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    My GW had been "triked" when I purchased it and all worked well for about 6 months. After that, I began having problems when attempting to use the reverse function. At first it was intermitten and has now become an all the time problem.

    The malfunction is that when reverse function is activated and the starter button is depressed, the mc will only backup about 4 or 5 feet (3-4 sec) then stop with the reverse indicatior going off (neutral ind not on either). To continue in reverse, the reverse button must be released allowing the unit to switch back into neutral, then repeat the action all over. This can be done again and again. Unit was put into the dealers shop for 2 days, to no avail, with the reverse/cruise module having been changed. (No charge for that since the problem wasn;t fixed) I've since discovered that if I simply release the start button and after a count of 3, then depress it again, the dis-engage/engage action does not have to be done. I can simply dis-engage/engage the start button over and over. Kind of herky-jerky but eventually gets me where I need to go. Does anyone have any ideas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 08TrikeRider View Post
    My GW had been "triked" when I purchased it and all worked well for about 6 months. After that, I began having problems when attempting to use the reverse function. At first it was intermitten and has now become an all the time problem.

    The malfunction is that when reverse function is activated and the starter button is depressed, the mc will only backup about 4 or 5 feet (3-4 sec) then stop with the reverse indicatior going off (neutral ind not on either). To continue in reverse, the reverse button must be released allowing the unit to switch back into neutral, then repeat the action all over. This can be done again and again. Unit was put into the dealers shop for 2 days, to no avail, with the reverse/cruise module having been changed. (No charge for that since the problem wasn;t fixed) I've since discovered that if I simply release the start button and after a count of 3, then depress it again, the dis-engage/engage action does not have to be done. I can simply dis-engage/engage the start button over and over. Kind of herky-jerky but eventually gets me where I need to go. Does anyone have any ideas?
    08TrikeRider
    My '08 isn't triked but I have had that problem. All I did was to lube the cam area where the cables hook up at the engine end. There is a spring that seems to bind sometimes. I use a gun oil spray with teflon evey time I change oil (4K) and haven't had the trouble since! Check and see if the installer adjusted the cables to where there is not enough free play, this can cause the problem too! Good luck

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    If the cables are OK, then check fuse #1, RVS A FUSE, it's the sense line for the reverse control module. If the fuse is blown, it makes the module "think" the starter/reverse motor is overloaded.
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    milage?

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    Don't park where you would have to back up.

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    Spray the Reverse switch backside with contact cleaner
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    Question Silicon on backside of switch

    Nice Ride Falcon!!
    I've never been there, can you give me a hint or some directions on how to get to the backside of the switch?
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    I,ve used silicon there before to no avail but had forgotten that. I'll look closer for a spring problem.
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    If the reverse fuse #1 fuse is blown, would the reverse function at all?
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    Milage is +/- 13k. MC was out of warrenty due to time when I purchased it.
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    Yes, the reverse will work a little because there's a slight delay between the bike backing up and the module sensing the issue and stopping.
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    I would recommend a different Honda dealership or at least a different "technician". Many are not proficient at working on goldwings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by techdude2000 View Post
    If the cables are OK, then check fuse #1, it's the sense line for the reverse control module. If the fuse is blown, it makes the module "think" the starter/reverse motor is overloaded.
    Where is this fuse I have the same problem I just had My Motortrike Spyder changed out for the Adventure kit after someone ran into me at a store before the change reverse worked fine now only 3 seconds
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    Main fuse box to the left of your battery. If the fuse is good, you will need to measure the voltage at the fuse while backing up.

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