Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Hendersonville, NC in summers and The Villages, FL in winters
Voltage Gauge Reading on Vic XCT
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.