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post #1 of 19 Old 02-08-2011, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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WEE not charging, Stuck in Panama...Help, Please

As Ulli and I were in a heavy rain downpour on the last 20 KM to Boquete, Panama. It was just before the deluge that I noticed the Datel voltage readout standing at about 11 volts. I brought the electrical demand to bones minimum but didn't want to pull over because I may not make it on the electrons left in the battery and there was no cover from the rain.

Well, we made it to Sharon and Mickeys house OK, but when I shut the bike down it did not have enough juice to start again, but it turn a bit.
The terminals were a little loose and there was some corrosion. I cleaned that up and charged the battery on Mickeys car charger. Everything back in and without all the farkle wires on the battery, the bike started but only shows 12.5 or so with a few tenths increase with reving the engine.

I charged battery, disconnected it and it holds the 12.7 V overnight. It started fine in the morning but only shows 12. 2 V or so while running, with a few tenths increase with revving the engine.

Hope it's not the alternator...anyone know the check to see if it is? Where is the alternator?
I thought if there is a slight increase in voltage with reving that it might not be but I am not sure.

Thank you to all of the techie folks here for helping.

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The bike has a stator, not an alternator.

I believe most of the stator problems have been with the DL1000's. Some folks with the 650 have had issues with the voltage regulator/rectifier.

How old is your battery?

Has it ever been fully discharged before?

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It sounds like the bike is not charging at all. That is normally a burned out stator coil. It has happened to all years and models. https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...what-bike.html The stock regulator is hard on stators. Taking the stator out will probably reveal a black winding. Replacing the stator and getting a MOSFET regulator/rectifier is the most reliable remedy. http://roadstercycle.com/Shindengen%...rade%20kit.htm

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Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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It sounds like the bike is not charging at all. That is normally a burned out stator coil. It has happened to all years and models. https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...what-bike.html The stock regulator is hard on stators. Taking the stator out will probably reveal a black winding. Replacing the stator and getting a MOSFET regulator/rectifier is the most reliable remedy. http://roadstercycle.com/Shindengen%...rade%20kit.htm
Good info, Where IS* the stator and is it in oil?

If it can be rewound here, I will find someone who can do it. I am encouraged.
Thanks so much. Then I can run for the border on the currrent rectifier/regulator and change that in the USA instead of waiting for parts.
I am online all day waiting for replies. Thanks again.

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The stator is bolted inside the left side cover of the engine as you sit on the bike.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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Danny, I see your postes. There may be a parts breakdown page on some suzuki web sites. You might want to search the parts place associated with Ayers or something. I am on my way to work right now. I will think of stuff this morning.

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Danny, If you can change a motor in an ST1100 during a road trip, you can surely change the rectifier/stator. Like Grey said, it is under the LS cover and should come off with a few bolts. YOu will have to undo the harness attached to it as well that winds itself up into the engine bay area with other wires.
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The gasket for the side cover will need to be replaced.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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Go to Motorcycle Parts, Motorcycle Accessories for a parts diagram and other things. I use it as a reference guide myself, and here for a R/R http://roadstercycle.com/Shindengen%...rade%20kit.htm

Hope you get it fixed.

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A shop of horrors

My hosts and I found a shop in town here but we can't find the owner. His brother in the shop next door said he most likely will be in tomorrow at 10AM. I plan to be there waiting.

It is said he knows all about motorcycles and speaks English. From what I could see through the gate, the shop was is a little rough looking.

Dave, the Harley guy, came by and offered to lead me down to another shop about 15 minutes down toward the big city of David (Dah-veed). Unfortunately he is only available at 10AM also, so it's either one or the other...

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