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Bike not charging

I have a 2001 yamaha vmax. I have a new battery- starts fine I ride it for about 2 hours and the battery isn't charged enough to re-start the bike.

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  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    I have had the bike for 2 weeks and just started doing it today

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    jason updyke Jul 19, 2014

    im haveing that prob to i do think its a regulator under the crom box on the right sied of the bike the big one to the back



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Sounds like regulator/rectifier, stator, or charging rotor.

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First check the easy things,is the battery good? fuses, also check the wires from the battery. then if the fuses are good it can be the rectifier/regulator. they both do the same thing just different names. rectifiers cost $50 to $100 its only two screws and two plugs. these seem to fail under the wrong conditions. riding in the rain or a stormy day will get water in the wrong places and short it out. although they are designed to withstand this. the other more expensive ansew is the slator. a little pickup piece on the generating system that catches current from the magnets spinning while the engine is turning.

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I have 2002 Vstar 1100 and I am having the same problem. What ended up being the problem.

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You need to go through your charging system. Determine the battery is good, then the connections and regulator, and a likely cause could be the stator is going bad and you battery will not recharge,

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