Basically, if your motorcycle won't charge or shuts off, one of the aforementioned parts has failed!A motorbike charging system component may fail in a variety of ways, all of which are very common: • The rectifier/regulator overheats and fails. The Reg/rec has a...
It’s crucial to note that, with proper maintenance, the majority of motorbike batteries typically last three to four years before needing to be replaced. Conditions like extreme heat or cold or leaving your battery sit for a long time without sufficient care may affect its longevity and general health.
A battery that has fully lost all of its power after being left unused all winter may be revived, but it probably won’t be in as good of form as it once was. It may be challenging to start the bike, or even if it is charging, it may not be producing enough cranking amps to light the bike. In either case, your starter will likely become hotter and put more strain on it. It is therefore advisable to keep an eye on your battery and keep it charged.
Two sorts of battery chargers
The two sorts of battery chargers you’ll see the most are trickle chargers and smart chargers. A trickle charger keeps working and slowly injects a modest charge into the battery even after a battery is fully charged. The battery is constantly inspected by a smart charger’s technique to ensure that it is always in top shape.
If you have an old-school battery charger (trickle type) that you bought years ago when you were having issues with your car or truck battery, you may be thinking, “I’ll just use it to recharge or keep my motorbike battery in good condition.” As you may have seen, a motorcycle battery is significantly bigger than a car or truck battery since not all batteries are created equal. Physically smaller and with more features, motorcycle batteries.
The amp requirement and amperage
Despite the fact that both are often 12 volt batteries, the amp requirement and amperage of a motorcycle battery are lower. The majority of automobile chargers deliver 13, 30, or even 50 amps of power. Although you may technically use the automotive charger, if you don’t watch it or leave it unattended for a long time, it will probably overload or destroy your motorcycle battery. Some car chargers may allow you to choose a lesser charge rate, such 2A. Even so, if you don’t monitor the process, an older trickle charger will continue to operate and won’t shut off on its own, putting your battery at risk of damage.
Using a smart charger, like those offered by Battery Tender, is the best way to make sure your battery is in good condition. These chargers take a number of precautions to make sure the battery is charged appropriately before monitoring it continuously to avoid undercharging, overcharging, and performance degradation.
DOWN BELOW ARE A FEW KEY TIPS FOR CHARGING OR MAINTAINING YOUR BATTERY:
• For quick connection, 2-Pin SAE waterproof wire harness plug wires are frequently included with modern chargers. Since they make it simple to connect and separate the battery from the charger while it is still in the bike, these quick connect cables are particularly useful. The wires typically fit everyone.
• Once you have your smart charger, connect the battery connection side to your battery terminals permanently. Then, route the tail end so that it is out of the way but still reachable when you park the bike in the garage. By doing this, you may avoid having to constantly remove the seat or side cover in order to charge or fix your battery as well as the annoyance of having to install the battery connection each time.
• If the connecting cables don’t include an in-line fuse, you might want to consider plugging your battery charging/maintenance equipment into a surge protector to help protect your electrical system from an unexpected power surge. Additionally, if you aren’t utilizing a smart charger, it’s wise to remove the motorcycle’s battery. By doing this, any issues with the battery brought on by the charger—overcharging, boiling, etc.—will be contained to the battery and not your motorcycle or electrical system.
The battery side
If the battery side of your cable came with ring terminal ends, locate an SAE 2-pin lug with open ended fork terminals. Alternately, you can cut the end of your ring terminals to make your own forked ends. The benefit of using the fork terminals over inserting the ring terminals by entirely removing the screws is that mounting them to the battery posts is easier. If you own several bikes, moving the connector from one battery to another is also more quicker and easier.
• Even though your motorcycle is equipped with a smart charger and a quick disconnect cord, you should still check the battery from time to time. To get the most out of your battery’s life and performance, periodically check under the seat (or wherever it is) to make sure everything seems normal. Check to be sure there are no swellings or other signs of a problem. Examine the terminals for corrosion and remove any gunk accumulation. If the battery connections or posts don’t already have those little rubber covers, you can apply gels to help prevent corrosion.
• Firmly insert the battery into the chamber. Serious issues with the battery, the battery connections, or your electrical system could result from a moving battery. If your battery compartment is without a brace or sturdy rubber strap, you can use foam blocks as cushioning to hold the battery in place. Foam blocks are also excellent if your new battery is shorter or doesn’t have the same dimensions as your old battery and you need to make up the difference.