What are the basic tools I'll need no matter what bike I pick up? Brand recommendations are also welcome.
You'll need a multimeter to chase electrical gremlins and some electrical tape.
I can second the multi-meter. Even a very cheap one is totally worth it.Allen wrenches
I would get them from Harbor Freight using 20% off coupons from moto mags and DIY mags. They are average quality with lifetime warranty. There are even coupons for free screwdrivers and multimeters.
Correct.think I am right in thinking that in American English "wrenches" are what British English speakers call "spanners" the type with an open end at one end and a ring at the other