I'm trying to figure out why I've been having problems starting my bike lately. I'll give you a rundown on what's been happening:
About three weeks ago my bike wouldn't start; when I hit the ignition button, the bike would turn over once or twice and then kill. I tried it a couple more times and it got to the point where the bike wouldn't turn over at all; I would hit the switch, I'd hear a faint "click", and then nothing. I had the battery tested and I found out that it wasn't taking a charge so I bought a new one and installed it. After putting in the new battery it started up flawlessly. Over the course of the following week however, I noticed that the bike would have to turn over more and more before it would fire-up.
After work yesterday the bike wouldn't start at all. The same thing that happened before was happening now; it would turn over a couple times then kill and eventually it wouldn't turn over at all. I tried to get a jump and push-start the damn thing but that didn't work. I brought the battery back to the store and had them charge it. After putting that battery back in the bike, I was able to ride it home. Once there, I turned the bike off, tried to start it and it wouldn't even turn over.
I replaced the spark-plugs today thinking that might be contributing to the problem and I was able to start the bike immediately three times before it would just kill again.
I took the stator cover off and found what you can see in the following pictures:
I'm no mechanic so I have no idea how to properly diagnose whatever the hell is happening, but I'm hoping that this issue will be resolved by replacing the stator. What do you think?