Looks like the AMA has stepped in it once again. On June 16, the organization distributed a press release announcing the induction of Derek “Nobby” Clark—legendary roadrace mechanic who tuned motorcycles and their storied riders to 17 world championships over two decades and several classes—into its Hall of Fame. The release heaped extensive praise on [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
AMA Hall of Fame Nobby Clark Controversy The AMA Hall of Fame first inducts Clark and then, inexplicably, changes its collective mind.
It’s a diabolical plot, a deliberate, cold-blooded strategy designed to frustrate and thwart. I’m not talk-ing about presidential campaign tactics or the IRS’ tax-collection policies; nope, I’m referring to the location of many important little nuts, bolts and other fasteners, the adjusting screws on some carbu-retors in particular. Almost all recent streetbikes and a growing [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Changing your own tires these days, are ya, Sparky? Well, you might as well balance them yourself, too. And if that sounds like a swell idea, Discount Ramps’ (www.discountramps.com) Black Widow Motorcycle Wheel Balancer (part #BW-WB-03; $49.99) is an economical tool that can help you get the job done quite nicely. The steel stand has [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
With just a couple of the proper tools and a little bit of patience, brake bleeding can be accomplished without spilling the slightest bit of brake fluid. Motion Pro (motionpro.com), however, has made the job even tidier and more foolproof with its new Mini Bleeder (part #08-0482; $24.99). This clever little tool combines the socket required [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Triumph doesn’t make rifles or other firearms, but the British company nonetheless appears to have BMW squarely in its crosshairs. Just today, June 22, Triumph announced the 2013 Trophy SE, a 1215cc fully loaded touring machine that seems designed to compete with BMW’s sport-oriented tourers—the K1600 GTL, K1600 GT and R1200RT—more than with Honda’s superslab-devouring [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Griot’s Garage Tire Pressure & Tread Depth Gauge – Tool Time Accurate, easy to use and can slip into a jacket pocket.
Maintenance-savvy motorcyclists appreciate a tire-pressure gauge that’s accurate, easy to use and can slip into a jacket pocket. Several gauges on the market fit that description, but this little digital one not only fills that need to a T, it offers a secondary function: It measures tire tread depth. The Tire Pressure & Tread Depth [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
There haven’t been any innovations in spoke wrenches since, oh, sometime just prior to the last ice age, but Motion Pro (motionpro.com) has finally broken the spell with its Ergo Spoke Wrenches. As their name implies, these tools have a nice ergonomic shape that allows your fingers to pull against a wide, flat area instead [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
If you do any kind of work with your hands, you sooner or later will get a splinter of some sort—wood, metal, fiberglass, carbon fiber, plastic, whatever—in a finger or palm. Sometimes, splinters are big enough or protrude far enough above the skin that you can easily grab them with tweezers; but splinters often are so [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Harley-Davidson Claimed by Tsunami Washes Ashore in Canada HD Night Train survives year-long drift from Japan.
Someone once said that Harley-Davidsons never completely go away; they just reappear at some other time in some other place. Evidently, that person knew what he or she was talking about. Some of the first debris from last March’s tsunami in Japan has started to appear on the western shores of the Unites States and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Evidently, creative funnel design is a bigger business than I thought, because for the third time in less than a year, I’ve discovered an interesting twist on the traditional funnel. This one is the MultiFunnel II ($7.00) from Inova Designs (firstname.lastname@example.org). As you can see in the photos, it’s essentially a small, slender funnel that [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)