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  1. #1
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    I see a lot of questions on the forums and it is obvious most people do not read their vehicle manuals. How to read the fuel gauge is a good example of not reading the manual.

    So lets take a poll of how many read their manuals:

    1. I read the whole manual when I purchase my bike.

    2. I read some of the manual when I don't understand something.

    3. I keep the manual handy for service reference only.

    4. Manual??? Who needs them....that's what forums are for?

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    Not only do I read the whole manual when I purchase the machine, I highlight portions and put Post-It note stickies on the pages with portions I use frequently. I find that the initial reading does not imprint some of the info on my brain so I have to go back and refresh my memory/understanding of the info. Operators manuals are pretty important and lead to some stupid actions/questions when you don't read it.
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    I read it to understand the functionality of the machine & how everything works. The upside of this is you can then tell when something doesn't work as specified, and set in motion a repair plan (whether its yourself or a garage)

    Otherwise a Forum is a great place to sound things out which aren't included in the manual, or is a niggle that you can't find the solution for in their either. That being said there are some lazy people who don't look at a manual, search a forum, or try and give accurate information either - i find this to be the case more so on Car Forums than Motorcycle ones.
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    One of the things that you do have to get past in many owner's manuals are all of the liability warnings that infuse many of these manuals. Fortunately, my observation is that BMW manuals have fewer of these warnings than many other brands.
    Richard - Current bikes: 2016 BMW R1200RS, 2018 16.6 kWh Zero S, 2011 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Classic, 2009 BMW F650GS, 2020 KTM 390 Duke, 2002 Yamaha FZ1 (FZS1000N) and a 1978 Honda Kick 'N Go Senior. 

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    I did read and check through everything in the manual, but did miss that the reserve mileage reads up, not down, in practice.

    I did have to find and download manuals from the BMW Motorrad website to operate the alarm and other things not covered in the owners manual. The thing was, I don't remember being informed by the dealer or in the manual that the info was needed or where the info was available.

    Ian

    P.S. Anything my wife buys, I am asked to read the instructions. Pity help me if it does not work as expected !
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    2014 GT Orange. Just the comfort pack and heated grips - not into gizmos.

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    I read the whole manual...and then every six months, I read how to reset the clock.

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    I have to reread my manual every time I need to change the time to conform to the daylight savings or standard time changes.
    Richard - Current bikes: 2016 BMW R1200RS, 2018 16.6 kWh Zero S, 2011 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Classic, 2009 BMW F650GS, 2020 KTM 390 Duke, 2002 Yamaha FZ1 (FZS1000N) and a 1978 Honda Kick 'N Go Senior. 

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    I read most of the manual when i get a new bike and then reference as needed. Usually same for the car but with all the electronics they can get pretty long. My wife's car was several hundred pages! Luckily it is also in a digital form in the display with a search function (as is my car's).
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    I read mine because I'm the kind of nerd that loves to dive into the details of something. I actually prefer to download a the digital version because PDFs are searchable, much easier to go back and find things later. I actually have a copy saved on a Google drive so that it's always accessible on my phone. Most recently I used it because it lists some of the more commonly needed torque values for my bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcb78 View Post
    I read mine because I'm the kind of nerd that loves to dive into the details of something. I actually prefer to download a the digital version because PDFs are searchable, much easier to go back and find things later. I actually have a copy saved on a Google drive so that it's always accessible on my phone. Most recently I used it because it lists some of the more commonly needed torque values for my bike.
    I am the same. I have and Audi and that manual is 306 pages....jeez!! I usually will read the manual to a vehicle I am interested in purchasing just to learn more about availible features. I have a folder in my computer just for manuals of vehicles, cameras, etc.

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    My 1999 Saturn also had a very long owner's manual of several hundred pages, complete with few legal warnings and lot of nice photos to illustrate the information provided. And all in a nice paper booklet too that I have placed in my glove compartment. One thing that I like about that manual is that it provides a lot of detailed information regarding how to service and make minor repairs on the car, instead of just how the radio works and how to adjust the clock, which is extremely easy to do and doesn't even require turning on the car's ignition.
    Richard - Current bikes: 2016 BMW R1200RS, 2018 16.6 kWh Zero S, 2011 Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Classic, 2009 BMW F650GS, 2020 KTM 390 Duke, 2002 Yamaha FZ1 (FZS1000N) and a 1978 Honda Kick 'N Go Senior. 

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