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The Custom Chopper Report, Issue #15 -- Subscriber Tool Suggestions
February 19, 2005
Tool Suggestions From Your Fellow Subscribers...
Thanks to all for contributing your list of tools (if you missed the last few
Also, be sure to read the update at the bottom as well.
Here are the suggestions:
Mine is a junk open end wrench that I don't mine loosing when I throw it through a side window of some asshole that just tried to run me over. That's all I carry.
1. Recip saw
#1: Leatherman (actually more than 5 tools in 1, depending on model). Not the perfect tool for any job, but better than carrying a toolbox.
Mike Parker, "Lip", Smithfield, VA
Why carry the extra weight and loose valuable storage space.... Carry a Cell Phone and the HOG roadside assistance number. No matter what tools you have, you'll never be able to carry enough to fix everything that could break down, so why bother when a Harley dealer will come out to your aid when your in a jam.
Nothing sucks quite as much as being on the road at night and having a headlight or tail light burn out. Here's what I do: Take an empty 35mm film canister and put a cotton-ball in the bottom. Then put a bulb glass side down into it. Then another cotton ball. Put the lid on. It's water proof and wont brake if toss something on top of it. This idea also works great for spare fuses.
Jeff Haffner, Custom Cycle Creations, Hamersville, Ohio.
I carry a hose with a spark plug hole fitting; one end and a tire valve attachment the other end so I can reinflate my flat after fixing.
A schrader tool for removing valve cores.
And finally a tubeless plug tool with plugs to fix the hole in my tire.
I know there a strange batch to carry but out here you can't always count on people to stop and help so it's best to be as self sustaining as is possible.
Hope the list amuses you.
I'm new to motorcycles. I took the MSF course this past summer & bought my first bike in October (an XL 1200R). I have no experience maintaining or repairing bikes (yet). I bought a small tool bag that attaches to the front fork. So far it contains a tire gauge, a multipurpose tool (a leather-man type tool), a standard multi-hex wrench tool, some cable ties & an adjustable wrench.
Well, there you have it...A guy has got to start somewhere!!!!!!
Steve Plourde, Nova Scotia, Canada
Here are some garage tools: Air compressor 60 gallon , Hammers, Chisels, Variable speed bench grinder with lamp, shop vac, mini die grinder, high speed sander, tubing bender up 2'' pipe, mig welding, plasma cutter, tig welding, english wheel, panishin hammer, panelbeater sandbag, teardrop mallet, screwdrivers
As you can see this is no much but is just the beginning because I am buying little by little and I hope this can help you.
Tex Putman, Castle Rock, CO.
In regards to our Motorcycle Events article here's what a couple subscribers contributed....
Plant City Bikefest - Plant City, FL (between Orlando & Tampa). 1st Saturday of EVERY month - vendors, bike contest, bands, bikes, bikes, and more bikes. Three to six thousand visitors every event (realistic figures).
Myrtle Beach Bike Week, Laughlin River Run, Laconia . etc.
UPDATE: If you purchased Motorcycle Painting Secrets please email your receipt number and we will show you how to get on the list. Here's why: you get free updates! Anytime we ad to the manual you will be notified (and a new update is coming in about a month). Just like with How To Build A Chopper Frame Vol. 1 (so if you own both and you haven't gotten on the list send your receipt numbers over.)
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