Main Motorcycle: '02 Bonneville
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Cibolo, Texas
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.
Previous owner of a beautiful
'02 Bonneville ... British Racing Green
Sold 28 Aug '09
Previous Motorcycles: R-51 & R-53 BMW; '58 Triumph TR6SR; '70 Honda 750.
Last edited by Dan in Cibolo; 10-09-2009 at 08:24 AM.
Reason: Additional info.