Best Harley mechanic training schools?

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by knightster637, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. knightster637

    knightster637 Member

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    To any bonified honest to goodness Harley mechanics out there; Where did you learn your trade? Recently applied to Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Orlando, Fl. Starting classes in november to get my '36 to present certification. Does anyone have any experience with this place? It looks and sounds great to me, other than the price of tuition. Wish me luck.
     
  2. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Best of luck to you!

    Let me know when you finish and open your own shop in Woodstock.

    :cheers
     
  3. Jack Klarich

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    Good Luck, have a good friend who went to the Arizona course, intense:s
     
  4. Jack Klarich

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    Very good schools, they have a very strict attendance policy, well its your money any way, I know a friend who went thru it with his girl friend, she missed too many classes and u get the picture, I wish all who try to better themselves luck and a big pat on the back, Knowledge is power only if it is used:s
     
  5. 01dynaglide

    01dynaglide Junior Member

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    I have never heard anything but good stuff about it. Good luck!
     
  6. knightster637

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    Thanks for the info guys, I think it will be money well spent. As far a opening a shop in Woodstock, I think it may get crouded here, theres already 2 custom cycle shops in this small town, both within a mile or two from my house.
     
  7. Jack Klarich

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    Good Luck and make us proud:D
     
  8. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Only knew guys who attended MMI, they were very enthusiastic and seemed to know their stuff. But having the technical knowledge and then the business management skills to start your own shop/business is a TOTALLY different thing. As Jack says, knowledge is power, and any specialty/trade school is a good thing.

    I would PM some of our members who have started/run their own business and get some tips...Zoood and Chopper come to mind, but there are certainly many others. Could even start a thread, what were your biggest challenges to make a successful motorcycling related business. Obviously, this is the type of Q & A's that are a work in progress, but I would think having friends or venture capitalist partners would be key. Maybe affiliate with key figures in your area that could help you make an impact and such. Good technical prowess and ideas are the seed, but funding with savvy business sense and execution takes networking experience and sound commitment from financial support group, friends and family to be successful.