Online Motorcycle Manuals for DIY Bike Owners
A repair manual is an essential tool to any motorcycle service procedure. Finding a service manual is easy thanks to the web. Finding a good manual is another thing. You have probably seen, downloaded or know someone who has downloaded a pirated motorcycle manual before. The web is full of people selling copies on CD, offering downloads for sale or linking to free content. And just like in the real world (offline world) you get what you pay for – the quality of pirated free online motorcycle manuals often leaves something to be desired and all too often you have to deal with the clunky format of PDFs. Of course there is also the concern of identity theft when buying pirated goods. Do I really trust the guy selling the pirated manual to not do something unscrupulous with my personal data? No thank you.
Unfortunately companies like Clymer and Haynes have been late to the online game and quite honestly these publications just don’t compare to the level of detail of a factory manual from my experience. So the question remains – why isn’t someone leveraging web technology to offer online motorcycle repair content? Well it appears someone has been and they’ve apparently been keeping it on the down-low because I’ve never heard of them. I recently came across a company in Asheville, North Carolina that has been working to change the face of the motorcycle repair manual. CYCLEPEDIA Press LLC is producing elegant online motorcycle manuals that are truly useful. The online manual I previewed was for a Yamaha Virago and the photos are absolutely stunning. Now, I didn’t have a bike torn apart in front of me so I had don’t know how complete the CYCLEPEDIA manual is but from what I read the instructions were broken down step by step with plenty of photos to show you how to get through the job. They claim to offer tech support – again I didn’t use it but they were sure nice on the phone when I spoke with them. Bravo guys. You can check out their full catalog of online motorcycle repair manuals at: http://www.cyclepdia.com
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