Reverse won't engage.


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jezza
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Reverse won't engage.

Post by jezza » Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:16 am



Hi guys, can anyone help me?
Reverse on my 1995 se has stopped engaging.
It has been working fine but just stopped. I have checked the cable adjustment and all seems OK. When you turn the ignition on the reverse light comes on for a few seconds and then goes out as it should. When I lift the reverse lever the neutral light goes out but the reverse light no longer comes on. When I press the starter button nothing happens apart from the head lights go dim.
Could it be a Relay?
Any help would be appreciated.



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Erdeniz Umman
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Re: Reverse won't engage.

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:15 pm

You can only use reverse while the engine is running, I wanted to remind you since you haven't mentioned in your post.

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Re: Reverse won't engage.

Post by jezza » Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:20 pm

Hi thanks for responding. Yes the engine is running. Sorry didn't make that clear.

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Re: Reverse won't engage.

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:47 pm

Does your bike have a headlight on/off switch on the left handle bar?
The reason that I ask this question is, the headlight should not go off while depressing the start/reverse button (while reversing) on an US spec bike which does not have a headlight switch.
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jezza
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Re: Reverse won't engage.

Post by jezza » Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:55 pm

No there is no headlight switch on mine as it is an American bike. The light doesn't go out when I try to reverse but just dims as if power is being drained.

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Re: Reverse won't engage.

Post by Erdeniz Umman » Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:07 pm

Ok, there are a lot of parts on the reverse system. It would be better to download the wiring diagram in the following link, if you haven't done so far, and troubleshoot accordingly.
/Manuals.asp

You can start with checking 5A fuse near the battery and the 65A fuse under the seat.

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Re: Reverse won't engage.

Post by jezza » Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:16 pm

OK thanks, I will check them tomorrow.

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Re: Reverse won't engage.

Post by jezza » Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:51 pm

OK update. I found that the reverse switch in the engine was faulty so replaced it. Now the reverse light comes on but when I press the starter it turns over but I don't back up!
Bit stumped now. Any ideas?



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