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Old 07-29-2013, 01:44 PM   #21
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What makes you think you should just get to step into an industry and immediately be making decent money? You have no experience, it seems, that is valuable but also dont seem to want to put in time to earn that higher pay.
Im not in the motorcycle industry, but I sure wouldnt hire you.
true but I would like to not be poor for years just to be a master tech. that and some times ur never chosen :/
like I said I've looked in to it and it didn't seem very appealing.
there r many jobs that u start out with at least a ok salary.
I was just being wishful/hopeful that's some one could post up a moto career I hadn't seen.
im probably going to just do something I don't really care about like the medical field
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true but I would like to not be poor for years just to be a master tech. that and some times ur never chosen :/
like I said I've looked in to it and it didn't seem very appealing.
there r many jobs that u start out with at least a ok salary.
I was just being wishful/hopeful that's some one could post up a moto career I hadn't seen.
im probably going to just do something I don't really care about like the medical field
Here's something Ive learned, take it or leave it. You take away more than just a paycheck and benefits from a job. You can follow your heart, and maybe not make as much cash as you'd like (or feel like you deserve), but if you truly love what you do it makes it worth it.
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You can take a job that is just a job. Score a heftier paycheck, and then use that extra dough to score some satisfaction outside of work (like playing with motos).
Seldom do people get the opportunity to have both. It happens, but not often.

I work for a non-profit serving youth. If you took my job description to private sector employers, I would probably come close to tacking an extra 50%-60% onto my pay, but I dont because I have heart for what I do.
So, its finding a balance that is the most important.
Also, there is no rule that says you cant try and have your cake and eat it to. Get two jobs, make some coin in one and earn some experience part-time working with/around bikes. You wont have much free time, but it might work out.
The other thought: be innovative. If you cant find a career working with motos in a way that interests you, and give you some money, think one up! Find a need and develop a model to fit that need.
Just my .02, as Ive been where you are in the past. I wanted so much to work with/around motos, even talked to a shop owner about it. Realized that wasnt the path for me, and moved on.
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:06 PM   #24
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Just remembered who you are. First off, learn how no to crash motorcycles (when you find out, let me know too)

How long have you has the new bike?
Geez thanks for being a . Not long. I know u will find this funny cuz ur a but i just wrecked it cuz of a wonderful pick truck driver. It not to bad luckly.
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Motorcycle techs don't make ... It's a fun job (sometimes) but you'll never make any real money. I worked for BMW/Triumph part time for 3 years, then I worked for Kawasaki part time for 1 year..

You gotta really hustle, be good on your game and HOPE there is a steady flow of bikes coming in. Even if you "beat the book" often and make no mistakes, you'll still struggle to break $50k a year.. I know a few Harley Techs that break $60k but....not often.. All depends on the dealer's service reputation and customer flow..

Realistically, $60k is gonna be about it and that's after 5+ years and staying real busy...

I enjoyed the job and the passion I had for bikes, customers etc etc... But there is no money in it... Unless you are a shop owner or dealer. I always worked a plant job for my full time gig and the bike stuff on the side...

My take on this is... Do what you love and make no money, do what you hate and make decent money...

Sorry but that's how it is...
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it takes many yrs to become one if u ever do

Any job that actually pays well is going to be that way. ANY job: pro athlete, CEO, master tech...all those dudes put in some hours. Nobody is going to hand you a high dollar job without some nature of experience.
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:19 PM   #27
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Thats how i thought it was oh well i can always ride to work and hope the pick-up trucks dont kill me
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:25 PM   #28
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if your not headed to MMI (the motorcycle version of UTI that an above poster erroneously suggested you steer clear of) then you need to look at either getting in on the ground floor of a shop or volunteering your time until you can make it.

Motorcycles are a labor of love, a passion even, that would require an extra level of commitment of both time and money (or lack there of)

Plainly put, you have to endear yourself to a shop or company if you dont have the credentials (read: schooling) to back it up.

