While road testing, the
Benelli lost its ability to charge the battery. It transpired
that the alternator had failed and a Benelli Achilles Heal had
reared its ugly head.
The alternator rotor
had thrown a winding and the shellac insulation had cracked
allowing it to short out. Alan contacted
offered a conversion to
a permanent magnet rotor - brushless design with higher outputs
at lower rpm and no rotor windings to fail.
by UK company
Electrex World, it was easy to install and a long term
(permanent) fix. It comes with its own solid state regulator but
is a relatively expensive fix.