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Bike died has a new battery could this be a rectifier problem

I have a 1988 Honda Shadow VT1100 the bike was running just fine and then it just died and wouldnot restart the battery was dead replaced the battery was running fine and then it did it again could this be a rectifier problem or what do you think this could be

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Pull the stater off & have it tested,that will often go bad suddenly.

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