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Motorcycle Maintenance

Motorcycle maintenance is a vital part of being a biker. Whether you’re riding a moped, scooter, or a 1000cc super sport. One thing remains true, if you look after your bike then your bike will look after you! Our “BOLTS” maintenance course is an excellent way to learn some of the basic fundamentals you will need.

Our course instructors have a wealth of experience as riders, bike instructors, and mechanics and a particular knack for getting the right knowledge across with patience and humour.

To give you the best real life experience, our courses are run with the basic tools that you could carry, and with no specialist equipment. These are all procedures you can carry out at home or, where safe, at the roadside.


Please note that this is a ‘motorcycle maintenance’ course not a ‘motorcycle mechanics‘ course. We suggest that you enrol in an Introductory Motorcycle Mechanics course at  your local college if you are looking to develop your technical or practical skills beyond that of basic roadside repair.

We are not insured to work on student’s bikes. The emphasis is on giving you the knowledge and skill, via ’show and tell’ methods.

Our one day BOLTS course is designed to give you enough basic mechanical knowledge to keep your bike performing safely and efficiently and familiarise you with the inner workings of the engine, gearbox and clutch.

This course will boost your confidence in several ways:

  • As a rider – knowing that you can cope with minor adjustments and repairs when no help is around.
  • Using garages – fewer trips to the garage, lower servicing costs and understanding what the problem is if your bike does need to go in for repair.
  • Using basic hand tools – these simple skills have become obsolete for many.

It will also give you greater independence and the skill to keep your bike operating at optimum performance in between services.


We will teach the basics of understanding the difference between drum & disc brakes and how the braking systems operate. You will learn how to inspect every aspect and be able to identify faults such as worn brake pads (and how to replace them), damaged brake discs, incorrect brake fluid levels and much more.


Do you know or understand the difference between a 2 stroke and a 4 stroke engine?  By the end of this course you will have an understanding of the different types of oil needed for your engine, be it mineral oil, part synthetic or fully synthetic, and how to check the levels are correct. We will also show you how to do an oil and filter change.


A simple yet often overlooked job is checking that the lights and the electrics are working properly. We will guide you through checking the battery, the lights and reflectors to make sure they are clean and working, and how to replace faulty items if necessary.


All too often we notice other people riding around on bikes with soft tyres! By the end of this course you will understand the importance of, and how to check and adjust your tyre pressures, as well as inspect them for defects such as splits, bulges, if they are worn out and how make a temporary repair to a puncture.


What is the transmission we hear you ask? By the end of this course you will understand the difference between automatic and manual, how to inspect and adjust your clutch cable and more importantly, how to lubricate and adjust the drive chain.


Checking your steering is critically important, you will learn how to check the head race bearings for smooth operation and how to check for any play or signs of damage.


The suspension is a critical part of your motorbike, neglect it at your own risk! We will teach you the fundamentals skills required to inspect both the front and rear suspension and learn how to identify faults as well as replace springs, oil and dust seals.

Course Fee: £85.00


If this sounds like the right thing for you, then give us a call on 01273 452080 to book, send an email to   for available dates & more info or book online here.

Course fee: £85

This is a one day course running from 09.30 until 15.30. Courses run from March – October/November.

If this sounds like the right thing for you, then give us a call on 01273 452080 or send an email to for more info.

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