Motorcycle Technician Courses

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Motorcycle Theory 1

Students will learn the theory and operation of motorcycle components, the relationships between components, 
and the design features that make different components more suitable for specific applications. Students will be introduced to the use of the metric system as it applies to motorcycle technicians. Proficiency will be gained in the use of necessary formulas, and common measurement tools and methods. Students will learn about internal combustion engine operation, two-stroke and four-stroke engine operation, components, cooling and exhaust systems, lubrication, and various engine designs. Students will learn about the operation of various primary drives, including wet, dry, automatic and semi-automatic clutches; transmissions; and final drive systems. Lectures will be reinforced with videos, electronic presentations, cutaway drawings and group activities to provide a clear understanding of motorcycle technology. Terminology will be covered in detail and students evaluated on their retention of information through weekly quizzes

 

Motorcycle Theory 2

Students will continue to learn the theory and operation of motorcycle components such as fuel-delivery systems; the principles of carburetion; and the design and operation of slide, vacuum and fixed-venturi carburetors. Students also will cover the fundamentals of fuel-injection design and operation, basic electrical principles, Ohm’s law, Watt’s law, and circuit configurations. Lectures will be reinforced with videos, electronic presentations, cutaway drawings and group activities to provide a clear understanding of motorcycle technology. Terminology will be covered in detail and students evaluated on their retention of information through weekly quizzes.

 

Engines, Transmissions and Precision Measuring

Students will be introduced to professional work standards, shop safety rules and the use of service manuals as well as the proper use of common hand tools, precision measuring tools and special factory tools. Students will learn about the design and function of different types of engines and transmission configurations and lubrication systems. Procedures for disassembly and reassembly will be discussed and performed. Indirect and direct drive transmissions operation will be taught along with clutch systems and primary drives. Students also will learn basic maintenance and troubleshooting techniques on these systems.

 

Chassis, Suspension and Final Drive

Students will learn about the design, operation and maintenance procedures of front and rear suspension systems, including the servicing of steering head bearings, suspension, and drum and disc brake systems. Students will learn about the various types of tire construction, wheel removal and replacement, dynamic and static tire balancing, tire removal and replacement, chain peen removal and replacement, and ATV tire removal and replacement.

 

Electrical Basics

Students will learn the fundamentals of electrical theory; how these principles are used in electrical circuits; and the tools used to assemble, test and repair these circuits. The tools introduced will include digital multimeters, soldering tools and wiring schematics. Students will learn to make wiring repairs using soldering equipment. The course also includes an introduction to the function of the electrical systems found on modern motorcycles.

 

Electrical Systems

Expanding upon the skill sets learned in Electrical Basics, students will learn the operation of the electrical systems found on modern motorcycles from a variety of manufacturers. These systems include lighting, ignition, charging, starting, fuel injection and accessories. The course also introduces the diagnostic tools and testing procedures used to verify proper operation of these systems. All demonstrations and lab tasks are performed on fully operational motorcycles.

 

Vehicle Maintenance

Students will learn periodic maintenance procedures on four-stroke engines, including oil, oil filter and coolant servicing. Instruction also will cover the use of specialized maintenance equipment, including valve train service and adjusting tools, throttle body synchronization tools, engine compression testers, and four-stroke engine leak-down testers. In addition, students will learn about the proper selection and use of solvents and lubricants.

 

Engine Troubleshooting and Noise Diagnostic

Students will learn to interpret and diagnose common types of engine noises. They also will learn to troubleshoot and diagnose four-stroke engine failures as well as how to use special tools required for disassembling and reassembling four-stroke engines. Additional instruction will be given on cam timing, engine clearance measurements and service limits.

 

Service Department Operations

Students will demonstrate and refine the entry-level technician skills learned throughout prior courses by performing routine service and service support tasks in a simulated dealership environment. Service tasks will include those commonly performed by entry- level technicians: routine engine and chassis maintenance, tire replacement, basic electrical testing and brake service. Service support tasks will include the proper use of manufacturer’s service literature and computer resources, vehicle receiving, and writing a complete and accurate repair order. The course will utilize many of the tools and equipment introduced in earlier courses. Teamwork and professionalism will be emphasized.

 

Dealer Management Systems

This course is designed to provide students with a training foundation in dealership operations. Students will be introduced to current software systems used by both small and large motorcycle dealerships. They also will become familiar with the roles and responsibilities of personnel involved in the successful operation of a motorcycle dealership. The course also will prepare students for manufacturer-specific training in dealer operations in their chosen factory electives. Instruction also will cover areas such as service writing, and parts and accessories consulting.

 

Electrical Diagnostics

Students will learn the procedures for diagnosing common electrical issues on a variety of motorcycle systems, including starting, ignition and charging systems. Students will be introduced to computer-based digital diagnostic tools, pull and clear diagnostic codes, and use graphic data to troubleshoot EFI and electrical problems.

 

Drivability and Performance

Students will learn the principles of motorcycle performance, and how to diagnose common performance and drivability issues using a motorcycle/ATV dynamometer. Training will include the operation of the dynamometer and associated computer software, and the use of exhaust gas analyzer (EGA) equipment. Students will learn effects that compression, cam and ignition timing, and cylinder head flow have on engines, and how to use OEM and aftermarket components to improve an engine’s performance.

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