Discussion in 'Motorcycle Talk' started by Ezekiel7, May 27, 2007.
What is the best maintenance / repair manual for motorcycles?
Like the right brand and such.
The manufacturers shop manual specific to your bike is usually preferable in my, limited, experience.
+1 I have one of those for every bike I ride. Its worth the money.
Aren't those horribly expensive though?
I have a haynes manual for both my SV650S + my RX-7. I actually have 2 for my 7. The one for my bike is hard bound, + I got it for 40 bucks at bent bike. They're really great for fixing stuff up + DIY work.
ive been meaning to get one of these (or close to) and then tools so i can become my own backyard mechanic!
I got a factory manual for my R1. But, it assumes a good deal of mechanical knowledge. So, I bought The Essential Guide to Motorcycle Maintenance: Tips & Techniques to Keep Your Motorcycle in Top Condition by Mark Zimmerman because it goes into more conceptual detail about procedures. Then, I use my shop manual for specs and specific illustrations and step-by-step procedures for the hands-on stuff. I also want to get something like a Haynes or Clymer manual, just because it comes in with a hybrid angle, combining a bit of background with specifics for my model of bike.
Here is what webbikeworld says about Motorcycle Maintenance (giving it four helmets):
The book is designed to teach the basics of engine and motorcycle design and engineering, and then to cover, in general terms, just about all of the maintenance tasks an owner can perform by him or her self. Knowing how the bike works is also important so that the owner can at least have an intelligent dialog with the repair or maintenance shop to communicate problems or issues without ambiguity.
In this regard, the book is a success. No matter how much I think I know about motorcycle maintenance, I am always able to learn more from books like this. It covers everything from explaining the basics of combustion to the types of tools necessary for working on a motorcycle to some detail on various types of maintenance and repair.
Sure, it falls down in some areas. For example, the section on replacing a sprocket doesn't cover one of the most important tasks - staking the master link on the chain. So the reader should not think that the book is a complete guide to every motorcycle repair that could possibly be undertaken. But for all types of riders, inexperienced or not, the book serves as a nice background to understanding what makes a motorcycle work.
If you like this book, you may also like Kevin Cameron's excellent Sportbike Performance Handbook, which explains in easy to understand language all of the engineering theory on how motorcycles and engines work.