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So, it wasn't the battery.

I recharged my battery, and it was showing over 12v across the terminals. Started the bike and even at around 2000 rpm, the voltage at the battery was below 12v. I disconnected the generator from the regulator and got about 1.75v and less. The manual says it should be about 2.5-3v or so (can't remember exactly).

That was all the excuse I needed, so I ordered a Cycle Electric generator with built-in regulator from Lowbrow Customs and it showed up yesterday. (I live about 20 miles away, so I'm lucky there) It took me about ten minutes to install it, and then it took about another ten minutes today to wire it in.

I fired up the bike and immediately saw the voltage at the battery rise to above 14v. Sweet! It looks good too!
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So, it wasn't the battery.

I recharged my battery, and it was showing over 12v across the terminals. Started the bike and even at around 2000 rpm, the voltage at the battery was below 12v. I disconnected the generator from the regulator and got about 1.75v and less. The manual says it should be about 2.5-3v or so (can't remember exactly).

That was all the excuse I needed, so I ordered a Cycle Electric generator with built-in regulator from Lowbrow Customs and it showed up yesterday. (I live about 20 miles away, so I'm lucky there) It took me about ten minutes to install it, and then it took about another ten minutes today to wire it in.

I fired up the bike and immediately saw the voltage at the battery rise to above 14v. Sweet! It looks good too!
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Tom,

Love the bike! I can appreciate the guys who keep their Sporties bone stock, but I have a soft spot for the ones who build and ride the bikes that match the vision in their heads. Glad you got the charging issue fixed.

Questions:

1. My old eyes are having a problem finding the turn signals mentioned in the original post. Are they only on the rear?

2. How do you keep your garage so damn clean? Mine is so full of junk/crap/tools/motorcycles/parts, etc. that I can barely walk through it.

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Yes, the turn signals are only on the rear.

The only reason my garage is clean is because I haven’t been living at this house for very long. Give me time!
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