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You need to test the charging system components, stator coil, regulator, the manual will tell you what the readings should be. A standard ohms test will tell you what’s going on. Also look for the easy stuff like damaged wires, blown fuses. Make sure that the battery itself is not bad also and that there is an accessory that’s not draining the battery. Plow ? Lights ?

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You should have voltage on the positive and negative battery terminals when the bike is running without the battery in place and a tester clipped on to the battery leads. 

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And if you are hesitant about taking the battery of of the bike you can do the test with the battery on the bike as well. Simply take a voltage reading on the battery with the bike off and start it up and do the same. You should read about 12+ volts with the bike off. With the bike running you should read 14+ volts. 

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