Despite the near-perfect sensation of riding a scooter, we all have our bad days on our scoots. Whether it's a flat tire, a parking lot drop, a crash or just having a small reliability problem when you are out there in Detroit, it turns a great day into a crappy one. Most of us have been there (and if you haven't, one day you will), and it's not a great feeling.
Being prepared for these small (or large) inconveniences can turn a bad situation into an OK one. A little delay on a ride out can even add to the story, but the number one priority is to come back home alive and with your scooter intact. To help with that, here are the five things to carry on your scooter. Make up a kit that fits the scoot that you ride and carry it religiously, either under the seat, in the glovebox or on a bag on the back. Joe's Army Navy has a great selection of smaller bags that are perfect for this.
1. Riding the right scoot - A scooter to match your riding needs
2. Security - Cell phone, insurance card, cable/chain lock, scooter alarm
3. On-the-road fixes - Your kit: Tire repair, electrical, basic tools, bodges, parking meter change/credit card
4. Preparation - fixing things before they break, pre-ride inspection, maintenance, battery charger
5. Plan B - Being a member of a scooter club or having scooter-specific recovery on your insurance, wrench nights, a friend with a truck or van
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