Alternators Replace or Fix
I've read a lot where people have had alternator problems and wait a few days at a dealer even while traveling for a new alternator to arrive. Over $400 to $600 and they are on their way. I've looked at alternators online priced between $124 to $439 and thought of having a spare for my 2005 GL. But, then I thought why not just order the brushes for $25.
I put over 112,000 miles on my 1992 1500. In that time at 55k I took out the alternator and replaced the brushes, I also did that on a friends 1500. When the bike got to 110k miles, I decided to just buy a new Alternator because I was thinking other things could go wrong eventually. Among my friends it seemed the alternators on the 1500s would go bad with worn brushes in that 52k to 65k mile range. Now I have the 1800. My 2001 was going strong at 46k and I didn't worry about the alternator but I always pulled a trailer on long trips. So, carrying an extra would not be a problem.
Now, I'm thinking I'm going to purchase the brushes to carry because once you take out the alternator it only takes about an hour to put new brushes in. So for $25 that might be cheap insurance and I don't trust after market alternators. The reviews are terrible on them. I also researched and see that the Regulator Set that is part of the alternator is only $68 and is also easily replaced. I don't have a lot of items on the bike that will require a lot of wattage usage so the alternator should last a while. And if the brushes wear out, they are easily replaced. Hopefully the stator will not burn out because I'm not overloading the electrical system.
Many of us know Tom Finch and he was never without his trailer. I loved the man. He always had a spare alternator with him and I think I can learn something from that.
Terry Dill of San Antonio
It's not the destination, but the getting there.