Do-it-yourself 2008 2009 2009 Harley FLHT Electra Glide repair manuals and factory service books are provided by motorcycle manufacturers to help the customer repair minor faults on their own. This is usually done to conserve time, resources and to empower the customer with the knowledge of the product. Initially, Harley Electra Glide manuals were not readily available to the customers and were specifically used by the mechanics of a particular company or dealership. Today there are many FSMs or factory service manuals available that inform the customer about the various tools required for maintenance, torque values for various joints and OEM parts and their replacements. There are basically two kinds of service books that you can come across. The first is the official OEM handbooks which are obviously more expensive.
In the case of modern bikes and cars where there are a lot of electrical and electronic components, this may be your only option. They are primarily used by company mechanics as they possess the knowledge and the right customized tools to carry out the necessary repairs. However, there are companies that make their own service manuals by reassembling entire components and bike and then recording their processes in the form of a book. These are cheaper than the official manuals and are meant for customers and freelance mechanics.
As mentioned above, nowadays you have third-party organizations making do-it-yourself manuals and service books for customers catering to a variety of brands. One book might contain information about multiple brands like Honda, BMW, Yamaha, Harley-Davidson etc. They contain various steps along with easy to follow illustrations guiding the customer through troubleshooting, engine maintenance or transmission replacement and overhaul. Today we also have Service manuals in the form of software with direct download option that can provide tutorial videos, a knowledge base, a complete encyclopedia of all the parts and their specifications and can also help in testing and verification by taking input from your bike.
Such third party service manuals are usually preferred by customers over official OEM service books. This is because official OEM service books are usually extremely detailed and are meant for official company mechanics with the right technical know-how. One should thoroughly research the product one owns before buying a service. A good way of doing that is joining motorcycle enthusiast clubs and hobby groups. That is one of the most practical ways of coming across information relevant to your product.
Empowering the Customer.
The right to repair must be implemented to allow customers to become more aware and solve their problems on their own. This has been strictly enforced in the automotive world and needs to happen in other sectors as well. Motorcycles are more than just a means of transportation. To many, they become a passion, into which they invest heavily. Equipping them with such manuals and technical knowledge not only establishes a good brand image but also provides better customer satisfaction. This is because the customers genuinely feel the personal touch and investment of the company into their lives.