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post #1 of 26 Old Dec 15th, 2005, 1:09 am Thread Starter
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My wife and I bought an 05 LT in Mar 05 and it bothers us to find out that dealers don't seem to know much about the LT. Question; when I put the bike in reverse it goes backwards for approx. 3 seconds and quits, then I press the starter button again and it goes back for another 3 sec. etc. I think it should be continuous but no one at 2 dealerships seems to know. What does your LT do in reverse?
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post #2 of 26 Old Dec 15th, 2005, 1:57 am
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LT's and reverse "gear"

Mine just keeps going until I remove my finger from the button, although I doubt I have held it on for more than 4 or 5 seconds at a time.

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My wife and I bought an 05 LT in Mar 05 and it bothers us to find out that dealers don't seem to know much about the LT. Question; when I put the bike in reverse it goes backwards for approx. 3 seconds and quits, then I press the starter button again and it goes back for another 3 sec. etc. I think it should be continuous but no one at 2 dealerships seems to know. What does your LT do in reverse?
I'll get you the part number you need in the morning. My '05 did the exact same thing and was repaired by Scottsdale (AZ) BMW.

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I suggest looking thru the archvies, i do recall reading about others with this same fault and a few different outcomes as to the cause of it
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Same as Daz.
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As Dezrae suggested, please look in the old site. There A LOT of posts handling this issue. I had the same problem and had just about every component in the reversing system changed (under warranty, luckily) before the problem was solved. In my case it was the small sensor which reads if the driveshaft ( or something else before that) is actually turning or not.

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In my case it was the small sensor which reads if the driveshaft ( or something else before that) is actually turning or not.
Yup that's the same $6 part as it was on mine.

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BMW LT Reverse

I had the 3 seconds and then nothing on my 05LT. It started 3 months ago and what with holidays and other things it was only fixed in mid november.

The dealer here in the UK at first said it's a safety feature to which i replied b******s. They contacted BMW UK and after much too-ing a fro-ing with emails and a reference to the technical guys in Germany they eventually sorted it.

At first they changed a speed sensor then when that didn't work they said it was the "reverse controller" and finally a gearbox sensor was changed.

There have been other reasons for the reverse gear to play up on this board and it's predecessor but the above was eventually to resolve my problem.

I hope you get yours sorted.

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Or, you could check your connection under the right side of the fuel tank. There is a plug there close to fuel pump plug. If it isn't plugged in firmly, you'll get that erratic reverse.



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My wife and I bought an 05 LT in Mar 05 and it bothers us to find out that dealers don't seem to know much about the LT. Question; when I put the bike in reverse it goes backwards for approx. 3 seconds and quits, then I press the starter button again and it goes back for another 3 sec. etc. I think it should be continuous but no one at 2 dealerships seems to know. What does your LT do in reverse?
It seems to me that you are pressing the button and releasing? If this is correct, you need to continue to hold the button down until the desired distance is covered and then release.

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I had the same problem with both the reverse and with the dealer. Initially they tried to pass it off as a feature of bike but eventually replaced the speed sensor and corrected the problem.

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I havent had the problem YET, But if I may throw out a question about backing up. How much of and incline can you back up?
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Same Problem my solutions was...

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Or, you could check your connection under the right side of the fuel tank. There is a plug there close to fuel pump plug. If it isn't plugged in firmly, you'll get that erratic reverse.
My 02 LTC was doing the exact same thing, so I first tried the connection mentioned above. right side of the bike under the tank. The cable was coming out of the connector and taken a 90 degree turn so hard the plastic had dried off in place, when I went to turn it it just broke right off. So I took a piece of wire the same type in longer lenght, reattached it in the correct places and the reverse now works like a champ. Now again mine was an 02 LTC that I know I was left "outside" all of its like, until I came along and found a garage for it (mine) so yours been an 05 is hard to believe you already have contact issues on that connector but it does not hurt to look at it.

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Check the plug, it was not plugged in during assembly.

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Check the plug, it was not plugged in during assembly.

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I havent had the problem YET, But if I may throw out a question about backing up. How much of and incline can you back up?
Best thing is not to park the bike facing downhill. It will stay on the kickstand better too. Regardless of what anyone says I just don't try to back the bike up a hill, level ground only.
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My reverse was working just fine until about 2 weeks ago, then started getting same response as decribed on the opening of this string ... haven't taken in, yet ... sounds like a cronic problem (i.e., the dealerships / BMW should have a significant amount of knowledge about), but a variety of causes?? I'm assuming my warrenty will take care of it.

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I had the same problem which was fixed pronto at SMCycle in Victoria. They replaced the sender.
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LT erratic reverse

Thanks for the quick reply. I am holding the start button down until it quits which is approx. 4 to 5 feet.
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I havent had the problem YET, But if I may throw out a question about backing up. How much of and incline can you back up?
Not sure there is a limit. But you cannot put the bike in reverse with the brake on. You have to let the brake off to do it. I think that may limit the incline a bit:-)

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there is a speed sensor in the starter i belive that controlss the speed of the bike in reverse. i had mine replaced by the dealer under warranty. it did the same as you described 3 seconds then off. since they have replace the sensor it works fine.

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Or, you could check your connection under the right side of the fuel tank. There is a plug there close to fuel pump plug. If it isn't plugged in firmly, you'll get that erratic reverse.
Is there a picture anywhere of this plug?

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there is a speed sensor in the starter i belive that controlss the speed of the bike in reverse. i had mine replaced by the dealer under warranty. it did the same as you described 3 seconds then off. since they have replace the sensor it works fine.
Mine is in the shop right now waiting for the same part....fortunately under warranty as well. Obviously a very common problem.

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my 2002 never stops going backwards in reverse, but it does slow down a lot after about three seconds. Is that normal or is it going to get worse until it stops altogether like everyone is describing?

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my 2002 never stops going backwards in reverse, but it does slow down a lot after about three seconds. Is that normal or is it going to get worse until it stops altogether like everyone is describing?
Mine didn't work right the day I picked it up...if that makes you feel any better.

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