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I have a 2004 VL1500 Intruder. The battery will not keep a charge, I did install a new battery thinking that was the problem. However, it seems that there is a constant drain on the battery from an unknown source. I can remove the battery, charge it on the bench and then install it in the bike, then two days later the battery is dead again. Could this problem be in the front turn signal lights. With the battery removed and the bulbs removed I have continuity between both the bulb contact points and ground, no matter what position the turn signal switch or the hazard switch is in. Since these are dual filiment bulbs are they meant to be on as running lights all the time? All systems seem to be working normal when I do get the bike running. Last comment, this bike only has 5000 KM, I had it shipped from Alberta Canada to Florida wheer there is actually a riding season. Sincerely, Steve

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Hi, Steve_ogle1 nice novella and we may be neighbors I live in Port St Lucie contact me at xlch@mail.com and let me know where you moved to and if this checklist helped. You may have a charging system issue but if you think it's battery drain issue perform the following tests:
1. Fill acid type batteries to proper levels.
2. Charge battery overnight at 1-2 amps you need 12.5 volts or better after charging.
3. Check battery terminals for damage or corrosion, check the battery cables at "BOTH" ends for loose, corroded, or broken connectors, "INSIDE" and outside the cable harness, perform connector wiggle test and check cables with an ohmmeter if necessary.
4. Hook up battery positive cable, then with your multimeter on the milliamp scale connect one lead to the negative battery post and the other lead to the ground cable. Meter should read 3 milliamps or less, 10 milliamps with a radio, 15 milliamps with radio and CB. If your multimeter reads higher you need to isolate the circuit by pulling fuses and circuit breakers one at a time and observe multimeter for a drop in amperage then get out your test light and track down the short in that circuit.
5. Hook up the multimeter to the battery set it to DC volts and start the engine if multimeter falls below 9.0 volts while cranking you need to perform a proper load test on the battery and replace if necessary.
6. With the engine running at 3600 RPM, the battery should read 14.3-14.7 volts if not continue tests.
7. Unplug the voltage regulator from the alternator at crankcase by the front of the primary cover.
8. To test voltage regulator go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8EjV0IjW9Q
9. With the multimeter set to the ohms scale, with one lead grounded, touch an alternator pin ohmmeter should read infinity, if not replace the stator.
10. With both leads touching alternator pins multimeter should read 0.1 to 0.2 ohms on 1989 and later models. 0.2 to 0.4 ohms 1988 and earlier models, if not replace the stator.
11. With the multimeter set on AC volts scale, both leads touching alternator pins multimeter should read 16 to 20 volts AC for every 1000 RPM'S 1989 and later and 19 to 26 volts AC for every 1000 RPMS. If not replace the rotor.
12. Check for excessive wattage load from headlight
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Sounds like a charging issue. First check all wires and make sure they are clean and making good contact, then check for proper voltage at the battery. I ride a harly so I don't know the exact voltage to look for but it most likly is around 13V at the battery if it isn't you need to look at your voltage regulator and stator.

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SOURCE: 2002 suzuki intruder vl1500 not charging battery

Check the voltage across the battery with the engine running - it should be greater than 13.5V. 
If less, then you have a failure in your charging system, either the stator and/or the Rectifier/Regulator. 
See this personally authored diagnostic guide on how to determine which part is defective. Also has a recommendation for excellent replacement as opposed to std OEM. 
http://www.triumphrat.net/speed-triple-forum/104504-charging-system-diagnostics-rectifier-regulator-upgrade.html

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SOURCE: Rear tail light does not turn on.1998 suzuki 1500 intruder

It mught be the bulb that needs replacing or else check the wiring to the bulb for continuity in case there is a broken or snapped bit.If you have a voltmeter then you can test the voltage reading at the point of contact..Sometimes rust builds up and a simple cleaning would solve this.Hope this helps.

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