Originally Posted by rkirker
I have been wearing out my clymer since I got it about 2 months ago it is invaluable definitely worth the $40 to $50 investment. The current one covers 99 to 05 though no 06.
There shouldn't be much difference between '05 and '06, except the HID headlight.
I'm glad we have this site to share knowledge and help people learn to do their own maintenance, or at least have a much better idea of what to expect from a dealer. I know I've learned a lot, and I try to give that back where I can. Apparently it's working, as evidenced by the recent CCR awards.
But I am concerned that we may make it seem too easy. Every so often we hear of folks without the proper background tearing into their bikes and making a mess of things. This can be quite expensive, and potentially dangerous.
So just a quick word of advice. If you're not absolutely sure of what you're about to do, then put the wrenches down, back away from the bike, and get the proper help. That can be a post here to ask a question, a read through the maintenance manual until you understand the whole procedure, going to a tech session to see the work performed, or having someone come by and lend an experienced hand. If you can't be bothered to do any of the above, then take the bike to a dealer and just write a check.
Your safety just isn't worth saving a few bucks if there's any chance of messing things up.
Just my opinion, of course.