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Charging system on my honda cx500c is not keeping the battery charged. I suspect I have a stator problem because they have a history of getting too hot and failing. what do you think?

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Initially, would have to agree, these bikes are notorious for stator problems. The early models actually have 3 windings to my knowledge.

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Posted on Dec 14, 2008

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