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Gear Whore
PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 1:23 pm  Reply with quote
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Throwing this out to the general populous because I am guessing that Scooterville is really busy trying to figure out how to move right now....Bob, Steven, Ed....professor and Mary Anne, if you have an opinion, feel free to offer.

My Stella has an electrical gremlin. It looks like I am not charging my system while running. On a fully charged battery, the turn signals will flash when asked.

Now when I ride, I have enough juice to run the headlight while running and the tail light but my brake light does not come on for either front or back brakes and when I turn on the turn signal, the brake light cycles, not the turn signals. I have to kick…which I am used to but can only use the magic button on a trickle charge, fully charged battery.

I believe it is the charging system, not a crossed wire because when I trickle charge the battery and fire the bike up on a fully charged battery this issue goes away.

Is there a common failure in the charging system that I am too lazy to read Stella boards to find? Where should I start chasing my tail?

Thank you for your helpful comments, get a real Vespa / Lammy / Baron comments or any other original wit you may spew on this thread.

Gus “I ain’t postin unless you pay me” Breiland

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 2:19 pm  Reply with quote
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Bad battery or voltage regulator is my guess.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:55 pm  Reply with quote
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Since the headlight works, we can rule out suspect Cagiva parts.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:50 pm  Reply with quote
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swing by and we can put the battery from my Stella in your Stella. Ed
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2007 8:44 am  Reply with quote
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Ok, Ill have to figure out how to test the Regulator. I don't think it is the battery, new this spring. Takes a charge....I'll have to see what my system is reading when at idle.

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Bad battery or voltage regulator is my guess.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2007 11:04 am  Reply with quote
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I'd start with the battery. Especially if it's a cheapo. I've seen a few of those bad from the start.
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Kevin K wrote:
Since the headlight works, we can rule out suspect Cagiva parts.
-K



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I believe the engineer that designed the headlight on the Gran Canyon was eventually fired by Cagiva. Unable to find work in Italy, he was forced to seek employment elsewhere, eventually settling in Taiwan. PGO was very excited to have a fine, Italian designer working for them and immediately put him to work on the Rattler/Black Cat headlight.
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