10 Motorcycle Tools You Need

Gear Driven

| July/August 2010

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1. Though the motorcycle tool kits that come with bikes have gotten better over the years, they’re still emergency-use-quality motorcycle tools at best, and if some ham-fisted twit had the bike before you, the tools are often missing or busted. Replace them with a Roadside Toolkit from Aerostich. This compact motorcycle tool kit includes PowerDrive combination wrenches and a host of other essentials. The M2 kit includes 10mm and 12mm open- and box-end wrenches, an 8-inch power drive wrench, cable ties, safety wire, lubricant, a spark plug wrench, Allen wrenches, a pressure gauge, screwdriver and even a shop towel. Replacing or supplementing your OEM kit with one of these will make a big difference during your first roadside or trailside adjustment or repair. Price: $39. More info: www.aerostich.com

2. Here’s a simple motorcycle tool that’s easy to use and sure to help maintain the life of your chain and sprockets. With your chain guard off, simply attach the Motion Pro Chain Alignment Tool to your rear sprocket and adjust the wheel until the alignment rod is true to the chain. Works every time. Price: $24.99. More info: www.motionpro.com

3. If you’ve ever been around race bikes, you’ve probably seen one of these in action. These Bikemaster Safety Wire Pliers are available in 7-inch or 9-inch sizes. Essential for every racer’s toolbox, these forged steel pliers feature a heavy-duty spring and chromed retainer slide and a ball bearing puller for easier operation. Each set of pliers comes with 25 feet of stainless steel wire. Price: $27.86 (7-inch), $44.96 (9-inch). More info: www.compacc.com/Bike-Master

4. Adjusting the valves on most classic motorycles isn’t too hard with the right tools. On engines that feature screw adjusters, a good set of open-end wrenches and possibly a good blade screwdriver, along with a set of feeler gauges, will often do the trick. But if you really want to make this aspect of classic motorcycle repair easy, try these special valve adjuster tools from Dennis Stubblefield Sales Inc. Tool #55 is a universal 6-piece valve adjustment kit featuring three different sizes of the 2-piece valve adjuster tool you see here. These fit most 4-stroke single and multi-cylinder Japanese engines. Also available is Tool #49 (shown), which works on most 1950s to 1970s Triumph twins of 500cc, 650cc and 750cc displacement. Price: $71 (Tool #55), $25 (Tool #49). More info: www.dssalesusa.net

5. Get your fuel delivery sorted with this easy-to-use device and reap the benefits of a smoother running engine. A step beyond the commonplace mercury carb stick, the TwinMax Synchronizer sports digital accuracy and no moving parts such as springs or diaphragms. Powered by a 9-volt battery (included), the TwinMax works on carbureted and fuel-injected engines of 2, 3, or 4 cylinders. For bikes without vacuum synch ports, one 5mm threaded adapter per cylinder is required ($9, not included). Price: $109. More info: www.aerostich.com

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