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Old 04-22-2019, 07:40 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Yes, you guys were right. The cause for the engine shutting off appears to be a bad battery. I took the battery for testing and the shop said that it was bad, I put a new battery in and now the engine is coming back on.
Now the next thing to check is why did the battery died in just one year.

As Billy suggested I'll next check the voltage at the terminal to be between 13.5 and 14.5 but I have one more question. The bike currently about 110 miles from my home where I drove today to replace the battery and make sure that the engine comes on but I wasn't able to bring it back. Question is this - given that something very likely caused my one year old battery to die, is it safe to ride the bike a 110 miles back to my home and then get the stator/rectifier or whatever the cause is fixed near me or should I get it fixed where the bike currently is and only then ride it back. Could a brand new battery again potentially die or lose enough charge for the bike to again shut down mid-ride?
The answer to your question is yes. A brand new battery could die but that's just how batteries are. If I got another brand new battery and it died quickly, then I may look to see if something else is going on with my electrical system. The issue is that in a year there are literally thousands of factors at play. If it were my electrical system, I would believe that my battery would have issues sooner than a year. I've had batteries go bad in a year. It happens. Where you live and the conditions the vehicle are stored in play a part.
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I'd just ride it to a local auto parts store(where it is now) if you don't have a multimeter. They can tell you if it is being charged or not.

As for making the ride home with a bad charging system, I can't say for sure. I know car batteries quote RC(reserve capacity) which is usually about 1 hour...
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Got it, thanks Billy. In that case I won't risk having it shut down on the highway by riding it all the way back and will have the stator/rectifier replaced (depending on which of those might be dead)
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Might not be a charging system issue as you never identified any issues prior to the battery change just the battery. If you made the ride ther ewith the bad battery than it should make the ride home on the new one..
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I was out of town for a few weeks so couldn't do any tests. Anyways, I bought a multimeter and watch a crap load of videos online about how to test stator and regulator-rectifier and tested them, both appear to be working as expected. Tested the voltage on battery terminal, with ignition off it is ~12.8 volts and with engine on at idle it is ~13.4-13.6 volts and with engine around 5k rpm voltage is ~13.9 - 14.1 volts so everything appears to be fine. Guess it was just the old battery. I'll keep an eye on battery voltage for the next few weeks in case anything changes.

A big thanks to all the people who replied in this thread, you guys saved me a lot of money.
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Glad it seems to be worked out for you. When you think about how many kazillion batteries are pumped out each year, the chance of a lemon now and then is certainly in the realm of possibility. Just ride, have fun, and don't worry about it. My money is on a bum battery, and things should be smooth from here on in. Fingers crossed for ya
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Glad it seems to be worked out for you. When you think about how many kazillion batteries are pumped out each year, the chance of a lemon now and then is certainly in the realm of possibility. Just ride, have fun, and don't worry about it. My money is on a bum battery, and things should be smooth from here on in. Fingers crossed for ya
+1 but I always suggest people run the simple tests. I hate to see people waste time and money guessing when tools are usually the same price or less.

I 1000% believe in the old "Give a man a fish he eats for a day but teach him to fish and he eats for a lifetime..."

There are times to go to the shop/pros but depending on your level of mechanical/electrical ability those times with Yamaha are few and far in-between!!
My dad gave me a solid background before passing and I have an inquiry mind so I like to figure out the simple stuff. The time and money spent not going to the dealership is just icing on the cake for me. Take our oil changes: I'm basically done except for disposing of the oil in the time it would take me to get to the dealership(20ish minutes). Filters/washers online and oil at local grocery store often with 10% off coupon and then sometimes rebate on top of that.
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