Joe Anania, Vintage motorcycle mechanic
I was employed as a motorcycle mechanic for several years at a dealership in the mid-seventies before attending aviation technical school. There, I earned an Associate Degree in Aviation Technology along with both Airframe & Power Plant Certificates. I spent the next three years with Pratt & Whitney’s Aircraft Research & Development Center building prototype fighter engines.
Subsequently I was employed in the airline industry where I spent twenty-one years as a Lead Aircraft Technician. The first several years were in the hangars, maintaining Boeing, McDonald Douglas and Airbus commercial jets. The remaining years were split between engine build, hydraulics and pneumatic shops.
I have repaired, restored, and customized motorcycles during this 46-year period. I have incorporated materials, hardware, and techniques from the aviation field into my custom cycles. During this time, I have acquired the tools and skills needed to complete any job from a minor motorcycle tune-up to a complete restoration.