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Hey guys, So I'm moving to Phoenix, AZ next month for school. I will be attending MMI this fall, and plan to graduate later in 2014.

Anybody here live in that area?

Have you attended MMI, or know anybody that did? Was your experience good/bad?

I'm going to be living in the downtown area, and am curious how all around life is like there. Are there certain thing I should be on the look-out/prepare for, as I plan on using my bike 95% of the time that I am there.

Just looking for general opinions for the area, things to do, etc..

Let me know what you think!!
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Expect a mild winter and a brutal summer. Past that, you'll like Phoenix. We do
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That's the only thing I am dreading. Summer time. Ha, I'm good with heat but temps being well over 105 is going to be a bit much. Other than that I am pretty excited.
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Another Zonie' here...Chandler. Lots to do out here. My mechanic went to MMI and now instructs there. When you get out here let me know and I'll introduce you to him at his shop in Mesa....
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Another Zonie' here...Chandler. Lots to do out here. My mechanic went to MMI and now instructs there. When you get out here let me know and I'll introduce you to him at his shop in Mesa....
Very good, I will plan on that. It's going to just be me and my girl, so I will need some riding buddies! I would love to meet your friend.. what does he teach? I still haven't really decided on my elective yet, but I was thinking K-TEC, but I still have time to decide. Name is Ian btw, nice to meet you.
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I believe he instructs the BMW course..?

He's a BMW Master Tech who left a local dealership to open his own shop.
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Very nice, that's what I want to do some day...

I want to achieve Master Tech, and open up my own shop.

Think He would be hiring anytime soon!? lol
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I'm considering going there too, next April or May. One thing I've heard is that motorcycle thefts are common because of the school's presence, and thieves are well-practiced, so be sure to take stringent security measures for your bike. I'd find a place with your own garage, if possible.
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Cool

Well that makes me feel a lot better about moving... = / I don't think the apt I'm currently looking at has garages.. which sucks.

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Well that makes me feel a lot better about moving... = / I don't think the apt I'm currently looking at has garages.. which sucks.

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Heh, sorry, I didn't mean to sound like a doomsday prophet. You could always try to make sure you get a ground floor apartment and then just park in the living room or something. Just take good security measures, have good insurance, and don't sweat it.
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That's what I'm trying to prepare for... I just don't want to lose my babe ill think of something... Thanks for the tip man. ( I've always wondered why people park their bikes in the living room) hah!
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No problem. And it's because, "I shot him because I was defending my home" sounds better than, "I shot him because he was messing with my bike" in court
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LOL, ya that definitely sounds more legit. I think i'm getting an apt on the 2nd floor... but I still have time.
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One thing I've heard is that motorcycle thefts are common because of the school's presence, and thieves are well-practiced.....
I'll have to research for some stats, but I'm not aware that motorcycle thefts here are any higher than the national average (accidents perhaps) and I fail to see how MMI can be tied to that rate.

On that note though, there are lots of apt communities that offer garages...maybe not necessarily downtown, but more East Valley....Mesa-Gilbert-Chandler, and even closer to the school in North Phoenix.
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I'll have to research for some stats, but I'm not aware that motorcycle thefts here are any higher than the national average (accidents perhaps) and I fail to see how MMI can be tied to that rate.

On that note though, there are lots of apt communities that offer garages...maybe not necessarily downtown, but more East Valley....Mesa-Gilbert-Chandler, and even closer to the school in North Phoenix.
See, and that's my problem. Compromises. Me and my girl are both going to school in AZ... We were trying to get a place that is at least half way distances from home to school, for both of us.

I'm not sure if its a necessity.. but I would like to have a car port of some sort.

Since you are familiar with the area, do you really think i'll be ok? The apt complex I am currently looking at has a secure parking lot, with gate/coded entry and such. I don't want to go over board but I don't and will not take any risks...
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"I want to achieve Master Tech, and open up my own shop. "

Most dealerships will want you to be fully geared up with tools and ready to go to work with a wrench in each hand working on two or three lifts at a time. Be prepared to work fast, hard, and under pressure, for not a lot of money. You'll need to learn how to deal with the flat-rate system and work more efficiently, but still maintain your integrity and honesty. If you cut the wrong corner, are not focused on your work, or just get lazy you may injure or kill someone that has placed their trust in you.

Learn that and you're well on your way to becoming a basic, entry level technician. Master tech, of course, takes a little more knowledge. Good luck!
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"I want to achieve Master Tech, and open up my own shop. "

Most dealerships will want you to be fully geared up with tools and ready to go to work with a wrench in each hand working on two or three lifts at a time. Be prepared to work fast, hard, and under pressure, for not a lot of money. You'll need to learn how to deal with the flat-rate system and work more efficiently, but still maintain your integrity and honesty. If you cut the wrong corner, are not focused on your work, or just get lazy you may injure or kill someone that has placed their trust in you.

