[This is a repeat post. I apologize if that is a breach of the rules. I think because the big stator thread is sticky, new posts tend to go unnoticed.]
I have an '07 900 Classic LT. Just got it at the end of May, with almost 23,000 km on it. It's now just over 25,000 (approx. 15,600 miles). So I'm not familiar with what the "usual noises" would be, but after reading this thread, decided that maybe I could hear a whine, and maybe, given the mileage, I should do a test. All I have done is check the stator output, because that's pretty quick and easy. At idle I got 18v on all 3 reads. Revved up (to ?? - pure guess work), I got 33-34v on all 3. So I'm thinking the stator is shot?
Since I don't know how long this has been going on, should I assume the regulator is also likely damaged? I probably won't get to try those tests until the weekend.
Related to that, my multi-meter has a diode testing option, would that be usable for checking the R/R?
I have no symptoms other than the whine, which is only occasional. Or at least, I only hear it occasionally. But as my wife likes to point out, my hearing is not always so good.
No surging lights, no sign the battery isn't charging. So am I likely to do further damage by riding it until the parts come in?
The plug at the regulator was caked in oily dirt. While I was checking the voltages, there were actually a couple drips of oil from the R/R socket. I see no sign of an oil leak, my regular parking spot is clean, and I don't think oil can get from the engine into the regulator. So my theory is the oil got in there during an oil change. Make sense?
Is checking the voltage across the battery terminals useful? (With the bike running) Or does that just tell me what battery is putting out?
Lastly, has anybody had any experience with RM Stator (http://www.rmstator.com
)? For the VN900 they sell both the Ricks stator and regulator, but also their own make for a fair bit less. Since they are in Canada (Quebec), ordering from them also saves me cross-border shipping and the outrageous foreign currency charges that Visa applies. But if they're crap then it could be short term saving!