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L.J. Bergman’s 1971 Kawasaki S1 Mach I Cafe Racer – 2013 HoAME Best Cafe Winner

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Clymer Manuals got an up-close look at L.J. Bergman’s 1971 Kawasaki S1 Mach I,  named Best Cafe by Cafe Racer Inc, at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts Vintage Motorcycle Show in Kansas City, MO.

The S1 was the smallest of the Kawasaki triples, with a 250cc 3-cylinder two-stroke motor that made 32hp in stock configuration. With the pod filters, custom bent expansion chambers, and special tuning you can be this one makes a lot more these days. Weight is down from stock too, with all the extraneous parts tossed in the scrap pile, but the awesome factory sideways combined speedo, tach, odometer still tucked into the headlight shell.… Read the rest

1975-1991 Honda XL/XR 75-100cc Dirt Bike Service Manual Video Preview

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What’s in your toolbox? Clymer Manuals Honda XL/XR75, XL/XR80 & XL/XR100 manual  covers all 1975-1991 versions of these small but mighty Honda play bikes. Like every Clymer manual, it is written specifically for home users and enthusiasts, with clear pictures and explanations in plain English, perfect for the young mechanic. Unlike OEM factory service manuals, which are designed for the professional, Clymer Manuals are written with the do-it-yourself mechanic in mind, not the expert. Be that as it may, many experts still swear by them! The most important tool in your tool box may be your Clymer manual, get one today.

If you enjoy riding the XL/XR75 or XL/XR80 minibikes, or XL/XR100 trail bike far off the beaten path, you ought to get the Clymer motorcycle service manual to help with maintenance, troubleshooting & repair.… Read the rest

Classic 1955-69 BMW Air-Cooled Twin Repair Manual Video Sneak Peak

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What’s in your toolbox? If you have one of the classic “black beauty” air cooled BMW boxers, you need the Clymer Manuals 1955-1969 BMW 500cc and 600cc Twin Service Manual. Looking much like the pre-war twin, BMW kept the classic looks but consistently evolved and upgraded their bike throughout the 50s and 60s. Our manual for the R50, R60, /2, and R69  is actually a newly printed version of Floyd Clymer’s 1970s original, written specifically for home users and enthusiasts, with clear pictures and explanations in plain English. Unlike the German OEM factory service manuals, which are designed for the professional, Clymer Manuals are written with the do-it-yourself mechanic in mind, not the expert.… Read the rest

1997-2000 Suzuki GSX-R600 Motorcycle Service Manual Video Preview

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What’s in your toolbox? Clymer Manuals Suzuki GSX-R600 service manual covers this fun sport bike for all years from 1997-2000. Clymer Manuals are written specifically for the do-it-yourself enthusiast, not the expert mechanic. But many experts still swear by them! Thanks to the original spark of passion from early motorcycle enthusiast Floyd Clymer, our founder, we love and understand motorcycles and motorcyclists. Unlike OEM “factory” manuals, which are designed for the professional motorcycle mechanic, Clymer shop manuals are designed specifically to be understandable for the first time user. The most important tool in your tool box may be your Clymer manual, so get one today.… Read the rest

USER REVIEW |1999-2006 HONDA CBR600F4 SERVICE MANUAL

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It is safe to say that JeF4y at CBR600F4.com really likes the 4th generation 600cc Honda sportbike. He knows these bikes inside and out, because he rides, repairs, and races them. The folks here at Clymer were wondering, what would he think of our new (at the time) service manual for the 1999-2006 Honda CBR600F4? Especially considering he has significant exposure to the official Honda service manual?

If you aren’t familiar with the Clymer Workshop manuals, they are written specifically for home users and enthusiasts, with clear pictures and explanations in plain English. Unlike OEM factory service manuals, which are designed for the professional, our manuals are written with the do-it-yourself mechanic in mind, not the expert.… Read the rest

1998-2002 Suzuki LT-F500F QuadRunner ATV Service Manual Preview

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What’s in your toolbox? Clymer Manuals Suzuki LT-F500F QuadRunner manual covers all 1998-2002 examples of this do-it-all, go-anywhere, ATV. The Clymer manual for this quad is written specifically for home users and enthusiasts, with clear pictures and explanations in plain English, and it is available on your tablet or smartphone too! Unlike OEM factory service manuals, which are designed for the professional, Clymer Manuals are written with the do-it-yourself mechanic in mind, not the expert. Be that as it may, many experts still swear by them! The most important tool in your tool box may be your Clymer manual, so get one today.

The Suzuki QuadRunner is equally at home riding fences at the ranch, getting you to and from your deer blind, hauling firewood through the snow, or just play riding.… Read the rest

Show Your Motorcycle Some Love This Valentine’s Day

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So, Valentine’s Day is here and the only relationship you’re in is with your bike… (sad trombone noise) so what! Treat your bike like a star on this Hallmark holiday and enjoy a little romance along with the rest of America. Not every relationship is the same and it can be tough to suss out the perfect thing to do, so Clymer is here to help. 

YOU JUST GOT TOGETHER

 A new romance can be a very exciting time, but it’s also the time to set the course for how the rest of the relationship will go. If you go too big on the first Valentine’s Day, you’re setting a precedent for the future.… Read the rest

1974-1977 HONDA 250cc & 360cc TWIN SERVICE MANUAL PREVIEW

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What’s in your toolbox? Clymer Manuals vintage Honda 250cc and 360cc twin service manual covers all 1974-1977 variations (CB250, CJ250, CB360, CL360, and CJ360) of this last of the classic Honda twins. Taking the CB350 twin, Honda evolved the bike with more displacement, a 6 speed transmission (in most applications) and numerous other improvements, while keeping the classic look. The Clymer manual for this bike is written specifically for home users and enthusiasts, with clear pictures and explanations in plain English. Unlike OEM factory service manuals, which are designed for the professional, Clymer Manuals are written with the do-it-yourself mechanic in mind, not the expert. Be that as it may, many experts still swear by them!… Read the rest

1996-2004 Honda XR400R Off-Road Motorcycle Service Manual

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What’s in your toolbox? Clymer Manuals Honda XR400R service manual covers all 1996-2004 versions of this just right sized Honda enduro bike. You can choose from the traditional paperback print version, or a new mobile friendly online manual. Like every Clymer manual, it is written specifically for home users and enthusiasts, with clear pictures and explanations in plain English. Unlike OEM factory service manuals, which are designed for the professional, Clymer Manuals are written with the do-it-yourself mechanic in mind, not the expert. Be that as it may, many experts still swear by them! The most important tool in your tool box may be your Clymer manual, get one today.… Read the rest

BMW Owners News Visits Clymer During the K1200LT Teardown

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Back in 2006, when Clymer’s ace powersports mechanic Ron Wright was tearing down a new BMW and writing the BMW K1200 manual, he got a shop visit from Gary Smith of the BMW Owners News Magazine. Gary and then managing editor of all of Clymer publications, James Grooms bonded over their love of riding BMWs at Gary’s “Motorcycle Church”. Together with machinist Al Vangura, they launched an ambitious plan to create a knockout K1200 based display for the annual Indianapolis Dealer Show.

 

 

The Gary’s story for the magazine begins below:

Brad Newsham’s book, “Take Me With You: A Round-The-World Adventure To Invite a Stranger Home“, about traveling the globe meeting strangers, one of whom offered an all-expenses paid trip to visit America struck a chord with me.… Read the rest