Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Fast Bikes and Fast Times; Rapidly Evolving Technology Keeps Trainers on the Alert as Industry Runs to Keep Up

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Fast Bikes and Fast Times; Rapidly Evolving Technology Keeps Trainers on the Alert as Industry Runs to Keep Up

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THE latest in motorcycle technology is probably not quite as up to the mark as some of the technology training being carried out all over Queensland by the people at Gympie TAFE.

Apprentices in the automotive and motorcycle trades from all over the state are doing their theory (along with a lot of hands-on practical work on the tools) at Gympie TAFE.

There, according to teacher Scott Corry, about 30 apprentices in this year's group are getting the chance to work on the very latest in pre-release motorcycles, using the tools that are generally well in advance of those in use where they work.

It means that a motorcycle shop in Dalby or Mt Isa will be able to sell and service the latest two-wheeled machinery, when it comes out.

Mr Corry says Suzuki has provided a number of bikes on loan, most pre-production and previously used for promotion and training purposes.

During their four weeks a year at Gympie TAFE, they will learn much about technology which in many cases has not yet appeared on the roads.

aSuspension engineering is one rapidly changing area, but the electronic side is really moving along,a he said.

aWe have apprentices from Charleville, Emerald, Gladstone, Mr Isa, Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Dalby and elsewhere.

aThey all come to Gympie to learn.

aThey work on the latest bikes with the latest electronic testing equipment a much of it not yet in use where they work.

aElectronic fuel injection is the most rapidly advancing area.

aIn some cases, the apprentices might be able to help guide their bosses towards the new equipment they will probably need when these bikes start to come in for servicing and repairs.

aThey also come to grips with the nitty gritty of pulling engines down and rebuilding them, but the electronic side is where the big advances are being made. …

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