Baby just turned 7500 miles, need to do some scheduled and preventative maintenance, and I have no manual to work from. Way back when, I put an exhaust valve in it and managed to succeed, but I have no idea whether I did it right, although it runs fine, if noisy.
Yes, I see the CDmanuals advertised here, and they no doubt seem packed with info, and a great value to the owner of an array of BSA's.
But, the cost is high for a single model owner...
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You may think so, but you will pay $30.00 for the shop manual most anywhere, and at least $20.00 for the parts manual. That's $50.00 for the literature on your _one_ model. The BSA CD is $50.00 for almost ALL models. Ron
I have all the above-mentioned manuals, but if limited to just one, I'd take the Rupert Ratio, which covers all the unit-singles. It's very informative and full of helpful ideas. The OVBSAOC used to sell them for $30 delivered. Just my 2-cents worth.
A CDmanual is a nice reference, but not much use while working on the bikey. There's nothing like being able to open to a page, even if you have to hold it open with a wrench. I guess you could open it on a laptop and put that on a stool, but then what do you do when you need another page and both hands are dripping oil? If someone GIVES you a CD then do what I did with my BMW: take it down to the local printshop and have them print you a copy on heavy stock.
Originally posted by Bill48: A CD manual is a nice reference, but not much use while working on the bikey.
Bill....your missing the point of the CD all together. You can PRINT any page/pages you want and carry them into the shop with you...have them right by your side and when your finished...toss them because you can always PRINT more
No more worry about greasy fingerprints....AND when printing a page from the parts manual you can ZOOM in and get a closer view to print out...try that with your paper shop manual.
A parts catalogue is a must have item. I think the Rupert Ratio is the best repair manual followed by the factory workshop manual.(it's OK) The Haynes book is lousy and a waste of money. With the CD you get the parts book and workshop manual and (I think) the Instruction manual, or owners manual. I have never seen the Chilton or Clymer books, but i suspect they are better than the Haynes book. Just my 2¢ Cheers Dennis B
Both manuals and CD's have their place in this world. I like a shop manual and a parts manual for each bike I own. These manuals are in the shop and I go thru them regularly searching for a forgotten tidbit. It seems if I did have a CD that I would be traipsing (sp) back and forth to the house with greasy cloths to print out pages and paying HP big bucks for ink cartridges. On the other hand it would be nice to put the CD into the computer when I am trying to answer a query on the website or just tyring to find some info. So i am buying the CD's to complement my manuals. BTW, for unit singles, I put the shop manual and Rupert Ratio at Number one. Remember that Rupert Ratio is really designed for complementing the shopmanual and making performance improvements. If I could have only one it would probably be RR. Haynes and Clymer are second. Haynes is more a step by step disassembly procedure manual and I did my first rebuilds years ago with only a Haynes.