GL1800 Reverse issues


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GL1800 Reverse issues

Postby robokp66 » Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:37 am



Hello,
I own a 2001 Goldwing GL1800 which now has 100,000 miles on her. I am a tad handicapped with left leg / foot injuries so when ever I have to back up, I NEED to use the reverse button which up until now- has not had an issue. BUT just two weeks ago I placed an order for a Motor Trike Razor trike kit and it will be installed as soon as they can ship it to the east coast. My bike must have heard that she will be having a "cosmetic operation" because just two days ago I pressed that reverse button and it just did NOTHING at all, the light went on BUT that was all that happened. SO I had to push the bike back a bit the best that I could and park it out of the way. The next day I went for a ride, tried the reverse and it worked. Now the reverse will work sometimes and at times not, I was told that the reverse works off of the starter so I am a bit worried that it might not start next. Does anyone now about a reverse issue and what I need to do to correct it with out spending thousands of dollars on it?? I would be very happy to hear from anyone who might know how to fix this issue- Thank You!!



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Re: GL1800 Reverse issues

Postby bayoudave » Sat Sep 06, 2014 6:47 am

My guess would be that the switch has a little corrosion issue. Goldwing switches are commonly plagued with dirt and grim issues. I would suggest that you get some contact cleaner, can be found at Radio Shack, and clean the switch. Hope this helps.
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Techdude2000
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Re: GL1800 Reverse issues

Postby Techdude2000 » Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:52 pm

robokp66 wrote:Hello,
I own a 2001 Goldwing GL1800 which now has 100,000 miles on her. I am a tad handicapped with left leg / foot injuries so when ever I have to back up, I NEED to use the reverse button which up until now- has not had an issue. BUT just two weeks ago I placed an order for a Motor Trike Razor trike kit and it will be installed as soon as they can ship it to the east coast. My bike must have heard that she will be having a "cosmetic operation" because just two days ago I pressed that reverse button and it just did NOTHING at all, the light went on BUT that was all that happened. SO I had to push the bike back a bit the best that I could and park it out of the way. The next day I went for a ride, tried the reverse and it worked. Now the reverse will work sometimes and at times not, I was told that the reverse works off of the starter so I am a bit worried that it might not start next. Does anyone now about a reverse issue and what I need to do to correct it with out spending thousands of dollars on it?? I would be very happy to hear from anyone who might know how to fix this issue- Thank You!!


Did you by chance have the side stand down? It won't backup if it's down. Usually if it's a dirty switch, you won't get the reverse light on.

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Re: GL1800 Reverse issues

Postby wingrider24 » Thu Oct 09, 2014 6:29 pm

RoBokp66, did you get your issue fixed? If so, what did you find out. I have a 2001 GL1800 Goldwing and today the reverse light would not come on. I tried several times and it finally came on and worked fine. The next time, the light would not come on and no reverse. Several times later, the light came on and it worked. Now I can't get the light on and it will not work. Maybe your fix might help me. Thanks.

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Re: GL1800 Reverse issues

Postby Techdude2000 » Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:02 pm

wingrider24 wrote:RoBokp66, did you get your issue fixed? If so, what did you find out. I have a 2001 GL1800 Goldwing and today the reverse light would not come on. I tried several times and it finally came on and worked fine. The next time, the light would not come on and no reverse. Several times later, the light came on and it worked. Now I can't get the light on and it will not work. Maybe your fix might help me. Thanks.


Try lubing the actuator cables with cable lube. They are located under the right side chrome engine cover(oil dip stick) near the top rear of the engine. After you spray some lube on them, turn on the key and cycle them about 5 or 6 times using the reverse system switch. Make sure you get a good neutral light on and a good reverse light on every time they cycle.

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Re: GL1800 Reverse issues

Postby buffdaddy55 » Wed Mar 11, 2015 1:49 pm

techdude: do you disconnect the cables or just spray it on? I have reverse issues with my '02-1800

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Re: GL1800 Reverse issues

Postby Techdude2000 » Wed Mar 11, 2015 3:44 pm

Just spray it on them and cycle the actuator from neutral to reverse and back to neutral about 5 times. Make sure you get a good reverse light and good neutral light every time. If it still doesn't work correctly, the cables may need to be adjusted.




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