When I noticed the $180 steering damper I found on eBay for my Yamaha R1 had a stripped thread in the mounting bracket, the Hierarchy of Cheap Fixes began. Bore out and tap for a bigger bolt from the Christmas cookie can? No can do; the Heim joint in the damper takes an 8mm bolt, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Don’t you just hate it when the slots on one of your bike’s Phillips, Pozidriv, Torx or other screw heads get bunged up so badly that you can’t get the screw out? You’re often stuck with attempting desperate, awkward fixes such as using a hammer and chisel to knock the thing loose or trying to [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Way back when, practically every new motorcycle was delivered with a toolkit packed in a vinyl bag or a cloth pouch and tucked away somewhere—usually under the seat or stuffed into a compartment barely bigger than the kit itself. With the possible exception of the elaborate kits that came with BMWs for a while, the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
If you think you’ve seen this tool here before, that’s because you have—sort of. This is Park Tool’s (www.parktoolmotorcycle.com) AV-5 Aluminum Vise Insert ($34.95), which is a more-versatile variation of the Park AV-4. Both of these tools are designed to securely hold axle, transmission, shock absorber or any other steel shafts in a vise without [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Repairing a flat tire on a dirtbike when you’re out on the trail is one of the more primitive things you’ll ever do with a motorcycle, especially when breaking the tire’s bead. You have to lay the wheel on its side, continually jump up and down on the sidewalls with the edges of your boots [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Tectorius North America Vibra-Stop – Tool Time A perfect answer for fasteners you frequently have to remove and reinstall.
At first, the announcement of yet another thread-locking compound seems about as groundbreaking as a new way to boil water. When it comes to thread lockers, Loctite, Permatex, 3M and an assortment of other companies already have the bases covered. But this one is different. It’s called Vibra-Stop, and rather than being designed to hold [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Gee, a crescent wrench—how exciting! Astute observation, except that this isn’t your typical crescent wrench. Technically, it’s not a crescent wrench at all. “Crescent” is the name of the tool company that invented this style of adjustable open-end wrench in the early 1900s. But so many other companies have produced virtually identical tools over the [...]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)
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)
It’s not much fun digging wet, sticky mud from the difficult-to-reach nooks and crannies on your dirtbike. That’s why Risk Racing came up with the Mud Axe ($19.99). This heat-resistant, glass-reinforced-plastic tool with its ergonomically shaped rubber handle lets you pick, scoop and scrape to effectively clear fenders, footpegs, the area around the engine, suspension [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)