A motorcycle battery is a vital component that runs a bike’s ignition switch, lights and other electrical parts. A motorcycle battery should last three to five years if it is properly maintained. Maintenance on a battery is straightforward and should take only a few moments each month. However, if you plan on storing your motorcycle over the winter or for multiple months, proper maintenance of the battery becomes increasingly important.
1) Check the electrolyte levels in your battery monthly. Minimum and maximum lines on your battery will indicate if the cells require more fluid. Add distilled water to the cells to bring the fluid level to the proper height.
2) Remove the battery from your motorcycle if you intend to store it for two or more months. Store it in a place that will maintain a temperature above freezing. Place it on a piece of wood, cardboard or other surface that is non-conducive, since storing it on a metal or concrete surface can drain the battery over time.
3) Clean the battery terminals once the battery is removed. Use a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and water, and scrub the terminals with a toothbrush. Dry the terminals with a rag after you have finished cleaning them.
4) Charge your battery with a trickle charger. A battery loses charge slowly over time when it is not in use. Follow the manufacturer recommendations for charging.
* Wear gloves and eye protection when working with your battery.
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