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Charging problems on my 1983 Suzuki GR650 tempter

Start off with brand new battery at beginning of season .lasts for about 2 months and then wont start unless I bump start or boost it.seeking advice on where to start to trace this problem.I have very little knowledge about this bike,but want to try to fix it myself.Ive heard of a part called a regulator/rectifier,but dont know what it looks like or where it is located or how to check if its faulty. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. thank you very much.

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The only easy way is for you to buy the service manual - it is pretty hard to tell you how to service your regulator if you don't know what it is...
And it is - or at least something in the charging circuit.
Early Suzukis had consistent charging problems, resulting in run-down batteries, short battery life, hard starting and frequent stator and regulator/rectifier replacement. Some of the problem is due to poor quantity or corroded electrical connectors, some to a poor ground to the regulator/rectifier and some just poor quality components or design. Keeping the connectors on the three stator wires clean and by running a heavy ground wire directly from the negative terminal of the battery to the regulator/rectifier mounting bolt will help.
You can download the GR650 manual here - just look for the tiny "Save file to your PC: click here" at the bottom right of the page.

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I picked up a battery minder for mine. Harley Davidson (gasp!) brand, it hooks to battery terminals, and has a small socket that can be tucked between the seat and tank. Just plug it is when it is parked, an it will keep the battery in shape. It micro-cycles the battery when fully charged, even over winter.

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