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A Day in the Life of a Motorcycle Mechanic

Motorcycle mechanics are in charge of maintaining, fixing, and generally servicing motorcycles. Many motorcycle mechanics also repair additional small engine equipment such as mopeds, dirt bikes, motor scooters, and ATVs. So what is a typical day like for a motorcycle mechanic?

The majority of motorcycle mechanics like to operate bikes and therefore choosing this profession is a way of combining their career with their hobby. Some mechanics select to specialize in the repair and maintenance of only a few types of makes and models. Your daily routine will vary depending upon the types of vehicles that you choose to specialize in, or if you even choose to specialize at all.

Aside from working on the engine itself, you will probably find that your day is spent working on other parts of the bike such as the exhaust and ignition system, brakes, and transmission. You could also make some repairs to the body of the bike if it has been damaged.

One of the first things that you will have to do is determine the problem with the motorcycle that you are looking at and working on. You will need to be able to figure out any electrical or mechanical problems quickly so that you will be able to get to work on them in a timely manner. Your customers will expect you to be efficient and quick in your work. This will be particularly true if you have your own business.

You will probably use a computer in order to run diagnostic tests that have been developed specifically for motorcycles. These tests can provide a report of how the assorted components are performing as well as compare them to ratings that have been established for that particular make and model.

For some jobs, you might be able to fix the problem without using any additional parts. However, for other jobs you might have to order parts or use any spares that you have on hand. This can be more complicated and time-consuming in some cases.  

Not all of your day will be spent on repairs, however. Sometimes, you will be performing simple maintenance on the vehicles. This can help them run at full capacity and keep them from breaking down in the future. When you perform routine maintenance on a motorcycle, you might check the plugs, brakes, fuel injection system, and electrical system. You may or may not have to make any repairs.

Regardless of what you have to do for each individual motorcycle, you will find that you are working with a variety of tools on any given day. You might find that you are using simple hand tools such as screwdrivers or pliers. On the other hand, you might also use sophisticated power tools as well.

Other duties that you might have on a daily basis could include performing visual inspections of the motorcycles, test driving the vehicles, reviewing manufacturers’ manuals, making estimated time reports in regards to getting the job completed, ordering parts, and estimating cost of repairs.

Your shop will also vary depending on where you work. You might own your own business out of a separate building, or even out of your own garage. Then again, you could work for a larger company. Your work space should e well-lit and ventilated, although it will probably e very loud due to the engines that are running.

Your busiest days will be during the summer, fall, and spring when people tend to drive their motorcycles more frequently. In the wintertime, however, you might find that business tends to drop off somewhat, especially if you live in an area that experiences cold weather. During that time, you might find yourself working on other small engines until people start taking their bikes back on the road again.