ok, thanks to this board (ratty 550 to be precise) i got my brakes fixed on my RD. i went and picked it up this morning, did a quick test ride, hit the 100mph water mark (i refuse to say ton) and rode it about 30 miles showing it off to my family and such. i loaded it up in the truck, brought it back to my fair city and thought i would go show it off at my buddies house. on the way over there i was feeling good, getting all kinds of looks and waves and just enjoying it. as i would hit my blinkers i noticed they were actuating slower and slower. after i visited with my friend for a while, i hopped back on to come home. on the way back, blinkers quit working, idle was erratic and when i hopped off the interstate, i couldnt go over 50mph or let the rpm's go under 5k. the first stop light i stopped at...motor dead. i pushed it through the intersection, pulled the plugs and they looked fine, so i wasn't worried that i holed a piston or stuck a ring. then i remembered "oh yeah, my blinkers quit...must be the charging system". so i called my cousin, wihout seeing the symtoms he says "regulator/rectifier". luckily, we have another one for the other RD motor we have, but who knows if it works. I have 60 miles on this bike now, and previously it showed no signs, so i guess it just took a shit on me today. now i realize that this bike is 32 years old, has been completely dormant for 15 years and that i should expect no less and actually have had it pretty easy for a project of this nature. but damnit, im young, im impatient and i have been building this bike for 7 months now. i want to ride with no events!!!! it is sitting in the back of my truck right now, going to take it back to the shop tomorrow. i sure wish i had a total loss ignition, i could at least ride while the sun is still up.