Shop Tools For Budgets Big And Small

Four tools for the moto garage.

Outfitting your garage to work on your motorcycle is about as much fun as choosing the right gear. Or even the right bike. There's unending appeal in tools that do exactly what they're designed to do. From eye-openingly opulent to Big Mac Meal cheap, these four tools will earn their place in the garage. Even if you're more poet than mechanic, having the right tools will go a long way in getting the job done. And there's nothing more satisfying than a chest full of tools, a torn-apart carb on the bench, and the feeling of a job well done.

Motion Pro Sealmate
Sealmate
Another moto-specific tool from Motion Pro that’ll make you say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”Amazon

Fork seals leaking? Don't panic. Grab Motion Pro's Sealmate before doing anything else. A thin, flexible tool small enough to fit in your wallet, this dirt-cheap gem can be a lifesaver on the road or in the garage. Simply pop off your motorcycle fork's rubber bootie and dust seal and then slide the tool under the fork seal. Give it a wriggle and a little fork oil will come out along with the offending dirt or bug particle that may be causing the leak.

No-Mar CH-200 Tire Changer Kit
Tire Changer Kit
No-Mar’s Tire Changer bolts to the ground and uses good old-fashioned leverage to get the job done. Easier than a pair of tire irons; cheaper than an electric model.Amazon

If you put a lot of miles on your bike and go through tires like hot cakes, purchasing your own tire changer can save you money in the long run. No-Mar's Tire Changer Kit provides everything you need to start spooling on your new rubber. With a little elbow grease—and the help of No-Mar's tire lube—the whole process is pretty quick and easy.

California Air Tools 8010 Ultra Quiet & Oil Free 1.0 hp Steel Tank Air Compressor
California Air Tools compressor
The California Air Tools 8010 is quiet enough for me to run while my 1-year-old is asleep on the other side of the garage wall, and the unit has enough capacity to run an impact wrench without waiting every few seconds for the tank to refill.Amazon

A real-deal air compressor may seem extravagant if you're used to filling your tires at the gas station, but the added functionality makes it a necessity in the motorcyclist's garage. From running air tools to blowing water out of hard-to-reach places after you've washed your bike, you'll use the thing more than you could've anticipated.

Snap-on 1/2-inch Drive TechAngle Electronic Torque Wrench
Electronic Torque Wrench
If you’re OCD about torquing to the spec found in your shop manual, the Snap-on TechAngle Electronic Torque Wrench will let you see the applied torque in real time. Prettier than a Rolex. And nearly as pricey.Amazon

Sure, you could buy a torque wrench, but is that what you'd really want to use on your Ducati Superleggera? With the Snap-on's LCD display, users can see real-time torque measurements and it's accurate to +/- 2 percent CW. The wrench's flexible head can get to hard-to-reach areas, giving you peace of mind that you're getting the job done right. It'll be a family heirloom.