Learn that and you're well on your way to becoming a basic, entry level technician. Master tech, of course, takes a little more knowledge. Good luck!
It's going to take years of hard work, and dedication. Something I'm willing to do, for I have a non stop love for motorcycles.

Master Tech is a goal I hope to achieve someday, and hopefully will get there. We all start somewhere, right?

Wrenching away is something I love to do, I will need to get used to the time crunch thing, and most importantly.. ensuring the safety of the rider is the utmost of importance!

Thanks for the info man, appreciate it!
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I'll have to research for some stats, but I'm not aware that motorcycle thefts here are any higher than the national average (accidents perhaps) and I fail to see how MMI can be tied to that rate.

On that note though, there are lots of apt communities that offer garages...maybe not necessarily downtown, but more East Valley....Mesa-Gilbert-Chandler, and even closer to the school in North Phoenix.
I haven't looked into the actual statistics myself, it's just what I've heard from a couple people who attended. I think the logic was that you have lots of out-of-state people with motorcycles moving into that area to go to school, and they're easy prey, or something.
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I haven't looked into the actual statistics myself, it's just what I've heard from a couple people who attended. I think the logic was that you have lots of out-of-state people with motorcycles moving into that area to go to school, and they're easy prey, or something.
Psssh! I'd like to see someone try something fishy.

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Since you are familiar with the area, do you really think i'll be ok? The apt complex I am currently looking at has a secure parking lot, with gate/coded entry and such. I don't want to go over board but I don't and will not take any risks...
If your comfortable send me the name of the place...I work downtown and will do a drive by. Most complexes will give you 1 covered spot....the uncovered spots are first come first serve....unless the complex offeres garages too.

When I first moved out here and had an apt I kept my bike in the covered parking and just bought a nice cable lock and secured it to one of the pillars, but that actually became a pita and didnt last long.
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I think the logic was that you have lots of out-of-state people with motorcycles moving into that area to go to school, and they're easy prey, or something.
Mythbusted.

AZ went from 6th in 2005 to 17th in 2011....

http://phoenix.about.com/od/cartheft...cycletheft.htm
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Mythbusted.

AZ went from 6th in 2005 to 17th in 2011....

http://phoenix.about.com/od/cartheft...cycletheft.htm
Woo hooo! Thank you for statistics! Makes me feel a lot better.. : )
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It's going to take years of hard work, and dedication. Something I'm willing to do, for I have a non stop love for motorcycles.

Master Tech is a goal I hope to achieve someday, and hopefully will get there. We all start somewhere, right?

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Wrenching away is something I love to do, I will need to get used to the time crunch thing, and most importantly.. ensuring the safety of the rider is the utmost of importance!

Thanks for the info man, appreciate it!
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I manage a truck shop, and have hired several apprentices out of tech schools. Having a love for motorcycles is a passion that most of us have. One thing you might consider is the job availability and income potential of motorcycle techs verses say a truck tech, I can assure you in most cases you will earn considerably more as a truck tech. Motorcycles are seasonal and in most area's service on them will also be seasonal. With automotive and trucks it is year around work.

Getting a ASE master cert just means you are good at taking tests, having the mechanical aptitude is a different matter. I have a tech in my shop right now that doesn't have but one ASE cert but is my best tech. I have also dealt with guys that have all their ASE certs and are idiots when it comes to common sense. What I'm saying is, make sure you have the aptitude before jumping into the school. I now give aptitude tests to anyone applying for a job in my shop. Don't misunderstand me, those ASE certs are important, but what makes a tech a master is his performance not the sheepskin.
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Mythbusted.

AZ went from 6th in 2005 to 17th in 2011....

http://phoenix.about.com/od/cartheft...cycletheft.htm
Awesome, glad to know I was wrong about this one!
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It's going to take years of hard work, and dedication. Something I'm willing to do, for I have a non stop love for motorcycles.

Master Tech is a goal I hope to achieve someday, and hopefully will get there. We all start somewhere, right?



I manage a truck shop, and have hired several apprentices out of tech schools. Having a love for motorcycles is a passion that most of us have. One thing you might consider is the job availability and income potential of motorcycle techs verses say a truck tech, I can assure you in most cases you will earn considerably more as a truck tech. Motorcycles are seasonal and in most area's service on them will also be seasonal. With automotive and trucks it is year around work.

Getting a ASE master cert just means you are good at taking tests, having the mechanical aptitude is a different matter. I have a tech in my shop right now that doesn't have but one ASE cert but is my best tech. I have also dealt with guys that have all their ASE certs and are idiots when it comes to common sense. What I'm saying is, make sure you have the aptitude before jumping into the school. I now give aptitude tests to anyone applying for a job in my shop. Don't misunderstand me, those ASE certs are important, but what makes a tech a master is his performance not the sheepskin.
You do have a point.
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