R button on the left switchgear? Methinks you are in the wrong forum. No LT has such an arrangement to my knowledge. Sounds more like the K1600.Sitting on the bike, engine running, kickstand up, bike in neutral. Press the R button on the left switchgear. The green N on the dash will change to a red R. Press the starter button on the right switchgear and hold it down. Bike will rev to 1900RPM and start backing. When finished release starter button, apply front brake and press the R button on the left switchgear to return the bike to neutral.
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Almost as much fun is pulling up beside a Harley or Wing and deploying the EHCS. >Also you need to know that the reverse gear has nothing to do with the clutch. For instance if you are doing a small three point turn you must change the knob rom reverse to forward before you can walk it forward. Pulling in the clutch will not disengage the reverse and if you try to just walk it forward you will stress the transmission.
Once you start using it you can have some fun with it. On the weekend I was on a ride with a group of people and I needed to move backwards to position myself. I started to walk it and the slight uphill slope stopped me. One of the guys asked if I needed a hand. I said no and just put her in reverse and pushed the starter. His reaction was priceless. He looked wide eyed and just said Bull shit.
Made me laugh.
Of course, one has to be careful to look / study where your wheels and your feet will end up BEFORE pushing on the starter button (to activate reverse movement).I never would have got this on my own Just to make sure .Turn knob to R,Hold the starter button with the engine running,thats a little scary and the bike will start backing up then release button to stop,turn knob back to 12 oclock.Thanks all.
You got it. Seems strange at first, but you get used to it. Switching to "R" allows the starter motor to engage the reverse gear. It's about 136:1 as I recall, so you can back up a steep hill (I found the first time I had to use it.) I suppose the brakes work in reverse, but I've never used them backing up. Release the starter button & it stops. Feet down for stability, and you have a lot of bike behind you, so don't back into something.I never would have got this on my own Just to make sure .Turn knob to R,Hold the starter button with the engine running,thats a little scary and the bike will start backing up then release button to stop,turn knob back to 12 oclock.Thanks all.