Information and questions on GL1500 Goldwings (1988-2000)
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Post by Maddogg » Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:05 pm

This is for all you Wingers out there that has ever had to park on a slight downhill driverway. I was warming my wing up this morning and I pulled it out into the driveway so as not to fill the garage with fumes. I was trying to figure out how to get off the bike, leave it on it's side stand and not have it try to roll down the driveway. I thought of Reverse. I put it in reverse and it held it in place almost like a parking brake. Now all you guys have probably known about this trick for years, but I felt pretty good about myself. That brought me to a question. Will it hurt to leave the bike in reverse to hold it in place? Will it cause any damage to it by doing it this way. The slope was not severe. Thanks. :lol:

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Re: reverse

Post by artgrantz » Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:38 pm

I was told by a knowledgeable friend that reverse should not be used as a parking brake. He gave a plausible reason for it but I can't remember what it was.

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Re: reverse

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:42 pm

artgrantz wrote:I was told by a knowledgeable friend that reverse should not be used as a parking brake. He gave a plausible reason for it but I can't remember what it was.
I can't think of any good reason why it should not be used as a parking brake - and I do so anytime I park on any kind of a slope.

The parking brake is a large set of beefy reduction gears that change the very fast rotation of the starter motor into very slow rotation of the rear wheel. When the starter motor is not turning, the rear wheel is simply not going to move, period - the amount of force required to rotate the rear wheel (and spin the starter motor at high speed as a result) is just massive.

If you want a sure-fire fail-safe parking lock method, put the bike into neutral, shift it into reverse, pull the clutch in, and push the shifter down into first gear. Now kill the engine. You now have it in reverse and first at the same time, so you're presenting the rear wheel rotation with the resistance of engine compression AND the resistance of the starter motor. It is not going anywhere.

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Re: reverse

Post by ct1500 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:02 pm

A park situation using reverse will put no more stress on the gearing than actively using reverse.
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Re: reverse

Post by silverado6x6 » Sun Oct 13, 2013 7:32 am

Myself I would probably put it in gear but if I had to constantly work with such a hill problem would instead build a latch for the foot pedal so you have both front and rear brake lock up or just a heavy rubber band on the right brake lever. Hard to say just exactly what kind of stress on the reversing gear and what it can take. I want no problems or repair bills down the line.
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Re: reverse

Post by wingman1000 » Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:37 pm

The major problem with using reverse as a parking brake is the constant use of the reverse switch. They have been known to fail because of constant use and this means the bike will not start as the switch tells the bike it is in reverse even though the reverse light is not showing. Not sure how the GL1800 system works but I know of several switches on GL1500 that have failed.

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