LIBERTY — Bryan Currence is more than a motorcycle technician.
As Liberty Cycle Center has now become LCC Powersports at 321 N. Missouri Highway 291, Currence’s role has expanded to powersports technician, working on a variety of recreation vehicles such as side-by-sides and all-terrain vehicles.
What would surprise people most to learn about your job?
“It’s not the same day every day,” he said. “It’s not just changing oil, but rebuilding motors and suspension, cleaning a bike to get it road ready again, … you never know what you are going to get.”
What do you like best about your position or this field in particular?
“The gift is to help someone get in the wind on their bike and have some fun,” he said. “When a bike is sold, we check the fluids, clean it up and get it ready for the customer. That’s a thrill.”
Would 10-year-old you be surprised that you are in this field or position?
“Like most boys, I wanted to be a firefighter,” he said. “However, we grew up riding ATVs and three-wheelers. I remember growing up in Gladstone and being at the shop looking at motorcycles so perhaps that was a sign.”
Outside of the workplace, when you meet somebody new, what tips you off that someone is another motorcycle or powersports technician?
“I suppose the first thing is the language of motorbikes and motorcycles,” he said. “Then perhaps you can tell from the Harley-Davidson T-shirts. One thing that amuses me is that I will be at events, even family parties, and someone will tell me about an issue. It’s fun to talk about recreational vehicles, but I don’t want to diagnose problems. Perhaps it’s a hazard of many professions.”
What’s the most common question you get asked about what you do?
“All you do is ride motorcycles, right?” Currence said. “There’s a full day and each day is different. I take my job seriously when I’m doing installations. It might be tires, but I do it straight by the book because whether a person is on dirt or the road, I want them to be safe and avoid those accidents.”
What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
“Every vehicle, motorbike has its own computer system which requires specific diagnostic tools,” he said. “We also have powersports brands from Austria and Japan. The manuals were not first written in English so then we get a translated copy and we may have to figure out what the instructions are trying to tell us. It can get difficult at times.”
What advice would you give someone who is starting a job similar to yours?
“Go to a trade school,” Currence suggested. “Take a part-time job in a shop and watch. See what aspects you enjoy. It’s work but it’s also about being a problem-solver. That’s a large part of my day. It might be electrical or mechanical, but my job is to fix it and get people back outside.”