4 things to consider when you find yourself with a dead battery
1. How long has the unit been sitting? (Non operational)
Alarms, as well as OEM clocks, radios, and CBs with memory, all place a small draw on the battery. This draw, accompanied by a battery’s normal self-discharge rate, will discharge a battery over an extended time period. Customers who ride less than once a week may benefit from using a battery tender or a commercially available equivalent.
2. How do you ride the unit most? (In town, short trips, long trips?)
Short trips may not replenish the charge taken from the battery during normal engine starting. Frequent short-distance riding may eventually discharge the battery. Short-distance riders can also benefit from a battery charger or a commercially available equivalent.
3. Do you engage in prolonged intown, low-speed operation?
If so, this type of operation, consisting of low engine rpm, frequent brake light use, and frequent cooling fan cycles, can also discharge the battery. Alternating gears (to raise engine rpm) may also help. Reminder always turn the engine OFF using the ignition key – leaving the lights on with the engine OFF is a big no-no.
4. Do you ride with the high beam headlights on?
High beam usage accompanied with the intown riding mode described above will accelerate the discharge rate. Once you understand how you ride and store your motorcycles it will be much easier for you to troubleshoot the cause of dead batteries and find reasonable – and sometimes no cost – solutions to your battery problems.