You don't have to go to school to become a competent motorcycle mechanic. All you need is a bike, the right tools, and plenty of time to dig into projects. That said, there are plenty of little tips you can learn from others that will help you become a great garage mechanic. Ari Henning of Motorcyclist Magazine gives you a few tips in the short video below. Check it out, and then read on below the video.
The Workshop Manual
Ari's tips may seem pretty general but they can save you tons of time headaches. A good workshop manual will show you how to actually do the job. I've tried doing projects without a manual and had a hell of a time. Trust me, it's so much easier to do anything with a proper manual.
The Ziplock Bags
The ziplock bag trick is great, and a must do. I did this with a vintage Trac moped I worked on, and it really helped me keep everything straight. You can keep everything organized so much more easily with a cheap box of Ziplock bags.
The Digital Camera
I know you're probably thinking that you should just use your phone for this, and you can. But I never have space on my phone. You can automatically upload photos to the cloud, but for me there's something easier about having a designated cheap digital camera that I use specifically for motorcycle maintenance. You can get a basic digital camera for so little money these days, I just think it makes sense to have one.
Wade Thiel is the creator of Wind Burned Eyes. He is an automotive journalist and a motorcycle enthusiast who lives in Indianapolis, IN. Check him out on Twitter or read his automotive work at Web2Carz.