Busy month, eh, Joe? Congrats on the new bike. Here's the deal: Your alternator makes more electricity than the bike needs to keep all the lights turned on and power the engine-management computer, fuel-injection system, cooling fan, instrument pod and so on. But since a big alternator adds weight and parasitic drag to the engineering equation, the GSX-R1000's electric powerplant is no bigger than absolutely necessary. Suzuki's engineers shaved 400 grams from the 2004-spec alternator in '05 by using 15 poles on the stator instead of 18, and 20 poles on the motor in place of the previous 12. They did all that without actually losing output.