Originally Posted by engine89
As a newbie I don't want to beat a dead horse but has anyone been able to put their finger on the cause of these stator failures. Are there things I should avoid to prevent a failure? thanks.
Best action to take is this:
Immediately mount your R/R out in the cool air--get it out from under the battery where all that heat is.
Next, order a new stator to have for standby. I think Electrosport's stator is better than Kawasaki's OE. But I think I've found Kawasaki's R/R to be better than Electrosport's--as long as it's mounted outside in the cool air.
Your OE stator is going down sooner or later--probably sooner. (Kawasaki's electrical engineering dept should be hung up on a flagpole by their . . .! And their management who never fixed the problem for twenty years...!)
You might also order a new stator cover, then send it to the outfit that redoes them so that the stator can be easily replaced. (Look elsewhere on this site for that info.) Keep that on standby too so that you have a minimum of downtime. I spent three weeks of perfect riding weather waiting for parts and time to pull my engine.
Before any of this, put 20-amp fuses in the stator leads so that if the R/R burns out (like mine did) it won't take the stator with it. Actually, it might be the R/R that is knocking out the stators, I don't know.
Another good idea is to put a voltmeter in right now. That way you can see it when it goes down and you won't be 90 miles out alongside a riverbank in the boondocks when your battery goes dead--like happened to me! You can see the voltage die and you can get back to civilization before you sputter to a dead stop--out of cell phone range.
(I know precisely the spot I'd like to take Kawasaki's lead electrical engineer on a friendly bike ride--him riding a newly broken in VN 750 with 18,000 miles on it! OOPS! Correction, 18,000 was the ACCT. The stator was 11,000.)
The bike is a great bike. Enjoy it. But when the electrical system crashes, just fix it better than OE and go on your merry way. That's part of the fun of the game anyway.