you're out riding, some unpleasant things will occur. You have a
scooter, it's inevitable, eventually you're going to snap a cable
or blow a fuse or flatten a tire. What are you gonna do, call Triple-A?
Pfah! No, we don't do that, after all - one of the joys of a scooter
is that the mechanics are relatively simple, and you can do your
own simple fixes more readile than on almost any other motor vehicle.
That's the way they were designed, after all (at least the older
ones)! You should always have a tool pack onboard your scoot for
those occasions when you need to fix an immediate need.
you will. One day, you will need those tools and need 'em fast!
Your tool kit should have the following:
Cables & Cable Hardware
--Carry one of each, as well as some extra pinchbolts and some lubricant
--Any auto parts shop will have one
--Replacement plugs should be gapped correctly before installation
--Carry more than one, you never know if it's a dud til' it's your
--Both flat and phillips head, in multiple sizes
pairs of Vice Grips
--Useful in changing cables, and bolts
--Open-end and box wrenches in a variety of sizes to fit all your
--You always want one of these, check your tires before the ride
--Handy to have a pair of these
handy to have
--because something will always need to be cut
Spare Bulbs and Fuses
--When these blow, you will need a replacement
upon how much of a Boy Scout you are, you might want to consider
some other emergency neccessities that would come in handy out in
the middle of nowhere. Items like a cell phone (so you can call
your friend with the pick-up truck), some cash (for those gas stations
that don't take American Express), basic first aid needs (you might
fall down and get an ouchie), some rain gear (there's a fine line
between being macho and riding wet, and looking like a drowned and
shivering rat), and any other items that come to mind. Don't go
overboard, it isn't like you're climbing Mount Everest, but you
don't want to be caught somewhere yelling "If only I had three
quarters and a cigarette lighter, all this would be fixed and I'd
be riding home!"
Article by Kevin Montanaro