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Cyclepedia Motorcycle Manuals Review

Cyclepedia is online provider of digital and print service manuals for motorcycle, scooter, and ATV brands from Arctic Cat to Yamaha (and plenty in between).

We’ve owned Haynes and Clymers manuals. They typically cover a variety of models and years, with pictures too small to be useful. Cyclepedia gives you a digital medium with big, clearly labeled, easy to read images.

EASY QUICK REFERENCE

Each manual is very well thought out. You’ll find easy reference to all specifications, torque specifications, special tools, component locations, diagnostic error codes, and trouble shooting.

PERIOD MAINTENANCE

Looking up periodic maintenance won’t just reveal the familiar maintenance table found in your owners manual. It will include detailed images and instructions illustrating how to perform common periodic maintenance service tasks such as:

  • Air Filter
  • Brake Fluid
  • Brake Inspection
  • Compression Testing
  • Engine Idle Speed
  • Engine Oil
  • General Lubrication
  • Hose Inspection
  • Spark Plugs
  • Suspension
  • Throttle Free Play
  • Tires
  • Final Drive Oil
  • Valve Clearance

Here’s a sample of what the spark plug section would look like.

Cyclepedia - Spark Plugs

Asking yourself, “But how will I even find my spark plugs?”, it’s no sweat. Cyclepedia starts the section by listing the items which need to be removed, and links to instructions with images on how to remove them. In this case, the seat, luggage box, and center cover links gave me enough information to understand how to remove the pieces confidently and comfortably.

Cyclepedia CrankcaseDETAILS ON EVERYTHING

  • Under Fuel System Chapter:
    • Airbox
    • Throttle Body Removal
    • Throttle Body Installation
    • Emissions
    • Fuel Injector
    • Fuel Pump
    • Fuel Tank
    • FI System Self-Diagnosis
    • FI System Diagnostic Tool
    • FI System Sensors
  • Under Engine Chapter:
    • Engine Specifications
    • Cylinder Head Cover
    • Camshaft
    • Cylinder Head
    • Valves
    • Cylinder and Piston
    • Fan Cover and Fan
    • Generator
    • Oil Pump
    • Crankshaft
    • Starter Clutch
    • Engine Removal
    • Engine Installation

Etc. etc. The level of detail is very complete, and thanks to the large step-by-step images, the work becomes very easy to follow along and do it yourself at home or at your shop.

ADDITIONAL TOPICS WITH SUB-PAGES

  • Transmission
  • Final Drive
  • Steering
  • Suspension
  • Brakes
  • Wheels
  • Electrical System

PRICE

Cyclepedia is available with either full database access (all manuals, many makes and models) for $19.95/month or $99.95/year, but if you only have one motorcycle and don’t see yourself servicing more than one vehicle, service manuals can start at $19.99 for one year, or $49.95 for a lifetime subscription.

Cyclepedia Payment

FINAL THOUGHTS

Cyclepedia isn’t just a repository of service manuals, the guys at Cyclepedia are making the manuals themselves. Their library of service manuals is always growing. Moreover, because they’re so tech-minded, if you have an issue with your repair or service, you can just give them a shout and ask for some help.

Troubleshoot guides and full color digital wiring diagrams that you can ZOOM in on are extremely helpful.

The manuals are more trained towards every day motorcyclists more than service professionals, allowing the average motorcyclist with tools to get in and get his or her hands dirty, while saving a few bucks over the price of labor at the shop.

Mechanics and shops will appreciate Cyclepedia nonetheless because of quick access to a database of information, specifications, and some illustrations to save some time when you’re just-not-totally-sure (hey, it happens to the best of us).

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