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Can one operate a MC without a rectifier/regulator in the circuit by the battery alone for a distance of 5 miles without doing injury to the alternator?
 

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Yes. Also, if anyone gets a regulator failure on route, pull the connector to the 60W headlight so you can get farther if you need to limp to the nearest service point.
 

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Can one operate a MC without a rectifier/regulator in the circuit by the battery alone for a distance of 5 miles without doing injury to the alternator?
Not an issue. When you measure the AC output from the stator you are doing just what you describe, no problems. The only thing you don't want to do is run it without having the reg output routed through the battery. That will kill the reg.
 
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