Out riding McKnight today - nice, cool day; r/r where it's getting plenty of air. Got about 2 miles from home and a funeral procession was coming by, and everyone pulled over. I decided to turn the bike off since...I don't know why, but I did. Wouldn't start back up. No gauge lights, no nothing. My partner rode home and picked up my multimeter - checked the battery and it was at 11.07 volts.
Called AAA, just 'cause I have the coverage, but they didnt' seem to have a tow truck in the area that could handle a motorcycle. I finally drove back home, took the new r/r off of Orleans, her battery, and some jumper cables (since that battery hasn't been run). Got back to the bike, replaced the r/r and the battery, and with a jump she fired right up. Got home no problem, no thanks to AAA (but all kinds of thanks to the Forum - this time a year ago, I was sitting on a curb in Gettysburg for hours and hours and hours!). So despite the frustration, I'm feeling a little empowered.
But, here's my question/s:
1. Will a regulator just go kerplooey without any warning? I haven't hooked up my voltmeter on McKnight, but maybe I should do that now, just as one more lesson learned. But I've got an mF battery, new stator, relo'd r/r and it was a cool day where I wasn't running in stop-and-go traffic. ??
2. Is it possible that I've a power draw someplace that's causing the problem? Chad, I know you've posted this before, but my searches didn't bring it up - if I do an amp draw test on the fuses, what are the set-up conditions for that test? Ignition on? Off? (I"m assuming off) Negative to the negative battery terminal, positive to the fuse? And I'm looking for "leakage" when the bike's not on? How much leakage is too much?
[[the neg lead to the batt, then hook the neg from the meter to the batt and the positive to the neg cable on the harness. you want the meter set on Amp setting, so all the power goes through the meter.
Set to the highest Amp setting to start with.
Do not turn on the ignition or you may blow the fuse in the meter depending on the meter and the fuse.
I hope that helps.]]
Other thoughts? This was a used r/r from eBay, but previously it was testing fine (battery volts jumped to 14 at 3500-4000 rpm). And here I have my gremlin bell and everything!
All ideas welcome at this point...