Motorcycle mechanics work on motorcycles and other vehicles such as motor scooters and all-terrain vehicles. They assemble, diagnose, maintain and repair engines, transmissions, drive systems, steering assemblies, braking systems, chassis and suspension, electrical systems, and fuel and exhaust systems. They may specialize in repairing, rebuilding, customizing or servicing these systems or assemblies. Motorcycle mechanics work with hand, power, pneumatic and measuring tools, shop equipment, and diagnostic and testing tools. Reference material, documentation and computers are also important tools in this trade.
Motorcycle mechanics may work in service shops of motorcycle dealerships and retailers or in independent service establishments. They may specialize in specific motorcycle makes, types or components.
The work environment may include noise, fumes, odours, hazardous compounds, drafts and vibrations; therefore, safety procedures are important. The work often requires considerable standing, bending, crawling, lifting, pulling and reaching.
Some important attributes of motorcycle mechanics are good hand-eye coordination, mechanical aptitude, time management skills, logical thinking and decision making skills, excellent communication skills and the ability to educate themselves as technology advances. They should also be competent to test ride motorcycles.
Experienced motorcycle mechanics may advance to supervisory positions, shop foreman, service manager or instructors. Some mechanics may open their own garage or motorcycle specialty shop. With additional training, motorcycle mechanics can transfer their skills and knowledge to related vehicles and equipment such as snowmobiles, watercraft and outdoor power equipment.
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