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#998442 - 10/05/17 07:00 PM Service manual  
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Has anyone had any luck buying a service manual for a 2017 RT from BMW? When I bought my RT I had the service manual included in the sale. That was February 2017 and the manual is still not available from BMW. The 2018 bikes are arriving at dealers now. I have 31,000 miles on this RT now and sooner or later I am going to need that manual. I have written BMWNA customer service and they do reply, but it is all lip service not actual service.

Ron


2000 LTC 90600 miles KIA (new)
2003 LTE 164188 miles Silver (Purchased with 1687)
2008 R1200RT 176196 miles (Purchased with 16458)
2017 R1200RT 27889 miles (new)
Total BMW miles 440,728


#998689 - 10/09/17 01:17 AM Re: Service manual [Re: kellenbenz]  
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I've had one on order for my '15 RT for a couple of months now, at least. It's supposedly "delayed" in Germany. I think the delay is that they don't want to sell them to owners.


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'15 R1200RT
'12 Kawasaki KLX250S
'04 R1150RT (gone)
'02 Suzuki V-Strom (gone)
#998730 - 10/09/17 03:47 PM Re: Service manual [Re: kellenbenz]  
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Are you talking about the Repair manual (DVD) or the owners manual:
file:///C:/Users/JLSvista64/Downloads/R_0A03_RM_0416_01.pdf

#999305 - 10/19/17 05:39 PM Re: Service manual [Re: kellenbenz]  
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The service manual is same for all RT 2014-2018.


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'12 R1200RT, '02 R1100S, '84 R80G/S
#999315 - 10/19/17 08:09 PM Re: Service manual [Re: kellenbenz]  
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I would be surprised if BMW actually has a paper service manual. There is no need for them, they are very expensive to produce and cannot be updated. Technicians are going to use the computer to access the latest procedures and updates. DVD's are cheap to produce, maybe that is what they will offer. Down the road there needs to be factory service procedures. Not everyone will go to BMW, and there are some VERY competent independent shops that need a BMW manual. The Clymer and Haynes are not in the same league for accuracy.

Manuals are not all the same, for instance the 2017-2018 has some significant changes to the drivetrain compared to 2014-2016.

#999332 - 10/19/17 11:28 PM Re: Service manual [Re: kellenbenz]  
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Haynes digital manual is only $25 after a coupon. Good for a year. All the wetheads.

https://haynes.com/en-us/bmw-r1200-liquid-cooled-twins-13-16-haynes-online-manual

Coupon is the first one, didn't try any of the others: https://www.couponchief.com/haynes


2016 R1200RT



#999356 - 10/20/17 11:43 AM Re: Service manual [Re: markgoodrich]  
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I have the Haynes manual. Good enough for me.

#999362 - 10/20/17 04:16 PM Re: Service manual [Re: realshelby]  
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Originally Posted by realshelby
I have the Haynes manual. Good enough for me.


+1 for Haynes. I had the Haynes service manual for my '99RT (R259 motor) and it has served me very well. When I bought my '15RT the Haynes manual for the K52 motor was not out yet and I ended up buying the BMW Service Manual in CD format. It is a very good manual, but is expensive VS the Haynes manual. The OEM manual is very good for showing all the steps to get to what you are wanting to work on, but then assumes you have all the OEM special tools to do the job. Also, it is nice to have all of the OEM part and other numbers it shows. The advantage to the Haynes manual is it assumes you don't have all the BMW diagnostic and special tools at hand, but will point out when they are a must have tool, so I think it is a better manual for the DYI mechanic/rider. Now that the Haynes manual is available I will get one.


If the good old days were so damn good, why did we bother to invent modern times?

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#1000138 - 11/03/17 01:58 AM Re: Service manual [Re: kellenbenz]  
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I finally, today, received the official BMW service manual DVD that I ordered on June 15! And aside from the fact that it can be updated, I think I'd rather have a paper manual.


"Dry-Town" Crew, San Diego
'15 R1200RT
'12 Kawasaki KLX250S
'04 R1150RT (gone)
'02 Suzuki V-Strom (gone)
#1000155 - 11/03/17 12:47 PM Re: Service manual [Re: Bill_Walker]  
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OK, this might seem like a stupid question. How do you update a DVD? Send it back?
Originally Posted by Bill_Walker
I finally, today, received the official BMW service manual DVD that I ordered on June 15! And aside from the fact that it can be updated, I think I'd rather have a paper manual.



OK, this might seem like a stupid question. How do you update a DVD? Send it back?

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