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Take along some tools, you'll walk miles for a plug wrench.

Take along some tools, you'll walk miles for a plug wrench.
​​A series of monographs taken from a 1970's vintage Motorcycle Industry Council Publication given out to new off road motorcycle purchasers by dealers. We will be publishing the entire pamphlet here.

Even with reasonable regular maintenance, your bike can still let you down on the trails, it's only a machine. The most common breakdowns can be easily dealt with on the ride if you carry a few important tools with which to work. Carry them in the toolbox provided, or in a packet fasten ed to the bars, or carrier, or wherever you can find a place for them.

The vise grip plier, at least eight inch size, will do marvels. The three-in-one screwdriver with common handle, large and small blades, and phillips shaft, is compact, and will deal with most screws on your bike. A six inch adjustable wrench will handle most nuts, aside from the biggest on axle or steering head, and the vise grip will get those. A jackknife not only cuts, but scrapes, prys, and pierces.

The spark plug wrench is an absolute essential, ever try to change a whiskered plug down there inside those fins with an adjustable wrench?

A chain breaker is another absolute, nothing else will deal with a broken chain adequately, nothing. These come in tiny sizes today, and still workable, too.

Any funny little fittings on your bike? Socket head screws needing an allen key? Tiny point nuts needing mini-wrench. Bring along the funny little tools needed.

Don't assume the tool kit with your bike covers it all, it's usually just a gesture at tools. Keep what is useful, add the rest above. You don't find plug wrenches and chain breakers at every farm you pass.

Bring along some spares, for the lack of a link.
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