10 Garage Gadgets for Your Motorcycle

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Fly Racing’s Foldable Runway Ramp from Competition Accessories is intended for motorcycles up to 750 pounds.

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1. The Park-n-Move is ready to help you make life in your garage a little bit easier. Perfect for tight spaces, the Park-n-Move allows you to move and rotate a full-size motorcycle with ease once it’s in place under your bike’s center stand. The original version features four locking 3-inch castors and is perfect for everything from a CB160 to a Gold Wing. A new, lowered model is perfect for H-D-touring bikes with aftermarket centerstands. By using 2-inch locking castors, there’s plenty of clearance, even with a lower frame. A smooth garage floor is important, as the Park-n-Move’s steel center plate sits about a quarter-inch above the floor surface. Both models are rated at over 1,100 pounds and come fully assembled and ready to use. Visit the website for videos of the Park-n-Move in use. The Park-n-Move is finished in a durable silver-vein epoxy powder-coated finish and comes with a lifetime warranty and a 60-day money-back guarantee. Price: $199. More info: www.legalspeeding.com

2. Tired of taking your wheels to the local bike shop every time you need to have new tires mounted? If you had a No-Mar Tire Changer, you’d be able to do it yourself! The Classic Model features a 30-inch bead breaker arm for leverage and a non-marring bead breaker wedge with replaceable tips. The wheel lies on top of polyethylene blocks while you’re breaking the bead, preventing bent rotors. The package includes the motorcycle tire changer with stand, tire lubes, the patented mount/demount bar with extra tips, and a lifetime warranty on non-marring parts. You can have your changer shipped with either a floor stand for stationary mounting or a hitch mount for mobile use. A  video instruction DVD is also included. Price: $495. More info: www.nomartirechanger.com

3. Fly Racing’s Foldable Runway Ramp from Competition Accessories is intended for motorcycles up to 750 pounds. Its folding design saves space, as it will fit between the front and rear tires of most bikes, and also behind the seat of most pickups. It features a rubberized, angle-cut base for maximum slip-resistance, and each rung has textured grooves for added traction. Made of extruded and polished 6061-T6 aluminum, the ramp is 79 inches long unfolded and just over half that folded; the bottom half is 9.5 inches wide while the top half is 7.5 inches wide, making it best suited to dirt bikes and small road bikes. A 92-inch model is also available. Price: $99.99. More info: www.competitionaccessories.com

4. One of the handiest gadgets for working on a motorcycle is a motorcycle lift. Crawling around and under a motorcycle gets old fast, and once you’ve worked on a bike on a lift, you’ll never want to work on the ground again. One of our favorite lifts is the Titan 1000D, a heavy-duty, air-powered lift table featuring a diamond-plate metal deck and a 1,000-pound lifting capacity. It comes equipped with a front extension that provides you with an extra long working table, so even the longest bike will fit. The Titan 1000D has a comfortable 35-inch maximum working height and comes outfitted with a front wheel vise, detachable ramp and rear wheel drop. The perfect addition to any shop or home garage, it features a multi-positional front extension, a standard wheel drop out, a roller wheel drop out, a 2-wheeled dolly, and is available in black and gray or black and orange. The lift weights 500 pounds. Price: $759. More info: www.titanlifts.com

5. The Two-Up Cruiser/Sport Bike Trailer from Drop-Tail Trailers is configured to transport one or two bikes or ATVs, a golf cart or simply for flatbed use. A Class II trailer, it can carry up to 2,100 pounds. The coolest part of this trailer is defined by its name, drop tail: The trailer features an integrated hydraulic drop-tail system by which the tail of the trailer can be dropped so that no ramp is needed to load a vehicle onto the trailer. The trailer features two Promax Cycle Chocks, 13-inch custom wheels with radial tires, a built-in coupler handle, and a powder-coated finish. Price: $2,650. More info: www.droptailtrailers.com

6. With a little training, there isn’t much you can’t fix with a good welder. Lincoln Electric’s Power MIG 140C combination wire feeder/MIG and flux-cored welder is great for farm and small shop welding. Operating on 120-volt household power, its 30- to 140-amp welding output range makes it the highest output power welder in its class; it can MIG weld sheet metal from 24 gauge up to 10 gauge (0.135-inch) in a single pass. Its industrial-duty wire-feed features dual gear-driven drive rolls for positive traction, brass-to-brass gun connections for enhanced connectivity, a large industrial closed-design drive motor for improved torque and trouble-free performance. It also features a tool-less design for wire spool mounting, wire drive service and polarity changes, and its innovative contact tip, drive roll and nozzle storage keeps all your consumables close at hand. It also comes with a 3-year warranty. Price: $790. More info: www.lincolnelectric.com

7. Sometimes the only way to get a set of carbs truly clean is to run them through an ultrasonic parts cleaner. This usually means taking them to your local bike shop (if they even have one) or shipping them off somewhere and waiting for their return. The other option is to buy a small parts cleaner for your shop. Made of stainless steel for easy maintenance, the UP-120 Ultrasonic Parts Cleaner from Ultrasonic Power Corp. features a convenient 1-piece design. The UP-120 holds 3.2 gallons (12 liters) of fluid and has bottom-mounted ultrasonic transducers specifically engineered to ensure uniform and thorough cleaning, along with a heating system for rapid heating of the liquid. The UP-120 comes with a mesh basket and lid, and a comprehensive 1-year guarantee. Price: $655. More info: www.upcorp.com

8. If your bike doesn’t have a centerstand, here’s a device that’s handy for maintenance and transport, the Wheeldock Motorcycle Chock. They can be ordered specifically to fit the exact width of your front tire, and snap-in spacers are available to accommodate multiple tire widths. With the Wheeldock, you simply roll your bike into the chock and hop off, leaving your bike standing securely upright and ready for wrenching. Although it works as a free-standing device, the Wheeldock can also be mounted to the bed of your truck or the floor of your trailer. After that, simply roll your bike in, place one strap across the back of the bike for safety, and you’re ready to transport. The best part about this set-up is the Wheeldock doesn’t compress your suspension, allowing your bike to float down the road just as if you were riding it. Made in the USA and comes with a lifetime warranty. Price: $199.95. More info: www.wheeldock.com

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Motorcycle batteries aren’t cheap, and one of the best ways to keep them healthy is to keep them charged. The Deltran Battery Tender Plus 1.25-amp battery charger is designed to fully charge a battery and maintain it at proper voltage. It automatically switches to float charging mode when a battery reaches full charge, and the company claims it can charge as fast or faster than any 3-amp charger available. It also comes with a 10-year warranty. Price: $64.95. More info:
www.batterytender.com

10. What’s that old saying about an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure? When it comes to working on bikes, it’s good to know what you’re doing. If you don’t, a manual is the first step in the right direction. Haynes has manuals available for many classic bikes, including the Honda CB750 SOHC Fours (1969-1979) and Triumph twins (650cc and 750cc 2-valve unit twins, 1963-1983). Each manual is based on a complete strip-down and rebuild, with step-by-step procedures and easy-to-follow photos for everything from cleaning carburetors to engine assembly, routine maintenance, tune-up procedures and more. Price: $33.95 each. More info: www.haynes.com