Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: The Fox Valley Area
Bike having trouble starting - non stator related?
So I wanted to run this by you all.
My Stator is currently bust and the parts won't show up until monday and the mechanic is gone until next week *I'm using his shop to do my own work, nice guy*
Skip to the bolded text if ya just want to read the bit about the electrics, below is some of the starting issues I've had:
Anyway, the way I figured my stator was shot was when I was having trouble cold starting my bike one day and drained the battery. However the bike had always given me a rough time warm starting (had to open choke and throttle) and I had only started having issues cold starting (about a week before stator went out).
When I tried to jump the bike at my grandpa's shop the other day I was still having trouble, I tried a bunch of diffrent things but it just gives me a real rough time. only works if I have the choke open, the throttle turned open while it turns over.
I'm concerned the ignition coil or something else might be going wonky aside from the stator. I'm going to hope that the issues before were related to a low battery (stator was doing 13 volts on it's last legs at 4-5k rpm).
We will probably take off the carbs and check those out for the starting issues, but I wanted to try and rule out some electrical issues.
Here are more details:
I had to jump start the thing about 13 times between when the stator was first failing, by the time I got home, and for running tests, all within a week or so.
Add to the fact that for about 60 miles i was running the bike at over 4k RPM with a dead battery (using my very quickly dying stator to try and get me home ASAP on what ever voltage it could run in place of the battery).
'04 Vulcan 750 27k+
My first ride- June 2013 @ 22k miles
Stator replaced 27k
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