Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tool Farkle for my motorcycles

Well, it's mainly for use on Natasha, my 1996 Ural Sportsman. One of the regularly scheduled things you're supposed to do on all motorcycles, but specially on Urals, is the checking of nuts and bolts for tightness.

I've had a couple of fasteners "dissapear" on me already so I spent some time this morning checking over every nut and bolt I could find and reach. There's a bunch! Not only that but as a bonus, I basically had to use every size in my metric set from 10mm to 19mm! What a PITA.

My beemer on the hand, requires about five sizes of metric wrenches. Sigh. Not only that but things don't tend to fall off the beemer in my experience.

So, to better and more smoothly do these checks in the future, I ordered this today from via

It's called the HK1 Hydrokinetic Adjustable wrench, here's more information and photos of this beastie: LINK
One wrench, and I can tighten bolts/nuts from 7mm to 19mm. It'll save so much time I hope in searching for the right wrench.

I plan to also supplement the pot metal toolkit that came with the Ural with a Harbor Freight Metric Tool set. Perhaps a small jack as well to thrown in the sidecar trunk. Nice to have when fixing a tire and it'll function as ballast! It's all good.

Update: The tool, much as I tried to like it, is not really much of a help....


1weekender said...

Interesting looking tool. Curious as to how well it works.
I have to ask, what does farkle stand for?
Maria got a bath today...looking good.

I'm looking forward to seeing Natahsa in the mountains.

Charlie6 said...

Hi Phil,

farkle: functional sparkle, farkle.

where harley guys add chrome to their bikes, beemer guys electrify them with gadgets.....

irondad said...

I'm just waiting for Riepe to figure out that the tool doubles as a bottle opener and cork puller!

Canajun said...

I'm generally not a big fan of one-tool-does-it-all. Been disappointed too many times. So I'm looking forward to your report on how well this one does the job.

As for how beemer guys dress up their bikes, I always thought it was with more and brighter reflective strips! ;)

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Charlie6 (Dom):

Despite having a very good BMW tool kit, I ordered this universal wrench tonight too. It looked really intriguing and may come in handy on the road for someone.

Irondad's comment made me laugh tonight. A local metal shop made our club members (the Mac Pac) a flat bottle opener to go in our tool kits.

I can't believe the fun your hsving with this Ural.

Good for you, Dom.

Fondest regsrds,
Jack • reep • Toad
Twisted Roads