Motorcycle mechanics repair and overhaul motorcycles, motor scooters, mopeds, dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles. At the moment most smaller motorcycles do not have very complex engine management systems, so this job has remained in the realms of mechanical engineering, but as the larger motorcycles use more electronic management systems, so their servicing has become more specialized.
Many mechanics specialize in the repair and overhaul of one or of a few types of equipment and closely related products. Most mechanics work for dealers who only service the product they sell. Mechanics work on all the systems of a vehicle, including transmissions, brakes, and ignition systems, and make body repairs as well as working on engines.
Because of the increasing complexity of the motorcycles, most employers will only hire mechanics who have successfully completed a formal training program. These are often combined classroom and on the job training, the classroom training being given in motorcycle mechanics schools. Even for experienced mechanics, continuous education is often advisable, as manufacturers bring out new products. Manufacturers will often run two or three day courses to keep mechanics informed about maintenance for new products.
Earnings are around $25,100 in 2000, according to the US Department of Labor. However the highest 10% earned more than $41,000.
Directory of Motorcycle Mechanic Schools