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Didnt recieve an owners manual with my bike...(was not in glove box). Called the dealership and they are supposed to be mailing me one 5 weeks ago. Can someone tell me what the Gear light means? Stayed on hold with the service dept for 15 min waiting on an answer and finally hung up. Light came on while running, stayed on 30 sec or so and went off.
 

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The gear light indicates what gear you are in. It should be on whenever the key is on.
 

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I never noticed that light on the meter just above the gear indicator. I can't find anything in the service manual or owners manual on it either. If you want a PDF owners manual I can download one and email it to you though.

 

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Here is a picture of the Pioneer gauge

The gear light is backlit with the same light as the main part of the cluster. It comes on when you turn on the key. It stays on while you drive. It is a light that says look below me to see what gear your in. A true idiot light. If you don't know what R D or N means you shouldn't be driving.

 
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Dont feel bad , It got me on the first day also, thought it was a warning light. I was almost in panic mode when i first saw it. I was shifting from R ,N to D thinking something was wrong LOL.
 

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Dont feel bad , It got me on the first day also, thought it was a warning light. I was almost in panic mode when i first saw it. I was shifting from R ,N to D thinking something was wrong LOL.
it got me too. On my first night drive right after it was delivered. WTF??? is that? Grabbed my owners manual in irate mode.... nothing! Cursed Honda, my dealer and man were they going to get an earful in the morning. Then I noticed they were the same color (dash and light). They came on at the same time regardless of gear.

Looked real close and they are the same backlight.

Its not mentioned in the service manual either. I am guessing just as many dealers panic when they get the call and can't find anything about a "gear light"..
 

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Lmao I was trying to figure it out because the rincon has about the same display but without the gear light
 

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Wow, talk about how to entertain a bunch of grown men with a couple little lights.

It got me too in the beginning.
 

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The display must have been designed by Honda's Department of Redundancy Department. We have the gear letter in the main display and the individual lights on the right side of the main display. Kind of makes me want to reverse the individual light, just to screw with my wife. :D
 

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after reading this post this morning i went out to the shop and that 2014 foreman 500es has the same stupid light .......lol
 

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All makes sense now. I used my headlights for the first time that day, I had to drive about a mile down a paved road and turned on the headlights in case a vehicle was comeing. I too thought it was a warning light. Went to the dealership and got a manual today. Its a little used from being on the service managers desk, but better than not having one.
 

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Hi guys, new member here. I have accidentally submerged my Pioneer (don't ask! Ha!) and noticed the gear light came on AFTER I pulled her out from a night of being submerged! (I may simply never have noticed the light coming on). Needless to say, I sucked a bunch of water/mud in the engine from the air box and the gear light no longer comes on. The tranny won't shift, and the oil looked like a vanilla milkshake! I've flushed her SIX times, and she still won't shift! So, I think the gear light stays OFF when you have problems (contrary to what I would have normally assumed)! Anyways, our Pioneers are wet-clutch machines (as you all know) that shift via hydraulic activation. I'm taking my machine to the shop this weekend to asses the damage. Looks like we'll pull the engine/tranny, crack her open, and see if there's a simple way to fix her. I'll keep y'all posted in case anyone is interested. Hopefully, a simple cleaning will do the trick!
 

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drkbrent sorry to hear you sunk her, very interested to know why it won't shift now? You thinking the computer got wet? I am hoping to put a snorkel on to avoid this, it can happen easy just crossing a stream and get swept down into a hole ect.

We like details along with pictures if you got them!
 

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Make sure you put dyelectric greese in all of your electrical connections. Got to keep the water out of those as well.
 

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Before tearing anything apart I would check all electrical connectors and do line pressure tests on the transmission. Sitting in the water that long most likely you got dirt in the motor so a complete tear down will be needed but at least you will have a few test to go on for the rebuild. I have seen people claim the machines brake let loose and it rolled into the dam for insurance purposes. Crazy stuff you see....
 
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