The image of someone cruising down the highway, hair blowing in the wind, just revving up the engine of a huge motorcycle is something that’s engrained in our society. It’s the ultimate bad boy move, it’s the life of the open road, and it’s coming back in style. As this great blog post by Automotive Training Centre points out, the rise in motorcycle culture is contributing to a rise in demand for people who really know how to get down into the nitty-gritty of motorcycles – repairing, tweaking and restoring.
“Working with the service manager, you’ll diagnose problems and locate the causes of them, whether it be in the electrical system, or the frame. You’ll be thoroughly inspecting the vehicle and may have to dismantle and repair or replace parts, perform routine maintenance and cleaning and replace worn-out parts. The main way to get into automotive careers like a motorcycle mechanic is to first have some over-arching, generic training as an auto-mechanic, and then go about getting trained for specific manufacturers, like Harley Davidson, so that you’re familiar with their models and parts and all of their idiosyncracies. The best way to do this is by going to school for motorcycle repair specifically. Aside from a main overview of motorcycle repair, there are also specific factory courses where you’ll learn the ins and outs of a variety of makes and models. Depending on the program, and what you want to study, it’s a length of study anywhere from one and a half to three years.”
Not just for hogs and Harleys, as a motorcycle mechanic you’ll also be responsible for vehicles like off-roading ATVs or even scooters for residential driving. Motorcycle culture is coming back in a big way, and you’d be better off to be prepared for it. With the right training and the right drive to succeed, you could be rolling into a career as a motorcycle mechanic in no time flat.