Motorcycle repairs, like automotive repairs, can require a chunk of money going out to a mechanic. There are ways in which to stop this out flow of money though. Learn motorcycle basics and work on your bike yourself, doing both the troubleshooting and repairs.
To begin to be able to work on your motorcycle you will need to know the basics of a motorcycle. This is more than knowing how to get on your bike, start it up and ride it off. This means knowing the basic components of a bike and how they work.
To get started on knowing your bike intimately like this you can get a maintenance guide specific to your motorcycle's model. Many dealerships or bookstores should carry this book or can order it for you. These books are technical but writers have learned by now to write in a way in which a layman, instead of a die-hard mechanic, can read and understand the information.
Maintenance or repair manuals for bikes typically have good diagrams and schematics to help you understand the inner workings. One of the best things about learning about a motorcycle's parts and workings is that the bike has an open design so that it is easy to see the components or layout of the inners.
If you want to continue to learn beyond pure book knowledge there are many online motorcycle repair courses. These distance learning classes go through how a bike works and how to make various repairs. There are online colleges that have career diplomas in the area of motorcycle repair technician. Such classes typically include how to inspect the vehicle, do maintenance, troubleshoot and of course repair the motorcycle.
Online classes can be helpful over a book because you can chat with other students, have the help of the teacher but unlike a normal classroom course you can do it on your own time and speed, for the most part. If you learn well with this type of environment, search the web to find the right online college or motorcycle repair course for you. There might even be one that allows you to do some work online and other courses are you attend in person.
For motorcycle repair you might instead be interested on hands-on training. Many people learn best with an instructor who they can ask immediate questions of or point to a part on the motorcycle and ask a direct question about. If you are a person that learns best with a real, live teacher in front of you, look for a motorcycle repair class in your town.
With hands-on training you usually can learn to dismantle and reassemble a motorcycle. You learn and see all the components of a bike and troubleshoot as you go. Repairs are discussed and gone over in detail. These types of classes typically take more time than the other ways of learning how to do repair work but at the same time are more instructional and helpful for visual, hands-on learners.
Learning to repair your motorcycle is not going to happen overnight. It will take a lot of work on your side just to learn the components and how to troubleshoot them. There are many ways in which to learn how to repair your motorcycle. You can study a repair and maintenance guidebook. This will give you much knowledge on the bike's engine, transmission, electrical system, clutch and wheels. It will tell you how to troubleshoot and do basic repairs.
If reading a book does not give you enough information you can take an online class or find a motorcycle repair class that you can physically attend. Figure out which way you learn best and take the time to teach yourself motorcycle repair so that you can fix the bike yourself when it has problems. This will not only save you money but give you a sense of pride about being your own motorcycle mechanic.