I need some serious input on this one... Was riding into work today and decided to take a different gate. Bad idea! Traffic going through this gate was horrendous. Took me about 30 minutes to go three miles all the while my bike was going barely more than an idle. My bike stalled out just as I was about to go through the gate. When I tried to start it back up my battery was dead. I used to only have this problem when it was really hot out before I relocated my regulator. The gate guard was kind enough to give me a bump (embarrassing) and I was good to go to. When I got to work (about two miles from the gate where I stalled out) I parked my bike and switched her off. I decided to see if it would start back up and I got nothing. Not even a click. I let her sit for eight hours until it was time to home. I prayed that she would start up without issue and she did (thank you, Jesus). I decided to leave out the way that I came and got stuck in the same lame traffic. Guess what happened? You got it, she stalled out in the middle of the street. I pushed her up hill into the K-Mart parking lot and figured that I would let gravity help me bump it. Nothing. Tried it again. She started. Went to get back into traffic and she stalled out again. I didn't get very far. Basically, I completed a 500ft lap where I ended up where I started back in the K-Mart parking lot. I decided to just park her and went next door What-A-Burger for something to drink and a cool place to sit down. I relaxed for about 30 minutes and went back to start my bike. Nothing. That was it. It was now about 1830hrs (6:30pm) and I needed to get home. I called roadside assistance for a jump (I need to buy some jumper cables for my bike). The dude came out, I pulled the seat and he jumped the bike. By the time I had gotten the back on, put my toolkit back into the tool compartment, got my gear back on, and signed the paperwork, the battery was dead. The dude jumped her again and she was dead in less than five minutes. The dude jumped her one last time and I was able to get on her and get her home (about 50 miles). After I got her into the garage, I shut her down and restarted her. It was a weak start but she started.
Sorry about the long story but I wanted to make sure than all of the facts were stated. Is it normal for a motorcycle to drain its battery when idling for a long time? I installed a LED voltmeter that was reading about 12 volts at 1100rpm and about 14-15 volts at 4000rpm. I wasn't monitoring the voltmeter this morning but this afternoon it was barely 8-9 volts at idle and, no matter how high she was reved, would not get above 12 volts.
This has been the first time that this has happened to me since I relocated my regulator about three weeks ago. When I relocated the regulator, I made sure to coat the connector with dilectric grease and retape the wires to keep the water out. Since I did the relocation, I've rode her in the rain twice, washed her, and installed new ACCT springs (not sure what that may have to with the charging sytem). When I examined the regulator, the connector was really greasy (to be expected) but no water.
I'm hoping that this issue may be operator/mechanic error that can be easily rectified and not some serious equipment failure that will just give my wife one more reason why I should sell my bike. Please advise.