Everyone needs a few specialized tools, so think carefully
about what might come in handy for you. We always carry a
6mm and 8mm tap to clean up threads. Our spring puller has
been a lifesaver as well. For tall riders who move their bars
forward, the little blue suspension adjuster is critical.
A chain breaker is
another tool you hope
you never have to use
at the track, but Motion
Pro makes some great,
affordable models that
come in a little pouch
with all the parts to
break and press chains.
They can really save the
day—usually for one of
your so-called buddies.
Every toolbox should include a knife and a Sharpie. You will
be shocked by how often you use these two items. The knife
has a wide range of uses, and you can use the marker to write
suspension or jetting changes right on the bike.
This box of hardware fits in the top of the Matrix portable toolbox shown at the beginning of this story, and
the spare hardware in it has saved a hundred rides. Don’t
have a bunch of sorted hardware? Motion Pro, Tekbolt and
RockyMountainATVMC.com are just a few of the companies
that now offer prepackaged hardware. You can even choose
between Euro and Japanese sizes.
with a fresh blade
can be a lifesaver, and
hacksaws are cheap and don’t
take up much room. We don’t use
ours often, but it’s worth its weight in gold
when we need it.
The blue plastic holder from
contains all the
we need at the
track, but you
may want sockets
or T-handles if you
have a bike that
requires specific sizes.
For example, you may
need a 4mm for adjusting the preload on a KTM or a 6mm for bar clamps or triple
clamps with Allens.
A few miscellaneous supplies are a great help. Assorted zip-ties, a small package of glueless patches, glue and tape all
come in handy. Also, consider a little tube of grease and some
Moose Quick Steel putty. With these in your toolbox, even a
hole in the cases or radiator won’t end your day.
Once you have assembled your ideal track box, test
it on your bike at home. Make sure you can remove the
wheels, get to the spark plug or check the clutch plates.
A dry run like this will reveal any gaps you may need to