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    The last two times I have returned home from a ride on my 04 1800, reverse has not engaged correctly. The R lights OK, however it feels as though the gear does not engage and there is a ratcheting sound when pressing the stater/reverse button to go back.. The bike jerks a little bit & does not move. I disengage reverse, re-engage and it reverses OK. Any thought as to what the problem may be?

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    If you have a shop manual you may see the levers that actuate the reverse and there is a adjustment you can make. or take it to yer dealer they will fix it.

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    Mine has also just started doing this exact thing. I do have a manual so I will look and attempt the adjustment over the weekend. Stay tuned...
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    Quote Originally Posted by markj View Post
    If you have a shop manual you may see the levers that actuate the reverse and there is a adjustment you can make. or take it to yer dealer they will fix it.
    markj - thanks for the info, I don't have a shop manual so I'll stop by my dealer soon.

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    Take off side cover and watch the reverse work.Spray small amount o fseafoam oil on moving parts.this was in previous threads.This has worked for years for me. 02 with 107,000 miles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Army Vet View Post
    The last two times I have returned home from a ride on my 04 1800, reverse has not engaged correctly. The R lights OK, however it feels as though the gear does not engage and there is a ratcheting sound when pressing the stater/reverse button to go back.. The bike jerks a little bit & does not move. I disengage reverse, re-engage and it reverses OK. Any thought as to what the problem may be?

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    Mine does the same thing, it is caused by: lack of lube
    Low battery
    Out of adjustment
    It went away at my 32k checkup, so maybe dealer lubed it, I also bought a new battery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    Take off side cover and watch the reverse work.Spray small amount o fseafoam oil on moving parts.this was in previous threads.This has worked for years for me. 02 with 107,000 miles
    Yup lube the reverse mechanism, it's behind the right side chrome engine cover, You can actually watch the mechanism work when you put it in or out of reverse, i used to have the same problem, I spray it with triflow lube at every oil change and haven't had a problem since
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    I lubed mine, but it didn't make any difference. 37,000 miles on bike. I guess I'll have to get out the manual and try to adjust it. Any tips?


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    Thanks to all for the info on lubing the reverse mechanism. I'll keep that in mind.

    I visited my dealer, of course they couldn't get it to duplicate the problem. They have seen this issue. They adjusted the cable and said let them know if that doesn't do it. I was surprised as there was no charge, they did it under my Honda warranty.

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    over the weekend on the way home from rogers , pulling my trailer, I had mine do this for the first time also . thanks for the info , I'll try lubing it .
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    I had found that my reverse cables had vibrated the jam nut loose and let the long adjusting nut move the cable out of adjustment. You will need the manual to show you how the arms should be in line with a notch for nuatral. If it's not right, it will not go all the way into rev. I found this to be my problem. It also had my rev. light blinking a lot. Adjusting the cables, fixed everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocket1lf View Post
    ....I guess I'll have to get out the manual and try to adjust it. Any tips?

    Old thread, I know, but, if anyone finds this thread during a search, here is a writeup that will help you adjust the reverse actuation cables:

    http://gl1800riders.com/forums/showt...ble-Adjustment

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    That can happen every once in a while if you are on a grade. The next time engage the reverse button but before you hit the starter button make the bike roll forward and back and I'll bet it will work ok. Connect a Battery Tender and wait until a full charge and then check it. You might also have the battery load tested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cycledude View Post
    Yup lube the reverse mechanism, it's behind the right side chrome engine cover, You can actually watch the mechanism work when you put it in or out of reverse, i used to have the same problem, I spray it with triflow lube at every oil change and haven't had a problem since

    Where does one find Triflow Lube?

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