V-Star 650 stator/regulator issues
My bike has been having problems with the charging system. Recently, I noticed the battery was losing its cranking power, every day in the morning the cranking would get slightly slower than the day before. Initially I thought it was just the old original battery going bad, specially since the bike had very little usage during December and January. Anyway, a couple weeks ago I bought a new battery and everything seemed ok. Then last week the same problem started appearing, the battery was getting weaker by the day. Last Friday when I got home from work, the battery barely had power to start the bike, and the next morning it just wouldn't start or crank at all, just a clicking sound from the starter. So I followed some youtube videos on how to troubleshoot the stator and regulator, and charged the battery too. The regulator seems to have the proper diode readings (around the low 500's) and doesn't have a short between positive/negative. But it does not seem to be charging the battery, I have to rev up the engine pretty high to even get a 13-volt reading at the battery. The stator does have an AC voltage output on all three circuits, around 23v at idle, and it just goes up from there with higher rpm's. However, the manual calls for around .5 to .6 ohms of resistance. The stator has a resistance reading of around 1.5 ohms on all three circuits. Could that be the reason the bike isn't charging? Or could it just be a bad regulator since the stator does seem to have AC voltage going out? Any help would be appreciated! By the way, I have a regulator coming in that I ordered on ebay for $25. I would like some opinions before spending the money on a new stator, those seem pricey.