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Stopped running i was cruising earlier this week on my 2000 harley sportster 1200 and the speedometer was fluctuating and there was a slight miss when the speedometer dropped to 0. that happened for roughly 70 miles mainly when i was at a steady speed and then while i was riding the engine stopped running altogether. i checked and have gas getting to the carb, i also checked the wires, distributor, all fuses. don't know where to go from this point. thanks for your help

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  • jeramiwood Oct 26, 2008

    battery is still turning over the bike and a motorcycle doesn't need a full battery to operate


  • jeramiwood Oct 30, 2008

    No i don't know how to check for that. i have a volt meter. what next?

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Whats an Alternator belt.> In a harley ? whatever

Do you know how to check for a grounded stator ? That can cause the erractic behaviour you describe. I can explain how if you need me to. You'll need a voltmeter.

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    Mel Jacobson Oct 30, 2008

    OK ... Its not hard... Turn off the ignition. Follow the regulator wires down to where it connects into the crankcase, disconnect it - there are 2 leads. Ther should be no continuity between those 2 sockets - ie- u should get no reading. I said voltmeter - but - u'll need an ohmmeter (sorry). you insert the leads into the socket with the meter set on the RX1 scale. Any reading indicates a grounded stator - and unfortunately = a pretty expensive repair. but with an 8 year old bike - not uncommon. If it passes, let me know ........ electrical problems can be a ***** to run down ... good luck

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    Mel Jacobson Oct 30, 2008

    OPPS ..... easier way .......with the bike off ..... put the voltmeter on the battery terminals - + to+ and - to -



    u should get a reading around 12.5 or so ........ now - put it in neutral and with the motor running.... recheck your readings ..... it should increase to about 13.5 volts or more ....... if it goes down instead - u gotta charging problem , NOW - to the stator test

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Check your alternator. Or the Alternator belt.
Sounds like you basically used up the rest of your charge in the battery after the alternator went out.
let me know.

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