Why Should I Specialize as a Buell Motorcycle Mechanic?
The Buell Motorcycle Company is an American manufacturer founded by ex-Harley-Davidson engineer Erik Buell in 1983, producing racing motorcycles using Harley-Davidson engines. Harley-Davidson purchased majority stock in Buell in 2003, and Buell has been a subsidiary of Harley-Davidson ever since. Buell motorcycles are known for innovative and efficient design.
Buell design is all about handling and maneuverability. Keeping the motorcycle mass as close to the center of gravity as possible insures a tighter turning radius and makes for nimble handling, on the street or on the racetrack.
Buell offers a bright future. It's one of the most innovative and forward-thinking companies in operation today, but offers the solid backing and dependable reputation of Harley-Davidson, enabling big company benefits and opportunities within a small company atmosphere. Specialization makes a candidate far more attractive to a prospective employer, increasing the chance of being hired. Buell motorcycle mechanics would be an excellent choice of specialization.
The Buell job market is excellent, but with so many motorcycles on the road, jobs at other shops are readily available as well. Specialized training is required to service the unique Buell design and Harley-Davidson engine, and there are several options available.
Harley-Davidson/Buell has partnered with the following four colleges:
- Fort Scott Community College, Frontenac, KS
- Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS
- Central Carolina Community College, NC
- Lake Washington Technical College, Seattle, WA
Some of these schools offer internship programs with Harley-Davidson dealerships. All offer two-year associate degrees and bachelor's degrees with basic education plus emphasis on Harley-Davidson courses.
The following schools offer post-secondary education with specialized Harley-Davidson training:
- Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (highly recommended by Harley-Davidson)
MMI offers a 36-week core program designed to teach everything from basic mechanics and diagnostics to noise reduction and business skills. Following this program, you may choose to enter the Harley-Davidson Technology section, a 24-week program which specializes in skills specific to Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and then you may take the Harley-Davidson Early Model or the Harley-Davidson Late Model elective, or both. MMI offers job placement assistance and most course materials, including tools, are supplied. Scholarships and need-based tuition reduction programs are available for those who qualify.
MMI Locations that offer Harley-Davidson training:
MMI - Phoenix, AZ
2844 W. Deer Valley Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Toll Free: 1-877-201-2666
MMI - Orlando, FL
9751 Delegates Dr
Orlando, FL 32837
Toll Free: 1-877-201-2991
Wyotech offers core training in general motorcycle mechanics followed by specialized training for motorcycle brands including Harley-Davidson. The program is designed to provide students with the skills to diagnose, service, and repair modern motorcycles. Eight core courses include suspension systems, brake systems, two stroke engines, four stroke engines, service, fundamentals of electricity, electrical systems and fuel systems, followed by three Harley-Davidson specialty courses:
- Harley-Davidson Engines
- Harley-Davidson Chassis
- Harley-Davidson Engine Controls
Wyotech has a financial aid staff to help with tuition funding and scholarship applications.
Wyotech locations that offer Harley-Davidson Motorcycle training:
420 Whitney Place
Fremont CA, 94539
Phone: (510) 490-6900
470 Destination Daytona Lane
Ormond Beach FL, 32174
Phone: (386) 255-0295
Fax: (386) 252-3523
Most students can receive help with loans, grants, or scholarships. Here are a few options to research:
- CLC Premier Loan - The College Loan Corporation. Toll-free line: 1-888-252-4334
- The Signature Student Loan Toll-free line: 1-800-695-3317
- You may download an application for Federal Student Aid, including Pell grants and all other federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs at www.fafsa.ed.gov
- Federal Stafford and PLUS (Parent Loan) Programs
In-State programs: almost every state has a program set up to benefit students who wish to attend school in their home state. Check with your state Department of Higher Education for details.
Free scholarship search engines:
Fun fact: Two Buell motorcycles, the 2005 Firebolt XB12R and the Lightning CityX are featured in a PS2 video game, Tourist Trophy, from SCEA, the creators of Gran Turismo 4 and the Buell RR 1200 is in the Xbox 360 video game Project Gotham Racing 4.
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