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    K1600 GT reverse gear

    I had a very brief go, sitting on a new bike, with the reverse gear. It's initially quite an unerving experience.

    Lift the bike to upright, if it's not there already.

    Raise the side stand, if it's not already up

    Start the engine, if it's not already running

    With the bike in neutral, push the button R on the left hand bar. R will appear in the gear position indicator screen

    Push the starter button....

    Nothing will happen for a moment.... Then the rev's will rise.... that is a bit unnerving at first as it sounds as if the bike is about to speed off.... and the bike will then drive - under engine power, not just on the starter motor- backards at a reasonable pace. Lift your thumb off the starter switch and the bike will stop, the engine still running. Push it again and the rev's rise again and back it goes. Repeat until happy.

    Once you get used to the noises and how it drives backwards it's quite easy.... a useful addition to a heavy bike, particularly if you are on gravel or having to pull it up a slope.

    Next... feet up reversing!

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    Would it not just be easier for you to get your man servant to push it backwards ?

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    All it needs now is an auto box.

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    Ah - I had assumed it was a battery powered function.

    Don't press R going around a corner - there will be 50 pages of investigation.

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    The bike would indeed lend itself well to a good, dual clutch, auto engine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cooperman View Post
    Ah - I had assumed it was a battery powered function.
    I had assumed the same. It does though make very good sense to have the engine driving the heavy bike backwards, saving the battery and starter motor possibly straining away. I guess you could, if you felt the pressing need, drive backwards for several hundreds of yards, just as you can in a car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wapping View Post





    .... Then the rev's will rise....

    Do tell...what made it rise ?
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    Excitement..... and the arguably unnecessary foreshortening of revolutions, the word revs itself having entered common usuage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarka View Post
    what made it rise ?
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    Sounds no different from the reverse function I had on a K1200LT a few years ago, very straightforward when you get used to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wapping View Post
    The bike would indeed lend itself well to a good, dual clutch, auto engine.
    Absolutely - personally I would prefer to see the K16 with a Honda style DC auto option in preference to this fangled reverse thingy, particularly as the original gearboxes have been problematic for some. Still, I guess when the bike is fully loaded there is a case for reverse, as with the Wing, but doesn't everything just start to get too heavy & over-complicated. The K16 already needs to go on a serious diet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squibb34 View Post
    Absolutely - personally I would prefer to see the K16 with a Honda style DC auto option in preference to this fangled reverse thingy, particularly as the original gearboxes have been problematic for some. Still, I guess when the bike is fully loaded there is a case for reverse, as with the Wing, but doesn't everything just start to get too heavy & over-complicated. The K16 already needs to go on a serious diet.
    It is a brilliant bike for uber two up touring whilst at the same time being able to get some real performance.

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    No gearbox problems on either of mine..... nor any need to take it to Hilltop.

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    I've seen one being reversed... It's quite a noisy commotion!

    I think you'll find that the revs rise so that the alternator is generating sufficient juice to provide/replace the power being used as the starter motor is used to reverse you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wreford Miles View Post
    I've seen one being reversed... It's quite a noisy commotion!

    I think you'll find that the revs rise so that the alternator is generating sufficient juice to provide/replace the power being used as the starter motor is used to reverse you.
    Aha, that makes perfect sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wapping View Post
    nor any need to take it to Hilltop.
    Burn the witch

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