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What does a Motorcycle Mechanic do?

A motorcycle mechanic's main duties are to service, inspect, repair and sometimes build motorcycle engines.

Some duties that a motorcycle mechanic regularly performs include:

  • running diagnostic tests to determine what is wrong with the motorcycle
  • checking ignition points on a motorcycle engine
  • replacing spark plugs
  • inspecting and replacing brakes
  • overhauling engines or electrical systems
  • making major repairs due to an accident or neglect

Often times, motorcycle mechanics will test drive a motorcycle that comes in for repair. This is done to help diagnose motorcycles issues and to decide if the motorcycle has been repaired correctly after all repairs have been made.

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How to Become a Motorcycle Mechanic

Employers are partial to candidates that are motorcycle riders themselves and 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 program specializing in motorcycle engines, it may be possible to find a motorcycle manufacturer who offers motorcycle repair classes or training.

Most employers will supply 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.

What is the workplace of a Motorcycle Mechanic like?

In general, most motorcycle mechanic workplaces are well-ventilated and have extremely good lighting. A great deal of motorcycle repair is done in a shop, but on-site repairs may be an important aspect of this career, which could include being called to an on-site job.

Because of the type of work that motorcycle mechanics do, the workplace can be quite noisy. Often times these workplaces are compared to automobile mechanic workplaces, which can be somewhat accurate, but motorcycle mechanics do not get as dirty as automobile mechanics. Motorcycle mechanics do not have to crawl on the ground or under motorcycles to work on them. Instead, motorcycles can be lifted in the air by hoists, so that a mechanic can stand while working on the bike.

Motorcycles are most popular during the spring and summer months, and motorcycle mechanics are often the busiest during this time. This may result in large amounts of overtime during these months.

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