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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 10-08-2018, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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I've always wondered if there were layman's motorcycle repair courses available. Everywhere I checked I always find college courses that lead to a professional motorcycle mechanic degree but nothing for the do-it-yourself'er who would like to know a bit more. If anyone has any info I would like to hear from you. Thanks.

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If you have a friend - I mean a real friend - who is a good wrench spinner, have him come over and show you how to do maintenance tasks. The best teacher has you do it while they describe to you what to do and how to do it. That way, you get your synapses wired better.
I have done that for others and, like many others on this forum, have passed how to wisdom on those who asked for help. Hint, hint.

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I took a small engine and motorcycle repair class at a local community college back in the 80's. It was worth my time a couple nights a week.
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I just looked it up and they have some automotive classes in your area, if you take some automotive classes for cars, then the motorcycle comes natural ... It is good you want to do this ... It is fun

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Thanks for your reply's. Ritz I don't have a "real" friend who is a wrench. Have you ever passed on your knowledge to any Victory owners located along the Central West Coast Of Florida? I'm thinking if there is anyone you know, we advertise on the forum a seminar of sorts for folks interested in learning more mechanical information about their Victory bikes. Who knows how much interest that might instigate? I think that the individual who teaches should be compensated for their time. I would leave that up to whoever does the program. I don't know if this has been ever discussed on this forum before. If there are others who have done this before, please feel free to chime in.

For those on the forum who are professionals in motorcycle mechanics, I mean no harm. This would a class that would tech us non-professionals basic emergency repair techniques to help us when were broke down along side of the road.
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JJKJR, I did tutor a couple, who are good friends in Phoenix, as to the how to of maintaining their Victorys. Also helped them with installing accessories and such. They put the wife and I up and fed us. We'll do the same for you - just fly us out there when the temps are no higher than 75 and no hurricanes are expected. We eat anything but oysters. :-)

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Thanks for your reply's. Ritz I don't have a "real" friend who is a wrench. Have you ever passed on your knowledge to any Victory owners located along the Central West Coast Of Florida? I'm thinking if there is anyone you know, we advertise on the forum a seminar of sorts for folks interested in learning more mechanical information about their Victory bikes. Who knows how much interest that might instigate? I think that the individual who teaches should be compensated for their time. I would leave that up to whoever does the program. I don't know if this has been ever discussed on this forum before. If there are others who have done this before, please feel free to chime in.

For those on the forum who are professionals in motorcycle mechanics, I mean no harm. This would a class that would tech us non-professionals basic emergency repair techniques to help us when were broke down along side of the road.
Shoot me a PM when you get a notion. I am across SR 64 from you about an hour and half. Maybe we can get together and figure out what you would like to learn and figure out. Then go get a bite to eat or something. Do you have some tools to work with?
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During he winter months (mid-Oct through April) I am roughly 2 hrs NNE of you in The Villages, FL. I am no expert on the Victory bikes in general but I've done some work on our XCT bikes including: installation of new air filter, PCV, Lloyd's timing wheel, 1/4 turn throttle ring, +2" extended handlebars, lots of chrome geegaws and gadgets; removal and replacement of both wheels for tire changes; belt adjustment; oil/filter changes; saber tooth lights; and probably some more that I can't remember. I am a pretty darn good amateur wrencher on Honda VTX bikes so that give me the confidence to tackle most bike work. Like JJKJR, I would be happy to try to help but give us a list of what you want done or want to learn how to do to get things started.

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You can just about get a degree in anything at your own pace with the information available on the internet.

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You can just about get a degree in anything at your own pace with the information available on the internet.
I learned how to do leather work this way. The videos were the key but in the end it took trial and error using my hands to develop new skills.

Had I a mentor or class I could go to I think I would have gotten much better at it. I've all but retired from it now though. I just do personal stuff as needed.

I've found all skills dovetail into other skills; especially those involving hands on work. For instance the skills I learned as a Navy Corpsman stitching up wounds dovetailed into the leatherwork involving using hand tools. Using the leather stitching machine dovetailed into my skills using machines in a machine shop.

The most valuable skills I ever learned was as an apprentice machinist. So many of those skills have come in handy and used on a daily basis while doing so many things in the garage. Using a belt sander dovetailed into the leatherwork as well.

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