Motorcycle technicians diagnose, adjust, repair or overhaul motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, dirt bikes or similar motorized vehicles. Some may specialize in particular makes and models of bikes or modify and design motorcycles for racing and enthusiasts.
Motorcycle technicians have a number of typical job duties:
Repair motorcycle subassemblies like forks, transmissions, brakes and drive chains.
Replace defective parts using hand tools, arbor presses, flexible power presses or power tools.
Connect test panels to engines and measure generator output and other performance indicators.
Listen to engines, examine vehicle frames, and confer with customers to determine the nature and extent of malfunction or damage.
Dismantle engines and repair or replace defective parts, including magnetos, carburetors and generators.
Remove cylinder heads and grind valves to scrape off carbon and replace defective valves, pistons, cylinders or rings using hand and power tools.
Hammer out dents and bends in frames, weld tears and breaks, reassemble frames, and reinstall engines.
National Median Salary
*Figure represents national average. To view the average salary in your state visit the bureau of labor statistics.
Entry-level education requirements:
High school diploma/GED and postsecondary nondegree award (certificate)
Job outlook (2014-24):
Growing as fast average (3 percent projected growth)*
Short-term on-the-job training