How old is the battery and are the connections tight?
the battery is new this season, the clock and radio presets all stay, if it was an connection or battery problem the radio memory and clock would be gone and the bike would / should have starting problems and it starts right up cold or hot.
I'll double check this tomorrow but as I have said the cables are snug, the switching into and out of reverse has been smooth, i use reverse all the time.
but i'll go read that stuff possible my answer is in one of thoes articles on that forum, thanks for the link
The only thing I can think of is that the cables change electrically is to ground or un-ground the reverse switch. It does that function and engages the gear.
this switching from ground to unground, is it in the switch by the reverse lever (left side)? I'm betting engaging of the gear is the problem, how do i get to the gearing for reverse?
when trying to engage the reverse when moving the lever the neutral light goes out, at that exact moment the radio mutes, but the "R" light does not come on. the "R" light is working because it lights up when i first turn the key on. Push the reverses lever back down and radio comes back and neutral light comes back on.
I've aske before and it seems like the answer must be NO but does anyone have a repair manual section on the reverse linkages, that are internal near the starter that the reverse lever/cables are engaging so I can learn how that all works? With my mechanical background I'm thinking the problem seems to be related the the fact that the electronics thinks the bike is in reverse.