The most important skill a motorcycle mechanic must possess is to be a licensed motorcycle rider and have the ability to ride and handle a motorcycle, especially a motorcycle that may not be in good working order. The basic skills required for this profession include performing basic maintenance on motorcycles or other motorbikes with small engines.
While it is possible to learn these things on the job, employers are partial to career candidates that are motorcycle riders themselves and candidates that already have experience making basic repairs. While most motorcycle mechanic employers will consider applicants who have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent, other employers may be more likely to choose candidates that have formal or vocational training in small engine repair. Many community colleges and vocational schools have programs tailored to motorcycle mechanics. If a candidate for this type of job cannot find a college or vocational problem specializing in motorcycle engines, it may be possible to find a motorcycle manufacturer who offers motorcycle repair classes or training.
In addition to formal training or job experience, motorcycle mechanics will also need to buy some tools to be successful. Most employers who utilize motorcycle mechanics will offer power tools, hoists for lifting motorcycles and equipment needed to diagnose engine problems, but they will not provide the mechanic with personal tools that the mechanic will need on a regular basis. The tools needed to begin a motorcycle career include basic wrenches and screwdrivers. The price for these tools can vary, but generally run around $500. Depending on the employers preference, a motorcycle mechanic may be able to build his or her tool supply over time, instead of buying all the tools at once.