Motorcycles and ATV Manuals and Literature

Motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and utility vehicles may need to have repair or maintenance from time to time. In order to know the manufacturer's recommended maintenance cycle for UTVs, ATVs, and motorcycles, the manual is a key piece of literature. The manuals are designed to help you understand, care for, and repair your dirt bike, ATV, or motorcycle.

What are the features of motorcycle and ATV manuals?
  • Spiral binding: Many manuals offer spiral binding. The spiral binding allows the book to stay open to the page that you are reading without having to hold the page down with one of your hands. This is helpful when you are searching for parts based on the diagram in the literature. Spiral binding also reduces the risk of pages coming apart or staples coming loose from the pages.
  • Diagram of parts: Most motorcycle repair manuals have one or more diagrams of the parts. For more complicated areas of a motorcycle, such as the engine, there may be multiple diagrams that zoom in on particular areas. The diagrams usually have each of the parts labeled so that you know what they are.
  • Index of contents: A table of contents makes it easy for you to find what you are looking for in the book. The table of contents is usually located at the front of the literature. It is organized in the order that the information is presented and includes the page number where you can find each section.
  • Digital features: Thousands of motorcycle and ATV manuals are now available in a digital format, thanks to leading manual providers like Haynes. With a digital manual, it's easy to navigate desired topics with the click of a mouse, and these documents can be accessed on a PC, a tablet, or even a phone.
How do you choose manuals or literature for motorcycles?
  • Choose the make: Choose the make of your UTV, dirt bike, or motorcycle. Options include Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Harley-Davidson, Polaris, and more. There are also independently made manuals by Clymer, Haynes, and Ducati.
  • Select the year: Motorcycles and other off-road bikes change from year to year, which is why you need to select manuals that include the year your sport bike was made in. Some manuals have a new edition each year while other manuals for motorized bikes and off-road scooters cover a range of years.
  • Choose repair manual or owner's literature: Motorcycle repair manuals contain information about fixing your motorcycle. If you simply want to know more about the maintenance or how it works, choose an owner's manual for your vehicle.
What information is in manuals for dirt bikes and motorcycles?

A manual for dirt bikes contains information about the bike's parts. You will find specifics such as the sizes of belts and the required types of oil, fuel, and lubricants that it needs for optimal functioning. The motorcycle manual also contains information on tips for the ride. You may find recommendations for helmets and accessories to wear when you ride the bike. Motorcycle manuals also include the details of how to maintain the engine and other key components. There may be a maintenance schedule for how often to change the fluids, filters, and brake pads. Manuals also include details on the expected lifespan and replacement requirements for the battery, tires, and brakes.