Motorcycle Batteries

The vast majority of motorcycle batteries are box-like plastic cases that contain 6 to 8 cells which on the average have 2.1 voltage power. This means that most motorbike batteries are in the 12-volt class, and are small enough to swiftly deplete when bikers leave on motorcycle lights and indicators other electronics. Like the vast majority of batteries, those for motorcycles discharge themselves even when not in use, and so people should replace them relatively regularly, even if using them very little.

Motorcycle Battery Brands

Common brands include Parts Unlimited, Bike Master, Tecmate, Drag Specialties, Dominator, Terry Components, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Honda and Battery Tender. In many cases, motorcyclists may prefer to purchase batteries branded to their bikes or from major automotive chains, which often offer extensive warranties and replacement plans.

Motorcycle Battery Parts and Accessories

There are many different motorcycle parts which you can use to maintain or repair existing motorcycle batteries. These include tubes, valves, cables and clamps. When considering parts and accessories for motorcycle batteries, always make certain that gauges, sizes and depths are compatible.

Motorcycle Battery Types

There are three different classifications of motorcycle batteries: wet, dry and gel. Wet batteries are the most common, sometimes also called lead-acid batteries, and are the conventional, industry-standard batteries. Dry batteries, sometimes also called maintenance-free or sealed batteries, have acid added after construction; before a hermetical seal. Unlike conventional batteries, they never need their acid levels checked, and they use the pressure after sealing to help store electrolytes. Gel batteries use, as the name implies, a gel solution within the batteries. This kind of motorbike battery comes in handy when the battery must lay on it side within the housing to meet space requirements.

Motorcycle Battery Care

Motorcycle batteries are sensitive to vibration, heat, sulphates, freezing temperatures and more. To care for your battery and extend its life, be aware that multiple trips at low speeds and short distances can quickly drain it. Intermittent longer trips help a battery maintain charge. Running electrical accessories for long periods when the alternator isn't charging the battery can also cause problems and draw too much power.