Classes

Learn2wrench: Surviv­­al Course in Motorcycle/Scooter Repair: Entry level
 
Class hours: 12pm - 5pm
 
Cost: Tuition: $300

 

I'm conducting a 5 week course that covers the main fundamentals of motorcycle maintenance and repair. Its a front to rear wheel approach where we take a journey through all the systems that comprise a motorcycle. It is a hands-on-course and not just theory . Theory will be thoroughly discussed and broken down in layman terms so that everyone will understand.  One of the most important things that you'll learn is how to analyze faults and how to approach the problem. A repair manual would have to be as thick as a phone book to cover all of the tricks of the trade that you would learn through this course. This is one of the most important skillsets, is tracing through the fault tree, because there can be multiple problems and you have to learn to isolate them.You will also learn good work practices so you don't get lost and end up with a bunch parts that you can't remember where they go. You will learn to work with specialized tools, how to identify parts using parts diagrams and how to grind the dealers for better prices. Also each class is a standalone workshop covering a specific topic so if you miss a class you can make it up on our next meetup when it is repeated. You must pre-register to attend this class. So please contact me for details.

You will be learning from a mechanic and teacher that has been servicing bikes and watercraft for the past 30 years. All the material you will learn from the class has been carefully broken down so even the most tech challenged can understand easily. There will be a combination of hands on training, class demonstrations of service procedures, diagnostics with videos and course books to provide supporting documention. I have been teaching this class for the past 5 years and have had 100's of students take the workhops with excellent results. After and during the class I am available for consultations with whatever problem you may have. Past student references are available upon request. This is a fun and great life skill to acquire which will serve you in whatever bike you may own in the future. 

In the past the class has filled quickly because of its small size so I would not wait until the last minute to register.

This class has been well reviewed in Yelp. More references on request.

 

Motorcycle rides are more fun when your ride doesn't break down, so please ride safe.Workshop Syllabus Motorcycle/Scooter Repairing 101 

 

Each session is approximately 2 hour lecture and 3 hours of lab ( 5 weeks,except holiday's) Workshops start at 12:00pm to 5:00pm

 

1st Session

 

Introduction 1.) Tools of the trade 2.) Safety Issues 3.) Organizing your work 4.) Resources, books, Forums, newsgroups, vendors 5.) Basic overview of motorcycle systems and subsystems. 6.) Engine Design and Basic Theory: 2 strokes, 4 strokes, bottom end, top end 7.) How to think like a mechanic. Your bike tries to talk to you, but do you know how to listen and feel?

 

2nd Session

 

1.)Fuel Systems: How carbs and fuel injection work. Fault isolation, rebuilding. Troubling shooting. Carb rebuild hands-on workshop (yours or mine) 2.)Ignition system basics: Fault analysis, in depth theory and repair, Reading spark plugs

 

3rd Session

 

1.)Lubrication systems: What oils to use, how to change oil and filter and what to look for in the end trails (old oil). Different lube points. 2.) Clutch transmission and final drive: Theory and demonstrations on inspecting and replacing clutch pack. 3.) Exhaust systems: It's not there just to look kewl and be a part of your sound system. 4.)Cooling systems: Theory, preventative maintenance and changing coolant as well as which coolant to use. Fault finding.

 

4th Session 1.) Suspensions: Front maintenance and rear 2.) Wheels and tires 3.)Brakes: Disc, drum brakes replacement of shoes, bleeding and rebuilding calipers and master cylinders.

 

5th Session

 

1.)Charging and electrical system: Basic electricity, Fault analysis & trace, reading diagrams.** 2.)Frame and steering; nuts and bolts. Keeping it all together. 3.)Winter storage and scheduled maintenance. 4.) How to evaluate and buy a used bike. Scrounging for "vintage parts". Ebay escapades. **Note each student if they bring their bike, will get a free electrical analysis with my $1,200 Midtronics electrical systems analyzer (a $100 value). Catch faults before they get expen$ive.

Registration: There is very limited seating for this class so you must register in advance to reserve a seat. Refunds for a class once you are registered are only possible if you notify us at least 2 weeks before the classes starts. After that time window there are no refunds but you can attend the class at a future date when your schedule permits.

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