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Old 05-21-2014, 03:41 PM   #1
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Recommend 1991 80 GS workshop manual.

As title really. Looking for a paper manual rather than download. Like to have it propped open when I'm working on the bike. There seems to be a few but they cover a lot of models in one book.
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Old 05-21-2014, 03:46 PM   #2
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Clymers. No question.

Factory manual requires too much prior knowledge.

Haynes is too simplistic.

Use the online parts fiche at Max BMW. Very helpful in teaching assembly of various components.
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Old 05-21-2014, 03:48 PM   #3
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I have both the Haynes and Clymer and find it useful to read both when tackling something new to you or complex.

Strangely enough they aren't always offering the same advice.
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Old 05-21-2014, 03:56 PM   #4
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I prefer the BMW manual. Haynes or Clymer? Get both but I use the Haynes ten to one.

BMW manuals require too much prior knowledge? Oh so true regarding /5 and /6 manuals. /7 manuals are much better. By '81 the factory manuals are the best IMO. No one ever mentions the transformation of the factory manuals?
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Old 05-21-2014, 05:20 PM   #5
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You are the only one that mentions that SS but I have never seen a newer manual than my /6 one.

I also have bothe the current Clymer's and Hayne's. Recommend them both. i also have an old Clymer's that only goes up to 1982 so I guess it was printed about '83. This is the one that was popular when I was younger. We called it "the one with the red bike on the cover".

These can sometimes be bought for a lot less the the newer ones. i don't know if there is anything in them outdated but all the manuals have to be used carefully.
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Old 05-21-2014, 05:38 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by supershaft View Post
No one ever mentions the transformation of the factory manuals?
The factory manuals improved considerably over the years.

Early 60's examples are cryptic at best while the Paralever manual provides ample information: straightforward procedures, exploded views and troubleshooting suggestions.

I downloaded a copy of the R80GS-R100R Repair Manual, printed it and put that in a 3-ring binder. Haynes and Clymers supplement it.
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Old 05-21-2014, 10:19 PM   #7
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If you do get a paper bound version of any of these manuals I have a great idea for you. Take the manual down to your local FedEx/Kinko's (or local equivalent) and have them cut the original spine off the book and install a spiral wire binding. Add a clear plastic cover on front and another on the back. I have done this for several manuals so far and it makes working with them MUCH easier. They will lay flat on the bench open to the specific page you are working off of. Also makes it much easier to photocopy a page or two that you know you'll be working with a lot and don't want to get the original greasy.
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Old 05-22-2014, 04:47 AM   #8
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Thanks all for the replies. Actually found a Clymer on my bookshelf . Bought it a couple of years ago for my 60/7 restoration, never crossed my mind to check if the GS was covered. Between the PDF and the Clymer should be covered.
Don't get the GS for a month or so yet, just trying to get organised.
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