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Old 11-10-2012, 06:16 PM   #8089
Gnarly Adventurer
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: California, sometimes the coast, sometimes Tahoe
Oddometer: 492
Originally Posted by Blakebird View Post
keep an eye on the alternator brushes.... one of them wears more quickly than the other, and when it's done it can end a nice trip

Happened to me on a road trip in '77 in northern California.
Bike started running on one cylinder unless I turned off the headlight....then all the time....would die when I hit a turn signal.

I wasn't much of a diagnostician and didn't realize the battery was no longer being charged, and the bike was running off the battery - until I got a good long way away from any town....and it died completely.
Thanks for the tips! Sent you a pm in response to yours. I'll probably dig into the alternator this winter as's coming with a Hughs perm magnet conversion, but it's not installed...owner said the stock alternator is working fine now, but it's probably just a matter of time. It's already got a Pamco ignition (a good thing in my book), so I think as long as the rest of the electrics are working well I should be ok. It fired right up today from stone cold...a pretty good sign that the basics are ok.

'13 Yamaha Super Tenere - my dream bike
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