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I know the reverse lever is to be pulled out then up, but mine will not pull out but if I lift it up with a good pull it will go into reverse, but why will it not pull out. I just got the bike and not to sure where to start looking. Ken GL1500 1989
 

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perhaps the pivot bolt spring is broke or improperly installed. for forward lever will lay flat against body and spring will need to be overcome to move lever outward before rotate to reverse. think column shift on a car
 

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My 88 just requires being pulled straight back while in neutral.Easy and smooth.
 

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I always rock the bike forward/back to be sure that there is no pressure on the shifter mechanism.

So far, no issues ever.
 

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My '89 reverse lever just pulls up, not out.
 

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The reverse lever cam has a small hole under the lever mounting bolt. This is an interlock requiring pulling the lever out prior to swinging up or down.

If the lever moves without having to pull out, check for broken/bent rod interlock.

JD
 

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Thank you for all your replies I will inspect all the moving parts today. This is all new to me and thank you for the photo as this helps me with what to look for. Ken
 

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In order to get to that picture you will have to remove the left side tupperware, including the left pocket so you can get at the screws, and remove the seat and take off the top console also...there is how to articles how to do this in the search forum....
 

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The trim will come off without removing the whole shelter.



Remove the handle by lifting the rubber cover away at the rear part if the lever. Remove the allen headed bolt and remove the handle (look out for the pin)



With a small flat bladed screwdriver carefully pry the black trim away from the shelter. It is only held in by several small tabs. You will then be able to get to the reverse switch.
 

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Thank you all again with this. This web site is great I have looked at many riders ask for help and wow the large amount that reply. Way to go
 

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I HAVE A 90 GL1500 AND MY LEVER PULLS STRAIGHT UP. WHEN TAKING OUT OF REVERSE I HAVE TO PULL LEVER OUT AND DOWN TO RELEASE. AND I ALSO ROCK BACK AND FORTH AND HAVE NO PROBLEMS. RLM61
 
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