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post #1 of 20 Old 04-21-2011, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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V-Strom mechanic course?

I'm not sure if this is the right place - I searched in the forums but did not find something.

Anyway, I'd really like to attend some mechanic course with emphasis on motorcycles and if possible on v-stroms.
Some people learn as they go and have informal education...I'd like to get some formal education. Had some mechanical experience but with much much bigger types of vehicles..

Does anybody here has information on such courses?
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I'm not sure about New Jersey, but up here they offer an evening course on motorcycle maintenance.

You might want to check out your local community college. You can also check out any motorcycle driver training places. Sometimes they offer this as an extra class.

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Does anybody here has information on such courses?
Well, what do you know! I was planning on opening up a school myself! You could be my first (unlucky) student! Tuition will be $25,000 for one semester, (that should buy me the fuselage, and wing kit), and $25,000 for the second semester, (that should purchase me the motor, prop and avionics).

There is a money back guarantee for your investment. I will guarantee that you WILL learn something for your WELL spent cash. I am not going to say if what you learn is "right", or "wrong", but you will come away with a "Damn, now that was an experience!"

Whaddayasay?

Deal?

(At the very least, you will like Maine. I am originally from NJ, and I like Maine, so I am guessing you will too. See, already learning something! That one is a freebee. The rest you are going to have to pay for.).
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PS: The only tools you will need for the class are two different sized hammers; a big one, and a BIGGER one. And, two cans of spray Rhinoliner. Cost effective and efficient.

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@slt824: Thanks, I'll try looking for one. Lincoln Tech has a motorcycle program but only in CT. I'll try calling them, maybe they can recommend another college/program.

@BlackLab: LOL..no deal, I pass! I said FORMAL education. While yours would be probably be a very interesting one, I'm afraid it fails on that factor
If I ever get to Maine it would be nice to have some beer, but not sure I'd like the weather so much. To remind you, I come from the "Milk and Honey" state which is very hot and mostly dry. NJ is a nightmare as it is, Maine would probably be worst..

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Retire and read every post at VSRI written by johnofchar and castle-of-teck
It worked for me.

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NJ is a nightmare as it is, Maine would probably be worst..
You are just beyond silly. NJ over Maine?

On the plus side, listen to Barry. There is no better way to learn than jumping in with both feet, and Pat is right too. Read all you can and add his input to the johnofchar and castle-of-teck info. There is nothing you can learn about Vstroms that isn't already posted on Stromtrooper and VSRI.

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To all the wise elders of the tribe: (no sarcasm, I mean it and admire you all!)
I need formal education in particular because I'm auto didactic. I learned to read and write on my own when I was 5 - that is why my hand writing is so bad to this day.
I don't want to damage the bike with my experiments and learning process..
For the same reason I have a guitar teacher - I learned the chords and scales on my own from the web, but I held the guitar in the wrong way and did not understand the music theory properly (---> No formal education).

That been said, I do read many many posts and implement your advices (Pat's in particular).

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I don't want to damage the bike with my experiments and learning process..
WHAT!!! Hurt your bike? Come one, if I haven't done it yet, how can anyone?!

For the record, I just barely have a high school education. I tried college, but it was "trying" me. The only secondary education I have is by doing stuff. I am self taught in all that I have shared here, (there are other things, but they don't quite fit into this forum. I try to stuff them in from time to time though......).

Listen to Pat; read, then do. You will become an expert in no time!

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To all the wise elders of the tribe: (no sarcasm, I mean it and admire you all!)
I need formal education in particular because I'm auto didactic.
My guess is that every good mechanic shares autodidactic qualities with you (I had to look it up). Figuring it out for yourself is most of the battle.

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To all the wise elders of the tribe: (no sarcasm, I mean it and admire you all!)
I need formal education in particular because I'm auto didactic. I learned to read and write on my own when I was 5 - that is why my hand writing is so bad to this day.
I don't want to damage the bike with my experiments and learning process..
For the same reason I have a guitar teacher - I learned the chords and scales on my own from the web, but I held the guitar in the wrong way and did not understand the music theory properly (---> No formal education).

That been said, I do read many many posts and implement your advices (Pat's in particular).
BigMan73, You may be auto didactic but you are also one hell of a photographer! Nice shots! On the mechanical stuff I can relate as I seem to need to screw things up before I can learn. Get's expensive!

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