Motorcycle daily today covered the burgeoning (barely) trend of DIY motorcycle garages. Basically, some tasks are better handled by expert mechanics—suspension tuning, balancing cranks, and carburetor jetting. There are plenty of fairly easy tasks, however, that could easily be handled by a home mechanic if only the tools and space were available.
It’s tough to find the space in cities to work on a bike. It’s just as tough to amass enough tools to tackle whatever comes up. Clutch replacements can require special tools, fork seal replacements can require special tools. That your nextdoor neighbor might be amassing an identical toolkit is even more frustrating.
DIY garages to the rescue. Some space for your bike, a lift, and some tools, for a montly fee. It sounds appealing, and garages like this have popped up in New York, San Francisco, and Vancouver. San Francisco’s Motoshop offers classes that cover basic maintenance tasks from changing oil to replacing a chain and sprockets.
Our dream? Some kind of online-app that allows people (perhaps forum-members) to share the expense of garage space and buy and sell shares in an operation where they can lease out tools and work on their bikes. It’s a pipe dream for now, but will likely become a reality in the future. One can only hope. Until then, “I do all my own work” will likely continue to mean “I put up with a number of things on my bike not being perfect!”