We don’t mean a rollaway filled with a ton of shop tools here—thits kit is a compact set that fits under your seat or in a daypack. In the old days, your bike probably came with one; now you may have to assemble one yourself.
A tried-and-true method of learning what to pack is to use your on-bike tool kit to perform routine maintenance. Need a 5mm hex key? Can’t get the fairing off without a Phillips screwdriver? Oil filter need a special 17mm socket? Use the take-along kit for service at home and you’ll learn what you need for your particular bike.
Street riders can get away with just a credit card and a cell phone to call a towing service; dirt riders need something more extensive. Everyone should carry these items at the very least.
Spark-plug socket (OEM PARTS ARE BEST)
Dirtbike riders should add tire-repair equipment and a chain-repair tool.