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Recently I purchased a 1986 rebel 250 as a project bike for $350. There is definitely a lot of work that still needs to be done to it but interestingly enough the bike came with a working kickstarter and no ignition switches (currently the only way to start the bike is to kickstart it). When I bought the bike it was wired to run and drive but had no lights on it. My question is can I run all the necessary lights to make the bike legal straight off the regulator with no battery? I don't see why I couldn't but I wanted to get some input from some of yall to see if it was even possible.
 

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No,, the electrical system needs battery or you may burn up regulator/rectifier..
 

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So run the regulator to a battery then the battery to the switches and lights? Would I have to run a 12 volt battery or can I get something smaller? Any battery recommendations?
 

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Welcome to the forum and congrats on getting a 1986 1st generation. Kickstarter is a bonus!
 

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1986 volt regulator has 2 positive connections (Black & Red circuits) a Ground (Green) and 3 Yellow connections to the stator..
regulator measures voltage on black circuit, raising the voltage output on Red circuit

2nd gen 96 up regulator has 1 positive and ground circuit with the customary 3 Yellow stator connectors..

12v systems tend to require 12v batteries..
a battery is like a shock absorber it sucks up high volt/amp output when engine revs high and supplies current and proper system voltage when rpm is low..
 
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