Creating a Comprehensive Motorcycle Emergency Kit

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Motorcyclists are typically an adventurous and independent breed of folk, loving the freedom of riding on the open road. But being carefree doesn’t mean being careless; preparedness is a virtue. You never know when you might blow a tire, come across a deer, or misgauge a turn and wind up flipping your bike. If ever something goes amiss, it’s good to be prepared for come what may.

A motorcycle emergency kit is a necessity for every rider and can help give you a little more peace of mind. Have it with you on every ride. You can purchase a pre-made kit from a retailer, or you can create your comprehensive package designed to meet your needs. Below are some of the items to consider adding to your package.


Most modern motorcycles include a very limited toolkit, usually secured under the seat. It’s usually generic and insufficient to meet your needs if ever you’re stranded on the road. Ride Apart provides an excellent list of tools that they recommend for your motorcycle emergency kit. “Providing your vehicle is relatively new and more importantly well-maintained, and if it’s not an old clunker that’s on its last leg, these tools will take care of most situations,” Ride Apart writer Tim Watson noted.

  • Flathead screwdriver (or multi-head screwdriver)
  • Fold-up Allen wrench
  • Multi-purpose pocket knife, e.g., Swiss Army knife
  • Pliers
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Flashlight
  • Battery cables
  • Spare fuses
  • Tire repair kit
  • Zip ties
  • Duct tape
  • Electrical tape

Medical Items

You can opt for a pre-packaged first-aid kit, or you can put together one of your own.

  • Bandages in various sizes
  • Gauze and tape
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Packets of antibiotic ointment
  • Tweezers and small scissors
  • Painkillers (acetaminophen) and anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen)

Survival and General Items

Lastly, for longer rides or rides to remote locations, you’ll want to make sure you have essential survival items. You might wish to include the following in your kit.

  • Water or a hydration pack
  • Iodine (to purify water)
  • Reflective survival blanket, balaclava, and gloves (cold weather)
  • Protein bars
  • Phone numbers for AAA and your insurer


You might also want to think about buying a motorcycle GPS or emergency GPS system, just in case you’re ever without cellphone reception after a motorcycle accident.

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You can download a free copy of our eBook, Motorcycle Accident Secrets Unlocked, an excellent resource for riders in the state. Contact Max Meyers Law for questions regarding a motorcycle accident case.

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