Motorcycle Mechanic  What They Do

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Motorcycle Mechanics Career Video

Diagnoses, adjusts, repairs, or overhauls motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, dirt bikes, or similar motorized vehicles.

This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Mounts, balances, changes, or checks condition or pressure of tires.
  • Listens to engines, examines vehicle frames, or confers with customers to determine nature and extent of malfunction or damage.
  • Replaces defective parts, using hand tools, arbor presses, flexible power presses, or power tools.
  • Repairs or adjusts motorcycle subassemblies, such as forks, transmissions, brakes, or drive chains, according to specifications.
  • Repairs or replaces other parts, such as headlights, horns, handlebar controls, gasoline or oil tanks, starters, or mufflers.
  • Dismantles engines and repairs or replaces defective parts, such as magnetos, carburetors, or generators.
  • Connects test panels to engines and measures generator output, ignition timing, or other engine performance indicators.
  • Disassembles subassembly units and examines condition, movement, or alignment of parts, visually or using gauges.
  • Removes cylinder heads and grinds valves to scrape off carbon and replace defective valves, pistons, cylinders, or rings, using hand and power tools.
  • Reassembles frames and reinstalls engines after repairs.

Insider Info

Dig into the details and check out what people in this job have to say about their work.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 50 lbs., sometimes up to 100 lbs. You will need a lot of strength at this level.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Picking out a particular sound in the presence of other sounds
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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