Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
It sounds like the rectifier is shot. When mine went I noticed my speedo and all lights weren't working. Pulled over and it was dead, not even a click from the starter, no lights. When I took off the battery cover my battery was hot to the touch. Took it home in my truck and had the battery tested. It was completely dead. Did some research and learned about the rectifier, then bought a new battery and checked the voltage across the new battery when the bike was running. It was over 19V, which indicated a bad rectifier that was overcharging the battery. Put in a new rectifier (easy job) and the voltage dropped to 13.5 - 14, which is normal. I've had no problems since.
There are plenty of cheap rectifiers on eBay - don't waste your money and risk killing another battery. Go with an OEM.
2007 Vulcan Nomad
2000 V Star 1100 Classic (Sold)
All stock except for:
Switchblade Quick Release Windshield
Ugly but somewhat functional saddlebags