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Why Should I Specialize as a Suzuki Motorcycle Mechanic?

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Choosing to train as a Suzuki motorcycle mechanic can lead to a successful and rewarding career.

Employment of motorcycle mechanics overall is expected to grow over the next several years. Increased motorcycle sales will come from newly retired baby boomers who have the disposable income to purchase motorcycles and the leisure time to enjoy them. Motorcycles will also continue to remain popular among younger people in their teens and early twenties. As long as sales continue, mechanics will be needed. The complexity of modern motorcycles' computerized controls and other parts and the need for special tools make them increasingly difficult for owners to fix on their own.

Suzuki is a popular and respected name, especially after multiple record-breaking Daytona wins. The company has sold millions of motorcycles since it started marketing in the United States in the 1960s, and sales of Suzuki cycles should continue to grow. There are many Suzuki models available, including sports, off-road, motocross, and touring motorcycles. Suzuki isn't a leader in motorcycle market share, but usually garners a large percentage of the market.

Suzuki motorcycle mechanic repair courses are usually offered as part of general motorcycle repair training programs. The only course approved by the American Suzuki Motor Corporation is the Factory Authorized Suzuki Training, also known as FAST, elective. This program takes 12 weeks to complete and offers training on the latest Suzuki models. After completing the training, graduates are presented with a Suzuki entry-level training certificate. Top graduates qualify for advanced training in the Suzuki Select Tech program.

Other non-endorsed Suzuki motorcycle mechanic training programs are available at many schools. There are also programs that focus on multiple Asian manufacturers, including Honda, Kawasaki, and Yamaha as well as Suzuki.

It's helpful to have an interest in motorcycle repair and some familiarity with motorcycle engines, parts, and settings before embarking on a specialty training program. General training in motorcycle components, including suspension and electrical systems, brakes, and two- and four-stoke engines is also useful. Before starting a training program, some mechanics are trained in small shops; while others have spent time tinkering with their own bikes.

For those who've only done motorcycle repair as a hobby, training programs will help them learn to work with customers and meet deadlines. In addition, training programs emphasize the more complicated aspects of engine repair, especially computerized systems diagnostics.

Suzuki motorcycle mechanic specialized training is preferred by employers, and can lead to a variety of positions. Graduates can gain employment with dealerships, specialty shops, parts dealers, manufacturers, and wholesalers.

According to the United States Department of Labor, the top wages for mechanics are paid by parts suppliers or manufacturers. Suzuki motorcycle mechanic training can help to qualify for these positions by providing knowledge and study of technical specifications for valves, bearings, and other parts.

Dealerships and larger shops are also attractive opportunities for a Suzuki motorcycle mechanic. These shops usually offer higher wages and more benefits, like paid vacation and sick time, health insurance, training, and reimbursement for tools. There are over 2000 Suzuki motorcycle dealerships in the United States, so finding employment at a dealership is very possible.

Training can also make an entry-level position more exciting and enjoyable. Graduates of Suzuki motorcycle mechanic training programs are likely to be assigned to more challenging repair jobs and advance to higher wages and supervisory positions sooner than other mechanics.

Get to know Suzuki models before making a decision to specialize as a Suzuki motorcycle mechanic. An interest and appreciation of Suzuki motorcycles will make working on them more interesting and enjoyable. If you're already a Suzuki owner or enthusiast, specialized training can be a great investment in your future.

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