I've been maintaining my own motorcycle for years now. Learning how to do each task properly myself was, at times, a challenging experience. Not having the right tools, skills or even a proper understanding of what I was doing lead to some rather frustrating experiences. Back when I started down the DIY path I never considered doing a training course. The cost was too high and I couldn't get the time off work to attend the lectures. These days though there's plenty of 'how to' videos available online, but finding a reliable and comprehensive source for every task is near impossible. So what's the solution?
Earlier this year I was introduced to a training program called Moto Easy that's been developed here in Australia. As it's described on the Moto Easy website it's "motorcycle maintenance made easy" and after spending some time getting to know the program I would have to say that sums it up nicely. Once logged in to the website information on how to complete each task is provided in easy to consume modules covering all aspects of basic servicing and motorcycle maintenance.
"Moto Easy is a comprehensive motorcycle maintenance platform, which includes an easy to follow, step by step process that teaches users everything they need to know about maintaining their bike. "
The Moto Easy program was designed by motorcycle mechanic Ron Czeiger. Ron has 15 years of experience as a motorcycle mechanic and training lecturer, which he has used to develop the Moto Easy program. Along with its well written, easy to follow instructions each "module" utilises clear photographs, an overview of the tools you'll need for each task and professionally shot videos so you're never left wondering where that spare bolt came from.
There's a catch though. Unlike Youtube and the university of Google, Moto Easy isn't free. It does however offer a one stop solution for all of your basic maintenance tasks and leaves no stone unturned and no question unanswered, something the other two can not guarantee.
As I mentioned I have looked into doing training courses at a technical college here in Australia and discovered I'd be lucky to walk away with change from $400. As a comparison the Moto Easy program is currently available for a one time fee of $130 ($97 USD), which positions it well as an affordable solution. From my experience that cost is around about what you would pay a mechanic for a basic oil change, however when you purchase a Moto Easy membership you'll learn how to maintain and service all of the following systems on your motorcycle:
- Oil System
- Fuel System (Carburettor models)
- Ignition System
- Induction system
- Hydraulics system
- Battery Maintenance
- Final Drive
- Cooling system
- Cables, Levers and Pivots
- Wheels and Tyres
- Nuts and Bolts
- Steering and suspension
- Electrics and Charging System
Along with the training courses you'll also get access to a closed Moto Easy Facebook group where you can share your experiences, 3 months of email support from Ron, just incase you come across an unusual problem that you can't diagnose yourself and access to future updates offering more advanced training. So, if like me you see value in getting to know your motorcycle better and avoiding expensive mechanics, Moto Easy is definitely worth a closer look.
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