I'll gladly give you the nod here as I do know not everything you find online is true. This discussion really isn't off topic because it deals with how the stator works and that's an important thing to understand when picking an R/R for your bike. It was in the OP's first post the idea of putting less strain on the stator. We both agree that heat is the underlying cause of stator failure. So this in my view is on topic.

You believe those moving electrons are producing heat even if the stator wires are turned off ...but we don't know how much heat this really is, and if it's basicly moot because the oil around the stator is hotter.

I was in no way questioning your knowledge but only looking for a rational explanation. In science "potential energy" really means zero energy. If I hold a brick over your head, we can calculate the "potential energy" it has -

**if I drop it**- if we know the weight of the brick and the distance from your head.

If I never drop it the potential energy never happens.

If you say potential voltage, I see the same thing. My thinking is- You only get voltage or current if you complete the circuit. If the only way to detect it is to use a Voltmeter to measure it...which by its own use completes the circuit, you need to tell me how you can prove current exists there without using that form of measurement. If you can't prove it, how do you know it exists?

(Wow that sounds familiar ....

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Don't I know it, lol

I see where we are miscommunicating. You are looking at Potential from a physical standpoint, potential and voltage are interchageable words in electrical speak. The true definition of voltage is Electromotive Force . Most people throw the words power and voltage around as the same thing. They are not. Lets see if I can explain this better.

Ohms law as it was taught to me is P=E x I. In common everyday terms that doesn't mean squat to most people. Here P means power(expressed in amps or watts . E means Electromotive force( usually expressed in volts) I means resistance (expressed in Ohms)

Now for the simplified version A = V x R . I am going to assume we are on the same page now as for verbage.

Prove it you say with out a meter , I will with math.

first lets talk about Resistance , a coil will always have resistance. You are going to have to take my word for it or you can read in the service manual about checking the resistance of the windings in the stator or you can do the test your self by taking a long piece of wire and checking it with an ohm meter then wrap that same wire around an iron center rod and just leave a little on each end, you will find resistance is higher, really you will. Maybe not a lot but higher nonetheless'

You will stipulate that a coil passed through a magnetic field produces voltage, I am sure.

Did I mention I hate math? Here goes,, anyway. If A =VxR then we can know that _A_ means whichever value we want to find we can if we have two

V x R

known values either by multiplication or division ,correct ?

If you already know that a coil inside a magnetic field produces voltage and you know that a coil has resistance you have to also know that there is amperage being produced ,no matter it is immeasurable with out a meter, Logic will tell you it is there, okay? say the resistance of the coil is one ohm and just for giggles the voltage produced by that coil is 1 volt, the principle of OHMs law means 1 x1 = 1 amp being burned off in the form of heat.

Those numbers are no where near the real values but were just used for illustration. Is that so unbelievable ?

Now I am going to prove that you can test it with a meter while the engine is off. What?? for voltage ..... yes, since this is a three phase ac alternator and one leg is producing voltage all the time ,why doe it show zero voltage on 200 VAC scale? Because it will be producing a very low DC voltage . Because with the rotor stationary only one leg of the windings is being excited and will only produce half of a sine wave, which is DC. Chew on that a while.