How does a motorcycle alternator work?
Motorcycle alternators generate electricity for your bike. The alternator provides power for ignition and battery charging. Electricity from the alternator is also needed for the lights, indicators, horn and the optional accessories.PurposeMotorcycle alternators generate electricity to charge the battery and run the accessories, like the lights, horn, ignition and heated grips.BasicsWhenever a moving magnetic field crosses a wire, electricity is generated in the wire, in a process called electromagnetism. Motorcycle alternators work using electromagnetism. There are both permanent-magnet and electromagnet alternators.Permanent MagnetsIn some motorcycles, the rotor is a drum that rotates around one end of the crankshaft. The rotor contains magnets. Around the rotor is the stator, a non-moving part that holds coils. The rotation of the magnets past the coils generates current.Electromagnetic AlternatorsSome motorcycles, like the Honda Gold Wing range, use electromagnets. A slip ring fits