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    Is the written word valuable to you? (Operators manual)

    I'm missing an owners manual for my 'NEW' '99' R1100RT
    Have worked on Honda motorcycles all my life, owned a few of them and ALWAYS found that the original issue owners manual was a valuable source of information. My NEW '99' R1100RT is a blast to ride, runs beautifully and handles superbly, however it DIDN'T COME WITH AN OWNERS MANUAL! Oh, I've purchased the Clymer repair manual (725 pages worth) and it answers a lot of questions but it isn't an owners manual. Those of you that do own and ride an R1100 and possess an owners manual I'll ask: Does it contain information and details of your specific model bike you would consider valuable? Is the publication comprehensive and contain enough content to explain all of the bikes operations? I welcome your comments.

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    It's a motorcycle. Not much different than any motorcycle and common sense, like knowing 7 litres of oil for the crankcase doesn't feel right, bald tires are bald tires or losing a more than a pound of air pressure a day prolly isn't good. You also don't need two months of spreadsheet data to confirm you have a bad battery and if the bike runs well, you are enjoying it, enjoy it!

    However, https://www.carlsalter.com/motorcycle-manuals.asp, can help you out.
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    With google and a smart phone I discover I haven’t use a owner manual in years. However if you are going to do minor or major surgery at least get a Cylmers
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    What bugs me are the endless questions posed on various internet fora that need not have been posted if people would read the manual first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadioFlyer View Post
    What bugs me are the endless questions posed on various internet fora that need not have been posted if people would read the manual first.

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    this.

    or just a simple search. some people just expect everything to be done for them rather than do any research themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mlytle View Post
    this.

    or just a simple search. some people just expect everything to be done for them rather than do any research themselves.
    So very true.

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    In answer to the original thread, I would say definitely yes, I like to have the original manuals. You have to have the repair manuals to work on them, often two different ones. But the owner's manual condenses it down to what you need to know to operate and do basic maintenance on the bike. It saves time and effort in answering simple, but important questions. As for constantly searching the internet for everything in life, if I never hear the term, "Just Google it!" ever again in my life, I will be happy.
    By the way, as noted above, there are actually two booklets that came with the R1100RT, which came in a plastic cover. So it sounds like about $40 from the dealer to replace them. Typical BMW pricing. I hope you can find a set cheaper on Ebay. The technical manual is probably the more useful to own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadioFlyer View Post
    What bugs me are the endless questions posed on various internet fora that need not have been posted if people would read the manual first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlytle View Post
    this.

    or just a simple search. some people just expect everything to be done for them rather than do any research themselves.
    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    Intellectual laziness. Most of us suffer from it occasionally. Some suffer from it all the time.
    For your consideration.......
    Sometimes, actually rather frequently, people new to the forum will post something basic as a lead-in to forum participation.
    Sometimes it’s just “bouncing” an idea off the forum participants in order to make an informed decision.

    Helping answer a question is much more friendly to a member, especially a new member than complaining about the question.

    It doesn’t hurt to give a Welcome either.

    Welcome to the forum bhulse!

    Hope you can find your manual. Lee has provided a good lead.

    I like to have the Owners Manual as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    For your consideration.......
    Sometimes, actually rather frequently, people new to the forum will post something basic as a lead-in to forum participation.
    Sometimes it’s just “bouncing” an idea off the forum participants in order to make an informed decision.

    Helping answer a question is much more friendly to a member, especially a new member than complaining about the question.

    It doesn’t hurt to give a Welcome either.

    Welcome to the forum bhulse!

    Hope you can find your manual. Lee has provided a good lead.

    I like to have the Owners Manual as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post

    Helping answer a question is much more friendly to a member, especially a new member than complaining about the question.

    It doesn’t hurt to give a Welcome either.

    Welcome to the forum bhulse!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhulse View Post
    I'm missing an owners manual for my 'NEW' '99' R1100RT
    A dealer can order a printed Riders Manual for you. $22 Part number 01 47 9 799 367
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    Quote Originally Posted by bhulse View Post
    My NEW '99' R1100RT is a blast to ride.
    Be sure to post a picture of that beauty in the picture thread at the top of the forum!

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    If I recall correctly there was a guy offering up owners manuals on the Airheads flea market thread on ADV.
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