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How can I determne if it is the battery or the altenator on my bike, as the battery keeps going dead while sitting,

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You need a test meter to do this, put it on dc voltage, crank the bike put the test leads (red is positive, black negitive) on the battery, it should read between 13.5 to 14.5 volts, if it doesn't change probably the rectifier not the altenator. if it does read 14.5 volts more than likely the battery not taking a charge.

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