Proper Maintenance Of Motorcycle Batteries In Important
It's a wonderful day to take your bike for a spin. You are choosing between a 10 kilometer ride to the hills and a 12 kilometer travel to the lake. Regardless, you just want to savor the fresh air, enjoy the sights, and take some photographs along the way. And there is no better way of doing this than to mount your bike and go for a ride.
You get on your motorcycle, press the start button, and all you hear is a click. You try again, and the same click results. Chances are the battery is either weak or dead. When was the last time you checked it? Do you know that motorcycle batteries need regular checkup and maintenance?
Your Motorcycle's Electrical System
As in most internal combustion, gasoline-fed engines, your motorcycle is dependent on the efficient operation of its electrical system. Your battery will have to be in good shape to crank up the starter and provide adequate power for the lights and horn in low RPM situations. Did you ever notice how your lights dim when your battery does not hold a charge? What about the hard starting when they are weak?
Your alternator will also have to be fully functional in order to continually charge the battery when the engine is running, and at the same time provide power for the spark plug(s). This will ensure proper combustion of fuel and smooth engine performance.
Fortunately, the alternator does not need much attention. But the battery does. It is sensitive to temperature extremes and is prone to discharge when the motorcycle is not in use. So if you want to keep your bike in good condition, regular checking and maintenance is a requisite. And this applies to all types of motorcycle batteries.
All battery types need maintenance. You will come across so-called 'maintenance-free' varieties. These are the sealed types, which do not require topping with distilled water. But prolonged unused will still cause them to lose their charge.
Battery maintenance is relatively simple. All you need to do are the following:-
* If you have the regular battery, make sure that the electrolyte level is within the prescribed range. If not, you will have to add distilled water. As mentioned, 'maintenance-free' batteries are sealed and this procedure is not required.
* If your bike will not be used for an extended period of time (more than 1 month), the battery will have to be removed and properly stored in a warm a place. And to prevent accelerated discharge, it should be placed on wood, plastic, or thick cardboard.
* Batteries have a tendency to discharge when not in use, hence trickle charging is recommended. Using a 'smart' charger will be helpful since this will monitor the condition of the battery, effect charging when necessary, and automatically shut off when the required voltage is attained.
Proper maintenance of motorcycle and atv batteries will ensure that they live up to their 3 to 5 year service life. At the same time rides will be more trouble-free.