Motorcycle Mechanics

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics > Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul motorcycles, scooters, mopeds, dirt bikes, or similar motorized vehicles.

Common job titles of Motorcycle Mechanics include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 81.98% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.

  • 12.73% said they needed a High School Diploma.


    Repair or adjust motorcycle subassemblies, such as forks, transmissions, brakes, or drive chains, according to specifications.

    Listen to engines, examine vehicle frames, or confer with customers to determine nature and extent of malfunction or damage.

    Mount, balance, change, or check condition or pressure of tires.

    Reassemble and test subassembly units.

    Disassemble subassembly units and examine condition, movement, or alignment of parts, visually or using gauges.

    Connect test panels to engines and measure generator output, ignition timing, or other engine performance indicators.

    Dismantle engines and repair or replace defective parts, such as magnetos, carburetors, or generators.

    Repair or replace other parts, such as headlights, horns, handlebar controls, gasoline or oil tanks, starters, or mufflers.

    Replace defective parts, using hand tools, arbor presses, flexible power presses, or power tools.

    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 and weld tears and breaks.

    Reassemble frames and reinstall engines after repairs.


Wire crimp pliers

Wheel balancers

Valve stem inserters

Valve spring compressors

Ultrasonic parts cleaners

Twisting pliers

Tungsten inert gas TIG welders

All Tools

Tread depth gauges

Torx bits

Tire spreaders

Tire changers

Tire balancers

Timing test lights

Timing cover plug wrenches

Swingarm stands

Steering race presses

Spring hook tool sets

Spray washers

Sportbike lifting arms

Spoke wrenches

Spark plug sockets

Spark plug gap testers

Socket wrench sets

Socket extensions

Socket drivers

Socket adapters

Snap-ring pliers

Small slotted bits

Sliding T-handles

Shock absorber wrenches

Seal removers

Safety wire pliers

Rocket arm reamers


Ratcheting wrenches

Ratchet sets

Phillips bits

Peak voltage testers

Oil seal pullers

Oil level gauges

Oil filter wrenches

Oil fillers

Oil extractors

O-ring pullers

Nylon brushes

Neck bearing adjusters

Motorcycle valve refacers

Motorcycle cylinder bores

Motorcycle compression gauges

Motorcycle chain breakers

Metal inert gas MIG welders

Magnetic bit holders

Lock ring tools

Lift-arm jacks

Large slotted bits

Impact drivers

Hydraulic vehicle lifts

Hex bits

Head surfacing machines

Front end stands

Fork seal drivers

Fork cap removers

Flywheel pullers

Flow benches

Equipment dollies

Engine exhaust analyzers

Engine degree wheels

Electronic torque wrenches

Electrical diagnostic tools


Drag link sockets

Dirt bike lifts stands

Digital multimeters

Decibel meters

Cycle docks

Crate lifts

Crankcase splitters

Clutch pullers

Clutch hub spanners

Clutch holders

Clamp meters

Chain breakers

Carburetor synchronizers

Carburetor diagnostic tools

Cable lubers

Bushing pullers

Bubble balancers

Brake cylinder hones

Battery cable wrenches

Automatic part cleaners

Automatic cylinder hones

Arbor presses

Angled air chucks

Air lifts

Adjustable hand wrenches


AbbottSoft QuickFix

DealerTrax ShopOrder

Inventory tracking software

LightSpeed Cloud

Santa Maria Software Counterman Pro

TRACKUM Repair Manager



Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.


Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Equipment Maintenance

Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


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