Eric Siraton JCR/Honda Master Bike BuilderMar 23rd, 2009
Name: Eric Scott Siraton
DOB: September 15, 1975
Birth City: San Diego CA.
Raised; Lemon Grove CA.
Introduced to Off-Road: 5 years old.
Eric what is your story, how did you get into this?
My step dad and my two step brothers would go camping in Ocitillo Wells, Ca. I learned to ride an Honda 110 ATC. The one with the balloon tires HaHa. I could barely reach the handlebars. It seemed like he bars were twice as wide as my shoulder. But I rode it like a champ. So after that I started to ride a Yamaha PW 80 motorcycle that is when the love of riding began. After a few year of riding and a cracked frame from jumping the PW I graduated to a 1985 Yamaha YZ80. Then it was all over. I start riding more at a place called Palm Ave just north of the 905 in Chula Vista, San Diego. Where a movie theater now sits. I had a track there that I use to ride. anyone that showed up on a 125 or 250 would have to get out of my way Haha. One time after a hard moto and a flat tire "the only reason I stopped" two guys came up to me and gave me 5 dollars and said thanks for the show. I wish I would have realized that there was a chance to race as a living but I was to young to care then.
How did that lead to being a Mechanic?
Later in life after going to school, doing various jobs and still riding in my spare time I had the opportunity to work for a motorcycle shop, Precision Concepts. There I put suspension off and on bikes and added accessories. After showing a good understanding of the motorcycles I had the chance to work on the Factory Honda Off-Road B team bike. For years I wanted the opportunity to go to Mexico with the Honda Team. In 2001 I got my chance I went to the San Felipe 250 and was hooked. From that point on I started working more and more on the race bikes. After 8 years of building flawless race machines. I was given the chance to become the JCRHonda Factory Race Mechanic. It was a hard and sorrowful decision to say good-bye to Precision Concepts. so i packed up my tool kit and started a new challenge.
What makes a Good Mechanic?
The attention to detail and being very methodical in building the bike is want makes a great mechanic. That is what the mechanic is strongest tool to have on a winning race team. To me, if I try to take a short cut I get a sick feeling in my stomach knowing that it's not the best I can do. So I take no short cuts and put in the time it takes build the best race bike. Sometimes doing it the right way leads you into nights that last until 2:00 or 3:00 am but that's the dedication you need to be the best. If the riders are putting in the time to be healthy, prepared and train hard, then the mechanic must go beyond the riders effort to ensure that every nut, bolt, screw, control, grips and more is as perfect as you the mechanic can make it. That way there are no excuses.
What else do I need to know to be a Factory level Mechanic?
Along with began mechanically capable you must be able to think on your feet and stay cool under extraordinary pressure. The best thing a mechanic should have is the knowledge of there machine. If you don't know every tool you need to take a radiator off in a fire drill or what it means if the bike won't rev out or change a wheel in 30 seconds or less then you are at a huge disadvantage. Because those are the things that separate a factory mechanic and the weekend warrior. A form of perfection is obtainable if you are willing to be dedicated, knowledgeable, quick witted and most of all you have to absolutely love the work you preform. Because if you don't love what you do it will show in the work you do.