This past Wednesday I headed to a 2nd hand electronics store to purchase a new 3 way switch for my heated hand grips. When turning into the parking lot there was a rummble or a knock.

Decided that the switch would have to wait and rode back home with this clatter or knocking. Decided it was coming from the alternator and removed it to see the dampner goobers.. missing... OK

Replaced them with goobers from my stuff... Then mounted the alternator back into the bike.. after all the stuff was in hit the starter.. Rumbling or knocking still there...

Finally on Thursday I removed the alternator and hooked up the battery. Figured or almost hoping it would be the alternator.. Started the bike... rumbling and knocking.

Figure its the output shaft for the alternator.

This bike I had purchased in July of 2007. At the time it had only 22,600 miles. As of the break down there is over 126,500+ miles. As my wife, Karen stated.. "You got your money's worth out of that one." $3500.

Now to find another engine? Costs of rebuilding?

I do need to Praise the LORD JESUS.. as I had wanted to ride to Potosi, Mo for the last rally. This could have happened on the road!

take care
tim lindstrom