Can you all give me a rough idea of how much time it should take a professional mechanic to do this kind of work? For example, if it is the regulator, how much time would it take him to put in a new one for me? 1 hr? would a mosfet take more time? I can look up prices for the part and get an idea of what it should cost, but I have not done this kind of work before and i would like to have a rough idea of the time it should require to make sure the mechanic isn't giving me a worse-than-usual deal on the labor. If he charges me 1 hr labor at $90/hr, for example, I will come better than renting a truck/trailer and paying for the gas etc.
Thanks once again.
Remember we are "diagnosing via keyboard" here. Any estimated financial guesses are just that...only based on your descriptions, could vary wildly from the dealer.
At this point, unless you intend to retrieve the bike...you need to contact the service manager at the dealership and pose your questions directly to him. If he's competent and reasonable, your questions should be fully answered, gaining a rough estimate is not an unreasonable request. With the serv manager you can also "set a limit"......don't go over an hour, 2 or 3.
Basically...how much time ($) for them
to test/diagnose the battery and charging system components. Keep in mind, associated wiring and connectors should be inspected as well.
IMHO..an experienced, savvy tech would likely have the fault narrowed done within minutes.
Even so, most dealership service departments have a "minimum" bench charge. Incumbent upon you to ask and probe.
PS...expect them to decline using any other parts than their own, new, OEM Kawasaki. To be expected, its a dealership after all. They'd likely laugh at using some "EX forum members" Mosfet conversion. Fully understandable.