keep reading.
Let it first be said that if you tour with your BMW motorcycle, you should have at least a modest amount of mechanical knowledge about its workings and how to repair it when something goes wrong. If you’re out on the road, sometimes you can’t always rely on help to come get you or fix your ride in a timely manner.
Let’s take a look at the 3 most important sets of tools you need for your bike:
1) Socket set with handles and extensions.
No matter how many wheels the vehicle you’re working on has, a socket set is indispensable. For a BMW motorcycle, I’d recommend a metric set with a ratchet handle and a few extensions. Some folks swear by T-handles when wrenching on their motorcycle, but I’ve always preferred the ease of ratchets. Ultimately, the choice is up to you. You might also want to pick up some universal-joints with your set; they can really come in handy when trying to reach a difficult fastener.
Box or open-end wrenches are another must-have staple for any BMW motorcycle toolbox. These can reach places where a ratchet and socket or T-handle just won’t fit or don’t have enough clearance. Again, I’d recommend a set of metric wrenches just like your socket set. Sizes from 10mm to 18mm should cover most standard jobs, but most bikes have fasteners down to 6mm and up to 19mm, so if your set doesn’t include them, grab those separately as you need them.
A good screwdriver is near universal in its utility and it’s something you shouldn’t skimp on. Grab a set with both slotted and Phillips heads with hardened tips which won’t strip out and ruin the screwdriver when tackling stubborn fasteners. A good feature to look for is a hex-bolster near the base of the handle. If you need a bit of extra torque, you can use one of your wrenches above to grip and help turn stuck screws. Also look for a set that includes hex-head drivers for all the non-standard screws you’ll encounter on your BMW motorcycle.
These three things are the absolute basic BMW motorcycle tools you should keep in your toolbox. You should also keep something similar in your road tool kit for repairs on the go when you’re away from the garage. As you gain more experience in working with BMW motorcycle tools, you’ll discover more and more that make the job even easier, and we’ll have them for you.
If you don’t feel like taking a toolkit with you on the road, whether you’re handy with a wrench or not, there are three more things you should keep with you when on your bike at all times: a cell phone, a credit card, and a roadside service number. Be prepared out there. You only have two wheels: make sure they keep spinning.