Teach me about Reverse

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Teach me about Reverse

Post by offcenter »

During my recent starter replacement, I was told that there is a "overload/overspeed" protection on the reverse circuit.
Can someone tell me more about this? Is this circuit in the starter itself, or is it elsewhere on the bike?
The new (used) starter I put in still acts sorta flaky in reverse. Sometimes, as I start backing up, reverse will stop. I have to push the reverse lever down, then pull it back up to get reverse to reset itself and start functioning again.
I'm trying to understand how the system functions in order to diagnose it.
As we all know, an intermittent problem is the hardest to find.
Thanks guys.

George in Jersey.
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Re: Teach me about Reverse

Post by Rambozo »

There is a control unit that runs the show, plus a group of diodes to prevent backfeeding of circuits. Then a resistor pack that I believe is there to slow down the starter and allow current measurements. Speed limiter and power control fuses and relays, a bunch of control and safety switches. There is a pretty good description and troubleshooting tree in the FSM. It sounds like one of the safeties is tripping on you. I'm not sure how to identify what it is, as this control unit has no output codes to the best of my knowledge. But by seeing what is stopping power to the starter you can probably narrow things down.
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