Originally Posted by ATLDB
I was under the impression that you cannot engage the reverse lever with the engine off, has to running in idle and neutral. On top of that the starter motor is what runs backwards to run the reverse. So are you sure you want to start the bike with the reverse engaged???
Anyway even with the engine running in idle mine is hard to engage, rock the bike back and forth and it usually gets in no problem. Mine originally worked for 5 seconds and quit. I took out the right side fairing and under the gaz tank loosen the wires that are so tightly ran on the frame and voila, it worked fine.....
You have to have the engine running first, because you certainly cannot start it when the reverse lever is engaged. If you do switch the lever before starting the engine (you can), the starter button does nothing, as reverse action is locked out if the engine is not running.
I found out the hard way once. I had parked with a lot of other motorcycles by using reverse to back it into a space. A few hours later when we were all leaving, I thought my battery had died. Starter button did nothing, but then we noticed my headlight was on bright, so battery was good. After checking everything over, side stand, etc., it dawned on me. I had left the reverse lever engaged.
The starter motor does not run backwards for reverse, it is just that it is engaged to the tranny reverse gears when the lever is moved. The sprag clutch in the engine spins freewheeling on it's hub when the engine is running, as it does all the time, so the starter is not driving the engine when the engine is turning faster than the starter motor. When the engine is not running, the sprag clutch locks up and turns the engine until it starts, then the engine is again overruning the starter motor.