My dad always says, “Take care of what takes care of you.” I think this applies to just about everything in life if you want to get ahead. Whether it be your work, home, tools or relationships – showing a little love goes a long way.

It doesn’t matter what type of motorcycling you happen to be into, just like it doesn’t matter if you’re into blondes, brunettes or redheads. The two aren’t all that different. Basically, there are two main ways in which a rider becomes a better motorcyclist. First off, is accumulating seat time by riding the damn thing (…obviously). But the second, perhaps not as exciting but just as important, is getting as hands on with it as possible. The better you get to know their curves and their rough spots, how they’re put together and how they work, the better you’ll get along – and I’m not just talking about our significant others here. The same can be said about our motorcycles.

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All it takes is a little time and patience, and some basic tools. You too can replace a head gasket. Photo: Dreamnikon

From the simplest chores of checking your tire pressure and changing your oil, to the most seemingly complicated tasks of replacing a blown gasket or rebuilding your motor, knowing a little bit about how your motorcycle is put together will help you get to know how it works, inside and out. And as a result, it will end up performing better for you if you take the time to do it right. After all, motorcycles are mostly just a combination of nuts and bolts and simple physics.

We’ve all heard someone talk about re-jetting a carburetor, and although that may sound like some sort of astrophysics-speak reserved for brain scientists performing rocket surgery, it’s actually as simple as turning a screw. We can all do that, and there’s a long list of other things we can also do that we may not give ourselves credit for. The tasks are usually simpler than they sound. Need new brake pads? Nuts and bolts. Bleeding the brakes or hydraulic clutch? Another scary sounding procedure, but, really it’s as simple as pumping the lever and spinning the wrench a half-turn. The list goes on…

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Roadside repairs, they happen… With a little bit of homework and the right tools, you’ll be back on the road in no time. Photo: Martin Melecis

As soon as you understand how the various systems work on your motorcycle, the easier it will become to diagnose a potential problem, repair and/or fine-tune it to better suit your preferences. Do your brakes feel spongy? Or is your clutch engaging even though the lever is pulled all the way in? You don’t have to call the dealer only to hear them say they can’t take you in for another two weeks – do it yourself! You’ll be back on the road in no time, and if it happens to you on the road (which at some point it will), you’ll know how to address it. Motorcycles can be fickle like that.

While saving you the hassle, the mess, and peace of mind knowing a certified mechanic (presumably) is working on your bike, it’s easy to pay a shop or dealer to do it for you. And I get it, we don’t always have the time to work on bikes ourselves. But the service they’re performing often times is routine and not all so difficult that you can’t do it on your own. Most of the time, all it takes is a pretty basic set of tools – which everyone, not just motorcyclists, ought to have.

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It looks scary in there, but it’s mostly just nuts and bolts. Just remember to use your torque wrench. Photo: Old Box Studio

But the real winner, when you’re working on your own bike, is you! Just imagine the hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars you get to keep in your pocket while simultaneously learning something about your bike, its mechanics and your newfound abilities. It’s a win-win-win situation – like compound interest, except this time you’re the bank collecting, not the sucker paying.

Working on your own bike is rewarding and less difficult than it sounds, and companies like Haynes that publish manuals about particular bikes make it a whole lot easier. Whether it be troubleshooting or fine-tuning, a service and repair manual will help you not only maintain your motorcycle better, but also tweak it to better suit your abilities / riding style / weight / handling / comfort etc.

Trying anything for the first time is hard, only because you haven’t before. For less than $50, you can acquire a wealth of new motorcycling knowledge and in turn become an all around, better motorcyclist. Haynes has just released their newest service and repair manual for 2010-2017 BMW S1000 R / RR / and XR models but they also have a manual with full color pictures for just about every other bike out there, including yours. In addition to a Haynes or Clymer manual you should most certainly own a factory manual, too, especially for the bigger jobs. YouTube videos can be great these days, but a good ol’ fashioned paper manual will be less mad at you than your computer if you get oil or grease on it. So, what are you waiting for?

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If your Grandma can do it, so can you. We have faith in you! Photo: Olena Yakobchuk

Some MO How-To’s, Tips & Tricks:

MO Wrenching: How to Lube Cables
Basic Maintenance: How to Adjust a Clutch Cable
MO Wrenching: How to Properly Splice Wires
MO Wrenching: How do I Change my Coolant?
Turn On: How to Install Switched Accessory Power To Your Motorcycle

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Haynes Launches BMW S1000 Motorcycle Service and Repair Manual

NEWBURY PARK, CA – November 29, 2017 – Haynes Publishing has recently launched a new workshop manual covering all BMW 999cc S1000RR based bikes from 2010 to 2017. This manual includes details on the S1000RR sportbike (2010-17), the S1000R naked bike (2014-17) and the S1000XR adventure-tourer (2015 – ’17).

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As with many recent motorcycle manuals from Haynes, you can now choose the traditional paper or an online version of the BMW S1000RR/R & XR (’10 – ’17) Service & Repair Manual. Haynes online manuals include all the content from the printed manuals with the additional benefits of color photographs throughout, searchable menus, and quick links. The online edition provides access to all the same service and repair information as the book version via your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone – great for when you’re on the move.

Every Haynes manual is written from the hands-on experience gained from stripping down and rebuilding a bike in the Haynes Project Workshop. The practical step-by-step instructions and clear photos are easy to follow and provide information on maintenance, repairs, troubleshooting, fault finding and testing, and Haynes tips to make many tasks easier. More important than ever, color wiring diagrams are provided for all electrical circuits.

The S1000RR was initially launched as a World Superbike race bike at the 2008 Cologne show, and the first real production versions went on sale to the public at the very end of 2009. Further updates followed for 2012, 2015, and 2017 production year models. To complement the RR, BMW later introduced the naked R model and the adventure-touring XR.

