1987 Aspencade Stator gives up the ghost


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Aspencade87
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1987 Aspencade Stator gives up the ghost

Postby Aspencade87 » Tue Apr 26, 2016 2:44 pm



Good day, In April of 2015 I bought a 1987 Aspencade with only 11k on the clock. Looked almost like new and still does. I drove it home with the original front tire from 1987. There were a couple of issues to fix when home but by the end of the riding season of 2015 that Wing had 19k miles on it. I live in southeast Wisconsin and had always wanted to go to Phoenix in March to watch Milwaukee Brewers preseason baseball. March 7, 2016 in southeast Wisconsin was a nice day in the mid 50's. The Wing and the trailer were packed and off I went to Phoenix. Baseball games in Phoenix, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite Park and some Route 66 sights on the way home logged about 7500 miles and I returned home on March 31. Last week I was out with the Wing giving my daughter a ride and the bike wouldn't start. I had to push it and pop the clutch to get going. Hmmm....stator time??? I got the bike home, charged the battery and rode the Wing to my favorite dealer, Badger Cycle in Manitowoc. Paul said, "Just because you've got a charging problem does not mean it's the stator. We'll check the charging system." I received the call this morning....I've got a bad stator. Last summer I talked about this 87 Goldwing on this forum and someone suggested, just because of age, to get the timing belts replaced. So, now, Badger cycle will be replacing the stator, timing belts, water pump too.....and my new front tire from last spring is already down to the wear line. I'm looking at right around $2000 to do all of that. Hmmm, that stator went out at only 28k miles. Boy, I guess I'm lucky it didn't happen in Yosemite Park!! I also have a 1984 Aspencade. The stator went out on that one in 2005 at 47k miles. That Wing now has 191K miles and its still on that second stator. That's 144k miles on that stator. So, I'm expecting this 87 Aspencade to go a good long time yet on the new stator!



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Re: 1987 Aspencade Stator gives up the ghost

Postby OldZX11Rider » Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:38 pm

Sounds like a stator needs to be used and not sit around looking pretty. ;)
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Re: 1987 Aspencade Stator gives up the ghost

Postby billbob » Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:49 pm

I was told by a mc doctor to keep oil changed on time and it would extend the stator life. :idea:

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Re: 1987 Aspencade Stator gives up the ghost

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:53 pm

billbob wrote:I was told by a mc doctor to keep oil changed on time and it would extend the stator life. :idea:


Correct. Used oil has acids in it, that attack the lacquer coating on the stator windings.

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Re: 1987 Aspencade Stator gives up the ghost

Postby Aspencade87 » Wed Apr 27, 2016 6:31 am

Oh yes, I have always changed the oil pretty much when it needed it; every 3000 miles or so.




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