88 1500 reverse issue, adjustment (I hope)


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twostrokes48
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88 1500 reverse issue, adjustment (I hope)

Postby twostrokes48 » Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:25 pm



Just picked up another 1500....the reverse will not stay engaged unless you hold the handle back. if you let go, the thing drops out of reverse, the reverse light goes out and the starter will not engage. I can pull it back another half inch and it engages fine, works fine....What do I need to adjust or replace to fix this???



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Re: 88 1500 reverse issue, adjustment (I hope)

Postby newday777 » Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:06 am

First have you checked the cable adjustment as per the repair manual?

Second the switches need to be clean. Spray electrical contact cleaner in the holes of all your switches associated with the reverse safety system.

Then follow the testing of the system.

I have read of the orange colored connector covered with electrical tape on both sides of the bike for grounds have had some issues of burnt connection and that being a cause of the reverse not working in proper position.

Post reply what you find here in this post.

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twostrokes48
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Joined: Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:21 pm
Location: San Antonio,TX
Motorcycle: 98 Goldwing 1500 trike
75 GL1000 (restoring)
98 Goldwing with landing gear (for sale)
94 Goldwing 1500- towpac trike (sold)
88 Goldwing 1500- (sold)
84 GL1200 Aspy-SOLD
75 GL1000(stolen 87)
88 GW trike (totaled)
1972 750k2

Re: 88 1500 reverse issue, adjustment (I hope)

Postby twostrokes48 » Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:41 pm

ok, tks, will try to get to check it out tomorrow. Had not checked anything yet..thought some advice first might lead me in the right direction on what to check. Will have to download the book as don't have one....oh wait, I might have, think I have one with the other 1500 I have. sheeesh, the mind has gone.

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twostrokes48
Posts: 577
Joined: Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:21 pm
Location: San Antonio,TX
Motorcycle: 98 Goldwing 1500 trike
75 GL1000 (restoring)
98 Goldwing with landing gear (for sale)
94 Goldwing 1500- towpac trike (sold)
88 Goldwing 1500- (sold)
84 GL1200 Aspy-SOLD
75 GL1000(stolen 87)
88 GW trike (totaled)
1972 750k2

Re: 88 1500 reverse issue, adjustment (I hope)

Postby twostrokes48 » Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:06 pm

just an update..due to xmas, family, be here, be there, be everywhere, I have not yet had an opportunity to get back to this bike. But will check things out as soon as I get a chance and let ya know what I end up with.




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