8 Reasons You Need a Clymer Manual

Harley-Davidson Dyna cover frontSome motorcycle riders visit the shop every time their bike needs service. That’s okay for some that can afford it (motorcycle mechanics charge a premium for simple maintenance anyone can do), but half the fun of owning a motorcycle is tinkering with it and making it your own. Besides the money, there is also a time penalty involved in having to locate a place that works on your older or uncommon bikes. For the DIY motorcycle (or personal watercraft, snowmobile, ATV, boat, etc) enthusiast, here are eight reasons why a Clymer manual can be the best tool in your toolbox.







working on the rebuild1.    Written from Experience

Every Clymer manual is written during a complete tear down and rebuild of an entire bike. Each manual is made just for a specific range of make, models, and years of motorcycle. This provides exactly the info you need, without the fluff you don’t want.








checking valve clearance2.    Detailed Pictures

All of the important steps are explained in detail, and often with high resolution close-up pictures. A text explanation is useful, but photos are often priceless when dealing with small complex assemblies of parts. You won’t find pictures like ours in the factory service manual.




4071 cover rear3.    Newbie Friendly

Clymer manuals are user friendly, to the point that a first time motorcycle owner can get started maintaining their own bike on day one. Follow along step-by-step, as the manual guides you on everything from checking the battery health, to replacing the air filter. We even start each manual with an introduction to the tools you need and proper procedures for working on a bike.




two dirt bikes apart4.    Expert Advice

The motorcycle experts need manuals too. Year to year changes, critical torque specs, and complicated assemblies are all so numerous as to be easily forgettable. Whether upgrading a camshaft, or rebuilding the transmission, follow a manual so you don’t miss a critical step.





spark plug removal5.    Wide Selection

Clymer’s wide variety of titles means that you can buy the manual you need, no matter what you ride. American and metric cruisers, two and four-stroke dirt bikes, vintage classics from Germany, England, and Italy, sport bikes, standards, scramblers, cafe racers, super bikes, full dress touring rigs, and even minibikes; Clymer covers every aspect of the motorcycle hobby. Plus we have titles for other types of powersports and small engines as well.




softail teardown6.    Print and Digital Versions

Got your greasy hands elbow deep in a project, and no time for flipping pages? Suddenly need to fix an electrical problem miles from nowhere without your library of service manuals? That’s alright, Clymer has online repair manuals too, easily accessible on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone, anywhere with wi-fi or cell phone service. They offer the same trusted content as the Clymer Print manuals, but in an electronic format, with easy search function, and many more color photos. Plus, if need be, you can print just the pages you need and take them out to the shop.



yamaha brake calipers7.    Huge Knowledge Base

The authors and editors of Clymer manuals are long time motorcycle riders and mechanics as well. To get the same knowledge they’ve accumulated you’d have to attend a technical college for years and ride for about a million miles. But, save your time and money and just buy a Clymer manual instead. You get all the benefits of expert mechanic experience, all at a very reasonable price!





Harley-Davidson teardown8.    Excellent Value

A Clymer manual gets used a lot. Our manual will be one of your most used tools, right up there with a good socket wrench and an impact driver.  Unlike one-purpose tools, a manual will help you for every single bit of maintenance or repair. It’s the single most valuable tool in your toolbox, yet it costs less than anything from Snap-On!

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