Still haven't put the helmet lock back on, but I guess I will now. We have several days of beautiful weather coming up and the bike is parked on the back porch til a new stator comes in.
Yesterday was so nice, I ended up going home from work and riding the bike back. Gorgeous sunny 60 degree day. Rode it home, picked up the GF, and rode to the local shop so she could look for some new gloves.
They didn't have any, so we tried to leave.
Tried being the key word.
Bike wouldn't start. Just a buzz from the starter and a noticeably dim headlight. Dead battery? How is that possible? I've been driving it around all day..... I got a jump, bike worked, but died right at the edge of the parking lot.
The charging system I spent so much time fixing last fall was haunting me again. I took the (now very dead) battery out of the bike and called a buddy to pick us up. Went home, let the battery sit on the charger a couple hours, then drove myself back (with a voltmeter) to ride it the 10 minutes home, hoping the charge was good enough for it. Voltmeter shows 12.6 volts across the battery before starting and 11.8 volts after.
Unplugged the stator leads to check the stator. I'm supposed to have about .4 ohms resistance between each lead. Well, one of them shows infinite resistance to the other two leads. Bad stator.
As you'll remember, I had a new stator in my possession before I realized that the problem was in fact the regulator/rectifier.
Suckiest part is that *that* stator - which of course I resold as unnecessary - was under $70. The one I just ordered from eBay was $125.
Lesson? Hold onto every part you come across for such an old, rare bike, whether you think you'll need it or not