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Whether you’re hitting the road for a long, exciting road trip or just doing the normal morning commute there are a few essential items that should be carried with you in your motorcycle tank bag.
Yes, if the laptop and work clothes take priority you might not have the space for all of these. However, to be safe rather than sorry on any journey it is good to have peace of mind with the following provisions.
Let’s take a look.
1. A motorcycle tool kit
Short trip adventure, off-road madness, even a little bit of city riding; a trusted tool kit is one of the most important items to carry in your tank bag.
And if space is limited, you could whittle the kit down to some bare essentials. A hex key, a couple of screwdrivers and an adjustable wrench will all prove themselves worthwhile at a time of mechanical need.
Another space saving, yet highly versatile piece of kit is a multi-tool knife, with pliers, cutters and bottle opener if you have to wait a while for road service rescue to arrive.
2. A Phone with Battery Life (+Charger)
Essential item number two, is a working phone that has been charged before you hit the road.
In case the battery runs out you should also have the relevant charger on standby.
The reason for a phone is quite obvious. Whether you’re on a crazy adventure to the middle of nowhere, or just riding out do some shopping, if things go wrong you have the ability to call for assistance immediately.
Being stuck by the site of the road because of motorcycle failure is never fun; at least knowing that someone is on the way can make it bearable.
And in case of an accident, having a working phone available in your tank bag could make the difference between life and death.
Wearing the right gloves while on the road is fundamental to your riding comfort.
And while it might not be practical to have a complete set of spare leather riding gloves in your tank bag, (they do take up space), an extra pair of latex gloves to put on should the temperature drop is always a good idea.
If you are confident with your own ‘on the fly’ repairs, a scrappy old pair of gloves could also be thrown in the bag for any oily work you might encounter.
4. Tire Repair Kit
Being prepared for when you get a flat tire is another variable you should consider.
For that your tank bag should be packed with a flat fix kit.
This will help you get back on the road without the stress of finding an autoshop to rectify the situation for you.
A flat fix kit does need to be checked every now and then however. If it sits in your tank bag for too long the kit will not work as well as it should.
5. First Aid Kit
A small, lightweight first aid kit packed with essentials is another great thing to pack in your tank bag.
As with the tool kit, space may be an issue so the most important first aid items should take priority.
We’re talking bandages, some safety pins and gauze, a soothing disinfectant cream and in order to keep functioning should a headache or aches and pains kick in, a few hundred milligrams of ibuprofen could do the trick.
6. A Good LED Flashlight
Mechanical breakdown, lost on the road, looking for items in your tank bag. All of these could easily happen while riding at night or in low visibility conditions.
Having a good LED flashlight as part of your gear will be very useful in this situation.
And if you have to undertake some repairs or fix a tire in the dark, you’ll be cursing the fact a flashlight isn’t available.
Have one tucked away in your bag as you never know when you might need it.