Motorcycle mechanics are technically classified as a small engines mechanics, but they specialize in motorcycles. Mopeds, motorcycles, dirt bikes, and ATVs are mostly what come into repair shops. Motorcycle mechanics may work for a dealership or have their own place. Duties will most likely include:
- Speaking with your customer about the issue
- Routine maintenance such as oil changes
- Testing vehicle to find faulty parts
- Repairing or replacing those faulty parts
- Putting the bike back together
- Keeping meticulous record of every vehicle
How To Become A Motorcycle Mechanic
You won’t necessarily need any type of formal education, especially if you’ve been learning from a master. However, a post-secondary education that includes motorcycle technology will definitely make you more marketable for future jobs.
- You’ll need a high school diploma or GED.
- Go through a small motors or motorcycle mechanic program, where you’ll learn about motorcycles microcomputers, maintenance, suspension, and engines.
- Take a manufacturing certification course and specialize even further.
- Depending on your state, get certified as a motorcycle mechanic.
- Stay up-to-date on the latest in motorcycles by continuing on with your education.
How Much Money Do Motorcycle Mechanics Make?
The mean annual wages for motorcycle mechanics was $41,970 in 2021. This is a typical number, but it’s very dependent on where you live, where you work, and how much experience you have. Your busiest times will be during warmer weather, when drivers are more apt to take out their motorcycles. However, if you live somewhere that’s pretty warm year round, then you’ll have business year round. You’ll find top pay in states like Alaska, Nevada, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and California.