How Can I Make My Battery Last Longer?
While motorcycle battery care is a year-round process in Lebanon, learning how to prepare for winter is key to getting the most out of your components.
- When storing your bike during the winter, disconnect the battery from the bike and attach it to a battery tender or trickle charger.
- You can find how long to charge your motorcycle battery in your owner’s manual. For most bikes, that means charging until you reach a full charge of around 12.73 volts or higher.
- Try to avoid storing your battery in a cold place during the winter. This can shorten its lifespan.
How to Charge a Motorcycle Battery in Winter
Diving deeper into cold weather bike care, it’s important to create a good winter storage system to combat cold temperatures in Portland and Albany. This means purchasing a charger designed to handle your battery all season long. There are several types available:
- Trickle Chargers – The easiest of all motorcycle batteries to operate, fully-manual trickle chargers take AC power and convert it to DC.
- Float Chargers – An alternative to trickle chargers, float chargers are popular for their steady and gentle current flow that lasts the entire winter.
- Smart Chargers – If you want to take the guesswork out of how long to charge your motorcycle battery, a smart charger is a great option. These chargers automatically adjust the current as the battery gets closer to full, cutting the current as needed.
Where to Buy a Motorcycle Battery Replacement
Even with the best possible care, motorcycle batteries don’t last forever. Not sure where to buy a motorcycle battery replacement? We recommend visiting a certified dealer like Timber Town Harley-Davidson. This will help you ensure that you get a high-quality OEM replacement part that you can trust. And if you shop at Timber Town Harley-Davidson, you can shop in person at our dealership in Salem or order the parts you need online. Do you still have questions about motorcycle care? Contact us at any time!