A rider like you should carry basic tools every time you take your motorcycle out for a spin. This will make you ready to handle quick repairs and minor maintenance should you encounter any problem while driving down the road. But since motorcycles don't have much room where you can put the tools on, purchasing basic tools or a tool kit often means buying a tool bag, too.
But much like other motorcycle necessities, tool bags come in all forms and sizes, so you may find it difficult to decide which one is best for your needs and for your motorcycle. To help make your search for a good home for your motorcycle tools easier, here are some important things to consider when making your choice:
To know the type of tool bag you should get, it's important to decide first where you intend to place it during your travel. Are you thinking of adding a saddlebag? Or do you think a handlebar or fork tool bag will be more practical for you? The good thing about getting a saddlebag is that it is positioned on either side of the motorcycle's back, so there's no chance that it will become a driving distraction. The downside, however, is that you can't keep an eye on your belongings, so you have to make sure that the saddlebag you'll get has reliable straps and locks.
The saddlebag's downside is actually an advantage for handlebar tool bags. Both types are placed in front of the driver, so you can always watch and pay attention to your tools and other things. You will always be aware if something from the bag flies or falls off the ground. Fork tool bags, however, should be chosen properly as they can detract from your motorcycle's appeal. This type of tool bag is attached to the fork bars in front of the motorcycle, so it will be among the first things you'll see in an oncoming motorcycle.
Motorcycle tool bags are made from a wide range of materials, but leather is the most commonly used fabric as it complements the motorcycle's upholstery. No matter what material you choose, just make sure that it is durable enough to resist regular wear and tear. The fabric must also be water proof and strong enough so as not to rip easily even when tools with sharp edges are placed inside it.
Do you prefer a tool bag with separate compartments for every type of tool or for other objects like cell phone and extra clothing? Base your decision on your needs. If you have a separate bag for your other stuff, then it will be okay to get a bag with minimal compartments.
Regardless of the type of bag you'll get and where you want it installed, you have to make sure that it fits your motorcycle well. It should be properly secured by buckles, snaps, and/or Velcro straps. With proper fit, your tool bag won't shuffle while the motorcycle is running.