Reverse Won't Stay Engaged


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revtmuller1
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Reverse Won't Stay Engaged

Postby revtmuller1 » Sat Jun 25, 2016 8:40 pm



Hi all, I've been having problems with the reverse lately on my '99 1500SE. It won't stay engaged when backing up. It goes into reverse real easy but the level won't stay in the up position as I'm backing up. Is this a problem with adjustment or what?



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Bluewaterhooker0
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Motorcycle: 1997 Goldwing GL 1500 SE

Re: Reverse Won't Stay Engaged

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:01 pm

I'm not sitting next to my bike, but as I recall, you have to pull that lever out in order to raise it for reverse engagement. Then it sets back in place at the top of travel. That would require some sort of pin to lock in both ends of travel. If the pin is missing, or the full upper travel is not reached, then it might not lock in place in reverse. If you do have to pull it out to release the lever to raise it, that would suggest the pin is still in place. At that point, I would look at the lever travel for the full raised position. Just my recollection.

revtmuller1
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Re: Reverse Won't Stay Engaged

Postby revtmuller1 » Sun Jun 26, 2016 7:39 am

Thanks Bluewaterhooker0, I'm pretty sure I am pulling full up on the lever once I pull the lever out. I do have to pull out and then up to engage reverse. However I'll pay particular attention to how far the lever travels up and see if I notice anything.

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Re: Reverse Won't Stay Engaged

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Sun Jun 26, 2016 2:30 pm

There are physical adjustments to that lever, via cables, I believe. Never needed to adjust mine, but that might restrict the travel distance of the lever if not adjusted properly.
The cables appear to be adjustable on both ends. It's covered in the service manual in section 18
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Re: Reverse Won't Stay Engaged

Postby revtmuller1 » Sun Jun 26, 2016 3:47 pm

Gotcha :-) I'll check adjustment as soon as I can going on vacation in a couple of days so it will be a while before I can work on it.




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