Regardless of how impressive your motorbike is, you can’t maximise its performance without high-quality motorcycle batteries. Batteries are, after all, a motorcycle’s power source. Almost every electrical part – from accessories, to display lights, headlights and all other electricals – rely on your motorcycle battery to work.
There are a number of factors that should influence which type of batteries you should choose when it’s time to replace the existing one. Here are some of the most important.
Type Of Motorcycle Battery
There are three types of batteries you can buy for your motorcycle – conventional, gel, and AGM.
a. Conventional Batteries
Conventional batteries have been around for decades. Also known as flooded cell batteries, they’re perfect for anyone on a tight budget. They’re fairly reliable but require careful handling because they contain corrosive acid. Performance-wise, there are more modern counterparts that definitely have the edge, though.
b. Gel Batteries
Gel batteries work better in cases where deep cycling is required. Don’t get confused between a gel battery and an AGM battery, though – they are two vastly different products. Gel batteries work the same way as traditional batteries, but use gel instead of liquid acid.
c. AGM Batteries
Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries are the most advanced batteries on the market today. They are far safer due to their sealed construction and perform better compared to conventional and gel batteries. They also last longer, meaning you get plenty of value for money from this battery type, despite its hefty price tag.
Your Motorcycle’s Required CCA Rating
A battery’s Cold Cranking Amps or CCA rating gauges how many amps the battery produces every 30 seconds while you’re cranking the engine at -18oC. Batteries with higher CCA tend to perform better when starting up the bike, especially in cold weather.
Before you buy a new battery, check your motorcycle’s required CCA in its handbook or online; then make sure you choose a battery that satisfies the minimum needed.
Just bear in mind that getting a stronger battery (within limits) will more often than not give you better power. Fitting a higher-spec battery into your motorcycle generally won’t be an issue, and will offer superior starting power and performance.
Knowing Your Battery’s Lifespan
Motorcycle batteries normally last for three years, more or less. As with anything else, the better you take care of your battery, the longer it will last. In fact, looking after your motorcycle battery and maintaining it in the recommended way can prolong its life for up to six years!
But how exactly can you achieve this? Do the following:
- Make sure you have a battery charger handy to keep your battery topped up if you don’t use your motorcycle that often.
- Always keep track of your battery’s maintenance schedule as closely as possible so you know you’re doing it regularly.
- Check for any signs of corrosion and make sure that the electrolyte levels are where they should be (on unsealed units).
- Making sure you buy the best motorcycle batteries for sale in the first place will also help ensure your purchase lasts as long as possible.
If you need a hand choosing choose the perfect motorcycle batteries online for your ride, you can contact Orius Batteries on 01772 348317 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll be happy to help.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are all motorcycle batteries the same?
Not every motorcycle battery is the same, especially in terms of size. After all, different motorcycle models have different engine sizes. This means that each requires a specific battery size based on what works best with the way each bike is built.
How long do motorcycle batteries last for?
Most manufacturers of motorcycle batteries in the UK say that on average, their motorbike batteries last for around 48 months. However, in some cases, bike owners only get around half of that lifespan before their batteries need replacing. This is usually because of poor maintenance.
Can a motorcycle run without a battery?
Motorcycles don’t always need a battery to start them up – this is especially true if they’re 250CCs or less with a kick-starter. But the bigger a motorbike gets, the more it relies on its battery. If you have a large bike that you want to use without a battery, you need to do serious rewiring for it to work.
How often should you run your motorcycle?
To keep it running smoothly, aim to ride your motorcycle at least 5,000 kilometres each year. Try to do 3,000 of those 5,000 kilometres during the best of the weather in your area; in other words, good weather that’s neither too hot nor too cold. It’s also a good rule of thumb to use your bike once a week.
How long can a motorcycle idle?
As far as possible, don’t let your engine idle for longer than five minutes at a time. Otherwise, it might overheat, and you could be facing some serious damage if that happens. Check your owner’s manual for more details about this, as different brands and models may have different limitations as well.
Tips On How To Choose And Charge Motorbike Batteries
When choosing a battery, look out for two useful numbers on your motorcycle battery – the Ah (or amp hours) and the CCA (or Cold Cranking Amps).
The Ah shows you how long your battery will last on a single charge and your battery’s capacity. The higher the Ah, the longer your battery life. The CCA, on the other hand, measures the amount of amps the battery can supply within 30 seconds at freezing temperatures. The bigger your motorcycle’s engine, the higher battery specs a battery must have.
Guides On Charging A Motorcycle Battery
Because auto batteries come in different shapes and sizes, it’s best to check your battery’s manual to figure out what kind you already have before buying a replacement. You can also find the information you need on the label on the side of the battery.
If you’re using acid, gel, or AGM batteries, there are different types of chargers available. The best options are float, trickle, or smart chargers.
Choosing The Best Motorcycle Batteries
When upgrading your two-wheeled vehicle, battery choice is crucial. Make sure you shop around and check what fits your bike best. Have a good understanding of your bike as well – how it works, how much power it needs, and so on.
As well as looking at the price ranges of different batteries, it’s a good idea to look at customer reviews as well. Always ask questions, too; experts in shops can help you come up with the best solution to your bike’s needs.
If you need guidance on what kind of batteries to buy, feel free to get in touch with our knowledgeable staff at Orius Batteries.