As a motorcycle enthusiast, I've always wanted to fix my own bike, but when I first tried I didn't even know how to hold a wrench. However, as timed progressed, I got the hang of it. I was fixing my motorcycle like a pro. Fixing a bike is relaxing and can help you as a stress relief. It also feels like you have really accomplished something when you are done. In order to get started, you must learn the basics. To help you avoid some of the mistakes I have made I'll talk about a few simple motorbike tools that you will need when first starting to work on your bike.
I've learned that most of the time, when you'll be fixing you will most likely be using wrenches. Most of the parts that you will be taking off require that you use a wrench. But, there are different sizes. You will need wrenches of different sizes and different lengths. It's better if you purchase a set of wrenches so that you won't have to worry if you have the right one or not.
Screwdrivers are another tool that you will be using most of the time. You will be doing a lot of screwing and unscrewing when working on your motorbike, of course. The parts that don't require for you to use a wrench, usually require a screwdriver in order to be taken off. You will also need a set because there are different sizes and lengths as well. You will mostly need a slot and a Phillips screwdriver.
The first fixing job you will be doing on your bike is most likely changing the oil. It's a simple process that doesn't require a lot of knowledge and motorbike tools. An important thing though is an oil drain pan. It's a container where you drain the oil. When you're done you need to dispose of the oil properly, without damaging the environment. Drain the oil and take it to a recycling centre.
In order to keep your motorcycle in top condition, you must follow the guidelines that are set by the manufacturer. Especially when it comes to tightening the bolts. All of the bike manufacturers have a specific torque for the most important bolts on a motorcycle. This is where a torque wrench comes in handy. You will be able to tighten the bolts by the book and ride without any concerns.
If you've made up your mind on doing your own repairs the most important thing you will need is a stand. Of the many motorbike tools that exist, you can't get started without a stand. Your bike must be elevated for most of the fixing in order for you to do the work.