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Motorcycle Battery Basics

Battery Basics

Motorcycle batteries come in 6 or 12 voltage. The voltage designations on batteries (6 volt or 12 volt) don’t accurately represent the true voltage of motorcycle battery.

A 12-volt battery should register between 12.5 and 13.5 volts, while a 6-volt battery should be between 6.5 and 7.2 volts when tested with the ignition turned off.

There are two types of motorcycle batteries, conventional batteries and maintenance free batteries.

Conventional batteries require regular attentions in form of adding water and battery acid (electrolyte).

Once charged and installed correctly, maintenance-free batteries require very attention and care, hence its name.

To maintain a conventional motorcycle battery properly, check the levels of water and battery acid and top them off.

Always use distilled to deionized water to avoid contamination. Also charge both types of batteries monthly to make sure they’re in top condition.

Finally, there are a couple of battery accessories you should invest in owning. These are jumper cables, a volt meter to check the battery’s charge and a battery charger.

For more helpful information on bike batteries visit to Motorcycle Batteries

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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