From Part 1, I am sure you have a general idea of the types of batteries and the myths surrounding them. We have learned in Tips to Maintain a Motorcycle Battery Properly – Part 1 about the different types of motorcycle batteries and how these batteries are different from each other. Knowing the types is about half the knowledge that you need about batteries.
If you understand the composition of a battery, then you will be more confident about taking care of it. Anyways, it is time to move forward and learn how to maximize its life by minimizing the problems that arise over time and in certain circumstances.
You must be wondering what we are talking about?
Well, of course, it is the battery. And we are giving you the warning to keep your motorcycle away from extremely high temperatures as well as extremely low temperatures.
Direct sunlight can reduce the life of your motorcycle battery so it would be better to park your motorcycle in the garage or under cover. But that’s not all. Extremely low temperatures are also very dangerous for motorcycle batteries.
Many professional riders suggest keeping your bike under cover. A bike battery can only live to a temperature as low as -18 degrees. At very low temperatures during the winter, it is very difficult to start the engine. Low temperatures reduce the battery’s ability to supply the sustained current required for starting.
Don’t forget that. Extremely high or extremely low temperatures are harmful to the battery and can shorten its life span.
Lead-acid batteries have a voltage depression charging memory that may not allow it to properly charge unless it experiences the highest capacity charge.
A partially discharged battery is no good for your motorcycle. So, my tip is to use a smart charger to ensure your motorcycle battery is fully charged and in a working state.
A cell with such memory is, for the most part, faulty and there is no way to repair them. The same thing applies to modern maintenance-free type batteries, as well.
Batteries usually self-discharge over time, if they aren’t being used. This mostly happens at high temperatures and when it gathers dust and dirt that will eventually build-up on the top of it, which becomes the reason for the discharge. So, I would suggest you clean the battery with a clean cloth every other day.
- Motorcycle batteries are highly corrosive. Try not to come in direct contact and don’t let your skin, eyes, clothing, and metal surfaces come in contact with it.
- Wear gloves and use eye protection whenever you are planning to work on a motorcycle battery.
- Never short circuit the battery terminals with metal objects like tools, rings, jewelry, watches, etc.
I hope you liked these tips and follow them to maximize the life of your battery. If you have any questions or want to add something, then please don’t forget to comment on the section below.