Motorcycle Council of NSW Recreational Trail Bike Riders Sub-Committee

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Ride Tips

Wearing a Bumbag

Bumbags are a great way to carry a lightweight set of tools around your waist.  This is an easily managed load that does not impede your movement on the bike. There is a huge variety of bumbags on the market but be aware that the quality is usually a good indication of cost.  You need one specifically designed for dirt bike use so look for heavy-duty materials and good, solid joins.  Even consider the leather products – they are generally double the price of vinyl bags but will last for a very, very long time.

What tools?

Having the right tools with you gives the best chance of managing bush repairs successfully. A good rule of thumb is to use the tools that came with your bike in your bumbag and use these from the bumbag when you work on the bike at home.  This way you will know in advance if you’re missing the tools you need. Naturally you will also add into the bag those essential tools that you always use.  Any other tools can be carried on your bike or in your backpack but always aim to carry enough to do the job while reducing the weight you have to carry.

This list below shows a general list of the sorts of tools you could carry depending on the type of ride you are on. Carry only those that are relevant to what you need as carrying excessive will add weight. Note the folding garden saw, which is an excellent way to clear a road of fallen debris, could be carried in your backpack if necessary.

  • 8mm open/ring spanner
  • 10mm open/ring spanner
  • 12mm open/ring spanner
  • 13mm open/ring spanner
  • 14mm open/ring spanner
  • 15mm open/ring spanner
  • 17mm open/ring spanner
  • 3/8 socket rachet drive
  • 3/8 extension
  • 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17mm sockets
  • Yamaha screwdriver
  • Plug spanner
  • Spare spark plug
  • Swiss army knife
  • Two tyre levers
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Cable ties
  • 4, 5, 6mm Allen keys
  • Chain breaker
  • Punch
  • Small file
  • 10-inch Snap-On Crescent
  • Vice grips
  • Long-nose vice grips
  • Pliers
  • Side cuttters
  • Length of chain
  • Various chain joiner links
  • Gear lever
  • Valve tools
  • Sidestand spring
  • Rubber strap
  • Electrical tape
  • Folding garden saw

Tyre tubes

On trail rides a front tube is the least to carry (unless your run mousse tubes of course) as it can fit both front and rear wheels.  The tube could be carried in your backpack or you could get a dedicated fender bag to fit on your front guard.  You also need to carry a pump or CO2 bottles and adapter.