Whether your motorcycle is your daily ride or your weekend pastime, you need to keep it running. To do that, you'll need the right motorcycle mechanic.
Here are some tips to find the right professional for the job.
- Talk to other motorcycle owners. As a motorcycle owner, you belong to a special group. Not everyone can ride what you ride—and not everyone can fix what you need fixing. Fortunately, one of the best ways to find a good motorcycle mechanic is also one of the easiest. And that’s by talking to fellow owners. Every bike needs maintenance, after all, so strike up a conversation and find out who other riders use. Make sure to talk to owners in your area and try to find people who ride similar types of motorcycles. This gives you the best chance to find the type of mechanic you’re looking for.
- Talk to your dealership. If you’re just starting out, you may not know many owners. If that’s the case, don’t be afraid to go back to the dealership where you purchased your bike. They may very well have their own mechanics on staff. If not, ask them for recommendations—and don't be afraid to inquire where members of the sales staff get their bikes fixed.
- Check online reviews. Websites like Yelp and the Better Business Bureau can give you all kinds of helpful information about a particular motorcycle mechanic. Of course, customers may be more likely to post about a business after having a negative experience rather than a positive one. But if the ratings seem disproportionately negative, you may want to look into other options.
- Ask the right questions. When meeting a motorcycle mechanic for the first time, don’t be afraid to ask the important questions. You should learn more about the mechanic’s experience, including how long they’ve been a mechanic, where they were trained and how much experience they have working with motorcycle models like yours. It’s also important to know if they are insured in case something happened to your bike while it’s in their possession. Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask if they ride themselves—this can be a helpful conversation starter that will make you feel better about trusting your bike to them.
By doing a thorough search beforehand, you'll ensure your bike is in good hands even when it's not in yours.
In the next post, learn how to rent a motorcycle.