Thanks Blltrdr! I had read this but could not find it again in my searches. Looks like Kevin said it needs to be at LEAST 50V/AC coming off of the two violet wires, and that even as low as 47 V/AC may not be enough to charge the bike. Thats good to know because the highest I have seen was 35 V/AC with the motor revved up.One thing I did not do was check resistance of the violet wires. I'll do that when I get home from work. I am now sure that the Alternator is bad, but I'd sure like to know why. I know vibration and all, but there's always been good fluid in there, and even though the bike is 12 years old, it has less than 5k miles. During the interum waiting for an alternator, I'm going over the harness with my multimeter as a fine toothed comb. Check any work I've done, patchup and secure any potential abrasion areas for the wires, dielectric grease on all connectors, make sure they're tight and all that good stuff.
Azcatfan:If your sure you need a new alternator, order it from Hitchcocks ! The shipping will be a large number but the item will be in your possession within 3 to 4 days. They airmail everything out side the UK.Neil and Buzzy the Bullet.
Electrical parts wear out period! I wouldn't worry to much on why it wore out unless you think you had done something to perpetuate the problem. These bikes do generate a lot of vibration which can be a killer on electrics. One thing to think about is you are getting voltage, just not enough. Your problem could be that your rotor is not as magnetized as it was when new. An electric motor shop in your area could re-magnetize your rotor for you or you might be able to go online and find a how to video. I would try that before spending the bucks on a new stator. Once you pull your stator and rotor off you can check the rotor by taking a large screw driver and attach it to the rotor and lift it up. If the rotor doesn't stay attached to the driver it needs to be re-magnetized.