There's a problem. I have a 1992 Yamaha FZX250 Zeal which has been stationary for some time (about 4 months). Recently purchased a new battery and plugged it in. Initially It took awhile for the bike to start (when it started there was a lot of black carbon coming from the mufflers etc.). Now each time I start the bike it takes ages to start (usually have to leave it in the sun for hours and recharge the battery - this is because the battery is going flat each time it starts. Oh man, an alternator will cost me a fortune brand new (hundreds), and the wreckers, well, I'd need a hell of a lot luck finding one for a Zeal from the wreckers. I am currently checking the wiring to ensure nothing is disconnected. I've replaced the spark plugs and just this morning replaced the oil, oil filter and cleaned the air filter. - Choke works fine (yes, I have tried the choke in many positions in hope that it starts)... bike only seems to start when the battery is fully charged. Once warmed up, it starts each time but I'll leave it over night, try start it in the morning and it doesn't start (even with choke fully out). Continually attempts to starts but I just stop because it will end up killing the coils or battery. Help. I need a multimeter btw, I don't have one but may be able to borrow one off of my neighbour... I don't know what I'm doing to test the alternator with a multimeter therefore instructions will be greatly appreciated.