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Having made its mark on the race track in World Superbike and Superstock 1000, and also in real road racing at the Isle of Man TT, the BMW S1000RR has since taken a large market share from the established four-cylinder super sports models from Japan. Besides its outright power and handling prowess, the advanced German engineering and electronic rider aids simply outclassed the other players in the field.

The BMW S1000RR/R & XR (’10 – ’17) Service & Repair Manual is available in either print or online format from www.haynes.com. The printed manual is priced at $45.95 including free shipping via Priority Mail. The online version is available on a subscription basis at $29.99 a year and includes immediate access.

About Haynes Publishing Group, PLC

Haynes, with their subsidiaries Clymer, Chilton DIY, and I & T Tractor manuals, is the world-leader in automotive, motorcycle, marine, and tractor repair content. They are responsible for teaching millions how to carry out routine maintenance and repairs for over 50 years, by dismantling and putting countless vehicles back together again. Only in this unique hands-on way can Haynes provide authoritative and step-by-step information on both basic and complex tasks through their print, digital and OnDemand products.

Haynes OnDemand offers over 1,000 in-depth expert video tutorials for the most popular cars and trucks on the roads. For less than $5 each, OnDemand allows customers to follow along as Haynes’ experienced experts demonstrate a specific repair or service task on their specific model.

For more information on Haynes Manuals, Inc. and their products, please visit www.haynes.com or follow Haynes manuals through the following social media links:

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  • Rocky Stonepebble

    Funny. My dad always said: “he’s as thick in the heid as shit in the neck of a bottle.”

    I guess your dad was not Scottish.

    • Old MOron
      • Rocky Stonepebble

        We are not English.

        • Old MOron

          We are keenly aware.
          But since Scotland voted for “better together” we infer that you welcome the occasional English aphorism.

          • Rocky Stonepebble

            The accent was English. We do not like them. The actor is a Yid. We do not like them. I heard a gaffer was Welsh. We do not like them. There was a mick in the film. We do not like them.

            I do not ken from whence one got this “better together” shyte.

          • Old MOron

            You do not ken, and yet the Scots voted. Poor confused sods.
            Oh well, good thing there weren’t any blasted Canucks in the film!

          • Rocky Stonepebble

            Are you talking about Scottish independence?

          • Old MOron
          • Rocky Stonepebble

            Any correct thinking person is against it. Real Scots are all for the United Kingdom. It was us, after all, that founded it. Only the immigrants voted for independence.

      • john burns

        wow i just realized he stole that line from Portnoy’s Complaint. Phillip Roth in there pleasuring himself with the piece of liver we’re having for dinner tonite!

        • Old MOron

          Now I’m going to have to read that novel. I hope it’s not too disgusting.

          • Rocky Stonepebble

            It has liver for dinner in it. You know it is disgusting.

        • Rocky Stonepebble

          You do know we have Shakespeare too, right? The English language is not constrained by American ‘works of art.’

        • Jon Jones

          Read it when I was a lad!

  • Jason

    “In addition to a Haynes or Clymer manual you should most certainly own a factory manual, too.”

    In my experience, if you own a factory manual then there is no need for the Haynes or Clymer. Better the spend the extra dollars up front for the factory manual than to get into a rebuild, find what you need is not covered in the Haynes or Clymer, and then have to spend the big bucks on the factory manual anyway.

    • DickRuble

      Factory manuals are not sold to the public, if I am not mistaken. You have to purchase some copy from some mechanic that has access to it. Correct?

      • Jason

        Correct. I buy used vehicles so I have no issue with used manuals. Last manual I purchased was from Amazon. eBay before that. Sometimes you can find the whole pdf online for free.

        • DickRuble

          Unfortunately, for my old bike, the pdf’s I’ve found are of second or third round of copier output, with pictures that are hard, sometimes impossible to decipher.

          • Jason

            That can be a problem in old stuff. (Sounds like a CD I bought years ago for my FJ1200)

            However most factory manuals today are also available in a pdf form. Someone from a shop uploads the manual on a owner’s forum and the owners rejoice.

      • Jon Jones

        They are almost always available, but not cheap. I manage to find PDF manuals of almost EVERYTHING online for free, often on forums. Just be careful to not get computer cooties.

    • Stephen Sykes

      I typically get both and find value in both. Haynes will have useful shortcuts or photos from different angles help ou. Plus I just like reading manuals.

    • Rocky Stonepebble

      Agree 100%

      None of the Haynes/Clymers … RZ manuals held a candle to my factory manual.

  • Jon Jones

    The pic of the tatted babe “working” on the Harley carb is a bit much, as is Biker/Mechanic Grandma.

    Stock photos suck.

    • Old MOron

      Ha ha, I don’t know that stock photos always suck, but you called it on this one. Look how perfectly clean her fingers are in the lead photo. Fake!

      • Jon Jones

        I understand that stock photos serve a purpose, but that one is especially galling. Even the angle in which she holds the screwdriver irks me. Can’t there be a tiny connection to reality, or does every image have to be hyper-idealized, ultra-contrived, and semi-slutty?

        • Old MOron

          Our MOrons couldn’t photograph even one woman in all of EICMA! You think they’re going to manage anything better than a stock photo for this simple blog entry?

          • DickRuble

            With all that’s going on in the press and in Congress, taking a picture of a woman could be a career ending move.

          • Old MOron

            Could be a career ending move.”
            I expect our MOronic editors to take some risks on behalf their readers.

          • Rocky Stonepebble

            Got any naked photos of your wife?

          • Old MOron

            Of course.
            Will I be posting them? Of course not.

          • Rocky Stonepebble

            Well, I was GOING to ask if you were in the market for some …

            Guess it’s up to me to post them …

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