GL 1200 reverse gear


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Joe USMC
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GL 1200 reverse gear

Postby Joe USMC » Sat Dec 31, 2011 4:05 pm



I am wanting to add reverse to my bike as it has a hitchhiker sidecar and I have arthritic knees. I thought of maybe an automotive starter with a fabricated rubberized cover over the gear to engage the tire and attached to the framework of the sidecar by fabricating brackets Someone may have another low-buck idea ????

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Re: GL 1200 reverse gear

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:28 pm

I've heard people come up with similar ideas, where they would use a lever to push a rubber wheel against the rear wheel of the motorcycle and use a geared electrical motor to reverse the bike.

You would definitely want a geared motor however - you want to back up slowly, and a starter motor would instead have you careening off backwards into a ditch. A geared motor would also draw a lot less electrical current to move you backwards.

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Re: GL 1200 reverse gear

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:28 pm

Hmmmmm.....This sounds like a Red Green project. :lol:

If your not familiar with the name..check this U-Tube ....http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7x3ui ... hummer_fun

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Re: GL 1200 reverse gear

Postby tricky » Mon Jan 09, 2012 4:50 pm

Not so much a Red Green project :)
I remember years ago a bicycle motor assist engine that after the bike had been pedaled up to a reasonable speed a lever was pulled and the motor was lowered onto the rear tire, the friction started the engine and then the motor would provide power assist to the bicycle.

http://oldbike.wordpress.com/1950s-rale ... -outboard/

I remember my dad had one on his bike, I can visualize him pedaling off to work cigarette in mouth soft flat cap on :) Cant remember how long the tires lasted :)
I have often thought about the possibility of the design used for providing a reverse for heavier bikes like the 1200 etc.

I just learned never to park into an area that I cant roll back out off easily :)

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Re: GL 1200 reverse gear

Postby virgilmobile » Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:12 pm

Even tho I live in LOUISIANA,I'm a up state New Yorker and appreciate the shade tree mechanical ??abilities ?? of Red Green :lol:

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Re: GL 1200 reverse gear

Postby badwing1200 » Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:05 am

I read somewhere that there used to be a reverse kit available, probably aftermarket.




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