4. Chain Breaker/Riveter

chain breaker/riveter

Belt- and shaft-drive bike owners might feel cheated here, but the vast majority of motorcycles are chain driven. So, deal with it. Yes, some chains come with clipable master links to ease in their replacement. However, a riveted chain is much less prone to failure – particularly on today’s high-powered engines. Besides, you never want to experience the sinking feeling of noticing a loose master link that tossed its retaining clip at a gas stop hours from home at, say, 10:00 PM. A good quality chain breaker/riveter (don’t waste your money on one of the cheap Chinese ones) will make replacing a chain and pressing the master link into place take a couple minutes instead of an hour or more. While you may only use it once a year, you’ll be glad you made the investment.