Unlike most regulators, that one is not potted. So it is in theory fixable,
if you can identify what component is bad, and get a replacement for it.
The circuit may be nothing but a rectifier and a voltage regulator with
current limiting. A constant voltage of 7.0 volts or so will charge a
6-volt battery OK. In any case, it is entirely different than the type of
regulators used with alternators.
On Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 6:40 PM, Randall <email@example.com> wrote:
> > Neither- it's an alternator, and it's built into and under the
> > flywheel which
> > has permanent magnets.
> Aha again! In that case, please ignore everything I said before. I
> we were talking DC generator as found on old cars, where the regulator
> controls the field. Permanent magnet alternators are yet another kettle of
> For one thing, the 'regulator' is also providing the rectification to turn
> AC from the windings into DC. Since the magnetic field cannot be
> controlled, it also has to throttle the output in some way. Looking at
> photos, I would guess that those are SCRs, and that the regulator uses some
> sort of phase-change circuitry to adjust how early or late in the cycle the
> SCRs are triggered. Kind of like a lamp dimmer, except only conducting for
> the right polarity.
> But that's just a SWAG, not to be taken internally.
> I've not ridden a bike for many years, but I believe some variation of that
> is still common today. If so, it shouldn't be too hard to find a modern
> equivalent; although you might wind up using only one phase of a 3-phase
> -- Randall
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