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I remember the old British manuals from the sixties. Elaborate hand drawn illustrations in great detail and descriptions which went into great detail. Being an American I couldn't understand some of it. Those folks used some peculiar terms and phrases.
I got a third party manual for my 79 Wing and wasn't really satisfied. Bought a factory manual and was sorely disappointed. Scant information and poor illustrations.
Who makes the best manual for our Shadows?
 

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I remember the old British manuals from the sixties. Elaborate hand drawn illustrations in great detail and descriptions which went into great detail. Being an American I couldn't understand some of it. Those folks used some peculiar terms and phrases.
I got a third party manual for my 79 Wing and wasn't really satisfied. Bought a factory manual and was sorely disappointed. Scant information and poor illustrations.
Who makes the best manual for our Shadows?
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I have a Honda manual plus a Clymer - between the two, it makes one decent manual :-D
 

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I remember the old British manuals from the sixties. Elaborate hand drawn illustrations in great detail and descriptions which went into great detail. Being an American I couldn't understand some of it. Those folks used some peculiar terms and phrases.
I got a third party manual for my 79 Wing and wasn't really satisfied. Bought a factory manual and was sorely disappointed. Scant information and poor illustrations.
Who makes the best manual for our Shadows?
From my experience the factory service manual is the best option with cars, bike and vintage stereo gear. More thorough but it will have you jumping from one section to another. To ease the pain some like the CD version if available and they will print out the specific pages they need and take the copies out to bike garage to perform the repair job. Greasy and dirty hands can mess up a new paper manual, but you can always print a clean copy from the CD that you own.
 

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You might try Cyclepedia. They have online manuals (yearly subscription) and most are sold outright in print version. They don't have manuals for every Shadow though. Screen shots below. Taken from the pages for a 750, here.


 

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Bought a factory manual and was sorely disappointed. Scant information and poor illustrations.
Did you get Honda's Common Service Manual as well?

It includes many Honda-standard procedures that are not model-specific. It just might have the "missing" pieces that disappointed you.

There's a link to a pdf version on this site somewhere.
 

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I could not find anything about the choke settings in the Honda manual for my 2002 VT1100C but the Clymer manual gave detailed instructions on how to measure the choke (starter enrichment valves) plungers depths and how to adjust the cable to achieve correct setting. The color-coded wiring diagrams in the Clymer manuals are a plus.

The Honda manual generally assumes the user already knows and understands how to do certain maintenance, etc. whereas the Clymer sort of "walks you through it".
 

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The Honda manual generally assumes the user already knows and understands how to do certain maintenance...
No. The model-specific Honda Service Manuals are written with the assumption that the mechanic using them has access to Honda's Common Service Manual as a supplement to any training he/she did not receive/acquire. They are the service manuals you will find in the service section of any official Honda dealer. Yes, they don't come with "training wheels" included. Nor anything close to the number of errors typical in Clymer and Haynes.
 

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If you have already bought the Clymer and the honda manuals you might as well buy the Haynes.. I have found that all three have strengths and weaknesses but having all three can be quite helpful, I still take photo's and make notes..

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I bought the Haynes and factory manuals. The Haynes tries to cover to many shadow models so it has many pics and info that aren't applicable to my bike. The factory one is very specific for my Spirit VT750DC model and has better pics than Haynes. I got it used for $30 off of Ebay.
 

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I could not find anything about the choke settings in the Honda manual for my 2002 VT1100C but the Clymer manual gave detailed instructions on how to measure the choke (starter enrichment valves) plungers depths and how to adjust the cable to achieve correct setting. The color-coded wiring diagrams in the Clymer manuals are a plus.

The Honda manual generally assumes the user already knows and understands how to do certain maintenance, etc. whereas the Clymer sort of "walks you through it".
The choke information is in section 3, page 6 in the Honda Sabre manual so I would bet it's the same place in the Spirit manual.
 

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The choke information is in section 3, page 6 in the Honda Sabre manual so I would bet it's the same place in the Spirit manual.
Yes, you are correct. I had only looked in Section 5 Fuel System. Section 3 in the Honda Shop Manual is the Troubleshooting Section but FEV info is there.
 
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