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post #1 of 5 Old 06-03-2006, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Instructions are c**p

I just installed the OEM handguards on my '06 DL650 .. no real problems except spent a ridiculous amount of time figuring out exactly how to assemble the pivot pins, i.e. all the bolts, nuts, washers and handguard.

That was no doubt due to my incipient senility as much as anything .. but still, how much would it cost Suzuki to provide instructions with some accurate full scale diagrams showing all the parts and how they go together?

Ikea instructions would be a good model.

Anyway .. am looking forward to warm fingers!.
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-03-2006, 06:17 PM
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Agreed, they suck.

It helps if you do the left one first (the diagram is better), then you have a better idea of what to do with the leftover parts.

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post #3 of 5 Old 06-05-2006, 03:07 PM
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I bet the individual(s) who came up with those drawings and written instruction, must laugh himself to sleep at night. The sadistic [email protected]#D(S)!

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post #4 of 5 Old 06-05-2006, 03:58 PM
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I haven't seen those instructions, but as a technical writer, I'd wager that those instructions were either written by someone who is not a native English speaker, and/or they were compiled and written by someone whose primary responsibility is not technical communications.

Everybody thinks they can write, and many companies believe they don't need to invest in professional communicators (engineers, not writers, often document their own products), but the results they produce clearly suggest otherwise.


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post #5 of 5 Old 06-05-2006, 11:52 PM
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Gibberish at it's finest. My recent go around with Shad luggage and their instructions is a good example of bad organization. Top case was okay. Mounting plate was not well thought out, too many pieces, nuts, bolts and too heavy weight wise. Side racks are charming but only if you are on drugs. Finally wrote my own instructions and borrowed a drill press and bought some nuts an bolts to work with. It is obvious to me that Shad keeps all their employees isolated in their own separate compartments. The right hand does not know what the left hand is doing or why. Their writer who does the instructions knows next to nothing of the English language and it shows. Their instructions are so incomplete one would think a piece of paper was as expensive as steak and lobster and really cuts into profits. And I am still waiting for my side cases after three months +. I would write them a blistering letter of disgust but they would probably think it was a compliment after it was translated by some one in a compartment.

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