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Motorcycle Batteries - Choosing, Installing, and Recharging Them

Jul 21, 2008
No matter what the application, a battery is built for longevity. However, they will wear down over time, and will eventually cease to work. When the sulfate that naturally flows over the plates begins building up a residue, the conductivity begins diminishing as that residue builds up. Once the residue has gotten thick enough, all conductivity ceases, and the battery no longer ceases to function. When it comes to replacing motorcycle batteries, there are three steps in the process.

Choosing the right size battery

The first step when it comes to choosing the right sized battery is to know the number of cold cranking amps (CCA) of your bike. The CCA, is the amount of amps at 0 degrees F that lead-acid motorcycle batteries deliver for a period of 30 seconds while maintaining 1.2 volts per cell. The next step is to measure the height, length, and width of the battery cavity so you'll know if the battery will fit.

Removing old motorcycle batteries/installing new ones

The first rule of thumb, when it comes to this step in the process, is to never remove the old battery while the motorcycle is running. If there is no longer a charge, remove the negative cable before removing the positive one. When you are installing a new battery, reverse the order and attach the positive cable before attaching the negative one.

It probably doesn't need to be mentioned but for safety's sake, always make sure you know which terminal is which. The dangers of reversing the polarity are two-fold --- it will either cause the battery to explode, therefore causing you serious injury, or it will do some serious damage to the bike's electrical system.

Recharging motorcycle batteries

Sometimes a thorough charging will be good enough to correct a battery that seems sluggish or won't crank. Before you recharge your battery, check the voltage. Never recharge the battery at more than one-sixth of the amperage of the capacity that the battery is rated for. As an example, if it is a 7 amp per hour battery, never exceed 1 amp while recharging it. If it's an 18 amp per hour battery, don not exceed 3 amps when recharging it.

There are two critical rules to observe while recharging any battery. NEVER smoke while working around a battery (it contains explosive gasses) and ALWAYS wear protective glasses or goggles. Additionally, there are other important cautions that you need to observe as follows:

- Before you add water or recharge the battery, make sure that there is no electrolyte covering the plates.

- Once you have added water, make sure that all the vent caps have been properly replaced and secured before you start charging

- NEVER start to recharge any battery if those vent caps are not properly closed

- Once you are completely finished recharging the battery turn off the charger (first) and then remove the cables from the battery's terminals

Hopefully, when it comes to perform any of the above with motorcycle batteries, you will have a little bit better handle on how to do it safely, so as not to harm yourself or your bike's electrical system.
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