FIXT PRO TORQUE 3/8-INCH DRIVE
The Fixt Pro Torque T-handle is used just like a regular
T-handle, except it makes torquing bolts from 4 to 20
foot-pounds simpler than ever. Laser-etching marks are
located around the top of the T-handle shaft. Simply
find the torque settings in your manual, put on the
correct-size 3/8-inch drive socket and tighten until the
insignia lines up with the desired torque. The Fixt Pro
Torque T-handle can be ordered in foot-pounds, inch-pounds or Newton meters. It is also available in black,
orange, blue, green and red.
VERDICT: This tool replaced our standard torque
wrench for triple clamp bolts. Warning: do not loosen
bolts with this tool.
DIGITS: $169.95— www.fixtproducts.com
or (844) 349-8776.
The Power Lift
bike stand uses
an 18-volt lithium
battery to power
a worm-drive gear
that raises and
lowers as much
as 440 pounds.
The battery is
hidden inside a
plastic shell. Three struts lift the rubber-covered work
surface via foot-operated up-and-down buttons that are
large enough to activate with your boots on. No need
to lift your bike again.
VERDICT: The perfect bike stand for the weak, lazy,
feeble, old or smart. General Electric’s old slogan, “Better
living through electricity,” couldn’t be more true than
when applied to putting a bike on a stand.
CONTACT: (800) 831-9043 or www.n-style.com or
We liked the
more athletic fit of the Core jersey. The cuffs stayed in
place and the collar was plush. The Core pants fit well,
but we did note that the stitching on
the stretch panels started to fray. This
is not uncommon when different
densities of materials are
(jersey), $159.95 (pants)—
is filled with over 300
photos, many of them
very rare looks into the
origins of the company. Not to be overlooked are the
color illustrations of Hodaka’s model names and their
whimsical decals. Even if you are only vaguely familiar
with Hodaka motorcycles, you will always remember the
model names—Super Rat, Wombat, Combat Wombat,
Super Combat, Road Toad, Dirt Squirt and Thunderdog.
VERDICT: A must-have book for anyone who started
riding in the 1970s on a Super Rat. “Hodaka Motorcycles”
is divided into 13 chapters and starts at the very
DIGITS: $50.00— www.strictlyhodaka.com or
(802) 375-0212. ❏
USED IT, ABUSED IT, MISUSED IT & LOVED IT