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What does a Motorcycle Mechanic do?

Mitch Morgan
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Updated: Mar 02, 2024

A motorcycle mechanic is generally responsible for the mechanical maintenance, inspection, and repair of motorcycles and, sometimes, similar modes of transportation, such as all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). The basic duties of the motorcycle mechanic may include the replacement or realignment of worn or used parts such as brakes, shocks, and other parts to help ensure both the longevity and preferred performance of a motorcycle. Depending on the extent of services offered, additional duties might include welding, reconstruction, or complete restoration of a motorcycle, often using sophisticated tools designed for specific jobs.

Many individuals rely on a motorcycle mechanic for routine maintenance. This typically simple and straightforward maintenance is sometimes the primary task for a motorcycle mechanic because motorcycles, like cars, require almost constant attention and upkeep. When performing most regular maintenance inspections, the motorcycle mechanic usually follows a checklist or manufacturer's guidelines to help ensure the motorcycle is both properly and thoroughly inspected. A routine checklist might include assessing the condition of equipment and parts such as electrical wiring, brakes and brake pads, the body or frame, the motor, and the transmission.

In the event that parts need replacing, realigning, or adjustment following a routine inspection, the motorcycle mechanic may consult the motorcycle's owner to discuss the issue prior to replacing any parts deemed by the mechanic to be faulty or broken. During this discussion, the motorcycle mechanic will generally give the owner a cost estimate, including parts and labor, for fixing the motorcycle. Instead of a written, binding contract, these negotiations are sometimes only verbal, forming an implicit contract between the mechanic and the owner.

Motorcycle use continues to increase, as they are generally a low-cost alternative to full-size cars and trucks. The gas mileage most motorcycles get may far exceed that of a heavier vehicle. Also, the cost of maintenance for motorcycles is generally more affordable than for cars, helping make motorcycles a viable means of transportation virtually worldwide. This somewhat continuous increase in motorcycle popularity has propagated a growing need for motorcycle mechanics.

Various mechanical schools exist throughout the United States that are aimed at the training of future auto and motorcycle mechanics. The median income for a motorcycle mechanic in 2008 was roughly $25,000 US Dollars (USD). This average may vary depending on the extent of education or experience accrued by the mechanic, his or her geographic location, and the size of the employer.

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Mitch Morgan
By Mitch Morgan
As a multi-talented journalist, photographer, and test administrator, Mitch Morgan has contributed to a diverse array of publications, such as the arts and entertainment guide for Oxford, Mississippi, the Oxford Town, and the trade publication Nightclub & Bar Magazine. In addition to his freelance work for Practical Adult Insights and several other websites, Mitch has written dozens of album reviews which allows him to share his passion for music and media.
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