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Battery ques long story short. bike wouldn't start. Got a boost from AMA and ran no problem. Had battery tested and then decided to replace. Have new battery installed and she fires right up. Question is. Can I get away with riding for a couple of days if the charging system is faulty or am I just asking for it. I haven't had any problems with this bike since I got her about 3 months ago. It's gonna be a couple of days before I can get a meter to test the system and my truck is in the shop leaving me with only my bike for transportation. It's only about a 10 minute ride to work so I could walk if I have to but I'm fat and lazy and love riding to much to let it go. my baby is otuback highland

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Put a voltmeter on the battery. Everything off the battery should be 12.6-12.7 volts or so. A little higher or lower is o.k. Start the bike. Rev up to about 3000 RPM. Voltage should climb and then go to about 14.0-14.5 volts or so. Again a little over or under is O.K. If the voltage doesn't climb above 13 volts or goes over 15 Volt you definitely have charging issues.,,,

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