9. Electrical Tape

Electrical Tape

Naturally, electrical tape can be used to fix wiring issues. That’s what it’s designed for. However, electrical tape can be used for numerous other things. On trips, I have strapped broken turn signals back together. Then there was the time that the shifter nubbin vibrated off of a bike about 1,500 miles from home. I took a bolt and a pair of nuts and tightened them into place on the shifter lever. After wrapping the bolt with the better part of the entire roll of electrical tape, I had a shifter that didn’t cause me pain with every upshift for the remainder of the trip. And then there was the time that I was forced to use a paper napkin and electrical tape as a bandage on a nasty finger cut…

  • DAVID

    So true I’ve done many 1,000 mile + trips solo with very little tools. I’ve gotten very lucky but I will never do that again way to dangerous, because the areas I go phones don’t work well and very little traffic-very nice. Always go with someone for safety and fun. thanks my take from experience……Be Safe…..

  • jose

    You missed the two most essential items in any motorcyclist emergency kit. Also known as the BMW or Gold Wing rider road emergency kit.

    A credit card with a large available balance and a cell phone.
    For adventure rides you can replace the cell phone with a satellite phone or messaging device.

    • Evans Brasfield

      I list the credit card under the food category of my packing list.

  • JMDonald

    I probably need to change my tire repair kit. I’ve been lugging it around for 10 years.

  • RevD

    I prefer to call electrical tape ‘Black Magic’

    • jimirod

      Muffler tape and Duct tape as well

      • RevD

        Yea, but those are typically silver…

  • SRMark

    Toilet paper

    • George

      By all means ‘ .

  • Old MOron

    A couple of years ago, I got this Rescue Tape at the Long Beach moto show.
    http://www.rescuetape.com/ Seems to be more expensive than I remember, but it’s cool stuff.

  • RickyJoe

    I’d always suggest a Scottoiler for longer trips… or any trips really. It’s not a tool in the strictest sense, but will save you getting stranded on the side of the Road without a replacement chain once the first ones snapped!

  • jimirod

    All of these are great ideas and the posts are great too.

  • Peter Frampton

    Hi Evans, All great must have touring items but you missed one I would never go touring without, Rescue Tape. Go to their website at http://www.rescuetape.com and you will see why. I’ve been using this stuff as a boater for years and now it’s a must have in my Gold Wing. You might have to change your article to the 11 most important things to take while touring.
    Ride safe.