Ride on: Motorcycle Battery Protection and Maintenance Tips
It’s about to be that time of year again—motorcycle weather.
As the weather warms, it’s time to start thinking about taking the cover off your motorcycle and starting up the engine.
The last thing you want to find is a dead motorcycle battery.
Keep reading for tips and tricks for maintaining and protecting your motorcycle battery.
Check for Corrosion
Acid and copper sulfates build on the motorcycle battery’s terminals. When this happens and it isn’t addressed quickly, it can cause serious damage to your motorcycle.
Sometimes, the corrosion build-up blocks the terminals from charging the battery fully because they can’t supply enough current. This causes the terminals to overheat, which causes even more damage to your bike.
Without a full charge, you may experience a stalled start or no start. To avoid battery terminals from getting corroded, we suggest checking your owner's manual for the correct procedure for removing terminals from the posts. This may include removing the terminals from the posts and using a wire brush to clean away corrosion.
Protect Your Motorcycle From the Elements
Ideally, you can store your motorcycle in a climate-controlled garage. Conventional batteries experience normal amounts of fluid loss over time. That fluid is a mix of water and acid, so extreme heat can cause that water to evaporate.
Fluctuations in temperature cause motorcycle batteries to lose even more fluid at a faster speed. High temperatures are particularly damaging to motorcycle batteries.
Fluid loss causes the battery to stop holding its charge until eventually, it won’t start your motorcycle anymore.
Storing in a climate-controlled area, whether a garage or otherwise, helps to protect your battery from extreme fluid loss.
Use a Smart Charger
Lead-acid batteries are limited to the highest charge they’ve had. If for whatever reason the lead-acid battery receives a charge that isn’t full capacity, the battery is forever stuck at that limit.
In this case, the battery would be considered faulty because it doesn’t hold a full charge anymore.
The best way to avoid your battery having a faulty charge is to use a smart charger that makes sure your motorcycle battery consistently gets a full charge.
It’s completely safe to work on your motorcycle battery yourself. Just make sure to follow a few safety steps.
Avoid getting battery acid on any surface (especially your skin, clothes, and eyes) because it’s highly corrosive
Wear protective eyewear and gloves when working with a battery
Don’t wear any metal while working on a battery to avoid shorting battery terminals
Avoid any unfortunate events while maintaining your motorcycle battery by staying proactive and wearing protective gear.
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