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Old 07-23-2009, 11:48 AM   #11
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I applaud your ability to persist but sometimes it is better to just let a project go. The RD200 wasn't a very good bike in the first place. The starter/alernator idea is inherently flawed. She is probably throwing good money after bad.
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Old 07-23-2009, 11:50 AM   #12
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not to state the obvious but you checked the water levels correct?
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:07 PM   #13
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I had a 1968 180 Twin Yamaha which is pretty much the same bike less the reed valves. The started/generator was constantly giving me problems, and it turned out that a bad crank bearing on the generator side, that caused the armature to rub against the stator, and burnt out the windings.

Check the brushes that rub on the commutator (small flat part) of the armature, and see if carbon has clogged up the grooves between the segments in the commutator. Scrape them out with a lineolium knife or something similar.

Also the starter windings might be shorted out in the generator/starter unit, and that's why it's putting out plenty of juice, but won't start.
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Old 07-23-2009, 04:09 PM   #14
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Thanks cuddy, ill look into that.
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Old 07-23-2009, 04:11 PM   #15
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I applaud your ability to persist but sometimes it is better to just let a project go. The RD200 wasn't a very good bike in the first place. The starter/alernator idea is inherently flawed. She is probably throwing good money after bad.
If it were my bike, id have sold it to a sucker by now, but she LOVES it. It looks PERFECT... only 4000 miles and was indoor kept.
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Old 07-23-2009, 04:20 PM   #16
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If it were my bike, id have sold it to a sucker by now, but she LOVES it. It looks PERFECT... only 4000 miles and was indoor kept.
2-Schmokes are all the rage now. You can probably make some money on it if you want to sell it.
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Old 07-23-2009, 04:43 PM   #17
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You mentioned it took a kick to start it, right?

I fail to see a problem here, if it starts easily with the kick.

My first two bikes - all they HAD was kickers.
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