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The last 2 days on my way home, the check engine and battery lights have come on on my bike.
The first day, they only stayed on about a minute. During that time, the volt gauge read lower than normal also, about 11.
Today it stayed on longer, but after shutting it off and starting again it would randomly go off and on. Volt gauge still reading lower than normal.

I checked the battery connections and they are good. Battery was new last November.
I started it up and checked DC volts across the battery terminals and only got 11.5 volts.

Bad regulator?
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possibly, problem is it could also be the stator. both pieces need to be tested. I would also check the wire connectors between the stator and the regulator, and at the regulator.

or, you could trade it in on a new indian!!!
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I wish.
I've heard a bad stator will stink to high heaven.
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if your running a stock primary the stator is in oil. a bad stator can make the oil stink. I would also check all grounds, not just the primary battery cable ground. the voltage reg uses ground to regulate the charge.
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Get yourself A VOM and go to work diagnosing... Good luck.
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Today on the way home it acted totally normal.
I hate when stuff can't decide whether it wants to work or not.
Can a stator act like this, or is it bad once it goes bad?
Next step I guess is to check all the connections real closely.
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I would give the battery cables a really good once over, and remove them from the battery and clean them really well

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I had a similar issue with an older Harley. Turned out to be two separate issues. Voltage regulator/rectitfier was faulty. Also the vibration caused an internal failure in the battery. The bike would simply eat batteries. Used some foam insulation material to line the battery box and the problems went away.

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Well, apparently it was the regulator. I had to order the part,(naturally) and it came in yesterday.
Put it on today, easy as all get out. Started it, acts perfectly normal.
Changed all the fluids while I was at it. I must be getting old, just a little work like that and I feel like I got hit by a truck.

Go to see the orthopedic witch doctor tomorrow morning.
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