Dirt Bikes on the Trail

There’s nothing quite like hitting a wide open desert trail or spending time in the remote backwoods on your dirt bike. Oftentimes it seems that the more remote the location is, the more exciting the trail. Certain items are mandatory when you’re heading out on the trail and rarely fail to make it into your gear bag – helmets, boots, gloves, water, snacks, extra tubes, tool pack, etc. – but there are some items that might not even be on the radar when it comes to basic preparedness. Check out this video and keep reading below to see our top 5 must-have trail tools and accessories that are often overlooked.

Garmin InReach® Mini

Garmin InReach® Mini
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When your ride takes you off the grid, communication channels are often limited or nonexistent. In the case of an emergency, access to help when you need it makes all the difference. The Garmin inReach® Mini is a palm-sized, globally connected GPS device that not only gives you access to communicate with family and friends no matter where you may be, it also allows you 24/7 access to the GEOS emergency response team. If you find yourself in a dangerous situation, or you have been hurt and can’t ride out on your own, triggering the SOS alert on your inReach Mini will ensure that help will be sent to you ASAP.

The inReach Mini also includes cool features such as ride tracking and sharing, saving and sending waypoints, text messaging, wireless compatibility, and more. Use of the device does require a subscription plan, but there are several options to choose from. This device, or any other SOS-capable GPS device, should be on the top of your list of items to never hit the trail without.

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit
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As important as first aid preparedness is, it gets overlooked more often than you might think. First aid kits can be as basic or as elaborate as you like, easily tailored to the situations you’ll be carrying them for and the cargo capacity of your machine. From the rudimentary kits carrying bandages, ointments, creams and gauze, to the more comprehensive medical kits carrying an array of medications, instruments, and bodily care accessories, first aid kits come in all shapes and sizes and are quite easy to acquire. The old adage “better safe than sorry” couldn’t be truer when it comes first aid. You’ll be happy to have brought a first aid kit along if the need for one arises out on the trail.

QuikSteel Epoxy

QuikSteel Epoxy
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We’ve talked about first aid for your body, but what about first aid for your bike? Enter QuikSteel Epoxy – the Band-Aid for your bike. It seems like accidents always occur in the most inconvenient places, quite easily leaving you stranded or in need of a tow from your buddy. QuikSteel is available in aluminum or steel compounds; it sticks to nearly everything; it hardens in minutes; it can cure under water; it can withstand crazy high heat; it can be filed, sanded, drilled, etc. – it’s the magic ingredient when your bike gets banged up and you’re in a bind. And with how amazingly inexpensive it is, your bag of necessities should never be without it.

Self-Fusing Silicone Tape

Self-Fusing Silicone Tape
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The Tusk Self-Fusing Silicone Tape is basically the second half in a dynamic duo with the QuikSteel Epoxy. Perfect for quick fixes when you’re nowhere near the truck and need a way to get your bike back, the Self-Fusing Silicone Tape from Tusk is a must-have addition. Waterproof, non-conductive, chemical resistant, and able to withstand extreme temperatures, this silicone tape is ideal for tasks like patching up holes and leaks in hoses and lines until you can get your bike home and get the part replaced. Again, this tape is too inexpensive and too valuable not to have a roll or two in your possession.

Head Lamp

Head Lamp
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Want to know the perfect way to make a frustrating task even harder? Trying to hold a flashlight while you do it. A headlamp is the perfect way to keep both hands free to complete a task or repair in the dark. They might be considered an investment, but a headlamp is well worth the cost if it means you can fix your bike quicker or find your way easier in the dark while on the side of the trail. Also, it packs up small, lasts a long time, and can be used in multiple situations, riding or not. It makes a great addition to your pack.

Desert Trail Riding

That’s it for our top 5 dirt bike must-have trail tools. With these five things – a Garmin inReach Mini, a first aid kit, QuikSteel Expoxy, Tusk Self-Fusing Silicone Tape, and a headlamp – you’ll be much better prepared for those situations you might not have expected out on the trail. But what do you think? Is there anything you would add? Do you have a story of the perfect tool that got you out of a tight spot? Let us know in the comments below, and be safe out there on the trail!