Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Southwest Washington state
Factory service manuals are expensive, but when you think about all the work that goes in to making one, it's a bargain. The first time you use one to do a half way complicated job, you will save the money you spent on it, compared to taking the bike to someone and paying for the work.
However, while I used to get factory manuals for my cars, they (cars) have become so complicated due to the electronics and special equipment needed that I now go to the internet forums for the specific model and usually find what I need.