Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Pacific Northwet, WA, USA
Technique/effort to engage Reverse?
I am still waiting to finalize the purchase of a 2000 K1200LT (with about 27,000 miles). The owner now has the title in hand, but there's eight inches of snow on the ground, so it will probably be next weekend before I can go pick it up.
So, for good or ill, I have plenty of time to mull over my impressions of riding the bike.
One thing I noticed was that it was difficult to engage reverse. I assumed it would be pretty similar to the GL1500: Stop moving, put the bike in neutral, flip the lever. But the lever didn't flip easily. Apparently the current owner (who has only had the bike for a year or so) rarely if ever used reverse. He shut the engine off to engage reverse. I don't remember whether it would start in reverse or not. We eventually did get it into reverse, and I backed in a circle around his driveway.
I also noticed that it seemed to back up at a faster speed than either the GL1500 or GL1800, and the engine revved up a bit when I hit the starter button to make it go.
So, the questions are:
What is the correct procedure to engage and use reverse?
Is there a trick to getting the lever to flip easily?
Is it normal for the engine to rev up when actually backing up?
From my description above, does anyone smell a problem here? Anything I should investigate before plunking the money down for this bike?