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My wife and I each have a 2012 Vic XCT. The voltage gauge on my bike reads about 14.2 volts as I'm cruising down the road. On my wife's bike, the voltage gauge reads about 16.1. This is just barely into the red "danger" zone on the gauge. Other than this gauge reading, her bike runs perfectly.

Is this likely just a miscalibrated gauge or is something likely wrong with her electrical system? I can understand that a weak battery, too much power draw, a weak alternator, etc could all cause a low voltage but what could cause a high voltage on a bike?

Any recommendations on how to test this? I have a multi-meter. With the bike running could I just connect the probes of the multimeter to any hot wire and the ground to get a voltage reading? I could use the accessory port on the fairing. Should this reading match the voltage at the gauge?

If this is simply a gauge problem, is it possible to calibrate or adjust the reading on this analog gauge?

Thanks for any help you can offer.

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There is another thread that I have been updating.

Long story short my XC is in the shop for stuttering issues. One of the things both I and the service team noticed was the voltage gauge on mine is right at the red line (high voltage) and my bike dies.

The service team has yet to confirm what they have found but they believed that the issue might be caused by the voltage regulator drawing too much power which has caused an issue with the fuel pump.

I'm not saying your wife's bike will have the same issue but it may be worth talking to your local service dept and have them verify everything is fine.

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Check at the the battery terminals and see what it reads there for volts.
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My wife and I each have a 2012 Vic XCT. The voltage gauge on my bike reads about 14.2 volts as I'm cruising down the road. On my wife's bike, the voltage gauge reads about 16.1. This is just barely into the red "danger" zone on the gauge. Other than this gauge reading, her bike runs perfectly.
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You can check the voltage at any point on the bike were you can get a connection to a live circuit. Use a digital meter for accuracy. Check with engine off and with it on.

What does the on board meter show when the bike is not running? If possible, find a connection that is hot without the key switch on. That way you will not have the lighting pulling the voltage down. It will be true battery voltage.

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Excellent ideas. I am leaving on a business trip and will not be back until late Saturday so I will look into this Sunday. Thanks.

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with meter your battery should read 12.2 your amp gauge should say the same thing. With a wrench check your battery bolts. Now start bike and your meter should read 14.2 same with amp gauge. Now if your at 16 your regulator is not doing its job. You can do a voltage check on the regulator.
BBOB here has service manual you can down load.

Do not ride the bike or start the bike over and over it will coast you a lot of money. If you do it to much you'll burn up the regulator the battery and you can take out the stator.

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Here is shop manual
https://www.victoryforums.com/showpos...40&postcount=1

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More excellent advice. I will look into this hopefully on Sunday. I already have the shop manual.

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