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Q&A: Socket Universal Joint

Bertie Simmonds
August 15, 2018

Our expert at CMM Steve Cooper gives his Five Minute Fix! 

If you don’t have a universal joint for your socket set you will shortly; no home mechanic can afford to be without one. If you only use it once a year it’s still worth its weight in gold. Our shots show an oil tank holding bolt on a trail machine.

Impossible to get to!

Without the UJ we’d have to remove the down pipe and the silencer which on this machine would also mean disturbing the seat and the rear shock. Half an hour’s unnecessary fettling or in and out like the SAS? You can buy dedicated UJ sockets in most common sizes or a one-size-fits-all adaptor like this for less than a fiver… bargain!

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Not so with a universal joint for the socket set…

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About the Author

Bertie Simmonds

As a child Bertie (well, Robert back then… blame his sister for the nickname) was exposed to motorcycles thanks to his uncles. They would show up at his house with a lovely lady as pillion throughout the 1970s and 1980s. After a naughty time on field bikes (it’s what we did back then) Bertie passed his test in the early 1990s and became a reporter for MCN in 1995, moving to the sports desk and covering World Superbikes in 1996. With a change to Bike Magazine in 1997, he stayed until 2000 as news, features and road test editor. Moving into PR with Cosworth, Bert was bored with cars and returned to bikes in 2001 with Two Wheels Only, becoming editor in 2002 and leaving to be freelance at the end of 2004. With almost a decade freelancing, Bertie joined Mortons in 2013 and became editor of Classic Motorcycle Mechanics, a post he’s desperately clung to, to this day. And no, he’s never had a pretty girl on the back of his bike. BSimmonds@mortons.co.uk

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