Stall while riding
I had two unfortunate recent experiences with my 2009 Monster 696 with 2100 miles on it. The bike stalled twice - slowly losing power, engine light went on, and completely dead. The battery is only two months old.
To start the bike, I had to press the start button at least three times. The first press would make the bike start, but only last three seconds. Third or fourth attempts of cranking are required to run the bike.
The fuel level is almost full. The first stall was two miles ride after filling up the tank. I was on fourth gear, the bike was running fine until it lost its power. The engine light went off. I swerved and turned into nearest parking lot to check if I could restart but no good. Under ignition on, the light or dashboard was not on. So the bike had to be towed home. The flashing red light on dashboard started to blink when I got home. I guess it was caused by the movement on the rotor and stator?
I charged the battery overnight with battery tender junior and the next day the bike was able to start (no engine light and only took two presses on start button). I was gonna take it for a 5 miles ride but it could only make 4 miles. The engine light went off again and the bike lost its power. Before losing power completely, I felt like the bike running with half its cylinder - not as strong as when I left home. I couldnt start the bike at all because the dashboard light is dead. After getting towed home, the blinking red light was on. When I switched the ignition on, I could see the voltage reading - 10.6-11.6. At this voltage, I was able to start the bike but I did not want to take any risk taking it anywhere before learning the problem. When the engine is running, the voltage is between 12.4-13.3v. When I rev the engine, I could feel that the power is not as strong.
My question is the main issue of the bike coming from voltage regulator, Alternator, or fuel pump? Any comments or suggestions before I take them to mechanic?