AJ,ajsorvillo1883 wrote: ↑Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:03 pmMy apologies.
Yes it is a 84 xv1000!
I am using an agm type battery that was recommended by a local shop. Right now it's back on the trickle charger, but it's taking a very long time to charge. I did try taking it out for a ride earlier but only managed to get about .2 miles from home before it shut off after charging it fully. I used my emergency charger to jump it back to life and get it home. Definitely not pushing it 2.5 miles again like last night... she's fun but she's heavy.
I will check the regulator and rectifier to make certain that they are also working as intended.
My main problems have been with the fact that these are all the original parts, except for the ones that I've had to replace.
When I swapped out the starter clutch I did notice some heavy wear on the stator connection. But was hoping they'd last a bit longer.
I think the excess heat we've been having in Florida is not helping at all.
Yup, heat is definitely a factor when it comes to Virago's. Especially, for the Regulator/Rectifier. Most prone to die of heat stroke!!
REGULATOR/RECTIFIER TROUBLE SHOOTING and TESTING [INFO] & NEW VERSION:
Like I said, earlier. Take your battery to an auto parts store and have it load tested. I'm sure your battery is toast, if it is refusing to take a charge. Save yourself from having to push your Iron Maiden home. And yep, they are heavy! Hopefully, where you are . . . it is all flat roads. Any slight incline up hill is a killer when needing to push.
Stator connections really shouldn't show signs of wear much. Unless, it is showing signs of melting. I don't understand you saying heavy wear. It's tucked under the seat. Terminal corrosion possibly?!
Yes, original parts after 35 years would require replacing. Virago's are very robust, but Yamaha has made some mistakes along the way on how they designed some things. One weak link is the Reg/Rec. Heat is not its friend. Not just Yamaha, but most motorcycle manufactures. Why do they always mount them near a heat source, like the exhaust system? Go figure.
Some water cooled bikes place them mounted behind the radiator. Another, it makes no sense.
They should be manufactured with large heat sinks with active cooling (FANS). However, where do you mount them?