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    2011 R1200 RT Repair/Workshop Manual Downloads?

    There was a recent thread talking about downloading BMW model specific "manuals" off Canadian or Denmark web sites in English. I checked it out and it turned out to be "Rider's" manuals, not "Repair & Workshop" manuals like Clymer and Haynes. I already have the Rider's manual but was looking for a hard-copy workshop manual.

    Apparently BMW dealers sell such manuals on DVD for PC computers, not Apples like mine for around $100. A hard copy workshop manual by Haynes won't be out for a number of years. So, it looks like strike one and two on both counts for me.

    Although dealer service has been good to me so far, I want to begin learning and doing things for myself rather than wait for the warranty to expire. I've already put together a good tool kit...much better than the 5 item kit that came with my bike...and want to know what to do with it in case of a problem on one of my several trips.

    Sooooo, do any of you really smart gear heads out there know where to get BMW cycle repair manuals? English? Please don't tell me it's strike three and I'm out! Thanks!!

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    Michael Bruns
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    May 2012
    Godfrey, Illinois
    I had the same issue. It is kind of a pain, but I took my dvd copy to a pc and then made copies to make my own hard copy manual. I have also found in much better detail, maintenance procedures on this forum.

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    Registered User lkchris's Avatar
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    Mar 2003
    Albuquerque, NM
    Service manuals are copyrighted material and you have to pay for them.

    It's illegal to file them on the Internet for free download and it's illegal for you to download them.

    Go to your dealer and order the DVD or go to to order the aftermarket manuals. For the DVD you may indeed have to visit a friend with a PC.

    It's pretty normal for aftermarket manuals to trail the introduction of the bike by a year or two.
    Kent Christensen
    '12 R1200RT, '02 R1100S, '84 R80G/S

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    Getting something for free was not my issue. Your point on the dealer DVD is a good point, and I may ultimately have to get one and have it printed. I checked Amazon for every BMW cycle manual entry...444 of them...with nothing even close.

    My greatest wish is that BMW, or some other entity, would produce a complete and accurate hard copy manual that we could buy now. Such a simple thing. Anyway, thanks for your comment.

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    Racine, WI
    I found the BMW service manual for my '08 R1200GS available on ebay. The most recent manual (on ebay) is only up to the 2010 model R bikes.
    R1200GS '08
    "Hey, where you goin'?" "Nowhere in particular." "Man, I wish I was you." "Well, Hang in there..."

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    2011 R1200RT ka5ysy's Avatar
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    Prairieville, Louisiana
    Actually, you can run the dvd on the Mac. Install Parallels and your Windows OS and have at. I run a goodly number of PC only programs because developers are still brain dead about how many Mac users are out here. for example .
    Doug, 2011 R1200RT Polar Metallic
    MSF #127350, Instructor, Louisiana Dept of Public Safety
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