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(0)
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)
It’s safe to say that the Yamaha press conference held in Atlanta earlier this month was, well, unusual. The purpose of the meeting was never made entirely clear, and a presentation by company spokesmen simply restated the rationale that prompted Yamaha to establish the Star line as a separate cruiser-only brand back in 2005. The [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
If you own a 2007 or later Harley-Davidson FL bagger or a 2006 or newer H-D Dyna, you probably have grown tired of burning your hand when checking the oil while the engine is hot. For those of you who don’t know, the engine oil for these bikes resides in a reservoir within the six-speed [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
These aren’t tools, exactly; they’re eyewash bottles, but they’re something that everyone who works with tools should have. Any time you are drilling, filing, cutting, sanding, sweeping or using compressed air, you stand the risk of getting debris in an eye, even if you’re wearing safety glasses. The intruder could be as small and relatively [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)