Keeping a well stocked garage is vital for any motorcyclist and with so many tools on the market, it can be tough to keep up. Motorcycle USA spent plenty of time turning wrenches over the past year, and during that time found some items that compliment the trusty socket set and make being a gear-head a whole lot easier. Check out some of our favorite tools and get some great gift ideas in the 2012 Motorcycle Gift Guide to Tools.
Motion Pro Spoon Tire Iron
Nobody likes changing dirt bike tires (except for our previous Off-Road Editor JC Hilderbrand), but a set of Motion Pro Spoon Tire Irons will make for fewer busted knuckles and pinched tubes. The spoon shape makes getting under the bead easy and the added surface area has more grip than an old school iron. Putting the tire back on is also easier thanks to the large curved end that fits nicely in your hand. At only $14.99 these irons are perfect stocking stuffers for any dirt bike junky. I know JC wishes for a set every year, he also used them to eat his morning cereal… – Justin Dawes.
MotoStance Premium Chock
Whether you’re tieing down in the back of the truck after a track day or want to keep your bike upright for repairs in the garage, the MotoStance Premium Chock will keep things steady. Made to fit most 16” to 21” front motorcycle wheels, the MotoStance Chock is constructed of heavy-duty rolled steel and has rubberized end caps to help avoid sliding when it’s not bolted down. It can be used free standing, or be mounted to any flat surface and comes with zinc-coated hardware to prevent corrosion.
Motion Pro Folding Sag Scale
Setting rear suspension sag is one of the most critical aspects in terms of handling for your dirt bike. Motion Pro makes this task less of a chore with its Motion Pro Folding Sag Scale. The tool folds in half so it can fit inside most tool boxes. It also has direct reading measurements on it so you don’t need to crunch any numbers to calculate sag. – Adam Waheed.
Harley Digital Air Pump for Tourers (Courtesy of H-D)
The new Digital Touring Suspension Air Pump ($69.95) from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories is a convenient tool used to check and alter pressure in the rear air shocks on all Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycles. The only digital suspension air pump on the market, it has a bleed valve that allows precise adjustment of air pressure, and the “no loss” connector maintains shock pressure when the fitting is removed. A pivoting pump handle provides improved grip while adding air to shocks. This compact pump fits in a travel bag and can also be used to measure tire air pressure. Display can be changed between PSI and KPa. The LCD readout operates on a replaceable lithium coin-type battery. – Bryan Harley.
TireGard Tire Pressure Monitoring System for Bike and Trailer
Keeping tabs on tire pressure is now made easier by the TireGard Tire Pressure Monitoring System for Bike and Trailer. This premium system is designed to support up to four tires, just in case you’re towing that bike on a trailer, and installs in less than a few minutes. You can set your own high and low warning settings and each valve stem comes with a patented anti-theft sensor lock. It’s as easy as removing the OEM valve cap, replacing them with the new sensors, turning on the unit and hitting the road. On top of keeping check on the tire pressure, the TireGard system also monitors temperature.
AccuMate V Battery Charger/Maintainer
Keep your motorcycle’s battery alive and well all through the winter months with the AccuMate V Battery Charger/Maintainer. The AccuMate is a four-stage automatic smart charger designed to charge your cruiser or touring motorcycle batteries. In terms of battery maintenance, the AccuMate is configured for the safe charging of batteries from 7Ah to 100Ah, making it ideal for most motorcycles and it features a fully automatic smart charger for all 12-volt lead-acid batteries.