Post Updated 7th Jan 2014
Motorcycle Battery Charging;Your motorcycle battery should not be neglected
This is the time of year that motorbike owners will be storing their motorbikes away for winter, so dont forget about your Motorcycle Battery Charging . Some motorbike riders will opt to carry on riding theirs even in the winter to get to work on, specially in towns and cities where the roads are gritted and cleared of slush and snow pretty quickly.
In most of the country though bikers will store their bikes and use other forms of transport, for safety reasons. Also the dark nights come into the equation. It is less safe to ride motor cycles on the long winter dark nights than it is in summertime. Car drivers are the danger here, sometimes they just do not see bikers in the bad light?.
The over whelming number of bikers though, store away their motorbikes in the winter period. One very important thing to think about, is what to do with your Motorcycle Battery Charging. Believe it or not thousands of bikers just leave their Motorbike Battery stood over the winter period without any form of charging or maintenance. The bike will generally be stored in a cold shed or garage . Cold weather has a very large impact on your batteries which can even freeze in a very cold winter, we were amazed a couple of year ago when the temperature dropped to minus 10 degrees just how many car and motorcycle batteries actually froze up. These batteries failed of course and this is what happens to one that is left un-charged in the winter months.
How to store your motorcycle battery
When you store your bike it is best to disconnect your battery and give it a good charge with a small battery charger, a 12 volt 4 amp charger should be good enough for a 12 volt one. You should then check the battery at least once a month and recharge it when possible, also check the acid levels. By doing this you ensure that when the spring comes and it is time to get the bike out again, then your bike will start first time and be in a healthy state. It is surprising how many bikers have to buy a new one at the beginning of a new season. Another good gadget now out on the market is an intelligent charger. This is known as a “connect and forget” these are by “CTEK” and also “NUMAX” and are a good investment to keep your car or Motorcycle Battery Charging in tip top condition whatever the winter throws at us…
“CTEK chargers are the smartest chargers in the World, designed and developed in Sweden. They are highly versatile, easy to use, compact chargers and proven award winners*. All the products manufactured by CTEK are tested and then constructed to the highest standards, which are far in excess of those required by the top product testing agencies such as the independent testing and certification agency, ”… http://www.ctekchargers.co.uk/
This article was compiled by Eric Roberts
Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Cheap Motorcycle Battery business now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.