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Battery is not getting charge from the bike

Hi, I just bought a '03 Tuono and the battery was dead so I decide to replace it with a new Yuasa YTX12BS, the bike runs very well for 1 week and then...dead again. I have a battery charger in the office and after a slow charge cycle the bike was on the streets again but now, after 4 days again...dead...what do you recommend me, do I need to replace any other part?, or maybe maintenance?, the bike was garged for a while before I purchase it...thanks for all!.

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A most likely possibility is the voltage regulator. In some instances, it could just be corroded terminals/connectors. Likewise please check the wires coming from the alternator/stator that goes to the voltage regulator.

Just a start, do postback how things turned up or should you need additional information. Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Nov 22, 2008

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    Zak Takhripha Apr 24, 2014

    i have the same problem with the battery. i opened the the back or my aprilia atlantic 500 and saw the wires is touching it was burring smock coming out so i think that would be the problem. i will replace it and i will post what happing .



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