Best Service Manual for 800GS

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  1. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

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    Check out the thread started about the manual about this time last year: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=632285

    These posts specifically are people who found errors, others comment it may be possible for torque values to be different between manuals.
    http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=14463520&postcount=14
    http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=14484938&postcount=24
    http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=14466987&postcount=16

    Also... a huge advantage to the BMW manual is the CAD drawings and exploded diagrams for the bike. Pictures in the Haynes manual don't do it for me (I have one for my SV650), low quality black and white pictures on crappy paper IMO.
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  2. picard

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    True, but I dn't want to pay for a PC OS on top of the DVD just so I can look at it. making the DVD incompatible with Mac is a typical BMW thing. One of the things I don't appreciate about the company.
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  3. picard

    picard engage!

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    Leave you that. The pics in the Haynes Manual are indeed crap.
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  4. dendrophobe

    dendrophobe Motorbike Junky

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    Do you already own the Haynes manual? If so, I might have a solution for you... PM me.

    I have the same version you do, but my brother has version 5. When he gets around to it he's going to rip an ISO for me so I'll have the most updated version...
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  5. mrmrva

    mrmrva wannabe adventurer

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    If someone really wants he can print out BMW manual it just takes a lot of time to create good pdf from CD version.
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  7. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    It looks like the real McCoy! On eBay UK I have seen some that also look legit going for less money.

    Make sure it is the latest revision level !!

    BMW does not provide any registration process nor updates to registered owners which is a shame.
    AFAIK the latest revision level is SIX

    With regards to the digitized PDF version that would seem difficult. The actual data is stored on the DVD in some compressed / proprietary format and when you go to print out a procedure it gets "customized" based on the installed options that you have installed. There does not seem to be an easy way to just "dump" it to a printer.
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  8. JRose

    JRose Been here awhile

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    Hate to necropost, but I'm ordering a '13 F800GS and want to start boning up on my maintenance stuff.

    I would rather have a legit manual, preferably from the factory. If the DVD is all that is available, I can make due, but with all the doo-dads and electronics, I would really prefer a factory manual with electrical flow charts and such. I prefer to do all work myself, as well as have an intimate knowledge of how the machine I carry miles off into nowhere-ville works, or doesn't work...
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  9. MikeMike

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    I haven't found schematics for the circuits on the factory manual disc, but the Haynes has them in the back.
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  10. JRose

    JRose Been here awhile

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    I might check out the Haynes manual.
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  11. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    You can pay over $100 for the factory disc or you can get one on Ebay for about $15 or so. Haynes will run you about $40. If I could only have one manual, I would opt for the Haynes. Just my opinion. Neither are perfect.
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  12. JRose

    JRose Been here awhile

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    I assume finding the BMW factory manual is the stuff of legend?
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  13. MikeMike

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    The "factory manual" is the DVD sized Rep-Rom disc.
    Try to get the latest version no matter who you purchase it from.
    This was the only source for a couple of years, until the Haynes
    publishing company did their hardcover version in print
    in the typical Haynes style.
    Ideally, you should have both.
    One for reading at work (the disc) and the other for reading in the library at home (the Haynes). Don't worry, you won't likely get so motivated by it nor intrigued by it that you will forget to flush.
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  14. JRWooden

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    My bitch is that if you buy the BMW authorized DVD you are not entitled to revised editions for free, or even at a discount ... :cry

    BTW, the current revision level of the DVD is at least revision #6, maybe higher....
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  15. Mtl_Biker

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    I agree with you on that bitch point. Especially so since BMW doesn't currently list a DVD for the *2013* F800GS. Meaning if you buy what's available today when/if a newer one comes out you have to buy again. And I don't want the current one even though mechanically most stuff is the same as older models, but body panels, etc. are different and it's nice to know how everything comes apart and fits.

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  16. JRose

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    Ill definitely want the latest seeing as mine will be a 2013 with the new electronic gizmos.

    I really just want basic maintence values and wiring schematics.
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