And it Died


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RockportDave
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And it Died

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Went on a 120 mile run today, but only got 105 miles when the cruise went first, then running bad, then low lights. Believe the alternator went south. Good thing is our son is riding with us so he and the wife went home to get the truck and trailer. Was a good ride though.


And off they go to the rescue.


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Re: And it Died

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Symptoms similar to my Alt dying, tho I don't have Cruise.
Jump charged it to ride home. Found it needed new brushes. $5.00 repair.

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Re: And it Died

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Thanks for the advice FM, I’ll check them tomorrow.
With 37,000 miles and almost 20 years old I figured the alternator was due to go anytime. It’s a shame Honda couldn’t make them better.
I got it to start once while waiting for my rescue and was able to get to a lighted Valero with plenty of room to load it in the trailer.
I believe I’ll go with a Compufire and AGM battery and shouldn’t have to worry about it for a while.
I will check it out tomorrow and if it is the brushes, I’ll order a set with the Compufire and have a backup.
Was planning on installing a voltage meter just for this occasion. It will have one on it soon.
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Re: And it Died

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My Alt lasted... mmm, 140k miles B4 issues started.

Charge the battery.
Before pulling the Alt, use compressed air in the back of the Alt. start the bike, use a small hammer and tap the Alt & check the amp guage/light. Might break lose the brushes thus knowing it is the brushes.
I did this and got 6 months of riding before replacing them.
MAYBE you get lucky too?
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Re: And it Died

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Will do FM.
I don’t have any extra accessories on the bike except the air horn and only use it intermittently. The alternator is a Hitachi and they usually work good on the Japanese cars I’ve worked on.
Thanks,
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Re: And it Died

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A couple years ago went on a 400 mile ride with a bunch of friends, a few Goldwings, a Honda Shadow and a Yamaha V-Star. The friend with the V-star said he'd been having regulator issues, but the bike had been good for the past week and he wanted to ride. I said....ok..... but packed set of jumper cables.

About 150 miles into the trip the V-Star quit charging. We pulled out the headlight fuse to save power... When the V-Star voltage was getting low and the bike sputtering we pulled over. Turns out the Shadow battery and the V-Star battery were same size, so they swapped. V-Star with fresh battery, Jump-start the Shadow and we were off again, Shadow recharging the dead battery.

We finished the trip, stopping every 40-50 miles to swap batteries again..... :)


♫ 99 Little Bugs in the Code, ♪
♪ 99 Bugs in the Code. ♫ :(
♫ Take one down, Patch it around, ♪
♫ 127 Little Bugs in the Code. ♫ ♪ :shock:

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