Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Renton, Wa. USA
Whenever you go looking at a used 750, take a small multimeter with you. Doesn't have to be anything top-of-the-line. You have to know if the bike's electrical system is producing the kind of voltage is should be. Take the seat off by removing the two bolts located in the tool box. (You should bring your own 10mm socket, it'll just be easier) You have to measure the voltage across the battery while the engine is turning 2500 rpm. Multimeter leads with clips will make this a one man job. Without clips, have the owner work the throttle while you take the measurement. At 2500 rpm, you should get 13.5 volts or more. If the voltage doesn't come up from when the bike was turned off, there's a problem with the charging system. And that is really bad news for the owner of the bike. If it's the stator, replacement runs around $800 including the labor. It can be done at home, but it's a big job. It could be the R/R, which is a lot easier to replace. Anyway, it's now an official fixer-upper and no longer worth anywhere near what was being asked. Best to just walk away.
Don't be fooled by the bike starting and purring like a kitten. It can run for about 20 minutes on just a freshly charged battery.
'04 750A- and loving it!
Using a Purlator One PL14610
"Sixth gear? I don't need no stinkin sixth gear!"
If someone throws you under the bus-remember to tuck and roll