Motorcycle manual longer than Pride and Prejudice

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.

Kawasaki Z1000SX

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:

Rank

Motorbike Make & Model

Manual Word Count

Average Time To Read

1

Kawasaki Z1000SX

117,155

8 hours 12 minutes

2

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

56,392

3 hours 56 minutes

3

BMW R1250RT

49,793

3 hours 29 minutes

4

BMW S1000RR

48,544

3 hours 23 minutes

5

BMW R1250GS

47,229

3 hours 18 minutes

6

Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro

45,083

3 hours 9 minutes

7

Triumph Trident 660

37,800

2 hours 38 minutes

8

Yamaha Ténéré 700

28,685

2 hours

9

Honda SHi 125

23,438

1 hour 38 minutes

10

Yamaha NMAX 125

22,152

1 hour 33 minutes

11

Honda PCX125

21,083

1 hou 28 minutes

12

Honda CB125F

15,029

1 hour 3 minutes

13

Honda NSC 110 Vision

12,146

51 minutes

14

Vmoto Super Soco CPX

2,834

12 minutes

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