Charging issues on my '89 VN750 today...
Well, that was an interesting day. Went for a motorcycle ride with a friend. We headed up I-575 till well after it stopped being an interstate, and planned to take Highway 136 east for a nice leisurely ride. A few miles on 136, and my bike starts acting squirrely. I pull over to see what is going on, and can't get it to start up again. Battery is too low.
Larry found a bike shop just down the road and they came and gave me a jump. Headed back the way we came. Got about 10 miles down the road and it started getting worse. Completely died just as we pulled into the parking lot of an Advance Auto.
Battery was pretty much toast at that point. Supposed to have like 250 cold cranking amps...had maybe 53 according to their test machine. So, bought a new battery. Was about due anyways. $80 later and we're on our way back. Wasn't sure if it was a battery gone bad, or the charging system dying on me, so I had cut the wire to the headlight, and also disconnected the GPS charger. Made it back home just fine, with even more charge on the new battery than when I put it in. Hmmmm...
Hooked everything up and took it back out to go grab food with Larry. Seemed to work just fine. Voltmeter is showing it around 10 and a half volts...supposed to be 12, but it has always been like that with the headlight on. So...still dunno...bad battery or bad charging system?
What say you, oh denziens of VN750.com? Was it the battery gone bad? Has the stator fried? The R/R gone out? What do I need to check, and how? Thanks!
1989 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
Upgrades so Far:
RAM GPS Mount w/Garmin GPS
Cigarette Lighter Power Adapter
Saddlemen's Classic Explorer Seat
Pro-Tac Driver's Backrest
LED Tail Light
LED Rear Turn Signals
Engine Guard w/Highway Pegs
Radiator Grill Cover
Turn Signal Relocation Bracket