Well, back to the drawing board. But it's okay, really. I don't mind.
I did manage to get my ears lowered, at least. Head feels a lot lighter and cooler without that mop of hair on it, and I was able to drive home from my excursion without hair blowing in my eyes. '
I stopped at Walmart to get some sundries, including a couple new pairs of shorts. They had XL and then jumped right to 3XL, and guess which size I bought? But I took the tags off one pair because I want a loose pair of shorts for around the house, and it wasn't even $6 for the pair, so F it. I'll take the other pair back and exchange it for XL (and $5 says they're too small).
Sure is nice to be able to crouch without my testicles getting crushed.
Anyway: went up on eBay for a rectifier--the one I found from a supplier was $85--and found a used one, "tested good" according to the auction title, for $25 shipped. The funny part is, the seller's name is [Fungal Vale]motorsports, all one word. If the seller is actually from the Fungal Vale, and not one of the many towns in America which are also named "Fungal Vale", then I ought to have the thing tomorrow or Thursday. I'm waiting for the tracking information to update so I can find out. EBay estimates a delivery date range from Friday, June 29, through Friday the 7th of July, so I bet it is the Fungal Vale.
Anyway, so then I was watching a few of Mustie1's videos. He's an older guy, apparently lives in New Hampshire, and he does interesting things with air-cooled Volkswagens and stuff he picks up from yard sales. It's interesting to watch (at least to me) and today I was absorbed with his "Trailer Trash" series. He bought an enclosed trailer for about $1,000 and proceeded to fix it up, to turn it into a mobile workshop. And what caught my ear was when he mentioned that he paid $8 for a reel of LED strip lighting off eBay.
Back to eBay I went and--to my surprise--I found a 5 meter strip of RBG LEDs with controller, remote, and power supply...for $12 shipped.
I see kits like that all the time in stores, but it never costs less than $30, and is usually more. I'm going to see how it works as under-desk lighting, or maybe something else will occur to me--but for $12 it's well within the "toy" range and I'll find some kind of use for it--no worries there. (Maybe auxiliary lighting for the bike?)
The really nice thing about it is that you can cut it to the desired length, and there are solder pads every so often, so you don't have to throw away the parts you cut off. Just solder on some wires and presto!
Anyway, not a very productive day, but I did get a couple of things done and I'm well on my way to getting the bike fixed. Now that I have a stator that puts out enough voltage, it's just a matter of getting a fully functional regulator on the thing, and then I should be good to go.