Most motorcycles not only have a selection of different-sized screws and bolts holding everything together, but a variety of fastening methods, too. Lights, indicator stalks and other items usually have traditional Phillips head screws, but things like fairings, bar ends and footpeg brackets are often secured with hex or torx bolts.
With the variety of fasteners on even a basic motorcycle these days, you need a decent-sized shed to keep all of the different screwdrivers required. A multi-piece screwdriver set with Phillips and slot heads, along with a socket and bit set, is great for the shed or garage and can be used for other applications, both in the automotive space and around the home.
With motorcycles, in addition to these conventional screwdrivers, you’ll also need a set of hex head drivers at the very least.
And, to ensure you won’t be left without the right hex, slot, Phillips, torx or other driver when out on the road, a compact multibit set to carry on the bike is the way to go.
These usually come with a screwdriver-type handle, plus a range of quick-change bits covering common fastener types and sizes. The bits can often be used with power tools, too.
A compact ratcheting bitdriver can be a handy option when you’re out riding as it holds all the bits within the handle, so it takes up the minimum amount of space and the various bits are less likely to be lost. Along with an adjustable wrench (aka shifter spanner), a bitdriver can be a lifesaver when you’re a long way from help.
Before you head out to your Burson Auto Parts or Autobarn to stock up on new driver sets, give your bike a good look over to work out exactly what fastener types are being used, so you’ll know what drivers you need. If a toolkit was part of the bike’s original spec and is still present and complete, or if you have a manual, that’ll give you an idea of what’s required, too.
For most modern bikes, at least a couple of hex attachments will be needed, along with Phillips attachments and maybe slot or torx heads, too.
It's also important to check if the hex/torx fasteners are SAE/AF or metric, as this will influence the purchase decision. Finally, look at how accessible each hex/Phillips/torx fastener is, as you may need to look at adding an extension bar to your compact bitdriver to get into those hard-to-reach places.
When it comes to screwdrivers, there are plenty of options available: from single tools with a few bits stored in the handle to comprehensive multi-piece kits in different sizes and lengths with their own carry case.
For motorcyclists, the best option is to get a couple of kits to ensure you have everything you need – a compact unit for out on the road and a larger cased set for back in the garage.