Question about 1978 Honda GL 1000 (K3)
I have only experienced this phenomenon after reassembling a CX500. Unfortunately I had to take the rear cover off to fix it. There is a small spring that attaches to the gear changer mechanism that holds two opposed quarter gears in position. In my instance, when reassembling the gears became misaligned. You put it all back together, step it into first and the bike locks in first gear (disassembly required). I think in your case the spring has broken causing the same final result. It is possible that you have a bent shift fork, or other damage, unfortunately disassembly will be require to diagnose the problem. As I recall there are some removable inspection covers on the GL1000. A knowledgeable mechanic may be able to diagnose through the inspection covers.
Posted on Jul 07, 2010
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