Gear

Kit to keep you mov­ing after an off

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noth­ing puts a kink in trav­el­ing by mo­tor­cy­cle like an off. One sec­ond you’re bliss­fully carv­ing un­known as­phalt, the next you’re skid­ding across it, your bike shed­ding pieces. But just be­cause a few things are bent and bro­ken doesn’t mean the ride has to be over. After a few un­sched­uled bal­lis­tic re-en­tries of our own, we’ve gath­ered up the per­fect kit to keep go­ing. —Zach Bow­man

1) com­pact first-aid kit This cheap col­lec­tion is the same one we carry. It comes with enough bare es­sen­tials to take care of mi­nor abra­sions and the like, and doesn’t take up much space.

2) zip­stitch lac­er­a­tion kit Lac­er­a­tions hap­pen. The Zip­stitch Lac­er­a­tion Kit saves a well-trained rider the has­sle of con­tend­ing with the lo­cal, pos­si­bly un­re­li­able emer­gency room, and works much bet­ter than our pre­vi­ous go-tos: su­per glue, duct tape, or but­ter­fly ban­dages. Throw one in the first-aid kit as cheap in­surance.

3) GO­RILLA TAPE For­get duct tape. This stuff is the real deal: more ad­he­sive, more weath­er­re­sis­tant, and eas­ier to work with. It’s per­fect for patch­ing torn gear, seats, or sad­dle­bags. No need to pack a full roll. Sim­ply wind a few feet around a pen or wrench and un­roll what you need when you need it.

4) J-B WELD STEELSTIK As­phalt loves noth­ing more than to grind through an en­gine case. This epoxy putty is per­fect for quick fixes, set­ting in five min­utes and cur­ing com­pletely in around one hour. It can also tol­er­ate heat of up to 300 de­grees Fahren­heit. Have a hole larger than the epoxy alone can con­tend with? Get cre­ative. Pen­nies make great filler.

5) ZIP TIES Our gen­er­a­tion’s duct tape, qual­ity zip ties are the ul­ti­mate mul­ti­tool. We keep a few dozen dis­creetly hid­den away on every bike we own. They can stitch to­gether body pan­els, se­cure lights, hold boxes closed, and even keep knobby tires from spin­ning on the rim when your tube is flat.

6) SIL­I­CONE SEAL­ING TAPE There’s a rea­son the U.S. mil­i­tary throws a roll of this stuff in every Re­cov­ery and Bat­tle Dam­age As­sess­ment and Re­pair Kit. It can han­dle up to 500 de­grees Fahren­heit and 950 psi, which means it’s per­fect for re­pair­ing punc­tured ra­di­a­tor hoses. It’s also a great in­su­la­tor, and when wrapped around dam­aged wiring, it can keep ag­gra­vat­ing shorts at bay.

7) ME­CHANIC’S WIRE If it can’t be glued, taped, or zip-tied, it can be wired to­gether. And in a pinch, wire can re­place miss­ing panel bolts, keep­ing things in place un­til you can find a hardware store. Like the Go­rilla tape, there’s no need to bring a whole roll. Peel off a small coil and pack it away.

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