Advice About Alternator


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Advice About Alternator

Postby Devil-Doc » Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:15 pm



Took my 1982 Goldwing 1100 to Velocity motors to find out why battery kept dying after few days. Would trickle charge it for 10 hours and put battery back in and few days later battery was dead.

They said alternator was bad, 14 hours in labor, engine has to be pulled!! Any recommendations on aftermarket alternator?



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Re: Advice About Alternator

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:20 pm

There is a bunch of posts about how to test the entire charging system in the search section.It doesn't take long and the test equipment is cheap.
Holler if you need more info.

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Re: Advice About Alternator

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:27 pm

How old is the battery? Did they test it too...? Did you have the three yellow wires plug from the stator[alternator] to the regulator rectifier checked and or repaired yet...??? I'd check that first...

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Re: Advice About Alternator

Postby Devil-Doc » Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:52 pm

I have no idea what or how they go about checking for this?? I figured they know what they are doing as they are a motorcycle dealership.

I don't trust Honda dealerships and never heard anything bad about Velocity?? I know he did check the battery and pulled out some wires from behind the battery and hooked them up to z little machine.

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Re: Advice About Alternator

Postby Devil-Doc » Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:55 pm

Devil-Doc wrote:I have no idea what or how they go about checking for this?? I figured they know what they are doing as they are a motorcycle dealership.

I don't trust Honda dealerships and never heard anything bad about Velocity?? I know he did check the battery and pulled out some wires from behind the battery and hooked them up to a little machine.


Battery was purchased April 2011

I traded my 2007 Suzuki Burgman 400 scooter for this bike two weeks ago.

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Re: Advice About Alternator

Postby Devil-Doc » Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:58 pm

Devil-Doc wrote:
Devil-Doc wrote:I have no idea what or how they go about checking for this?? I figured they know what they are doing as they are a motorcycle dealership.

I don't trust Honda dealerships and never heard anything bad about Velocity?? I know he did check the battery and pulled out some wires from behind the battery and hooked them up to a little machine.


Battery was purchased April 2011

I traded my 2007 Suzuki Burgman 400 scooter for this bike two weeks ago.


Anyone know about the Poorboy kit? I think it's an external alternator??

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Re: Advice About Alternator

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:49 pm

If you have the bike at home now, check those wires, the plug often goes to toast from a bad connection at the plug, old and or dirty from years of use, it's a weak point and often they short out..pull the cover off on the battery side, you will see two plugs fastened to the frame in place there, one of those plugs goes to the pulse generator on the back of the engine, the other plug has three yellow wires and that's what I'm talking about, check to see if it's burned up, it is suggested here to solder those wires together, it does not matter which wire is which from my understanding so don't worry about getting it wrong, after soldering cover with shrink wrap then tape it..If there are no bad wires there check up at the regulator too..If the bike is at the shop tell them to check it then test it..I don't trust them either...

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Re: Advice About Alternator

Postby Devil-Doc » Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:03 pm

Do you have a photo of the wires in question? Sauder the wires that are not plugged into anything?

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Re: Advice About Alternator

Postby RoadRogue » Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:45 pm

If after checking the wiring out yourself and you decide that it does need to be replaced you can either put in a new stator or make your own poorboy kit. The kit put out by Don is for the 1200 and is different from what you need for your 1100.

Lucky for you I liked the idea of a car alternator on my bike and using info available all over the internet and a little ingenuity of my own I designed a do it yourself kit for the 1100. you can see a step by step on how I did it here. http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/vie ... 3366&forum


hope this helps you some
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Re: Advice About Alternator

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:09 pm

I was hopeing RoadRouge would come along, I even thought about putting his name down but without his permission first I did not, but I sure thought about it... :D Let us know what kind of quote they give you to remove the engine...and change the stator..

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Re: Advice About Alternator

Postby RoadRogue » Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:21 pm

Im good with that LittleBeaver,always willing to help out :geek:


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