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BUELL 1125R Problems with Electrical System

 
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2009 BUELL 1125R Problems & Complaints

Read complaint(s) filed for the 2009 BUELL 1125R. These complaints & problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. You may file your own complaint for the 2009 BUELL 1125R by calling the NHTSA Monday-Friday 8am to 8pm at (888) 327-4236, TTY: (800) 424-9153. You can also file your complaint online.

Vehicle Information (37 Complaints)
Date reported Jun 21, 2011
Location PARMA, OH
Manufacturer HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTOR COMPANY
Vehicle 2009 BUELL 1125R
Transmission Not Specified
Drivetrain Not Specified
Fuel type Not Specified
Occurences 1
Crash involved N
Injuries 0
Deaths 0
Source NHTSA Website
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Complaint - Electrical System

THE CHARGING SYSTEM ON THE 2009 BUELL 1125R AND 1125CR HAS A DESIGN DEFECT. WHILE IDLING IN TRAFFIC, THE CHARGING SYSTEM WILL OVERHEAT AND THE STATOR WILL BURN OUT AND FAIL, CAUSING THE MOTORCYCLE TO STALL AND CANNOT BE RESTARTED DUE TO THE BATTERY BEING DRAINED. THIS DEFECT AFFECTS ALL 2009 BUELL 1125R AND 1125CR MOTORCYCLES. HARLEY DAVIDSON (BUELL+S PARENT COMPANY) IS AWARE OF THE DESIGN DEFECT AND IN MARCH, 2010 RELEASED A 'FIX' IN THE FORM OF A CHARGING HARNESS UPGRADE. THIS 'FIX' WAS INSTALLED ON MY MOTORCYCLE AT 1,456 MILES. MY CHARGING SYSTEM COMPLETELY FAILED AT 3,706 MILES. THE +FIX+ ISSUED BY HARLEY DAVIDSON SHUTS OFF 1/3 OF THE STATOR LEAVING THE MOTORCYCLE ONLY 2/3 OF THE POWER LISTED IN THE SPECIFICATION. THIS IS ULTIMATELY NOT ENOUGH POWER TO OPERATE ALL THE ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS ON THE MOTORCYCLE. BRIGHT HEADLIGHTS CANNOT BE USED WITHOUT CAUSING THE BATTERY LIGHT TO ILLUMINATE AND ULTIMATELY DRAINING THE BATTERY. AT IDLE, THE CHARGING SYSTEM CANNOT PRODUCE ENOUGH POWER TO KEEP THE BATTERY CHARGED. SEVERAL MINUTES OF IDLING WILL CAUSE THE BATTERY LIGHT TO ILLUMINATE, THEN A +SYSTEM VOLTAGE ERROR+ WILL APPEAR ON THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER, THEN THE HEADLIGHTS & TURN SIGNALS WILL STOP WORKING, FINALLY THE MOTORCYCLE WILL STALL. MY ENTIRE CHARGING SYSTEM HAS BEEN REPLACED (STATOR, VOLTAGE REGULATOR, BATTERY), AND HAS BEEN INSPECTED SEVERAL TIMES BY A HARLEY DAVIDSON DEALER AND BY A REPRESENTATIVE FROM HARLEY DAVIDSON CORPORATE. THE SITUATION HAS NOT IMPROVED. HARLEY DAVIDSON IS EITHER INCAPABLE OR UNWILLING TO SOLVE THIS ISSUE.

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