Wrenching bikes

Julio Magana,Munroe Motors
I’m a motorcycle technician. I fix bikes. I got here at nine o’clock, and head out at six.
I guess I’ve been wrenching ever since I was a kid. We started riding dirt bikes when I was really young. My parents kind of got me into it. And I started doing it more and more for like, fifteen years. And then I worked on all my race bikes…rebuilt the motors and have been doing that ever since.
I used to race motocross. I raced all over California.
I have a dirt bike right now, but I’m not racing right now. It’s too expensive. It’s really strenuous on the bike; you constantly have to have engines rebuilt and stuff like that.
It’s fun. If I could do it all day every day, I would do it. I won a lot, man. But it’s one of those things that if you don’t do it all of the time, you’re not as good as you would be if you practice every weekend. Plus it has a lot to do with what kind of shape your body’s in. You have to do a lot of conditioning…mostly cardio.
[Fixing motorcycles] is fun too. I’ve been doing this for a long time. It’s meditative, man. Bikes piss you off, but that’s just you having a hard time trying to figure something out, or sometimes things are tedious. But over the years, it teaches you a lot of patience.
All kinds of people come through here. All of the people you see walking around here…that’s who comes in here.

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