best Airhead service manual/book

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by rdcamp, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. rdcamp

    rdcamp Been here awhile

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    I'm looking into getting a service manual of some sort for my R80,

    What would be the best manual?

    from what I've scrounged on the net, Clymer's is supposed to be excellent.

    Any feedback on getting

    Clymer's 1970-1994 R Bikes?
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  2. blaine.hale

    blaine.hale Long timer

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    Haynes. The end.
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  3. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    I like Haynes also but end up using the Clymers most of the time. It's not unusual to have both so get one this year and get the other next year.

    The BMW Shop Manual is too expensive and not much use to most but I have one.

    The Bing Manual is a great deal. I think it's up to $11 now, available from Bing.

    There is an electric manual for Airheads. Not cheap but highly recommended. I don't have one but I don't have electric problems. (knock on wood)

    There are more even. Start a section on your book shelf for all the books you will probably end up with.
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  4. rdcamp

    rdcamp Been here awhile

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    How would I get the bing manual?
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  5. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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  6. rambozo

    rambozo Been here awhile

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    I have the Haynes and the 70-94 clymers you mentioned, the clymers is much
    better I think, good colour wiring diagrams and Haynes tends to say "take it to
    an authorised BMW dealer" a lot about technical things

    Its worth having both, Haynes is cheaper than the huge clymers and is good
    enough for most things
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  7. oldhippie1

    oldhippie1 Been here awhile

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    Phone Bing at 800-309-2464 in Council Grove, Ks.
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  8. 97oilhead

    97oilhead Been here awhile

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    I have both the Haynes and Clymer and tend to use the Clymer the most.
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  9. CanadaBiker

    CanadaBiker Been here awhile

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    I have the large 1970-1994 Clymer, but I also have an old "Secrets From Reg Pridmore" Clymer BMW 1970-1982 500-1000cc Twins, which I go to fairly often. It's a bit more simplified in instruction and information.
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  10. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    I don't know about the rest of the country but around here we called that one the "book with the red bike on the cover". There were several Clymers and Haynes around in those days and the best one was the one that CanadaBiker mentions, it has a red bike on the cover.

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    They sometimes go pretty reasonable on Ebay. I paid only $10 for mine but got it at a Flea market instead.
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