While making the rounds at the 2009 Cincinnati V-Twin Expo, we bumped into Hiro Tamura from AIM Corporation who enlightened us about the company's new Mamba Reverse Gear ($1,595-$1,795) for Harley-Davidsons.
We've all been in situations where backing a heavy motorcycle up a slope can be somewhat of a daunting task, and baggers these days can get pretty heavy when they're loaded down with gear or you have a passenger on the back. And what if you have bad knees or you're legs don't seem to work the way they used to? We had a '09 Electra Glide that we wanted to give the Reverse treatment.
AIM Corp, located in Huntington Beach, California, is known for its performance clutch components. The Mamba is available for six-speed transmissions in a Monoblock style (used for this install) for '07-09 big twins, including '06 Dyna. Also available for five-and-six speed transmissions is a two-piece Reverse Gear for '87-later big twins (except '06 Dyna). The Mamba is clutch operated and does not use an electrical motor, and it installs into your stock transmission. In normal transmission operation when the trans is in gear the mainshaft spins clockwise and the countershaft spins counter-clockwise. With the Reverse Gear, according to Hiro, both the mainshaft and countershaft spin clockwise when the idler gear (inside AIM's trans cover) is activated by the AIM shift lever, engaging the counter gear and making it rotate clockwise, causing the bike to go in Reverse.
We headed over to Westminster Harley-Davidson in Westminster, California to install the Mamba on the E-Glide and after the install we tested to see just how well it worked. Log on to www.hotbikeweb.com for a video demonstration of how it performs.