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Old 02-05-2014, 10:00 PM   #76
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Today I bolted the fairing back up and retaped the wiring looms, cabletied them in place etc then turned the bike on and no lights, only the park light and tail light, not even idiot lights. removed all the fairing and jumped all the wires trying to trace wtf was going on. Couldn't find a thing so had a beer (Stoke IPA. very nice). Beer made me come up with a theory.


FYI, the lights don't go when the starter is unbolted from the bike.

Surprised me somewhat.

Ordered a new starter and a feild magnet housing for the Valeo, should be here next week.
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:23 PM   #77
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I tensioned my chain....


Just say'n.
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:36 PM   #78
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I tensioned my chain....


Just say'n.

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Old 02-06-2014, 10:42 AM   #79
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I tensioned my chain....


Just say'n.
Your bike would make a pretty boring thread.

My owner came out of the house, stopped to see himself in the reflection of the window & gave himself a reassuring smile & wink. He gently slipped the duvet off me & slid his fingers over my shiny parts.
"Well my precious wht shall we do today? Hmmm? Shall we ride some long forgotten dirt road in the middle of nowhere getting all dusty, with watercrossings & maybe have a little whoopsie.... or shall we go to that lovely lil cafe & have a rhubarb & cinnamon muffin washed down with a lovely mochachocachino?

Oh what a silly choice, muffins it is.



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Old 02-10-2014, 11:17 PM   #80
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New starter arrived today, fitted up and started the bike. all good except the battery (charge) light stays on.

Anything obvious I need to look for? can't see anything, but haven't looked that hard yet (hungry).

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Old 02-10-2014, 11:28 PM   #81
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New starter arrived today, fitted up and started the bike. all good except the battery (charge) light stays on.

Anything obvious I need to look for? can't see anything, but haven't looked that hard yet (hungry).

Chur
Look on the bright side, the charging light is clearly working, but maybe your alternator is not? (I have no idea what I am talking about)
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:33 PM   #82
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From memory (& we all know how fallible that is) I believe there are two small wires that run to the prong on the starter motor. I could be very wrong but...
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:43 PM   #83
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From memory (& we all know how fallible that is) I believe there are two small wires that run to the prong on the starter motor. I could be very wrong but...

2 wires??? Hmmm only plugged in one.
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Old 02-11-2014, 10:45 AM   #84
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2 wires??? Hmmm only plugged in one.
yeah could be wrong - have been a lot lately.
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Old 02-11-2014, 09:21 PM   #85
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The main red cable that bolts into the starter motor, & a single black wire that comes up from the diode board. If you've not got that plugged in correctly, that'll be why your alternator isn't working
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:03 PM   #86
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The main red cable that bolts into the starter motor, & a single black wire that comes up from the diode board. If you've not got that plugged in correctly, that'll be why your alternator isn't working

Just checked the wiring the best I could and can't see anything obvious. Took the front cover of and looked at diode board and alternator and all seems ok there too.

Don't have any testing gear or the knowledge of how to use it so will eat something and maybe that will fix it.
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:18 PM   #87
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Nice GSPD kick starters are great ESPECIALLY on airheads. Airheads have wimpy batteries and charging systems with massive and inefficient starters. Have an r90 myself and I just got done rebuilding me a tranny with a kick starter. My bike didn't come with one originally. They are useful if you are having problems and you don't want to kill your battery by using your starter. And they allow you to turn the motor easily for valve adjustment without spinning the rear wheel or pulling the front cover off and using an 8mm Allen.
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:21 PM   #88
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Does the light get brighter as you rev? If so it is a generator rotor most likely otherwise diagnose voltage regulator and diode board. If it is the diode board pm me so I can walk you through a rebuild
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:22 PM   #89
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Do you have a simple volt meter?
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Old 02-12-2014, 12:39 AM   #90
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Given you have just taken out & rebuilt the starter, then it should just be a case of re-inserting that, bolting it up, & replacing the wiring.

Did you disconnect the battery negative before you took off the front cover? If you didn't there is a possiblity you may have fried the diodes. It only takes a light brush of the cover on the diode board to do so.

I have to disagree with the prior poster. The alternator is adequate (but I have upgraded anyway), the valeo is a strong starter motor, & the batteries are large for the bikes. The kick starter is not only not necessary, but is a known weak point on the bikes. There is a world of difference between a late airhead, & a /6. The differences between Gus & my '78 RS are fairly major.
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