Okay so I guess I was being a bit naive to think that my 650R would be fine for riding on public roads at night with the stock stator & BD DS kit. I bought the bike with the kit installed & have no idea how old the battery that came with it is. The bike had not been used much prior to be buying it a couple weeks ago & the battery was discharged enough that it would not illuminate any lights with the engine off. So being the, um, uncautious guy that I am I rode to work expecting to have enough ride time to recharge the battery to ride home in the dark (I work evening shift). So all's well on the way to work 'cause I'm only using the running lights, but at least the flashers worked. Then on the way home, in the dark, about 2 miles from work the headlight begins to dim ominously. I now have another 15 miles, on back roads with no street lights to get home. I barely made it. The low beam kind of worked. Kind of like having a dime store flashlight taped to the front fender! Anyway I made it home safely and am pondering some changes. Actually I had already pondered them as I started the recent thread on DIY stator rewinding. Now I hope that a hight output stator will be adequate so that I DO NOT have to depend on a battery except for the unlikely inspection that might occur. Question: will the Ricky stator do this or should I make other changes? I know I'll have to modify the existing harness and I suppose those instructions will be included with the new stator. Anyone else out there had a similar experience. Thanks in advance!