If you want to "step into a good job" and not be broke as go take out a 25,000 student loan and head to MMI theres one here in town i believe.


or, you could get smart and find a trade that motorcycles overlap into such as machining, welding, fabricating, CNC drafting...etc. you just have to be creative if your not gonna drop the coin on the books.
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most trade/skilled positions have an earning potential based on the current market for that service. Folks just starting out are going to make half or less than half of that while they learn... and to get to full potential takes 5 to 7 years. fact of life.
Even if you go to one of the trade schools, you can not expect to step into a job at the full salary potential, most trade schools prepare you to be a good helper for a few years while you see how it is really done.
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Any job that actually pays well is going to be that way. ANY job: pro athlete, CEO, master tech...all those dudes put in some hours. Nobody is going to hand you a high dollar job without some nature of experience.
With the execption of hookers and weathermen.

Being a weatherman is the only job that you can be wrong at least once a week, and keep your job.
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most trade/skilled positions have an earning potential based on the current market for that service. Folks just starting out are going to make half or less than half of that while they learn... and to get to full potential takes 5 to 7 years. fact of life.
Even if you go to one of the trade schools, you can not expect to step into a job at the full salary potential, most trade schools prepare you to be a good helper for a few years while you see how it is really done.
agreed, especially in the types of trades that over lap in motorcycle related specialties.

For those types of jobs as obed has stated you just got 4 years of education to become a "really good helper" for a few years at least

You ought to consider finding a path in technology and having motorcycling as your hobby/recreation because it seems for young people its the last gold rush so to speak
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With the execption of hookers and weathermen.

Being a weatherman is the only job that you can be wrong at least once a week, and keep your job.
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agreed, especially in the types of trades that over lap in motorcycle related specialties.

For those types of jobs as obed has stated you just got 4 years of education to become a "really good helper" for a few years at least

You ought to consider finding a path in technology and having motorcycling as your hobby/recreation because it seems for young people its the last gold rush so to speak
good too know
I shall look into it
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im trying to start up my career but I don't know what to do.
can y'all think of any jobs that involve motorcycles that also make decent money
Mechanical, electrical or software engineer.
All three will position you to start a career towards all things motorcycle.

Building the next engine, engineering the next electrical system, programming that system.

You can't build a decent house without a solid foundation. Good luck.
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If you want to "step into a good job" and not be broke as go take out a 25,000 student loan and head to MMI theres one here in town i believe.

Wouldn't starting out with $25k in debt make you broke as ?
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Motorcycle sales managers in some dealerships make good money too. However, no offense of course, but your overall vibe, spelling, grammar, and the way you use words almost make it sound like you are closer to 10. Although, that could just be because you are here on the forums and not in person. Starting out in sales, and then going to sales management will always make something, not the most decent but hey. I started out making 5.15/hr, and now I work from home sitting on a computer all day, making 80k, and talking to all you fine folks.
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Motorcycle sales managers in some dealerships make good money too. However, no offense of course, but your overall vibe, spelling, grammar, and the way you use words almost make it sound like you are closer to 10. Although, that could just be because you are here on the forums and not in person. Starting out in sales, and then going to sales management will always make something, not the most decent but hey. I started out making 5.15/hr, and now I work from home sitting on a computer all day, making 80k, and talking to all you fine folks.
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Motorcycle sales managers in some dealerships make good money too. However, no offense of course, but your overall vibe, spelling, grammar, and the way you use words almost make it sound like you are closer to 10. Although, that could just be because you are here on the forums and not in person. Starting out in sales, and then going to sales management will always make something, not the most decent but hey. I started out making 5.15/hr, and now I work from home sitting on a computer all day, making 80k, and talking to all you fine folks.
Out of curiosity what kind of work do u do from home?
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Wouldn't starting out with $25k in debt make you broke as ?
Not when you finance your life style on credit, since its the thing to do now-adays, you may not be broke as but you'll be in debt the rest your life, two similar but ultimately different things..you can have lots of money but still be in debt.


besides, only logical people (such as yourself) would spot the irony in a decision making process such as that likely avoiding it altogether by "paying your way" as you worked to get where you want to be in life.
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