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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-05-2014, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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Well my bike is on a tow truck heading to dealer with a dead battery?! Apparently the charging system has failed. Started and ran fine... got a low voltage on the display, check engine light, then it quit. Nice, huh?

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That's a bummer! My voltage regulator went bad on my '08 Kingpin. As I was on a road trip, Brenny's took care of me by taking a new part off a showroom bike. Awesome service. And, it did not strand me, but the high voltage (18V) probably is what put out the headlight.

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Unfortunately r/r's are probably the most common weak point for any model of any brand of bike. Honda's especially have almost always been known for weak r/r's and stator coils. Personally I think the r/r issue is one of heat. The device by nature creates a lot of it as it shunts excess power to ground, hence the ugly heatsink housings they are all built into. But because they're ugly, they're also almost always hidden away in places where airflow is limited so the heatsink can't do it's job properly and the electronics fail. Hopefully your dealer gets you back on the road quick and that the part you got just happened to be a bad one (sucks but it does happen whenever you're talking about mass production.)

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Battery cables tight?

Sounds stupid but Vic's are very finicky about that.

Batteries, stators, and other components can go bad, but putting a wrench on the battery terminals will fix 99% of the electrical quirks on a Vic. A painless first check and all too common an occurrence.

Hope it is that simple.

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Good point! Always check the simple things. Just put new spark plugs in my Yamaha Virago 250 before I handed it over to the experts. They found the ignition wire that had been cut when my son had the chain come off.

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Hey guys- dealer is putting it on the lift now, so hopefully an answer is forthcoming today.

Cables seemed tight enough. That's kind of a guess- I did try to move them around by hand, etc. They didn't move at all, so I'm going to go with that, I mean- how tight do they need to be? What I can't see obviously is if a wire has come loose under there, etc.

Started and ran fine, I just happened to notice the "Lo 10.8" on the display when I went to cycle to the tach display.

The red check engine light came on within a minute or so with immediate low level backfiring throughout the rpm range on decel. (I was in traffic) Bike continued to run, but I stopped as soon as I could find a safe place to pull into.

After stopping & and turning everything off. Subsequent attempts to start it failed as expected. The battery continued to power the speedo displays, and would also prime the fuel pump- but not enough juice to turn it over. It tried- but too far discharged at that point.

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In all the years and all the bikes I've worked on......

Harvey is #1 for stator and rectifier

I'll give Honda second place since I've done one. A cbr600rr.....

So a bunch of Harleys and one Honda from my experience.

Victory seems to have an unusual amount of "weak points" on these 106 bikes.

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Dealer: bad voltage regulator. Now the wait (and hell for them) begins.

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WOW, bad voltage regulator on a 2014, not good! Good luck with that, hope they get you fixed right up.
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Thinking about it today. My dealer has multi brands of bikes. So I was wondering do they have a throttle cable a belt a voltage regulator a primary gasket or clutch cable in stock.
Nope they don't but the parts guy says it only takes a few days to get. I ask what is a few days 2 or 5 days. Just bet its more like 5 days. Our summers are so short with all the rain and bad weather I want to ride every chance I get.
Standing at the front door of my Vic dealer I can throw a rock and hit the Harley dealers building with not much effort. I do know they carry these parts and its not cause the bikes break down there just that much smarter.
I hope I did not make a bad mistake.

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