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Old 10-25-2011, 04:33 AM   #1
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Best Service Manual for 800GS

I've got to get this 12,000 mile service done before I rack up too many more miles. So, what manual best details how to check valve clearances and whatever else is involved? Probably not the best idea for a motorcycle ignoramus to be doing this alone, but oh well. If anybody in SoCal wants to come help, $100 plus food and beer! Thanks.
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:44 AM   #2
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Order the BMW F800GS service DVD - it has all the stuff you need. It's not cheap but you get what you pay for. I ordered mine from the dealer when I bought the bike and it was approx $80 after discount.
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:58 AM   #3
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You can find a RepRom service manual either for free or for very little money on thE Bay.
You can buy the hardcover Haynes manual for about $50 bucks or so.
Between the two of those, and some good tech write ups on here courtesy of members of the forum. you
can likely tackle anything you want. Your successful completion of the work you undertake will be brutally objective and be directly related to your ability.
Use the money you save from buying the RepRom from someone other than a dealer to get yourself a GS9-11 diagnostic tool. If you have not heard of one of those, google it ASAP and take a look at it.
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:08 AM   #4
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I just did a valve check on my F650GS twin (it didn't need adjustment). I have both the BMW DVD and the Haynes manual. After looking at the two before doing the job, I basically just followed the Haynes manual while actually working. I don't have it in front of me now, so I might be wrong, but the one thing that sticks in my head is that the Haynes manual might not have mentioned using a sealant on the gasket. But you can find threads, either here or on F800.org, about that part of the job, including pictures from the DVD.
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:49 AM   #5
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Iso I might be wrong, but the one thing that sticks in my head is that the Haynes manual might not have mentioned using a sealant on the gasket.
I have my Haynes manual right here and it does mention using a sealant on the cover gasket.



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Old 10-25-2011, 12:37 PM   #6
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I bought the Haynes because I read that the BMW manual (only available on DVD) does not work on a Mac.
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Old 10-25-2011, 03:19 PM   #7
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You can run the DVD on a mac if you use an emulator. I used Parallels with a copy of XP I think it was. There was a thread about it on here somewhere.
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:57 PM   #8
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You can run the DVD on a mac if you use an emulator. I used Parallels with a copy of XP I think it was. There was a thread about it on here somewhere.
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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Old 10-25-2011, 03:26 PM   #9
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I just picked up the Haynes manual from amazon. com for $30. I looked over it briefly and it seems to cover the bike quite well. I'm planning on using it for the valve adjustment and things of that nature.
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Old 10-25-2011, 05:34 PM   #10
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I've got both (DVD & Haynes) and while I usually subscribe to the "Haynes book of Lies" way of thinking, In this case I would take the Haynes.
The DVD is a PITA, you can't just flick through it looking for what you want, you have to have a 'puter in the shed while you're working, which for grubby me doesn't work and you have to move from section to section as you go along.
For mere mortals like me the Haynes will do the job. If the motor or transmission needs rebuilding I'll probably get someone who knows what they're on about to do it.
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Old 10-25-2011, 05:40 PM   #11
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Thanks all! Bought the Haynes. Now let's hope I don't screw up that sweet machine.
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:53 PM   #12
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Thanks all! Bought the Haynes. Now let's hope I don't screw up that sweet machine.
Good luck... why people choose anything besides the BMW DVD is beyond me... I've heard the Haynes manual has gross errors (and it's not their first to have errors either). The concept of the DVD is you print out the pages you need and work with those so you don't get a book dirty and torn. I'll take my instructions strait from the source.
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:39 PM   #13
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Good luck... why people choose anything besides the BMW DVD is beyond me... I've heard the Haynes manual has gross errors (and it's not their first to have errors either). The concept of the DVD is you print out the pages you need and work with those so you don't get a book dirty and torn. I'll take my instructions strait from the source.
I don't have a dvd player. Or computer. Or printer. I'm typing from my iPad.
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:24 PM   #14
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I find the BMW dvd hard to use. I guess I'm use to how the Japanese arrange things. It takes me forever to find things in the BMW dvd. Every German product I've ever bought had instructions that make the Chinese look like they are literate in English. The Germans use poor pictures and very few words.
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:04 PM   #15
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I think I'll order the DVD as well though. Thanks all.
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