We’ve all been there before, it’s March and the days are not only becoming longer, but also warmer too. There’s no better time to bring your pride and joy out of hibernation, only for you to find that the battery has drained and your bike won’t start! Ensure this doesn’t happen to you, and keep your battery in tip top condition. Your bike should be receiving plenty of TLC from yourself, but we do often neglect our batteries to our own peril!
This might seem almost too obvious to even talk about, however your motorcycle is just like you. After a long ride out your battery needs a recharge too. But fortunately for us this really easy to keep on top of. Invest in a quality motorcycle battery charger and ensure that they’re compatible with your motorcycles battery type. If you have a lithium battery, you’ll want to take extra care as the wrong battery charger can effectively ruin your battery and you’ll need a new one!
Regular charging during periods of inactivity can extend your battery life span, and keep the pain of a bike that doesn’t start to be a mere memory. We always recommend a trickle charger, as they allow you to plug your bike while you’re not riding, and can help combat the dreaded winter drain. Solar powered trickle motorbike battery chargers are an excellent choice if you want to avoid plugging into the mains.
Carry Out Regular Maintenance
We’re not all mechanics, and the good news is that you don’t have to be to carry out simple maintenance and help prolong your battery life. A little hygiene goes a long way! Keep those terminals spick and span. Use a mixture of baking soda and water to clean away any corrosion, and apply a thin layer of dielectric grease to protect against future buildup.
Tighten those connections. Regular riding can occasionally loosen your connections, which over time may slow you down to a complete stop. Ensure all terminals are securely fastened to prevent power loss and maintain a steady electrical flow. This also ties in as your motorbike battery doesn’t like excessive vibrations, and it can lead to internal damage. Check that your battery is sat correctly and securely fastened, and consider adding vibration-absorbing padding if needed.
Extreme temperatures can take a toll on your battery. If it’s possible, store your motorcycle in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight. Don’t wait until you’re stranded on the side of the road. Invest in a quality battery tester and monitor its health regularly. Early detection of potential issues can save you from a lot of headaches down the road.
Upgrade When Necessary
All good things come to an end, and this includes motorcycle batteries. If you notice a significant drop in performance or that your battery is nearing the end of it’s warranty period, consider investing in a new, high quality replacement. This is even more relevant for those of us fortunate enough to have extra accessories connected to our bike, such as heated grips, GPS units and phone chargers. These will put an extra strain on your battery.
Gel batteries are a great choice for all riders, while Lithium batteries bring an ultra-lightweight body alongside other benefits. We never recommend a conventional lead-acid battery, as there are superior alternatives available, and they provide a better riding experience. Who wouldn’t want that?
My favourite advice for anybody out there! While this specifically helps your battery, we all want to ride more and I often find a brief 20 minute ride in the middle of our hectic lives can really help relax my mind and put me back in my happy place! Back to batteries however, they love to be used. Regular use and ride outs help keep it charged and in great shape. If you’re storing your bike for an extended period of time, connecting your battery to a trickle charge is the best alternative.
Your motorcycle battery is the unsung hero of our ride, and it rightly deserves a little love and affection, but is most often neglected. By following these tips, you’ll not only help extend its life, but also ensure your rides are as smooth as they come. So gear up, hit the road and let your battery repay you and put that smile back on your face!
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