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2005 Honda Foreman 500 sticks in reverse when cold

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My machine sticks in reverse until it is completely warmed up and then it shifts perfectly once it is completely warm. I have to literally yank up on the shifter to get it out of reverse. It will shift up and down fine in the forward gears just not reverse. It's a 2005 Honda Foreman TRX500FM5. I'm hoping someone can point me in the right direction. I tried searching it but didn't come up with anything.

Thanks in advance.

Cheers Don.

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I’m confused.  It’s sticks in reverse until it’s warmed up ? When you park the bike are you leaving it in neutral ? Does it start while I reverse ???? Shouldn’t start in any gear at all. Can you explain a little more ? 

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When I park it I leave it in neutral with the brake lever in the locked position. It only starts in the neutral position.  

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I took it to a bike shop to have it serviced about 2 months back. It just started doing this lately. Is it possible that it's as simple as they put the wrong type of oil in it? I read on another thread about shift problems with a TRX250 and someone asked if the wrong oil without additives was put in. 

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The service manual says GN4 without molybdenum additives.

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Did a clutch and idle adjustment today and she's back to normal. Also changed out the air filter and put in an air filter pre screen as well. Tomorrow I will change the oil and filter before heading out ice fishing Saturday.

Cheers, Don

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