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Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Kennett Square, PA
Hi - Newbie here, with an electrical problem that might fit this line of descriptions. I was up in Gettysburg yesterday just to see what Bike Week was all about, and got caught up in a long, slow line of traffic on my '92 750. Dogged along for about 15 minutes in first gear, with the temp gauge rising, but never redlining. And at some point,"something" kicked in and the gauge dropped some again. After a bit, my riding partners and I decided to pull into a parking lot and take a break from sitting; got in the turn lane to go left and sat some more. When I finally opened the throttle to make the turn, the bike died. Tried to re-start, and nothing. At all. Still had lights and stuff, but no clicks, no nothing.
Checked radiator fluid; ok. After about 30 minutes, tried starting the bike - nothing, just the relay clicks. Jump-started the battery and kept the rpms above 2800 (good lesson learned there), but when I went to open the throttle, the bike died again and wouldn't restart (no relay clicks this time). Voltmeter showed the battery a little low (11.50 or so), so I tried letting it charge up longer. Same deal - open throttle, stop engine. Jumped it one more time and pulled the pos terminal off the battery and the bike died. Another helpful biker said that that was an indication of a bad voltage regulator...but then he said maybe it was the stator.
At present, I've got the battery on a charger, but after 17 hours, the light on the charger is indicating "red" (meaning I'm not back up to 12 v).
ANyone have an idea as to what may have happened to my bike? I had ridden it over 80 miles on Friday without any trouble; and it was 54 miles up the The Berg, no trouble...until I got caught up in traffic.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I bought a voltmeter/ohmmeter, so I'm ready to test any and everything...