Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Grand Junction, CO
When my stator bombed, the bike ran fine, I just had to charge it maually every day. If your bike was spitting & sputtering, I'd lean toward some other problem besides the stator. The stator is only responsible for charging the battery. But at idle, the the stator doesn't charge anyway so if your battery is skimp, it could run poorly or die but should improve once the engine rpm go above 2k or so. Like niterider said, take the time to test it. That's a lot easier than changing it. Sounds more like a fuel issue to me.
Also, I agree with VulcanJoe & 'OlHoss....book value shouldn't have any bearing on repair cost. This thinking is only true for Dealers but doesn't really count for owners. So, if that's the only thing that the value is based on, then nothing would be worth repair. If the bike is a basket case or you just hate it, then that's different. But, if the bike is in reasonable shape and you like it, then it is much cheaper to repair it than to replace it (This is true with any vehicle). That's the way you should think of it. You'll never get all your money back anyway so why not fix it and ride it?
*Battery connected at both ends!
*Real air in the tires
*New Registration sticker
*Seat wiped off
*Low AND Hi beam headlight!
*New #1157 tail light bulb
*Brake pedal still on the right
*Custom valve stem caps made from black plastic!
*Custom built ignition key from Kawasaki
Does anybody really care?
"When I die, I want to go peacefully like my Grandfather did, in his sleep -- not screaming, like the passengers in his car"