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Gear Scout: Cruz Tools DMX2 Kit

They are an unlikely pairing, motorcycle and music tools, but that’s the combination Cruz Tools chose when they started producing their intensive catalog of tool kits. Whether you’re tuning your Stratocaster or making field repairs to your Triumph, they make tool kits for the job. I’m by no means a musician, so I went with their DMX2 motorcycle tool kit. With a definite slant towards offroad riding, the DMX2 is packaged in a robust soft case built with heavy duty nylon and oversized zippers. Divided into two primary compartments, the case provides an ample assortment of pockets, pouches, and tool slots to allay even the most organized tool nerd.

That comment is squarely directed at riders like me, who cringe at the thought of a bag full of loose tools banging around all willy-nilly. That penchant for order also keeps me from leaving tools behind, and helps with quick spot-checks to make sure all of my essentials are where they should be.

What I like most about the DMX2 is two-fold. First, they had the forethought to include only the most basic tools knowing every owner is going to want to add more tools specific to their individual needs. Secondly, they allowed room for those additional items. It’s possible to double the number of included tools without over loading the nylon case. That case can also be mounted directly to the motorcycle using the two stout nylon straps.

In years past, I have noticed many tool kits put far too much emphasis on the “kit” aspect, and not nearly enough attention on the “tool” part. All of the tools in the DMX2 are solid, proper tools ready for real-world work. In the time I’ve been using the DMX2, I feel like I’m heading out into the world more prepared for the mechanical setbacks that would halt my rides. That alone is worth the purchase price.


Christophe Noel is a journalist from Prescott, Arizona. Born into a family of backcountry enthusiasts, Christophe grew up backpacking the mountains and deserts of the American West. An avid cyclist and bikepacker, he also has a passion for motorcycles, travel, food and overlanding.