Powersports stands out with consumers for its ability to offer fun, utility and outdoor recreation. In fact, vehicles that can straddle the line between utility and sport seem to be popular in most segments of the Powersports industry.
Examples of Powersports Vehicles:
Motorcycles, ATVs, also known as a Quad (bike), Three-wheeler, Four-track, Four-wheeler, or Quadricycle Snowmobiles and PWCs, a Personal watercraft (PWC), also called Water scooter, and comically a Boatercycle.
Don’t let Your Faulty Starter Prevent You From Your Desired Trip!
No matter how powerful the engine or strong the suspension of your Powersports vehicle, you still won’t be able to enjoy the freedom of conquering a trail or track if your starter isn’t working properly.
If you smell smoke or hear grinding noise when starting the engine, or your engine is not turning over, there’s a huge likelihood your starter is nonfunctional.
Do Side-by-Sides Have Alternators?
Most side-by-sides, as well as, ATVs do not use alternators, instead, they have ‘stators’ that use a magneto-based charging system that is integrated into the flywheel of the vehicle which helps maintain battery charge.
The stator generates and then maintains a charge to power whatever is currently running and nothing more.
Alternators can help recharge the battery, however, stators just maintain the current battery charge. That is why often after long periods of not using your side-by-side you may find that the battery is dead.
Why Don’t Most UTVs Have Alternators?
- In order for an alternator to work it needs a steady amount of airflow to cool them down.
However, due to the adventurous nature of side-by-sides, most alternators cannot handle the amount of water, mud, sand, and other debris that UTVs encounter, rendering them useless to the vehicle.
So because of the debris that our vehicles are constantly coming into contact with, alternators just cannot be put into our side-by-sides.
Then What Do The Side-by-Sides, As Well As ATVs Use?
However many side-by-sides, as well as ATVs, use a “magneto-based” charging system for the battery of the vehicle.
Everything works the exact same as your car with an alternator except for the fact that we are generating less energy than we would be if we were utilizing an alternator, and that the energy isn’t being used to recharge the battery itself as it would with an alternator.
Harley-Davidson currently dominates motorcycle market share and with much of the interest centered on motocross bikes from Yamaha, Honda, and Kawasaki while Polaris tops UTV sales.
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