Originally posted by widowmaker
I want to know how to get a service manual or some help so I can do the things myself instead of paying some jerkoff to do it.
Your owners manual has a maintenance schedule and instructions for the most basic jobs, such as adjusting the chain, changing oil, and removing wheels. If you don't have an owner's manual, get one from a dealer or from Helm Inc.
For anything more involved, get the Honda service manual, available from the same sources.
In addition to the model-specific service manual, Honda also offers the Common Service Manual
, which covers operating and maintenance principles in a more general way.
A really, really good book on maintenance basics is Motorcycle Owner's Manual
by Hugo Wilson (available from Whitehorse Press
. It's thin but well illustrated and limited to maintenance and simple repairs. However, it's generic, so it can't replace the Honda manual.
Working on a motorcycle is much easier than many riders think. Basically, it's held together by threaded fasteners that can be easily removed and installed using tools available from Sears. The Honda Service Manual will tell you what bits have to be taken off to do any particular job. Take your timeŚlots of time if you need it; use proper tools; work in a quiet, well-lighted space so you can see and think about what you're doing; and start out small to build confidence. After you've worked on your own bike for a while, you'll no longer trust it to someone who's just trying to finish the job as fast as he can and get on to the next one.