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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-09-2009, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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Triumph Repair Manual vs Haynes Repair Manual (for Triumph)

Having had the Triumph Repair Manual (I let it go with my Bonneville when I sold it recently), I would start with the Haynes Manual, and then if you're not satisfied, buy the Triumph Repair Manual.

I found that the Triumph Manual was kind of hard to follow, and many procedural steps / information was not included. Actually, most of the Sections that I referred to, for what I was doing, seemed like it was written specifically for mechanics that knew exactly how to do it to start with! Also, there were many procedures that were not even listed in the Manual. There are no definitions that are helpful. Try finding a definition, and much else concerniing the "Cush Drive." I never did find out what the heck it was, or what it was for. There are many good photos, but it's kind of hard to tie the photos together with part numbers, and maintenance procedures.

I just think it's generally lacking in basic information, whereas the Haynes Manuals I've used in the past were more suited for owners that were not factory trained expert mechanics.

The Haynes Manual is much less expensive, for a starter, then like I said, you can always buy the Triumph Repair Manual.

FWIW, and this is not intended to insult owners from countries other than the "Colonies (U.S.)," the language used in the Triumph Manual leaves a lot to be desired, for a U.S. educated person. I found a lot of "terms" that made no sense at all to me, and my train of thought was always wandering ... wondering what the writer had meant. I know, this problem is my short-coming, but thought I'd mention it.

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They each have their plusses and minuses. The ideal situation is to get both, though I find the OEM one works great for me. Sometimes having the diagrams from the OEM one and the pictures from the Haynes make a pretty good combo.

Well, everything seems to be in order then.
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The Haynes manual has been a valuable asset to have. Very easy to follow.
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They each have their plusses and minuses. The ideal situation is to get both, though I find the OEM one works great for me. Sometimes having the diagrams from the OEM one and the pictures from the Haynes make a pretty good combo.
+1. I use both too.

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Yep, I read the procedure in Haynes, then use the excellent diagrams in the factory manual to see how the parts come apart and more importantly, go back together.

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I've got the Haynes, seems pretty good, but as standard procedure always like to have the factory one handy. It's (still) on my list of Things to Get.

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I wanted to start with the Haynes based on what I have read here. Ideally I would have both. I recently had a response from Haynes as to when we can expect a manual for the efi Bonneyvilles. Here is what they said:

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Thank you for your inquiry. We appreciate all correspondence from our customers, since it helps us produce the finest do-it-yourself manuals available.

Although we do not yet have a manual published for your vehicle, we are planning to produce one in the near future. Please check back with us in March, 2010, when we should have more detailed information for you.


Again, thank you for your interest in Haynes automotive/motorcycle manuals!


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I'm going to go ahead and spring for the Triumph OEM manual. I really didn't plan on tinkering with my bike, but it just kind of happened.

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Hey wheat state,
I just bought a '12 T100 and have been trying to find 2012 repair manuals (Haynes, Clymers etc.) and am finding that they only go up to 2007; doesn't appear to cover the EFI.

So how has the Triumph OEM manual worked out? Where did you get and about how much was it?

My interest looks similar to yours as I don't anticipate doing intensive repairs or what not but just want to have a manual around so I can learn the machine a bit better, do regular maintenance and cosmetic mods with guidance.

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Where did you get and about how much was it?
Factory service manual: It's part number T3856390, obtainable from a Triumph dealer, and costs about $130 inc taxes.
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