A tale of two toolboxes.
A tale of two toolboxes.
There is an unspoken rule that you don’t open the drawers of another man’s toolbox it’s comparable to looking in a women’s purse or cooking on another man’s bbq. I’m not very good at following rules; I view them more like guidelines. I’ve always wanted to take a peek inside the trick looking toolboxes underneath the tent with the custom stickers proudly displayed next to their riders bike. What’s hidden in those drawers? What tools does a factory mechanic use to keep his riders nuts and bolts tight? Thanks to Nathan Alexander of BTO and Ben Schiermeyer of JGR for letting me take a peak up their skirt so to speak.
I had Nate and Ben match up T handle to T handle to answer my hard hitting questions:
Do you remember your first toolbox or tool set?
Nate: Not necessarily, but MMI supplied me with my first real tool set, but it was stolen a year later.
Ben: I started buying tools when I was 13 or 14. Don’t remember my first box but still have some of the tools I bought back then.
Who’s most likely to borrow one of your tools and not put it back?
Nate: Typically truck drivers. Usually they’re just misplaced though. Either way, not cool.
Ben: Either Bundy or big John.
What’s the last tool you bought?
Nate: Swiss Tools titanium T15 Driver.
Ben: Dewalt cordless drill and impact for my house.
When was the last time you stripped or cross threaded a bolt?
Nate: I’m not strong enough to strip bolts out but I can cross thread with the best of them. I believe the last time I did that was at LMC Honda on the carbon fiber tanks.
Ben: Had a motor mount strip out last week while testing.
What is something on the bike you give a little extra attention that separates your bike from the other guys?
Nate: Everything gets extra attention.
Ben: I build every bike with love.
Which of the riders you’ve wrenched for was the worst mechanic?
Nate: Lane Staley.
Ben: I don’t think any of them really knew how to work on bikes much. Phil may be the best rider/mechanic.
Wash an air filter or just throw it away?
Nate: Dt1 air filter service or I wash them and oil on my own. I don’t like to throw things away.
Ben: Ain’t nobody got time to be cleaning filters.
Favorite thing to right on a pit board?
Nate: P-1, L-1
Ben: +15 sec Overall!
If you had to be a mechanic in any other career field what wood it be?
Ben: I think either F1 or moto GP.
Who is the GOAT of wrenching in moto?
Nate: I don’t believe anyone is the greatest of all time. Maybe the greatest to this date, but to say “all time” seems ignorant. A few guys I really respect though are Goose and Tony Berlluti. I love their attitudes. They just get it.
Ben: I mean you have to say Goose here right?
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