Starting today, or maybe tomorrow, motorcycle technical training at all levels from basic to advanced will begin at a location very near you. Schools such as UHU (Used Honda University) and TTTI (Tired Triumph Technical Institute) are participating along with many others. Classrooms are as big as your garage or parking space while some temporary classrooms may be set up in your basement or spare room. Hours are completely flexible, students advance at their own pace, class size is usually one. Of course, it should be obvious, you run the school.
It wasn’t very long ago, to start a new career or learn a technical field like motorcycle mechanics, you began by looking for a school, something with a big building and lots of equipment with instructors to guide you every step of the way, but those days when that was the only option are long gone. Anything you want to learn today can be done outside of the traditional school or classroom setting, so, why not create your own school at home?
The best way to learn a hands on skill like motorcycle mechanics is to dive in. If you would rather not tear down your current ride, used bikes are readily available, often for very little money and compared to the cost of tuition at a regular school, they’re cheap. Don’t be afraid to take it apart completely, down to every last nut and bolt. Spread the parts out before you and know that, reassembled properly, they will come to life and transport you down the road, an exhilarating thought. Inert metal, rubber and plastic, moving under their own power, it’s really quite a concept.
If you’re a little hesitant taking things apart, use your digital camera to snap photos along the way, recording just how the wires route around the engine and which plugs and colors attach in what order. Those photos can be a lifesaver when you can’t find a drawing in a service manual that applies to the parts you’re trying to reassemble. Those digital photos can also create a record for your reference if you need to take on the same job in the distant future.
Books on general maintenance and manuals for the specific bike you’re working on can guide you through the process. You would be amazed at how much you can learn in a short time and the pride of knowing you can rebuild your motorcycle is extremely satisfying.
Classes are fun, you’ll like the teacher and acceptance into the school is guaranteed so apply today.
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