Motorcycle Explorer Issue 17 - Page 74

Review: SBV toolkit £225

Tools when travelling, are a god-send and a pain. On the one hand, when you need to do some emergency maintenance work on your bike you need certain tools, and you need those tools to be suitable for the jobs needed to be done. On the other hand, carrying copious amounts of tools on the road with you adds extra weight and takes up valuable space in your luggage. I have been on many trips over the years, and have lugged differing quantities of tools around the globe with me and almost always have never needed them. But of course, there are those times on my travels, when if I hadn’t had at least some of the tools I carried, I would have been up the proverbial creek without the proverbial paddle.

In the realm of motorcycle tools and toolkits there are only a few specialised tools that are actually needed when on the road. For the most part, the average motorcycle explorer can make up a useful motorcycle toolkit from those tools he or she has at home. Of course, the tools one might have at home could be of good, fair or poor quality. The vast majority of tools coming from the cheap factories in China (for example) aren’t worth bothering with. I have purchased the £10 socket sets from eBay advertised sellers, and although they have worked for a short period of time, did not last long and did not stand up to hard use. Ask any person who actually knows how to use tools or works with tools on a daily basis and they will almost always say that good quality tools cost – and this is true. If you look at the cost of tools from Mac, Snap-on, Teng, etc the costs are truly staggering, but then the users of those tools are making money from them. For the travellers, a comfortable balance needs to be sought: reliability + quality + lightweight + manageable cost = suitable tools for the trip

If any reader had attended the 2016 Horizons Unlimited “HUBB UK” event, they may have noticed a small stand outside the Baskerville Hall selling tool kits. This was the stand of SBV, a small company based out of Belgium. Their stand was showing their motorcycle toolkits of which there are three options in the range – all with the same core tools. At first glance, if you had noticed the price of the toolkits, you may have walked on by, however I have been caught out before by simply considering cost rather than reliability and quality and have a garage full of unused tools to prove the point. For this review, I will be looking at the SBV “BMW Pro & Touring - Moto toolset” which represents SBVs largest toolkit that they sell.