6 MOTO MUST-HAVE TOOLS

Hot Bike - - Garage Mechanics Must-haves -

1. BIKE LIFT

Mo­tor­cy­cles are dif­fer­ent than cars in the sense that you can eas­ily fit a lift in your garage with­out tak­ing up much real es­tate. This 1,000-pound lift from Har­bor Freight is foot op­er­ated and costs a tick un­der $430.

har­bor­freight.com

2. OIL DRAIN PAN

Tak­ing your bike to the dealer every time it needs a ser­vice can get ex­pen­sive fast. Chang­ing the oil is fairly sim­ple and can save you a bun­dle in the long run. This Low Pro­file Oil Drain Pan from big H-D is just over $30 and will pay for it­self the first time you use it.

har­ley-david­son.com

3. CHAIN TOOL

If your bike came with a chain or you’ve done a con­ver­sion, do your­self a fa­vor and get a proper chain tool. You’ll save your­self a heap load of time and frustration try­ing to at­tach that mas­ter link with­out chas­ing the lit­tle clip all over the garage. For just less than $140, this tool from RK will save your san­ity and your fin­gers.

rkex­ce­lamer­ica.com

4. SER­VICE MAN­UAL

I’ve found that most videos on Youtube are ei­ther too de­tailed or full of crap. Un­less you want to painstak­ingly watch a 20-minute clip on how to change a tire by a wannabe film­maker shoot­ing in his base­ment, buy a proper ser­vice man­ual for your bike. Prices vary but it’s worth every penny.

5. BA­SIC TOOL SET

I'ts hard to com­pile a must-have list with­out tools. Tools are just like your bike. You can spend a lit­tle or you can spend a lot. Crafts­man tools are read­ily avail­able, come in all sizes, and are eas­ily re­turn­able. Even though you have an H.D, don't for­get to pur­chase

met­rics as well, as many parts are be­ing switched over. Prices start at around $60 and go up from there. sears.com

6. BAT­TERY CHARGER

There’s noth­ing worse than the sound of “were-were-were-click-click” when you go to start your bike. A bat­tery ten­der will make sure that the bat­tery will al­ways be as juiced up as you are when you are ready to ride. C-tek of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of charg­ers for a wide va­ri­ety of bat­ter­ies and start at about $60 and go up from there.

smarter­charger.com

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