One of the first things your owner’s manual says is to read the manual first bed ore ring.
But who does, especially when it is often longer than the turgid Jane Austen historical romance novel Pride and Prejudice at 364 pages.
New research from the UK’s Scrap Car Comparison has discovered that many motorcycle owner manuals require longer reading times than some of classic works of fiction.
The research, which took word counts from each manual and used the average English silent reading speed of 238 words per minute to reach the results, found that the Kawasaki Z1000SX was the motorcycle with the longest manual.
If you actually read it (whether in the printed or online version), it will take you about 8 hours 12 minutes it which is more than two hours longer than reading Pride and Prejudice!
I don’t know about you, but I would rather be riding than reading.
BMW manuals make up three of the top five longest motorbike manuals, with all sitting consistently between 47,000 and 50,000 words.
Honda manuals analysed fall within the bottom half of our list, with three featured in the bottom four.
The Vmoto Super Soco CPX owner’s manual was the shortest manual of all vehicles analysed, taking just 12 minutes to read.
However, be aware that some Asian motorcycle manuals have stilted version of English that can sometimes not only be difficult to read, but quite humorous.
Here are the biggest motorcycle owner’s manuals:
Motorbike Make & Model
Manual Word Count
Average Time To Read
8 hours 12 minutes
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650
3 hours 56 minutes
3 hours 29 minutes
3 hours 23 minutes
3 hours 18 minutes
Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro
3 hours 9 minutes
Triumph Trident 660
2 hours 38 minutes
Yamaha Ténéré 700
Honda SHi 125
1 hour 38 minutes
Yamaha NMAX 125
1 hour 33 minutes
1 hou 28 minutes
1 hour 3 minutes
Honda NSC 110 Vision
Vmoto Super Soco CPX