The truth about motorcycle mechanics

В рубриках: Automobile | Автор: admin 24.09.2011

The Truth About Motorcycle Mechanics

Many people have developed a certain level of dependency to mechanics when it comes to handling their problematic bikes. Perhaps many of these people are plain busy or do not have any clue on how to handle the problem. To those who are gifted with enough mechanical skills, they can personally attend to their bike’s minor repairs. But those who do not have any understanding on how the machine works tend to submit their bikes on the hands of a motorcycle mechanics. In any relationship, such act is called ‘trust’. Trust is something that should not be easily given.

As you submit your vehicle for repair, expect the mechanic to quiz you on your problematic bike. He will ask you of your knowledge on the problem, the information that you provided will help him/her diagnose the problem and recommend what kind of repairs are needed; or give him the idea on how little you know about motorbike repairs.

If you happen to end up with a nasty mechanic, that puts him/her in full control of the situation. He may advice you to do expensive repairs that are actually not necessary. He may advise you to do part replacements, on which he will earn quite a sum of commission. He can possibly exaggerate your bike’s problem and recommend expensive repairs when all your bike actually need is an oil change and some little adjustments.

Nowadays, motorcycle brands, as in BMW and Honda, have service centers that specifically cater to the problems of their model bikes. This is a way of studying the common problems experienced with their product, which will guide them in coming up with a highly marketable motorbike design. In addition, this is their way of helping their clients maintain their bikes. However, these service centers do not come cheap. The services of a ‘branded’ service technician are never cheap, unless covered by warranty or insurance.

The kind of service done by branded service centers can actually be done by any qualified service technician. The pretty much works similar to car mechanics. Their training background should determine their capability of doing motorcycle repair that you require. They also ask cheaper service fees which is a big plus. If only you can find one that is honest and trustworthy.

But just because someone works at a BMW service center, don’t expect them to understand BMW’s. The mechanic has probably done a brief course on how the bike is put together and not much else. A better option is to find a mechanic who SPECIALIZES in a certain band and who has been specializing int hat brand his/her entire career. A BMW has very little in common with a Kawasaki. Actually, the only thing the two bikes have in common is that they both have two wheels.

It is hard to find an honest mechanic. The task is even harder for first-timers. We surely want the best mechanic to do the repairs that we require. This is a way of assuring ourselves that our precious bikes will be well taken cared for.

To avoid being victimized by opportunistic mechanics, entrust your motorbike only to highly recommended individuals and reputable motorbike repair and service centers. All reputable service centers pay careful attention to evaluating the qualifications of their mechanics. They require their mechanics to present certificates and documents that prove their attendance to one or more service trainings, which are usually paid or sponsored by motorcycle brands. Many service centers are even strict on hiring experienced mechanics to make sure that they can deliver the kind of service that their company offers. After all, their team of mechanics is the backbone of their business and it is those mechanics that have a significant role in how safe your motorbike really is. It is your life, so it pays to stay safe.

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