How-To: Find a FREE Service Manual

Before you even consider repairing and maintaining your own motorcycle, get access to a service manual! You’ll be amazed on how much time you can save if you read the applicable section on the work you are about to perform beforehand. Also, you will need to know torque values, recommended fluids, maintenance schedule, etc.

Now, you could purchase a Clymer service manual from Cheap Cylce Parts, or an OEM factory service manual which will cost way more.  In the video below, I’ll walk you through the process of locating a FREE service manual download. Enjoy.

Disclaimer: I do not download any free service manuals. I prefer to purchase a hard copy. This video is for educational purposes only. Use at your own risk.

 

 

Resources used in the video:

  • Go to Google and simply type your “motorcycle model” followed by the words “service manual” (for example: “KLR 600 service manual“). You can also try to narrow search results by adding “filetype:pdf”, which only searches for .pdf format files. Most of the service manuals online will be in this format (for example “KLR 600 service manual filetype:pdf“).
  • If you have no luck from the first method, try searching www.filecrop.com. This website searches Rapidshare and Hotfile, where someone may have uploaded a manual due to large file size. It will include the source and list a password if required.

 

Other great resources:

  • The following sites have some manuals:

Evan Fell Motorcycle Works

http://www.carlsalter.com/motorcycle-manuals.asp

http://hondatech.info/downloads/Moto/

http://www.repairmanualclub.com/motomanuals/

  •  You can also ask on forums pertaining to your model. Members are usually more than happy to help. Chances are the question “Does anyone have a service manual for……” has already been asked. To find a forum, type in “forum: motorcycle model” into google (for example: “forum: klr650″).
  •  Check your local library. I was amazed to find some manuals here!  Your library might have a website and online catalog. Check out http://www.publiclibraries.com/.

 

If all else fails…

If you can’t find the manual for FREE, visit Tradebit and search for the service manual you are looking for. I have purchased dozens of service manuals from Tradebit, often costing as little as $5! They are legit OEM service manuals!

So there you have it, an easy way to locate a FREE service manual download for your motorcycle. Please share this with your friends and help them save money also. Leave a comment and let me know what manual you were able to find.

56 Responses to “ “How-To: Find a FREE Service Manual”

  1. Bob HornungNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for the info. will try your inf.

  2. chrisNo Gravatar says:

    i need kawasaki eliminator 400 manual service

  3. DwayneNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for the video. I have been trying to get a service manual for a 1986 Yamaha Maxim X. I added filetype to my google search and it worked.

  4. augustoNo Gravatar says:

    muy buena ayudagracias

  5. troyNo Gravatar says:

    where can i download a service manual of honda crf 250l?

  6. PatrickNo Gravatar says:

    Hi, im looking for a repair manual for a jonway jw250 cruiser. Googled it but cant find anything.

  7. BelgradeSkinheadNo Gravatar says:

    Nice, very nice….hallo from Serbia

  8. BelgradeSkinheadNo Gravatar says:

    Hallo again,I can’t find service manual for Honda scooter X8r 50cc 2T 1999.year.Any idea?

  9. Doug ThompsonNo Gravatar says:

    Looking for 76 Honda GL 1000 manual Changed from points to electronic ignition now it won`t start…Turns over and backfires..Dyna S …

    • MatthewNo Gravatar says:

      Doug, let me see if I have that manual. If you are certain the firing order is correct, try advancing the timing. Engines will backfire when retarded.

  10. jon doyleNo Gravatar says:

    79 Honda z50r
    I just cannot find a service manual for my mini trail and I saw your video where you was doing top end a 50 and hoping you might could help me.

    • MatthewNo Gravatar says:

      Search for my blog post titled “Honda CRF 50 – 88cc Big Bore Kit Install”. I’ve uploaded a manual in that post.

  11. DougFudgeNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Matthew, I was wondering if you have a video of a top en rebuild on the KX250 you did the compression test on? I have the same bike and would like some visuals on disassembling the KIPS while taking the cylinder off. Thanks for a great site!

    • MatthewNo Gravatar says:

      DougFudge,

      I’m not sure if I will be replacing my KX250 top end this winter or not. I’ll do another compression test and determine if it needs it. I only put 6hrs on it this year. I’ll definitely do a video on it when the time comes.

  12. JacobNo Gravatar says:

    I cannot find a service manual for my Honda CB600F Hornet. (Year: 2010)
    I am also looking for a service manual for a BMW S1000rr, also impossible to find!
    Can anyone help me?

  13. HomeroNo Gravatar says:

    hello matthew,

    Im from Portugal, in Europe. I learn much about motorcycle maintenence with your vid´s…thanks a lot….
    Do you Have the service manual for the Honda Crf 450 X 2006?

    Thanks!!!

  14. denisNo Gravatar says:

    I tried all the ways you showed on your video to find a manual for an 81honda cb750c custom with no luck any other suggestions. thank you and nice videos.

  15. MATTYBOYNo Gravatar says:

    Hi all need cd 185 benly manual

  16. GrantNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for help, found what i was looking for. Will check in on a regular basis as i have thousands of manuals downloaded and am willing to share with others as needed. Have also found alot of other sites for manauals so let me know where i can assist

  17. wernerNo Gravatar says:

    Hi I’m looking for wireing diagram or
    Workshop manual for a honda cb1000f
    Big one

  18. KevNo Gravatar says:

    Hey man I was wondering if you had a copy of the 2007 rmz 250 service manual I cant find it anywhere.

  19. KevNo Gravatar says:

    Hey man I was wondering if you had a copy of the 2007 rmz 250 service manual. I cant find it anywhere.

  20. AndreNo Gravatar says:

    Does anyone have the service manual for Keeway TX 200 Have gone through hell trying get it and bike desperately needs valves adjusted but, need specs anyway please help

  21. derek gavinNo Gravatar says:

    still trying to source a workshop manual for my new Honda Forza NSS300…Will get serviced through warranty period but like to understand things and will service myself after warranty
    any idea where I could source one?…it is a fairly new bike so maybe thats a problem…If I needed to go to Honda to purchase one where best to go|?
    thanks

  22. DanNo Gravatar says:

    Looking for 94 ktm 300 exc manual

  23. Matt,

    I need to trouble shoot a shifting problem that is getting worse. I have 02 Kawasaski 1500, that used to drop out of 2nd into nutral one in a whild, now I have to skip it and jump into 3rd or high some times. I don’t think it even gets to 2nd even on the down shit. or do you have a good referrence?

    • MatthewNo Gravatar says:

      Edward,

      I would suspect the shifting detent/pawl mechanism or the transmission. Unfortunately, I don’t have any good references on your model. Give me more info on the model, I might have a service manual for it.

  24. jefferyNo Gravatar says:

    can u get me a manual for a 1976 yz 175 and a 2005 yzf 250 thanx

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