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As I approach the pasture, the rocker, the big scooter rally in the sky, I have started thinking about retirement and more specifically what the hell I am going to do with myself after I quit working.

I have always loved tinkering with machines---cars and dune buggy building in my youthful days. How much am I kidding myself that I could learn how to tinker with (fix, repair, restore) new or old scooters? I have done nothing with my LX150 other than check tires, oil, cables. Pretty much the same for cars I have owned for the past 25 years.

Are there places I could learn about these sorts of "enterprises" or should I look towards Wal-Mart greeter school?

thanks,

steve
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Quite a serious subject actually
Getting close to that myself chum.
Retirement seminars worry a lot about how to avoid going stir crazy.
Cashflow can be relevant.You rarely get major financial rewards for restoring vehicles so it HAS to be a loooove thing .
Wal Mart greeters as you say(interesting that not in NZ) could be valid for a few days a week for pocket money and just having to leave the house.
I myself now have a philosophy of running out of time and would rather ride than repair.
I do have a scooter club and motorcycle club(scooter friendly) to go out Tues/FRi night rides/Sat and Sun rides so the Boss will just looove that .Yeah Right
But its options right?
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The main thing is to do something that you love doing. It's nice if that something brings in a little cash or at least doesn't cost too much to pursue. Soon as My house sells I'll be retired.
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The community college in my area offers programs in automechanics. They do have a motorcycle class. Usually not very expensive and you get a lot of varied experience. Take that, take some classes on automotive electrical, and see if you like it. If you live in an area with a lot of scooters, you might be able to have some fun and make money doing it.
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Prof's Moto's Small Engine Course is pretty good, almost makes me almost understand 2 strokes.

He had a file I downloaded somewhere called
"Prof Moto's Small Engine Course.pdf"

Which I can't put here, it is 1.2 megs zipped, but is a very good 2 stroke guide. Catered towards Briggs, but you learn a lot of engine theory.

Here is his site now:
http://www.motocross.com/motoprof/
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Your local Adult Education may have motorcycle/auto repair courses for cheap. To go whole hog, Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Arizona or Florida will teach you how to repair/modify American and Metric bikes. It's a short walk to scooters from there.
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Bill,

MMI seems like a great program from what I've seen. Could be a fun second career, if it was done on one's own terms.

Len
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