hi everyone. i hope this post isn't too winded but i want to be accurate.
i just purchased a 2000 v92sc with 10,000km's.
my bike died on the road and i needed a tow to get home.
looks like the battery was dead. the charging system on the display was saying between 10 to 11.1 volts through out the ride. when it died volts were only showing 8.2
got someone to stop and give me a boost. even after a boost it died after getting about 5km's closer to home and then tried getting another boost but bike died quickly. so i had to get a tow at this point.
charged battery overnight, in morning when i turned on key it read 12.6v, after bike started it said 12.5 in charging mode.
now i went for a ride and throughout the ride over the course of an hour and a half it slowly droped from 12.5 to 12.0 by the time i got home.
looks to me like its just getting weaker.
i'm wondering if its the battery or the charging system.
after searching the board for "charging system" i found some interesting posts but am still a bit confused.
one post said the 2000's had a week charging system and it would normally only show 12v's, another post said it should say 13.5 v when charging.
other post said to check the stator/rectifier and one referred to "pads'.
i don't have a service manual(spend an hour looking but could only find an owners manual).
i checked the connections on the battery and made sure they were clean and tight. i also cleaned and tightened the connections to the black box next to the battery(is this the rectifier?).
dont know what else to check.
any advise. would love to try fix myself for $$$ reasons. i did already take the bike to the local victory dealer to fix another problem and that cost almost $400. not really happy this bike is seeming like a lemon so far, thinking i should have stuck with my Volusia
anyways the original problem i took my bike in for may be related.
for fun i'll list what happened there.
bought bike without properly testing it but the price was right and i trusted the PO.
bike was dirty so i gave it a wash.
normal soap/sponge/garden hose/microfiber dry.
after the wash the bike would barely start. and was not driveable.
took it to dealership and they found the ecm was sitting in water. now i have never owned a bike that you couldn't wash without fracking it up so bad. dealership first said it might need a new ecm and would cost about $1200 and last one he ordered took 8 months to get it. my first thought was "8 months????" this is a victory dealershsip wih a big victory sign out front and they need 8 months to get a part.
next day i call and they say it they were able to reload the ecm from scratch and the bike was running fine now. he was worried the charging system seemed low but i couldn't afford any more repairs at the time.
road it first weekend fine.
2nd weekend resulted in the tow truck mentioned above.
anyways thank you in advance for help rendered and i hope things work because i'd really like to keep this bike. it scares the bejeebers out of me when i ride because the power but all i can think of when im not riding is when is the next ride. never had that feeling with previous bikes.