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Motorcycle mechanics repair and overhaul motorcycles, motor scooters, mopeds, dirt bikes, and all-terrain vehicles. Besides repairing engines, they may work on transmissions, brakes, and ignition systems and make minor body repairs.
Upon graduating from motorcycle mechanic school, you will be qualified to work on Harley, Honda, Kawaskai, Suzuki, Yamaha, and other types of motorcycles. However, mechanics usually specialize in the service and repair of one type of equipment, although they may work on closely related products. Mechanics may service just a few makes and models of motorcycles, because dealers usually service only the products they sell.
Motorcycle mechanics held around 15,000 jobs. Almost half worked for other motor vehicle dealers, an industry that includes retail dealers of motorcycles, boats, and miscellaneous vehicles; or for retail hardware, lawn, and garden stores. Most of the remainder were employed by independent repair shops, equipment rental companies, wholesale distributors, and landscaping services. About 15 percent were self-employed, compared to about 6 percent of workers in all installation, maintenance, and repair occupations.
Median hourly earnings of motorcycle mechanics were $13.03 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $10.14 and $16.65. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $8.17, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $21.04. Median hourly earnings in 2002 in other motor vehicle dealers, the industry employing the largest number of motorcycle mechanics, were $13.00.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics