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Motorcycle repair and maintenance classes. We are Gearheads ( mechanics ) who are dedicated to riding a reliable and safe bike and saving a buck or two :o)

If you have ever wanted to be able to perform your own repairs on your bike here is your chance to learn from a experienced mechanic in the field. With a small investment in this course/workshop and a few tools, you will be able to perform the bulk of the scheduled (and unscheduled) repairs to your bike or scooter. The workshops are focused to slice up the systems on your bike and to make each element clearly understandable. Even the most tech averse among you will develop an understanding because unlike a book or manual I can answer your questions on the spot. You will ride a safer and more reliable bike or scooter because you have a clear understanding of how each system works and what could potentially make it deficient. Yes you will learn how to inspect and diagnose problems before they turn into an inconvenient break down many miles away from your home. If you are shopping for a new used bike this workshop can teach you how to evaluate potential candidates for your hard earned money. If all you do is stand in awe of this bike you will be taking over the repair payments that the previous owner should have paid that are now going to be picked up by you. If you are forewarned about problems then you can bargain the price down in good faith and get a real deal and fix it yourself at a much lower cost.

You can do just as good a job as a dealer albeit much slower in the beginning but at $0.00 per hour as opposed to $90 per hour. Plus you can get it done with a quicker turn around because you are your only customer. Plus the customer service of you will be great because no one love you more than you :o) Some come on what are you waiting for? You can do this and learn a life long skill to fix anything that burns gas.

We also offer a DIY garage and fablab (makerspace) for doing custom work with supporting classes in welding, wood working and machine shop.

For more details go to my site at:

http://www.gearheadworkshops.com/ .

Upcoming events (5+)

Intro To TIG Welding Class

25101 Petroleum Ave

$220.00

Note this is a two day workshop that meets in the evenings for one day for two weeks. Two Thursdays. Tungsten Inert Gas welding or TIG for short is welding in the slow lane. From your motorcycle frame to the International Space Station anytime human life is at stake or if aesthetics are important or both, you break out your TIG welder. This workshop introduces you to the equipment and process and techniques for welding metals the TIG way. Though you can weld mild steel with a TIG welder it is mainly used to weld reactive metals like Aluminum or high chromium metals such as stainless steel. This process yields welds with more consistent heat penetration, higher quality welds but it is more difficult to master and it is a slower process. To be successful you need to understand the variables and how to set up the machine and the task. When trying to learn by yourself or through Youtube you can end up being stuck in an endless loop by reinforcing bad techniques or poor set ups. With guided instruction to keep you on track you are able to achieve better more repeatable results, in less time. The effort is well worth it with the quality and strength of the welds. You can use the TIG process to do repairs on your bike where appearance is as important as strength. You can use it for custom fabrication of panniers, top cases or farings whereby you can make patterns out of heavy paper then cut thin sheet metal from the patterns and tack them together. You can then weld the segments together, grind and polish the welds and make them disappear. But that will take a bit of time and practice but the process is only limited by the imagination. Is it possible to learn the Tig welding process in only one day? It is possible to learn the fundamentals of the basic hand techniques with this intense one on one instruction which you simply won't get at a trade school with over 30 students. By getting observed direct feedback as to what you are doing wrong can you get on a path to consistency that over time will lead to a higher skill level. Then its all about practice and more practice by going out and making something. This workshop gives you the max seat time at the welding table to help you get to a point where you can build your skills on your own. After the intro you are welcome to come into the shop for open practice time without supervision. We have hourly and monthly memberships to fit all budgets. In this way you can build your skills very quickly. You will be working on state of the art inverter welders. As part of the class I will also offering live reviews of some of the best imported and affordable inverter welders on the market. We will be also be teaching you on the old school iron core transformer technology which still has a place especially with respect to cost. This is perfect of DIY car restoration enthusiasts as Tig process can give you the most control of your heat. Yada, Yada, Yada no open toe shoes or shorts bring your baseball hat or yarmulke to cover your head. Though TIG generates no spatter IF its done right you are after all beginners and anything can happen. Tuition for the class is $220 which includes materials, supplies and all equipment. I will provide helmets, jackets, gloves and tools. About the instructor:I learned the craft in trade school and went into the service where I worked as a fabricator and learned knew skills and machinery. I have been blessed to be exposed to a number of trades and over the 25 years I have worked as a prop fabricator for the film industry continuing to hone my MIG and TIG skills. This is one of the best and most useful skills I have ever learned and it will serve you for your entire life. You may register for this class via our website at : www.gearheadworkshops.com/education

Surviv­al Course in Motorcycle - Scooter Repair : Entry level

25101 Petroleum Ave

$300.00

I'm conducting a 5 week ( 5 Sunday's disregard Meetup's scheduling) course that covers the main fundamentals of motorcycle maintenance and repair. Its a front to rear wheel approach where we take a journey through all the systems that comprise a motorcycle. It is a hands-on-course and not just theory . Theory will be thoroughly discussed and broken down in layman terms so that everyone will understand. The class will be limited to 12 people due facility limitations and to allow for more one-to-one interaction. We will be working from text books, lectures and lab. One of the most important things that you'll learn is how to analyze faults and how to approach the problem. A repair manual would have to be as thick as a phone book to cover all of the tricks of the trade that you would learn through this course. This is one of the most important skill sets, is tracing through the fault tree, because there can be multiple problems and you have to learn to isolate them.You will also learn good work practices so you don't get lost and end up with a bunch parts that you can't remember where they go. You will learn to work with specialized tools, how to identify parts using parts diagrams and how to grind the dealers for better prices. Also each class is a standalone workshop covering a specific topic so if you miss a class you can make it up on our next meetup when it is repeated. You must pre-register to attend this class. So please contact me for details. Please disregard Meetup's stupid calendaring set up which limits the length of a groups meetings. You will be learning from a mechanic and teacher that has been servicing bikes and watercraft for the past 20 years. All the material you will learn from the class has been carefully broken down so even the most tech challenged can understand easily. There will be a combination of hands on training, class demonstrations of service procedures, diagnostics with videos I have been teaching this class for the past 5 years and have had 100's of students take the workhops with excellent results. After and during the class I am available for consultations with whatever problem you may have. Past student references are available upon request. This is a fun and great life skill to acquire which will serve you in whatever bike you may own in the future. I have been a motorcycle and scooter tech for the past 20 years. I also worked for a time as a movie prop fabricator working in metal, plastic and wood fabrication in the machine shop. We currently have a small fab shop (now known as a maker shop) in our facility and in the future may offer classes on custom building and restoration. These classes are currently filling up quickly and there is limited capacity, I would not wait until the last minute to register. This class has been well reviewed in Yelp. More references on request. Workshop Syllabus Motorcycle/Scooter Repairing 101 If for any reason you cannot attend a given workshop you can make up the class in a future workshop. These workshops are standalone classes which don't require the previous class in order to understand the current one. They can be taken in any order since each class focuses on a specific system. 1st Session Introduction 1.) Tools of the trade 2.) Safety Issues 3.) Organizing your work 4.) Resources, books, Forums, newsgroups, vendors 5.) Basic overview of motorcycle systems and subsystems. 6.) Engine Design and Basic Theory: 2 strokes, 4 strokes, bottom end, top end 7.) How to think like a mechanic. Your bike tries to talk to you, but do you know how to listen and feel? 2nd Session 1.)Fuel Systems: How carbs and fuel injection work. Fault isolation, rebuilding. Troubling shooting. Carb rebuild hands-on workshop (yours or mine) 2.)Ignition system basics: Fault analysis, in depth theory and repair, Reading spark plugs 3rd Session 1.)Carburetor tuning and adjusting. 2.) Fuel injection systems. 3.)Exhaust systems 4th Session 1.) Cooling system 2.) Lubrication systems 3.) Clutch service 5th Session 1.)Charging and electrical system: Basic electricity, Fault analysis & trace, reading diagrams.** 2.)Frame and steering; nuts and bolts. Keeping it all together. 3.)Winter storage and scheduled maintenance. 4.) How to evaluate and buy a used bike. Scrounging for "vintage parts". Ebay escapades. **Note each student if they bring their bike, will get a free electrical analysis with my $1,200 Midtronics electrical systems analyzer (a $100 value). Catch faults before they get expen$ive. More info & registration at: www.gearheadworkshops.com/

Intro To TIG Welding Class

25101 Petroleum Ave

$220.00

Tungsten Inert Gas welding or TIG for short is welding in the slow lane. From your motorcycle frame to the International Space Station anytime human life is at stake or if aesthetics are important or both, you break out your TIG welder. This workshop introduces you to the equipment and process and techniques for welding metals the TIG way. Though you can weld mild steel with a TIG welder it is mainly used to weld reactive metals like Aluminum or high chromium metals such as stainless steel. This process yields welds with more consistent heat penetration, higher quality welds but it is more difficult to master and it is a slower process. To be successful you need to understand the variables and how to set up the machine and the task. When trying to learn by yourself or through Youtube you can end up being stuck in an endless loop by reinforcing bad techniques or poor set ups. With guided instruction to keep you on track you are able to achieve better more repeatable results, in less time. The effort is well worth it with the quality and strength of the welds. You can use the TIG process to do repairs on your bike where appearance is as important as strength. You can use it for custom fabrication of panniers, top cases or farings whereby you can make patterns out of heavy paper then cut thin sheet metal from the patterns and tack them together. You can then weld the segments together, grind and polish the welds and make them disappear. But that will take a bit of time and practice but the process is only limited by the imagination. Is it possible to learn the Tig welding process in only one day? It is possible to learn the fundamentals of the basic hand techniques with this intense one on one instruction which you simply won't get at a trade school with over 30 students. By getting observed direct feedback as to what you are doing wrong can you get on a path to consistency that over time will lead to a higher skill level. Then its all about practice and more practice by going out and making something. This workshop gives you the max seat time at the welding table to help you get to a point where you can build your skills on your own. After the intro you are welcome to come into the shop for open practice time without supervision. We have hourly and monthly memberships to fit all budgets. In this way you can build your skills very quickly. You will be working on state of the art inverter welders. As part of the class I will also offering live reviews of some of the best imported and affordable inverter welders on the market. We will be also be teaching you on the old school iron core transformer technology which still has a place especially with respect to cost. This is perfect of DIY car restoration enthusiasts as Tig process can give you the most control of your heat. Yada, Yada, Yada no open toe shoes or shorts bring your baseball hat or yarmulke to cover your head. Though TIG generates no spatter IF its done right you are after all beginners and anything can happen. Note this is a two day workshop that meets in the morning on two consecutive Saturday's. Tuition for the class is $220 which includes materials, supplies and all equipment. I will provide helmets, jackets, gloves and tools. About the instructor:I learned the craft in trade school and went into the service where I worked as a fabricator and learned knew skills and machinery. I have been blessed to be exposed to a number of trades and over the 25 years I have worked as a prop fabricator for the film industry continuing to hone my MIG and TIG skills. This is one of the best and most useful skills I have ever learned and it will serve you for your entire life.

Learn MIG welding Class: Intro Workshop

25101 Petroleum Ave

$220.00

This workshop introduces you to the principles of metal inert gas welding aka MIG welding and GMAW gas metal arc welding, lots a names but you can call MIG for short. This is one of the easiest arc welding processes to learn and is useful in repairing and modifying bikes or building custom parts. You will learn how the process works and what are the advantages and disadvantages of the process. Equipment will be covered in detail along with safety considerations while using the process To be successful at MIG welding you need to learn the key factors that will lead you down the path for creating strong, consistent welds. The path is shorter with guided practice with an instructor. You will learn about basic metallurgy as it relates to the mig process ie what metals can be welded, their characteristics, mechanical properties, grain structure, and effects of heat. Planning and organizing your project so you don't set yourself up for a bunch of awkward welding situations (build it on paper). What are the basic metal profiles available for my project (rod, tube, plate etc). Joint options for appearance and strength. Shop safety and how NOT to feel the burn. This discussion weaves tools and safety gear and safe working techniques to avoid injury. The fun stops if you get hurt. We don't want you getting hurt. For this class and all welding classes you will be required to wear long pants preferably thick jeans, long sleeve shirts and shoes (no open toe shoes, shorts). We will provide jackets and or leathers and helmets. Gloves because they are a personal items can be purchased at the class or you can buy it at a welding supply store. Cutting and preparing stock profiles for welding. Jigs and clamps to assist you, along with other tools. Tacking stock together and untacking....oops. The MIG machine: details of how to set it up, what gases to use, what wires and sizes to use, how the controls work and checking your gun for optimal operation plus much more. In summary this is a fun intro class into a popular welding process that can serve you well into the future. You can watch all you want on Youtube but you can only develop skill by practicing and doing. Class size is currently limited to 6 people. Even though this is a one day (or two evening class) all of my students have been able to weld steel together using the Mig process to varying degrees of proficiency, by the end of the class. And of course practice makes perfect. This is due to the small class size and greater supervision by the instructor and your fellow students. Feedback on what you are doing wrong is very important in doing something that is very different from anything you have done before. You can learn it in your head but then you have to teach your hands. If class is scheduled in the evening, this is a two evening work shop from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Tuesday and Thursday evening. If for some reason you cannot make a class you can make it up the next time it is offered without additional charge. Tuition: $180 which includes materials, gasses and other supplies. I also provide helmets, jackets and gloves. Have a group that might like to join. We offer a friends and family discount of 3 or more members that join together. More fun to learn something new together. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their guardian, who also must be enrolled (at a discount of $20) About the instructor:I learned the craft in trade school and went into the service where I worked as a fabricator and learned knew skills and machinery. I have been blessed to be exposed to a number of trades and over the years I have worked as a prop fabricator for the film industry continuing to hone my MIG and TIG skills. This is one of the best and most useful skills I have ever learned and it will serve you for your entire life.

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Learn MIG welding Class: Intro Workshop

25101 Petroleum Ave

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