wkrizan makes a good point about saving money by downloading the free manual. I finally did download it on Thursday, and just finished looking through it, ALL 2395 pages. This is not as arduous as it sounds because every thing after page 547 is a repeat of the 50 plus line drawings and associated parts lists just viewed. The only exceptions I noticed was that the shape of the Master cylinder for the front brake changes from rectangular to round, some where in the 4th or 5th repitition of drawings, and the fuel tanks have a different part number, reflecting a different color paint job.
This manual is written more for the professional mechanic, and skips a lot of the introductory general material that the Clymer manual has in the first and second chapters. This may not be very important to the guys who have been wrenching on their autos since they were teens. But I think it is valuable for the guys and gals who are new to the idea of working on their own vehicle, a bike in this case.
You can also carry it with you on the bike when travelling, for reference in an emergency. Of course you could carry a laptop too, if you wanted, I guess. I see them as complementary tools, after examining the downloaded manual today. The photos in it leave a lot to be desired, but the line drawings and itemized parts lists are excellent.
"every thing after page 547 is a repeat of the 50 plus line drawings and associated parts lists just viewed"
seems true for the most, but I have been going through the drawing details in the service manual lately and the drawings are all a little different, it just does not designate why in a summary...
different for different canadian models (there is a kawasaki reed valve block off plate with a part number...must only be available in Canada....anyone want to confirm the availability?)
There are variances in the US models too, and due to another thread recently, I discovered that I have a California model bike....there are drawings of the additional and alternate emissions equipment. The problem is they are not referenced at all...not even a page number or heading.
I hope I don't jack your thread, but I was wondering if the extra emissions equip. is part of the reason I can't seem to lose the popping with me V&H pipes... (it's marbled, vac plugged and the exhaust is not leaking)
p.s. if anyone has a suggestion, please pm me! I have not been able to find any California model specific threads except for this one