Monday, August 09, 2010

Sounds Like a Good Opportunity for Someone

I saw this ad on Craigslist recently.
Date: 2010-08-02, 7:06PM PDT

Apprentice wanted @ Randy’s Cycle Service (Everett)

Love motorcycles? Want to learn how to repair them, but don’t have the money for schooling? Well, we have the answer. Randy’s Cycle Service at 35th & Rucker in downtown Everett has been in the business of motorcycle repair and service since 1985 and has helped 5 different young men over the past 12 years prepare themselves for entry level positions at motorcycle dealerships. Without paying tuition, these young men learned the basics of motorcycle repair and service.

If this is something that might interest you, and you have 3 or 4 hours each day to devote to learning the exciting field of motorcycle repair and service, then give us a phone call. Our number is (425) 339-5592 and we’ll be glad to sit down and talk with you and see if this is something that would work for you and for us. We’re open Monday through Friday from 12 to 6.

I saw some young guy with a broom out in front of the place today so I think the apprentice may have already been chosen.

Randy's Cycle Service is a very small independent motorcycle repair shop that's been around for 25 years. I drive by there on my way to and from work and over the years I've seen a wide variety of motorcycles outside his little shop.

I don't know what motorcycle mechanics at dealerships are paid, but the labor rate for motorcycle work in this area is around 80 to 100 dollars an hour. If a person could work out of their garage you could probably do okay if you had the aptitude, desire and some source of income that would give you time to build up a customer base and purchase the necessary tools/equipment.

I imagine there are other independent motorcycle shops that would be willing to take on an apprentice. It really seems like a lot better way to learn about maintaining and fixing motorcycles than going to a school to me. It's free and you could learn what you need to know rather than sitting through classes at a school that may or may not have any practical value.

Tuition at the Motorcycle Mechanic Institute (MMI) that advertises on TV can be 25 to 30 grand. Those ads are expensive you know.


This is a YouTube video from Randy's Cycle Service where he's working on a 1960 something C200 Honda 90. Some really practical information here about fixing a stripped thread on the kick-starter, replacing the points and setting the timing. I'm not sure what all the noise is at the beginning of the video but it goes away after awhile.