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Old 11-14-2012, 01:12 PM   #16
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Wow, just trying to help here... I am also an engineer, albeit mechanical. I believe we are both correct, I just used watts in my description because I thought power output would be more easy to understand.
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:20 PM   #17
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Generators are measured in wattage not amperage. The voltage can vary which will vary the amperage so wattage is a better term to use... it is constant.
My point precisely, thank you
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:35 PM   #18
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Pissing contests achieve nothing.
Pissing contests are fun, no?

I say it's voltage that drops.

C'mon guys, voltage, current, and power are all down at low RPM.
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Old 11-14-2012, 02:14 PM   #19
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I am not arguing anymore, and stop with the insults about my knowledge.
Sorry. You're likely smarter than I.
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Old 11-14-2012, 02:19 PM   #20
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:07 PM   #21
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Generators are measured in wattage not amperage. The voltage can vary which will vary the amperage so wattage is a better term to use... it is constant.
Sorry, our motorcycles use alternators not generators.

And yes, generator nameplate capacity is usually stated in watts.

Visit your local power generating station and you'll see a big GE, Westinghouse or Allis-Chalmers machine generating the electric power you use at home.

Then, when you get home, look at your electric distribution panel in your house. What do those circuit breakers say on them?

Yes, that's rights.....

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Old 11-14-2012, 03:15 PM   #22
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I believe we are both correct, I just used watts in my description because I thought power output would be more easy to understand.
I believe you're right but it is fun to watch the thread turn esoteric and everybody wax intelligent. There are some smart folks on this site without a doubt.
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:38 PM   #23
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:41 PM   #24
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:31 PM   #25
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You just need to stay up on CURRENT events!
now, for a newbie on this site, i must ask..... WATTS going on?
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:45 PM   #26
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now, for a newbie on this site, i must ask..... WATTS going on?
I have no idea...I'd better ask my GR...AMPs!
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:53 PM   #27
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:01 PM   #28
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I've been noticing my headlight would dim at a stop light but when I rev the engine a little it gets brighter. It also does it when I have my heated gear on. The Gerbings thermostat will blink since I have it turned down and my headlight will dim every time the thermostat blinks.

I'm about to install my DDM HID kit and not sure how it will deal with this.

I'm thinking my battery is the cause but I could be wrong.

Any ideas?
Yes....some things to check;

1- Total the current demands of everything that is drawing current or consuming electrical power (watts) on the motorcycle.

2- Check your grounds and battery connections making sure they are clean and secure.

3- If you're concerned about an HID installation, remember when starting the engine, eliminate all external power consumption before starting the engine and cold striking the HID lights.

4- I would remove the battery and have it load tested by a reputable shop. Replace if necessary with a quality AGM battery of the highest Ahr rating that will fit your bike.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:58 AM   #29
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I have no idea...I'd better ask my GR...AMPs!
yeah, while u're at it, could you ask if he would like some OHM-lettes??
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:16 AM   #30
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Sorry, our motorcycles use alternators not generators.
All alternators are generators but not all generators are alternators.

Then, when you get home, look at your electric distribution panel in your house. What do those circuit breakers say on them?
AMPS.
Circuit breakers are marked in Amps because they trip on overcurrent, not excess power.

Just sayin'
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