owners manual vs. service manual?

Discussion in 'Other Service and Maintenance' started by sprinklerfitter669, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. sprinklerfitter669

    sprinklerfitter669 Junior Member

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    Can anybody tell me which is better? or do i need both?
    the bike i bought did not come with them, and i was wondering if i should buy both??
     
  2. mnultra

    mnultra Active Member

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    Your going to want both. They both serve an individual purpose.
     
  3. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    I agree with both comments above. The Owner's Manual has info on how to operate the bike and some of the features the bike has like the security system etc. The factory service manual has info on how to maintain and fix the bike not found in the Owner's Manual. Everyone should have and read the Owner's Manual for their bike. Anyone that wants to work on their own bike should have a factory service manual covering their bike's year and model.

    There ya go!

    TQ
     
  4. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    Even if you don't plan on doing much of your own wrenching, having a service manual may save you money. If you read through a section before taking your bike to someone, you will know if they are charging you for work not needed. Plus, the service manual is a good read on it's own.
     
  5. Dr. Dolittle

    Dr. Dolittle Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Get them both - best money you'll ever spend on your bike!
     
  6. BOBFLHTC

    BOBFLHTC Active Member

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    I was fortunate enough to get the owners manual with the bike when I bought it. I also have the factory service manual and a Clymer's manual. I also picked up the parts manual. It gives a nice clear brakedown of all the parts so you can see how things go togeather. It also gives the parts numbers so I can order over the internet for a discount or make my trip to the local dealer go faster.
     
  7. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Remember and get the parts manual then if you need any parts youll have the correct part number it also supliments the service manual by have a breakdown diagram of each component

    Brian
     
  8. sprinklerfitter669

    sprinklerfitter669 Junior Member

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    thanks for everybodys help
     
  9. biscuit

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    And the parts Manual for parts numbers and the line drawings.:cry

    (it's only money)
     
  10. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Owners manual should be kept with the bike for the rider' convenience. Service, Parts, Electrical/Diagnostics manual(s) are also desirable in that order (based on "my" needs, and troubleshooting skill set growth "curve"). But as Biscuit says...it is only money:newsmile093: But probably the best deal for the money it saves the first time you crack it open...unlike a beer which is a temporary reward for a job well done...still working on whether it tastes great or is less filling, requiring a 2nd to make sure...! *hic* :laugh