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My regulator fryed but my bike 76gl1000 is still being charged how is this possible ? I completely took out the regulator and left it alone thinking if the battery died I'd kick start it but it is still holding a charge and I have turned it on and off 20 30 times at least. Please help!?
 

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Without a regulator in the circuit, the charging system will go full tilt. Check your charging system voltage at the battery. You'll probably find in excess of 16 volts. DO NOT run it this way. It'll kill your battery and burnout your bulbs...
 

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Will it effect the ignition If I ride it to the shop ?
I don't know. I've never ridden one with the voltage that high. It's a twelve volt system. 16+ volts isn't going to do it any good. If it were mine, I'd trailer it or replace the regulator.
 

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I don't know. I've never ridden one with the voltage that high. It's a twelve volt system. 16+ volts isn't going to do it any good. If it were mine, I'd trailer it or replace the regulator.
Well I did and the only damage was to the new battery.

New battery charging at 14.2V and 800 miles later it was dead.
Checked electrolyte and there was none.
Added distilled water and the battery came back to life and charge rate was 14.2V.

Rode 300 miles home without a problem then put an on-board volt meter on and found that the voltage was climbing to over 17V after the regulator warmed up.

After replacing the regulator that abused battery lasted another two years.
 

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He has a '76 Ken. Possibly still has point ignition system.
I doubt a ride down to the dealer would cause any more damage as he's already been riding it this way.

Of course unplugging the stator and riding it to the dealer on the battery is an option.
 

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I hope you mean you will disconnect the STATOR and ride to the dealer... nothing wrong with that as long as you have a strong battery

you can ride further if you pull the fuse for the headlight... without the headlight burning you can probably ride the bike for 30-40 minutes (assuming strong battery, stator unplugged, no accessories)
 
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