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jvandyke
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:44 am    Post subject: best manual? Reply with quote

I usually use a Haynes but I haven't come across one for '72 CB500. This is close, but starts with '73.
What would be the best/available/cheapest one to get?

This one is close.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Download the factory manual from SOHC4 forums. It would probably be good to have the Haynes manual also, because the factory manuals of that time just assumed a mechanic was familiar with certain things, so they weren't covered in detail. I believe you'll find that Haynes manual doesn't cover any details specific to the CB500. The British often refer to a model by the actual year it was first imported. So their '73 is likely to be our '74 CB550. Just keep that in mind when looking at info on clutch, instruments, electrical and other differences.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

and then there is this

http://search.ebscohost.com/Login.aspx? ... ype=ip,uid

Login: indianhead
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Go to small engine
then motorcycle
find your model and download

Ebsco is a library and academic resource, so all these are up for personal use.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's the Honda Service Manual, dated 1971......

CB500 Manual

This might also be of some help.......

Extra Info

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The FSM from the motorcycle manufacturer or Helm Inc is the only service manual you should even think about using.
Haynes and Clymer are not even good as asswipe, too coarse and will tear you out a new one.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fasterspider wrote:
The FSM from the motorcycle manufacturer or Helm Inc is the only service manual you should even think about using.
Haynes and Clymer are not even good as asswipe, too coarse and will tear you out a new one.


ROTFLMAO!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bikegeezer wrote:
fasterspider wrote:
The FSM from the motorcycle manufacturer or Helm Inc is the only service manual you should even think about using.
Haynes and Clymer are not even good as asswipe, too coarse and will tear you out a new one.


ROTFLMAO!!!



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Again Ray,
You are indeed in fine form today ROTFL
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ordered a shop manual and owners manual from helms last night. Today I called to ask how long that should take. The customer service rep. said up to two months. Has anyone else had this lengthy wait?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lusa wrote:
I ordered a shop manual and owners manual from helms last night. Today I called to ask how long that should take. The customer service rep. said up to two months. Has anyone else had this lengthy wait?

Nope, never.
I have a bunch of Helm Inc FSM reprints and all ordered direct from Helm and if I had to wait a week, I'd probably lose consciousness due to lack of air.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fasterspider wrote:
Lusa wrote:
I ordered a shop manual and owners manual from helms last night. Today I called to ask how long that should take. The customer service rep. said up to two months. Has anyone else had this lengthy wait?

Nope, never.
I have a bunch of Helm Inc FSM reprints and all ordered direct from Helm and if I had to wait a week, I'd probably lose consciousness due to lack of air.


Thank you! I feel much better. 2 months would have very difficult. Thanks
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lusa wrote:
fasterspider wrote:
Lusa wrote:
I ordered a shop manual and owners manual from helms last night. Today I called to ask how long that should take. The customer service rep. said up to two months. Has anyone else had this lengthy wait?

Nope, never.
I have a bunch of Helm Inc FSM reprints and all ordered direct from Helm and if I had to wait a week, I'd probably lose consciousness due to lack of air.


Thank you! I feel much better. 2 months would have very difficult. Thanks

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