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I have replaced the rectifier/regulator, battery ad stator for a 2005 Suzuki gsxr 600 and the battery dies after being charged. I can make back and forth for a couple of days, but now the driving time is getting shorter and shorter between charges. Please help.

I normally only offer help on pre-1977 machines, but do you have a voltage meter ? If so, then first use a charger to get your battery fully charged and then check the voltage across the + and - battery posts with the battery connected and with the engine running at 2500 rpm, and then again at 4 or 5000 rpm.If the charging system is working then you will see something around 13.5 volts (DC of course) and then something like 14.5 volts at the higher rpm - but less than 14.8 volts. If the voltage stays less than 13, then the charging system has a problem. Bad connections, bad components - something like that. Check the connections first - sometimes pins get pushed back and do not make good contact.

If you have good voltage - then the new battery could be bad - it does happen especially with the newer lithium style batteries. And have you recently painted the bike ? If so, then check your grounds.

Good luck !  

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Ian R. Sandy


I can answer restoration questions specifically about the Suzuki GT750 Water Buffalo/Kettle/Water Bottle which was made between 1972 and 1977. I may also be able to assist with some restoration questions on the Suzuki T500 made between 1968 and 1977. I will not answer questions about other makes or models. I focus on restorations - I not especially interested in 'non-stock' restorations or rebuilds.


I wrote the on-line reference manual on the Suzuki GT750 called 'A Field Guide to the Suzuki GT750 Le Mans' which is available at no charge on line. I currently own six Suzuki GT750's - a 1972 (scheduled to be restored in 2013), a 1973, a 1975, two 1976 models and a 1977. I also operate and maintain the on-line reference site 'Suzuki T/GT Resources' as well as the Old Japanese Bikes web site.

I am a member of the VJMC, the AMCA and of the CVMG.

'A Field Guide to the Suzuki GT750 Le Mans' 'Notes from the Corner' - the OJB blog 'The Suzuki T/GT Resource Pages'

Graduate of Sheridan College in Instrumentation Technology, which is interesting but not really germane to this discussion - I owned my first GT750 new in 1974 and have owned and ridden at least one now for very nearly 40 years.

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My 1973 GT750 was featured as the 'March' bike in the recent CVMG-RMS section calendar.

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I am the web-admin for the CVMG, and also for the CVMG-RMS section. I am also a moderator on the Sundial 2 stroke board.

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