I'm in the process of trying to get my V-Star 650 to run smoothly after being parked several months (I usually ride often enough that winterizing is unnecessary - this year my failure to winterize bit me). While running the bike with the tank off, I noticed that the larger (3-connector fitting) of the two connectors from the stator was hot. VERY hot. As in: both the male and female plastic connectors melted and the metal connections began to short. Obviously something is wrong in the electrical system - most likely a short somewhere - and now I have to try to find it. My first suspicion is the stator and the regulator/rectifier, since those are the two parts closest in line with the fitting. I did a quick continuity/resistance test on the stator and it seems okay. I haven't thoroughly tested the regulator yet, but a quick voltage test at the battery seems within specs. Before I continue testing on these, and start walking through the electrical system in general, I was wondering if anyone on this forum might have any particular experience with this issue, or expertise with the electrical system to be able to pinpoint likely problem areas. I appreciate any input.