Eight Motorcycle Tools for Road and Shop

Gear Driven

| July/August 2008

 Price and availability confirmed at time of publication. Subject to change, please visit the product website for the latest prices and availability. 

1. The Condor Pit-Stop/Trailer-Stop is a fully adjustable wheel locking system designed to accommodate all motorcycles. The PS1500 works on pavement, concrete, dirt, sand, gravel and just about any transport platform you might use, such as a trailer or pick-up truck. The Condor Pit-Stop/Trailer-Stop can handle front and rear wheel sizes from 14 inches to 22 inches, and tires with 80-230 section widths. A patented locking mechanism effortlessly and securely supports your motorcycle in an upright position on the ground or on a trailer. The Pit-Stop also serves as a trailer stop and easily snaps onto trailers or pick-up beds using an optional adapter kit. With the Trailer-Stop, tying down a motorcycle becomes a simple one-person task, a major asset when your buddies aren’t around to help. The Condor Pit-Stop/Trailer-Stop will safely and securely handle bikes up to 3,000 pounds, plus it folds down for easy storage and weighs just more than 21 pounds. Price: $235 plus shipping and handling. More info: www.condor-lift.com 

2. This Norton Exhaust Nut and Inspection Bolt Wrench from Fast Frog Products has a great, compact design that makes it a perfect back-up exhaust nut wrench to put in your tool pouch for on-the-road use. Weighing in at just 6 ounces, it’s laser-cut from 304 stainless steel with a tumbled finish and smooth edges. It also doubles as a primary inspection cap wrench, and has a hole in it so a 3/8-inch drive ratchet or breaker bar can be used for added leverage. Price: $39. More info: visit www.coloradonortonworks.com and click on "Parts Catalog."

3. From Stop & Go comes the Deluxe Tube-Type Motorcycle Tire Repair Kit. This kit contains three 9.5-inch steel tire levers to dismount the tire from its wheel, rubber cement, six feather-edge patches in three sizes, a buffer tool and a cap/core remover. To re-inflate the tire, an Engine-Air pump is included, which consists of a hose with a quick release lever for the valve stem. By removing a spark plug, inserting the correct adapter, and attaching it to the end of the 5-foot nylon braided hose, you can use your engine as an air pump to inflate your flat tire. Weighs just 2 pounds. Price: $39.95. More info: www.stopngo.com 

4. Does this Motion Pro Magnetic Parts Dish look familiar? That’s because the last time we covered tools on these pages (our Premier Issue in 2005) we featured this same dish. So why are we featuring it again? Because it’s that handy. This magnetic dish keeps track of loose fasteners and other small parts while working on your bike, attaches magnetically to any steel surface, and measures 1 inch deep and 5 inches in diameter. Price: $12.50. More info: www.motionpro.com 

5. Roadgear’s Hi-Tec Digital tire gauge is a great tool if you’re serious about tire longevity. According to Roadgear’s website, a 30-percent reduction in tire pressure reduces tire life a whopping 48 percent. The special 90-degree valve head design of the gauge means it fits even the tightest spots, while the rubberized non-slip surface provides precise handling and feel. Its design allows one-handed operation, and the easy-to-read display measures from 5 to 99.5psi in half-pound increments. Accurate to +/- 1 percent with a lithium battery that never needs replacement. The gauge also has a retractable measurement tool for checking tread depth and a durable carrier that protects the gauge while you’re on the road. Comes with a five-year warranty. Price: $19.90. More info: www.roadgear.com 

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