It wasn't the stator
Thought my stator was going bad. Symptoms:
My voltmeter is plugged into the headlight, so it normally reads 12 volts. On one ride, it went to 10. Ran a wire directly from the battery, got new readings. Cold, the bike was putting out 14.1, no problem. But, when fully warmed up, it dropped to 12 and stayed there, sometimes going lower, like when idling at a light.
Getting home, the battery tender normally goes green (fully charged) within 30 seconds. Instead, it was taking many hours.
Starting the bike, especially on cold mornings, wasn't instant like normal, the starter took a few more revs than usual.
Adding all that up, I thought the stator had gone bad again. ^&%$#@. Had the battery tested, it was OK, so took the bike to the shop.
They called later and said the stator was fine, it was the three yellow wires out of the stator that had the problem. They have bullet connectors, and one connector had failed, so all the current was going through the other two wires. They replaced the connectors, and all is well again.
Whew! Check those yellow wires, if they look burnt there may be a problem.
Now it's time to RIDE!
p.s. just rolled over 45k
The journey is the destination.
2006 VN750 (SOLD)
Red spark plug wires
Stainless Steel brake lines
Stiffer fork springs
Givi bags, Wingrack mount
Last edited by EQPlayer; 10-02-2009 at 12:53 PM.