Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Garland, Texas, USA
Hatchetman / GTcouple,
Well, I tried looking for the three yellow wires by the battery, but I never saw them. I removed the battery and the false tank cover, had both eyes open, but never saw them. I did, however, see three yellow wires going to the rectifier / regulator and they were melted. Evidently, the previous owner (I've only had the bike 3 months) has addressed this problem before because the connector had several other wires melted in the plug that looked like he had tried to fix. Two of the three yellow wires were taken from the connector and soldered directly together. The remaining yellow wire was still in the connector.
I tried to seperate the two connector halves, but I couldn't get them apart. After I made sure thatno wires were not burnt together,I cranked it up. I let it run for about an hour and the voltage never dropped below 13.7 volts. I took it on a little test drive (about 10 miles) and it stayed between 13.8 and 14.0 volts. I drove it to work this morning (56 miles) and everything seemed okay.
I guess it's fixed for now, but I'm sure this will be something I'll have to monitor for the life of the bike. I really appreciate you guys help. I didn't know where to start looking for problems.
Hatchetman, I don't have any CV40 carbs laying around. Sorry. I've had four Harley's since 1982. I had a 1982 Sportster XLH Roadster (1000cc eng. & 4-spd), a 1983 SuperGlide II, a 1977 (I think) Harley 250 SX Enduro, and I currently have a 2005 883 Sportster Custom. I have liked every Harley I've owned, but I couldn't get them to go the distance. I put 60K miles on my 883 in two years. I wore out the engine and had to get another one. I figured I'd better get a bike that was made to go 300K without wearing out. That's why I bought the GW.
Thanks again for all y'alls help.