2006 Safety Thoughts
Tools & Parts
Officer, Dave Hansen
been quite some time since anyoneís queried me about todayís safety subject.
That may be because everyone has this all figured out, or it may be
because no oneís given it much thought. Whatever
the reason, Iím guessing thereíll be some here that will find the todayís
talk helpful. Today Iíd like to
discuss tools. Not just the usual
tools you might expect to have, but those essential extra tools, and parts, that
can help keep your overnight riding experience safe and enjoyable.
many of you may think you know what extra tools & parts Iím referring to.
Letís see if youíre right. My
talk about the importance of tire pressure all the time.
I carry 2 gauges on my dresser.
problems that can be fixed on the road are electrical.
Identifying electrical problems requires a meter.
the past 15 years or so, I can remember only one time burning out a
headlight on a trip. I canít
even count the number of times Iíve had to replace a tail light, stop
light or turn signal. When
youíre riding in a group, these lights are essential to group safety
& they absolutely need to work.
the comment that most problems that can be fixed on the road are
electrical. The thing to
remember here is that
know where your fuses are located on your bike.
have the right type of fuses for your bike.
plugs can & do foul. A
spare set of plugs can sometimes save Ĺ a day when youíre traveling in
remote rural areas.
tape & insulated wire
ditto the electrical problems.
thatís what I carry. Whatís
conspicuously absent from my list? A
tire repair kit. My personal
experience has been that proper tire maintenance & inspection before the
ride, along with careful attention to where I ride & park in parking lots
and such has worked well for me, negating the need for the tire repair kit.
However, Iím always happy when someone else in the group pulls one of
these little beautyís out & rescues a rider that isnít as lucky at
keeping air in their tires.