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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-27-2019, 08:51 AM Thread Starter
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I think I joined the club 😫

Well all, yesterday was a beautiful 90 degree day in Philly. What better way to spend the early afternoon than jumping on 95south for a cruise. I got maybe 10 miles south of the city and Bang!( followed by a few more bangs), after my initial “oh crap” the bike starting running normal. I knew that something was up so I flicked on my driving lights because I have my voltmeter wired in on the switch and saw what I expected but hoped not to see.... 10.4V at 4500rpm. I jumped off the highway hoping to be able to just get back on the other side and get home, but a momentary lapse in attention to the throttle while making a u-turn dropped my RPMs and she died on me. This is my first bike and all I can say is it’s doing it’s best to sharpen my mechanical/electrical skills. The bike is back in front of my house now and it’s time to break out the meter to see what’s dead (RR or stator), besides that miserable scenario which I know is going to keep me on 4 wheels for a while, I just want to point out that it’s true that being on a bike puts you into a brotherhood. An older guy (72) pulled his truck over because he’s a biker (rides a Vulcan 1500 classic) and saw another biker stranded, quickly followed by another guy on an HD (yep) who stopped. The older guy shot down the road to find me cables to jump the bike and the HD guy went out of his way to escort me back to the city once I got her started again. Complete strangers who burned at least an hour of their day to help. I’m grateful and pleased to know there really are some good folks out there!! I will pay that help forward if I see someone stuck in the future, but Today it’s time to break out the voltmeter and diagnose how f—ked my charging system is
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Unfortunately it's probably the stator. It could be the R/R, but it's usually the stator. You didn't say what year or mileage. Before buying anything, the stator can be checked to see whether it is good or not. You will need to look around between the stator connection to the engine, and then R/R, find 3 yellow wires with bullet connectors in them, take the bullet connectors apart (when you put them back it doesn't matter how you connect them they are all the same) and measure the resistance with an ohmmeter. the resistance between any 2 of the three yellow wires should be 0.34-0.52 ohms. If you get infinity between any of the yellow wires, the stator is shot.

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Hey Jerry, my bike is a 2005, just hit the 20k mark for mileage. I did in fact break out the ohm meter yesterday. Resistance readings across the leads were higher than spec ( at least .6) across the leads, but unfortunately the leads are all shorted to ground when doing the continuity test so I’m pretty sure it’s cooked. So now the questions, do I feel adventurous enough to fix it myself? Or take it to a pro? I haven’t decided that yet. What’s the best aftermarket stator available? I have seen “Rick’s” mentioned a few times but also found this one


Curious if anyone’s used these

And to my other point, I’m glad people gave a crap enough to help. Living in the city makes you question people’s integrity. Hopefully I can keep this bike running and wont need to find out if there are any more good folks out there though. Fingers crossed on that one, but to be honest I like all bikes, I’d have a dozen if I could (American, Japanese, British, etc) I’m glad I finally got one (even though I need to take the train to work today &#x1f62b
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