Motorcycle maintenance classes are commonly offered through certificate programs in motorcycle service technology; however, some schools may offer associate's degree programs in the field as well. While certificate programs generally cover topics that apply to many makes and models of motorcycles, they may include classes that pertain to specific motorcycle manufacturers or models.
Here are some main concepts you'll learn taking motorcycle maintenance classes:
- Basics of motorcycle operation and design
- Motorcycle engine mechanics
- Safety with motorcycles
- Electrical theory
- Motorcycle maintenance and troubleshooting
List of Common Courses
Introduction to Motorcycle Maintenance Course
This course is a prerequisite for other motorcycle maintenance courses. It covers the theories of motorcycle operation and design principles of modern machines. There is also some overview of motorcycle history and discussion of modern machines. Students who complete this course will understand basic inspection, diagnosis and repair of motorcycles.
Motorcycle Safety Course
Some motorcycle maintenance programs include motorcycle safety courses along with mechanical instruction. Safety techniques, laws and gear are covered. Lecture and laboratory components are also part of the class.
Motorcycle Engines Course
Students in this course will learn the functions of the modern internal combustion engine. Topics include the theory of two and four stroke engines, power trains, technical principles, transmissions and final drive systems. Students who complete this course will be able to test, disassemble and reassemble engines for repair and maintenance.
Motorcycle Electrical Systems Course
This course covers the ignition, starting and charging of electrical accessory systems in modern motorcycles. Topics include basic electrical theory, circuits, wiring diagrams and magnetism as they relate to the regulation and control of electricity. Students will learn to diagnose and repair electrical systems and their components.
Motorcycle Maintenance and Troubleshooting Course
This course covers shop techniques for the general maintenance and troubleshooting of motorcycles. Students will learn preventative maintenance, adjustment procedures and how to diagnose common problems. General service topics will include valve adjustment, oil changes, tune-ups and lubrication. This course is generally taken towards the end of the program.
Motorcycle Maintenance Internship Course
Working with a school-approved local business, students will gain hands-on experience in a professional motorcycle maintenance and repair setting. Students may be able to repeat this course multiple times for credit and additional hands-on experience.