Five tools

Des Lind­sey took top spot in this year’s PS Spe­cial Build of the Year con­test. Th­ese are the es­sen­tial tools that helped him out

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Inside - WORDS AND PHO­TOG­RA­PHY ALAN SEE­LEY

SBOTY win­ner Des Lind­sey and his five work­shop must-haves

1 MITUTOYO SE­RIES 500 VERNIER CALIPER

In use for: 15 years Cost then: £50 Now: £79.97 Con­tact: tooled-up.com “In con­trast to the all-or-noth­ing char­ac­ter of the grinder (4) the Mitutoyo al­lows for ac­cu­rate mea­sure­ments and is a ver­sa­tile tool to mea­sure all de­tail re­quire­ments. It was es­pe­cially use­ful in build­ing my spe­cial for things such as the mount­ing of the fair­ing to the frame as all items were made specif­i­cally for this bike.”

2 BRITOOL LOCK WIRE PLIERS

In use for: 20 years Cost then: £25 Now: £28.95 Con­tact: hd­tools.co.uk “There’s some­thing very sat­is­fy­ing about lock wiring and when done cor­rectly looks great. I spent a few years as a race me­chanic in F3000 so had lots of lock wire prac­tice. You’ll find it on lots of lit­tle de­tails on my bike such as the R-clip lock wired to the frame.”

3 SNAP-ON 10MM WOBBLE HEAD SPAN­NER

In use for: 30 years Cost then: £20 Now: £30

Con­tact: store.snapon.com “This one dates right back to my days as a car me­chanic. It’s a sim­ple tool yet very ver­sa­tile and I use it a lot. It’s great for start­ing nuts such as the one’s for the fuel tank mount­ing on

my RD. Of course, there’s some­thing about Snap-on. Their tools are al­ways just that lit­tle bit bet­ter than ev­ery­one else’s. They’re very ad­dic­tive once you start buy­ing them, how­ever.”

4 POWERBASE PB115AG AN­GLE GRINDER

In use for: 10 years Cost then: £40 (used) Now: NLA but sim­i­lar grinders cost around £50 Con­tact: any de­cent hard­ware shop “The no-go­ing-back tool. A great tool as this al­lows se­ri­ous mod­i­fi­ca­tion such as slic­ing up fuel tanks to make one as I had to do with my RD500 spe­cial and also re­mov­ing un­wanted lugs from a stan­dard frame. Chang­ing from a cut­ting to a grind­ing disc al­lows you to clean up welds and so on. I’ve been us­ing this one since my side­car rac­ing days. Must be han­dled with cau­tion as the scars on my fin­gers will at­test.”

5 RAYTECH RAYNGER ST TEM­PER­A­TURE GUN

In use for: 15 years Cost then: £100 Now: £155 (cur­rent Raytech ST25 model) Con­tact: con­tral.co.uk “Very use­ful on any multi, es­pe­cially a two-stroke. It’s great for mea­sur­ing the coolant temp around the sys­tem and ex­cel­lent for mea­sur­ing each ex­haust pipe to see that all cylin­ders are of even-ish tem­per­a­ture.”

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