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Does the battery and voltage regulator area have enough air circulation so they don't overheat? This might be an overheating issue that causes the regulator not to function properly. Any one have thoughts on that? I am just baffled because I have gone on many "short" trips, 100 miles or less with no issues what so ever, then I go on a 300 mile or so and this fails me. Wife is beyond frustrated at me and the situation, but I keep telling her "better now than this summer when I am far far away from home." Thank you. You guys are great!!!
 

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The shop tested it and said it was putting out 14 amps and under 14V.. was that at idle.. as your riding you will hold a higher rpm longer and if the voltage goes up the amperage will go up with it when the regulator fails thus causing your overcharge.. I bet most of your riding was during the day. at night time you can see the lights get brighter when you accelerate which usually gives you some idea that the regulator is going.. they shouldn't brighten up too much when you accelerate.. a little variance is normal but it should be minimal and not a drastic change in light power. drastic is bad.

when you test the system this time.. bring the bike up to over 3000 rpm and watch the voltage .. if it goes over 15V no load.. you still have an issue to look at.
Half of the riding was at night. Come to think of it, when ever I shifted up or down the light would get a little brighter, not too much though.
 

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Yup that sounds like a voltage regulator failure.. if you noticed it than it's out of the normal.. the regulator is designed to maintain voltage .. If the rpm's went up and voltage went up.. lights got brighter... than it's not controlling voltage properly.. and possibly overcharging when holding speed causing your battery failure again.

Your on the right track changing the regulator this time with a new battery :)
 

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I am overseas, but the connector is here as well, not connected to anything...

My voltmeter shows about 18V when the engine is running, so I will replace the regulator as soon as I got the replacement part.
The battery is replaced already, I hope it will last long enough.

Anybody got plans to reroute the regulator or how to place it to a place better vented? Aside from the hole-drilling?
 

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I am overseas, but the connector is here as well, not connected to anything...

My voltmeter shows about 18V when the engine is running, so I will replace the regulator as soon as I got the replacement part.
The battery is replaced already, I hope it will last long enough.

Anybody got plans to reroute the regulator or how to place it to a place better vented? Aside from the hole-drilling?
There is one for a roadie that is supposed to be stronger. If mine goes out i will go that direction next time. It appears to be a stupid place for heat by the exhaust. I believe the 650s have it mounted in the front lower frame.
 

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I changed my regulator yesterday. No big problems, aside from the fact that the screws teared off.
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This is the comparison of the regulators. The new one is the lower one.
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I replaced the clips with rivet nuts.
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This is how the new regulator sits in its place.
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And it works really fine.
No more too high voltage, just around 14.4V, that's fine with me.
 
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