Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Battery not keeping a charge
Thank you K1W1 and MikeinLA for your assistance. I'll try to claify my problem. Yesterday I started the bike normally after work and stopped 20 miles later to refuel on my way home. The lights were on but the clock reset to 1:00 when I attempted to re-start after fueling, and all I got was the click-click-click from the starter. So it was not entirely dead, but close. The reason I replaced the battery bolts was to accommodate the extra electrical leads. I knew this was not the best option and I have plans now to install an auxiliary fuse block. Nothing was left on that could drain the battery. I did not charge the new battery prior to installing it, but rode about 100 miles with several stops and starts with out incident. I believe there is a problem with the charging system. Is there anything that you two know if that typically fails in the charging system? Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.
Update 10/01: I tested the battery with a volt meter and it IS NOT charging from the bike. I read everything I could find and it points to a bad R/R (regulator/rectifier). I just need to find an Ohm tester next and I think I'll have this problem licked. Hopefully it won't be the stator.
Last edited by steeveegee; 10-01-2010 at 03:33 PM.