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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 2010, 7:48 pm Thread Starter
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OEM Booklets

I got my 03 RS from a private seller and I was not able to get any booklets that came with the bike.

I have downloaded the "Repair Manual" PDF and I print-out chapters as I need them and thereby creating a hardcopy manual.

Is there any important information in either the "Rider's Manual" or the "Service Manual" that is worth $26 (each)?

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 2010, 8:45 pm
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There is some stuff.....quite a bit actually but I don't look at mine very often.If you want to wait I'll scan mine for you in a couple weeks, was going to do it anyway so I could have it in the computer.....copyrights be.......D....!

I had to buy the alarm book for that much money, just for a couple pages of info I needed....I asked online first, I guess nobody had it or wanted to risk "Copyright Infringments".....

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What is it with these guys that put that stuff in a safe place then forget where they hid it. That's what the secret box under the seat is far. If you blow a fuse 90 miles from home, what good does the owner's book do that tells where to look for the fuse block?
I didn't get the book or the ABS feeler gage. It's on order, so untill then ,I'll just look all around.
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I got my 03 RS from a private seller and I was not able to get any booklets that came with the bike. Thanks
Have you checked the little compartment on the bottom of the seat to see if your books are actually in there?

Many people don't realise that the compartment exists. Worth a try.
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What is it with these guys that put that stuff in a safe place then forget where they hid it. That's what the secret box under the seat is far. If you blow a fuse 90 miles from home, what good does the owner's book do that tells where to look for the fuse block?
I didn't get the book or the ABS feeler gage. It's on order, so untill then ,I'll just look all around.
In my experience, if you blow an important fuse 90 miles from home, there's a fault that doesn't go away by replacing the fuse - the new fuse just blows again. The ABS feeler is the same thing. If the gaps have changed so much the ABS lights come on then there are problems with bearings that won't get fixed by looking in the book. The most useful tool in my toolroll is the black rubber condom thingy that helps me put oil in the bike.

However, the booklet is handy for telling you what the fuses do and it's where I go to check things like tire sizes and bulb specs.



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Thanks for the replies.

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Many people don't realise that the compartment exists.
Wow! I've had the seat off numerous times and never noticed the compartment. I guess because I always had a different issue at the time.

Unfortunately when I got the cheesebox open it was empty.

Maybe I'll just pony-up the $52. With everything about the bike so complicated and expensive the manuals will most likely pay for themselves over time. At least now I know where to keep them if I do get them.

(Thanks for the offer, "H")

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Try here:

http://www.bmw-motorrad.dk/dk/da/ind...html&notrack=1

You want the EN edition for English.
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Owners manual

Well, I got my $26.40 plus $3.00 shipping, O.M. today. Talk about cheesey, my Honda and Kawa manuals are 3Xs as thick. Much more thourgh in telling about how things work, plus they have all maintance charts and blank sheets to keep up with maintance work.
I guess BMW wants you to take it to the dealer so the work can be put in the computer. No need to go thru the hassel of having to write it down. Bring it to us and all you do is write the check.
Oh, nothing about much of anything except handlebar switches, and gauges.

I've replaced blown fuses in boats, trains, tractors, trucks, cars, and houses for over 50 years.
It normally means ~ that a fuse has blown. Just like light bulbs and tires sometimes they just pop.

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Well, I got my $26.40 plus $3.00 shipping, O.M. today. Talk about cheesey, my Honda and Kawa manuals are 3Xs as thick. Much more thourgh in telling about how things work, plus they have all maintance charts and blank sheets to keep up with maintance work.
BMW puts all that sort of information in the second book of the pair (Riders Manual, and Service Manual) that come with the bike.
That's the case for my '98 RS, anyway.

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If you are looking for more than instructions on how to ride the bike, check the tires and polish the plastics then the Clymer service manual IS the best value.



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