How Long Does a Motorcycle Battery Last? | Timber Town Harley-Davidson

How Long Does a Motorcycle Battery Last?

Whether you’re a biking beginner or a seasoned pro, learning how to take care of your motorcycle will pay off in the long run in a big way. And one of the most important components of your bike is the battery. So, how long does a motorcycle battery last? In general, motorcycle batteries last around 48 months. Timber Town Harley-Davidson is here to help you make your components last as long as possible, and we’ve got plenty of other maintenance tips for you from our experts.

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!

Harley-Davidson Test Ride Days

Join us for H-D® Test Ride Days Friday, May 10 through Saturday, May 18. Don’t miss your chance to experience the entire 2024 lineup, including the all-new reimagined Road Glide® and Street Glide®.

  • Take a test ride on any new Harley-Davidson® motorcycle, get an exclusive t-shirt and gift*
  • Try on new apparel and riding gear for all your on and off road adventures
  • Check out the latest parts and accessories to customize your motorcycle, including seats, color-matched Tour-Pak® luggage carriers, windshields, Harley-Davidson® Audio Powered by Rockford Fosgate®, lighting, accessory collections and so much more

While supplies last. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY, void where prohibited. U.S. and Canada residents only; 18+. Eligible participant must visit a participating Harley-Davidson® dealer and test ride a new Harley-Davidson® motorcycle between May 10, 2024 and May 19, 2024 to obtain a special edition t-shirt and gift. Offer ends on May 19, 2024 or when supply of 10,000 t-shirts and 10,000 gifts expires, whichever occurs first. T-shirts will be mailed to the H-D® dealer of test ride record four to six weeks after the promotional period. Offer is non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash or cash equivalent. Offer is subject to change without notice. See participating Harley-Davidson® dealers for full terms and conditions, including test ride requirements. Sponsor: Harley-Davidson Motor Co., 3700 W. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53208.


Harley-Davidson® 2024 Street Glide®

Register For Your Chance To Win An All-New 2024 Street Glide®**

Riders and non-riders can participate, a test ride is not required to enter. Ask us how to earn additional and daily entries.

**Sweepstakes entry period May 10, 2024, 9am EST through May 19, 2024, 11:59pm EST. No purchase necessary. Purchase does not increase odds of winning. Open only to legal residents of the continental United States, including D.C. and Alaska and excluding Hawaii who are 21 years or older, and legal residents of Canada, who have reached the age of majority in their state, province, or territory of residence at time of entry. Void where prohibited. Need not be present to win. See official rules at