Five ways to maintain your motorbike battery
"Motorcycle batteries tend to last between 3 and 5 years before needing to be replaced as long as the batteries are properly maintained."
One of the most overlooked aspects of motorcycles is battery maintenance. Motorcycle batteries tend to last between 3 and 5 years before needing to be replaced as long as the batteries are properly maintained.
There are ways you can reduce wear on your battery and maintain your motorcycle’s battery health:
Select the right battery
Start by opting for a maintenance-free battery as it doesn’t lose water during charging and is more effective and less messy.
There is a variety of motorcycle batteries available and most modern batteries are maintenance-free.
Maintenance-free batteries don’t lose water during charging like other batteries do – making them more effective and less messy.
Check fluid levels
Check your battery fluid (electrolytes) at least once a month. Levels should be as indicated by the maximum and minimum fill lines for each cell.
Cells can only be filled with distilled water (no tap water).
Clean your battery
Clean off any accumulated dust, grime, and small pollutants.
To eliminate battery terminal corrosion, scrub and clean them using a clamp brush and battery cleaner.
Make sure the vent caps on the battery are tight to prevent the cleaner from entering the cells.
Storage at room temperature
To prevent your battery from freezing or cracking during winter, remove and store it at room temperature.
Don’t store it on a concrete or metal surface in a garage as it’ll discharge over time. Opt for a wood or another warmer surface.
Charge it up
Before you hit the road, connect your battery to a motorcycle battery charger to keep it optimally charged.
Properly connect the charger to the battery: positive charger leads to the positive battery post and negative charger leads to the negative battery post.
Switch off and unplug the charger before disconnecting the leads. While critical for winter maintenance, this is beneficial all year round.