Interchangeable Fast-Fit 10 Piece Spoke Wrench Kit from NAC Tools - Make life easy with one tool that will fit most common spokes from 50cc-530cc KTM, Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Husqvarna, GasGas etc (sizes below). View Videos below for how to use.
Have you checked your dirt bike spokes? Some lessons you just have to learn the hard way. I spent a whole season riding without checking the spokes on my dirt bike wheels. As far as I knew everything was fine, until one of the last rides of the year when my wheel collapsed after going over a jump. After inspecting the wheel we found a lot of the spokes were loose, which caused the wheel collapse which is not a good experience and it’s also costly! This could have been easily avoided by doing some Spoke Maintenance.
The best thing to do, obviously, is to check your spokes regularly. The quickest way is to tap them with something metallic and listen for that taut-sounding ping, or you can pluck them with your fingertips. A loose spoke will have a dull sound, while a tight spoke will have a higher pitch. Get in the habit of checking them regularly and you’ll quickly get a good idea as to what they should sound like. You can also head to your local dirt bike retailer and give their bike spokes a tap or flick to see what they sound like.
If you have loose spokes, tighten them right away. The easiest way is with a spoke wrench. You’ll be tightening by sound and feel. Although you CAN over tighten a dirt bike spoke, it’s not likely you’ll do so. Unlike a bicycle, a dirt bike rim is fairly strong and knows what shape it wants to be in. In a pinch, I have used a small crescent wrench in to tighten spokes, but it makes a simple job tedious, and you risk rounding off the edges of the nipple. A better option is to use a spoke wrench. NEVER use pliers on the nipples (unless it’s the only way to get your bike moving to escape the tornado)
Kit includes 10 pieces: Double end spoke wrench tool with 9 different size spoke fitment tips 5, 5.4, 5.6, 5.8, 6.0, 6.2, 6.4, 6.6, 6.8
Tip: A common beginner’s mistake is to blame broken spokes on over-tightening. Those beginner dirt bike mechanics then start loosening spokes, which allows them to move (especially against the hub where they’ll wear) and flex more.