well, to celebrate the 20th year i have owed my 88 vn750, i thought i would maybe give her a makeover. to start, "road kill" (ran over a deer a few years ago!) is pretty much stock. i never really knew about the stator/elec system issues until i came here a couple years ago. one thing i did do a few years ago was to put a 55/100 watt "illegal flamethrower" headlight lamp in, ran it several thousand miles but knowing now about the stator i leave it on low beam most of the time. don't do much night riding, just like to be seen! anyways i had my eye on the led tail light, really super sick of the damned blinkers (3rd set and 2 are busted again) and was looking to relocate some led blinkers to the rear plate, and slap some up on the bucket as well. oh and one of the rear plate frames "back off" i think it's called, with led's for an extra brake light.
kind of liking the "stop/turn/run" controllers i am seeing, might add one of those too. well hmmm the more i read the posts here the more confused i get. seems the led's will save some wattage, which is a good thing with a known stator defect, unless you ask the next guy who says NOT running the system under full load is bad on the r/r as well as the stator!! dang!! seems i read somewhere i can add 70 watts to the system... well the 55/100 headlight is basically sucking up 40 watts over the stock 55/60, which seems to be no problem, unless you ask the nexy guy who will say i am frying my stator!
i know much has been written about this subject, but in hours of reading posts it seems i know less than when i started!
it would be great to hear from some fellow riders who are running accessory lighting and led blinkers etc. i wouldn't mind scrapping the flamethrower headlight if i can safely add a couple of 20 watt-ish driving lights. but seems it wouldn't matter as far as load, it would be the same, maybe just look cooler.
btw i got an agm/mf battery this year and some iridium ngk's, i know the board is kind of split on the plugs but i got them locally for $22/set so what the heck. so will be wrenching some minor stuff soon, crash bar to put on, extra seat to start to make more comfortable, looking at some new soft luggage but those damned broken blinkers are right in the way of anything other than the dinky bags i have now.
and also, as i mull over these mods, i begin to wonder about a vn1600 nomad, some days i feel i have outgrown my vn750, back when i bought it a 750 was a "large" bike but that has sure changed. and it would be nice to be able to find some bolt on accessories for a change. and run 3 headlights without worrying about the stator. well in any case i will be keeping "road kill" as a light touring bike or maybe someday even taking off the plexi-fairing and luggage and just making her an in-town runner. she's been with me far longer than any of my wives, and complained a whole lot less. she's a keeper, for sure. some advice on adding led's and bike's total normal watt useage vs system max output and the pro's and con's of a loaded up system vs a lightly loaded system would be most helpful!!