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    I'm always amazed at the questions I read on forums.(sometimes shaking my head in disbelief-lol)


    Motorcycle manufactures as well as 99% of manufactures, go to sometimes great lengths to print a "Owners Manual".

    To help guide consumers in understanding their machine, or to trouble shoot an issue.


    So I'm asking.


    How many of you have, Not only Read your owners manual front 2 back?.

    But have made notes to things that you feel "you may need to find in a pinch" later on??.



    ************************************************** *******
    Maker of the 01-17 GL1800
    "Rocky Tree & Comfort Risers".
    Current bikes.
    1981 CB900C 10 speed (Restored)
    1986 GL1200 SEi
    2004 GL1800


  • #2
    I read them, loosely, not necessarily line for line. But I take no notes.

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    • #3
      Usually read the manual cover to cover first evening. I put book tabs on sections like fuses , bulbs , lug nut torque etc. The manual goes in a Ziploc bag and back on the bike next day. It won't do you any good at home if you're on the road.

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      • #4
        I do like Shooter does on my cars, bike and other major appliances. Now my wife that's another story. We bought a new car 3 months ago and the owners manual is about as thick as the bible so I have been reading all the necessary info first and then becoming familiar with the rest a little bit at a time. The wife will drive the car and then come home and ask question after question on how to set certain items or do certain things. My response, you'll find all that info in the owners manual and that's when the fight begins.
        Location: Vancouver WA Former name: CAWING '04 GL1800
        When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
        Jimi Hendrix
        Vietnam Veteran, Patriot Guard Rider

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        • #5
          That's funny Rat. Probably the same story all over. Wife refuses to learn anything about her Grand Cherokee unless I tell her how. She constantly has the info system , HVAC system or something messed up. She's a good girl though and my best riding buddy. I can put up with that.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ShooterF6B View Post
            Usually read the manual cover to cover first evening. I put book tabs on sections like fuses , bulbs , lug nut torque etc. The manual goes in a Ziploc bag and back on the bike next day. It won't do you any good at home if you're on the road.
            I have an owners manual for my wing and it's 11 1/4 X 11 1/4 by 3 inches and it weights over 5 lbs. Where the hell would you get a zip lock bag to fit that and where you would put it in the bike. Do you have a manual for Bicycle in a zip lock bag?
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          • #7
            Read both books when I first got the bike. I think a lot of time people ask questions that are in the manual because they dont have it in front of them.
            Martin

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            • #8
              Originally posted by Clamper View Post

              I have an owners manual for my wing and it's 11 1/4 X 11 1/4 by 3 inches and it weights over 5 lbs. Where the hell would you get a zip lock bag to fit that and where you would put it in the bike. Do you have a manual for Bicycle in a zip lock bag?
              Just expanding on Rocky's thread , everyone should own a shop manual also. Even if you don't work on your own bike you can have a better understanding of a problem and what it's gonna take to repair it.

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              • #9
                People can learn a lot from the Owners Manual.

                "If they'd only read the thing!"

                Give a man a fish he eats for the day!

                Teach a man to fish-He can feed himself for a lifetime!
                ************************************************** *******
                Maker of the 01-17 GL1800
                "Rocky Tree & Comfort Risers".
                Current bikes.
                1981 CB900C 10 speed (Restored)
                1986 GL1200 SEi
                2004 GL1800

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                • #10
                  I certainly read it but retaining it is another thing. ....... my wife tells me even her car is my job and if she had to read & remember whats in that manual that would be one less reason to keep me around.

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by Rocky View Post
                    People can learn a lot from the Owners Manual.

                    "If they'd only read the thing!"

                    Give a man a fish he eats for the day!

                    Teach a man to fish-He can feed himself for a lifetime!
                    Finally....Teach a man to teach a man and they might be able to figure it out..
                    2007 GL1800 level1
                    2015 Hannigan Trike n 2009 Tailwind

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                    • Rocky
                      Rocky commented
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                      Good luck with that.

                  • #12
                    My 2010 bike did not have an owners manual in it. Bought the bike used. 1200 miles on it. Bike was totaled about 20k miles later.
                    2013 Red Airbag 1800

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                    • #13
                      Originally posted by Rocky View Post
                      Give a man a fish he eats for the day!

                      Teach a man to fish-He can feed himself for a lifetime!
                      And: he will drink all your beer while fishing
                      2013 Red Airbag 1800

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                      • Rocky
                        Rocky commented
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                        So you heard what goes on in DV huh?

                        all rumors they will tell you.

                      • kwthom
                        kwthom commented
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                        It's not a rumor if it happened.

                        ...or so I have been told.

                    • #14
                      I have been accused of being anal about such things. You can discover so much just by reading.
                      2005 ABS Gold Wing
                      1982 Yamaha XS 650SJ
                      AMA Life Member

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