On a motorcycle, space is always at a premium. Those things that you wish to take along must be functional, reliable, and compact. Long-range riders and adventure motorcycling enthusiasts are particularly drawn to kits that meet those criteria. As they say, “It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.”As a result, such riders tend to gravitate to innovative gear, tools, and apparel that can do more with less—more function, versatility, and value in less space. Then again, any rider values those qualities, even a rather poorly organized day-tripper like me.Tactica has introduced ultra-compact advanced-design multitools that pack high functionality into very little space with these needs in mind.
We took a look at two versions that are presently available: the M.250 Hex Drive Tool Kit and the M.100X Bundle Pack.How functional are they? The day they arrived at my door, my cheap reading glasses were pretty much falling off my face. Both earpieces were loose—those annoying low-grade, super-tiny screws that secure them to the lens frame were backing out.I didn’t feel like rummaging for my precision screwdriver set—then it dawned on me—why look? You may have the tool for the job in your hand. I unpacked the M.250 Hex Drive Tool Kit and checked out the dozen driver bits it comes with.Frankly, I doubted any of the Phillips-style drivers would be small enough to fit those tiny screws that normally require a jeweler’s screwdriver. Well, I was wrong. The smallest Phillips head driver in the set, PH 00, worked like a charm.Then, since I already had the M.250 in my hand, I decided to switch up to the next larger Phillips driver size, PH 0, and give it a whirl tightening the screws on one of the cold-air return covers in my house that had been on my agenda of odd jobs to get around to.The Tactica gear was off to a good start—not in my door a half-hour and already earning its keep!The drivers included in the M.250 Hex drive tool kit are Torx (star) T10, T20, T25; hex (Allen) H3, H4, H5; Phillips, PH 00, PH 0, PH 2; and flat blade 3, 4, 5. The M.250 can be used with or without the two-inch extension that is included. The M.250 is very self-contained with an outer case that includes both a strong magnet to allow it to be stored attached to any flat ferrous metal surface, as well as a belt clip to make for easy carry-along capability.The drivers included in the M.100x Bundle Pack are Torx (star) T10, T20, T25; hex (Allen) H3, H4, H5; Phillips, PH 00, PH 0, PH1, PH 2; and flat blade 1.8, 3, 4, 5. The two additional bits in the Bundle Pack are concealed in the handle of the multi-tool.The multi-tool includes a bottle opener, heavy-duty socket (through a 420 stainless steel plate), universal wrench in 3/16” (5mm), 5/16” (8mm), 3/8” (10mm), 7/16” (11mm), ½” (13mm), 9/16” (14mm), light-duty drive socket, magnetic retention for drivers, a tiny package opener and metric/imperial ruler.Each of these devices is compact, handy, and capable. They do, of course, have some limitations. For example, access to hex head nut/bolt fasteners will determine whether the wrench feature on the M.100 can be used.Recessed or deep-set fasteners that would require the reach of a conventional wrench or socket will usually be inaccessible for the multitool. That said, a lot of light work for those things that can come loose when you are away from your main toolbox may well be able to be tightened up or repaired with these slick little tools.At first, some of the drivers can be difficult to slip out of the holder. A simple fix for me was to put a thin film of petroleum jelly on each bit and slide them back into the holder. After a little use, they were all easier to slip from the holder.An important feature in terms of portability is that both devices can be allowed in your carry-on luggage at the airport under TSA regulations. That’s because the package opener feature is designed to allow cutting packing tape, but does not have enough blade to allow it to be used as a box cutter.The devices are molded of a 70% glass composite that won’t scratch other plastic surfaces such as your phone and each is very lightweight—for example, the M.100 weighs only 1.6 ounces.PRICES
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 DE + Scott Casey – Living with PTSD and the Rolling Barrage
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
The new Suzuki V-Strom DE has just been announced, and Avery Innis, Training and Publications Manager from Suzuki Motor USA, is just the expert to explain its nuances to us. The V-Strom has always been a superb, yet inexpensive platform, and the new DE variant gets more serious about ADV riding. I find out from Avery whether the new upgrades are worthwhile; and the place that the new V-Strom has in the current market.
Our second segment covers a subject that’s a little more serious than usual.
Many veterans and first responders suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, aka PTSD.
Scott Casey—himself a sufferer—decided to try and help his fellow vets, and started a cross-Canada charity ride in 2016 called the ‘Rolling Barrage’. It was—and is—incredibly successful.
It’s not just a tremendous ride. The Rolling Barrage is a place for like-minded sufferers and their supporters to ride together. They get some serious “wind therapy” whether it’s on just a stop, or a leg of the ride, one day, a weekend, or even the whole ride. Scott opens up with Associate Editor Teejay Adams about his personal history, and how he came to create such a brilliant and worthy real-world event that truly helps.
The Rolling Barrage is a supportive network of brothers and sisters. To quote Scott Casey: “this is the family you never knew you had”.
It was a Nation exploding into civil war. In 1992, the collapse of the former Yugoslavia triggered an international armed conflict that would last more than 3 years and eventually see nearly 100,000 people killed. Canadians were thrown into what was declared a peacekeeping mission, but it wasn’t. They were going well beyond the rules of engagement that were provided by the UN. Told by Scott Casey, Former Canadian Peacekeeper.